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Its also not truely chronological, it hides posts from people you havent clicked on in a long time. Facebook decides who you're friends are.

That's pretty cool, does he know you are discordian?
You should hand him a cease and desist written on the Illuminati letterhead

That situation sounds all too familiar, I was in a place like that a few years back.

You wont be fired, because you haven't strictly done anything wrong. They could be trying to manage you out though. If you like what you do or the coworkers you work with, and even if you don't and would like a change I would say either way send out applications while comfortable to do so.

When you get an offer (which is likely soon in IT when you have experience), see how your boss takes it. If they want to keep you, they will counter offer. This is where it gets funny, because even if they wanted to let you go: getting an offer undermines any performance metrics, gossip etc, it makes your boss look bad to his boss because another company has placed a value judgement on you, which may contradict what your boss was saying, it can be in their interests to promote you, if they let you go, they are probably looking to downsize the whole department anyway.

At least if you move to a new place you get the honeymoon feeling all over, even another misery pit is glowing stars for the first 3 to 6 months.

Nigel, that's fantastic!  Congratulations!

Thank you! Now I just have to nail the interview... I think I will be OK because I already have a prospective advisor. I don't think I'm going to feel like this is real until I get the official offer in the mail, though!

That sounds like an amazing oppertunity, congratulations, it sounds like they were already interested in you if they are willing to pay for the transport there and you have an advisor.

Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:55:04 am »
I didn't realise the Hero with a thousand faces references Finnegan wake. It was talked about a lot in Illuminatus! but I've never read it. Will have to give it a try.

To be honest, you probably got lucky there.

London does have many fine museums, art galleries and hotels with excellent dining facilities...but aside from that, I wouldn't recommend it.
That... seemed to be the case. We got to the British Meseum and it was beautiful, you could almost spend a day on each section. The natural history Museum was cool too but was too overrun with kids. I want to come over again though to comic con, because the way things worked out I ended up missing it twice.

[Vent/Nostalgia] Moving back to Ireland on Saturday. I regret not having done more in the UK in the last year and a half... I've been into London exactly four times (got to see a couple of musicals), and got up to Edinburgh, Oxford and the lake district which was nice, but overall the last year and a half of my life has been consumed by work, which is something I’ve got to fix.
I'm going to miss Chelmsford, as it was a really pretty place and the weather is so much better then back home.

10-hour journey on Saturday, between driving and ferry’s.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Job Search Question
« on: January 16, 2016, 12:52:44 am »
A personal introduction makes a huge difference, avoid breakfast or times that they will be busy.

Cant say I ever saw Bowie and Rickman in the same place at the same time.

Wait. Pepper spray is banned in the uk?

What are pointy sticks banned too?

If you are thought to be carrying it about with intent to use as a weapon then yes, I think they are...

What's next? no closed fists. You might be preparing to hit someone.
I know its hard to put it in context when you live in a place that cant go three months without a school shooting, that pepper spray will seem quite a tame thing to ban in comparison, but it doesn't have any public uses other then assault, and self defence.

There is an argument to use it for self defence but its proven very ineffective in this regards as such it remains banned in most EU states.
Security guards can be licensed for it, police have it as standard I think so its not like its completely unused, just restricted to the public.

Same deal with tasers in most of the EU, oddly even more ineffective then pepper spray, and much more fatal then most people realise.

You have a very relaxing voice

Lol, it even fell within the predicted percentage bands.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:51:52 am »
Yeah I definitely find that with him you really have to be in the mood for him or it can be frustrating. American gods frustrated me on the first read, but I gave it a month or two and loved it then.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:03:07 am »
Working through some of the stuff I got for Christmas. Loved the Sandman Overture. I wasn't expecting much what with it being a prequel to a series from the early nineties and I am always hesitant when a writer revisits their old works, but right away it drew me in.

The structure is much looser then the old sandman comics, with a more abstract dream like focus, with beautiful art from J.H. Williams complementing the more chaotic narrative well. The story is rather simple, an aspect of the dreaming has died and the Morpheus needs to set out and find out what happened.

 The threat is presented in two ways: the first is the metaphorical representation in the dream world, of a mad star convincing all the others to end the universe, the other which is more subtle is what is supposedly happening in the physical world.
These were really interesting because they are only presented in very fragmented snippets with the art style shifting into the prophet Kirby's outer space sci-fi style.
It's never explicitly said, and I might be wrong about this but I believe the big space battle was a reference to the events of Crises on Infinite Earths. Now I hate it when comics tie into big summer events, it tends to derail the narrative, but in this case, referencing a big superhero summer event from 30ish years ago is pretty hipster. It's implied that the battle mentioned all those years ago in preludes and nocturnes that sapped The Sandman's strength could well be the Crises, through the variations of the aspects of the sandman, a different one for each world, even ending in a similar fashion.

At the heart of the story is still the core theme of family, and we get a little more insight into his relationships with his brothers and sisters, making his relationship with Desire even more complicated, expanding on Desires character in the love/hate relationship with her brother, and even giving insight from the other siblings like Despair as to their take on the feud between their siblings.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Mansplaining: Why?
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:43:37 am »
I've avoided this thread because I am (would like to say was but not quite there yet) very condecending to everyone. I've not much to add other then I've seen the effect with people I know and it appears to be entirely an unconcious thing.

The only observation I can make is it is not limited to gender, but older men communicating with younger ones (some older women seem to develop the trait as they get older too), and in independant of age and sex in the workplace and can often be seen between workers and managers to a more polarised extreme:

Phd Researchers tend to know their material inside out after the first year, but I've often seen even good supervisors still act like the person is fresh in the door, a surprising amount of the students would either humour their supervisor and nod and smile and alternatively a few would have the most intense fights I ever saw while in there.

In all cases there is an assumption of authority and wisdom shared so in the male/female case its got to be a primitive instinct, I am a protector I am a good mate and all that. In the age and workplace cases its more obvious and self explanitory.

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