And yet employers keep on fitting out their office space with the work-killing, misery-fostering #OpenPlan layout.
Everyone hates open offices. Here’s why they still exist
If you are an employer who needs your workers to focus for long periods uninterrupted in order to get their work done, it's *your obligation* to provide that.
Don't treat “we let you work from home!” like it's some perk. No, that's the worker subsidising you for your shitty cheapskate #OpenPlan office layout that is fundamentally hostile to focus.
When your workers try working but can't because their neighbour is playing the trumpet https://social.chinwag.org/@Funkpirata/102829927490702824 that is *on you*, employer.
Yep, there were a lot of us at the #ClimateStrike today https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-20/school-strike-for-climate-draws-thousands-to-australian-rallies/11531612
An interesting article talking with and about the people who post fake reviews https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47952165
The article addresses more direct motivations: you get paid to write more reviews, or you get stuff without paying so much for it, or you work at a place with a venally stupid boss who is desperate for more publicity. That can be expected, I guess.
Still doesn't explain the bot-generated, not-even-a-product-there-to-review, obviously fake reviews. Any investigation into why?
I get that there are many motivations to write fake reviews: pressure from your boss to improve ratings, or cheap merchandise, or even straight payment per review.
What I don't get: people are writing *obviously* fake reviews, for restaurants that have been closed for many years. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49725337
Why do they do it? Is it merely poisoning the very idea of reliable reviews? Or is there some more direct benefit to the person making the fake reviews?
So instead, we watched Looper (2012), also suggested by fine folks here.
It was better than many time-travel stories. But it suffered enormously from:
* Being a 2012 movie with attitudes to women that felt like 1982.
* Being set entirely in the future, but barely anything felt future-y.
* Being two, possibly three, incompatible scripts (action thriller? time-travel paradox? demon child? escape and revenge?) jammed together very badly.
I don't regret watching it, but would not recommend it.
Thanks for all the recommendations for Primer (2004). Saw it when it came out and yes, it's an amazing low-budget high-concept movie for inexperienced director + actors.
Really rewards many watches because there's a great combination of very clever timeline, with very clever main characters making convincingly bad choices at many points.
The Sunday #FarmersMarket now has a pretty reliable seafood vendor. But on Monday we can't be arsed to do anything fancy.
Solution: tonight's dinner is crumbed-fish burritos. And a beer. Damned fine start to the week.
Also aware of:
* Back to the Future franchise: Good enough as entertainment and campiness, pretty low on the thought-provoking. Mediocre cohesiveness.
* Doctor Who: makes no excuses for inconsistent time-travel mechanics, and gleefully makes that part of its canon.
* Donnie Darko: pretty good! Doesn't pretend to have all the answers and lets the viewer try making sense of it; the explanation presented in the fiction is acknowledged to be likely not the whole story.
I'm already aware of:
* Terminator franchise (the first two movies make interesting time travel stories, the rest can go drown in an industrial vat of molten steel).
* Star Trek, many many episodes waffling about with inconsistent time travel.
* Quantum Leap, goofy and fun when I was in the 1980s but utterly mediocre now.
My movie-discussing friends are getting a renewed interest in time-travel paradox stories. Anyone want to hit me with your recommended well-written, and/or well-executed, videos that strongly feature thought-provoking time-travel paradox?
I'll start. Though Heinlein had really objectionable politics regarding economics and sex, his “All You Zombies” was compellingly turned into the 2014 movie Predestination. Strong recommend.
Last month was a big overnight LAN party near where I live. Effectively no appeal for me.
Except that the Melbourne #BloodOnTheClocktower group arranged to spend the first 24 hours of it, running games non-stop for anyone who wanted to come by and take a computer-free break from staring at their screen and speakers.
This 13-player game of the “Sects and Violets” edition has a good mix of experienced and newcomer players. Thanks to everyone who joined us over the weekend!
Patented 2019-09-03 by the US PTO: Patent 10398125, “Laptop or keyboard simulating pet bed”.
“For 40 years, University of Chicago-style #MarketOrthodoxy has promised widespread #prosperity as a natural consequence of turning everything into unfettered, unregulated, monopolistic businesses. For 40 years, everyone except the paymasters who bankrolled the University of Chicago's priesthood have gotten poorer.
As Rob Beschizza comments, “Hollywood is, contrary to media myth, a deeply #conservative place. In fact, the most distinctively “liberal” thing about [it] is how its presents its #homophobia as something it is forced to do by conservatives.” https://boingboing.net/2019/09/04/kristen-stewart-was-told-to-hi.html
Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.