featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (did you have fun?)
Also, Southern Culture on the Skids is the ideal musical accompaniment to my job. I am doing a weird little dance in here right now. Believe it.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Also, Southern Culture on the Skids is the ideal musical accompaniment to my job. I am doing a weird little dance in here right now. Believe it.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (HR)
- When creating multiple-choice exams to support safety training, the answer choices for "What is our general procedure in case of an emergency?" should not include "D. When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."

- Similarly, "True or False" questions are traditionally answered by "True" or "False", not "True", "False", or "True in some sense, False in some sense, and Meaningless in some sense".
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
- When creating multiple-choice exams to support safety training, the answer choices for "What is our general procedure in case of an emergency?" should not include "D. When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout."

- Similarly, "True or False" questions are traditionally answered by "True" or "False", not "True", "False", or "True in some sense, False in some sense, and Meaningless in some sense".
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I'm home from Dallas -- did you miss me?

Did I miss anything exciting?

I'll post the LJ-balderdash stuff later today, right now, there is a sea of paper that must be parted.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I'm home from Dallas -- did you miss me?

Did I miss anything exciting?

I'll post the LJ-balderdash stuff later today, right now, there is a sea of paper that must be parted.
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I just got done with 5 or so hours of making itty bitty tiny hairbrushes and mirrors, and then making itty bitty tiny clay roses to go on them. For this, I get paid. Unreal.

In other news, the Parade of Beltane continues. Tonight [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I lead the WH Beltane, and then, Sunday, we finish off the extravaganza with Gaia Community's Beltane. There are advantages to knowing a lot of pagans and being involved in a lot of groups, but also, there are so many Sabbats to manage. And, really, Autumn Equinox, you can skip some, but Beltane? By the gods, no, you will go to every available Beltane. Why? Because, as [livejournal.com profile] rio_luna would have it, Beltane is the dumb blonde of the Sabbats, but she's also the best dancer, and the one most likely to go home with you afterwards.

In other other news, people who say things to me like "I know very little about you -- tell me something about yourself that I don't know" deserve what they get. Particularly if they follow it up with "Tell me something unusual, not run-of-the-mill." I mean, really. This is your warning shot.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I just got done with 5 or so hours of making itty bitty tiny hairbrushes and mirrors, and then making itty bitty tiny clay roses to go on them. For this, I get paid. Unreal.

In other news, the Parade of Beltane continues. Tonight [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I lead the WH Beltane, and then, Sunday, we finish off the extravaganza with Gaia Community's Beltane. There are advantages to knowing a lot of pagans and being involved in a lot of groups, but also, there are so many Sabbats to manage. And, really, Autumn Equinox, you can skip some, but Beltane? By the gods, no, you will go to every available Beltane. Why? Because, as [livejournal.com profile] rio_luna would have it, Beltane is the dumb blonde of the Sabbats, but she's also the best dancer, and the one most likely to go home with you afterwards.

In other other news, people who say things to me like "I know very little about you -- tell me something about yourself that I don't know" deserve what they get. Particularly if they follow it up with "Tell me something unusual, not run-of-the-mill." I mean, really. This is your warning shot.

Holy Crap

Apr. 12th, 2007 01:25 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (HR)
We did a CPR training today, and everyone who was assigned to go went, and they all passed. This is unprecedented. I don't know what gods were responsible for this, but they are worthy of great praise and honor.

I'm dangerously close to raising my expectations of the human race.

Holy Crap

Apr. 12th, 2007 01:25 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
We did a CPR training today, and everyone who was assigned to go went, and they all passed. This is unprecedented. I don't know what gods were responsible for this, but they are worthy of great praise and honor.

I'm dangerously close to raising my expectations of the human race.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (HR)
In the interest of being able to do my job, I get information feeds on employment law and related topics. Today, I got a heads-up on something that sounds pretty good. The Healthy Families Act (proposed in the House and in the Senate) would require any company employing more than 15 people to provide a small amount of paid sick time a year, which could be used either as straight sick time for the employee or as time to care for a sick family member. It's only requiring 7 days of paid time for full-time employees, but that's better than some folks get now.

Here's the kicker: if the act were to become law, it would permit an employee to take sick leave to care for a family member, and the definition built in is this: "...a child, parent, spouse, or any other individual related by blood or affinity who is the equivalent of a family relationship." (Italics mine.) So I'm down with that.

Also, the article says that "Sick leave may be used for a physical or mental absence", which sort of makes me snicker -- if I'm not going to be mentally here, I get paid for the day now, you know?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid made me a new icon. It's gonna go over on [livejournal.com profile] thejobfairy too if I ever get around to updating that. Lately it's all been too awful to post. :(
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
In the interest of being able to do my job, I get information feeds on employment law and related topics. Today, I got a heads-up on something that sounds pretty good. The Healthy Families Act (proposed in the House and in the Senate) would require any company employing more than 15 people to provide a small amount of paid sick time a year, which could be used either as straight sick time for the employee or as time to care for a sick family member. It's only requiring 7 days of paid time for full-time employees, but that's better than some folks get now.

