|Back to work
|I have a sneaking suspicion all these work-from-home promises we've heard over the past year will suddenly vanish once the world opens back up. At first it was a bunch of technology companies that went fully remote for the foreseeable future. But even regular corporate-type jobs were on board with supporting remote work. I've heard lots of ideas about how future work will go: Maybe fully remote, maybe every other day, maybe alternating weeks. As a remote-capable worker, it's been refreshing to hear people realize how much work can be done without being in an office. And despite the drawbacks (of which there are quite a few), I was a fan of teleworking before we were forced to do it.
But I just have an inkling that once enough people have been vaccinated and the infection rates have gone down, there will be a sort of boiling-over anger from bosses and managers who've been holding back their opinions of the drawbacks of telework, and there will be a rapid push to re-normalize working at work. And the collective PTSD of the teleworkforce will be like gasoline on a fire. Once back at the office, working from home will feel like going back to quarantine times, which obviously no one wants. So I think within the next year or less, we'll be fully back to the way we were, for better or worse. #business
|Tiers of music fandom
|There are 6 tiers of music fandom:
1. Never heard of them.
2. Never heard of them. Oh wait, they sing that? I like that song.
3. I like 2 or 3 songs by them.
4. I love that one album.
5. I like several of their albums, but none of the old/new stuff.
6. I can recognize every single song from every one of their albums by only hearing the first three notes.
|Work but not work
|It's surprising how much of my "job" isn't really my "job". Like my job consists mostly of writing code, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and documenting results. But other things I do during working hours are things like:
- Wait for computer to boot
- Wait for mandatory software updates to finish
- Wait while virus scan bogs down 70% of my computing resources
- Spend 45 minutes burning a CD with 30,000 files containing software I need to do my job
- Try to find a way around network firewall to access information needed to do my job
- Take mandatory training
- Walk to other buildings, wait to be let in
- Wait for the network and/or electricity to come back on
There are "job" tasks and there are "meta job" tasks. Work about work, but not actually work. #business