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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:42 pm

Sounds like cabin fever all around! That usually happens in the winter when you can't get out because of the cold; I guess it runs the opposite for you guys.

Welan, I thought of you when I saw this job announcement. Raytheon Polar Services needs an IT Supervisor at McMurdo Antarctic Research Station. Along with the usual IT stuff, you need a "tolerance for penguins". Very Happy "The wildlife surrounding the station includes King, Emperor, and Adelle penguins, as well as Weddell seals."

Check out <http://www.rayjobs.com/index.cfm?NavID=119&ANTARCTICA_JOBS> or page 14 in the July CPU.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:43 pm

Actually I'm trapped in the air conditioned igloo because my stupid lungs have decided to quit working right. My asthma decided to present itself about two months ago and now I can't be out in the heat and humidity without slowly suffocating. So trust me it's not my decision to stay trapped in the igloo because I would love to spend all my time outside. Summer is one of my favorite seasons.
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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:04 pm

Getting old and lazy so that I do not like walking as much, I bought myself a mechanical mule to get around. See review
Not as fun as building a new Linux computer but it has occupied some of the free time. mule

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:51 pm

You'll enjoy riding out to the back pastures on it. Its easier to catch than a real rule, and doesn't burn hay when you don't need to use it.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:15 am

Looks like something you could hurt yourself on, therefore it's probably fun! Don't forget your helmet!

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:00 am

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Looks like something you could hurt yourself on, therefore it's probably fun! Don't forget your helmet!

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Helmet?? I think the old leather one has rotted by now. Although some shades might be in order to keep the horse flies from impacting the eyeballs pirat Now if I should run into one of the neighbor's pig some protective gear like cologne might become necessary.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:52 pm

Well as some of you know I wasted a week up in Alaska. Will try to post some pictures later.

Got home, rested up, and went pulling a couple of nights. Had some bad luck Saturday night. Broke a lifter, which ruined the camshaft. After tearing into it, we found other lifters about ready to bust. Going to try and have it ready to run for this Saturday night.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:57 pm

Now I've found the time waster of Angry Birds. Got an Android phone over the weekend.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:07 am

Good luck! Some friends got one of those new fangled things who say that after a month they still haven't figured out what all the buttons are for. Of course they aren't exactly technophiles like we here are. Smile I've managed to stay away from any sort of cell phone or pager (except FD pager, very basic). I still have a rotary phone plugged in. Comes in handy when the power's out and all the new fangled ones won't work. Of course, when I call a number and it says "Push 1 for English", I can't, and who knows what will come through next. I told myself for years I didn't want to do business with folks who used that sort of system, but it finally got too pervasive and I was forced to catch up a little and get a push button phone, or do business with no one. I couldn't even complain because I couldn't push 8 for customer service, or whatever.

I love it when somebody hands me their cell phone and says "Here, use mine. Just push the green button and dial." And I push the green button and dial, and all kinds of weird noise spew forth, and they grab it and say, "Not *that* green button! Oh, no, what happened to all my phone numbers!" They didn't say *which* green button! How was I to know?

Have fun wasting time learning to be more time efficient with the new toy! Smile

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P.S. I hit "Send" and got a message "No Post Mode specified". Huh? All I see is "Preview" and "Send"; no other modes available that I see. Fortunately, the post wasn't lost. I'm going to save it and try again. Maybe I can figure this out yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:29 am

I am a hopeless Luddite when it comes to cell phones. Though I do follow the trends in these all purpose gadgets with interest. There is no doubt that eventually they will be a persons constant companion. Always there to whisper in your ear the wisdom of the sages. There to record all things that happen to and around you.

With the tracking systems built in, eventually Society will know where you are and will make them mandatory from birth onwards. This to make sure you are not a unapproved computer user. Who knew the mark of the beast was the Apple logo? alien Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:41 pm

LOL @ Matt's apple comment. One thing I've found the "smart phone" really handy for is looking at radars at tractor pulls. Nothing like sitting there with it looking rainy and trying to decide if you should unload or not. Of course the general rule is that it won't start raining until you finish lining up for your class. The change should also lower my monthly bill by $10. I have no elusion of this phone making me more efficient.

Once you get a cell phone though you won't want to be without. Can't tell you how many people I've heard say I'll never have one of those, they are pointless wastes of money. Then for some reason they get a cell phone and you can't pry it out of their cold dead hands.

I could live without the "smart" level of phone, but I don't want to. Its handy having the ability to settle friendly bets fast, email, and fresh bathroom reading material or gaming. The latter is especially handy at work where they frown on you taking reading material into the bathroom.


