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Comment Define "Shift work" (Score 1) 131

Day shift, night shift, rotating shifts, double shifts, split shifts... People who work "regular day hours" might have a crappy job, while people who work the night shift get to hang out with all the other cool nightshift people. I work a "shift". 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Three problems of said shift are: 1) It is unfathomable that anyone would want to be awake between 4:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. 2) The shift is spent sitting at a desk (My most enjoyable job had me running around a sales floor for 6+ hours) 3) It supports the ridiculous notion that people need to conform to a 24 hour day mentality. (Yes, point 3) may contradict with point 1) under certain circumstances.) As long as I accomplish necessary weekly tasks, what difference does it make whether it feels good to cram the necessary hours into a couple of days or spread them out throughout the week? Yes, this would make scheduling a problem for many schedule makers. But: Many non-customer facing paper pushing code writing office type jobs do not necessitate regular scheduling.

Comment People become less observant (Score 1) 351

All over I see people with something plugged into their ears. Looking at some sort of screen. No one ever looks up and around to explore anymore, or takes in the beauty of the landscape and architecture around them. I watch these people and look around and learn all sorts of things about the environment. I explore where people don't generally go, and find all sorts of treasures. The people fiddling with their phones miss a lot.

Comment think about it all the time (Score 1) 514

I've got a fair sized lawn that takes me 6 hours to mow with a push mower so I think about this a lot... What I like to do is mow the edges and around obstacles first getting unmown rectangles, rounding off the sides of the rectangles, and then going around the rounded shape non-stop. The rounding off of the edges saves a lot of time that would otherwise be spent stopping and turning around and lets me just go continuously.

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.

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