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Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968774 by NandJ
Nov 26, 2018 7:33pm
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You seem super defensive of your right to be cranky. Not sure why. If you want to be cranky, then knock yourself out.

There is a lot of that going on here.

Learn to enjoy the snark. It can be entertaining.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968777 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 26, 2018 7:38pm
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There is a lot of that going on here.

Learn to enjoy the snark. It can be entertaining.

Yes, you can be.
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Reply to: #968778 by MissMoon
Nov 26, 2018 7:59pm
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Learn to enjoy the snark. It can be entertaining.

Yes, you can be.

Who? Me?
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968776 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 26, 2018 9:14pm
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Don't you mean reading ***and*** thinking while walking?

Too many things! Pop!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968787 by Wry Me
Nov 27, 2018 6:57am
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I deleted the last six-or-so posts to this board. This thread was getting a little nasty. I'm not moving it to the dead lemurs board--yet--but just a reminder that personal attacks against others are not appropriate. Disagreeing opinions are fine, but keep it civil.

-- Ryan
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968798 by Green Tortuga
Nov 27, 2018 7:05am
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I thought the horse was dead, the lemurs were just flung.
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Reply to: #968798 by Green Tortuga
Nov 27, 2018 8:43am
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Disagreeing opinions are fine, but keep it civil.

Don't make me stop this car!
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968798 by Green Tortuga
Nov 27, 2018 12:43pm
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Oh, wow, the dead lemurs board! It's been an awfully long time since anyone got excited enough about anything boxing related to have a thread even considered to be moved there. Ah, the good old days... ;)
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Reply to: #968823 by frankie and benjy
Nov 27, 2018 12:45pm
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I was just reminiscing about RogueOne.

Warrior Woman
remembers
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
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Reply to: #968824 by Warrior Woman
Nov 27, 2018 2:19pm
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OMG!!!!!! Don't even open up that can or worms again!!!
cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Nov 27, 2018 3:58pm
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I know we live in an age where people need access to their phones - but where I work - they have bereted us with policy after policy to get people to work. As I don't look at mine at work - I'll avoid answering ANY phone at all cost - every time I have to listen to new policy updates it drives me nuts...

Do you have cell phone policies at work? If so - what are they and how does your company enforce them? Because where I work - they fail miserably and have now resorted to a 'zero tolerance' policy... this as we install turnstiles to get into work because people are afraid of their co-workers carry guns and shooting each other in our work place. lowers eyes, and shakes head at where we've been reduced to
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 4:23pm
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My employer seems to have gone the opposite direction - embracing the technology wave of personal devices. There is a "bring your own device" practice is place where they have developed or purchased secure apps for people to use to receive business email and instant messages from co-workers even. They have also allowed people to turn in their office (wired) phones and use their personal cell phones for business and personal calls. There has always been policies in place to ban person use of company computers for personal web surfing and social media but it is only discouraged on personal devices during "company" time. Breaks and lunchtime are fine. Since the vast majority of employees are salaried, as opposed to hourly, workers it is assumed that as long as you get your assigned work responsibilities done well then you are doing okay.
Re: cell phone policies
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:03pm
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The cell phone policies where I work are being relaxed more and more. As a matter of fact, we are encouraged to use them to enhance customer experience. Also, the convenience of being able to text both hourly and salary co-workers is more expedient than hunting them down or paging them. And from a billion dollar corporation's point of view, if the minions can communicate freely on their own dime, why not? It saves 'the man' from having to invest in walkies and saves man hours in running after the few landlines we have.
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:22pm
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At the airlines, we are not supposed to use our own phone while onboard the aircraft working. However the company has issued us a company " tablet" which is a Samsung phone, it does not work as a phone but as a tablet for us to receive and send company emails, I we can only surf company websites and it also contains all our manuals and even specific flight information ( like passenger manifests etc ) So now passengers think we are on our phones all the time when really I'm looking up connection info or weather. Or seat assignments. ( is that dog supposed to be in a carrier or is it a " service animal"?? Etc etc etc

Amanda from Seattle
Re: cell phone policies
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:26pm
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Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker. Your company's policy may actually be having the opposite affect that they intended.

