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Monday, April 30, 2007
The other day, around noon I did a count of crap on the counter:
6 open milk cartons
1 empty crushed soda can
1 wet paper towel in the sink
1 full cup Styrofoam cup of coffee. It had obviously been sitting for a while
Multiple plastic stir sticks scattered in the sink and on the counter.
Various sugar and milk spills
Coffee spilt around the coffee machine
1 open milk carton, on the coffee machine
Apparently, knowing that a magic cleaning fairy comes each night to clean up, means that people don’t have to clean up after themselves…. Scumbags!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Full article on MSN
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This last Sunday was Earth Day, and in promotion of Earth Day Microsoft had an article on an internal site, “10 Steps You Need to Take Now. You can do your part in helping to make Microsoft green. Here are ten steps you need to take now to help conserve energy, reduce waste, and minimize your workplace's impact on the environment.” One if the things employees can do is, “Recycle all polystyrene and aluminum, as well as white and mixed paper.” In fact this was number one.
I began to wonder about how Styrofoam/ polystyrene is recycled, this lead me to an interesting FAQ’s available to employees on the subject. I can’t add the actual link since the source of my information is internal, and I haven’t been able to find an external link to back it up for reference. But believe me, what I’m about to post is 100% true.
At one point, Microsoft did recycle Polystyrene but due to some undisclosed reason they no longer recycle the Styrofoam cups and plates used for all drinks and meals on the Microsoft campus. My guess on the undisclosed reason is cost. And in searching for other recycling options, it appears there were none worth using. The Puget Sound has over 30,000 Microsoft employees with the majority of those on the Microsoft campus. That’s A LOT of Styrofoam plates and cups to go through in a day.
What does Microsoft do with all the Styrofoam cups and plates? They are trucked 300 miles to Spokane Washington, and burnt in the Waste to Energy plant managed by Wheelabrator, Inc. That’s right, Microsoft the environmental champions, burn tons of Polystyrene each year. I don’t know the actual numbers, but I’ve seen the garbage bins full of Polystyrene and can imagine it’s a good quantity considering the number of employees.
By burning this product, we of course are releasing C02 gases into the atmosphere, which as most of you should know, contributes to global warming. But apparently that’s ok, because according to this source, “CO2 is absorbed by trees and plants and processed into oxygen.” So you see Microsoft is just feeding the trees.
At this point you are probably wondering, “Why doesn't Microsoft use flatware and china instead of disposable products for food services?” The answer – “Reusable products were found to be the least economical solution.” Obviously this breaks down to, the largest software company in the world, who’s chairman is the richest man in the world, doesn’t want to spend the money to hire dishwashers and refit the cafeterias with dishwashing machines. Yet, on a side note, we do employ people whose sole responsibility is standing in front of the parking lots waiving at people coming and going.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve brought this up to employees and contractors, and as you can imagine, not a single of person was aware that the polystyrene recycling containers all over the place, end up being burnt with the rest of trash.
Besides Microsoft not following through with what they preach; most employees actually think they are recycling. Instead of bringing in ceramic of plastic cups to use, they are going through multiple Styrofoam cups each day.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Do you love this blog as much as I say you do? If so, prove it by going to www.bloggerschoiceawards.com and nominating it for something. Here are some recommendations:
- Best Blog of All Time – might be a stretch on this one
- Most Obnoxious Blogger – a lot of people consider me the most obnoxious person, so why not the blogger.
- Best Humor Blog – come on, I’m funny…..
- Worst Blog of All Time – at least I’m honest.
Friday, April 20, 2007
I was listening to Adam Carolla yesterday, and he had a caller who attempted to defend the cops slow reaction. He explained how the police have rules of engagement, where they don’t know how many people are in the building, they need to secure the location, and so forth and so on. Of course, all the time while the police are following the rules, and not charging in to get the guy, people are dying.
Some of you might remember way back in 1991 at Fairchild Air force Base, Dean Mellberg went on a shooting spree killing five people and wounding 23 others before being killed by Andrew Brown. Brown was on bicycle patrol that day. He received notice of the shootings, “raced the three-tenths of a mile to the hospital parking lot, where he found scores of screaming people fleeing the area.” He got off his bike, tracked down the shooter and yelled, "Police; drop your weapon!" before killing Mellberg who continued shooting at people.
Similar situations handled totally different. One was a single brave soldier, putting his life of the line to save the lives of others. The other, multiple police taking their sweet ass time, saving their own lives while kids died.
Once again, a whole lot of not protecting, mixed in with the “protect and serve.”
