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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6720 on: January 28, 2013, 07:40:55 AM »
DFIL has been making my brain hurt for a week. He was notified last Monday that he is being laid off. He immediately started looking for another position, and we are helping him network at his request. He is at least 40 years older than most of the people he is going to be competing for positions with.

DFIL works in a very specialized computer software and hardware line, and will need to have access to email instantly so he can respond within minutes. He doesn't have a smart phone, or data on his older phone. He doesn't have a tablet or iPad or a laptop, because he has been using the laptop provided by his company. The fact that the laptop is not coming home with him hasn't come to mind yet.

During our conversation at lunch today, I asked him how he was going to check email when he wasn't home after his separation date. We would loan him our tablet during his transition time, but he doesn't seem to be concerned.  ???

Sorry, it's early.  Are you saying once he has a new job he'll need a mobile device to immediately respond to email.  Or are you saying he needs to me able to respond immediately to emails during his job search? I think I might be closer to your FDIL age because I wouldn't see the need to respond immediately to an email about a job opening or interview.  Within 8 business hours, sure.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6721 on: January 28, 2013, 07:54:08 AM »
DFIL has been making my brain hurt for a week. He was notified last Monday that he is being laid off. He immediately started looking for another position, and we are helping him network at his request. He is at least 40 years older than most of the people he is going to be competing for positions with.

DFIL works in a very specialized computer software and hardware line, and will need to have access to email instantly so he can respond within minutes. He doesn't have a smart phone, or data on his older phone. He doesn't have a tablet or iPad or a laptop, because he has been using the laptop provided by his company. The fact that the laptop is not coming home with him hasn't come to mind yet.

During our conversation at lunch today, I asked him how he was going to check email when he wasn't home after his separation date. We would loan him our tablet during his transition time, but he doesn't seem to be concerned.  ???

Sorry, it's early.  Are you saying once he has a new job he'll need a mobile device to immediately respond to email.  Or are you saying he needs to me able to respond immediately to emails during his job search? I think I might be closer to your FDIL age because I wouldn't see the need to respond immediately to an email about a job opening or interview.  Within 8 business hours, sure.

He has told us that he will need to be able to respond very quickly, and in that industry, being able to communicate can decide whether or not you are offered an interview. Since he can't check email on his phone, he will need to have something else with him.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6722 on: January 28, 2013, 08:19:34 AM »
For the record, I want to note that I was kind of "taken in" by the buffalo wings story.

Ha! Everyone knows that buffaloes don't have wings!

What I don't understand is: what part of a chicken is the "nugget"?
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« Reply #6723 on: January 28, 2013, 08:42:19 AM »
For the record, I want to note that I was kind of "taken in" by the buffalo wings story.

Ha! Everyone knows that buffaloes don't have wings!

What I don't understand is: what part of a chicken is the "nugget"?

Well, my son calls a certain part of his anatomy his nuggets. :)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6724 on: January 28, 2013, 09:14:19 AM »
What's making my brain hurt is that someone felt the need to make The Great Gatsby in 3D.

If 3D is ever to become an accepted technology, it should not be used only for special-effects spectaculars.

Dial M for Murder, by Hitchock, was actually filmed in 3D, in its first heyday. Unfortunately, by the time the movie was released, 3D was only associated with cheap horror movies, and the producers released it only in "flat" form, so it would be seen as a serious film. If you watch it, there are several shots that are clearly intended to be seen in 3D format, such as a key going towards a lock.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6725 on: January 28, 2013, 09:19:33 AM »
What's making my brain hurt is that someone felt the need to make The Great Gatsby in 3D.

If 3D is ever to become an accepted technology, it should not be used only for special-effects spectaculars.


I still don't get why...oh wait, I think I understand why Harold and Kumar's Christmas movie was in 3D.  ::) I never saw it but from the commercials I did see I think I get it. 

But I think that's also why it's not taken seriously and people are getting tired of it.  It's being applied to movies that don't need to be seen in DVD.   I don't think the version with Mia Farrow was hurting for not having been in 3D.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6726 on: January 28, 2013, 09:25:13 AM »
What's making my brain hurt is that someone felt the need to make The Great Gatsby in 3D.

If 3D is ever to become an accepted technology, it should not be used only for special-effects spectaculars.


I still don't get why...oh wait, I think I understand why Harold and Kumar's Christmas movie was in 3D.  ::) I never saw it but from the commercials I did see I think I get it. 

But I think that's also why it's not taken seriously and people are getting tired of it.  It's being applied to movies that don't need to be seen in DVD.   I don't think the version with Mia Farrow was hurting for not having been in 3D.

I think 3D often gives an extra something to movies. "Life of Pi" didn't need to be in 3D, but it did enhance the experience for me.
 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6727 on: January 28, 2013, 09:38:40 AM »
DFIL has been making my brain hurt for a week. He was notified last Monday that he is being laid off. He immediately started looking for another position, and we are helping him network at his request. He is at least 40 years older than most of the people he is going to be competing for positions with.

DFIL works in a very specialized computer software and hardware line, and will need to have access to email instantly so he can respond within minutes. He doesn't have a smart phone, or data on his older phone. He doesn't have a tablet or iPad or a laptop, because he has been using the laptop provided by his company. The fact that the laptop is not coming home with him hasn't come to mind yet.

During our conversation at lunch today, I asked him how he was going to check email when he wasn't home after his separation date. We would loan him our tablet during his transition time, but he doesn't seem to be concerned.  ???

