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never too late

hmm, i take that back

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:25 (nine years ago) link

As a 23 year old with a BA in creative writing, an MA in American Literature and five years worth of writing experience, is it worth me applying?

Yeah I'd say so. I was 25 when I got in.

There is no age limit and the scheme welcomes career-changers who have ambitions to work in broadcast news but have been pursuing a career in other industries.

The year I did it there was an Irish solicitor who must have been mid or late 30s. As well as some people in early 20s. I reckon it's a lot more competitive now, I got in cos they didn't know what the internet was at this time and they needed people who could harness its dark magic. Little has changed I guess.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:31 (nine years ago) link

what are they looking for? not sure how you'd go about getting the right boxes ticked

ogmor, Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:16 (nine years ago) link

As a 23 year old with a BA in creative writing, an MA in American Literature and five years worth of writing experience, is it worth me applying?

― the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:17 (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The fact you can claim all that and have the gall to elide the possessive apostrophe from "years'" indicates to me that your lying on you're CV

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:00 (nine years ago) link

your lying on you're CV

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:01 (nine years ago) link

clearly intentional dude

malapopism (wins), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:02 (nine years ago) link

The fact you can claim all that and have the gall to elide the possessive apostrophe from "years'" indicates to me that your lying on you're CV

^^^^^ sentence clearly the work of a savage who uses "whilst" without shame

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:17 (nine years ago) link

my novel is currently 92794 words long and heavens! one of those words is whilst. better nuke the lot. how many words is your novel stevie? :)

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:32 (nine years ago) link

Novels! What a quaint caprice.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:33 (nine years ago) link

nothing on the BBC

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:34 (nine years ago) link

^^^trenchant social commentary

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:34 (nine years ago) link

meanwhilst elsewhere...

Mordy , Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:37 (nine years ago) link

elsetwhere

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:37 (nine years ago) link

int counter = 5;
int factorial = 1;
do {
factorial *= counter--; /* Multiply, then decrement. */
} whilst (counter > 0);
printf("factorial of 5 is %d\n", factorial);

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:39 (nine years ago) link

my novel is currently 92794 words long and heavens! one of those words is whilst. better nuke the lot. how many words is your novel stevie? :)

i'm all about the non-fiction, louis

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:40 (nine years ago) link

> whilst (counter > 0);

you could stop at 1 given that that is the multiplicative identity...

koogs, Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:43 (nine years ago) link

Thought u guys would be arguing the relative merits of "is it worth me applying" vs "is it worth my applying" by now

malapopism (wins), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:48 (nine years ago) link

[in all seriousness, and i just felt i should make this clear, you are all welcome to use 'whilst' wherever and whenever you like, it's just my own personal bugbear, and one which has arisen from subbing/rewriting too much copy where 'whilst' has been used to imply a certain level of 'cleverness' that is painfully absent in the rest of the copy]

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 16:17 (nine years ago) link

you could stop at 1 given that that is the multiplicative identity...

― koogs, Thursday, November 28, 2013 3:43 PM (5 hours ago)

Well that's what I get for C&Ping code from Wikipedia without checking it. Oh hang on, someone's edited it...

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:35 (nine years ago) link

Five years worth, btw, works either way afaic

30 ch'lopping days left to umas (darraghmac), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:37 (nine years ago) link

No wait, I was looking at the 'while' page just now, which has the 'stop at 1' condition, but the code fragment I copied earlier was from the 'do while' page. Curses to you, Wikipedia! Is it too late to work in some kind of BBC++ joek?

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:41 (nine years ago) link

xp C and C++ jockeys love to prematurely optimise code almost as much as assembler programmers

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:43 (nine years ago) link

i don't get why the php example is so shonky.

i also missed the 'whilst' change in that original snippet and, therefore, the entire point.

anyway, back on topic. the 'an adventure in space and time' thing to celebrate dr who was good, lots of bbc tvc footage.

koogs, Thursday, 28 November 2013 22:01 (nine years ago) link

BBC News editor/former Times editor James Harding says that BBC News "can't be a free-form jazz band." Why not?

