“Misery doesn’t love company because things aren’t always what they seem. Deus ex dragon.”(my tagline)
About a decade or so ago consumer color laser printers were a mystical device existing only in your imagination. Now there is common as the lowly inkjet. I’ve had an old workhorse in service since 2011 myself. It was a fancy one at the time, but compared to today is rather mundane. It is time for me to decide though. More toner or a new printer. Right now the printer has decided for me.
Today we seem to make an intrinsic connection between a person and their creative output. For example, an author is hailed as a creative genius when they complete an epic or trilogy. The creativity was internal to that person, it was they themselves that created the thing. Which is the case. They put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and hammered out the words.
The question I put to you is where did the idea come from. Where do all good ideas come from? In a movie I find dear to me, one of the characters who is an author suffering from writer’s block suddenly has a breakthrough. Another character asks how she came to this final detail of her masterpiece, and she said “it came to me.” Another character questioned how, and she replied something to the effect of “like all good ideas, it came to me suddenly and without method.” That may or may not be the exact wording, but the point is clear nonetheless.
Brass tacks: let’s all face it, caffeine is a drug. It is legal, but it functions in your body in the same way as a drug. The half-life averages five hours. But the hit only lasts around two. Afterward, the body has processed almost half of it and the effect is tapering off and quickly leaves the “useful” level zone in your metabolism. So the boost from your 8 am zip juice doesn’t last until lunch. So even though the caffeine is still in your system for the next 3 hours you need another hit.
Let us suppose that someone you know has made life choices you do not agree with. They’ve chosen to go barefoot all year long. You disagree with this choice. You think it is wrong, dangerous, and goes against all you’ve been taught to think about caring for your feet. What are you to do? What can you do? It isn’t proper to tell someone else how to live their life. Neither is it proper to condemn a person because they made choices different than yours.
So this is something that has happened to me multiple times in the past in my chrome browser. For clarity, I use Chrome for work stuff and I do things like this in Firefox, which I prefer. However, where I work is pretty much now a Google shop.
I couldn’t click on any content, anywhere, in any window. I couldn’t even click to change tabs. My browser wasn’t frozen though, I could still type in the Google Doc I had opened on my screen before things went wonky. I could still alt-tab through the opened tabs in a window.
I’ve been a full-time remote employee for my day job for the past 3 years so. My career job before that was 20% work from home. I was there for about 5 years before getting downsized. So I consider myself an experienced consultant in matters of remote working. However, this isn’t just switching everyone at an office desk to a desk in their house.
Neutrality is a concept foreign to many ears. It seems unthinkable that a person could not have an opinion on a matter. That someone could be neither for nor against it. It is widely viewed that silence equals acceptance, however, the funny thing about silence on a matter is that people on both sides treat you as if you are ‘for’ the other side.