Unconnected pieces of trivia

It’s distressing to see how few of the pieces written about J.D. Salinger are about his literary legacy. Most focus instead on how much money his estate, publishers and biographers stand to make from his death.

The Adidas store in Mercer St has a window display devoted to their new Star Wars range of clothing and footwear. Does no-one else think it slightly tasteless that they’re marketing a sneaker range named after the stormtroopers – a set of baddies named after the German Sturmtruppen from WW1?

I’d never seen Eagle vs. Shark before. I was surprised by how many people were in it that I’ve met in completely unrelated circumstances, and that a Phoenix Foundation track from the film is the source of the jingle of those annoying TelstraClear ads with the grumpy monochrome rotary dial phone and the fluorescent bright young thing.

I helped one of my flatmates configure a Virtual Interview, an online job interview using a webcam. You’d think this would be set up so that the potential employer can communicate directly with you – but no, you reply on camera to a bunch of prerecorded questions, and they play back your recording when they damn well feel like it. The setup instructions were hilarious, including this graphic:

In short, a fat grinning man in his late 40s with a beard is not so good, while an unsmiling Neil Patrick Harris from Starship Troopers is better:

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7 Responses to “Unconnected pieces of trivia”

  1. Any job that pays is a… well, not necessarily a good job… but… um, a job that pays (aha, tautology as euphemism). An employer that treats its prospective staff – upon whom it depends for its delivery of service and reputation – with such brazenly unashamed ignorance and contempt does not appear to be one that would offer much in the way of good working conditions, morale or a fair contract.

  2. thomsedavi Says:

    I’m assuming the workplace will look something like this.

  3. As I clicked on the link, I thought that maybe Sam Lowry’s half-office in the Ministry of Information in Brazil would come up, but that was a pretty good choice.

    I wonder if this organisation has a ‘mission statement’ and it says ‘we know that people are our greatest asset’?

  4. That was a pretty good guess! Have either of you seen The Hudsucker Proxy? They do a good Brazil homage, despite being set in 1958.

  5. thomsedavi Says:

    It was the first thing that came to mind – they can see you, but you can only see/hear a recording. It’s a natural progression from that interview to this job.

  6. Then there are ‘seagull managers’ – I had one of those at a certain former polytech with pretensions to being a McDonalds franchise. You’d never see her when there was work to be done, but then afterwards she’d fly in, squawk, shit on people and fly out again. I saw her in the street a while back, unfortunately not being run over by a truck… I had thought that she might have drowned herself in a vat of Botox by then anyway.

    I have seen The Hudsucker Proxy but not for a long time and I have forgotten the reference.

  7. … actually, two of them, but the senior one tended to screech more than squawk and combined the manners of Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop with the intellect of a poinsettia.

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