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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:45 am

Much the same functions I used to use my Palm for. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Mon May 16, 2011 9:07 pm

Just found frozen bubbles in the Android Market, and of course its free. Yep this will help pass the time.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:16 am

In my case, findy time to waste is luxury Mad Mad
But whenever I find time, I keep looking for ways to find time to waste, searching for productivity, automation tips, software... etc.
Just to share some with you that really helped me a lot, I hope it will help you as well:
1- online text summarizer (you can customize summarization level, important words.. http://swesum.nada.kth.se/index-eng-adv.html
2- subject search spider to crawl the web and get ALL possible info on your search term, summarized with link to the original where it comes from, it helps me collect lots I'd spend long hours or even a day searching, reading, summarizing,... to do a report (or part of) http://www.kryltech.com/spider.htm. Unfortunately it is windoze only. I wish it is for linux.
3- google translate, that helps me translate long reports, better after summarizing (above online summarizer), but I have to fine tune what google summarizes, but at least it helps me take less time translating, much less.

By the way, it's been a long time I was thinking/ dreaming of a community to exchange help in doing office or research work. For example, I'm not so competent in word processing, I can upload a document someone can tidy it up, fonts, spelling check, alignment... etc. On the other hand I can receive a spreadsheet to do some calculations or extract results..

What you think about starting at least a separate topic about productivity, (as the 3 I mentioned earlier), knowledge management, document management... etc... to make life easier, provided that it should be based on personal experience with that software, website, ...etc.

What you think guys? If it is approved we can dedicate a section for the above 2 points... we may be really productive at least for the second part of hints and experiences. If the first part approved may be we should think of another forum or start it here, promote and invite others to join.

Damn... I'm so dull... so serious all the time

By the way, I have no tasks on hand, (I'm already here enjoyig the forum), it is just an idea that came to my mind during the heavy work days that caused me to disapear from here for some time.

What you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:16 am

limo wrote:
In my case, findy time to waste is luxury Mad Mad
But whenever I find time, I keep looking for ways to find time to waste, searching for productivity, automation tips, software... etc.
Just to share some with you that really helped me a lot, I hope it will help you as well:
1- online text summarizer (you can customize summarization level, important words.. http://swesum.nada.kth.se/index-eng-adv.html
2- subject search spider to crawl the web and get ALL possible info on your search term, summarized with link to the original where it comes from, it helps me collect lots I'd spend long hours or even a day searching, reading, summarizing,... to do a report (or part of) http://www.kryltech.com/spider.htm. Unfortunately it is windoze only. I wish it is for linux.
3- google translate, that helps me translate long reports, better after summarizing (above online summarizer), but I have to fine tune what google summarizes, but at least it helps me take less time translating, much less.

By the way, it's been a long time I was thinking/ dreaming of a community to exchange help in doing office or research work. For example, I'm not so competent in word processing, I can upload a document someone can tidy it up, fonts, spelling check, alignment... etc. On the other hand I can receive a spreadsheet to do some calculations or extract results..

What you think about starting at least a separate topic about productivity, (as the 3 I mentioned earlier), knowledge management, document management... etc... to make life easier, provided that it should be based on personal experience with that software, website, ...etc.

What you think guys? If it is approved we can dedicate a section for the above 2 points... we may be really productive at least for the second part of hints and experiences. If the first part approved may be we should think of another forum or start it here, promote and invite others to join.

Damn... I'm so dull... so serious all the time

By the way, I have no tasks on hand, (I'm already here enjoyig the forum), it is just an idea that came to my mind during the heavy work days that caused me to disapear from here for some time.

What you think?

Just a bump!
I know this is not really a linux topic, but linux can do a lot in productivity, in addition to the innovative, creative way of thinking linux gurus enjoy. If you see this is not the place to discuss this it's ok.
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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:33 pm

I was thinking about this topic tonight, as I was soldering a new battery pack into my old r/c truck. Doesn't seem like I have nearly as much free time, the last couple of years. The r/c stuff has set the last couple of years without even being touched. The pulling truck didn't get touched last year, because the parents were building a new house. Most of my weekends weren't spent down there helping with that or farm work. The r/c stuff is coming back out as something to do with my girlfriend's little boy. At least I have a reason to play with them again Very Happy

Hope everyone finds some free time to do something you enjoy.

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:22 am

My problem is wasting too much time and then trying to play catch up. Sad If I was efficient, I'd have all kinds of time to waste.

I bet your GF's son loves the r/c stuff. Good for you spending time with him. Little boys need time with a good male influence. Got him writing shell scripts yet?

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PostSubject: Re: Ways you waste your time.   Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:17 pm

Yeah I think he will once I get them all running. Think my nitro truck is ready to go this weekend. Have one of the "mini" electric trucks too, but its no longer reliable. Unfortunately it has also become a discontinued model, so hard and expensive to find some parts. That will teach me to wreck them and leave them set for 2 years.

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