i hope office buildings empty out like suburban malls and are repurposed into affordable housing.
― Yerac, Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:56 (ten minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink
― BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:07 (three months ago) link
I wish I could find that faux-pamphlet from a few years back about an office building gradually turning into an overgrown post-apocalyptic ecosystem
― bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:13 (three months ago) link
I've worked from home for almost 19 years. I expect it to all come crashing down around my ears any day now.
― Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:14 (three months ago) link
i don't maintain much of a social circle outside of work (mostly just my wife, my parents, and my cat) so I do think I benefit from the social aspects of coming into an office every day and interacting with people. i'm lucky in my position that I typically don't HAVE to do much interacting in any given day if I don't feel like it, but if I do then there are always people around who want to shoot the shit.
― Evans on Hammond (evol j), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:14 (three months ago) link
Does anyone do this with kids in the house? Seems kind of impossible without turning child into tv zombiei do but there's always another carer around. she (child not carer) occasionally comes up to spin around on my chair but generally respects the sanctity of the office space.
― Paperbag raita (ledge), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:20 (three months ago) link
that sanctity in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKxqy9SJ-0I
― mark s, Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:25 (three months ago) link
Spare a thought for us poor sods who can't work from home, we're dead.
― God gave toilets rolls to you, gave toilet rolls to you (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:26 (three months ago) link
My first day of working at home. Not without its downsides, but I did watch an episode of Kojak during my lunch hour, and so without coronavirus I would possibly never known about this meeting of the titans
― Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 20:33 (three months ago) link
I'm less likely to brush my teeth on time WFH
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 00:19 (three months ago) link
I thought you’d been running this drill for years?
― El Tomboto, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 01:51 (three months ago) link
I had no use for it but bring it on!
― Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 01:52 (three months ago) link
xpost I have. but bad habits never change.
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:48 (three months ago) link
the only real prob i had working from home was a) animals, who would bark in the background during meetings/training, or b) roommates. right now, "b" isn't a prob cos he's never home and even when he is, he's quiet.
my brother used to walk in the door and intentionally try to get me to laugh while I was in a meeting by yelling non-sequiturs (a man in his mid-30s, going on 12). one day he came out the bathroom singing Billy Joel at the top of his lungs, forgetting I was working, so all of my colleagues were treated to that.
animals, otoh, usually the people on the phone go "aww how cute, what breed are they?"
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 04:02 (three months ago) link
One blessing of my job is that I have not been expected to read and respond to emails outside of work hours. Based on the rules for our WFH, my management seems to be respecting this.
Recommendation of uncertain usefulness to other ILXors, based on my previous WFH experiences: Get dressed, including putting on a bra. (In my specific case, bralessness soon becomes uncomfortable, sweaty, and otherwise not conducive to work.)
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:00 (three months ago) link
I draw the line at pants (US definition) tho
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:43 (three months ago) link
the daily requirement to reoort back on the detail of my work have made me rather kindly disposed to coming in
― BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 17:23 (three months ago) link
one of the first days I worked from home in 2012, I was given a new laptop, and we headed into a web meeting (Skype, Sametime, WebEx, I can't even remember rn). then, like now, I just woke up and turned on my computer in my current state of dress, so I had underwear and pants on, but no shirt. so I log into the meeting, and the webcam comes on by default, and for two seconds, I see myself on camera, face to just slightly below the shoulders. then I realized this was sharing and my project manager said "uhh I can see you", so I ducked below the desk, put a shirt on, and disabled the webcam for-eva
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 19:56 (three months ago) link
Daily seven-way meeting this morning. Everyone hears a voice: "How much is the toilet roll?" Everyone denies it was them (or a TV they're surreptitiously watching). Everyone then mutes their microphone.
― Paperbag raita (ledge), Thursday, 19 March 2020 09:53 (three months ago) link
they didnt realise so many people would actually use it
― thou shalt not covid thy neighbour's wife (darraghmac), Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:29 (three months ago) link
guys I wish i was making any of it up, i really do
― thou shalt not covid thy neighbour's wife (darraghmac), Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:30 (three months ago) link
It's why I like WebEx because if you dial in through the computer it says who is speaking and there is no denial!
