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11 November 2011 @ 08:39 am
NaWriSoMo Days Eight and Nine; Remember to Unblock Your Pops  
Took a few days off the computer.  I need to do that every so often, more so the last year in this job, when I've been on the computer for eight straight hours.  I come home, and I don't really want to be on the computer anymore.

The interesting thing is that I suddenly haven't gotten a lot done.  It's not like the computer was masking these available super-productive home hours.  I just watched a lot of Community instead.

Day Eight
Screenwriting Contest: 7 pages --> Daily Total: 7 pages

Day Nine

The Fall: 12 pages --> Daily Total: 1 pages

I'm pretty proud of that single page I wrote yesterday.  I wrote it during staff inservice.  More specifically, I wrote it during a webinar entitled "Social Media Dos and Don'ts."  This thing, OMG.  First of all, it was an hour power point with a recorded podcast thingy talking about Facebook and Twitter, specifically using them at work for promotional purposes and stuff.  Except we're not allowed to use Facebook and Twitter at work.  Secondly, it was AN HOUR ABOUT USING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.  So I had my little notebook and I wrote.  Now, don't take this to mean that I didn't pay attention to the webinar, because I am old hat at this.  I was able to pay attention so well I caught the two most hilarious things.

The first was an admonition to not use Internet Explorer, while we watched the entire presentation on Internet Explorer.  Those are the little things that bring me so much joy.  The second was the reminder that if a site isn't working for you, make sure to have your cookies on and your pop-blockers off.  At first, we all kind of thought it was a typo on the screen.  But then the recording caught up, and she told us like ten times to "turn off [our] pop-blockers."  It immediately became the new office meme.  Back at our branch, everyone was saying dumb things like, "I can't manage to open this can of pop.  Oh I forgot to turn my pop blocker off!"  I work in a place of incredibly sophisticated humor, btw.

The inservice did have other highlights.  We had a Red Cross seminar that was actually very educational and interesting, including the proper way to do the Heimlich, which I didn't know.  And we got free lunch!  That was pretty much the most exciting part of the day.  Is free lunch ever not exciting?
Holly: Bill well shithollywobbles on November 11th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's really hilarious. I love stupid running gags like that -- they make the world go round.

Also, I have never been great at the technologies and all, but I don't fully get the flail over not using IE. More security holes -- ok, I get that I think. But I just finally downloaded firefox and chrome, and firefox keeps crashing and freezing, won't always upload attachments, you can't copy and paste pictures, and it has a hard time with my firewall. Chrome also has a hard time with my firewall, but I haven't used it as much so I don't know how well it functions past that -- pretty well i think -- but, um... it's not as pretty. I have my priorities.

Right now I have all three on there and I use each one for different things, which is dumb. I'm just pretty frustrated with the whole thing. I get sick of people passionately promoting the latest program and I finally get on there and it's more frustrating than the original. >:(

/off-topic bitching on your lj
Shannon: bsg baltar boredkungfuwaynewho on November 12th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried Chrome, and in a vacuum, IE works fine. But I've never had any problems with Firefox and it runs so much faster than IE, and I love all my add-ons, so it's like night and day for me. But I don't think IE is quite as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
vjs2259vjs2259 on November 11th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Free lunch is always and ever exciting.

I'm reading a whole bunch of sites mouthing off about social networks on my lunch (half) hour here. The Internet takes on the Internet. My sisters have bullied me into doing 'something' with my Facebook account. I put up a profile picture and a picture of my new stove, and told people I like (some) music and (some) tv shows. Done!
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on November 12th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Heh, I finally deleted my Facebook - as much as one can - even though I never used it at all, because I was getting grief from people over it. "There's nothing on your FB OMG you are like a cavewoman or something!" That and random friends requests from people I hadn't seen in 10+ years and we weren't even friends back then. Eh.

I think like non-tech stuff, if someone gets enjoyment out of something and they're not hurting anyone with it, then it's great. I just never get the proselytizing aspect of it. So other people don't like FB/Twitter/tumblr/Dreamwidth/the internet? So what? But a lot of people for some reason get really up in arms about it.
vjs2259vjs2259 on November 12th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
My sisters communicate almost exclusively by it, so there it is. It's now slotted under familial obligations. #1 is teasing to be allowed an account (interesting that he just doesn't set one up and not tell me. Interesting and pleasing.) But I told him he had to tell me why he wanted one. So far he has come up with 'my friends make fun of me cause I don't have one' and 'A has x number of friends and I want to see if I can get more'. *buzzer* Nope, not a winner.

Both boys are getting more and more into online culture; it's hard to keep up with what they get into.

cath822cath822 on November 11th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I feel like everyone who was born in the 80s or later should be automatically exempt from seminars like that.
Shannon: bsg katee viperkungfuwaynewho on November 12th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
That...is the perfect solution.

(We also had an hour seminar on e-readers. Not, like, how to find content, how to help patrons find content, how to synch the state libraries with various devices. No, that would have been helpful. It was an hour of, "This is a color Nook. See how you can touch the screen? Look at this kid's book on the Nook! Now, this is a Kindle...")
sallycandance on November 12th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Haha, your workplace sounds like a fun environment; that's always nice!

Hej, I hear you about writing during seminars! I wrote a complete scene (2 pages in tiny handwriting) during a lecture on lesson planning, because it was a redundant seminar and I already knew 88% of what was being said. I think the professor thought I was the most diligent of the lot because he only ever saw me bent over my notebook, scribbling like a madwoman *lol*
Shannon: mst3k robot overlordskungfuwaynewho on November 12th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
That is why anytime someone gives me grief about handwriting screenplays, I remind them that there are always going to be times you're away from a computer, and boy wouldn't it be nice to have something to do.
Martine: Fringe/Pokela_loony on November 15th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I care and am so behind /hides in shame

I can imagine getting bored during a presentation like that. That's why I never go to uni without my sudoku, to make sure I do at least something that doesn't make me dumb while I'm boredXD

LOL that Internet Explorer thing. It's like a slide with lots of text saying when you hold a presentation don't make slides with lots of text or so^^
I need insider jokes like that in uni more, can you send us that presentation?^^

Free lunch is one of the best things! But what is the Heimlich? I feel bad like I should know this because it's important and somehow because Heimlich just looks and sounds so German that I feel like I should know it.
Shannon: cate nosekungfuwaynewho on November 15th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
The presentation about social media? I have no idea where it was hosted, there was just some guy there who put it up on the big screen for everyone to watch. I can't even remember the name of the woman who made it, LOL. It's super-boring, though.

The Heimlich maneuver!
Martinela_loony on November 15th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)

Oh that! I never knew it had that namexD