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    Bored at Work with Little to Do - What do you do?

    I'm sitting here at work, having given all my projects to our interns because they needed things to do. Everyone is out of the office but three of us (me and two interns). What do you do for entertainment in this situation? Dig up a project? Some habitual internet surfing? Work on personal projects (home budget, find a recipe for dinner, etc.)? Throw around a bouncy ball?

    I've been emailing old friends, working on a project for a class I'm taking, scrounging up work to do (all of our big projects have recently been completed), writing notes to grandma, learning new software... a lot. And now I'm stuck.

    So how do y'all entertain yourselves in this situation?

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    Don't you have to make a site inspection near a DQ ?
    Have you remodeled your deskfront without a permit ?
    Have you read the newspaper yet ? or some paper online ?
    and
    The RJ Classic of leaving early ?
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Shhh, don't tell... I get out some graph paper and plan out quilts that I plan on making, or I make shopping lists, or browse the web, of course.

    Usually I've got things I need to work on though. Right now I'm in a bored lull, and I think I'll let it last until I duck out of here at 4:00.

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    Get the blender out and start the party!!

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    I keep private books in my case for just such non-emergencies. I can sit facing away from the door of my office, and if I hear someone come in, slip it under a notebook. Always leave a map up on the monitor when doing this, and make sure you turn off the screen saver!
    Maintaining enthusiasm in the face of crushing apathy.

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    People actually have extra time at work? I mean time that isn't spent surfing the net?
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Check out:
    www.straightdope.com
    www.snopes.com
    www.chucknorrisfacts.com
    www.workingfortheman.com

    Those help get me through the days....
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    Read (work-related or not...)
    Surf the 'net (if it's around lunchtime)
    Tell my boss it's slow and ask him to pleeeease delegate something!
    Go look at development sites I've been putting off seeing
    Write out grocery lists/clip coupons from the last Sunday's paper
    It's getting easier now if I'm bored; I start cleaning out files I don't need to leave when I'm gone

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    Jeebus crips. You people really do have a lot of time on your hands. What the hell are they paying you for and where do I sign up???


    Oh yes, I understand now. How I long for the public sector.
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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator View post
    Jeebus crips. You people really do have a lot of time on your hands. What the hell are they paying you for and where do I sign up???


    Oh yes, I understand now. How I long for the public sector.
    I know this guy that had a perfect public sector gig in Florida, great benevolent boss, good working conditions, kept the parking lot clean, just hanging around, wore sandals to work on Fridays ( ), but left the job and moved to Buffalo. What a fool.

    Fog the mirror, dude.
    What would RJ do?

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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator View post
    Jeebus crips. You people really do have a lot of time on your hands. What the hell are they paying you for and where do I sign up???


    Oh yes, I understand now. How I long for the public sector.
    Don't take a job at my public sector office.... our work load is insane. I consider free time is when I actually go through my inbox, do some admin work, fill out my time sheet, woo-hoo!!
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

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    Well, I'm definitely working in the wrong jurisdiction ....We've got to to put in a request for free time two weeks in advance!
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    I work for an evil developer. The beginning of this week was crazy busy. Friday there wasn't much to do because I was waiting on other people to complete their work so I could finish my end of the task at hand. Of course it didn't happen so I spent most of my day piddling around, went to the beach for lunch, read the paper (hey...we had an article in their about the project!), made a few phone calls, and called it a day at 4:45.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    At least you have an evil developer to work for and are getting paid by said evil developer. I'm at Bloustein here in New Brunswick and am working on a Ph.D. dissertation. (pointy-haired boss mask is now off)

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    Quote Originally posted by Rickyrab View post
    At least you have an evil developer to work for and are getting paid by said evil developer. I'm at Bloustein here in New Brunswick and am working on a Ph.D. dissertation. (pointy-haired boss mask is now off)
    Who's this person behind the mask?
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Just a Ph.D. student. No boss here. I posted here because I saw you were in the vicinity, and had Bloustein connections, so I figured, whatever. Heard of prof. Pucher? he's a good professor.

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    Quote Originally posted by Rickyrab View post
    At least you have an evil developer to work for and are getting paid by said evil developer. I'm at Bloustein here in New Brunswick and am working on a Ph.D. dissertation. (pointy-haired boss mask is now off)
    Quote Originally posted by Rickyrab View post
    Just a Ph.D. student. No boss here. I posted here because I saw you were in the vicinity, and had Bloustein connections, so I figured, whatever. Heard of prof. Pucher? he's a good professor.
    I'm a fellow Blousteiner
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    If any of you want in the "how many hours of work will donk do this week pool?" let me know. The running average is around 20 hours in a 35 hour week.

    what do I do to kill time, homework, internet, try to stay out of trouble. it is miserably boring.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    I'm a fellow Blousteiner
    Cool! You still go to Bloustein, or did you graduate, or...?

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    Quote Originally posted by Rickyrab View post
    Cool! You still go to Bloustein, or did you graduate, or...?
    Still there.......
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    I have never worked anywhere where I had enough time to come close to being caught up with work much less have any free time. Public sector in my experience is ridiculously crazy workloads not tons of free time

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    I really despise having nothing to do at work. I am trying to come up with new projects to work on.
    Trying to get my grubby hands on as much stimulus money as I can.:D

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    Search the FAC for time waster games to play.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    I wish I was bored...

    does anyone want to run an FAR calculation for me? Our FAR is based upon the mean or the average (whichever is better for the owner) of all the lots within 300' - i am having a program created but for now we have to do it by hand - argh -

    I have plenty to do that I can send cyber-aly so let me know!

    if you are private sector - look billabe so you don't get laid off for being dead wood
    if you are public sector - just look important, lol

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    get a new job...

    i start in a few weeks
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