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Yesterday the management team (consisting of two managers and a director) and I had a meeting to go over some of the stuff that I’ll be developing for them in the new year. One of those managers was the completely untactful woman I’ve complained about in previous posts. Sure enough she had no troubles demonstrating her “ignorance” (I’m actually inclind to call it idiotcy, but that would almost imply that she knew of this deficiency of hers) prominently.

What happened the day before the meeting (so two days ago) was that she came over to my desk to discuss the amount of time it would take me to finish the analysis sheets for the team (of about 65). Before I could even give her an estimate on the time frame, she quickly added retoricly “about a week seem alright?” and that she will send an email to the team letting them know it won’t be till next week that we’ll have the sheets ready. Fine by me. Since I only work 3 days out of the week it was a fair estimate.

Little to my own surprise I actually had all 65 datasheets done by the end of the work day. So out of courtesy to the entire team (otherwise they’d be recording all the data by hand) I blasted an email to the team letting them know the good news. As I was leaving at the end of the day the director even commented on how quick I was and said “thank you”.

So the next day was the meeting day. Little earlier on in the day I kept on getting emails saying thank you for getting the sheet done so quickly.

Meeting time, the first thing Mrs.Tactful said (not even directing her attention to me) was “how come all the sheets are done? I thought they would be finished till next week. I had sent an email and everything”. By this phrase alone I was feeling like she was whining like a little girl who didn’t get her favourite Barbie on Christmas. The director quickly replied matter-of-factly “Oh, Kiwi got it done last night” and that it was good for me that they were done so soon and that he was a bit surprised himself. (Turns out it was the director who has asked her to send the email in the first place underestimating the speed at which I can complete my tasks when the urgency calls for it.)

At this point any sensible person, nevermind a manager for god sakes, would’ve just nodded and said “well, alright” to drop the subject and move on to the meeting. But not this one. She went on to the director, still not addressing me… “Well, you tell me to send an email in the day and I did. Then there an email at night saying they’re done. I’m just feeling a bit out of the loop.” if what she said before didn’t come off as whining, this sure did.

Granted, it did look bad on her part. Maybe subconciously I did mean for that to happen (her looking bad that is), but I didn’t do it on purpose (not to my own knowledge anyway). I have never seen a manager get upset at a project finished ahead of schedule. Has she any idea how much I just saved her in man-hours? My rough estimate was about 30 min for maybe 40 of the reps to write things out by hand.. and then 30 more min for them to refill the same data into the sheet once they’re ready. So an hour each, times 40. That’s a full work week right there! Actually a bit more since our company’s work week consists of only 35 hours. Plus the extra time I’d be using to finish the sheets (assuming it took me another week).  Damn, I don’t get paid much but that’s about $1500 based on my pay. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who didn’t like saving time AND money. So heck, my first reaction was to get the thing done ASAP.

She babbled on some more about how some of the parameters aren’t even set yet and that it might confuse the reps on what they were being evaluated on. Remember the emails I kept on getting at the beginning of the day? None of them mentioned anything of any confusion. She’s making shit up at this point. The director looked mildly annoyed, shrugged and just said “I don’t see a problem with it… anyway…”. That “anyway” was a clear indication (to me) to move on from that point. She babbled on still a bit more. I can’t recall what. I probably tuned her out at this point to see what the meeting was about since the director had started to explain things and joting things on the board.

It really baffled me (yet again) how someone who had risen to the manager position could have so little delicacy when dealing with people. This woman was truely was what I would refer to as “dull”. A dull person does stupid things, yet are unaware of it. I could only assume that she’s not aware of what she’s doing. Since, surely, if she was aware she’s think twice about what she was saying and the company in which she said them.

Also, I had noticed that she seems to berate me more pointedly when there’s other managers around. A stupid thing to do on her part I think. I’m thinking she does it because of the “pack mentality” everyone experiences to an extent. Even if she fucked up, there’d be someone to back her up. Unfortunately for her, it is always to her disadvantage since anyone rarely agreed with her point.

