• Drinking at Work


    The Comment I made on the link below:

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah. I understand and have been there. Here's my story.

    "Mimosa or Bloody Mary?" were the last words I expected to hear out of the director's mouth on my first morning of work. When you start a new gig you normally hear, "Go talk to Jane in HR about your paperwork" or "Roger handles our internal IT, talk to him about getting yourself setup".

    "Are we celebrating?", I asked. I wondered if we just closed some account, shipped a product or if this was some way of welcoming me to the team.

    "No, this is life every day, welcome aboard! We do things differently here", he said, He was proud of this, you could tell. He had a rebellious look that said, "we're not doing things the way our parents did, we're creatives!".

    You see, I had spend the majority of the last 20 years slinging code for financial firms. An environment where a simple mistake, a laps of judgement could cost something hundreds of thousands of dollars. In that kind of environment, you don't do things the can hinder your ability to think. Drinking while working was probably number one on the list of things you didn't do. I know I crossed the rubicon from button down world of Wall Street to the free flowing world of a creative agency in a Chinatown Loft. For some reason I didn't feel comfortable making this leap.

    "I'll just have a coffee, on this side of 40 I need caffeine to get the synapses flowing". Little did I know that I wouldn't need them to fire for the next 7 hours.

    I get settled, took out my laptop and waited for access to the code repo and development servers. As I sat at my new desk I observed what people were doing. As coders and engineers wandered in for the day, they would stop by the Kitchen / Bar, get a drink and head for the conference room. I headed over to find the entire staff just playing video games and drinking. I realized that the staff were all under 25 and this was just Frat House Life 2.0.

    By now I had access to the code repos so I was reviewing what they had, getting familiar with their style and trying to learn their product. Around 2PM people were leaving the conference room and started heading out for lunch. When they returned from lunch it was siesta and people slept off a little of their buzz at their desks or on the couch.

    4PM, now it's time to start working! They worked. They worked hard and long, into the wee hours of the morning. People were starting to leave around 2AM. Proud of the "long day they just put in". I heard one engineer referring to the 17 hour day he just "worked". I shook my head and went home.

    The next day I came in, grabbed some coffee and watched the some thing happen again. As people were sobering up, I headed to the director's office. "Sorry, I don't think this is going to work out", I said, "you don't need to pay me for these days".

    He seemed puzzled, "The Long days? I was hoping with you could help us streamline things"

    "Oh, I could fix it but you don't want to hear it".


    "Simple", I said,"people aren't allowed to drink or play video games until their work is done. Yesterday, although we were here until 2AM, everyone really worked a 10 hour day, from 4PM to 2AM. 9 to 4 was drinking, playing and recovery time. It's 3:30 not and no one has stared working yet. I don't mind long days, I don't mind working hard. But when I work I want to work, when I play I want to play. When I was 8 my mother told me 'you can't go out and play until you finish your homework'. That's what you need here. You can't drink and play games until your code is checked in and your tickets are closed".

    He looked at me. With a little bit of pity. "Sean, I worried about hiring you. You've been with 'them' too long. You've forgotten what it's like to have fun".

    "Nope", I said, "I know how to have fun, it's what I look to do when I'm not at work. I didn't take this job to make friends, recapture my youth. I work to be productive to society and to be able to provide for myself."

    "Sean, you're not going to work out here".

    "Yeah I know, that's why I'm leaving. Let's shake hands, admit we're not a fit and move in"

    "No Sean, you're fired"

    "Good enough, have a great day!"

  • The Tax Truck

    First Ice Cream Trucks
    Then Knife Shapening Trucks
    Then Taco Trucks
    Now... CPA Trucks.

    Should I get a truck? Travel from street to street writing code.

  • Airport Security Lines


    Someone asked what I thought about the lines at the TSA, here was my answer:

    "I think the largest liability in airline security is the line. Terrorist can get in line waits til he's in the middle where there's a lot of people around and *boom*. Just like in Brussels. If the police, bomb sniffing dogs, TSA, etc begin to approach you while you are in line *boom*. But I spend 1/2 my life think of and finding vulnerabilities in websites, so I look at these things differently."

    Many of my friends will tell you that for years I've felt the bottleneck in the security was the weak point. The attack in Brussels on the insecure side of the airport validated that thought.

  • Overheard in the Elevator

    2 people complaining that it took a coworker 3 hours to respond to an email sent at 2:30AM:

    "How hard it it to roll over, check you email, respond and go back to sleep"

    Remember it's no longer about work / life balance, it's now about work / life integration.

  • Today's Trivia Question

    What do Donald Trump and Lady Gaga have in common?

  • Bad Logo Design

    This is an iSmart Charger

  • Please tell me none of you are using these

    Someone on Facebook asked what the issue with using these would be. My answer was:

    As you know, USB provides both power and data connectivity. I don't know if I'm connecting it to a computer or just an outlet. A computer could take advantage of an exploit on the phone / tablet and slurp data or install data on the phones. I feel the same way about charging stations at airports, malls and conferences.

    If you must use one, practice safe charging ...

  • The Plan

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