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Movies, Craft Beer and Geek Stuff

Living in England, most people look at you like some kind of horrific leper when you say you don’t like football. I know this first hand. I don’t like football. In fact, I loathe it. It’s not like other sports that I just don’t have an interest in. I actually cannot stand football (soccer to some of you). So here are my 5 reasons why.

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Today my friend, Dennis posted an article on his site The Beta News about how movie studio fat cats see twitter as detrimental to the movie industry. They are concerned that people are instantly coming out of a screening and tweeting their, often negative, opinions on the movie and this is acting as a catalyst for bad publicity. Where before you’d have to pick up a newspaper or a copy of Empire to read about the latest movies, now you have short, sharp opinions hand delivered to you in your Twitter feed. What used to happen in days or weeks is now happening in minutes. But is this actually bad for the movie industry? I don’t think so.

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In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in a global recession. People are losing their jobs left and right due to cut backs and companies folding. These are often skilled people who would be an asset to any company who could afford to have them on staff. Although it upsets me that these people are losing their jobs, what is starting to get me more and more riled up is the number of people in jobs that they don’t have the skills or competency level to do as effectively as someone else who is potentially out of work. People in office jobs that require them to use a computer every single day often have computer literacy levels FAR below what should be required.

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Look at this shit:

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Musings, Top 5s

5 Epic Phone Fails

The telephone has been with since the late 1800’s yet it’s surprising how many people fail in it’s use. In my job I talk to a lot of people on the phone. During this time I’ve come across various traits that people have in their telephone manner. Some are endearing but many are irritating… and some… some are so bad that they can mar the whole conversation. So sit down, take the phone off the hook (see what I did there?) and check out my list of 5 cardinal sins of telephone conversations.

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There are so many ways to communicate online. E-Mail, twitter, Facebook, Forums, Blog comment threads and instant messaging all with their own set of accepted standards and unspoken rules for etiquette. It would be easy for the uneducated to commit a dreadful faux pas and embarrass themselves or offend the other party. So behold my 5 golden rules for good Internet communication. You can apply these to pretty much all of the above.

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