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Saturday, June 12, 2004

Mmm, revision

I think I could quite happily slip back into not working Saturdays, having these last two weeks off has been really nice. Exams this week generally weren't too bad either, one of the Computing papers on Frdiday afternoon had pretty much everything I'd revised in which was nice, the other being cryptic as usual. Theory this morning was good either, I'm relieved as I think I've passed so will be able to do grade 6 piano and guitar practical at Christmas.

P6 on the other hand wasn't so successful, I didn't feel confident on a few of the areas, I just need to do more examples and work through more practise questions on complex numbers. I was a bit disappointed as a lot of the stuff I'd revised didn't come up, but at least I've got another couple of chances to resit if I need to.

As always in the exam season everything seems more interesting than revision, Si's learning electric guitar which has acted as a spur to get me broadening the music I'm playing. I'm really tempted to get an acoustic/12 string/electric guitar but realistically for anything reasonable it would be £200+ and I haven't money to throw around exactly.

Thinking of which I've got a review of performance in a couple of weeks at work, a sit down chat with the manager about how the past year at work has been. One of the points I've got to think about is future and "Where I want to be in a year?" Will and Si are both looking at gap years, Cemal's still looking into it whilst others want to go straight to Uni. I'm looking at applying for Maths, probably at Oxbridge but I'm not sure where I want to go. When exams are over I'm going to have to go and look round some university open days.

Also, a great article I've just read on the O. J. Simpson trial, definitely worth a read.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Call centre workers..

Call centre workers...

  1. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.
  2. If they start out with, "How are you today?" say, "I'm so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems. My arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died..."
  3. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people work there, how they got into this line of work if they are married, how many kids they have, etc. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.
  4. This works great if you are male. Telemarketer: "Hi, my name is Judy and I'm with XYZ Company. " You: Wait for a second and with a real husky voice ask, "What are you wearing?"
  5. Cry out in surprise, "Judy? Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.
  6. Say "No" over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most fun if you can do it until they hang up.
  7. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends Plan, reply, in as sinister a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends, would you be my friend?"
  8. If the company cleans rugs, respond: "Can you get out blood? Can you get out goat blood? How about human blood?"
  9. After the Telemarketer gives his or her spiel, ask him or her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you can't just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.
  10. Tell the Telemarketer that you work for the same company, and they can't sell to employees.
  11. Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set the receiver down, scream, "Oh my God!" and then hang up.
  12. Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot give out their home numbers say, "I guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?" The Telemarketer will agree and you say, "Me either!" Hang up.
  13. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.
  14. Tell them it is dinner time, but ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.
  15. Tell the Telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if they could bring you some beer.
  16. Ask them to fax the information to you, and make up a number.
  17. Tell the Telemarketer, "Okay, I'll listen to you. But I should probably tell you, I'm not wearing any clothes."
  18. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a joke. "Come on, Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's your momma?"
  19. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up ... louder ... louder...
  20. Tell them to talk very slowly, because you want to write every word down.

After church today I went out to dinner with Si, Helen and their parents. We went to the Arundel house hotel restaurant, which was really nice. I've never been to such a formal restaurant before, and didn't cost the earth either. The food was nice, goodbye pizza hut...

Study leave hasn't been as productive as it could have been, but I'd done a lot of revision before we broke up so hopefully exams won't go too badly. Ben is also doing exams, though his are more spaced out than mine; most of mine within a week of each other, better go do some revision.