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"8 + 1 = 8": What Passes for an Eight Hour Day in Vancouver

I'm not certain that this is a Vancouver peculiarity or is this a more widespread problem, but I would really like to know what happened to paid lunches and actual eight-hour days. The cliché standard working hours are, of course, 9-to-5, including lunch and coffee-breaks. Yet try and find a 9-to-5 job in Vancouver. What you will find is 8-to-5 more often than not, and despite the span of nine hours this is called "an eight hour day" by "virtue" of an unpaid, one-hour lunch crammed in there somewhere.

Musing on my Career in IT

I just started a relatively short contract job today. It's pretty much on the level of the sort of work I was doing about 10 years ago, but these days underemployed beats unemployed, so I took the gig. And one day in I have to wonder how a lot of people occupying I.T. positions stay employed at all. I have a baseline criteria for evaluating a workplace: if my home network is technically superior, they fail.

This Angers and Depresses Me

Below is a snippet of marketing twaddle from the web equivalent of a chain letter/Ponzi scam, promulgated by an SEO snake-oil salesman. The business model is an "affiliate program[me]" where one earns commissions for suckering people into buying crappy, cookie-cutter websites for $20/mo.

Things I Have to Learned to Accept

...or reasons to get out of IT - depending on how attached I'm feeling to that "regular pay-cheque" thing at the moment.


    The old adage:

    Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.

    — Lao Tzu, founder of taoism

    The old adage as it applies to IT:

    Give a man a fish, he'll shut up and get out of your face. Teach a man to fish, and he'll fall out of the boat, scare away all the fish, break the fishing pole, deny any responsibility, blame you, and demand you immediately give him more fish, a better fishing pole, and a faster boat.

    Best Comment from my Farewell Card

    Now where are we going to find another Goth-vampire artsy ex-military programmer geek???

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