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Some people may recall that I have a well-meaning but workaholic colleague whom, for reasons, I refer to online as "Norm."

Lately, as my retirement impends and my job description morphs to cleanup-and-closure, I've had less and less to do with Norm, and it's been lovely. Norm has, however, handed a project off to me to finish up. I think he sees it as the peanut-butter jar with the stuck lid: if I can get the lid off now it's because he loosened it.

I see it as my task to de-Normify the project (which is to say, cut a lot of self-important workaholic bullshit out of it).

So anyway, the day I took over the project, the customer appointed a new project manager for their side. And guess what?
  • He looks like Norm
  • He acts like Norm
  • He talks like Norm
  • His name is fuckin' Norm
I am not kidding. He has the same actual first real name as Norm. It's...the eternal recurrence. Or something.
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  • IF you're stuck in an annoying and irrelevancy-filled two-hour meeting with Norm, and
  • IF you sit at the far end of the conference table, and
  • IF you have a smartphone, and
  • IF you have either wifi or a data plan you don't mind using, and
  • IF you're near retirement and really don't give a damn that you don't look very engaged in the subject of the meeting
THEN you can accomplish a remarkable amount of research on your novel rewrite.

What, now?

Aug. 19th, 2010 04:32 pm
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Mo's Bacon Bar from Vosges Haut Chocolat: Applewood smoked bacon, alderwood smoked salt, 49% deep milk chocolate. I am eating a piece of one now.

It's...kind of gross, frankly. I love salt-and-chocolate combinations, but this is a one-time-only moment of whimsy. I was bored.

Is bacon-laced chocolate a sign of the decline and fall of human civilization?
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I'm having one of those days where I feel like I've already read the whole internet and now there's nothing to do!

But then my Big Boss, the mayor, Twittered this and I had something to do!

GOOD NEWS: you can OPT OUT of receiving phone books at your door. details here: http://bit.ly/ajyRk7. Spread the word.

If you get Dex directories (which I think may be only from Qwest), give it a try. They bury that opt-out thing in obscurity, and the instructions are on that bit.ly page. Now if I could find the same service for that lame-ass weekly "Living" section from the newspaper...

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