thread right you lot
no fucking mingling, any more than 6 of you in here and I'm calling the fucking pigs.
permalink Unless it is a youth event
with no definition of youth or event.

Or there is money changing hands.
permalink I'm think any definition of youth
would be stretched around here
permalink ooh-
permalink And follow the one way system.
permalink what if we get a till?
permalink even better
it's now ok if we have guns
permalink or if we are "working"
or being "educated".

Both of which strike me as what we're largely avoiding here.
permalink I'm going to a socially distanced networking event in 10
Days at the oval.

I hope that counts as one of these... Though if they just leave the free bar and nobody else turns up that would also suit me just fine.
permalink A socially distanced event at the Oval
presumably just a late season county championship game?
permalink I now have a vision of a load of people standing on the pitch about 30m apart,
shouting at each other.
permalink that's a cricket match
permalink A very well dispersed
slip cordon!
permalink fuck the slips
lets just have a silly FULL on
permalink I have a few
we could sort something out.
permalink If we just become a pub, we'd be alright?
I mean, we pretty much are except for the centralised procurement.
permalink Which could save a chunk of money if we can get to calais
Before december
permalink I started work again today,
which involved mandatory training and reading risks assessments.

The risk assessments are centrally produced and a bit crap for a company that size. Quite a few seem to be written by people who don't actually understand what the different columns are for or how to score risks, there's a lack of consistency across the risk register and some risks lack consistency themselves never mind across the whole lot.

The covid one has a severity of 3 out of five, the definition includes "return to work within 7 days".

I mentioned this to my boss but he doesn't really understand, so I'm trying not to think about it but I'm going to end up emailing HR.
permalink Just remember not to call the folks that
wrote the risk document a bunch of incompetent MFCs!
permalink risk assessments are so much fun!
I used to train people to write them so I didn't have to.
permalink You're not the boss of me!
Given we're at level 2, we can congregate in groups of up to 100, thank you very much! And hopefully on the 21st, back to normal*

*as long as the god bothering dimwits from some evangelical church in Auckland don't fuck the country over any further

permalink Which church?
permalink Not that it matters, as they're all the same
But it's this lot
permalink "they're all the same"
permalink that's why he's next on line to be
Bishop of Leeds
permalink I don't imagine the bishop of Leeds
is a member of one of these baffling array of minor churches?

Don't get me wrong, I obviously despise the CofE, Catholic church etc., but at least these large organisations make some sort of sense. Whereas the bazillion schisms upon schisms of all these minor protestant "churches" make no sense to me at all
permalink HEY! i hope you're not describing my 'church of christ
without christ but coffee instead' as a schism!11!

permalink I have relatives in church leadership in Auckland.
Not associated with that church though.

I didn't think it would be but it was worth an ask.
thread Fuck this week.
And fuck incompetent wankers.
permalink huh? you should sleep late man.. it's just much easier on your constitution
permalink I could do with about a weeks' solid sleep, tbh.
permalink Just had a call from my team leader.
Everyone is back next week. My provisional working hours were based on three of us going back, not everyone. I'll find out on Friday what I'm working.

This is a bit rubbish in terms of planning childcare.
permalink were they definitely incompetent
and not just being arseholes?
permalink it could be both
permalink I bet they
have piggy little eyes as well!
permalink All of the above.
Absolute pisstaking fucktards
permalink has today got better yet?
permalink Yesterday was unrelentingly (and unnecessarily) shit
But today is much much better. Yay!
permalink Yesterday was great fun for me
today has been hard. I feel burnt out just by doing lots of talking
permalink We are clearly tag-teaming
permalink Nothing but MFCs as far as the eye can see?
I know you like a good Munro. Did you see this. Bloody hell!
permalink I hatre everything about this sentence:
"He normally follows a plant-based diet for performance reasons but ate some dairy products on the challenge for easiness meal-wise."

Easiness, meal-wise? It is like a parody of 1985 American.

permalink For you
permalink do you get a puppy with that job?
permalink Well I was highlighting the whole search, rather than just the one job
but I certainly do hope so.
permalink Thank you!
permalink Yep.
The last guy held that record for 10 years, and always said he reckoned someone could knock a few days off it...