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I agree with Tim in principal on a couple of his items, but disagree on the level he would like to take them. For example, “Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.” It’s my blog, and I should take ownership of anything I post. And anyone who knows me knows, the stuff I say here, I’ll say in person. But he takes the idea to far, “you also own the tone that you allow on any blog or forum you control.” A blog isn’t just an opportunity for me to voice my opinion but it’s an opportunity for others to respond to my opinions. For anyone who’s ever commented on someone’s blog, and received, “pending moderators approval”? this is where we get into limiting free speech. Yes it’s my blog, but by limiting feedback, I’m limiting open discussions. One of the things Tim seems to have missed in the advantages of blogging is the anonymity of it, and his idea of “eliminating anonymous comments is a sign of that.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I’ve never been to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or any other type of rehab. But I do know, one of the things they like to do is, have people reach out to those they’ve hurt and ask for forgiveness. Why is it that a person needs to be forgiven in order to find some type of internal peace? Is your self esteem so low that it depends on others? Apparently the answer is yes.
I recently had a conversation with someone I used to know pretty well. She got all huffy when I made a negative reference to our past relationship. Followed up with a statement about my forgiveness of her. To all of you looking to others for happiness out there – Don’t put so much stock in what others think. If a person holds a grudge against you (I actually don’t, it was just an offhand comment) just forget about it. The only person who’s being hurt in these situations is the person looking for forgiveness, not the one giving it.
“You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!” James T. Kirk
Slate article - http://www.slate.com/id/2162283/pagenum/2/
Monday, April 16, 2007
I signed with a pseudonym.
Petition for the Reinstatement of Don Imus Petition
The thing that amazes me about this, besides the obvious spelling and grammar errors, is that people must actually fall for this stuff. If they didn’t make some money from some people at some point in time, people like me wouldn’t receive these kind of e-mails.
So look kid, grandma, or whoever else falls for this; nothing is free, no one is going to offer you something for free on the internet, and never open a link in an e-mail unless it’s from someone you know, and even then be cautious.
I am Dr David Owolabi, it is true that we have never meet each other before and I believe that this name sounds strange to you, do not see this letter as a junk or one of the Internet scam mails because everything I am going to tell you here has prove and evidence and we believe that only time will vindicate the just.
I want to know if you will help to assist and cooperate to act as the relative to one late Andreas Schranner's (a German nationale) whose money has been insuspence account in our bank - Union Bank - was aboard the AF4590 plane, which crashed Monday, 31 July 2000 into the Hotelissimo. Please,visit BBC NEWS for your conformation.
“Link was listed here” – of course did not click on it.
As a result of this the Board of Directors are about to place the funds "UNCLAIMAMBLE"and it has been decided that the funds shall be shared among themselves. In order to prevent this,some of my colleagues and I now seek your assistance to have you stand in as the beneficiary's next of kin.All documents to enable you claim this fund will be carefully obtained from the federal high court of justice.This Proposal is 100% risk free on your side because we will obtain a court ruling order that you are the beneficiary's next of kin. If you be interested and capable to assist, please, do feel free to contact me and send your telephone and fax number for more clarifications.
Looking forward to your positive response.
Dr David Owolabi
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Just remember, for every over reaction to everything that happens in this country; it just moves us one step to closer to sitting at home alone because we are afraid to go outside; watching one TV station or listening to one radio show that is reading the same scrip over and over, because it’s the only one approved not to offend someone, somewhere, at some point.
Like Rush, Stern, or any other radio show, if you don’t like what someone says, don’t listen.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The point of the article, was about how some employers these days are reading blogs and based on that persons blog, they might offer them a job. Or in some cases, turn them down for the job because of the blog. The idea being, it provides an insight into that person, writing skills, hobbies, etc.
Since my job consists of project management in various tech fields, and with my contract ending soon at this one, it got me thinking that potential employers might come across this blog. Oh, what a treat they will be in for! Swearing, exclamation points, spelling and grammar errors, what’s wrong with large corporations, what’s wrong with politics, and what’s wrong with our legal system, this blog has it all.
For those potential future interviewers out there… If you are the kind of company that will hire someone after reading this site, you are the kind of company I want to work for…. Consider me hired.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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Thursday, April 05, 2007
If you are like my and can’t stand all the commercials, office talk, and news reports on American Idol, then let’s take that joke of a show and make it even funnier. Vote for the worst, is a site set up for that purpose, and this year they picked Sanjaya. I haven’t watched the show this season but from what I hear, he’s not that great of a singer.
If you are like me and have gotten pissed when a show you want to watch isn’t on, because Idol is being shown three nights a week, then help show the world what a joke the show really is.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
This Monday a woman was killed by an ex-boyfriend stalker. One of her co-workers is quoted as saying, “She did everything she could to put him away, meaning that she went to the police”. She moved, changed numbers, warned security at the place she worked. The guy even had a warrant for his arrest on drunk driving charges. And according to some statements, was wanted in the U.K.
The police during this whole time, were nowhere to be seen, as usual. I realize that a person has rights up to a point, but the guy did actually have a warrant for his arrest. The guy called her regularly and knew her work location. How freaken hard would it be to take a cop of traffic duty for a couple days and have him hang out at her office. I realize the city would lose a few bucks in traffic income, but shouldn’t “protect” be just a little higher priority, over “serve” traffic tickets.