TG
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 7:27pm
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I don't touch my phone at work, if I can help it, at all. Being a personal trainer, people are paying me *very* well to give them my undivided attention. This doesn't bother me at all, and I carry a flip phone, because it does what I need it to do, and is really easy to ignore.
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Reply to: #968833 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 27, 2018 8:29pm
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They really don't care... part of the problem is that the few that it is impacting their productivity the leaders don't talk to - so instead everyone gets treated like 6 year-olds
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Reply to: #968838 by estella_naparella
Nov 27, 2018 8:30pm
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I don't touch mine either - like I mentioned - I hate phones and only carry it as I have kids that might need to reach me...
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 9:24pm
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Do you have cell phone policies at work?

We are allowed to use phones at work. How else would we keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Netflix, Atlas Quest, and Trekkie Gal's Survivor Pool Updates? Silly...
Re: cell phone policies
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 10:28pm
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Because of the confidentiality agreement we have with our clients, cell phones must be off and out of sight at all times in our rooms (think classroom-like setting)

That said, we tend to be relaxed about people having phones on vibrate, particularly during the evening shift as the main desk is not always manned, as long as they are not taking them out in the rooms.
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Reply to: #968833 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 27, 2018 10:55pm
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Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker.

I bet someone who really likes their phone did that study. *nodding* =)

It's not a big problem for me. My employer is pretty lax about how or when I use my phone, and I often leave it off for days at a time.

I find stuff like that distracting anyhow. I don't leave email programs running in the background so I don't get that distracting "You have mail!" beep. Most of my email addresses I only check once per day. And ringing phones (which are usually just telemarketers anyhow) or text messages are also distracting when I'm concentrating deeply on my work. Leave me alone!

I'll read email, check voice mail and text messages when I'm bored with nothing better to do. =) Actually, the voice mail and text messages I typically only find when I have to turn on my phone to call or text someone and--oh, look at that! I have messages!

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #968799 by Mizscarlet
Nov 28, 2018 7:27am
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It *had* started down the road to facebutt level discussions. I call that the merry go round stage......round and round and going no place fast.

Although Ryan may soon have to find another animal.

https://psmag.com/environment/what-killed-these-lemurs
Re: cell phone policies
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Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 28, 2018 7:40am
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Our industry has multiple issues with cell phones, etc. The biggest one is carrying contamination into the Controlled Production Environments. Phones (can) touch the face and mouth and, therefore, become fomites for carrying germs. Some of those germs might not be sterilized off of the devices we make for doctors to use in the human brain......BAD SCENARIO there.

Second issue is distraction, US Federal (and international laws) have very specific requirements for focusing on the tasks at hand; since conversations can carry the possibility of distraction, we've had to put a zero tolerance policy in place for all production support areas.

We've got people bypassing these policies but maintaining they can turn on their phones without touching them but we've countered with the distraction issue. People get one warning and then terminated for cause.

New technology forces us to revisit this area routinely, but it's never easy.
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Reply to: #968858 by MissMoon
Nov 28, 2018 8:53am
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Although Ryan may soon have to find another animal.

https://psmag.com/environment/what-killed-these-lemurs

Dang, did we do that!?!
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Reply to: #968862 by dingus dufus
Nov 28, 2018 12:13pm
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Dang, did we do that!?!

Did I do that?
Re: cell phone policies
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Reply to: #968859 by Public Hand
Nov 28, 2018 1:34pm
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OMG. New word. Fomite. Fomite. Fomite. Wash your Public Hands.
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Reply to: #968868 by Wry Me
Nov 29, 2018 8:02am
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New word

I love obscure, seldom used words......but I love seriously multi-syllabic words even more. Our engineering staff know that if they can work any of these into their investigations or reports, I give bonus points!!
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Reply to: #968899 by Public Hand
Nov 29, 2018 9:18am
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That is excellent. Here's mine for the week (not English, obvs):

mamihlapinatapai

defined as that moment when you hear a clunk, but don't know if it's a box or a tree root resonating in a hollow spot -- holy anticipatory not-knowing.

or not.

Today I told my students I had developed a new term of affection for them: fomites

As Holling suspected in The Wednesday Wars, it's a "teacher trick to get you to look up the word."
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Reply to: #968899 by Public Hand
Nov 29, 2018 9:23am
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Hmmmmmm--no record of a fomite box, ...yet.
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Reply to: #968901 by Wronghat
Nov 29, 2018 9:39am
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What can I say, with all the surgery I've had so far this year, I'm behind...... where's the "Slacker" button when you need it? 8D