Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sorry, My English

Translation: Pardon my English.

Today is the 'Sorry, My English' edition. I present you a finding of about a week old. Enjoy!

I love to troll too!!!!Let's trolly today! Hohoho. It seems like something Santa would say, like 'Hohohohoho, are you a good girl this year? Hohoho, I'm in a trolly good mood! Let's trolly!'. Get it?

Misplaced Loyalty

All Malaysian radio stations nowadays (and radios everywhere, actually) are trying to stay competitive in the IT period. People have become progressively dependent on the internet to find new songs to download to their mp3 players that radios are losing their influence, unlike way back then in the 90s. Even I rarely hear the radio, until I come back to KL and my daily journey to KD. This forces me to the only entertainment that I could find, the radio. I don't own any mp3 devices like ipod or so on since I know I am not a keen music listener, so I have none to plug-in onto the car audio system. And I'm way to lazy to make a playlist.

Anyway, 5 years are a long time for more English radio stations to emerge. which was the ultimate English radio station back then has more competitions now. Sadly, it also means loss of revenue from advertisements, so they are putting in more and more advert time in between songs. The playlist has also becoming repetitive and another bad mark against them is that they also play old songs. There is nothing wrong with old songs mind you, but is not like MixFM or other oldies-themed radio stations. Their target audience seems to be the young adults and teenagers, so playing old songs, even just last season's, is not a great strategy to fish more audience from your target market.

The talk time by the deejays have also increased. I don't mind a 5 to 10 minutes talk time in the morning, if only they play at least 3 songs in between the talk time. Idiot that they are, the usually have one song per 15 to 20 minutes of talk time and further 10 minutes of adverts. Okay, I exaggerate, but you get me right? Less talk, more songs please. The talking makes me feel like pulling my hair or pulling the deejays' hair! The exceeding talking time is causing me to switch to another radio, as long as this radio plays a song, cause the talking is becoming more and more frantic and tedious to my ears. It's not helping that morning is so not my time of the day.

Anyway, the whole point of this is my way of saying goodbye to an old friend. Yes, by getting angry and smashing on them ^^. In words. I'm saying 'So long shmuck!' to my long-lost friend which I left behind 5 years ago, and now I'm leaving you again for good. Actually, I'll peek every now and then, when other radios are becoming tedious too, so....Okay. Let's just end it at that *wink wink*.

Team Player

Team work can either yield stupendously great or disastrous result for me. I am the first to admit that I am a really bad team player. When it comes to compromising, I suck. Badly. I micromanage things. I want things to go my way. I want the end result to look exactly like what I have in mind. I want things to go on my pace. If things go my way, then I'll work extremely hard to make sure I can finish it as soon as possible and as perfectly as I can. When it comes to group work, I'm a nitpicky perfectionist bitch. In another word, I'm a monster.

I have 3 strategies when it comes to tackling group work. 2 strategies are totally extreme, that I'm awed by just realising it. First, I would control and do everything. As in, as soon as we got this assignment, I would take over and start my plans. Then, I would proceed to prepare basically everything by myself, even when the others have their own tasks. Later, to show that 'Hey, I'm cool with this so I'll let you put in about 5% of your work in our final presentation! How cool was that?!!!', I'll add in some of my team mates work. That's compromise in Harley's world, baby.

Secondly, I would be diffident, quiet and passive and let the big dog take it. When I feel intimidated by someone who has a stronger voice, or I hate that 'self-appointed leader' or the group or the assignment, or I just plain fuck-it-I-seriously-don't-care-one-way-or-another, I let everyone else take over. Let them do all the decisions and let them do all the work. Basically, I become the yes-girl. I agree with anything and I would do my task (if I'm assigned with something, which is usually the case with team assignments) minimally satisfactorily. I'll put in enough effort to pass muster. Hey, at least I'm doing something right? It's better than nothing hohoho.

Lastly, which I think is the best strategy but rarely employed by dear ole moi, is the I'm-doing-all-I-can approach. I'll let another person be the leader (which I hate so much, the micromanager that I am) and force myself to be satisfied with my task which is given. I would do my very best researching and presenting and help with all I can so that all of us will get the best result or win something. This is a role that I take so rarely, I don't even remember this particular strategy. However, I'd say this is the best compromise that I could make.

Being human, that I am, I am full of flaws and makes many mistakes. Being a good team player is never in my dictionary. With my strong micromanaging personality, it's really hard for me to be a good sport and share. I want my opinions to be heard and taken seriously. Worse, I want them to be implemented totally. So, I'd say I should get a D (or an F, which ever rocks your boat) in team work like assignments, presentations or discussions. It's fully justified, even if I'd hate my marker (should one mark me a D or F) for an eternity.

P/S: Yes, I still use an old-school wired mouse. And yes, it's pink.

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