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elizabeth  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "For me, a bag of chips is a way to defeat time." - The New York Times

Damn, now I want doritos but I can't leave the house past curfew.

elizabeth  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

Good to know! Since i'm expected to manage my own schedule, and I can do a lot of the work at home - the issue becomes the amount of hours I "count" as work-related. Because If it were a regular 9-5 job, the 20 minutes spent making coffee or talking to a coworker counts as working hours. I have friends who spend their "work-time" planning their next vacation (admittedly they work for the government). But if I only count the hours I'm TRULY working, 30h/week can become a lot quickly. Hopefully I'll have some long mindless stuff to fill the time a little.

elizabeth  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

Good idea! I was already thinking of tracking my time on toggl, but i'll try to make my entries more detailed to reflect what you're saying here.

elizabeth  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

That's me! photo from the official community announcement about my new job. I got this week to wrap up my stuff and starting my real work week on Monday :)

One thing that I hope i'll manage ok is my schedule. I'm supposed to be working 30h/week. Maybe for you productive peeps it seems like no big deal, but I haven't had a real job in YEARS. And since i've been time-tracking my stuff, I know I only get 4-5 good hours a day. My other time is spent doing home maintenance things, seeing friends and generally mucking around on the internet. I hope I'm just wasting too much time doing nothing and this job will just make me more organized and mindful with my time - not make me stressed and sacrifice things I enjoy doing. Time will tell! Exited to try this new chapter :)

elizabeth  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

For sure - diversifying the investments is the way to go. I tried, but in all honesty there are not many jobs out there interest me. The appeal of this job specifically is the people I'd be working with. Without it, I'm getting decent enough government money right now that I can keep focussing on projects/the non-profit and not worry about not getting paid. I wasn't going into it thinking I needed a job. I was loobying for part-time and/or lots of vacation time from the start (which I guess is not something you want to hear from a hire.)

I can't blame them too much, since it was the first hiring process and many (most?) people there have never been part of a board. I think they know they fucked up, because they were apologetic about the process. It worries me about their future decision-making abilities a little, but fuck it. I think what I've learned from dealing with them is to avoid asking their opinions/permission for doing things, if I can reasonably justify my actions. They're terribly over-cautious and risk averse for such a young and innovative project. I guess because of the weight of responsibilities on their shoulders? Things can probably go wrong really fast in a building full of tools and equipment and no real surveillance of members.

elizabeth  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

From what I understand, the process was so involved and long because the board could not decide - and they kept meeting to discuss/deliberate. That's also why there was a second interview too. They have also hired a part-time accounting person, and it seems the process was a lot easier since the choice was a lot clearer. I think it's just a function of making decisions with 7 people around the table.

The cool thing is that I get to re-negotiate my contract in 7 months. So I get to leave if I feel I've learned enough and am ready to move on. And also will have leverage to negociate more pay/vacations if they feel i do good work and they're too lazy to go through a hiring nightmare again.

elizabeth  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

Already broke the news on chat, but I got a phone call yesterday that I was the accepted candidate for the job at the makerspace I applied to. Doing general admin work and help keeping the project running.

I fucking hated the hiring process. The CV and motivation letter writing was okay - it was an exercise I haven't done in a while and got a lot out of doing that step. Interview was a bit unsettling, but it was fine. But then there was a second follow up interview, and i then had to write them a summary of what i said in the follow up since most of the board was not able to attend that one. And then they spent 20 days deciding who is the right candidate. Nevermind the fact I know all of the people involved, some of them quite closely.

It made me acutely aware of the fact I really hate leaving decisions that affect me into someone else's hands. I legit thought of pulling out my candidature before getting an answer, just to get my agency back. The waiting game was torture. It also made me think about how I would handle things if I was rejected. And I don't know because it practically never happened. School applications or jobs, I only ever apply to one and get in. Which makes me wonder if it's because I only play it super safe? Or that I just know very well what I want? Or that i'm a dumbass for not playing the field and evaluating my options more broadly? Maybe it's something I need to re-evaluate and do differently in the future. But it's a little hard to change when my current strategy has generally served me well and I have no way of knowing what I might have missed out on.

elizabeth  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 24, 2021

Might have been me! I remember sticking a few stickers in NOLA. Never been to Dooky Chase, but we had some fried chicken at Willie Mae's around the corner.

i think it's in reference of the subreddit of the same name.

