Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Job Sucks: How Have You Not Been Fired?

Everybody has that one co-irker who is lazy, unreliable and always screws up, yet somehow manages to keep their job. I am no exception to this rule. Unfortunately, the state the company I work for is in right now is, uh...not good. Here's the run-down as of the state of affairs:

(Computer company) has hired (security company) to - wait for it - provide security officers at their various offices to make sure nobody just walks out carrying a bunch of laptops. (No employee discount is that good, folks. Sad but true.) However, (security company) is really not in good shape. They're extremely desperate for employees, more people are quitting than applying, and the company is losing a ton of money because of all the overtime they're paying out due to the lack of people. (Computer company) is not pleased with (security company) because of this fact.

So, it comes as no real shock to me that this co-irker has not been fired, since they need every single last person on the employee roster to remain working there. I've posted about her before, check the tags and read up about "Cell Phone Girl" for backstory. Why am I posting about this tonight, you may ask? There's been an update in her saga.

She left us with one person to do lobby/patrol duties because she said she had to leave at 9 P.M. She apparently has a second job that she goes to (she only works one day a week at this company, why could you not have planned around this?) and decided not to tell the supervisors ahead of time that she can't work her entire shift, since she was scheduled until 11 PM. The 2nd shift patrol person was relieving Gatehouse and couldn't do jack about it, and had to page a supervisor FOR her to find out what the hell was going on. Co-irker ended up leaving at 10 PM because that was the soonest the patrol person could get to her. I'm honestly questioning the validity of her story.
I really am getting fed-up with her. Thankfully I don't have to work with her much anymore, but she pretty much makes everybody around her pick up the slack. I know the company is hard-up for workers, but seriously: if she's this lazy, is only working one day, can't even be bothered to work the entire shift and is causing this much trouble, it won't make much of a difference whether she comes in and works or not. Fire her to save the money of not having to pay her and hire someone who will actually come in and do some work.

I mean, SHEESH. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

D52 Review - Mulan

As all of you know, I am a completely perfect individual who never misses a deadline and is timely in every way. However, this movie is so completely forgettable that I really don’t know what to write in this totally-on-time-directly-after-watching-the-film review.

I had only seen bits and pieces of this film beforehand, but for some reason, everyone on the internet is absolutely taken with his film. I’m not kidding, there’s so much love for this film and it follows me all over fandom! Either for the songs, the gender-bending, the film itself, or anything else, and I…just don’t get it.

There are exceptions involved. The song “Reflection” resonates with me a lot (I listened to it a lot around the time I came out of the closet, for added context) and Mulan’s guy voice was kinda sorta hot, but it got old quick. Everything else was just really annoying or forgettable! Even George Takei couldn’t save this film!

I didn’t like Eddie Murphy playing Donkey Prototype, I didn’t like “I’ll Make a Man Out Of You” (and that’s apparently a cardinal sin on the internet, as every single fucking fandom has a fan video set to that song, even TGWTG with Kickassia) I really just don’t care for this movie! I don’t get the hype!

Also, there are actually people out there who think the romance in the movie works! Since he didn’t murder Mulan after he found out she was a woman, that obviously means its twoo wuv and mawwaige is obviously destined. (Have you the wing?)

Nothing about this movie stands out to me. I do not understand how it’s so popular. But it’s just gonna keep chasing me with all its crappy music and fanvids, no matter where I go. (Seriously, EVERY. FANDOM. NO EXCEPTIONS.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

D52 Review - Hercules

Back when I was younger, every day after school I’d come home, make myself a snack, lay on the floor in front of the TV and watch Hercules. I did this for weeks. So, thinking back to that, I figured there had to be a reason I watched it so much. Could it be that it would hold the same candle now as it did then?

Well, in some ways, it does. I certainly like it better than some of the movies I’ve seen in this project. Hearing Charlton Heston himself say “you go, girl” was rather surreal. And the music, even the songs I don’t particularly like tend to sneak their way into my brain and get caught in my head. All in all, it’s not a bad film.

A good selling point for this film has gotta be Meg, who was elevated to brief “Disney Princess” status back in the 90s. (Seriously, you could see her face plastered on stuff with Cinderella and Belle back then. Also, I had the Hercules collectable plastic plates and Hero/Villain CDs that McDonald’s released around the time of this movie. Yay for merchandising!)

The reason I like Meg is because unlike a lot of the female protagonists in Disney films, this one actually does something instead of just being the trophy for the guy saving the day. She’s wise, likable, and I really got kinda shocked by the brief one-sentence backstory they give her. She sells her soul to the devil to save the man she loves, and he’s like “Oh, that’s cool. Hey, that chick’s hot. Bye!”

Why wasn’t this movie about her? That would’ve been a TON more entertaining to hear about than Hercules going through puberty! I can be quoted on record as saying I don’t like Disney sequels (Though Rescuers Down Under was okay and Toy Story 2 and 3 were great) but I really wouldn’t mind it if they re-did this movie but cut out the teenage parts about Herc and replaced it with Meg’s first-hand story.

So, then we get to Herc being an adult, and HOLY SHIT, I forgot how bad that CGI Hydra was. I mean, DAMN. I remember being intimidated by that thing as a kid! I remember that being the height of movie technology for my puny little brain! Oh, how the times have changed. Also, as my sexy skox pointed out in his much more timely review, why does saving a village countless times from monsters and natural disasters and the like not count as being a selfless hero? Does it only count if you don’t accept endorsement deals for sneakers? Zeus has some odd rules.

So, we have the typical romantic misunderstanding where Hercules finds out that Meg is in cahoots with Hades, though unwilling, not that he’ll listen. I’ve said time and time again just how much I hate these things, although they are sorta true to life. People get into pointless tiffs and jump to conclusions, and sometimes things that can be fixed with a simple explanation get put on the backburner because one party just refuses to hear it. And since that’s so frustrating in real life, maybe that’s what pisses me off about this?

But naturally, things work out. Sort of. Hercules makes his own deal with Hades to lose his strength, but under the stipulation that Meg not get hurt or else he’ll get it right back. And naturally she does, he gets it back, she gets sent into the River Styx, Hercules has to ride Charon’s boat to find her, and for some reason, saving one woman and leaving all those other souls behind to rot is what makes him a god. Go figure. (Though I will say, the dying souls did freak me out a lot as a kid, and it’s still a pretty creepy scene.)

So, Hercules gets welcomed into Mount Olympus since he’s proven himself a hero, but decides to stay mortal with Meg on earth because hormones. Here’s something else I didn’t get: why couldn’t they make Meg a goddess so she could go too? I think she’s proven that she’s a pretty strong hero too, guys! Managing to bounce back from the worst ex-boyfriend ever, take a shot on some other guy, push him out of the way of a pillar and get herself killed so he wouldn’t get hurt, and THAT doesn’t warrant goddess status when Herc did pretty much the same thing, maybe even less to get his?

Oh, well. Aside from those nitpicks, it’s not that bad of a movie. I certainly had fun watching it, Danny DeVito’s singing aside.

Also – Zeus’s spiral nipples vs. Kokuom’s bear paw nipples. Discuss.