These guys are mental.
permalink That they most certainly are
As are any of the FKT people. Although at least some of the smaller ones are only a few days, but over a month without a break at it.
permalink I concur.
If things do not improve soon, I may have to have another breakdown to distract myself.
permalink aside from the below SEO thing
are you looking more widely at civil service jobs? I have a general alert set up for any IT/data roles they have going and there seems to be a lot of product ownership-type stuff available at the moment, which as far as I understand is not entirely dissimilar to what you did before, and most CS jobs are flexi/home working at the moment
permalink Linky?
I have been very ill and my child has been in hospital, so I have been less active, although I had 4 chats today with different folk, who are fishing.

I am the embodiment of concern right now, but setting up alerts would be good for me.

permalink if you create an account
at https://www.civilservi... you can set up 'job alerts' for a filter on area/organisation/role

As I say I have one for general analytical/data positions in Scotland and most days get an email for 2-3 new positions nationwide which are open to folk working from anywhere

There seems to be a huge volume of digital recruitment going on in the CS, partly in response to a big increase in demand for digital services and partly for Cummings' grand projects, so I'd be surprised if there isn't stuff in there somewhere that's up your street, lots of non-technical delivery roles and that kind of thing
permalink It looks as though they're taking on "PowerPoint Bullshit Generators" at a rate of knots.
, judging from the leaked "Moonshot" presentation...
permalink I understood none of that,
but you kind of described my strengths.
thread I'm going back to work on Sunday.
I might have to get new trousers.

How's your work life?
permalink Same old.
Are your kids back at school/wherever?
permalink Eve is in reception now, and she'll be knackered for the
first couple of weeks.

Jude turns two on the 28th and he'll go into nursery in the afternoons.

I'm going to find it rather strange not having either of them around.
permalink Same as the last few weeks, except it's getting a little bit busier out there.
Still massive chunks of central London much much quieter than usual in terms of peoplle, although there does seem to be a fuck-ton of traffic given all the people who aren't back in the office.
permalink It never stopped
It's very tiring
Ive got a weekend off coming up
So I can leave Cardiff at last
To meet my new niece
permalink Well they've locked down caerphilly
So it's possible I won't get to go anywhere, everyone please cross your fingers that they don't lockdown here too
permalink i'll throw in my legs & toes
and tie me nethers in a bow..
permalink At least they haven't locked down recklessly
/predictable gag
permalink Caerphilly jokes
Only work if you don't pronounce it caerphilly
permalink Shit.
Just about to start work for the day and I can't fucking wait for it to end already.
permalink Stop rubbing it in
permalink Work is meh
Lots to do, but very low motivation. Been back in the office since early June though, with a small interruption a few weeks ago.
permalink we had a 3.3 earthquake
in leighton buzzard this morning.. not quite up to your standards but
it all gets added to the approaching apocalypse tick-off list
permalink Not my fault
that one.
permalink And I must be knackered at the moment
As I totally missed an apparently pretty wobbly M5.7 just after I went to be the other night.
permalink lucky sod
i've been to paradise but i've never been to be
permalink I've been to me
I wouldn't bother
permalink non-existant
I have had literally 1 interview with an HR lady and that is it.
permalink due a storm of
my own projects being done, the new ones looming but not here yet and other projects having some stuff that needs done, bone crushingly dull
permalink admin or support work?
permalink testing
permalink can't you just laser some trousers
out of firewood?
permalink Speaking of which...
I've got it working, I'm just not very good with it. It's our eighth wedding anniversary and I'm trying to do a little something. I turned the laser up a bit high and it caught fire, so I'm having to do it again.
permalink but weird
the stuff I was supposed to be doing, I'm not any more, so I'm doing stuff I've never really done before, which is odd after 20 years in various iterations of the job.

Child is at school for now so that's a bit less stress, but the wife's grandad has just died (basically of being very old) so that's different stress.
permalink Not really altered.
Although as of this week I will be going back to normal hours, which is a mixed blessing.
thread I am sitting in my actual real life physical office
for the first time in months, it's very quiet and the aircon is very cold. My little Christmas cactus looks very sorry for itself, but I've got loads of paper and pens.

Might take my trousers off.

Edit: ooh I have missed the smell of the sewage works.
permalink I was in our workshop yesterday
and the day before trying to sort problems with the phone system and spent a happy half an hour sat in the main doorway reprogramming the door entry system. Funs.
permalink how novel

I am at home as usual for me... but will have an afternoon of 'working' with the tour de france in the background.

