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May 10th, 2005


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04:03 am - They call it "peak"
Once again, our managers at work seem to have over-planned for this little up-tick in our amount of work. People were scheduled to work over the weekend and, yet, when I called in on Sunday night to see if I'd be needed, I was told to stay home. We're working mandatory 10-hour shifts (which is no different to me, as I usually work four 10-hour shifts). Don't get me wrong, we have work, just not enough to justify this level of staffing. More often than not, I find myself waiting for something to do or waiting on someone to finish something so that I can do the next portion of it.

I've sent email to my manager to let her know that I'm feeling a bit lost down here, particularly when 6:00 a.m. rolls around and the folks from first shift start trickling in. At that point, anything that's due later in the day is given to them so that there's some consistency in personnel working on the job, which makes sense. Trouble is, I end up feeling like I'm looking like some kind of slouch because I'm not working on anything when others are working on what little work is available.

On top of that, add the morale-busting messages from our grand-boss about dress code and Internet usage and things are not particularly fun at work of late.

At least, now that the weather is warming up, my gardens are starting to perk up, so that'll give me something to focus on outside of work. Between gardening and baseball, my non-work/non-sleeping hours are nearly used up!
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: The Innsmouth Look--The Darkest of Hillside Thickets

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From:skylarker
Date:May 10th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I can't believe that you, an aspiring writer, are complaining of down time. Day dream; write, mull, think about your characters.
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From:jbru
Date:May 10th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I do all that. The problem is that I'm not allowed to have electronic recording devices (I'd be happy with my laptop or a Palm) to record all the ideas Icome up with. So most of them disappear into the ether before I get home. I wish I was a pen and paper kind of guy, but that just doesn't work as well for me.

So, if I'm forced to be in a place where I'm unlikely to be creative in exchange for cash, I'd at least like to be busy enough to stifle thos creative impulses while I'm there so they'll be forced to express themselves later, when I can pay better attention to them.
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From:sraun
Date:May 10th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
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I assume you are not allowed a USB thumb drive either?
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From:jbru
Date:May 10th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Dude.
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From:sraun
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
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I assume that means "Of course not"?

I've seen or heard of some really stupid "security" policies - I could see some company having one that prohibited personal laptops and PDA's, but allowed USB thumb drives. Depending on how comfortable you are flouting authority, there's this nifty watch from LAKS. ;-)
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From:jbru
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Roughly, yes. I handle documents that deal with IPOs and big mergers. The kind of thing that gets folks put away for insider trading. Data transfer from work is big no-no.
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From:skylarker
Date:May 10th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Do you have email access? (Send yourself notes) or LJ access? (Make Private entries for your own reference).
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From:jbru
Date:May 10th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
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I have both of those and they are both good ideas. Heck, I'd even make public entries on LJ. Some of my resistance comes from the environment not being very conducive to writing for me.

You've made me re-examine this problem in my head, though, so I'll have another look at it and see if there's anything that will work for me. Maybe the actual writing parts won't work for me so well during lax periods at work, but I might be able to do some more "technical" portions of the writing; working out plots, fleshing out characters, that sort of thing.
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From:sraun
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Could you set yourself up a private / semi-private wiki or equivalent somewhere?
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From:jbru
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure that would be of more use to me than something like emailing a file home to myself, but I'm also not very familiar with wikis so I'll look into it.
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From:sraun
Date:May 10th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
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A wiki has a number of potentially useful attributes - you could store some (probably arbitrarily large) number of manuscripts on a web site somewhere, and edit them directly by logging in to the site. They also support rolling back edits - so if you could decided 'oh, that stuff I wrote at 4AM when I was made at the world is junk', you could automagically remove it all.

I assume that you could run a wiki with log-in support over SSL, for increased security. If you're that paranoid. IIRC, dd_b has some experience with wikis, I'd bet mplscorwin does too.

Come June, I might be able to load software and do config and provide server space/support for you if need be. It's not something I've got time to work on right now, but if the job really does go away, it would be something to get working that I could put on my resume. And I think Irene might have some use for something like that also.

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