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Piperchat, prepositions and pant wetting

*spoilers*

coderag_s4_banners_piperchat.jpgOh golly!  Here’s my nonsensical adoration rant for this show. So here is just a little slice of my takeouts I loved from this episode. You know you have watched some quality comedy when the following happen; ( and in no particular order) laughing out loud, snorting(that embarrassing laugh) , beverages consumed whilst watching the show spurting out of your nose, laughing so hard that at 35 you pee yourself a little…and realise that your light bladder control pads now need to be worn whilst watching tv and not just at adult gymnastics classes. I LOVE THIS show. I have written about it all over this blog and did my first spec script on it and it has been a constant source of hilarity. All elements of this show and amazing. Direction, acting, writing – please watch it!  I haven’t laughed so much since the episode where they annihilate and are rude to the VC’s in season 2.

It may seem trivial – but prepositions are important. This is stressed by Richard who explains to Dinesh that he once threw up IN his pants… that’s right, IN not ON. The description of this made me cry with laughter. The nightmarish manifestations of Richard’s anxiety know no limits and it is relatable to those of us who embody some of these nervous traits. The snappy comments that Richard and Dinesh fire at each other is so childishly funny…

An ongoing tScreen Shot 2017-05-01 at 9.45.37 PMheme is the continual hope of success that sticks in the valley. It is fleeting, short lived and seemingly unattainable. The episode largely focuses on Piperchat – the only workable component of Pied Piper that remains. And so ensues the rise and fall of the CEO – and whilst I won’t ruin the enjoyment of this playing out it is interesting to see similar situations that happened to Ricahrd being mirrored with Dinesh. I often wonder how many new start up CEO’s crawl into a bathtub and want to cry! (or even script writer wannabes..or anyone for that matter!)

The living room has been the stage for a lot of funny moments in the show. I will sum up another fave scene with this picture :

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A final visual. This shot is fantastic – Mike Judge is a dream director.

Silicon Valley spec script

If you would like to check out my interview and watch my spec script on silicon valley links are below. To celebrate I have pasted some of my fave snippets of the show! Yay and thanks x

http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/10/25/watch-tv-spec-reading-of-the-silicon-valley-tv-show-by-jennifer-mcauliffe/

and some favourite moments…

Carpal Tunnel, Coding & Condors

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“I don’t code anymore…carpal tunnel”
Last night we saw Erlich Bachman throw on his carpal tunnel wrist support braces, pin his curly locks out of his face , sit on an exercise ball to get comfortable and commence coding in an “all hands on deck” situation for Pied Piper team.
The former carpal tunnel sufferer joined the Pied Piper team in an attempt keep the stream of the Condor egg up and running on their homemade servers ( as it was receiving a lot of traffic) until the rescue team arrive and cut the feed.
Jared takes a mindful moment and revels in the teamwork being witnessed, expressing it as ‘magical’ and ‘ intoxicating’. He rejoices in knowing that Erlich couldn’t deny his call to action when the team needed him most. Erlich’s reponse to this is a little less magical where he cuts the moment short by saying: “Jared, respectfully, shut the fuck up. I’m working.”

I would like to take a moment and deep dive into the true cause behind Erlich’s carpal tunnel syndrome. For those of you unfamiliar with such a condition, it where a nerve is compressed in the wrist which causes pain in the hands/wrists, numbness, pins and needles and movement restriction. There is a common belief that it occurs and effects those who work on computers for extended hours at a time. Overuse injuries are common for anyone who works on a computer and I suspect it resonates with RSI (repetitive strain injury).

Now, if anyone was going to suffer such a condition it would be those who work in IT. However we recently had a workplace health and safety lady assess us at my workplace and she mentioned that were a whole host of reasons as to why someone would suffer this.Take a look at this article here about it being a workplace myth 
That leads me to suspect that this type of overuse injury is from Erlich’s, shall we say, co-curricular activities and interests…

tumblr_nq00s0H8ck1ttqf8xo5_250I think we all know just how annoying it can be to get a lighter to work.Your fingers can turn red from the flicking action. This movement and pressure on the hands and fingers is abnormal. Then, there are the angles. The way in which your hand grips the apparatus and then holds it there for extended periods of time certainly couldn’t help the carpal tunnel cause.

Not to mention that ‘gardening’ in general would no doubt be another factor in his diagnosis…all that pruning, planting,digging,cutting…

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I also suspect his noodle obsession and use of chopsticks would also be something that contributed to his carpal tunnel. That scissoring motion of the hands is surely jarring.
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Back to the show…

The conclusion of the episode pulled at my heart strings because I can’t endure any more grief thrown at Richard.

After he gets off the phone with Monica and tells the guys “I just got fired,” – Erlich then follows on from this with . “And what about me?

Exactly…what about Erlich?  Erlich for CEO?

This ending left me thinking about this comment made by Erlich at an earlier time.
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As much as I love Richard maybe he just doesn’t have the asshole factor needed for the harsh realities of Silicon Valley…

Is there truth to this statement by Erlich?