Hell, with how much I actually enjoy what I’m doing I foresee that if I only had two reasons to leave the company that she was definitely be one of them. (The other, being the pay) Not that she could fire me really. Sure she was a manager but on the organization chart, I actually sit higher than her, right under the director. And I’m thankful for that since the director was a man I could admire: mild mannerd, gracious and understood the work-life separation. Guess you don’t become the top 30 under 30 for nothing.

Post yesterday’s announcements about migrating over to Blogger I’ve had another change of heart.

I think I have chosen to stick with WordPress and just pony up for the premium features. I really have grown quite fond of this simple blogging too. With the aid of Live Writer it can only get better.

So expect some downtime while I twiddle with this “simpleton” of a blog, and please bear with me with the hopes that I shall bring you bigger better posts. (Or just things that you can ‘hate-blog’ about)

BTW, I am trade marking “Hate-Blog”. So don’t go stealing it without credit.

After much tinkering I have decided to migrate this blog over to Blogger for several reasons.

  1. I need Adsense support. It serves as my coffee fund.
  2. I’m already a Google freak, might as well put my Google account to good use.
  3. Better themes. Bloggers offers way better custom theme support completely free.
  4. Widgets. Blogger’s variety is much better.

Things I will miss about WordPress:

  1. Integrated “pages” support
  2. Spam filter
  3. Blog stats dashboard

Oh well, you win some you lose some I guess.

Sorry for anyone who’s highly involved with this URL. And for anyone that cares, please update your Blog Roll and Trackbacks to redirect to my new URL. I will be moving all of the posts from here to over to blogger within the next week. In the mean time, all new posts can be found here:


Thanks all!

Have you gotten quite sick of your iTunes playlist? Here’s a short little game you can with your playlist to make it (perhaps) a little more interesting. Or maybe allow you to see some songs in a different light.

1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, MP3 Player, or whatever on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
Lithium – Nirvana

How would you describe yourself?
Six Feet From the Edge – Creed
(Close enough)

What do you like in a guy/girl?
Santa Monica – Theory of a Deadman

How do you feel today?
Bowl of Oranges – Bright Eyes

What is your life’s purpose?
Numba 1 – Kardinal Offishall
(Wow.. this is actually true. My life goal (although unachievable), is to be the best at everything.)

What is your motto?
Shake Down – Akon
(HAHA. Does this mean I want to kill everyone?)

What do your friends think of you?
Candy Shop – 50 Cent
(Oh my, sleezy)

What do you think about very often?
Fire – Jimi Hendrix
(In an odd way this is also true)

What is 2 + 2?
Back That Thang Up – Juvenile

What do you think of your best friend?
Down In Oakland – The Transplants

What do you think of the person you like?
C’est Chelou – Zaho
(Irony has never better presented itself. lol. And I just made a post about this song)

What is your life story?
Dangerous – Akon ft. kardinal Offishall
(Interesting. Living on the edge I suppose. Or I’m just a threat to society)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
My Style – BEP
(I do want to be self employed at one point)

What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Crank That – Soulja Boy

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Disco Inferno – 50 Cent
(Very likely)

What will they play at your funeral?
Party People – Nelly ft. Fergie.
(Interesting. HAHA. Celebration of life I guess, or they’ll just be happy that I’m gone)

What is your hobby/interest?
Like Me – Girlicious
(This doesn’t make any sense)

What is your biggest fear?
Get Buck In Here – DJ Felli Fel
(HAHAHA. I don’t think I’ve ever been afraid of being “buck”)

What is your biggest secret?
Tell Me – Diddy ft. Christina
(I guess I don’t have a secret and that’s like a “you tell me”)

What do you think of your friends?
Hey Ya! – Andre 3000

What will you post this as?
Tambourine – EVE ft. Swizz Beatz.
(No I won’t… but okay)

I’m surprised at how often the answer made sense if not entirely accurate. Feel free to copy and paste this to your own blog and play. I’d love to see what you have as answers so please trackback to me to share.

There’s another game you play where you post the next 10 songs your iTunes spits out regardless of how embarrassing they are. I’m posting these just for fun since I feel like sharing.