Speaking of which, who is auberdjinn in the velogames thing? they are doing crazily well, and are 10th overall in the whole thing. meep isn't doing quite as well.

permalink that would be my better (at cycling knowledge)
permalink ah
well the difference in scores somewhat underlines that.
permalink she's been very good about it
better than I would be
permalink Hah!
Mostly luck and a Yorkshirer's eye for a bargain! Feels pretty good right now but we'll see how things pan out. Expected to drop a couple of hundred places after the thing that happened today but somehow back up to 14th from 47th!
permalink i was really worried when i saw your team
but then i realised it was Dayer quintana, not nairo.

permalink Last year
I spent pretty much the whole thing where meep is now.
permalink I'm still
fairly happy with my progress
permalink depending on how the EF guys get on today
i'm not feeling too bad about my selections so far.

permalink I've been in my actual physical office most weekdays since early June.
It's been lovely, as there were only a handful of us coming in, so as to meet distancing requirements, as well as keeping it to those of us who live close enough to walk or cycle in. This ended up being a pretty nice small group of proper grownups who actually like each other.

As of today, we have some more people back. Personally, I wanted to change the locks before this happened but I wasn't allowed...
permalink We had an email yesterday
saying there's a confirmed case in our biggest office. The closest I've been to my office was meeting my parents for lunch the other week (which actually was quite close)
permalink Back in the office yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks
Since (a) NZ jumped back to level 2 thanks to Auckland, and (b) since I had a fucking awful cold last week, so would have been staying away anyway. At least it is definitely not the corvids. Caw!
permalink I've been on variable 0-5 days a week in the labs
since not long after lockdown started, when we figured that we counted as essential (as our customers definitely did and they needed support) and put in place a pretty strong safe system of work.
Genuinely the company has been doing well by us through all this, barring one or two minor to majors gripes that I won't post about in public.
permalink I’ve been in work all the way through,
it feels weird when people who haven’t been in the office come in.
permalink A cow orker who'd mostly worked through said the same
Along the lines of "it was great until all you fuckers started reappearing"!
permalink i hate it when you pull an allNighter
and then the interfering fuckers start dribbling in
permalink No office for me.
Why so nobody hiring? (I know why)

Anyone know any ways to make small amounts of cash on the internet? Content writing, copychecking, whatever? I am capable and really getting into dire straights fast.
but i bet it's really shit money/hassle ratio

you could also look into virtual PA stuff. but again not sure many people ar hiring.

have you spoken to agents who previously head hunted you? what do they say?
permalink They say:
permalink chatty bunch
permalink It is distressing when even spamming recruitment agencies
who used to call me more than once a day, won't even acknowledge or respond now. Not even to actual requests.
permalink it's quite likely a lot of them hae been furloughed
if tey haven't then the people making hiring decisions will have.

i can see things perking up as soon as the first big chunks of redundancies are done...
permalink I need them to perk up
somewhat sooner.
permalink AGH!
The civil service uses SEO to mean nothing whatsoever to do with SEO and I spent 3 days formulating a statement for a pointless and irrelevant role.
permalink I think the civil service acronym
precedes the internet one by some decades
permalink It probably does,
but i do not use swastikas as decorations these days. Times change.
permalink Thank goodness you
were previously earning stupid amounts of money...that should help, right?
permalink i'm sure there's a reddit
for these kind of problems
permalink Apparently
you want to get yourself invited to industry slack groups, that's where you'll hear about mates of mates jobs.

Don't ask me how you get yourself invited though, I've been in the same job for 15 years.
permalink I popped into work to buy a fridge freezer for my mum.
It was nice seeing people, but they all looked a bit frazzled.

According to my boss we're doing ok and we'll all be coming back, other than a middle management restructure where I think we're gonna lose one. So I'm likely to be back in work by the end of the month.

Now I know my job is safe I want to stay on furlough.
permalink I just read something from a lady called
Helen Fucks.

I am sure she does, but still.
permalink It's a pretty blatant come-on.
Contact her and sign it "Manley Fingers".
permalink I love the feel of rusty poons
permalink I'm back a home now
after a week at the in-laws.

it is a quieter and more comfortable.
permalink I watched War of the Worlds (the Tom Cruise one)
the other day and it had more of an impact now I know how stupid people are in a global crisis. But there was an odd heartbeat sound through most of the quiet bits which I noticed but didn't think about.