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/09/bbc-news-nelson-mandela-complaints-coverage

(actually I agree with him on his central point; see also the people who complained that live coverage of NM's release back in 1990 meant postponement of Antiques Roadshow. They may even have been the same people)

850 complaints. log 'em and move on.

last updated 10 years ago by (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2013 11:53 (eight years ago) link

The BBC received about 850 complaints about the extent of its Mandela coverage, including its decision on Thursday evening to interrupt a repeat of sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys on BBC1 to bring viewers news of his death.
kind of lol but mostly sad

sktsh, Monday, 9 December 2013 11:58 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

is BBC allowed to have product placements on their shows?

newsnight, for example, gave "flappy bird" or whatever it was quite a boost no doubt last night

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 13:57 (eight years ago) link

hopefully nobody was paid for it

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 13:58 (eight years ago) link

there's also restaurant man. featuring some hotel in mhor scotland this week, and the pullman restaurant train last week. both times their web server went down straight after it was shown

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 14:03 (eight years ago) link

i know because the other member of the household went straight on the website.. (same member who also downloaded that flappy bird game)

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 14:03 (eight years ago) link

BBC things have facebook pages and twitter accounts and they talk about x-factor etc so I suppose anything goes.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 8 February 2014 06:14 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

BBC3 looks certain to get the chop.

eardrum buzz aldrin (NickB), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 15:54 (eight years ago) link

Good

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:01 (eight years ago) link

lol @ crass populism that isn't very popular

UK Cop Humour (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:04 (eight years ago) link

Say what you really feel Tom. I'm slightly saddened cos it'll mean a loss of diversity to some extent (or at least the notion of it) and obviously it sucks for the people who work there, but otoh I don't think I've actually watched more than a minute of it in my life so *shrugs*

eardrum buzz aldrin (NickB), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:06 (eight years ago) link

Complete waste of money

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:07 (eight years ago) link

They're giving it to Scotland as a leaving present.

eardrum buzz aldrin (NickB), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:08 (eight years ago) link

it'll mean a loss of diversity to some extent

On the contrary

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:08 (eight years ago) link

Great for Being Human and festival coverage, not so great for American Dad/Family Guy ad infinitum. E4 is even worse, though.

baked beings on toast (suzy), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:10 (eight years ago) link

(or at least the notion of it)

That's the nub I think. The idea of provideing diversity just by being a distinct channel would have carried more weight in the analogue days, but there are so many channels now that just existing doesn't add much in the way of diversity if you aren't providing something a bit different.

UK Cop Humour (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:10 (eight years ago) link

providing

UK Cop Humour (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:10 (eight years ago) link

where am i gonna watch Family Guy now?

i'm aware that my reaction to BBC3 says a lot about my worse instincts tbh, but i'm not sure if Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents has added much of value to the culture.

the downside of this is quite possibly more dilution of BBC4 but

in an ideal world, i'm sure there shd be a place for everything, but i'm pretty sure the target audience for BBC3 is more or less exactly the demographic that watches least broadcast telly?

landschlubber (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:10 (eight years ago) link

gonna be a lot of godawful stand-up comics and sitcom writers signing on, too

landschlubber (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:12 (eight years ago) link

maybe broader, less middle-class-solipsist-scumbag question: is it possible to do Youth TV that doesn't pander?

landschlubber (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:14 (eight years ago) link

E4's record in youth drama has been way better than BB3's over the past few years. But we're talking about a demographic that will, by and large, happily shift online with the channel anyway. Given the future of TV is mostly online anyway it might give the BBC more room to experiment here. Or it might just slowly wither on the vine.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:19 (eight years ago) link

Its a shame this has been under 'cuts' rather than from 'this channel is awful, lets use the money more wisely'.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:29 (eight years ago) link

I'm a non-licence-payer who hasn't had a telly in years so take this with a pinch of salt but this channel is almost channel 4 bad

Andreass Twerckmeister (wins), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:36 (eight years ago) link

Of all channels, this is one I'm happy to lose. It's remarkably, consistently, bad.

E4 shows TWO BROKE GIRLS and BROOKLYN NINE NINE both of which I like in different ways. E4 is miles better than BBC3 I'm afraid.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:38 (eight years ago) link

xp

i'd be torn in a poll, for sure

landschlubber (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:38 (eight years ago) link

wtf @ Pinefox liking Two Broke Girls

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 16:39 (eight years ago) link


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