Pokemon Go vs Ingress

Aug. 24th, 2016 11:28 am
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What I like about Ingress

You can make plans and follow them. You can say, "I have ten minutes, let me see if I can grab keys for these four many portals" or "Can I fill this hole in fielding". In pokemon, you can't really set out to *do* something most of the time.

There's a big incentive to visit different and out-of-the-way portals which is really interesting. Getting keys for them, or linking to them, mean the portals are *different*, not just "go to whichever ones are closest".

You can look up where's an interesting place to go to.

What I like about Pokemon Go

Filling the pokedex and collecting high-level pokemon gives you a form of progress which you can always increase. In Ingress, the only form of permanent progress was levelling-up, which was fun at low levels, but it was about conquering territory which was always transitory.

There's three teams, not two. I don't know why, but that seems to make it a lot more fun, both in how gyms change hands, and in meeting people.

The flavour is really nice, I love seeing different pokemon.

When you get to higher levels, there's not quite such a cliff of "now it's too hard to level up, and there's nothing else to do, there's no point".

Problems I'm starting to have with Pokemon

I've had a *lot* of fun with it. But I am starting to find some problems.

The new scanner sort-of works. It at least tells you what's within 200m. But it seems like that's not *totally* reliable. And it doesn't seem to tell you pokemon in order. But that means, I never have the satisfaction of tracking a pokemon methodically. It's either "walk along the river" or "rush backwards to establish the edge of the circle, then dash in one direction, and either frantically search around 200m from the first point, or reach another edge and triangulate". It's not a *fun* process, it's aggravating.

You don't play only at pokestops.

I mean, it's realistic that you don't get good intermediate indications of progress, you just have to try your best and then wait for success. But getting positive feedback is one of the things that makes games fun!

Now I have most of the pokemon which often spawn nearby, there's a lot less point going for a little walk and capturing some. I used to take a little wander, catch a few, come home. Now it's "go and see if there's a rare one, there isn't". Or, waste a bunch of pokeballs catching pidgeys I don't really need.

And it's hard to *work towards* filling my pokedex.

So I may stop. But I wish it would become possible to start over, while being able to switch back to my original account occasionally. Like, in Ingress, having multiple accounts even if it took time to switch was a big advantage, because you could put multiple high-level resonators on a portal. But in pokemon, it seems like it wouldn't make that much difference. I'm sure I *can* start another account, but it would be nice if it was officially supported, "yes, that's what you're supposed to do, we won't ban you". Maybe with a built-in delay for switching or something.

Interesting Links for 24-08-2016

Aug. 24th, 2016 12:00 pm
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We have had one recent work posted to the New Year's Resolution collection. Keep them coming!

Folie à Deux (5950 words) by MinervasTorch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Futurama
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip J. Fry/Turanga Leela, past Lars Fillmore/Turanga Leela, past Turanga Leela/Sean
Characters: Philip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender Rodriguez, Lars Fillmore, Nibbler (Futurama)
Additional Tags: Episode Related, Episode Tag, Post-Fry and Leela's Big Fling, Cunnilingus, Romance, Porn with Feelings, Emotional Sex, Character Study, Past Relationship(s)
Summary:

“You know, Big Boots,” Bender declares, waving the hard drive around in the air. “If it weren’t for me, you’d be enjoying some new-found fame. It’s only my quick thinking that has spared you some considerable moritification. You biological organisms and your disgusting and embarrassing bodily functions! This is the only copy. Don’t look at in public.”

It wasn’t that Leela wasn’t horrified when Bender and Amy told her that her ‘romantic getaway’ with Fry was actually a zoo habitat on a planet populated by sentient apes who wanted to gawp at humans mating. It was just that she assumed they were lying about it.



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What Is Neuroblastoma?

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:00 am
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Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor found in young children and infants, most commonly in children under age 5 and rarely in those older than 10. Approximately 650 children in the United States are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year. What causes neuroblastoma? The cause of neuroblastoma is not certain, but researchers […]
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Books and Magazines
I have finished Ursula K. Le Guin's Voices, the second in a trilogy, and have started in on Powers. Voices I powered through in a single evening. Powers is taking a lot more out of me; it doesn't draw me in as much as the first two books did. So far I cautiously recommend Powers but only if you liked Gifts and Voices.

