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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby OBrien » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:43 pm UTC

Am I the only one who finds it funny that there's a place called Sterling in America?
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby Two9A » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

There're more striking names in the US. Birmingham, Manchester, Paris, Melbourne. I don't know if there's a Leeds though.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby OBrien » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:56 pm UTC

Yeah, I knopw there's preety much every British town in the USA, and the one's that aren't are called "New that-town", but Sterling has come to mean traditionaly and specifically English nowadays. I just find the mental image of an American town where everyone's all "Pip-pi, tally ho!", dressing in tweed suits and bowler hats hilarious.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby ethraax » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:02 pm UTC

OBrien wrote:Yeah, I knopw there's preety much every British town in the USA, and the one's that aren't are called "New that-town", but Sterling has come to mean traditionaly and specifically English nowadays. I just find the mental image of an American town where everyone's all "Pip-pi, tally ho!", dressing in tweed suits and bowler hats hilarious.

You know it's funny you mention that - I live in New London, and only about 40% of the people here are white. Most of our population is African American or Hispanic. And, as a town, we're pretty poor, especially compared to neighboring towns. I just don't think about the fact that the name of my city is New London very often...

Also, that bored.com website was far more entertaining than I thought it would be.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby OBrien » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:08 pm UTC

A town wer most of the population are impoverished immigrants? What the hell man, that IS London! At my secondary school, I was one of the 10% of students that xclassed themselves as "white-British" (80% Asian/British Asian, 10% other).
Although, technicaly, I consider my self white-European, my mum being French and all...
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby MoonBuggy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:44 pm UTC

levicc00123 wrote:nope, I work at a place called Terry's Computer Asylum here in sterling, and since I have a lot of downtime while reinstalling windows on someone's computer or installing software, I have that kind of time.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby levicc00123 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:19 pm UTC

MoonBuggy wrote:
levicc00123 wrote:nope, I work at a place called Terry's Computer Asylum here in sterling, and since I have a lot of downtime while reinstalling windows on someone's computer or installing software, I have that kind of time.
Err... you might want to spend that novel-writing time fixing your website.


I would except for the fact I don't have access to the website files.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby InstinctSage » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:03 pm UTC

Two9A wrote:There're more striking names in the US. Birmingham, Manchester, Paris, Melbourne. I don't know if there's a Leeds though.
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More OT,

Did the Brits do that to every place they colonised? Australia is loaded with towns named after British towns. Only without the 'new'.
Everything else is given aboriginal names. You can take a train from Richmond to Mooroolbark. :P
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby OBrien » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

Most colonists did, not just us. Hence New Orleans and the like.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby InstinctSage » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:31 pm UTC

Man, colonists have no imagination.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby the_bandersnatch » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:02 am UTC

That sort of thing has been going on since forever. Look at "New Carthage", for example.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:11 am UTC

hack124x768 wrote:I have nothing to do. Nothing at all... no phone calls, no emails, the servers are behaving, and the admins are sleeping peacefully at home.

What would you do?

The concept of having nothing to do at work is almost completely foreign to me. The only time i've experienced such a thing is when there were was a power outage, and I couldn't actually do anything, more than not having anything to do.

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby Hawknc » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:13 am UTC

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hack124x768 wrote:I have nothing to do. Nothing at all... no phone calls, no emails, the servers are behaving, and the admins are sleeping peacefully at home.

What would you do?

The concept of having nothing to do at work is almost completely foreign to me. The only time i've experienced such a thing is when there were was a power outage, and I couldn't actually do anything, more than not having anything to do.

Frickin' UPS. I had three power outages yesterday and my Unix box was still running, which means I didn't get to slack off like everyone else whose PCs weren't plugged into the UPS. Stupid responsible workplaces...

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SummerGlauFan » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:27 am UTC

When I was interning during my senior year in college, there were times that I finished all my projects, and even my boss and co-workers didn't have any projects that I could help with. Sometimes I also knew I only had one or two projects, and I would "stretch" them out to last all day.

I spent my time reading, lurking on fora, and even writing. Nothing looks busy like writing your own RPG.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:20 am UTC

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hack124x768 wrote:I have nothing to do. Nothing at all... no phone calls, no emails, the servers are behaving, and the admins are sleeping peacefully at home.

What would you do?

The concept of having nothing to do at work is almost completely foreign to me. The only time i've experienced such a thing is when there were was a power outage, and I couldn't actually do anything, more than not having anything to do.

Frickin' UPS. I had three power outages yesterday and my Unix box was still running, which means I didn't get to slack off like everyone else whose PCs weren't plugged into the UPS. Stupid responsible workplaces...

Yeah, we only have a backup, so all the big servers have enough time to be safely shut down. Got to spend an hour and a half just sitting around waiting for the power to be turned back on. It came back on just as my boss was walking towards us about to tell us we could go since we weren't doing anything. :/

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby benjhuey » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:37 am UTC

I once drew a picture of a fire-breathing shark on the back of a blank piece of photographic paper... in assorted Sharpie colors. It's one of my better works.

So, I guess "drawing" is my suggestion, but it's not as easily mistaken for work as writing or lurking the fora. It tends to have the same effect as holding up a giant sign that reads, "I'M NOT ACTUALLY WORKING."
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby Sasha » Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:48 pm UTC

I have a similar issue, only it's at school and I've got access to a laser cutter and the software to design things for the cutter.
Tell me what to design and I'll do it perhaps.
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Staving off boredom

Postby Sytri » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:20 am UTC

I work as a desk monkey and get bored a lot. Between doing my job I generally troll through these forums, randomise the webcomic and read past issues of Dilbert.

How does everyone else stave off the boredom?