Now i'm watching Pacific and it's back.

Only I've realised that it's my external hard drive sat on top of wooden drawers reading the film from disk.
permalink Haven't seen the fillum
But I was looking at the Pacific the other day
permalink It's a 10 episode series
that's like Band of Brothers but nowhere near as good
permalink Fair enough
My one is a big ocean that starts here* and goes all the way to Chile

*if you want to keep the Tasman as a separate sea
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permalink well
that's a first
permalink Does this mean some spider has found us?
permalink we often get bots creating accounts, I purge them every so often
but nothing has ever gone so far as to actually validate the account and post something, which is the benefit of it being a completely custom website

which means Dilivi is most likely a real person

permalink It's a registered company

I'm presuming advertising like that is illegal, not sure who to report it to though?
thread I have a super free bonus day off tomorrow
(don't ask)

So I headed up to Scotland today whilst working, and I'm going to bosh up Ben Lomond tomorrow.

It's 30 years since I went up there so I ignored that for current Munroism...
permalink we're off up to Assynt for a week
which explains the frankly apocalyptic weather today and https://www.theguardia...
permalink Well... it was bloody lovely today over Loch Lomond way...
Yesterday was horrible.
permalink just back from a fine day up Suilven
been wanting to do it for years, it is everything I hoped for
permalink Oh nice!!!
I haven;t done it either. There are a few crackers up that way.
permalink it's a fine walk, the improved paths are excellent
and not as hard as I was expecting, given how improbable it looks on the approach

also, the community-owned estate on which it lies has an honesty shop with ice cream at the start of the walk, which is an excellent idea that should be replicated for every hill
permalink an one with beer for the end.
permalink I have no plans
for the weekend
permalink We're already down in Devon
with the in-laws. The little man is super excited which is fun and tiring.

I might even have the luxury of an IKEA trip!
permalink Exeter IKEA.
I spent 8 hours there once.

8 fucking hours.

permalink HOW?
permalink I absolutely agree.
I was content with 0 hours.
permalink did you get lost?
permalink "I'm sure we've been through curtains before....
.. wait there's a short-cut over there"

and repeat.
permalink Emotionally?
permalink spiritually?
permalink I am going to have to say
permalink Nice baby.
Well done.
permalink you could get a job with them,
then you could spend 8 hours there every day!

permalink we are pondering an edinburgh trip
as a way to meet the parentals without bringing the lurgy to their house and potentially avoiding christmas obligations.

or if they suddenly lift the spain restrictions we might work from holiday (a workation as i've heard it called sickeningly enough) for a week from seville... but not sure.

but the amount of browsing we are doing suggests cabin fever is setting in a little
permalink I think you can forget Spain for now.
And in fact most places.
permalink assuming we want to come back.....
my main client has just put an offer in on a building on princes street... which would likely mean i can justify a jaunt up there. which would be nice.

permalink Which building?
There are a few up for grabs at the moment, I think.
permalink The Topshop one by at Andrews sq
Travelodge above included

permalink Ah. Makes sense.
Since most of it is already a hotel.

Are they planning to incorporate the lower floors into the hotel, or to try to let it as retail?
permalink we're trying to work out the logistics
of a trip to my folks in Yorkshire, but they keep getting locked down.
permalink This might be the first weekend
for a month where I'll hopefully feel human so naturally the weather's going to be shit. I'm on holiday though so wheeeee! Week off, muddyfunsters.
permalink And it was good!
It’s a cracking mountain... just too popular because it’s easy to get to, close up Glasgow, next door to famous Loch Lomond and people can pronounce it...

Busy today. On most of the mountains I climb (and the weather Ivend up doing them in), I hardly meet anyone. But Ben Lomond is a fucking motorway. A bit like Nevis. Came back down the Ptarmigan path though, which was nice and quieter...

Lovely day. Cracking weather!
permalink were the banks
permalink They were.
I took the high road.
permalink We went to visit my mum in Leeds the other day
First time I'd seen her since lockdown.

Off to see my step mum in Sedbergh today after we've done online church.
permalink Did sunset at Crosby tonight (gormley's Another Place).
Rather excellent.
permalink not askin just wonderin
what's with the new scottish 'hate crime' laws.. do people think it'll pass?