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There's a storm in my teacup!

Well, in my dollar store mug.

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After midnight until bed I had a wonderful talk with Shaz and played Gunstar Heroes with Jess thanks to the joy of netplay in the GENS emulator. I woke up quite early given I'd been up until 5 AM, and managed to watch the majority of the Grand Prix before I left for work: I'd just seen Montoya's car start to bodge up, meaning Jenson Button ended up on the podium again. Not a bad season so far in terms of people fighting for third place, though sadly the Ferraris still look way too good at what they do. Jenson's third in the overall standings though, well done to him.

As I walked in to begin my Sunday shift I sighed to the co-worker I was taking over from and said "I really don't feel like working today." Sadly, I wasn't the only one. The person whose shift was after mine, from 6-10 PM hadn't told anyone this until I called him, but he had family who had birthdays on the 1st, 2nd and 4th of this month, and he'd gone off to celebrate. He sounded stoned on the phone when I asked if he wanted to come in early because there was lots of work to do and if we were there to overlap shifts we could get the majority of it done. He pretty much said he didn't feel like coming in and doing real work on the wage we get, and also did I want some extra hours because he wasn't really fit to be there.

Mum and Cliff were going out for the night, the dog was going to be home alone - the people upstairs are uncultured bastards who bang and talk and move things around late at night, which scares the hell out of our dog and makes it pee everywhere. I had to be back from work as soon after my shift ended as possible. I told my co-worker the best I could do was 8, but after that I had to get home really swiftly, so he had to be there at 8, on the dot. He reassured me. "If I'm not there by half past 8, lock the shop up."

In the end he arrived at 9, still not really looking like he was in a state to work, so I had to hang around to keep an eye on him. I got home for 10. I'd had to call a friend to pop up to the shop, take my keys, go back home, walk the dog for me, feed the dog and bring the keys back. I'd had a plan for the evening wrecked and I gave the co-worker the worst treatment I could when they'd let me down. I acted cheery as usual, like nothing was wrong, which sent them into a massive guilt trip. I just can't do angry easily and people get confused because of it.

I watched Matrix Reloaded given I'd had a few hours extra in the shop, and it made me realise just how bad Revolutions was, and how unfair I was on Reloaded when I saw it the first time. A family stood in the shop and watched from the chateau1 scene to the end of the scene on the motorway. That part is quite nicely done, I suppose. Oh, and I have to remind Abby that chateau scene has a lot of oldern weapons (on display and in use) to help her in her research for all that.

If this co-worker is getting this disillusioned I wager he'll be leaving very soon. Whereas I can't leave the place. I know the manager's on a contract until March 2005 and after that he wants out, and I can see so much potential in the shop... but it's just not going anywhere as things stand. I want a stab at doing something with this shop, if I get the offer to. If I don't, I'll have to leave in 2005 myself unless whoever does get employed for the role really does move the place forwards. I can effectively stick on a CV that I've been a temporary manager or a permanent assistant manager of sorts, which sounds smug enough to appease some.

Now, it's Monday. I'm off to the bank to pay some bills, then to work to see if I can claim extra for the fact that my evening was wrecked by someone else's lackadaisical attitude. Oh, and work 6-10 myself. Hmm.

1Chateau is a French word. Translated it becomes "Cat water".

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The GENS netplay... how much lag is there? I once attempted to try to some co-op NES gaming with Aderic-Jonerack, only to end up with a framerate of something like 1 FPS at its smoothest.

Reloaded was quite entertaining and definitely worth the $10 I payed to see it (yes, I know, NYC movie prices are absurdly high), but I have trouble giving it any credit whatsoever. There are just... so many absurdly silly things about it.

I'm trying to imagine how Revolutions could possibly be worse. Have you Underworld? Maybe it was more like Underworld...

With me and Jess on broadband, no discernable lag at all. An occasional lag spike which'd freeze the game for a half second at most, and then back to normal.

We have to pay more for our films over here, given the exchange rate at the moment I'd be paying around $12 a film. As for your opinion of Reloaded, I couldn't agree more. Though I have to admit, when it plays in the shop I skip past the tribal dancing part until the dream occurs and Neo wakes up.

Revolutions is a far worse film. From a bland beginning with a bad child actor to a cheesy ending with aforementioned cheesy child actor, it's generally subpar. The fights are forgettable, and blatant connotations are thrown in. Interesting characters from Reloaded never get expanded upon, and new randomly pointless characters are thrown in and out again much like the Keymaker but with even less compassion. The Merovingian, definitely a quirkily amusing character is receded to a naive know-it-all; he could have been expanded upon so much. The existing cast have little to perform with, besides Smith and Bane, who get to act more like Disney villains but do that well, at least. I think the problem is while Reloaded goes over-the-top and silly due to the lack of constraints for Neo, Revolutions features very little Matrix action, and a lot of bland dialogue from bland characters.

Hah, I agree totally with what you said about Revolutions/Reloaded; big letdown. Although Reloaded is still fairly enjoyable....and I'm not even going to talk about Revolutions. ;)

Oh dear, that doesn't sound fun what happened at the shop - I think you should be paid extra for all the hard work and inconvenience there. We should all be bloody paid more anyway - the legal amount is £4.50; a certain someone could get done for not paying over 21 year olds the correct amount. Still, I enjoy it. :)

Nearly your birthday soon, mister! Then you'll be a fossil like me. ;) Er, I mean a 'wise' fossil. ;D

I'm going to politely say to Simon that overtime with no notice warrants more than normal pay for hours I expect.

And I know it's my birthday soon. Yay. Damned if I'll do anything fun though. Simon wondered if I fancied working on the day, because he thinks Tom needs a rest, though I declined that offer.

Then we should establish a list of good co-op Genesis games!

Gunstar Heroes
Sonic the Hedgehog 2/3/& Knuckles
Bare Knuckle #
Forgotten Worlds
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist? (not played it myself)

Hmm... that's a good start...

And other good multi-player games, though some aren't co-operative... Micro Machines 96, Mega Bomberman, Mean Bean Machine, Streets of Rage 2.

All this is making me wonder if it really is worth seeing the last Matrix film. It would surprise me to find that this last one is bland. If so, that's sad. (shakes head) Tsk tsk.

Also, I wouldn't say it was much of a talk. You were tired and wanting sleep by the time I said hello. Still it's good to say something.

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