Urgh this rings way too true. I've witnessed this happen too many times in the past few years, since getting involved in the BM community, a makerspace and starting our own plastic recycling non-profit. Even if you don't get demonized, you just start sinking hours into a volunteering black hole with no-one helping. So then you sink more hours into recruiting people to help, to find out they ghost the organisation immediately and you're back to doing everything.

It really sucks, because I hate how everything these days is so transactional. But if there is no exchange of money, people have no qualms about wasting your time or not appreciating your work. Value is seen in monetary terms, and your volunteering time is judged worthless by outsiders, while feeling entitled - maybe because they assume you get an immense amount of satisfaction from it?

It's been especially hard in Covid times, because now people are left with only the boring remote work side of things, without the social aspect (beer after a meeting/organizers cookout / whatever) that redeemed the thanklessness a little.

elizabeth  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years

Damn! Never even made it out to the trash fence to watch their sunrise set.

elizabeth  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Two 'Reply All' Hosts Step Down Amid 'Test Kitchen' Fallout

    It was always intended that this miniseries was to be Sruthi’s last story for Reply All before she moved to other projects at Gimlet, but instead, she will be stepping back from the show immediately. The Reply All team and I will be discussing the plans for The Test Kitchen in the days ahead.

I hope they don't shelve this story completely - it was quite interesting.

Probably unrelated, but I felt Reply All was getting a bit stale in the past year, I was attributing it to the Spotify acquisition but now I see there's even more going on.

As for the diversity at RA - didn't they just name Emmanuel Dzotsi as one of the official co-hosts? And Sruthi has been a producer for a while. To me, it seems more like they were anti-union, not against diversity. But it's hard to make these judgements from outside.

elizabeth  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Conversation Pit

I just realized today one of the things I don't like about winter is the lack of bonfires. I guess fireplaces are an option, but it's not quite the same. I would kill for a beer around a fire with a few close friends right now.

elizabeth  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 421st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

elizabeth  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Boys Who Wear Shorts All Winter

Still, wearing flip flops in our salted grimy winter roads is questionable, but then I guess you can add an exfoliating scrub as part of your Korean Spa package.

elizabeth  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Boys Who Wear Shorts All Winter

I totally get boys wearing shorts in the winter. What I don't get is grown men wearing shorts in the winter. I once witnessed our upstairs Bulgarian neighbour removing snow from his car in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. In the middle of winter, ankle deep snow, -10 outside for at least 10 minutes. It was a very puzzling display of masculinity - I called my boyfriend over and we watched him do his thing from the window the whole time ...Boys will be boys?

elizabeth  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Coup in Myanmar: Why Now?

One of my favorite Quebecois graphic novelist wrote a book about his time in Myanmar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_Chronicles

Excerpt: https://drawnandquarterly.com/sites/default/files/docs/samples/BURMA.interior-p17-27_0.pdf

Might be a good time for a re-read! Just bought his newest novel about working at a paper making factory in his youth, and while it was good he really shines in his travel memoirs. My favorite book of his is Jerusalem, a good primer for anyone unfamiliar with the Israel/Palestine conflict, but also not ready to read dry political analysis. It does a lot of pointing out everyday contradictions and quirks of living there, from a confused expat point of view. The kind of things that peak my interest while traveling, mundane things like differences of light switch design around the world.

elizabeth  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Junk Cabin: Secretly building my wife a COVID office

Beau Miles is an amazing story teller! I'm a big fan of all his videos. I think the first video that got me hooked was his 24h marathon of running around the block and doing things. Such a simple idea, with a great execution. Always doing productive, thoughtful, simple things with a positive energy. The month of eating only beans was kinds dumb. But we need more people like this in the world.

elizabeth  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization

I'm not sure my dummy brain quite gets what Notional values are... and I did 3 years of business school. Oops!

Seems like a lot of squares for.. uh... future contracts?

elizabeth  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thieves Nationwide are Slipping under Cars, Stealing Catalytic Converters

Palladium's never been as valuable

elizabeth  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mining Ethereum in the Closet

They should totally make a GPU that doubles as a space heater for us Canadians.

elizabeth  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 420th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Gocchu with some Ukrainian and Russian reggae: