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The electrical substation in front of my place exploded and I've been enjoying an extra long weekend (carnival, yay) with a 100 degree heatwave and no power since Saturday. Water went out this morning. I hate everything and everyone.
 
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I swear to god if one more fucking person asks me to be a salesman because I have an economics degree. Fuck recruiters who want me to be a salesman, not everyone can be one, leave me the hell alone. This is why I hate society and aren't salesmen all frat douches who talk endlessly about sports like American football that I don't give a shit about. I am so sick of it. I don't know how to make it go away, like I know I post a lot about how shitty religion is, but these people take the shit cake.
 
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First world problems complaint here, but I've been getting into audiobooks as something to do before sleep to cut down on screen time and hopefully improve my sleep quality (which does seem to be working).

But that's not the complaint. It's Audible. Why the fuck do you pay for the sub and then still have to pay for the audiobooks? Ok, sure, I'm on my free 3 month trial and you get one free credit a month you can exchange for any audiobook, so I haven't actually paid anything yet, but that just irks me. You pay for a sub, or you pay for the products. Not both.

They don't even have the one I actually wanted (Dracula read by Christopher Lee) even tho Amazon said they did. Got the one with Tim Curry instead.
 

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First world problems complaint here, but I've been getting into audiobooks as something to do before sleep to cut down on screen time and hopefully improve my sleep quality (which does seem to be working).

But that's not the complaint. It's Audible. Why the fuck do you pay for the sub and then still have to pay for the audiobooks? Ok, sure, I'm on my free 3 month trial and you get one free credit a month you can exchange for any audiobook, so I haven't actually paid anything yet, but that just irks me. You pay for a sub, or you pay for the products. Not both.

They don't even have the one I actually wanted (Dracula read by Christopher Lee) even tho Amazon said they did. Got the one with Tim Curry instead.
God damn it I wanted one of them. Booo. We don’t need to subscribe for everything.

Edit: oh you mean we need one for the voice actor and another for the book. Gotcha.
 

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God damn it I wanted one of them. Booo. We don’t need to subscribe for everything.

Edit: oh you mean we need one for the voice actor and another for the book. Gotcha.
No, it's like Google Stadia, where you pay for a sub just to use the service, but then still have to buy each individual game. Except replace game with audiobook.
 
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Ive been awake for 36h straight and worked for all but 4 of it. Trying to catch 5h of sleep so I can get up for another maintenance tonight.
 
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I have an interview at 4pm today, so that means that my brain has decided that I'm not allowed to actually do anything else all day, just think about the interview.
 
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Ive been awake for 36h straight and worked for all but 4 of it. Trying to catch 5h of sleep so I can get up for another maintenance tonight.
God... can't even imagine doing something like this anymore. (I hope you could get REAL, long sleep and a hot bath now? Everything ok?)


Also:
I was bringing my garbage (bio-degradable in a container, and plastic-packaging in sacks) out at 6 in the morning. At about 7 i left home for work, and threw a moldy apple into my bin. And i saw: In the time it stood there at the street, in the dark morning, someone hat thrown cigarette packages into my bio-garbage. I live on a street with a kiosk, like 10 meters away from my door, which has public general garbage cans. The street itself has small public garbage cans at the start and end... and i SUPPOSE the smoking guy HAS HIS OWN DAMN garbage and some fucking pockets. But he elected to throw it into the wrong type of bin on purpose.

It is this small callous, STUPID shit that makes me lose faith in humanity sometimes. I irrationally raged about this while standing in traffic today (20 min drive to work was 95 minutes today).

While of course it isn't that big a deal, i just can't understand it. Just like the people throwing their McDonalds shit out of the driving car, littering the streets. Smashing bottles on parking spaces... stealing my antenna from my car, because it is "only" screwed on. Kicking my bike's wheels in.

Bureaucratic callousness i can... understand. Big evil deeds out of greed and lust and hate, i mean are more impactful and clearly more important to deal with, but they are "human". Violence out of politic disagreement and frustration... i might even support. But it is these small, aimless, weird shit where someone has to take a small effort to make it all just a tiny bit more miserable for "someone, but no one in particular"

This just gnawed at me for a while, makes me feel like i lose my mind. If you want to be destructive: Pick a goddamn target. If you want to be annoying to no one in particular: Ask yourself what is wrong with you.

Rant over!
 

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Ok, 1st world complaint incoming in 3... 2... 1...

Ever since working from home became a norm in 2020, I really hate the reliance we've accepted on virtual meetings. I'm an email guy. It's documentation, all the need-to-know info if a concise, finite space to be referenced at a moment's notice. I can read your email, reply with questions, and vet responses until a task is complete. But nowadays, people seem to think after the precursory 5 minutes of banter on a MS Teams call about your weekend, sports, and the weather, I'm supposed to recall the critical point of the call where you mentioned a critical ask with an expected 48 hour turnaround?? Why am I tasked with asking the permission of 10 people on a Teams call if I can record the meeting when the budgeted half-hour meeting could have been summarized in a 2 minute email negating the point of the call entirely?!?

