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September 11, 2007

Daylight saving time

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Or whatever it is called.
The summer, according to the government is officially over this Saturday. And me still not taking my raincoat and umbrella out of storage. People are still walking in short clothes, the beaches are still full, and some stupid coalition deal, is going to kill an hour of every day from now till march.
Just to give you an idea. The sun now sets at about 7pm. That gives me an hour of daylight after I leave work on a good day. Once they move the clock, the sun will set at 6. and then earlier and earlier, until by mid winter it will set around 5.
Think about it. 5pm. That is what normal people call “Afternoon”. Not night. If anyone had ANY sense, they’d either leave the bloody clock alone, or move the time an hour back, to leave us some daylight at the end of the day.
Who on earth was meant to leave work at night time? Look at the Scandinavians: they have no choice in the matter, true, but those guys are jumping off buildings like lemmings. People were not meant to live in the dark. We are not dwarves.
I say, enough with this madness.

Today, your multimedia spectacular is a Nina Simone version of an old classic. Take a moment and enjoy this, in honor of our friend, that we will all miss soon…

Let the sunshine in.

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September 4, 2007

The Eco-Friendly Office

How well every optimistic prediction of the future has always come true. remember the paperless office? My colleagues that reprint every version of their 85 page document, after each word added show how well that has come out. Technology as a time-saver? Give me a break. I spend endless hours at work and at my shrink, trying to cope with gazillions of emails that flood my inbox, and the anxiety that it creates. 427 emails unread, currently. (See my previous posts about these subjects.)

Now, let us see how eco-friendly our office environment really is.

We are all sleeping tight because we recycle batteries at the office. Hooray. You can hear the crowd roaring. However, anyone that wants a drink, either uses a disposable cup to drink water, or opens one of the personal sized water bottles we get from the water cooler company. We have a truckload of empty bottles every week.

Lights and air conditioning are on, 24/7. Of course. But the award winning, unbelievable story of our company, is the middle room in the RD corridor. 4 people occupy that room. Some of them like the air cool, and like the movie, some like it hot. So, the obvious solution my friends, is that the Air-conditioning unit is set to freeze the room, and one person sits with their own personal convector (Small electric thingy, blows hot air. Yes, that it what it’s called apparently…) heating the same room. An ever lasting war of temperatures. When I saw this, this insane waste of electricity, all happening on a nice lovely day where any sane person would just open the window and enjoy the air, I knew we were doomed. I had a moment there. I found the end of the universe.

Here is a description of such a revelation, by amazing comedian, Lewis Black

My friends, humanity, exactly like the solar powered lighter, is doomed to extinction. For the rare few that never saw this technological wonder, the solar powered lighter:
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July 12, 2007

The paperless Office, or how computers help us save time.

Yesterday I went back to the doctor’s office.
I was there a while ago, to get something checked. The visit cost me a pretty penny. When trying to get the money back from my Health Insurance company, I realized the genius of a secretary wrote someone else’s name on my receipt.
Heading back, I thought that writing another receipt should take 2 minutes, perhaps 5 if there’s a line, and I’ll have time to get to a movie. Then I entered the doctor’s office.
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Despite the computer on her desk, EVERYTHING had a hard copy. She was very busy finding some specific paper, and took a while to even notice me. So much for the paperless office, huh? Being old-school, she printed everything that happened, and was probably in charge of single handedly clearing a small valley in the Amazon forest.
I really do believe that as of now, computers have made no positive change on offices. For every 4 people that use the computer for their documents, there is one person that now prints a small forest for each revision of a document they write.
Well, At least we still thank computers for saving us time.

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It took her 25 minutes to give up. She simply could not manage to find a way to change the name on the receipt. I was ready to scream, tear out my hair, or just go postal on everyone in the area. For god’s sake, this should have taken, and would have taken, a minute and a half if she just used paper.
So, let’s count. Her pay for 25 minutes. My time and money for waiting that long, and for having to go back there tomorrow to pick it up (If she actually managed to do it by now), the 6-8 patients waiting angrily behind me because we were holding everyone up. and the money it costs that doctor to own, fix and operate that computer. how much time and money did we just save, class?

Why did we ever bother with this infernal invention???

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