The Experiment


This job thing is interesting. It raises all sorts of questions and issues, and has answered a few as well. The answers are almost all very relieving. It turns out that I had not, in fact, become painfully indolent as I was beginning to fear. I just didn’t have enough work, or enough responsibility.

Not that my responsibilities are particularly lofty now, but there’s something oddly satisfying about having them, regardless. Even getting shouted at for a failure of a system that I’m now responsible for (but wasn’t when the problem occurred) was vaguely enjoyable. I found that quite surprising. I also find that I get great satisfaction from finding better ways to do things, and fixing processes. In normal life, this urge has been manifested in a desire to switch everyone to Firefox, which hasn’t always been popular; but people are far more interested in your meddling when you’re offering to optimise something they’re paid to do every day.

Amongst the downsides to a proper, nine to five job are the trains. In the past, I’ve avoided peak hour, and now I find that peak hour is doing its darndest to avoid me. Cancellations, late trains, full trains, slow trains, trains with sick people on them, trains stopped because of suicidal gymnasts… Give me another month, and I shall be that horrid person writing incessantly to the Mx about how crap everything about our public transport is.

Meanwhile, my disturbing myspace dalliance has been all but supplanted by facebook. Draggable modules. Tagging photos. Interactions with ma.gnolia, and picnik. It appeals to almost every aspect of my web-nerd psyche. However, occasional reviewer (sob) Andy Cocker still scorns my interest in social websites.

In’s future, I see more Who reviews, a late Spider-Man 3 review, a brief rant on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and a new writer’s take on the best 10 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When I find the time.


11 Responses to “The Experiment”

  1. yay job.don’t limit yourself to a brief rant about pirates 3. it deserves all your anger. and more.bah.

  2. some here describe it as ‘one of top 10 not to be missed’ – so i’d definitely enjoy a detailed ‘tom’-review as well.

    finding better ways to do things is very fun. if they actually get put to work and don’t die at the hands of a boss (we’ve always done it this way) or an admin (i’m just a network admin, it’s not my job to improve things).

    so what are the appeals in social websites? perhaps we should move this last point to private icq.

  3. I suspect he cares nothing for the ‘social’ aspects of such sites but secretly loves the underlying technology, and the sexy front-ends. Obviously I’m not talking about MySpace. Nothing pleases Tom more than a elegant interface. I can’t prove any of this.

  4. Jackson is right to an extent. The coolness of having and ma.gnolia (and, through its rss feed) interacting with facebook amuses me deeply. However I also like, in this case, using a platform with lots of friends on it. Normally, there’s 2 — Andy and Jackson — and they stop using it after a bit. With facebook there are 29 people that I genuinely know, which is kind of cool, and makes everything a bit more interesting.

  5. yes, so what holds this site from growing weary and unused soon? i won’t go through facebook to find atr blogs & such.

  6. This is my favouritest site. Age shall not weary it, nor the years condemn. It’s not dying any time soon, though it is sadly becoming very Tom-centric these days.


  8. Is not.

  9. Darn, now my possibly best line of review is gone, too! Life just ain’t fair.

  10. It was something along the lines of “you would have fallen asleep if the camera wasn’t moving so much.” A terrible loss.

  11. At least that paraphrase actually is a one-liner now.