  1. Toxic – Britney Spears
  2. My Humps – BEP
  3. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-lot
  4. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – GNR
  5. Breathe – Prodigy
  6. The Mighty Quinn – Bob Dylan
  7. Ring the Alarm – Beyonce
  8. Weight of the World – Evanescence
  9. Where Would I Be? – Cake
  10. Gangsta Lovin’ – Alicia Keys

This is a picture I took at the BC Ferries terminal. The sign says:

SUPER C x 2 = Awesome^2


Frankly, I have no idea what this advertisement is for, nor does it make much sense to me. I can only imagine them trying to infer that something is awesome. So let’s do some math here:

SUPER C x 2 = Awesome^2

Awesome = sqrt(2 (SUPER C)

hmmm… That didn’t make things any easier.

Super C = (Awesome ^2)/2

Okay well… that doesn’t make too much sense either. What the heck is Super C anyway? That sounds like a vitamin.

I can only say that the sign will make more sense if we assume Awesome=2. In which case:

SUPER C x2 = 2^2




I think that’s what they were trying to say in the first place. Whatever SUPER C is, I think the whole idea is that it is awesome.

This abomination of an equation could only be the result of marketing Artsies trying to do math.

edit: Just Googled. Super C’s are the new fleet of ships BC Ferries has acquired in 2008, named: Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration. Since there are 3 ships and the sign only says SUPER C x 2, I can only guess that the 3rd ship services out of Horseshoe Bay and not Tsawwassen.

So yes, all they were trying to say is that the SUPER C’s are awesome. Perhaps that both of the SUPER C’s together are Awesome squared. So each of the two which operates on the Tswwassen route account for only 1/2 of the awesome squaredness.

I stole these from TinyYetMighty. I am bored and figured I could use one of these random things. Plus it’ll probably help keep me on track to not make 2008 feel totally useless.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Get my Bachelor’s degree

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I accomplished a few of my 08 resolutions. And hopefully I will keep my 09 ones.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my girlfriend (who shall remain nameless for privacy reasons)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
George Carlin. Okay, he wasn’t “close to me”, but he was the closest to me among the people that died.

5. What countries did you visit?
Miami, USA
Nassau, Bahamas

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A good paying job and a house/condo/my own place in general

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

July 28th, 2008. The day I started my job. I can’t remember any other dates so this one must be significant right?

8. What was your biggest achievement of 2008?
Get benefits from work.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Breaking up with my boyfriend. I still call him my boyfriend since I have no idea what else to call him. Ex just has a bad connotation which I don’t believe fits our relationship (or lack thereof).

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a cold that lasted 2 weeks which I thought that pneumonia. And hyper-extended my index finger playing dodge ball.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A HD projector.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My boyfriend for taking me out to my birthday dinner.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Appalled, not really. I rarely get appalled by anything. I’m the one who usually does the appallization(??).
My mother makes me depressed. Always.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Fabrics, sewing projects, student loan payments, car payments.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
a new season of Heroes.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
"Circus” – Britney Spears

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Sadder. 2007 was awesome.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Thinner I think. Not sure. I think I’ve been this weight for awhile now.

iii. richer or poorer?
Richer since I have a job. Poorer since all the money I make goes back to the corporations.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Saving money instead of spending it.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Buy fabric

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I went to eat hot pot with mom’s friends. Which was totally tasty but totally lame.

21. What was your favourite month of 2008?
December. It means 2008 was ending.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No. Just crushes.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV program?
SYTYCD Canada, Heroes, The Office, True Blood

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
Twilight. It wasn’t THAT good. It just happened to be the only book series that I read.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Rediscovering the recorder

28. What did you want and get?
an HD projector and a sewing machine.

29. What did you want and not get?
Money. minus 30lbs in weight.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Tropic Thunder. Woot woot Tom Cruise! haha.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My boyfriend took me out to dinner at the Top of Vancouver. I am… 23 officially. And some other age unofficially.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
My own place.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Awkward transition from student to work attire

34. What kept you sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Robert Downy Jr.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Nothing. I am heavily NOT into the politics.

37. Who did you miss?
My boyfriend

38. Who was the best new person you met?

A guy named Stacey. Never met a guy named with a girls name before. Plus I didn’t really meet anybody new.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

uuuuh… I’m drawing a blank.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
”There’s only two types of guys out there. Ones who can hang with me… and the ones who are scared”