Send me a fucking email telling me what you need, and I'll reply with the answer or clarifying questions; NONE of that requires the important shit muddled with pretentious casual conversation and an immediate demand of everyone's time.
I’d lose my mind if I had to be in those kinds of meetings. It’s a flaw of human nature that social interaction is tied so closely to a sense of self worth (specifically dopamine in a chemical sense), where people feel the need to blabber on and on in total irrelevance to the actual point of being there in the first place. The “cold impersonality” of email communication is a work setting is more often than not a necessity towards keeping things functional. If people have a problem with that, then odds are they’d be the first to thrown you under the bus whenever there’s disagreement that arises from verbal communications.
 

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I wish I had all those skills, but fuck I'm old, I'm busy and my brain can only hold some much...stuff. Occasionally the developers are like "Piscian you're as smart as us we can just teach you", but they don't understand the more I pack in the more I lose.

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Considering some other posts you’ve made about working two or three literal days with nary a smidge of sleep thanks to the apparent lack of personnel in this kind of work, that could be a contributing factor!

https://www.piedmont.org/living-real-change/the-impact-of-sleep-on-your-memory#:~:text=Research has shown that sleep,ability to remember or learn

Ain’t “advanced society” awesome‽
 
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Considering some other posts you’ve made about working two or three literal days with nary a smidge of sleep thanks to the apparent lack of personnel in this kind of work, that could be a contributing factor!
It's almost as if facing the prospect of two or three days spent working without sleep makes a lot of people not want to take on that kind of work, or somethin'.
 

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Considering some other posts you’ve made about working two or three literal days with nary a smidge of sleep thanks to the apparent lack of personnel in this kind of work, that could be a contributing factor!

https://www.piedmont.org/living-real-change/the-impact-of-sleep-on-your-memory#:~:text=Research has shown that sleep,ability to remember or learn

Ain’t “advanced society” awesome‽
It's ok I've started leaving little notes for myself to help me remember stuff

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It's almost as if facing the prospect of two or three days spent working without sleep makes a lot of people not want to take on that kind of work, or somethin'.

Chicken/Egg? Or, if there wasn’t a labor shortage in these kinds of positions, one could surmise that shifts might be more reasonable. Same for hospital workers like nurses. Do you really want someone handing out meds at the end of a double shift?

 

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Chicken/Egg? Or, if there wasn’t a labor shortage in these kinds of positions, one could surmise that shifts might be more reasonable. Same for hospital workers like nurses. Do you really want someone handing out meds at the end of a double shift?

I have a friend who is a doctor. When he was doing residency it was completely expected that they would work 24 hour shifts, and some of the doctors they worked under complained that they weren't allowed to make them work more because "back in their day" they would do 36 hour shifts. It wasn't because there was a shortage of med school students, and it's not like the hospitals couldn't afford to have more residents, they already barely pay them, but doing the work is seen as a privilege. Nothing will change without legislation because you can abuse students all you want, if they complain about it they'll get kicked out of the residency program and won't be able to work in the field they just spent 10 years studying for, and hospitals don't have any incentive to change the status quo.
 

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I have a friend who is a doctor. When he was doing residency it was completely expected that they would work 24 hour shifts, and some of the doctors they worked under complained that they weren't allowed to make them work more because "back in their day" they would do 36 hour shifts. It wasn't because there was a shortage of med school students, and it's not like the hospitals couldn't afford to have more residents, they already barely pay them, but doing the work is seen as a privilege. Nothing will change without legislation because you can abuse students all you want, if they complain about it they'll get kicked out of the residency program and won't be able to work in the field they just spent 10 years studying for, and hospitals don't have any incentive to change the status quo.

Well still, that article and many others cite a lack of qualified people as a primary cause for being overworked, vs some badge of honor, privilege, etc. The irony of the “back in my day” crowd being intelligent enough for that kind of work, yet somehow reasoning that it’s healthy let alone functionally sound to do so for a solid day on military time is priceless human stupidity. Same with thinking that a shit diet can be overcome with exercise. The mind is a funny thing.


Speaking of human stupidity and true to the train theme of this thread-



@dummynodepanda 11 days ago
Did he really think its a better idea to let a train ruin that truck over just backing out and damaging the breakaway signal? This guy is a genius



Damn that train was moving. Way too little time between when the gate went down to actual crossing. Like apparently that trucker thought nothing of it. Lights should’ve also been flashing half a minute prior to the gate.
 
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Damn that train was moving. Way too little time between when the gate went down to actual crossing. Like apparently that trucker thought nothing of it. Lights should’ve also been flashing half a minute prior to the gate.
Apparently that's a thing that happens every so often. You'd think after the first time, people would realise there was a problem and change things, but apparently not.
 

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Apparently that's a thing that happens every so often. You'd think after the first time, people would realise there was a problem and change things, but apparently not.
If it's already happened once then really what's the chance of it happening again? Obviously people will learn after the first time! No need to waste time and money making changes.
 

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Ok, this is a bit first-world problems.

But, trying to watch a Blu-Ray and it doesn't work, stuck on loading screen. Ok, maybe my disk is damaged, or player doesn't like it. So I happen to come across a 2nd hand copy, get that, same issue. Hmmm.

Bit of googling and it turns out it's my internet connection. My internet means I can't watch certain Blu-Rays. Argh. But turning the net off worked, so ok, but this is not a problem that should exist.