My new CEO is probably evil – With added skulls.

My employer got a new CEO a couple of months ago, the old CEO wasn’t keeping the investors happy so they got rid of him – he didn’t see it coming, which is probably pretty good evidence that he had no vision (strategic or otherwise).

The new CEO seems sending chummy blog post style emails, this is a good sign that he shouldn’t be trusted but until the other day I hadn’t actually met him – saying “hi” at 7am when I am rushing to the gym in a t-shirt adorned with a skull doesn’t count.

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(I saved this photo about 10 years ago, no idea from where)

After some prompting he decided to arrange “chats” with a few Business Areas, including mine. He didn’t come over very well. Given I am trying to swear less and chill out I can’t fully express what I felt in my own words, but I was inspired to start a playlist which covered some of my feelings.

Name Artist
Trust? Limp Bizkit
We Must Bury You Katatonia
Fat Around the Heart KING 810
Another Day, Another Vendetta Hatebreed
Let the planets burn Hanzel und Gretyl
Car Full Of Stash Gluecifer
Mr. Wiggly Full Devil Jacket
American Capitalist Five Finger Death Punch
Burn It Down Five Finger Death Punch
Burn MF Five Finger Death Punch
Dot Your Eyes Five Finger Death Punch
Droppin’ Plates Disturbed
Just Got Wicked Cold
Lumps Chimaira
What If I Lost It Bloodsimple
A Better Lie Pitchshifter
Brand New Hate Backyard Babies
Stab You Through The Everything A18
Counterfeit Limp Bizkit
Dot Your Eyes (feat. Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed) Five Finger Death Punch
Sick Of Man Cold
Heffalumps and Woozles Walt Disney

It is still a work in progress and I probably need more screaming in order to properly express how much I don’t trust this person.

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Food: Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey – “Why should I have to be the one to not say what’s on my mind?”

I won’t lie, I’ve been in a very angry place this past week, a combination of disruption to my gym schedule by paperpushers trying to save pennies, two overly aggressive male cyclists being utter dicks, a massively passive aggressive prat at work being such a gutless coward and the Foo Fighters being on every single time I stick on a music channel.

So I eagerly embraced trying Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey which promised that “The natural botanical ingredients in this product have been specially blended to mellow your mood.”

marley's mellow mood

That may well be the case but I nearly spat out my first mouthful as it taste of overly sweet stale cold tea. I probably should have seen this coming given the ingredients are decaffeinated green and black tea extracts, herbal extracts and honey, but the desire to chill out overrode my common sense.

My fabulous spouse drank the rest of the failed experiment with a look of  resignation whilst I frantically scrabbled to think of a way to ditch the massive reserve of bubbling anger that I still had.

I should probably have tried to mediate, but 1,000 calories of chocolate, a bottle of pre-mixed vodka and Five Finger Death Punch have made me feel pretty good so we will call that a win.

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(Five Finger Death Punch)

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TV: Revolution – somehow involving zombies

Perhaps it is because it is cold and dark but I am increasingly finding myself watching things where I spend too much time shouting at the TV.

For example, I am watching season 2 of ‘Revolution’ despite season one having clearly demonstrated that all the major characters were stupid, impulsive and tended to make things worse.

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The highlight of season one was in episode 5 there was a five second burst of Five Finger Death Punch (‘Generation Dead’ as I recall) that was used to show that Neville’s neighbours before the blackout were rowdy and rude. I think this was meant to explain why Neville then became an overly intense person who seems perfectly happy to use then discard people and occasionally kill them.

In my life I like having a contingency plan – just in case. Sometimes this contingency plan is the best of a bad bunch; for example when watching anything involving zombies I am firmly of the opinion that the characters should hold back as many bullets as there are people they care about in their group for the simple reason that becoming a flesh-munching zombie through poor planning must be a massive mortal sin. Also because being ripped apart by zombies is icky and you shouldn’t let that happen to people you like.

Five Finger Death Punch

(Photo of Five Finger Death Punch from Loudwire)

I am open to expanding the term “zombies” to include radiation crazed mutants who are technically not dead (‘The Hills Have Eyes’), biological warfare victims who crave human flesh (‘The Crazies’), homicidal ghostly beings (‘The Fog’ – the 1980s original, there is no remake) and non-humanoid-shaped monsters (possibly from another dimension) that kill and/or eat humans (The Mist).

Some situations are harder to have a contingency plan for, such as the post-electrical blackout ruins of America where everyone seems to have devolved to being ruled by their most primitive instincts and are generally jolly unpleasant – for example season 2 of ‘Revolution’ and the interesting twist on how to take the edge off of diabetes-induced organ failure.

So whilst fighting for survival is commendable there comes a point where the bad guys are looking set to overwhelm you and even if you do escape them then your reward is to continue to scrabble in the dirt for survival.

zombie elvis (Photo from tatpix)

At which point having options is good, perhaps they should seriously consider moving to Hawaii.

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Iphone battery VS Five Finger Death Punch – at least my dog didn’t use it as a chew toy.

I have an iPhone 4s, it is my first smartphone and at the time I really didn’t that think I needed – or could justify, that much toy in a phone.

Much to my surprise I took to it like a duck to water, it turns out that I like being able to shop, bank, get voucher codes and check the weather using my phone! I’ve stayed true to my promise to not be one of those rude people who checks their phone in a restaurant – well not unless the other-half is already looking tempted!

So it was jolly irritating when my phone started to turn itself off randomly when it still had loads of charge left on the battery – 25% to 36%.

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(Photo from Reddit)

Even stranger was that it wouldn’t turn on until it was plugged into the charged, but then showed the same battery percentage as when it turned itself off.

Restoring the factory settings – and then installing the backup, didn’t work – if anything it got a bit worse as 54% was now deemed crash-worthy. By now a bit freaked out and increasingly vexed, I made an appointment for the following day with the Genius Bar people at my local Apple Store.

The other-half suggested completely running down the battery to see if that reset the battery calibration, I queried how we could do this and the answer was face-time for over an hour whilst simultaneously blasting out Five Finger Death Punch’s latest album.

Five Finger Death Punch - 5FDP

(Five Finger Death Punch (aka 5FDP))

The phone did eventually go flat – although 1% lasted 40 minutes of abuse… we then charged it to 100%… by this point it was the wee hours of the morning so I went to bed with the intent of keeping the appointment at the Apple Store.

I hadn’t realised that the appointment time was more of a guideline – the store was heaving and there were a surprising amount of people turning up without an appointment who looked very confused that the world didn’t revolve around them.

There was a very sweet girl called Vittoria whose green iPad was working overtime in trying to find them slots. It was pretty therapeutic sitting on a desk (there were no free stools!) watching everyone run around, it was all the more fun because my phone had stayed on!

35 minutes after my appointment time should have been a very nice chap wandered over and poked my phone. He could tell me that the battery was over the 80% reliability threshold – apparently at under 80% reliability the battery can’t be trusted, replacing it would cost £45 ish (including VAT) but he didn’t recommend that just yet.

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(Photo from the internet)

He suggested resetting to factory settings and then not restoring from a backup, but generally couldn’t see anything wrong with the phone or explain the turning off tendencies. But he was very nice.

I don’t want to start again from totally clean factory settings unless I really have to, so at the moment I am in the midst of a few more cycles of running the phone flat then fully charging. I don’t want to commit to print if this tactic is working or even ponder the likelihood of success!

On the plus side, no matter what happens at least my phone screen is intact, unlike most of the people I know with an iPhone!

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