In the doctor's waiting room I read Transplant Monthly and learned more than I wanted to know about the ins and outs of kidney transplantation.

Video: Comedy/Drama
A few more episodes of Lexx. This show is so hard to power through. End of S2 was decent enough with the musical and the two-parter, and even the first episode or two of S3 was acceptable, but by now (S3E7 or so) it's bogged down and moving slower than a 1960s Doctor Who episode. (That's slow, folks!) I find myself losing interest and playing video games while it's playing. Oh well, at least it's non-violent background noise, I guess.

One new episode each of Steven Universe, Mr. Robot and Killjoys. I have to say I saw the twist in Mr. Robot's latest episode coming. With SU returning to weekly episodes I don't expect a lot of plot development for a while, which is fine. Buddy's Book was an enjoyable bit of backstory.

For relaxation and de-stressing I put on a few episodes of Kids In The Hall this week. Always fun for a laugh.

Also saw Dr. Steve Brule Live in NYC from 2014 via the tubes. 1h10m of John C. Reilly doing his best wacky character...such devotion is hard to come by these days I believe.

No Video: Documentary this week.

Games
More No Man's Sky and Guild Wars 2, with a bye on PlanetSide 2 this past week to complete some programming tasks for my gaming community that took longer than expected. No raid attempts in GW2 this week, but I am within 1,000 Unbound Magic of obtaining the Bloodstone node for my home instance, and have collected the Blood Rubies I need for the new ascended backpiece. Have been eyeing the updates to Subnautica (for which I became an early backer, including the commemorative nameplate) and think it may scratch the same scratch for me as No Man's Sky if I give it the time. Found that the reason No Man's Sky is running so badly on my desktop is that my video card is overheating and self-throttling down to a 500MHz clock speed (from 1100MHz). I need to disassemble the machine and figure out what I'm going to do; first thought is to remove the Crossfire setup (so few games use it anyway) and see if cooling is better with 1 card in there instead of 2.

Also a touch of AM2R and Pokemon Uranium. Contact me on IRC if you are seeking copies of either.

Music
Have re-united myself with a jazz album from the 1980s that I really like (Yellowjackets - Four Corners) and the associated transcribed score thanks to Abebooks. I'm hoping to teach myself better (any?) drum patterns by studying the score. I'll probably attempt recording a cover or two once I feel up to it; I'm nervous about getting back into the studio again.

Audio
Have nearly completed This American Life's archive for 1997; am back thru the Valentine's Day 1997 episode with only a couple more to go. Also listened to episode 1 of The Light of September, self-described existential sci-fi starring Tamsin Grieg, Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo and others. Interesting enough that I'll catch up with the remaining 7 10-minute episodes, and will then decide if I'm willing to donate to help the series continue (they need to raise GBP1000 per episode, I think it is.)

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- I was searching for Millicent AA Graham's book of poetry The Damp in Things but was offered this result instead: "An essay to shew the cause of electricity, and why some things are non-electricable, in which is also consider'd its influence in the blasts on human bodies, in the blights on trees, in the damps in mines, and as it may affect the sensitive plant, &c., in a letter to Mr. William Watson, F.R.S., 1746." :-)

- Reading, books 2016, 149.

145. New Caribbean Poetry, An Anthology, edited by Kei Miller, 2007, is a 150 page anthology of 8 poets chosen by another poet. The authors represented include 6 women and 2 men, from across the anglophone Caribbean: Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell (Haiti / US), Delores Gauntlett (Jamaica), Christian Campbell (Bahamas / Canada / &c), Loretta Collins Klobah (US / Puerto Rico), Shara McCallum (Jamaica / US), Tanya Shirley (Jamaica), Ian Strachan (Bahamas), Jennifer Rahim (Trinidad). My tastes and those of the editor don't wholly coincide but I did especially enjoy the selection of Jennifer Rahim's work, with an honourable mention to Delores Gauntlett, although my preferences might also reflect on my level of familiarity with different Caribbean cultures. (3/5)

A Song for My Father, by Delores Gauntlett

Against the yam-vine quiet of the garden
a nightingale stirred with my father: the lift
and fall of the pickaxe, the heaving throat
of the hidden bird exacting
the subtleties of song.
This would become the memory of high grass
brushing wet against the black waterboots.

