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This is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
This is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
This is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
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    1. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      just now

      @Geist: I pretty much do anything...except go on the one games forum because they blocked it...as long as they don't block this, I should be fine.

    2. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      32 minutes ago

      @GM: The company I am temping at has a rather lax policy when using the internet. One company I tempted at wouldn't let me check my personal email so I had to do it on my phone. At my current role, I've been able to apply for other positions using their computer and internet. No part of policy but I figured if I'm not getting benefits, then I should at least be able to search for the next gig.

    3. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      about 1 hour ago

      @Geist: I would definitely get them to reimburse me if that were the case, I just use WiFi on my phone to check FB/play games/chat on other chatting apps.

    4. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      about 1 hour ago

      @GM: Sorry. I thought you had to use your own WiFi to get to your company's website. Then you could charge the company and get compensation.

    5. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      about 2 hours ago

      @Geist: I don't do anything company related on my phone.

    6. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      about 2 hours ago

      @GM: If you are using your own data to get company work done, they need to compensate you for that.

    7. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      about 2 hours ago

      @BaKhan: It's just like yesterday...except I have internet access today....though WiFi is still down, so I'm using up data on my phone.

    8. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      about 2 hours ago

      @GM, that almost sounds like the ideal work situation!

    9. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      about 3 hours ago

      Morning kittens.

      Most of the network is back up and running....just not email or skype. Sooo...people can't contact us, but we can still get work done...unless all the work for you to do comes in through email.

    10. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      about 3 hours ago

      Morning kittens.

    11. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      about 3 hours ago

      Morning kittens.

      @GM: I like system outages. Means I'm getting paid for wait until they fix the problem. Usually that is within two hours because it's costing the company money to have employees sitting around goofing off.

    12. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      about 22 hours ago

      Weeeeeee.....network outages are fun. Especially when you have done all your filing that's been piled up(network has been down for the last 3 hours for half the office, and its business as usual for the other half....IT chants figure it out, but both of them took over for others that never labelled/organized/wrote things down)

    13. Micah "Zem the Mattress" Philson about 23 hours ago

      Geist, oh wow. That job is really worth that kind of commute? If so, I really hope you get it, and it sounds like you're doing great so far! That's just one heck of a daily commute!

    14. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      1 day ago

      Another interview and it was a good one. Hopefully this means that I'm that much closer to getting a permanent position. The only sad part is that this job is way out in Virginia. I'll be spending at least $232 per month on the subway alone.

    15. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      1 day ago

      Morning kttens.

    16. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      1 day ago

      Morning kittens.

    17. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      1 day ago

      Morning kittens

    18. Lord Zombitten 4 days ago

      And as far as Blackest Friday, I had to put that on the backburner while working on publishing my novel and working on implementing the drug testing in the lab. I think after the CAP inspection, I'm going to take a mental health week and do a bit more on that.

      I also have my ugly Christmas sweater to work on...

    19. Lord Zombitten 4 days ago

      Congrats, Geist! I hope everything works out for the best for you!

    20. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      4 days ago

      Afternoon kittens!

      What a week. Last Friday I kinda got the impression that my time at the temp job was about done so last Saturday I sent my resume out to a few of the other temp agencies and got call backs from all of them (and a few I know I didn't reach out to). I had interviews with a couple of them for temp to perm positions. I'll know before the month is out whether or not I have a new job. Even if those couple don't pan out, it feels good knowing that I can still land another position to help keep me in my apartment and school.

    21. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      4 days ago

      Morning kittens.

    22. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      5 days ago

      @LZ: lol. Whatever happened to Blackest Friday?

    23. Lord Zombitten 5 days ago

      Morning, all!

      Tower of Babel: Office Edition sounds like a terrible game. 1/10, would not play.

    24. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      5 days ago

      Morning kittens.

      @GM: It sounds like the office version of the Tower of Babel where you work.

    25. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      5 days ago

      Morning kittens.

    26. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      5 days ago

      Morning kittens.

    27. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      @Geist: It was more along the lines of payroll saying one thing(which is what the policies and all emails regarding it say), the manager(regional manager acting as manager for now) saying one thing, and the CEO saying that something else was agreed upon(his email doesn't even say WHAT was agreed on...just that it was in the managers meeting a few weeks ago). And the admin ended up being caught in the middle of it all.

    28. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      @GM: the person on your job sounds a lot like the comptroller from my last job. He has no people skills and would fly off the handle and say things that would get other folks fired/written up. The only reason why they don't fire him is because he is good at what he does and found a lot of finance mismanagement for the company.

      My take? If you explain things to a person and they just keep not getting it, it could be because they really don't want to learn it and are hoping that you'll do it for them.