Sorry, it's early.  Are you saying once he has a new job he'll need a mobile device to immediately respond to email.  Or are you saying he needs to me able to respond immediately to emails during his job search? I think I might be closer to your FDIL age because I wouldn't see the need to respond immediately to an email about a job opening or interview.  Within 8 business hours, sure.

He has told us that he will need to be able to respond very quickly, and in that industry, being able to communicate can decide whether or not you are offered an interview. Since he can't check email on his phone, he will need to have something else with him.

Bring it to his attention that his work laptop will be staying at work.

When Lil Sis was laid off, they were offered a chance to buy laptops through the manufacturer that had been providing the computers for the company at a discount.  She got one as she knew that she would be needing it for her job search.

Your DFIL may want to think about buying a cheap laptop of his own (new or used) or he may choose to get a newer tablet so that he can get some experience with the latest technology (and be more competitive for a new job competing against younger people).  But he may not think about it until someone mentions it....because he is focused on the "loosing job - need new job" thing rather than "job provided my tech - need to get my own tech"!
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6728 on: January 28, 2013, 10:17:10 AM »
Thanks, VorFemme!

This is the second time I have pointed out that the laptop is not coming with him. I still don't think he realizes that.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6729 on: January 28, 2013, 10:29:44 AM »
Thanks, VorFemme!

This is the second time I have pointed out that the laptop is not coming with him. I still don't think he realizes that.

Quite literally, some people "encode" their work stuff as "their stuff" without the "work" being in there.  He's probably old enough (fifty or older?) that he never thought much about changing jobs and getting different "work stuff".  And he always had "work stuff" that he could take home to work on if he needed to.....

The unthinkable has happened, he is being let go, and he doesn't want to think about the "stuff" (like the laptop) being part of what he is not going to be taking with him.

He may need a smart phone or tablet with a data package that works anywhere or he may need a cheaper tablet, netbook, or laptop to take with him to wifi access points - does he have internet access at home at all?
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6730 on: January 28, 2013, 10:36:34 AM »
He is fine with internet access at home, but he spends a lot of time on errands when he is off, and his wife is having surgery the week after his separation date. We offered the use of our tablet, it is less than a year old, and he can access email on it.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6731 on: January 28, 2013, 11:27:39 AM »
For the record, I want to note that I was kind of "taken in" by the buffalo wings story.

Ha! Everyone knows that buffaloes don't have wings!

What I don't understand is: what part of a chicken is the "nugget"?

Well, my son calls a certain part of his anatomy his nuggets. :)

My son's favorite x-ray tech is fond of saying that they "must protect the McNuggets" at all costs, when arranging the lead shields during x-rays.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6732 on: January 28, 2013, 10:19:27 PM »
My friend was telling me this one. She and her husband had seen The Hobbit on a date night. I'd seen it twice already so we started talking about it.

She said her brother had seen it too. He told her all about it in a rant about how they had just "ripped off LOTR" and how it was the "exact same story" and "how could they get away with blatant copyright." Apparently the fact that some of the same actors were in it and all the hinting toward the events of LOTR wasn't enough to clue him. She gently explained to him that the books had the same author and that The Hobbit was something of a prequel to LOTR. "Ohhhhh...."  :P

I remember coming out of Fellowship of the Ring and hearing a girl behind me ranting about the "lousy ending". When her companion explained it was a trilogy, she snorted, "So, they're trying to rip off Star Wars, are they?"

I heard someone rant after Return of the King that they just "copied the spider from Harry Potter. LAME!"

After I watched "The Hobbit" I really wasn't sure where they ripped it off from.  Certainly not the book...   ;)

Are you saying the spider wasn't in there in the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings?  It's been decades since I read them, but I'm pretty sure Shelob WAS in there....  Am I nuts, or confused?

Well, Mirkwood had spiders in it in the Hobbit book, and then yeah, there's Shelob in LOTR. There are definitely spiders in Tolkien.

It was a joke...

Just to clear up, I actually liked the Hobbit movie.  I was referring to the amount of material that was added to it.

There were some sub-plots where I was just scratching my head and wondering how I could have forgotten those when I read the book at least 1-2 times per year between the ages of 7 and 16.  (I haven't read it since I was 25)  As I was driving my baby sitter home she (also a Tolkien fan) assured me that I wasn't going crazy and yes, much of it had been added.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6733 on: January 28, 2013, 10:53:49 PM »
Minor brain hurt.

I took my youngest daughter, who is 3 months old, to the doctor this morning.  When I was in an examination room with a tech, she was making conversation with me, and asked, "So, is this your youngest child?"  About a three-month-old.  It would be pretty hard to have another child younger than her!  It's only a minor brain hurt, however, because she was just making conversation and wasn't really thinking too hard about what she was asking.  But I still thought it pretty hilarious.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6734 on: January 29, 2013, 12:10:19 AM »
;D I got to watch my DS brain start hurting while listening to his sister try to explain why she loves cheese toast (piece of bread topped with a slice of cheese and put in toaster oven until the cheese melts and the bread is slightly toasted) but thinks a grilled cheese sandwich is disgusting.

Lol, it's probably the butter or margarine used in grilled cheese that makes it gross to her. Plain bread with a piece of cheese in the toaster oven is probably just different enough tasting. In fact, it sounds pretty good!

Not to mention the differing bread-to-cheese ratio. And the fact that the cheese, while it gets melty, will get melty in a DIFFERENT way since it's directly exposed to the heating coil of the toaster oven.


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