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:09 (three months ago) link
That's fucked, deems, I'm sorry. FWIW, feel like we might not have made it a week into WFH if we hadn't had a confirmed Cov Case in our actual office. MF-ers gonna need a winch to haul me back into that plague den at this point.
― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:43 (three months ago) link
I've adjusted surprisingly quickly to working on one tiny laptop screen as opposed to the two big monitors I'm used to. Just involves constant shifting and sliding of all the programs I have open at a given moment. I was relying on this being my busiest time of year to keep me occupied and focused but, ehh, I'm noticing a marked decline in the amount of work product coming in.
― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:46 (three months ago) link
All other pros and cons aside, the ability to chair dance and deliver emotive + passionate lip sync performances while listening to music is perhaps the greatest WFH perk of them all.
― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:50 (three months ago) link
One uncomplicatedly good thing my work did - let everyone take home their work monitors.
― Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:27 (three months ago) link
oh dear, dmac
11am, day 2, wfh: announced "dootly-doo" to nobody at all, as there is nobody else here except the cat1pm, day 2, wfh: singing nonsense songs at the cat, who is maowing back (she started it, miss)
Fear I may be turning into the boss from A thread for Steve n.'s list of songs that his boss sings
― a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:31 (three months ago) link
The big boss did say we could take monitors and even a chair but I was walking 1.5 miles home so that was not entirely feasible. the chair was tempting as my back is going to be fairly knackered if I sit in this sofa, or even at the dining table in one of our dining chairs, hunched over this laptop for months
(I am sure there are people here who could carry a large Dell monitor and an office chair 1.5 miles through once-busy streets and a v muddy field, as well as my rucksack and carrier bag full of random stuff I found in my desk drawer that I thought I might need, or at least be embarrassed at still being in my desk drawer if I died - not even work paperwork, mostly chocolate and hoarded sachets and pots of instant pasta/noodle/couscous snacks)
the o/h has still been in work so far but he gets to wfh from tomorrow/Mon so then we'll be fighting over the one good chair and the big monitor
actually I don't want the big monitor, it is massive and was bought for gaming and I tried to do some work on it yesterday and it felt like I was squinting at some Excel cells in one small corner of the screen while who knows what was going on in the other 90% of the screen
― a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:38 (three months ago) link
supplementing my laptop with a good wireless mouse and keyboard has made getting actual work done much easier. logitech mx keys and mx master 3 mouse, official endorsement
― adam, Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:49 (three months ago) link
― Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:09 (three months ago) link
Acrobat version finally downloaded
received no work assignments yet this morning
absence of annoying coworkers is best thing so far
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:24 (three months ago) link
Yes. As opposed to trying to work with a frat rager taking place behind me every day, the only distraction atm is my gf's WFH sitch, which is just an ongoing video conference of her preschool's teachers singing songs to the stuck-at-home kids. It's kinda soothing my otherwise frayed nerves, tbh.
― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:41 (three months ago) link
good thing about wfh is I can grouse in private after that annual review meeting.
― sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:57 (three months ago) link
So far the biggest upside is that I can take breaks to practice drum rudiments on the practice pad, can't do that in the office. Quarantine is great for the chops, too bad I can't put them to use.
― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:20 (three months ago) link
Had a webex meeting at 11 and the host signed off by saying "we'll do this again in a month" so at least I have a rough idea of how long I'm expecting to be WFH. Probably gonna be longer, though; where I work (a med school in NJ) all events have been cancelled through end of May.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:21 (three months ago) link
moved from dining table into back room with office chair & more ergo friendly setupdining room chair was hell to sit on for extended periodsmr veg ordered an adapter for me to link my current monitor as second bigger screen, yay
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:50 (three months ago) link
I need more plugs
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:56 (three months ago) link
Hair plugs? Don't worry, Joe Biden will hook you up
― love will keep us apart (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 19 March 2020 19:57 (three months ago) link
corner desk setup, herman miller chair (bcz I knew this day would come, I decided to splurge a long time ago)
I have three computer screens, one big tablet and two phones to stare at throughout my day
the problem is the phones and tablet keep running low on juice
― El Tomboto, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:50 (three months ago) link
lol yes i've had the buchla music easel VST open on my 2nd monitor all day ready for between-email jams
― adam, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:52 (three months ago) link
i almost bought a dirty old aeron off craigslist yesterday, this repurposed dining room chair w/ $4 ikea pad isn't really working for me
This old office chair is the hardest part, no matter what pillow configuration i try.
