Froggy the Great

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2 minutes ago, Froggy the Great said:

I've been able to do my tech job in 40h per week for the last 20 years or so.  

 

My experience (which I believe is backed by actual studies) is that you can get some advantage in total work by working overtime for a while. But at some point the effective work/hour starts to decline fairly precipitously. After a bit more time, the total work per day when working long hours goes below the value you get by working a standard week.

 

The trick is that the increase is obvious and dramatic at the beginning while the decline is relatively slow. My experience is that it's easy to get trapped into "work longer, we have a deadline that we have to meet" and stay there even after the result is counter to what you want.

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As much as I really want to buy a new DSLR, that I can't afford, I'm pretty sure that my Nikon D50 will probably do everything I ever need to do with a camera, and more. I just need to get better at using it. 

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6 minutes ago, Loim said:

As much as I really want to buy a new DSLR, that I can't afford, I'm pretty sure that my Nikon D50 will probably do everything I ever need to do with a camera, and more. I just need to get better at using it. 

Yeah, at some point buying more tool doesn’t substitute for acquiring more skill. Too bad that logic doesn’t satisfy the “Ooooh, shiny!” need that most humans have built-in. 

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I've worked 80 hour weeks before - 40hrs/week in studying/classes, 20hrs/wk of TAing, and 20hrs/wk of programming...that went downhill quickly. I'm pretty sure I got really, really cranky. My advice - if you can possibly do 40hrs/week or less, do so. You'll achieve more and not rip other people's heads off.

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3 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Myself and maybe 3-4 other young sailors had plans to go run with the bulls.once.

The chain of command got wind of our plans, and we were told, in no uncertain terms, that our plans did not 'meet the criteria for acceptable use of free time'.

You mean to tell me that officers fixed your Stoopid? 

or was it the bosun?

1 hour ago, klarg1 said:

 

What about all the other odors, slimes, and vapors emanating from your body?

 

Really, we should just pack you in a hazmat suit, and have done with it.

I think that an obliette would be a better choice...

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24 minutes ago, Loim said:

As much as I really want to buy a new DSLR, that I can't afford, I'm pretty sure that my Nikon D50 will probably do everything I ever need to do with a camera, and more. I just need to get better at using it. 

 

There are things in photography that require better (more expensive) gear*. There are more things that better gear makes easier. But most things can be done with very inexpensive gear. If you're shooting stationary subjects and don't require absurdly high resolution, that D50 and a decent lens should do fine. If you're shooting sunlit landscapes, same thing.

 

Which is mostly to say that you're probably right.

 

But shiny, new gear is so pretty. :wub:

 

* Shooting high school basketball in dimly lit gyms when you can't use flash requires top-of-the-line gear to get professional results, for instance.

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1 hour ago, Cyradis said:

 

My roommate on a study abroad in Russia encountered an atm covered in dried blood. She was mortified; no one else seemed to notice. 

 

 

 

I spent about 2 years travelling around and living in Russia. It was interesting and a lot of fun but things are, how to put it, closer to the edge. Kind of a wild west feel. Most of the time it's ok but you need to be ready for random violence breaking out anywhere anytime. And when it does don't expect anyone to help or try to break it up. Good samaritans get it worse for interfering in other people's business.

 

A few examples. Once when leaving a market for household goods we saw a guy carrying a large roll of carpet over his shoulder. A chinese guy runs out of the market building does a flying jump kick into the russian's back, punches him a few times and carries of the carpet before he can get up. In the Airport in Seoul while waiting for the flight to Vladivostok some creepy guy was asking all the people to carry his bags for him. Just before he gets to me someone elbow smashes him in the face and gives him a few kicks while he's down. The creepy guy crawls off with his bags and the attacker's wife gives him a dirty look like, honey you made a mess in the hall again. Everybody else just shrugged and went on waiting for the plane.

 

A couple scarier incidents that I didn't directly witness. A teenager saw a guy picking a girls purse and yelled out to warn her. Thief turns around and kills him with a knife. It happened at a bus stop where I'd been the day before. The worst was a fire near my wife's apartment. I was in Canada at the time but it was big enough news that it was on TV here. It was in a building with a bunch of offices and the bottom floor was a book and video game market and large toy store. I'd spent many hours looking at things in that building. Russians aren't the best at safety and a lot of the exits were chained and padlocked shut. The fire trapped a bunch of people on the higher floors. Vladivostok is hilly with narrow streets and poor parking. The ladder trucks couldn't get close enough to the building to help and people were jumping out and dying in the fall instead of burning. That's nasty enough but it's a wierd feeling when it's somewhere you've spent so much time.

 

I used to like a lot of things about Russia and 15 years ago it seemed like they had a good handle on their history and relationship with the rest of the world. Now they're going back into the cold war mentality. It upset my wife a lot the last time she went home because she was considered an outsider and they don't like foreigners as much as they used too.

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It is dreary, drizzly and gray outside. I want to just go back to bed.

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4 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

It is dreary, drizzly and gray outside. I want to just go back to bed.

Sunny and warming up here. I also want to go back to bed.

 

Or go paint.

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28 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

There are things in photography that require better (more expensive) gear*. There are more things that better gear makes easier. But most things can be done with very inexpensive gear. If you're shooting stationary subjects and don't require absurdly high resolution, that D50 and a decent lens should do fine. If you're shooting sunlit landscapes, same thing.

 

Which is mostly to say that you're probably right.

 

But shiny, new gear is so pretty. :wub:

 

* Shooting high school basketball in dimly lit gyms when you can't use flash requires top-of-the-line gear to get professional results, for instance.

Most of the pictures I take are either of miniatures/painting/crafts or nature photos.

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4 hours ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

 

I'll try not to cough on you. 

 

True friendship, ladies and gentlemen. :lol:

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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23 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

 

 so they don't throw away nitroglycerin prescriptions because they think they're tiny pill bombs.

 

 

you mean they aren't Well where is the fun in that?

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1 hour ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

My experience (which I believe is backed by actual studies) is that you can get some advantage in total work by working overtime for a while. But at some point the effective work/hour starts to decline fairly precipitously. After a bit more time, the total work per day when working long hours goes below the value you get by working a standard week.

 

The trick is that the increase is obvious and dramatic at the beginning while the decline is relatively slow. My experience is that it's easy to get trapped into "work longer, we have a deadline that we have to meet" and stay there even after the result is counter to what you want.

 

I have seen similar (or maybe the same) studies, but have not tested any part of it in practice.

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If you think about it, folded sandwiches are just sideways bread tacos.

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16 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

If you think about it, folded sandwiches are just sideways bread tacos.

 

But then why do hot dogs taste okay in a folded slice of bread but they're inferior in a tortilla? Tortillas demand actual sausage with eggs and cheese and salsa ::P:

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