I didn’t realize I was watching him
when, as to an altar
he bent with bare hands to a sudden digging
till the head of yam surfaced
like a flowering from the earth;
the nightingale’s song perched
upon the senses, then drifted
from the dewy pimento leaves
and, like a scent, was gone.

For Seeds That Wither, by Jennifer Rahim )

wednesday 24/08/2016

Aug. 24th, 2016 08:22 am
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1) I have a yummy salad in a jar with me for lunch :-)

2) Boyfriend is preparing a ju-jitsu training for this evening, and we're going to do lots of things I have to work on for my exam in (hopefully) November.

3) Going to search yummy recipes for lunchan dinner for the next 4 days :-)

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Hard Things

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:45 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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'Tis almost time for Harry to take his leave and go to Leeds to learn the mysteries of an engineer. Mr D- goes with him as he desires to take the opportunity to go convoke with his friend there about certain professional matters.

I make an opportunity to go talk to Harry one day in the garden. He is looking over the wall down to the works and the town.

How now, Harry, says I, sure you are about to go out into the world and make your fortune.

Oh, he says, he does not know about fortune, and sure, 'tis a great step.

He sighs somewhat and says that he wishes that he had the chance to see Josh and say goodbye to him –

And, says I with a smile, give him serious elder brotherly advice? Do you go about like Laertes to your sisters?

Harry grins and says, mayhap he will! But, he goes on more serious, he should like to be assur’d that Josh was well again.

Indeed, says I, I think you need have no worrys on that account, he was flourishing already some while ago when I visit’d there and I entirely confide that he has continu’d to improve in health.

But still, says Harry, is my brother and I should like to see him.

Why, says I, you are not going to the antipodes and I daresay you will be seeing him at the Christmas season. But sure your care for him is extreme pretty: one does not always see such affection 'twixt brothers.

Harry blushes. He is a good little fellow, he mumbles, then adds: save when he goes running away and putting everyone into desperate worry.

I confide he will not do the like again! But, Harry, while I am sure that you will not at all be in want while you are in this fine place in Leeds learning your trade, I daresay there may perhaps be particular matters that you might like a little extra by you for –

I take out a little purse in which I have put several guineas.

- so I thought to give you this.

O, that is entirely too kind! he says. Sure I will have an allowance -

All the same, says I, a little to hand for the unexpect’d is never amiss. And should there be any service I may do you, do you call upon me.

You are very kind to us all, he says somewhat gruff.

Indeed, says I, 'tis only an entire proper return for the exceeding kindness I have had from your family. Sure, consider the helpfullness over the business to do with my mine –

Why, cries Harry, 'tis a most excellent fine enterprize: and commences upon telling me about his visit there with Mr D-. What a fine clever fellow is Mr McA-, and Mr M- is a fine tidy manager. Also his wife makes a most excellent lardy-cake. He goes on to inform me about the steam-pump, and the exceeding tall chimney that is requir’d for the smelting works, &C &C, until Bess comes join us and says does Harry have any final commissions in the town, Mama is about to take the gig to undertake errands.

Oh, says Harry, indeed there are a few matters, I will go at once. He rushes off but Bess lingers.

You do not go into town?

O, says Bess, 'tis exceeding dull, when I think that shortly we may be going along Oxford Street with all its fine shops.

She hops up to sit upon the low wall: sure I hope she does not go fall over the other side, but she sits as one that is entire us’d to such a perch.

She looks very thoughtfull and says, Aunty C-, there is a thing I should like to ask you about, but 'tis a secret matter –

(O dear, thinks I, is there some young fellow she takes a fancy to?)

Why, says I, I am quite the soul of discretion -

- Indeed, Mama and Papa have oft remarkt that –

- but there are matters in which you might be well-adviz’d to talk to your Mama.

Only, says Bess, settling herself more firmly and smoothing down her skirts, I apprehend that this business of being brought out and going about the Season &C is somewhat of an expensive matter –

- Well, my dear, your parents are not on the parish -

She gives a little smile and says, indeed they are not! but 'tis very much about being cry’d on the marriage market, is’t not?

Sure, says I, perchance you should ask one or another that has undergone the matter, I daresay Her Grace would be entire happy to answer your questions, but I confide that indeed 'tis somewhat of the Matrimonial Exchange.

