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Robotics.
This makes me amazing. In the sense that anyone can do it, but I'm making you aware of it. One points at the desk. One points at the cat tree. I'm debating having the second pointing at the couch, but who really wants to watch me watch TV? At least at the desk I make weird faces and wearing bunny ears and such.

Knowing in my heart of hearts (it's adjacent to a ventricle, I think) that the weekend has dawned has significantly decreased my stress level. I liken the experience to β radiation, the type where an electron escapes from a nucleus to make the over all atom that much more positive. I'm a geek, shut the fuck up.

I do not understand the concept of overworking oneself. It seems that America is telling us that we need to work work work and collapse of exhaustion, that this is the proper, righteous and only way to be. "You're not happy unless you're working 12 hours days!" is Unky Sam's joie de vivre now. It seems so unhealthy that people want to work themselves into the ground. People do it, too.

They stay in the office late, come in weekends and devour project after project into a dark maw of pay-check to pay-check-esque feedings. What's worse is that people convince themselves that they like it. They enjoy having no social life outside of work, of eating fast food in the car because they're late for a meeting. Is pathetic really that the status quo is likening us to robots.

Pay attention, kiddies, for the future has brought us automata. New to every home! DAD&trade! Wind him up and never seen him again. We are the future that was promised, we the mindless force that powers the dying economy. Here we were complaining that we'd never have these automated things, slaves to chores adn simple math. Oops. Didn't see that coming did we? I didn't mean to turn into that.


I have grappled with the use of my time at work. I don't want to work ten hour days but I want to help my team get things done. I refuse to become one of those people that only works, ever. I will not come in on a weekend unless half the buildings explode. I value my real life when I have it.

This was all spawned, of course, because of an overworked co-worker barking at me for taking one of his projects with out my knowing. He's coming in again this weekend. I think he's my new robot pet. I've washed my hand of him. This isn't the first time he's gotten surly about people taking some of "his" projects (which mind you are designed to be up for grabs so any one can work on them when they have time). He can be the robot for all I care at this point. I tried.

What's really sad is that he's the only one doing it at this point. They hired me and another guy to spread the work around. Everyone else figured this out and have evened the load. We all work semi-normal hours and don't come in on weekends. So, while I frisbee golf this Sunday I'll think of him, stashed away in his office. I'll remember that I, though he probably gets paid far more, can enjoy the mediocre weather.


"If there is hope it lies in the proles”




So, Jeopardy comes on at 4:30, which is the mioddle of when I'm at the Gym. This time has become "ABM-on-treadmill" time. Not only that, but I'm starting to get on it earlier so that I get the "good" treadmill in front of the Jeopardy TV. Regardless, because of my silliness adn love of trivia I'm doing 2+ miles each day I go t the guy-m. Very cool indeed. Now, it's not jogging yet but I do the weight loss setting which puts it at a 6% grade and walking at 3.3 miles/hour for 40 minutes is pretty hard. I love it. But, I don't work my muscle groups as hard because I'm tired afterwards.

But damn, I'm really happy with myself. Even if I am still floating at 190. Not sure why I'm haven't lost weight, though I assume I'm building muscle and such. I look pretty slim in the mirror adn the shirts I bought three weeks ago are already loose. Like I can pull them out about two inches or so from my belly when before I got maybe an inch.

I may have to try on some 34inch pants.

I'm done gushing now. :)

Oh, if any of you Madison people want to join me for Disc Golf on Sunday, I'll be at Elver Park around 1:30. If I decide not to go, I'll post here by 1 at the latest.

I'll be the guy with one arm. :)
If you ask nicely, I'll even wear the bunny ears. (I'm starting to question my own sanity.)

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abmann From: abmann Date: April 23rd, 2005 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ridiculous. At the very leasst Epic treats us well. During crunch times we'll coordinate a late work night where everyone stays and the company buys us dinner.

I know, though, that if I deadline were approaching up and I was behind, I'd come in on a weekend too. I don't know if it is because of the type of person I am or rather that I enjoy my job (which I do). I don't dislike working longer hours if the work is enjoyable, but I don't condone extra hours.

I'm actually worried about what I call "corporate brainwashing" which is essential the point of this entry. I don't want to become the guy that has tricked himself into believing working so many god-awful long days is the way to be happy.

Maybe when they've snuck my work weeks to 50+ hours I'll go to grad school. At least then I'm paying some one else to make me work 50+ hours a week. :)

wait....
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abmann From: abmann Date: April 23rd, 2005 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
All I can say: yikes.

I really hope that the world isn't headed there, but I think it is. :|
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: April 26th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would you like a little bit of free legal advice, just for fun?

Basically, the reason that they don't have to pay you overtime is related to the fair labor standards act or FLSA. To make a long story short, the determination on whether or not they have to pay you overtime is, at all times, based on the work that you ACTUALLY DO. So if you're not a supervisor anymore, but they start making you do primarily tech work to replace the techies, then they have to pay you overtime (even if you are salaried). Fun stuff, eh? You could probably sue them for a sack of cash, were you interested.
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ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: April 26th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
but if you no longer have anyone to manage then you aren't really management anymore, are you? ;)

I'm not sure how thoroughly your ranks have been thinned (obviously), but if you don't feel like you are "primarily" doing management work then the law doesn't care what they call you. Of course, this cuts both ways...
girl_disarmed From: girl_disarmed Date: April 23rd, 2005 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
aww!!! kitty!!!!
abmann From: abmann Date: April 23rd, 2005 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
She's a darlin' and isn't a fat-ass any more. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: April 23rd, 2005 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
PS: AHA!! I knew there was a reason you were still around. ;) My content train has been derailed for some time.
girl_disarmed From: girl_disarmed Date: April 23rd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
write me an orgasm.
chuzhuzhe From: chuzhuzhe Date: April 24th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You may actually not be eating enough calories. Based on your previous post about your caloric intake being only 1000 when you burn 3000 a day, your body may have slowed down your metabolism out of self-protection to prevent starvation.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes and no. The way I'm eating I keep my metabolism high. More smaller meals keeps t up. But I am far less concerned about eating too little. I've been getting 1200 calories a day recently.
smed From: smed Date: April 24th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I knew were Ever Park was... could have my laundry and homework done in time... and knew how to play disc golf... I totally be there. ;)
abmann From: abmann Date: April 24th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, hope you caught my other post that it's too cold for golf today. Stupid Smarch weather. Should be much better next weekend.

Madison Area Disc Golf Courses
Elver park is listed first.

Disc Golf ain't hard to play, just a bitch to play well. The flat discs are touchy if you can't throw properly or don't know how they curve.
More than you ever wanted to know about disc golf.
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