Here's the kicker: if the act were to become law, it would permit an employee to take sick leave to care for a family member, and the definition built in is this: "...a child, parent, spouse, or any other individual related by blood or affinity who is the equivalent of a family relationship." (Italics mine.) So I'm down with that.

Also, the article says that "Sick leave may be used for a physical or mental absence", which sort of makes me snicker -- if I'm not going to be mentally here, I get paid for the day now, you know?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid made me a new icon. It's gonna go over on [livejournal.com profile] thejobfairy too if I ever get around to updating that. Lately it's all been too awful to post. :(

Excitement!

Feb. 7th, 2007 02:46 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (amazing isn't it)
There seems to be something really large on fire a little bit south of here. It must be just on the north side of the river. The Weasel says it's a chemical plant, but I'm a little uncertain about how he knows that, and he is, after all, a Weasel. There's a ginormous column of blue smoke in the air, filling most of what one can see from the front door of my office. Of course, everyone ran out the door to look at it. So I'm sure we're all breathing in some sort of toxic, or at the very least, mutagenic chemical. So that's fun. I'll let you know if I turn into anything weird. Unless, you know, I turn into something weird that can't type. Then you're S.O.L.

In other news, Vickipedia! That cracks me up, which should tell you something about the absolute wretchedness of my sense of humor.

Excitement!

Feb. 7th, 2007 02:46 pm
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
There seems to be something really large on fire a little bit south of here. It must be just on the north side of the river. The Weasel says it's a chemical plant, but I'm a little uncertain about how he knows that, and he is, after all, a Weasel. There's a ginormous column of blue smoke in the air, filling most of what one can see from the front door of my office. Of course, everyone ran out the door to look at it. So I'm sure we're all breathing in some sort of toxic, or at the very least, mutagenic chemical. So that's fun. I'll let you know if I turn into anything weird. Unless, you know, I turn into something weird that can't type. Then you're S.O.L.

In other news, Vickipedia! That cracks me up, which should tell you something about the absolute wretchedness of my sense of humor.
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I know some of you guys are theatre tech and engineering types, maybe you could help me out. Or at least, we could argue about this, which is usually at least fun, if not actually productive. Here's what I need:

I'm working on a float for the Snake Saturday parade. I need to come up with a way to build the bow of a pirate ship -- the design calls for the front end of the boat to protrude from a flat panel, on which the rest of the boat will be painted, trompe l'oeil style. The bow of the ship must be three-dimensional, and I'll give bonus points if at least one person can stand in it.

If you were building this, how would you do it?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I know some of you guys are theatre tech and engineering types, maybe you could help me out. Or at least, we could argue about this, which is usually at least fun, if not actually productive. Here's what I need:

I'm working on a float for the Snake Saturday parade. I need to come up with a way to build the bow of a pirate ship -- the design calls for the front end of the boat to protrude from a flat panel, on which the rest of the boat will be painted, trompe l'oeil style. The bow of the ship must be three-dimensional, and I'll give bonus points if at least one person can stand in it.

If you were building this, how would you do it?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (little surprises)
When I got this job, the office was "decorated" with little Jesus things, the Footprints thing, "A Special Prayer For The Parents Of Handicapped Children", and similar dreck, which all went away as soon as I moved in. (Well, almost all. Someone had taped a Bible verse to the inside of the desk cubby, which reads "Therefore encourage each other, and build up each other, as indeed you are doing", and which is apparently from the epistle to the Thessalonians. Out of context like that, I think it's fine advice for people of any faith, so it stayed. But the rest of it? Gone!)

And since I moved in, the office has been pretty sparse, except for the flat surfaces, which are covered in paperwork. The walls are a crappy sort of putty color. I had intended to paint over that, but due to a miscommunication about when the carpet was coming in, that didn't happen. It's probably just as well, because the sage green color I had chosen to go on the walls would have been really awful with the navy blue baseboards they put in without telling us about. Of course, they look pretty bad with the putty color, too, but I digress.

The point is, my office needs a little love of the artistic variety. I'd like to buy some prints to hang about. I'm sort of at a sticking point, though, because the sort of thing that I like (which tends to include weapons, nudity, wierd machinery, wierd machinery fused to more-or-less human bodies, monsters, robots, and deities of cultures I don't technically belong to) is not the sort of thing that will go over well at the office. (When you come right down to it anyway, I'm not much for art. The one "piece of art" that I have ever actually owned is a colored pencil and perhaps watercolor of a little red-haired angel with gears and struts in her wings.) And I'd really rather not own the sorts of pictures of cats, flowers, serene seaside scenes, sailboats, and little children kissing that seem to be in vogue in office art.

So, surely, some of you lot are more up on art than my humble self. Can anyone point me to an artist who makes things that are office-acceptable and yet still interesting? Or a site that sells prints of same?

