On How to Make Buying Things More Like Having Experiences

@Vib G Yor Urgh, stuff. I hate things and don't want to tie them to experiences at all for the reasons you state. I love cleaning and chucking out and I don't want emotions anchoring me to a pile of crap cluttering up my space. I admit that I quite like my engagement ring, but that's small.

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 11:44 am 1

On So You Want to Quit Your Job and Open a Bar

Bars combine the worst aspects of life: drunk people, tedious people, lecherous people, fightin' people, spewing people. And that's without even factoring in the beer stench. So, no. I would not like to be responsible for one. Signed, a former barmaid.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:06 am 1

On Cosmo Quiz! What's Your Workplace Personality?

I recently discovered Myers-Briggs because a friend went on about it. I took it 5 times on 5 different websites and all of them said I'm INTJ. I would be extremely resistant to being profiled at work - it's ostensibly to "see where you fit into a team!" and "help us help you!" but I'd not be keen on bosses and colleagues having a roadmap of my weaknesses/assumed weaknesses. No need to broadcast information or have others make assumptions.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm 0

On Infinity Zillion Vacation Days, the HORROR

@Tripleoxer @nell Wow. So employees are essentially penalised for being ill. That’s motivating and presumably great for company loyalty. Disclaimer: I am from England and this is…not a system we have here, hence my question. I get 5 weeks paid vacation plus bank holidays (8 days) and unlimited sick days, which is pretty standard.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm 0

On Infinite Vacation? What About a Mandatory Pre-cation?

"And instead of end-of-year cash bonuses, top performers get personalized packages delivered to their houses. The packages include fancy chocolates, confetti poppers, bottles of Champagne, and a hand-written letter from a superior about what makes the employee so valuable. Oh, and they come with grants of equity in the company." Cute. Actually I'll take the cash, thanks.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm 2

On Infinity Zillion Vacation Days, the HORROR

Sounds like an underhand way for companies to control employees even more. Which sounds better to a manager, a defined 3 weeks use-it-or-lose-it vacation or "unlimited vacation" which is always going to be self-limiting because employees are too scared to take it? No thanks. Incidentally, what the hell re: having to take vacation days when you're ill? Is this actually a thing?

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:19 am 2

On Every Job I’ve Had: Indoor Bouncy House, Defense Contractor, Traveling Nerd

I can confirm that the universal rule of weirdos at child-related jobs is 100% true. I spent two summers as a "senior welfare leader" at an English language learning school for kids, and most of my time was spent dealing with staff who were, er, not so conducive to the childrens' welfare. Like the guy who suggested that we all play a game where points are allocated based on who we slept with, and the 14 year old French girls gained you maximum points. Or the guy who would pop up in the dormitories, roll onto his back and put his legs above his head whilst slapping his own bum and shouting. Frankly even £1000 per hour would have been insufficient pay for that job.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0

On Choosing to Skip College

@Karebot Yes! This is what I sort of wanted to say but wasn't able to because I got too wound up to be articulate. The thing that pissed me off about the whole piece is that she seems to think that having no plan and just arsing around on her parents' dime is the equivalent of learning to be a mechanic or starting a business.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 10:52 am 1

On Choosing to Skip College

I got about one third of the way through that piece before I wanted to hurl my computer out of the window. It's fine being a special snowflake who "didn't respond to traditional teaching methods" as long as mummy and daddy are on hand to send you to private school and then later, underwrite you financially and give you a house, er, I mean "investment property" to decorate how you like.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 am 1

On 1 Thing: Endless Summer Edition

Get life insurance. I actually have 6,000,000 other life-admin related things to do, but let's start small. And keep this manageable. And not think about having to tell the world I have changed my name (AAAARRRGGGHHHHH).

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm 0