But do I already know who I shall marry –

Oh? says I, in some fears that there is some local fellow goes take advantage of her youth and innocence to marry to his advantage.

Oh yes, says Bess, blushing and casting down her eyes, Mr D-.

I am struck into entire dumbness for a moment, and then rouse myself to ask, Has he gone speak to you of the matter? (for if has, I think it a very shocking proceeding.)

O no, says Bess, but indeed I have long had a very great admiration for him, and I have heard Mama and Papa express some concern that he may leave the works, and remark that did he have a wife 'twould settle him: and would it not be a most excellent sensible thing?

(I do not even need to count upon my fingers to reckon that Mr D- must be at least twice her years if not more. Indeed, 'tis a much greater gulph of years than that 'twixt Hector and Euphemia, that Hector was so put about concerning.)

(But sure – do I not know it? – young girls will take some great fancy to an older man, that seems a quite entire different species to the callow boys of their own years.)

Sure, says I, it sounds a most sensible and practickal thing, but indeed there is more than mere practickality that goes to wedlock. And were I your mama – which I am not, and she may think different – because of your youth, I would advize that you should not jump in to matrimony, and should test your affections thro’ going about in Society.

Bess scowls and says, look at Lady J-, that remain’d faithfull to the memory of her Lieutenant K- until he was an Admiral and able honourable to seek her hand. Did she not go about a very great deal in Society before she retir’d into rural seclusion at N-? (I confide that Bess has not been present upon any occasion when Lady J-'s devotion to the one Biffle refers to as that jealous hag Miss B- has been mention’d.)

Even so, my dear. But sure, going about in Society is not merely about catching a husband, 'twill do you a deal of good in other ways. For a lady that has connections of friendship with a deal of other ladies may find them most exceeding valuable to her husband’s interest.

Bess mutters that she supposes so.

And, dear Bess, I go on, 'tis entire deleterious to marry too young. Sure altho’ one talks of a girl coming to womanhood as tho’ 'twas something that happen’d the once, like passing thro’ a door, 'tis a matter that takes some years while the humours are in upheaval. 'Tis entire to be preferr’d that time should be allow’d to let the humours settle. Do you not, my dear, have sudden fits of tearfullness, or temper, or lassitude?

O, says Bess, o, yes. Sure that is sensible.

And while you are waiting for that time, you may as well occupy the interim amuzingly.

(Sure I am a strange figure to be giving this prudent advice to young women. When I was of Bess’s years I was a sad naughty minx, before I was lesson’d in the ways of the demimonde by Madame Z-.)

Bess jumps down from the wall and comes give me a hug. Thank you, Aunty C-! She runs off, and sure one sees that there is still a deal of the hoyden in her. I am like to suppose that this inclination to Mr D- is a girlish fancy, and that in a year or so her views on him will be quite different: but sure one should not teaze her over it, or endeavour to dissuade her but let it wither according to the course of nature.

I walk slowly back thro’ the garden, to where Quintus and my lovely darling Flora play on the swing, and one can hear the sound of Meg’s piano-practice from an open window. Miss N- sits on a bench with a book. I go sit next to her.

She blushes and says sure ‘tis no improving work, but a most exciting novel.

Why, dear Miss N-, I would by no means condemn you for refreshing yourself from your labours with a little light reading; sure I late met with a sad Evangelickal fellow that disapproves greatly of the habit of novel-reading and will not let his wife read them, but I cannot see the harm.

She goes on to say that we have company for dinner this e’en: Mr A- at the hospital has his sister Lavinia visiting, and they come, and also Mr D-. Mr A-'s sister has visit’d before: she takes a thought that Mr D- has a liking to her, and now he is so well-establisht and a partner in the works, perchance he may go make an offer?

Why, says I, a fellow may take a liking to a young woman without immediate proceeding to having the banns call’d –

Miss N- sighs and I daresay thinks that she and Mr L- are not yet in a position to do this.

- may find her company congenial in passing a few hours without desiring to take her to wife.

(O, poor Bess, thinks I, if Miss N- has the right of the matter.)