EDIT: I could probably get away with something like this, don't you think?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
When I got this job, the office was "decorated" with little Jesus things, the Footprints thing, "A Special Prayer For The Parents Of Handicapped Children", and similar dreck, which all went away as soon as I moved in. (Well, almost all. Someone had taped a Bible verse to the inside of the desk cubby, which reads "Therefore encourage each other, and build up each other, as indeed you are doing", and which is apparently from the epistle to the Thessalonians. Out of context like that, I think it's fine advice for people of any faith, so it stayed. But the rest of it? Gone!)

And since I moved in, the office has been pretty sparse, except for the flat surfaces, which are covered in paperwork. The walls are a crappy sort of putty color. I had intended to paint over that, but due to a miscommunication about when the carpet was coming in, that didn't happen. It's probably just as well, because the sage green color I had chosen to go on the walls would have been really awful with the navy blue baseboards they put in without telling us about. Of course, they look pretty bad with the putty color, too, but I digress.

The point is, my office needs a little love of the artistic variety. I'd like to buy some prints to hang about. I'm sort of at a sticking point, though, because the sort of thing that I like (which tends to include weapons, nudity, wierd machinery, wierd machinery fused to more-or-less human bodies, monsters, robots, and deities of cultures I don't technically belong to) is not the sort of thing that will go over well at the office. (When you come right down to it anyway, I'm not much for art. The one "piece of art" that I have ever actually owned is a colored pencil and perhaps watercolor of a little red-haired angel with gears and struts in her wings.) And I'd really rather not own the sorts of pictures of cats, flowers, serene seaside scenes, sailboats, and little children kissing that seem to be in vogue in office art.

So, surely, some of you lot are more up on art than my humble self. Can anyone point me to an artist who makes things that are office-acceptable and yet still interesting? Or a site that sells prints of same?

EDIT: I could probably get away with something like this, don't you think?
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
This week has been a bang-up week for my practice of Competence. I expanded my skill set with the whole brakes thing, I learned a couple of new tricks for upkeep (and eventual modification) of our awful website, and I've gotten enough work done to be able to see the woodgrain of my desk and generally be able to clean up my office. Also, I'm moving the Winter Bazaar stuff along, and I think it will not eat my soul after all.

Sadly, this week is not the week where I was supposed to focus on Competence. It is the week where I am supposed to focus on Creativity. But I will take Competence anywhere I can get it. Not that I haven't been creative, too -- I've been doing graphic design in addition to my usual work here, and making little Christmas ornaments for this tree competition thing we're doing, and I've been working on the jewelry thing quite a bit ("I'm just going to give you all my beads," said [livejournal.com profile] opaljax.) So that's all good too.

Also, vaguely related to virtue, we had a goofy meeting with our goofy consultant yesterday. In the middle of some unrelated thing, he said something like "Your character is more important than your actions", or something. And I'm thinking to myself, "That's bullshit! Your character is only available for review via your actions -- everything else is just empty wind. If you don't act on a thing, how is it part of your character?" I worry that I may be becoming a behaviorist in my old age.

Also, completely unrelated to anything, it is generally held to be true in my household that anything that is a)dipped in garlic butter or b)deep-fried is tasty and good. I'm sad to report that this is not true. Long John Silver's down by the office has langostino tails dipped in garlic butter and then batter-fried, and they're .... not good. Not inedible, but not good. I don't know what the world is coming to.
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This week has been a bang-up week for my practice of Competence. I expanded my skill set with the whole brakes thing, I learned a couple of new tricks for upkeep (and eventual modification) of our awful website, and I've gotten enough work done to be able to see the woodgrain of my desk and generally be able to clean up my office. Also, I'm moving the Winter Bazaar stuff along, and I think it will not eat my soul after all.

Sadly, this week is not the week where I was supposed to focus on Competence. It is the week where I am supposed to focus on Creativity. But I will take Competence anywhere I can get it. Not that I haven't been creative, too -- I've been doing graphic design in addition to my usual work here, and making little Christmas ornaments for this tree competition thing we're doing, and I've been working on the jewelry thing quite a bit ("I'm just going to give you all my beads," said [livejournal.com profile] opaljax.) So that's all good too.

Also, vaguely related to virtue, we had a goofy meeting with our goofy consultant yesterday. In the middle of some unrelated thing, he said something like "Your character is more important than your actions", or something. And I'm thinking to myself, "That's bullshit! Your character is only available for review via your actions -- everything else is just empty wind. If you don't act on a thing, how is it part of your character?" I worry that I may be becoming a behaviorist in my old age.

Also, completely unrelated to anything, it is generally held to be true in my household that anything that is a)dipped in garlic butter or b)deep-fried is tasty and good. I'm sad to report that this is not true. Long John Silver's down by the office has langostino tails dipped in garlic butter and then batter-fried, and they're .... not good. Not inedible, but not good. I don't know what the world is coming to.

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