Part-time at the Czech Business Weekly. Weird TV. The Hey Clip

Ugh. This is probably going to go everywhere and nowhere. Iā??m back into working seven day weeks, devoting most of my time to translating history essays. The last few I did were well-written, which made things a bit easier, but itā??s still a grind. Hope the remainder are just as lucid (touch wood).

I took a part-time copy editing job at the Czech Business Weekly. Unfortunately it only lasted a couple of days as I quit on Friday. With the exception of translating executive stroke jobs for the paperā??s Whose Move section, the stuff that was coming across my desk was interesting and, for the most part, read well. However, I made a mistake in thinking that I could take care of the essays after a day of editing. I was supposed to work Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the office and a half day from home on Fridays. After giving up two days of translating essays in order to edit, I realized that this just was not going to work. Then there was the money factor ā?? it didnā??t dawn on me until the day after my second day in the office that the wage I was getting was lower than what a newbie ESL teacher makes. That fact should have been clear to me at the interview, that is to say it should have clicked when I was told what my salary would be. But with the essays, the regular clients, the visa, the wedding and all the chores, tasks and jobs Iā??m supposed to be doing around the flat (note that I said supposed to), many things have been going in one ear and out the other.

Anyway, Iā??m going to try to spend the week working primarily on the essays at home, ideally at the pace I worked at this weekend. That means no trips into the centre of Prague, social or otherwise. Lots of English breakfast tea and Red Bulls, a bit of food when Jitkaā??s around to remind me to eat. Also a bit of Unreal Tournament 2004, Far Cry, Doom 3 or The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion when Jitkaā??s not around to get on my case about gaming. As well as a fair amount of leisure surfingā??

Which leads me to this. Thanks to Think Again magazine I discovered that one of my favourite TV shows of all time has a web presence. Before ebaumā??s world, College Humor, YouTube and any other user content based site, there was Weird TV, a show that was exactly what its name said it was. Iā??m not going to ruin the surprise (if anything surprises you these days, that is), just check it out.

And speaking of YouTube, hereā??s a little something to put you in the mood for the Pixies’ July 13 gig at Palac Akropolis. Well, maybe itā??ll put you in the mood for something else, but whatever kind of mood it puts you in, you can rest assured it will be a good one.

Iā??m not even going to try and read that back. Iā??m outtie.

May 21, 22:25 (Filed under: Prague media, Personal )

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