Archive for June, 2014

I shouldn’t say anything

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I shouldn’t say anything

Just keep my mouth shut

But I see you standing there

Thinking you can get away

With being who you are

 

Is Jose Carrasco a liar, thief, or worse?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The local media is reporting that well known slimeball, Jose Carrasco, used thousands of his customer’s dollars, on a wasteful campaign to prop up his worthless pride. Apparently the effort wasn’t a total waste, as far as his disgusting greed-head-self is concerned, it just netted him a 40% raise, despite being routinely denounced as ineffective at his actual job. When horrible people like Jose Carrasco get away with such corruption, even after it’s been publicized, one can only wonder at what sorts of evil he gets away with that we don’t hear about. Certainly I would feel safe in assuming that Jose Carrasco is a terrible person, who would steal from his own grandmother, and he doesn’t provide ten cents worth of value to the residents of Seattle, much less hundreds of thousands of dollars.

So, is Jose Carrasco a lucky loser, a hardened deliberate thief, or possibly far worse?

The only thing certain is the Jose Carrasco doesn’t deserve a raise. He doesn’t deserve his current job.

The dishonesty of Flex-Time

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

It always sounds like a nice plan, on paper, “unlimited time off”, who wouldn’t want that? You if you are smart.

Problems with flex-time:

You have to know exactly to the second how much time you’ve “Accrued off-books”, because while they won’t pay you at termination for “unused but earned” time, they always expect you to pay back any time off taken that would exceed the same ‘limit’. Usually a contract is supposed to show benefit to both parties, to be considered valid. Unless you’ve bought a legislator or two, and gotten the law to except your underhanded scheme. Or operate in a state where someone else already did the hard work of getting the laws changed, and all you have to do is screw over your employees when the time is ‘right’.

There is no recourse from a bad manager. If you end up with a project that is poorly managed, when it comes down to it, no business is ever going to let you take the time off you’re owed, at the expense of day-to-day operations, so even if you manage to eventually get the bad manager out/reformed, it’s already too late, and the worker gets screwed.

Nothing in the prior time-off plan prevented a manager from granting exceptions to exceptional circumstances, so again, the whole point of this change is to give the employer more options, and the employee fewer.

But you get to sound all generous and say things like “unlimited time off” without technically engaging in fraud.

sigh.

Update: Thought of another one….under normal time off, you just have to ask for it, and verify that your request won’t conflict with the business schedule. Now, you’ll have to explicitly justify every time you want to be out of the office. It’s none of your frackin business what I want to do when I’m not at work, and I sure as hell am not coming begging to you for what was once a contractual part of compensation.

Your sarcasm has saved you

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Your sarcasm has saved you
From spending time with me.

I have limits

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

I try to be the guy

Who takes it all in stride

Never says ‘no’

Never gives up

I try

But I do say, ‘no’

And I do give up

When hurt

When rejected

When disrespected

I do say ‘no’

I do give up.

So congratulations to you

For all that we’ve been through

For you I say

“No more”.

It Goes Both Ways

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

I’m always amazed at the things other people don’t know, that I take for granted.  Like how to catch a fly through indecision (if you bring two hands at a fly from opposite sides, at equal distances as you bring them together, the fly will not be able to decide which way to flee, and sit still, until you’ve completely surrounded him and then, whee, you have a fly in your hands).  But then again, there are things I learn every day, that other people have probably known all along.  As long as I can remember, getting in a fresh tub, no matter how warm the water, has always meant a momentary chill when I lay back on the parts of the tub outside the water.  Then the other day, I thought to take my wash cloth and just drizzle some of the warm bath water along the top of the back of the tub, and poof, no more cold moment.  It’s one of those things in retrospect, I can’t imagine more people don’t already do it, kind of things.

Hardcore Muppets

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

No, not Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles.

I’m amused by the synchronicity/irony of reading the bio for Scooter, which describes them as 20-year veterans of “hardcore techno” and the fact that their top track on Rhapsody is a cover of Moves Like Jagger, where they just provide backing for the muppets to sing over.

Song memories

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I played one of my favorite tracks, at a friend’s wedding. Now, every time it comes up on random, I can’t help but wonder which is more or less likely, DJ’ing another wedding, or getting married myself. It seems about even odds for either. Very long, but evenly matched odds.

Nifty WoW bug

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Two person party, one person accepts “scouting report: hostile natives” while the other person sits on the back seat of the x-51.  When the quest starts, the person in the back seat gets transported to the location where the ‘report’ takes place.  Thank goodness you don’t end up zoned out of the ‘real’ world.

UPDATE:  Happened again, this time with one of the Brewery quests