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"As a person of faith, I find writing bloody carnage to be a real challenge because it directly contradicts my own core values. Therefore, it seems odd if not ridiculous for an ordained Baptist pastor to be writing a book about a cold-blooded killer—unless the book is less about glorifying the two-dimensional narrative and devaluing of human life in favor of making the book about the consequences of violence and the ultimate toll that lifestyle takes on you." -- Christopher James Priest

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Weight, planning, goals and stuff.

Aug. 23rd, 2016 09:59 pm
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it's interesting how we all KNOW that media skews our idea of what is "pretty" or "thin" or whatever, and we KNOW it's ridiculous, and yet we all have these moments of buying into it. I do, at least. I hate it, but it's true. Though I've found that my desires to lose weight are more based on how I feel rather than how I look. And lately I've felt yucky. Slow, listless, just not the way I'd like to feel. So I'm trying to devise a plan. When I did the whole thing a couple of years ago, I basically worked through with a steady menu - the same things for breakfast and lunch every day and then whatever dinner the family had at home. I'm trying to come up with ideas for something new - I burned myself out on roasted veggies for lunch - for both meals, as well as a snack that I can eat between meals.

I think I've narrowed it down to hardboiled eggs for breakfast. I can eat them whole, but I tend to prefer them mashed up and heated with melted cheese. It's easy and quick and doesn't require a huge amount of prep. Or, at least, all the prep is done at once when you boil all the eggs. I have some breakfast burritos that I need to finish up. They're good and easy, so I might mix things up with those every once in a while too.

Lunch has me stumped. I have these low-calorie meals from Michelina's that I need to eat, and that's likely what I'll have at least for a while. I need to come up with alternatives though, because there are only 3-4 flavors that I like, and I can see them getting old very quickly. If anyone knows any crockpot recipes that freeze/refrigerate well for a week's worth of meals, I'd be happy to hear about it. I could just do rice and cook up some chicken breasts or steak tips, so that's a possibility. It's just thinking ahead and doing it.

Routine is what I'm looking for here, obviously.

I also need to get back to exercising. The hard part, of course, is that I don't feel like exercising because I kind of feel like a lump. I know that exercising will make me feel better and less-lumplike. It's kind of a vicious circle. I think it'll be easier once the kids are back in school. I'm going to try and set up a weekly routine for things like my massages (that I have abouut 20 saved up of...or whatever order those words need to go in to make sense. But if I can get a plan for all of that as well as household stuff, I think it'll all be much better. I'm 100% not sure where this year has gone, so I feel all discombobulated anyway.

Speaking of goals (okay we weren't, but work with me here), I've completed 9 of my 30 in 365. There are another four that require the full year, but that I'm on track for. There are another six that require multiple things to complete them, and I'm over halfway through. So I figure by the end of the year, I'll have achieved at least 19, though I think I can actually manage all but 5 of the 30. Which isn't a horrible number, I don't think. I need to start thinking about goals for the following year. The five I don't complete will likely roll over, but I'll have to figure out some more too. I have two weeks off in October with nothing planned, so I think I can knock a few off the list pretty easy in that time, since I won't be replacing the kitchen floor. (don't ask. that's a sore subject right now)

Anyway, there's about a week left of August, it's about 4 months until Christmas, and I need to figure out a way to plan and manage my life. And, yes, I know I have a journal/list/notebook addiction that you would think would lend itself well to keeping track of things and staying on a schedule and doing stuff. You would think that. You would be wrong, but you would think that.

I also have a teeny tiny Bucky tsum tsum figure that is super wee and adorable and that, at least, makes every day better. :D
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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. What are the expectations for interacting with coworkers’ kids?

I work in an office where coworkers will occasionally bring their kids in for various reasons (kid has an appointment, has school off, etc.). Sometimes coworkers on maternity leave will bring in their new babies to meet those in the office.

Everyone else in my office loves this and seems really natural talking to the kids or holding the younger ones. I, on the other hand … am not great with kids. It’s not that I don’t like them! I just already have a fairly introverted, awkward personality around fellow adults so kids really throw me for a loop — I have no idea what to talk to them about, how long I’m supposed to coo over a newborn baby, what to do if someone asks if I want to hold a baby, etc.