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Re: Staving off boredom

Postby folkhero » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:23 pm UTC

Would it be possible and allowable to listen to podcasts and audiobooks while you work?
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Re: Staving off boredom

Postby Dasboard » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:28 pm UTC

The internet always has something fun to.

Try http://www.omegle.com

Or try random games from the "Cool games on the interwebs" thread. Some are very entertaining and take a long time to complete.

For the rest, try to subscrine to so many newsletters that you'll get new ones all day long so you got something new to read everyday.

Or reads blogs / posted stories.

Or just randomly surf the internet ( By doing this I once got on a site with "XTREME FURTNITURE PORN", don't even ask how )
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby AKE211 » Thu May 06, 2010 2:07 pm UTC

Or surf some random stuff here.

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby LinuxPenguin » Thu May 06, 2010 2:18 pm UTC

ethraax wrote:You know it's funny you mention that - I live in New London...


New London, CT? I lived up there for a bit.


Sorry... back on topic.

I don't have time to be bored at work. Unless i'm waiting for the first truck of the night to come in, in which case we stand around on the loading dock and bullshit.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby LeagueOfMorons » Tue May 11, 2010 3:06 am UTC

I'm a musician. I work in a music store. On the occasion that I'm bored at work, there's never a shortage of things to do. (Unless I'm sick of playing guitars/basses/pianos/etc, or I'm just not in the mood. In that case, I'll surf the web, lurk on various fora, Facebook, whatever.)

But being bored at work doesn't happen much for me. My job is the kind of job that basically requires being proactive and taking the initiative to find productive things to do. If I didn't put effort into that, I'd suck at my job and I'd probably have been fired long ago. Every now and then, though, I'll drift over to where the Fender Strats are hanging and play for a few minutes - usually out of the need for a short sanity break more than boredom.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SummerGlauFan » Tue May 11, 2010 4:11 am UTC

Right now my job really doesn't have much in the way of boring times; when we aren't being mobbed by customers like a scene from Dawn of the Dead, we're expected to be proactive in finding things. On the off chance that we actually get all real work done, there's really nothing to do but sit around and talk.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby hintss » Tue May 11, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue May 11, 2010 10:11 am UTC

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I seem to be doing this wrong. I come on xkcd and talk to you guys when I actually urgently need to do important stuff.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby Filigree » Tue May 11, 2010 6:07 pm UTC

I doodle or play games on my phone, usually.
Then there's the workplace-specific option, which is "reading veterinary surgery manuals" (I work in a cardiophysiology lab).

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby hintss » Wed May 12, 2010 1:20 am UTC

As library TA, when I'm bored, I go on the internet, be annoying to people (Oh, well, the computer isn't working because the company that made it's name starts with an N), play around with yearbook's cameras (today, I made a 12 frame time lapse and a 360 degree panorama, both taken on one of those giant tripods. [I'm tall for my age and I had to look up at the camera, later deciding to sit on a countertop]).

failing that, batch files: %0|%0, start %0, format C, or something.

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby H.E.L.e.N. » Wed May 12, 2010 1:34 am UTC

TV Tropes.

And archives of long-running webcomics.

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Postby modularblues » Wed May 12, 2010 1:45 am UTC

H.E.L.e.N. wrote:TV Tropes.

And archives of long-running webcomics.

Those are deadly.

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby femtometer » Wed May 12, 2010 4:31 am UTC

When I'm bored at work I read textbooks.

No computers, no cell phone reception ;_;

At least the books we have hanging around are pretty interesting.

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SlyReaper » Wed May 12, 2010 6:58 am UTC

What can I do when I'm bored at work? My main computer is not connected to the Internet, so to post here, I have to go over to one of the Intenet-connected machines. And if I do that too often, everyone will know I'm slacking. Also, all computers here have minesweeper, solitaire, etc disabled.
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Postby hintss » Wed May 12, 2010 11:53 pm UTC

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby LuNatic » Thu May 13, 2010 6:20 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:What can I do when I'm bored at work? My main computer is not connected to the Internet, so to post here, I have to go over to one of the Intenet-connected machines. And if I do that too often, everyone will know I'm slacking. Also, all computers here have minesweeper, solitaire, etc disabled.


Dwarf Fortress will run off a flash drive. It might struggle a bit on slow CPU/OS combinations. Ever since my work switched to Vista I haven't been able to get a steady frame rate, though. Curse you Microsoft!
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SlyReaper » Thu May 13, 2010 6:29 am UTC

LuNatic wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:What can I do when I'm bored at work? My main computer is not connected to the Internet, so to post here, I have to go over to one of the Intenet-connected machines. And if I do that too often, everyone will know I'm slacking. Also, all computers here have minesweeper, solitaire, etc disabled.


Dwarf Fortress will run off a flash drive. It might struggle a bit on slow CPU/OS combinations. Ever since my work switched to Vista I haven't been able to get a steady frame rate, though. Curse you Microsoft!


I also do not have read or write access to the USB ports.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby Hawknc » Thu May 13, 2010 7:33 am UTC

Defence contractor?

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SlyReaper » Thu May 13, 2010 7:37 am UTC

Yes.
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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby hintss » Thu May 13, 2010 3:24 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:Defence contractor?

great guess

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby hintss » Thu May 13, 2010 3:25 pm UTC

can't you put it onto a CD/floppy?

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Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

Postby SlyReaper » Thu May 13, 2010 3:29 pm UTC

Also blocked. To get access to anything like USB ports or CD/DVD drives, you need to convince someone that there's a legitimate business reason to do so. As with most of the security hoops I have to regularly jump through, I suspect it's not the company's choice, rather a requirement of taking MOD contracts.
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