Open Thread: Stuff

(by chris the cynic)

Things.  Anything you feel like bringing up be it a 3d printed two string piezoelectric violin or a pamphlet on the imperialist use of Donald Duck in South America during the Cold War.  Or, you know, things on an entirely different axis.  Things.  Stuff.  Talk amongst yourselves.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


7 thoughts on “Open Thread: Stuff

  1. christhecynic April 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

    So, here’s a two string piezoelectric violin and I seem to have misplaced the socialist pamphlet on Donald Duck from 1970s Chile.

    No one has any things or stuff to discuss?

  2. alexseanchai April 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

    You really want to hear all about my work joys the past week?

    Wednesday I went home early because sick. This meant I missed the painting going on down the other end of the floor on Wednesday while we were there and day shift wasn’t.

    Thursday, more painting that end of the floor. I spent five minutes down there, about an hour from end of my shift. I got the splittingest headache from the paint fumes. I made it to the end of shift by main force of will and also knowing that it was less than an hour till end of shift.

    Friday they were painting…the conference room, I think? Middle of the floor, anyway. I left after two hours because I couldn’t take the paint-fumes headache anymore, and—knowing they were going to be painting our end Saturday—emailed a couple people to say I wasn’t coming in for Saturday overtime after all, here’s why.

    Monday, when the paint had been dry since Saturday? Left after three and a bit hours. Wasn’t the only one.

    Yesterday? Left after three hours. (Two of the three coworkers who were having problems Monday were wearing masks yesterday. I can’t wear masks, they make me feel like I can’t breathe, and anxiety attacks are not actually any more enjoyable than asthma attacks. I don’t know how coworker three is coping, though my money’s on “stubborn”.)

    Today, it’s really like “can I just call off the rest of the week? Please?” and work doesn’t even start for four more hours.

    To add financial injury to physical insult, today is midway through week two of the first pay period where I’m earning money at the specialist pay rate, and overtime is available, and I keep burning sick leave instead of accumulating overtime pay at the higher rate!

  3. genesistrine April 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I can do you the Donald Duck, though I only have the English edition 4th printing from 1991….

    (And migawd, I just saw what it’s going for on Amazon. :eyes bug out in approved Tex Avery manner: )

  4. depizan April 15, 2015 at 10:56 am


    That’s horrible! I’m pretty sure paint fumes shouldn’t be that strong, or the place should be closed and vented. One of the two. Work’s not supposed to try to kill one!

    (Then again, my library was guilty of doing poorly thought out construction work in the (internal) garage not that long ago and a bunch of us went home due to symptoms that strongly suggested work was trying to kill us. Though at least the library, faced with an entire department and parts of others walking off, didn’t make us use sick time. (My department’s boss did some insisting there, as well. Because, really, when people are headachy and feel sick and confused, you are probably trying to kill them and they should go home with pay. Same with your killer paint fumes.))

  5. alexseanchai April 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    To be fair, my sick leave is paid time off. I just. My head hurts. And keeps hurting even after I have been away from the paint fumes for a few hours. And as of now I am officially under a week of sick leave still banked. (I have like five weeks of annual leave, so I’m okay if I run out of sick leave, but still.)

    Fresh paint, too. They are working on the reception area as I type. Or they were when I left work forty-five minutes ago, anyway.

  6. depizan April 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Paid time is better than not, but it still doesn’t seem right for a workplace to make you choose between blowing through your time or working in a questionable environment. Exhaust fumes or paint fumes, if it’s strong enough to give people lasting headaches and make them feel ill, it’s probably too strong for people to be exposed to. (And, yes, that includes the people doing the painting or construction or whatever.) I maintain that work should not make people sick.

  7. Firedrake April 16, 2015 at 5:09 am

    A few years ago a circular email went round at work: “we’re removing asbestos, but don’t worry, we’ve got a great new technique and we don’t need to close down the building at all”. My boss and I decided to work from home for the next couple of months.

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