Time will tell…

Gilfoyle the Great

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aka “ Fucking Ninja”

It has been remiss of me that I haven’t blogged about Gilfoyle. This will just be a short note but an important one nonetheless.

It’s no secret that I am an avid Silicon Valley fan. I took an instant liking to Richard, my feelings there are undeniable however misplaced they may be. My affections are strong and ever growing for Erlich and more so Erlich and Richard as a duo. A true partnership indeed.

Gilfoyle is what I would describe as …an acquired taste.

Our resident LaVeyan Satanist holds the role of System Architecture/Networking and Security at Pied Piper. It is probably best surmised here by Gilfoyle himself and provides a nice introduction to his personality.

Sure he’s self proclaimed and oozes sarcasm almost always delivers most sentences in a deadpan manner – but I felt that there was turning point in episode 7 of this season. Perhaps it was the encroaching darkness surrounding Pied Piper, the string of bad luck that now saw them at odds with EndFrame – everything seemed dire for the team. Only in this type of an environment could the dark prince of the gang rise and thrive. And rise he did.

Morals for Gilfoyle would at best be classed as “loose”.This approach meant Gilfoyle had no ethical dilemma taking the CEO of EndFrame’s password during a meeting that was a complete disaster. He was able to acquire the necessary information that would potentially save their backsides, regardless of the manner in which he was able to do so being questionable. (but hey if you are stupid enough to leave company intel on display…)

Up until this point I thought he was rather self serving and I believe that status still remains ,however he was definitely on team Richard and team Pied Piper. Yay

I viewed his actions as risky but someone in a start up business has to take risks and it certainly isn’t going to be Richard or Jared. He stepped up and it only cements his value to the group.

He may wear a black hat but someone has to. Go forth and continue your greatness Gilfoyle.

As a side note  – I totally would get on with everyone in that hacker hostel… I could listen to my heavy metal music with Gifloyle. Richard and I could encourage each other’s neurosis and all things anxiety and IBS. Dinesh and I could discuss our general lack of awareness in regards to the opposite sex. Jared and I could plan until the cows come home, making processes and SWOT-ing  all day and as for Erlich..well… how could any lady resist such a striking man.

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Renege the negging and renegotiate

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There’s nothing like a pending lawsuit with a major tech corporation (http://www.piedpiper.com/blog/2015/4/13/the-hooli-lawsuit)threatening the livelihood of your upstart and reputation to make you backtrack at the rate of a petaflop.

On reflection, it would seem that ostracising the entire group of investors interested in Pied Piper was not the wisest move – but it certainly was another lesson to learn. Entrepreneurial Erlich is out this episode and we see him as the bad mannered Bachman left trying to repair the irreparable damage caused previously at the VC meetings.

The lawsuit places a dark cloud over the team and as a result we see the valuations and term sheets being reneged – with the biggest blow being that of Raviga. This forces Richard and Erlich to embark on the formidable task of going back into the companies they were so brash and audacious towards to try and renegotiate and retract some of their negging antics.

We see them descend nearly as quickly as the ascent in the previous episode. They certainly get a taste of their own medicine here where we see the full extent of their colourful and wildly creative insults from the client’s perspective – one client recalls being called a “chode gargling fuck toilet”. Is it any wonder they reneged their term sheets and were reluctant to give them a second chance?! After all, term sheets aren’t legally binding documents…

Eventually Elrich takes some ownership of his poor behaviour and during the final client visit expresses some remorse “Thank you for allowing me to come in here today and be vulnerable and to apologise”.  A blanket statement which doesn’t quite cut it – I mean how exactly does one say sorry articulately for putting their balls on a table during a meeting? Unfortunately the client is not so impressed, nor able to forgive and forget it would seem. Finally we see the client  defiantly say “You’re going to watch me do the same thing!” and proceeds to unzip his fly…. An eye for an eye or in this case – balls for balls?!

I feel that the Pied Piper gang have read this article – 8 Great Pieces Of Startup Advice From 4 Silicon Valley Stars Under 30 – and so far we see these challenges and topics surfacing in the episodes – however I’d like to offer 2 more pieces of advice that are missing in this article. One was highlighted in the this episode – never ever let your team get “brain raped” translated in more polite terms as, don’t let people steal your creative ideas and content. Props to Jared and Elrich for stopping this meeting where the so called brain raping was nulltaking place. The meeting did indeed seem to be more of a “steal your start up” meeting rather than one of flattery and interest.

The other is never go “full neg” (extremely negative to the point of irrecoverable damage)

No doubt Pied Piper experienced the first of many rude awakenings indeed!

So if I could give the guys at Pied Piper an affirmation of hope or a quote of the day it would be from Mitch Kapor – founder of Lotus Development who said “Entrepreneurship is not only a mindset but a skillset.” – And in Elrich’s case, a very distinctive skillset.

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