Usually it’s easy for me to just avoid said progeny — my work keeps me alone in my office most of the time. But is it seen as rude to not say anything to these kids if I run into them around the office, or if they show up at an office party? Am I seen as a grump if I don’t show interest in a coworker’s baby? Again, I don’t want to seem like a kid-hater, but I truly have very little experience around children and have no idea what to do when they’re around!

I don’t think it’s rude not to say anything if you’re in a group of other people where it’s not likely to be noticed — similar, in fact, to the rules about acknowledging other adults. But if it’s more one-on-one (a coworker stops by your office with a kid in tow or you pass them in the hallway), you should probably say something. But it doesn’t have to be a long, heartfelt conversation — just a smile and a “hello!” is fine, and then you’re allowed to go back to whatever you were doing. “What a cute baby!” is a good standby for babies. If someone asks if you want to hold a baby and you don’t want to, “that’s okay, but thanks — she’s adorable” is fine. (Alternately, saying you think you’re getting over a cold also works.)

By the way, if you ever do want to experiment with talking to kids or find yourself trapped in a situation where you can’t avoid it, I find that they are big fans of being talked to like adults, probably because so few people do that. So you might just pretend they’re colleagues from a branch office and see what happens. (Then again, I am the child of a mother who read the Wall Street Journal to my sister and I while we were babies, so my norms might be skewed.)

2. Employer says our stingy vacation policy is actually generous because of weekends

I work at a small independently owned automotive repair shop that has been owned and managed by the same family for over 50 years. Management consists of family and a friend of the owner — all of whom are exempt employees who are able to take as much time off as they please. The non-exempt employees are limited to two weeks of vacation and three sick days a year. The amount of time management takes off has always been an issue in the six years I have worked here. In our most recent employee reviews, the owner told all non-exempt employees that if we add up all weekends, holidays, vacation, and sick days, we are off four months a year so we need to make sure we are at work and working hard when we are here. We work Monday through Friday, 10 hours every day. Is his statement as offensive as I take it to be or am I overreacting?

It’s ridiculous and you’re not overreacting. Two weeks of vacation is the absolute bare minimum that’s reasonable in the U.S., and it’s stingy by many employers’ standards. Three days of sick leave is ridiculous — you could wipe that out in one go if you had an injury or the flu. If they’re going to be stingy, they should at least own it and not try to gaslight you into thinking that they’re really giving you four months off because of weekends. (Weekends! Ridiculous.)

You might look into what kind of hours and paid time off your business competitors offer their workers — either as data to take to your management on why their set-up isn’t competitive and/or to gather info for yourself about what your other options might be.

3. Coworker brings up private topics in front of guests

I work in a very guest-oriented position. My office is right off of the lobby, and I spend a lot of time greeting guests into our building. During high-volume times, a part-time coworker from a different department occasionally assists and I’ve been having some issues with her. I am in a senior position, though not a management level for my own department, and was wondering how to address this ongoing issue.

The coworker is occasionally quite inappropriate. She mentioned seeing a fellow coworker at a medical office and went into a great deal about how much pain he was in. Since I personally would be quite disturbed at someone sharing my own sensitive medical information, I tried to slip in a comment along the lines of, “It sounds like it was a private moment for him–maybe we shouldn’t discuss this.” It was completely written off. In our lobby area during a time with many guests coming and going, she also started talking about her mother asking about her sex life. In this instance, I did ask her to please not discuss this in a common area. She told me she was extremely offended and she would never discuss this if there was a guest there. I did let her know that while a guest might not be in front of us now, they were coming in at that time and it could be a very uncomfortable situation for them to walk into. She left early and in a very short mood.

It may be worth noting that this coworker is about 30 years older than I and has a “mothering” nature around the office, though I am not the first to notice her conduct. She says she needs to help during these high-volume times because her physical therapist says she needs the exercise. Frankly, we also do need people helping during these times. I’m not sure how to continue addressing this situation.

Someone who gets”extremely offended” because you asked her not to discuss her sex life at work, whether or not guests are around, is not someone who’s reasonable. So your measure of success here can’t be “I ask her to stop bringing up inappropriate topics and everyone is happy.” That’s not going to happen — she’s going to take it personally, but that’s on her, not you. You shouldn’t need to worry about managing her reaction to something perfectly reasonable, especially since you’re senior to her.

