November 26th, 2004


Hair today, gone tomorrow..

After two days, the transformation is complete. I have shed my shaggy surf-bum look for a slightly less shaggy, not-very-coiffed, return to my (almost) natural colour, with extra bits of this n that. Everyone was right, Brooke rocks. I did miss Ben with the scalp massage though. He always managed to turn me on (it was the way he fondled my ears), so I'd want to take him home and get him to rub my head.. mm.. pretty sure that wasn't his intention but you take it where you can get it, right?

Er, anyway. Last night I watched the movie of 1984, with John Hurt and Richard Burton. I read the book in high school, but had never seen the movie. This movie was made in 1984, and filmed in the area of London that the original story was set in, during April to July. The only thing they did to 'make up' the set was add a tank or two.

I saw some disturbing parallels between the story and some of the things going on in the world today - the black-clad SWAT team turning up and taking people away (FBI), the spying on people's personal lives (Patriot Act), the torture scenes (Abu Gharib), the whole concept of thoughtcrime, the altering of past events in the media to reinforce fallacious statements by the government (remember the exit polls?), the switching of allies in an unnecessary war - "We are at war with East Asia. We have always been at war with East Asia. Eurasia are our allies. They have always been our allies." (Cosovo? Haiti? Iraq? Afghanistan?)

I think the thing that disturbed me the most was the removal of choice, and the people's acceptance of it. And the very graphic demonstrations of how easy it is to manipulate people in large numbers.

George Orwell was one switched on cookie. I just think his timing may have been out by 20 years.


So I was offered the makeup job, despite turning up to my second interview with no makeup on and when they asked me why I should be offered the job, saying "Because I rock!"

As it stands now, I have one offer on the table ($5000 payrise), been shortlisted (3 people) for another that would probably pay better, and have another two in the pipeline that haven't closed yet. The two that haven't closed yet are the ones I -really- like the look of. My contract here is up on the 9th of January and I must have a new job by then.

So, I can take the 'Bird in the Hand' approach, or the 'Take a Risk' approach.

What to do, what to do?
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