Friday, May 30, 2008

Would you describe this as passive aggressive?

This picture I took in an office building amuses me greatly. This large piece of laminated paper is on the back of every single stall. I wonder what person came up with this. Also, I like to discuss washrooms, this will not be the last post tagged "Toilet"- consider thyself warned...

For those of you who left your secret decoder rings back in your childhood, I will type this up (I will attempt to sharpen this sometime in the future, when I have access to photoshop or something like it). I am getting rid of the all-CAPS though... I don't want to feel like a teenage forum flamer...


1. Seat covers provided are to be used on the toilet seats

2. Seat covers prevent urine from being on the seats, wipe up after yourself

3. Seat covers mean there is no need to squat on the toilet seats

4. Using your feet to flush the toilet will eventually lead to the flusher being broken hence VANDALISM. Use toilet paper to hold the flusher

5. Take a last look in the bowl before leaving the cubicle (Cubicle??)

6. Ensure that your hair is not left in the sink. Use the paper towels provided to remove it

7. Make proper use of the sanitary napkin disposals provided in the cubicles


MEN clean our bathrooms and it is a shame to have them think that the WOMEN who use the bathroom are not LADIES.

Is this a reflection of what your homes are like?

We have provided you with all the sanitary conveniences. How much does it take for you to clean up and pick up after yourselves?

If you follow the above seven points this will ensure a much more pleasant experience in the bathroom for all concerned.

Also, this is the sign hanging above the sanitary napkin disposals. I can't say I approve of the underlining. I don't know why any of that should be underlined, but if you MUST underline a word in each of those sentences, should you not choose "respect" and "clean"? I can't figure out what rule of English this betrays, and the first person to point it out gets a cookie.

Also (part 2)- Does this make anyone else have to use the washroom? I think I'm off... have a good weekend everybody!

Monday, May 26, 2008

YouTube Celebrities

I just had one of those bizarre moments that you know is going to be the peak of your workday.

I was just told that a co-worker of mine was in a commercial. I've watched it over 5 times already, and I laugh out loud (literally) each time! (He's the one with the feathers)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm baaack...

Hello to my two loyal readers,

I'm back from the cottage, and it was fun. Yes, it hailed and snowed insanely, and yes, I feel like I narrowly escaped death at least twice during the dangerous drive up, but... fun.

The vacation afterglow is starting to wear out, unfortunately. I was really happy for a while though. One of my best friends, and definitely my best coworker, is out of town. And I would really like a hug.

After a crummy commute, the subway musician guy was a violinist playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Absolutely beautifully. And to one of my readers, this made me think of you... :)

And the last tangential blurb will be the "links of the moment". I stumbled a lot yesterday, and got a bunch of fun replies. I will share some choice cuts:

You know what's fun? Like really really fun? when you restore a firefox session, with 3+ windows each with 10+ tabs, and ONE of them is this one. Enjoy.

"I love pie chart humor. This is almost as good as the classic Pac Man chart.

"I know what you mean, this appeals to my vestigial nerd. - here.

This loosely lego-related link generated the following:

" My company creates software that models risks to insured properties due to hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. I think I'll propose that we create a new Lego model.

"You should consider katamari insurance while you're at it.. you never know when the master of the universe will need large amounts of insured things to be rolled up and compressed into a star...

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Well, so much for 20 minutes/day.

But I have been keeping busy. Here are some highlight of my hiatus.

  • Watched Ironman, the pre-screening, with about 10 other people. I want to be Tony Stark. Not because of the infinite money he's got (yes, that must be nice) but that he can build anything, and is motivated and intelligent enough to invent.
  • I have been wanting to build a robot. I'm looking at some websites, but I'm not really sure what exactly I want to make and where to start and all that. I am regretting not joining the robotics club at uni... I didn't think I had enough time with all my courses :( I'm sure I will flesh this out sometime in a blog post about why you shouldn't let such learning interfere with your education.
  • We had departmental Idol at work... a fun karaoke competition. I helped a bit with organization. And of course I performed. Unfortunately my team picked an Abba song I'd from before I was born. I'm debating whether to post the videos here... It was a pretty great turn out, over a hundred people crammed into our little lunchroom/meeting room area.
  • Apparently, I'm allergic to strawberries. Also, Benadryl + alcohol = ...unforgettable :P