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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Good morning

I miss the old PA systems at work, Paddy. Those use to be fun.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Thursday salutations from drizzly, Happy Larryville, GN!

Hai, Sven!

Re: work PAs -- When I worked for a certain musical electronics manufacturer, one of the owners made the following PA announcement:

“[Redacted name of VP of Sales]’s mother is visiting today, so try not to use bad words like ‘f*ck’ and ‘sh¡t’.”

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Since I’m a giver, here are some swear-y excerpts of Il Douchey reading from his own (ghostwritten) books.

If your employer still has a PA system, have some fun with them. (Also suitable for prank calls.)

BBL.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven and Fatwa!

I remember some companies would pipe-in music through the PA system. In an effort to keep from offending anyone, they usually chose to play the most offensive selections. When I worked for a now-defunct defense contractor, upper management knew that one musical choice would not be acceptable to all, so there was no music over the PA system. Since we worked on classified projects, that also meant you could not bring in radios, tape or cd players, or anything electronic. This was before widespread connection to the world-wide-web, so there was no streaming of music. It was a quiet place.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

When searching for teaching positions yesterday, I noticed an opening for a physics teacher at the school I left. I contacted my former colleague and he confirmed that yes, he has decided to hang up his slide rule. In his words, “Too much change with “Technology”, NGSS [New Generation Science Standards -- implementation is not as far along as Common Core], Common Core and the feeling that the admistrators are always checking up on you to make sure that you’re following the party line. What to teach and how to teach it or else….. Probably good things in the end but just not fun anymore”.

The profession is losing a creative, innovative teacher who holds a doctorate in physics and has a lifetime of industry experience to share with students. What a waste.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Shortly after moving to S.F. in the late seventies, I had a mind-numbingly boring two-week temp assignment (separating 6-part NCR forms in a windowless closet) at a place that played the same damned program of Muzak every day.

In the same order.

Not only were the “tunes” gratingly cheerful and insipid…before the end of my assignment, I could literally tell the time by which horribly bland piece was playing. I still can recall some of the most stridulous pieces in great detail; dripping with violins, flutes and muted ‘bones.

At the end of the two weeks, the agency told me their client wanted me back for another two, because I’d been the most productive temp they’d ever had on that job.

I convinced my placement person that returning to that assignment was in nobody’s best interest. 😉

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Mrs. Clinton thinks we need “Fun Camps”.

Spaß macht frei?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Yep, that’s what we need -- government run fun.
[cheesy Nazi voice]
Wilkommen to ze Clinton fun camp! You vill enjoy your stay here!
[/cheesy Nazi voice]

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

So, President Pissy-pants has his panties in a twist over the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu and is talking about distancing the U.S. from Israel and maybe putting Palestinians on the International Criminal Court.

What a schmuk.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Too bad we don’t actually have an opposition party in Congress.

You’ll note that effectively every campaign promise which led to the GOP takeover of Congress last November was a goddamned lie. Our current government -- including all of the faceless bureaucrat-mandarins -- needs to be burned to the fucking ground.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

No argument here.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Well played!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I don’t follow too many folks on Twitter; nonetheless, amusing stuff turns up in my TL on a fairly regular basis.