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Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006, 04:25 pm

I've started the whole "trip to boston" post thing but in true internet tradition it was somehow eaten and vanished between last night and just now. I'll do it properly before long though.

I'm having problems with thought at the moment. I've spent three days watching the same episode of Family Fortunes now (all part of the job). Something has happened to Vernon Kay, he's gone strange and gameshow host-ey and it isn't pleasant to watch him lower himself to the intellectual level of that bloody show. As much as I enjoy working here I suspect I'll have to find another job before crappy television kills enough of my braincells that I no longer care and can actually enjoy things like Celebrity Big Brother.

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)

The exact same episode of a dodgy quiz-show 8 hours a day for three days? Are you sure you're not really in some sort of special hell?

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)

Actually since I have another day of it to look forward to and then a whole fortnight of watching the rest of the series I'm fairly sure I'm in a very *specific* hell that bloody Dante glossed over.

Thu, Oct. 19th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)

i don't understand! how is this your job? please explain.

Fri, Oct. 20th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)

It is somewhat appropriate that a power cut ate the reply I originally wrote to this one:

We make interactive TV applications - "press red to see more info" kind of thing. Mostly we seem at the moment to be making games to run alongside godawful TV shows like Cashcabs, The Price is Right and Familiy Fortunes. The applications usually involve playing the same games only for points which, if you get enough of them, allow you to pay to enter a draw for FABULOUS PRIZES!

So, my job (of late) is to test the prototype of the application. The different bits of the application need to pop up at the same time as their corresponding game in the TV show, so a random number spinner appears in the app at the same time as the wheel is spun in the TV show. So I end up having to test it on a broad range of different set top boxes (about thirty) meaning I have to watch the show about thirty times as I test the application and make sure the right questions and games pop up.

I am going to beat Vernon Kay to within an inch of his life one day. That is extracurricular.