Working in-house today, early start.
Yesterday, tried to find a couple of films I wanted to watch on line and the Curzon site was down - it ended up being far easier to watch for free on illegal sites than to find somewhere that I could pay for them. Sure that's not how it's supposed to work.
In the late evening, I watched 'Sharknado'. It was so bad, it was fantastic. I loved it.
I'm re-reading Owen Jone's 'Chavs' - bit more critical this time, but still enjoying it - if that's the right word. I think it's missing a lot - he's right - up to a point - about the contrast in press treatment between the child abduction cases of the MacCans and the family of Shannon Mathews - bit misses the backlash against the McC's and the fact that the discovery of Shannon Mathews alive and the vilification of her family because of their guild really changes the whole story. They were both turned on by their own class in the end. These are a lot of things he seems to miss, but it's still an interesting book.
Twitter has been quiet lately so it was time for a 'Twitterstorm' - not one, but TWO!!! The whole 'rape joke' thing has been comic and tragic by turns - with people who really should know better being total jerks for a whole weekend. Warhol was wrong, we will not all be famous for 15 mins - we will be famous and stupid. Twitter, like facebook - is just a platform, it's not a sentient, self aware being - it has no control over it's content - nor should it have, you can't blame the toilet wall because someone scribbles something on it. Twitter isn't racist, or homophobic, it can't threaten to rape you or pull your hair. People do that. You don't have to pay for it, if you don't like it - don't use it. Some of the well paid journalists squealing loudest over the weekend are happy to exploit twitter for their own political causes - but get angry when they read something they don't like, and the more they squeal, the more they encourage some idiot to abuse them further.
In the other instance. Aiden Moffat - one half of the legendary duo Arab Strap, went into his local Waterstones' yesterday (the STRUGGLING retailer), shortly before closing time, and was refused service at the till because they wanted to close up - his remonstration on twitter was met with a barrage of abuse for people accusing him of exploiting minimum wage workers.I just get that one either. The internet is full of people with an axe and nowhere to grind it. This morning, one of the subscribers to the creative professionals group I belong to wrote an angry email to everyone because she didn't like the fundraising circular another professional had circulated - 'I don't want this sort of thing in my inbox' - yeah, right. There are lots of things I don't want in my inbox - I just ignore them - you don't own email, and you don't pay for the service either.
6 storey block of retirement flats on the seafront burnt down yesterday, nobody hurt - huge fire, lots of homeless old people stuck in the nearest church hall.
It's overcast, less warm, quite dense and a bit threatening. I'm going to risk a lightweight jumper.