Month: November 2011

#NoMoreBullies

It was about a month ago now that Stuntman Stu (@Stuntmanstu) tweeted this picture:

Stuntman Stu – #NoMoreBullies

I immediately thought that I had to something to support that campaign. Obviously writing #NoMoreBullies on my hand and posting a picture would be the easiest part. Liking the “No More Bullies” Facebook page would also be painless. What else could I do?

I decided to wait about a month before doing anything. For starters, it would give me time to reflect a little more on the whole thing and I thought that if the #NoMoreBullies movement was to slow down a little, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have people “jump in” a little later. Not that I think my meager contribution will make a big difference, but it can’t make things worst, right?

A blog post

Writing a post about bullying / stopping bullies would help spread the message. What tone to use? I try to be a funny guy, but bullying is no laughing matter. On the other hand, I gotta be me. I’m still debating this. We’ll see what will happen.

Buying some stuff

Another thing I’m good at is buying some stuff. I like t-shirts, I like mugs. Surely there must be some sort of item I can buy to support the #NoMoreBullies cause. A quick search on Zazzle tells me otherwise. No stuff with the #NoMoreBullies hashtag? That sounds like something I can definitely do.

#NoMoreBullies Stuff on Zazzle

So go ahead, and buy some #NoMoreBullies stuff, either a lovely mug or an awesome t-shirt or both if you want! I will donate all the profits I’ll make from the sale of these items to any charity StuntmanStu thinks will help the most.

I’m still thinking about that blog post. Stay tuned.

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Pillow

If you read Avitable (and if you don’t what’s wrong with you?) you know that last Friday Adam posted a bunch of things he wanted to sell in a Black Friday spirit, and you probably know that I expressed interest in the New Moon pillow, because 1.25$ to start my Avitable Clones Army is a steal.

New Moon pillow case – 1.25$

Express air shipping – 24.97$

Black Light – 34.95$

Discovering that Adam plays for both teams (Edward and Jacob) – Priceless.

Tungsten

Tungsten /ˈtʌŋstən/, also known as wolfram /ˈwʊlfrəm/ (wuul-frəm), is a chemical element with the chemical symbol W and atomic number 74.

A hard, rare metal under standard conditions when uncombined, tungsten is found naturally on Earth only in chemical compounds. It was identified as a new element in 1781, and first isolated as a metal in 1783. Its important ores include wolframite and scheelite. The free element is remarkable for its robustness, especially the fact that it has the highest melting point of all the non-alloyed metals and the second highest of all the elements after carbon.

Still here? Good.

 

Look at that nice mane of hair. And LovelyWife’s hair is not bad either.

Sixteen years ago LovelyGirlfriend became LovelyWife. This is our Tungsten anniversary. Like Tungsten, being married 16 years is a hard and rare thing. Like Tungsten, we are remarkable for our robustness, and I have a really high melting point.

LovelyWife likes to set things on fire (that’s the carbon reference) including my heart.

And that’s a W. 😉

Happy Anniversary Honey! XXX

Bureaucracy

I once posted a picture from my old workplace that I thought summarized the many reasons why bureaucracy for the sake of bureaucracy doesn’t work.

I can’t find this picture right now – I’m sure I still have it somewhere – but use your imagination and picture a bathroom stall lock, screwed with six screws. Now imagine that those six screws are all different from one another.

Sure, one can argue that this way, nobody can pull a prank and unscrew the locks on a spur of the moment idea. But the end result was most likely that when the lock needed to be changed, it took much longer for the maintenance guy to do it.

I now experienced a whole new level of bureaucracy that puts the “six different screws experience” to shame.

A few days ago, maintenance was called to remove some sliding windows from a couple of display cases. The cases are in a corridor. Maintenance came and removed the windows from the display cases, and stored them in a nearby office.

The stuff that needed to be done is now done, so maintenance was called to re-install the sliding windows on the display cases.

Two guys came, looked at the cases, looked at the sliding windows in the nearby office and then told the person who placed the call that they couldn’t move the windows from the office to the corridor, that the requisition only said that the windows needed to be installed, not moved. A new requisition has to be made for them to comeback and move the windows.

I kid you not.

If you’re shaking your head in disbelief, or if you’re laughing your ass off at the stupidity of this whole situation, let me add one layer of dumbness to what’s already there:

The two guys that came today? The same two guys that removed and moved the windows a couple of days ago.

Let’s top this with a cherry of stupidity:

I’m willing to bet that the same two guys that will come back to move the windows next week.