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Friday, April 07, 2006

Ground control to Mr Behi

Well I hope your OK Mr Behi - haven't heard from you for a while.

So it's Friday night and I'm at home. Rachel has gone out with her work friends for a meal and drinks as one of them has to leave work as she has just found out she has a brain tumour. Rachel is really worried about her.

So me and J (my step son) are chilling out with a Dominoes (Aye Carumba Fajita no less) pizza and Batman Begins on Sky Movies. To be honest I'm not really watching as:
A. I'm writing this.
B. It looks pretty average - I'm sure J will assure me otherwise but then we watched the Fantastic Four a couple of weeks ago and other than Jessica Alba is was pretty much less than Fantastic.

So work has sucked this week. One of my team has taken a couple of weeks off, he has to go see his family in Venezuala. One family member is very unwell and he thinks this may be his last chance to see them. He seemed pretty worried about it.
It couldn't have come at a worse time for the rest of the team - we are absolutely over loaded with work at the moment and if I'm honest I'm struggling to cope.
The problem I'm having is we are pushing the limits of the technology we have. We are being asked to make predictions to very close limits and we don't really have the capability to make them. Engineering is not an exact science. It relies heavily on assumptions and generalizations which are either untrue or have a huge amount of variation.
It's also pretty complicated. I was in a meeting today and I'm sure the rest of the people hadn't got a clue what I was on about. It's a very male dominated environment and there are a lot of ego's - so you tend to find rather than saying, 'I haven't got a clue what you're on about, could you please exlain it to me' people just nod and change the subject to something they understand, usually so setting themselves up so they can spiel off a few anecdotes in front of some managers.
I'm feeling pretty cynical today - can you tell?

I was talking to my brother about all of this sort of stuff a couple of weeks ago. He's a really intelligent person. I was trying to explain how I feel at the moment. When I was younger I really thought that I was going to make a difference to something and as I get older I realise I'm falling into the rat race.
Is that a bad thing? Only if I carry on taking all this crap at work and have a heart attack before I'm thirty.

Hey, did you know that this site is recommended in the 'blogs of note' thing on the front of ! That's pretty cool really as I thought I was probably just talking a loads of rubbish. Must be Mr Behi's doing! Good effort though.

I love all the comments - they're really brillinat so thanks everyone.

I'm going to sign off with another top five because everyone seems to love them! Opinions opinions opinions....

Top five cars:

1. Delorean DMC12
2. Lamborghin Miura
3. Jaguar E-Type
4. Mini (original one not the new BMW one)
5. Ferrari 250 GT California

I know the Delorean was essentially a crap car but I can't stop loving it. My first exposure wat Back to the future, but I love the whole John Delorean story. FOr those who don't know about it, he was basically areal high flyer at GM in the 70's and tried to go solo with the DMC12. The plan was flawed as he wanted to make the car rear engined. Anyone who knows about the Porsche 911 will explain how Porsche have spent 40 years trying getting the chassis to handle the poor weight balance of sticking the engine in the boot. He ripped off the British government who subsidised the factory in Northern Ireland, it all went belly up and then to top it off he was caught doing some dodgy deals, I think to do with drugs. They should make a film of it.
Of the other choices, the Miura is just the best looking car ever made. Th E-Type and Mini hark back to the glory days of British engineering and the Ferrari is in Ferris Buellers Day Off and from age 9 to around age 25 I basically wanted to be Ferris Bueller. Unfortunately I ended up being Cameron. Watch the film.

If you're not interested in cars sorry for boring the pants off of you.


posted by Steve @ 9:53 PM   


At 2:34 AM, Blogger Lilli said...

My top five cars:
1. The red one
2. The turquoise one
3. The orange one
4. The teal one
5. The black one with the silver stripe.

There's only two good things about cars. They are, in no particular order:
1. You can get all your shopping home in one trip
2. You can get from A to B without getting your feet wet (until you step out of the car into a running gutter).

At 2:35 AM, Blogger Lilli said...

My top five cars:
1. The red one
2. The turquoise one
3. The orange one
4. The teal one
5. The black one with the silver stripe.

There's only two good things about cars. They are, in no particular order:
1. You can get all your shopping home in one trip
2. You can get from A to B without getting your feet wet (until you step out of the car into a running gutter).

At 5:16 AM, Blogger mooncrazy said...

You've left out my favorite, '66 Ford Mustang, red with the top down, a sunny day, and the radio full blast. Ah, Winter wind, can summer be far behind?

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Doc Think said...

Batman Begins was really a good movie. I have been soured on superhero flix of late. I'm glad my kids made me sit down and watch it.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Richard Quick, Millionaire said...

Stop dreaming and let me show you how you can own all of those cars and more... even if you have no special skills, talent or work ethic.

Why dream it when you can own it?

What do you think?

See you on the veranda!

Richard Quick, Esq.

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "What would the risk-free rate of return be on that?" Noted Millionaire Richard Quick, Esq.

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Virtual Nobody said...

I think the DeLorean deserves a handclap.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Mr Angry said...

What doc said.. Batman Beginsa is easiliy the best film with "Batman" in the title.

Mind you that's damning with faint praise.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger phantomheart7 said...

Sorry about work sucking. Yeah, when I went to see that movie, I stared off into space. When my sister asked me how I liked it I said, "Yeah, awesome." Then she asked me my favorite part. Yeah, you see how that went down. Well, please visit my blog. I'm new here so . . . well, nice blog anyways!

At 4:21 AM, Blogger Brent Clanton said...


Liked reading your stuff on your blog. Don't get too down about what's happening at work; the fact that you can see through the shameless brown-nosing behavior of your co-workers in front of management is proof of your superior intellect.

There's no such thing as a stupid question, unless you don't ask it. Grind down and pick apart the elements of the puzzle that don't make sense. Once you see those small things clearly, the rest of the matrix will fall into place.

My favorite cars list is pretty short; I've owned two Mazda Miata's, and I love them. Have been test-driving a Lexus IS350 this week (review in my blog: but at the end of the day, you just can't beat a rag top.

One movie to add to your list: The Notebook with James Garner. It's not macho, but I guarantee you after you've watched it, you'll want to hold your mate closely. Women dig that, too.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I've been having many of the same misgivings, about life and about rat-races that you've been having. I know you didn't say an awful lot about it, but I appreciate that you said anything. I sympathize with your dilemma & am glad to hear from someone so similarly-minded.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I LOVE the Delorean, and you're right the whole story behind it would make a fantastic film - you can't beat a good crook film. (Beats Fantastic 4 - all very pretty but terribly dissapointing)

Why don't they make exciting wacky cars any more? You'd think what with fuel running out and being so expensive and everything that it would be a real market for creativity, but it doesn't seem to happen. Except maybe SMART and even they aren't THAT wild.

DeLorean is best ever "car in film" second only to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which rocks! :-) (And I aint kidding either!)


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At 12:47 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Batman Begins is a good film. I saw it. Thanks for commenting in my blog. I was very happy. In Brazil we have lessons of English in the school. In your country they study some language? Hug.

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