My music computer is next to my current work computer, and yesterday I did chip away at writing this long midi track (which is meant to sound kinda randomly generated or through-composed in the end), but overall I've been surprised by how much work I've been doing and how little slacking off. More than when I'm actually in the office, I'd say.
― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2020 21:50 (three months ago) link
I spent some time yesterday rather ruthlessly organizing what was on the screen and where, learning how to use more control keys and such to change focus instead of the mouse and learning how to use Mission Control.
(for windows 10 users, check out the built-in virtual desktop feature)
― j., Thursday, 19 March 2020 21:55 (three months ago) link
hey this is now! who knew the desktop computer keyboard was so louuuud. might need to sit in separate rooms. the only other room is the bedroom and my back will disintegrate if I sit on the bed all day...
I still can't concentrate, don't know if lazy or anxious or just bored, but the same is usually true in the office except that I had less excuse to be anxious tbh. (I don't know how anyone else is getting anything done rather than constantly checking the news/twitter/ilx but apparently they are?)
― a passing spacecadet, Friday, 20 March 2020 10:04 (three months ago) link
i still haven't heard from the editor of my current project. no reply since wed morn when i told him i was likely to hit deadline today and asked some small questions abt style in the final version: i may actually still hit this deadline if i get off whatsapp w.my pals lol. but the last actual communication was over a week ago :(
the main reason to get this off my desk now is to get the whole thing out of my head and move on the the next project (= freelance life during plague)
i dearly hope the editor is ok tho :( :( and just busying himself with last-minute prep for living thru it all :( :( :(
― mark s, Friday, 20 March 2020 10:28 (three months ago) link
just finally heard from him -- as well as this book he is wrangling a broken arm and elderly parents in geneva's version of the shutdown. glad he is ok, he's been good to work with. this project could hardly be less urgent but spending hours on end thinking abt music and technology and composition in the mid-60s is actually p soothing
― mark s, Friday, 20 March 2020 12:02 (three months ago) link
And suddenly I can't access the workplace VPN (my home Wi-Fi seems to be fine). Just texted my manager to see if anyone else has reported this. I can keep working, but I won't be visible on Official Skype.
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Friday, 20 March 2020 13:52 (three months ago) link
I have found I'm doing more work at home than I did at the office, as I have to demonstrate in some way to the boss that I'm not bunking off every day. Escaping into 1923 (editing) and 1933 (listening) is good too of course.
― Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 20 March 2020 13:55 (three months ago) link
In line with experiences related above, I'm pretty sure this sitch is gonna lead to permanent back/neck injuries if I can't figure out an ergonomically-sound work setup. I'm getting some nasty twinges.
― Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Friday, 20 March 2020 13:58 (three months ago) link
Girlfriend's 1930s bureau just buckled under the weight of her office-supplied monitor (managed to fix the hinge with a hammer), so I'm ok to work small for the time being. I've been WFH 1-2 days/week for nearly three years and I do often think, particularly late afternoon, "ah, I'll deal with *that* when I'm back in the office with the big screen". Well, this is it for the foreseeable. I did plan to make the 35-mile round trip to collect peripherals today but I can't get a ride now. As long as we're not on lockdown, I can try again next week.
― Michael Jones, Friday, 20 March 2020 14:12 (three months ago) link
― sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 2 July 2020 00:47 (six hours ago) link
I find lawnmower sounds quite comforting TBH. Dont hear them anymore living in an inner-urban hood with tiny yards. The sound reminds me of childhood summers in the backyard.
― Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 2 July 2020 00:52 (six hours ago) link
Take sides: lawnmowers versus the air conditioner on the Russian Embassy grounds next door. Bonus: screams from the playground in the embassy compound.
― Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (j.lu), Thursday, 2 July 2020 01:24 (five hours ago) link
― Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 2 July 2020 01:27 (five hours ago) link
an asshole hedge fund billionaire in texas who was somehow involved in enron convinced my city that they needed a propeller plane to fly in circles all day to take pictures of crimes happening. it makes one revolution every 7 minutes. it's supposed to fly at a greater height than it is. every day there is obnoxious propeller plane noise, all day, but intermittent. zero crimes solved in the several months of pilot (heh) project. oh and it only flies during the day, so this stupid waste of fuel misses most of the real crimes. lawnmowers have never bothered me but this is so, so annoying.
― contorted filbert (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2020 02:06 (four hours ago) link
if u wanna be happy when you're mowing the grassnever let a Tombot eat your whole ass
― I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Thursday, 2 July 2020 02:13 (four hours ago) link
zero crimes solved in the several months of pilot (heh) project
just wanted to humilitybrag about dealing with the worst of both worlds w/r/t getting both constant development/renovation noise AND lawncare adjacency noises.
my ground-floor studio apartment is strategically located in the corner of an old (for this city, i.e. 1920s) three-story apartment building of tiny 1-bedrooms and studios in an urban neighborhood just across the interstate from downtown, with construction going on right across the street. the building's dumpsters and recycle bins are located three feet from my kitchen window on the north side, and the entry/exit gate to the complex is located three feet from my bedroom window on the east side, directly adjacent to the sidewalk of the street with the construction site on the other side. hella noise every few minutes on both sides. in the summer I basically have to choose between privacy or ventilation, as it heats up pretty quickly with no fencing or awning or vegetation shading the facade, and the ceiling fan can only do so much and is pretty noisy itself (can't have it on while trying to sleep).
I'm not really complaining, it's the cheapest apartment available within a ten-minute walk of my downtown office ($940), and I chose it for that reason, but GODDAMN is it not an office and nowhere near ideal for focusing on spreadsheets and word docs and permit applications and having Microsoft Teams meetings and conference calls for eight hours a day. my upstairs neighbor's 100-year-old hardwood floor is basically one and same as my ceiling and I hear EVERY tiny bit of her contact with it whether or not she wears her clogs (and she always wears them) and she's a hairdresser who's been out of work for the last three months and physically cannot sit still by the sound of it. much cracking and creaking and stomping about, all the time. the resident manager lives nextdoor to me and he's been staying busy with his circular saw and nailgun and hammer on some sort of tiny garden planter project he wants to install in the perpetually shaded narrow space between our wall and the noise-collecting concrete retaining wall between our building and the taller building nextdoor. it's been in progress since Memorial Day, a little noisy bit at a time, four or five feet from my window.
anyway, in addition to all this, our gardeners, the nextdoor building's gardener's, and the other nextdoor building's gardeners all come on their own individual weekdays to trim our respective shubberies with their two-stroke clippers and leafblow all our trash into the street for twenty minutes a day. landscaping is important for a property management company, they want these shitholes looking nice. and then the garbage trucks too, and also the recyclable trucks, can't forget those, they have their own days too. they're always laughing their asses off when they come to wheel the dumpsters out from three feet from my window when I'm having a 12-person Microsoft Teams meeting with all the windows open. I should've known better than to leave them open! suffocating in a 10'x10' box without fresh air is totally cool!
so yeah I like offices. they're good places to work for people like me to who live in squalor. and I've had more than a few conversations with coworkers who are like "ummmmmm yeah I'm loving this working from home situation! in no great rush to get back to the ol' office!!!" and who can blame them, cause they're successful humans who are comfortable in their own homes and can get stuff done there. shoot, my department hosted their quarterly forum online for the first time last month and it featured endless slideshows from the various dept section people showing off their swanky living room workstations. one guy was even douchey enough to share a photo of his laptop perched next to his hottub on his deck at sunset with a frickin cocktail thrown in for good fun. these people are proper people.
I'm only a five minute bike ride from my office so I'm still making trips downtown once or twice a week to get into the office to do stuff I can't do from home on my laptop, printing and hardcopy permit package submittals and whatnot. It's cute though that the department policy as of two months ago is that my remotely-working section head has to do a facetime "screening" with me no more than ten minutes prior to my entering the building where he asks me if I have a fever or a cough or a headache, and I say no, and then says "great, you may enter the building."
― the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 2 July 2020 04:11 (two hours ago) link