When she brings up inappropriate topics, stick with saying firmly, “That’s not something we should be discussing” and shutting it down. And if her reaction becomes a problem, you’d want to talk with her manager about what’s going on.

4. Resigning during a hiring freeze

I’ve been at my company for two and a half years. It’s a pretty good job, but pay increases and advancement are almost non-existent for someone with my skills. For the entire time I’ve been here, I’ve been going to school and gaining skills in a much better-paying industry. I’ve been doing freelancing on the side in this new industry to get better, and I’ve been offered a flexible start date on a new job utilizing these skills. I was prepared to give notice six weeks ago, but a coworker with a similar role gave her notice and I didn’t think it was prudent to give mine as well when we had a lot of projects that needed to be finished by September. So I waited while we’re working on hiring their replacement.

I was planning on giving my 30-days notice this week, and then another coworker just gave hers. In the exchange with her manager, she was told that there was a hiring freeze so her position was not going to be replaced. We’re a small office of 15 people (part of a larger organization). My opportunity won’t be around forever, but I’m racked with guilt now knowing there’s a hiring freeze and how it will affect my manager. Should I just try to stick it out another few months, or just give two-weeks notice so that the bad news doesn’t come all at once?

Give your notice now. This is business; people leave, and it’s often at inopportune times. That’s just how it goes. Your company will survive. In fact, you’re arguably doing them a disservice by not telling them now, because they’re continuing to make plans as if you’re going to be there longer-term. If giving notice now means you can give them an extra few weeks of transition time, that’s far, far more valuable to them than you trying to manage their emotions around bad news.

5. After 15 years as a record producer, I want to switch to a more traditional 9-5

I’ve been working in the music industry as a producer for the same record label for the past 15 years. It’s actually been a great job and I’ve gained a lot of experience over the years. I also have a bachelors and masters degree in music.

Here’s the thing: I’m totally done with it. I recently turned 40 and my heart just isn’t in it anymore. The late nights, the travel, etc…just done. I’m sort of having a mid-life crisis in reverse. While some of my friends of this age are quitting their office jobs, growing soul patches, and starting their “dream businesses,” I’m at the point where I just want to go to the same place every day 9-5!

So here’s my question to you: How does this look to a hiring manager? My resume reads that I’ve only held one position since college, as a music producer, with the same company. While this position had a lot of aspects to it, like management of budgets, employees, scheduling, and of course, a lot of writing and producing music (which involves a high level of ability in analytics, creativity, and technology), I can’t get any interviews for positions I’m applying for. All I can think is that it looks to managers like it’s not a real job, but this is what I’ve done for 50 hours a week for 15 years and got paid really well for it. I’ve thrived in an incredibly difficult business. Shouldn’t that count for something?

I don’t think it’s that it’s coming across as not a real job, but rather than you’re competing against candidates whose experience has more obvious similarities with the jobs you’re applying to. You’ve got what people call “transferable skills,” but those aren’t always obvious to hiring managers who are skimming your resume for 15 seconds, and they’re often not as compelling as people whose experience is directly in the same field or role. Hiring managers tend to like obvious matches and aren’t always going to take the time to think through how someone with a different profile than most of their applicants could match up well with the role.

But there’s a way to do this! I think you’ll have the most interest if you focus on jobs where there’s more obvious crossover — like jobs or fields that are somehow related to music or entertainment. Those employers are more likely to see your work history as a plus and to more easily grasp the way your experience translates to them.

interacting with coworkers’ kids, coworker is inappropriate in front of guests, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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i was on vacation a while (two of them!) and that was mostly great (the first better than the second but still i was lucky to do any of it) but now i'm back trying to focus on the real world.

i have long term... maybe not plans yet, but goals as a result of one of those trips, and i'm floundering on how to get going some. i've been poking at my resume, and will also be poking at linkedin, but there's always the question of "how good is good enough?" because perfect isn't happening. i'm hoping linkedin will at least give me ideas for holes in my resume itself, and the rest of the extra details i can keep there, but who knows.

it's past midnight, a relative died monday, and i have to get out working in the sun later this morning even though i've been emotionally done with summer since june. i think any coherency is gone right now.
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He'd fallen into the ocean bordering Connecticut, smoke roiling off his body.

That, by any understanding, should have been the end of him.

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