And yet employers keep on fitting out their office space with the work-killing, misery-fostering layout.

Everyone hates open offices. Here’s why they still exist
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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 office layout that is fundamentally hostile to focus.

When your workers try working but can't because their neighbour is playing the trumpet social.chinwag.org/@Funkpirata that is *on you*, employer.

Thanks for the support, all. The crowds were massive so I hung back and observed the Treasury building steps from a mentally safe distance. The TV helicopters woulda seen me, so I can honestly say I participated for the duration.

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Sometimes explaining to people what my research involves can be difficult, but I think I've got it:

Climate scientists tell us how fucked the planet is. Sustainability scientists give us ways to fix it.

Increasingly I loathe wading through the city crowds. Cities are ghastly. A demonstration rally is a sensory assault and mental drain.

Increasingly we need to demonstrate the urgency to get effective . So I am at the in . Will hurt, but gotta do it.

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one of the weirdest things about american culture is that it is obsessed with an ostensible notion of personal responsibility but is utterly hostile to holding men accountable for taking advantage of others

An interesting article talking with and about the people who post fake reviews 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. 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 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 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!

“For 40 years, University of Chicago-style has promised widespread 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.

Today, DRM stands as a perfect example of everything terrible about monopolies, , and shareholder .”

locusmag.com/2019/09/cory-doct

As Rob Beschizza comments, “Hollywood is, contrary to media myth, a deeply place. In fact, the most distinctively “liberal” thing about [it] is how its presents its as something it is forced to do by conservatives.” boingboing.net/2019/09/04/kris

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