The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Notes on an overheard conversation about a dish at a restaurant being featured on television

“Yeah … no. Get rid of the sweet plantains and I'd be all over that. With the plantains, no.”

“But you eat plantains when you have the skirt steak at Cuban restaurants.”

“Yes, but I save those for dessert.”

“Everything goes to the same place—your stomach.”

“Yeah, but my stomache doesn't have taste buds.”

“You're just like my brother. He wants everything separated on his plate.”

I'd like to see the unit test for this bug



“—it's time to get up … oh dear. I have to scrape you off the ceiling again.”

“No problem—just give me a moment to get my heart started again.”

I'm convinced I've found a bug on the iPhone.

I use my iPhone as an alarm clock. It's there, and I can set multiple alarms to remind me of various tasks other than waking up, such as scrum mettings.

I also tend to keep the ringer off my iPhone, due to the sheer number of spam calls I receive (during the week, it's not uncommon for me to receive a few spam calls per day—so far three today, but the most I've received up to seven). But having the ringer off does not mean the alarm is silent—it still goes off (loudly). It's just that anyone calling won't wake me.

So now we come to the bug—if I receive a call at the same time as the alarm goes off, no sound is emitted! And with no alarm, I keep sleeping until my backup alarm, Bunny, comes in and scares the XXXX out of me.

I could solve this by setting silence as a default ring tone, but alas, the iPhone does not come with silence as an option for a ring tone (hint hint!). So I would have to sample John Cage's 4′33″ to use as a default ring tone.

Yeah, I know, first world problem. But only if something was being done about spam calls

And part of our process of processing the process is to ensure we process the process safely

So our Corporate Overlords have assigned us a workplace safety pamphlet to read followed by a workplace safety video to watch. It wasn't nearly as bad as previous “training sessions” where we had to watch videos of text slides as someone read them aloud slowly and badly. No, this time we got to read the pamphlet at our own speed and watch a scare mongering video about the proper response to a workplace shooting—flee, hide or as a last resort, fight. Unfortunately, the video lacked proper closure as it cut just as the group of office workers were forced to fight the lone gunman shooting up the office, so we never get to see if they succeeded or not. I found this German forklift safety video much more entertaining than what I watched.

Funny to think the Germans have a better sence of work humor than us Americans.

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