    29. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      Hello kittens. Sorry for not checking in earlier but I had a phone interview and a Skype interview that was back to back. The phone one was for a direct hire position and the Skype one was for a temp agency. I swore off temp agencies but last Friday I kinda got the feeling that my days at my current assignment are numbered. With just having started school, this could be a disaster so I sent my resume out of a few other temp agencies and it looks like I'll be able to get another gig when this one is done.

    30. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      Morning kittens.

    31. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      6 days ago

      Morning kittens.

    32. Micah "Zem the Mattress" Philson 7 days ago

      Wow, GM, that sounds like a great work perk! The pay, not the donuts, though that sounds pretty tasty too. Pretty sure that's not so common this side of the border, you only get holiday pay if you work the holiday.

      Really sorry you have to put up with yet more of this kind of crap at work. You may actually be the perfect candidate for your job, though, considering you somehow haven't gone postal after all this time!

    33. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      The company that owns the building also put on a "stampede" event today from 10-12. All it was is you get a bag of mini doughnuts, and one of those neck-tie things that people put the "sheriff" star on.

    34. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      @GM, good for you! Whatever it takes to make it through the day... I do the same when I can.

    35. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      @BaKhan: I spent most of my school years basically being walked over...that stopped once I graduated, and for it to happen now(I always back up whatever I say with facts of what I have received/been trained on/policies by providing documentation supporting my data) really pushed almost all of us over the edge. I went for a bit of a walk to just forget about it...for a little.

    36. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      @GM, if there's one thing that I've struggled with more in my life than poorly reacting to hostility I don't know what it would be. I absolutely hate when people fail to communicate, and then over react as if to somehow make up for it. I have such a low tolerance for it I'm actually surprised I don't have a criminal record. I spent my childhood being my parents whipping boy and I'll be damned if anyone else ever treats me that way. Best of luck bro, not with this job as its a write off, but with finding new and hopefully actually rewarding employment!

    37. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      @Zem: Get a job in Canada. If you work your scheduled shifts before and after an approved holiday, you get holiday pay. You get 1.5x your rate if you work the holiday itself on top of the holiday pay(called Stat Holiday here).

      @BaKhan: Nope, but I haven't stopped looking. And the hostility in that email sent myself, our payroll admin, AND our HR business partner reeling with the wording. And to top it off, we have to manually enter an employees hours now because he has two rates, but they don't want him to have a blended OT(called weighted average in the US).

      Here is an example of dual rate weighted average(mostly an explanation of it):
      http://smallbusiness.chron.com/figure-weighted-average-payroll-dual-pay-rates-23114.html

    38. Micah "Zem the Mattress" Philson 7 days ago

      Trinkets, I'm so sorry, but at least the memories will always be with you. I third what BaKhan said, he's always the best at putting things like this.

      `
      GM, wait, what? I want to work somewhere where they pay you for holidays regardless of if you worked it! Just so long as I don't actually have to work it...

    39. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      @GM, so none of those other prospects you were looking at panned out, eh? Thats really too bad, I was hoping someone would save you from those... individuals... yeah, individuals.

    40. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      on

      And it just got even more complicated. According to the CEO, it was agreed that the people at that division get the holiday pay, even if they didn't work it. Which goes 100% against EVERYTHING I've received to date regarding any holiday pay.

    41. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      on

      I give up trying to teach people how to properly do things...especially after 5 phone calls(mostly them calling me, but once it being me calling them to see if they understood it - spoiler: they said yes they understand - spoiler 2: they didn't...even after all those calls), an email with detailed instructions, 2 examples, and company policy attached.

      It makes me want to rip my hair out...

    42. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      on

      @Trinkets: I don't like the taste of wine either. (I'm pretty sure this is why France is barred me from visiting) I can cook with it but drinking it with a meal is not something I enjoy. Unless you are polluting it with other stuff like pineapple juice, cranberry juice and peach schnapps. (That is a real recipe btw. I found it on Pintrest)

    43. Eric 'Trinkets' Baumgarten on

      Thanks everyone. And yes, the good always outweighs the bad.

      Good luck in keeping/getting a new job. That's a great increase when the post-school job comes around!!

      Since finding my birth family, my sisters have me drinking more wine than anything lately. Not as much Pabst. But Pabst is not evil. It is deliciousness

    44. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      on

      @Trinkets: Pabst is still an evil beer, btw

    45. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      on

      @Trinkets: I'm so sorry. I know all to well the pain of losing a pet. I co-sign on what BaKhan says.

      As for school, I've already started it. It's all online so I can study from home and when I'm on my part time gig. I'm hoping to have this finished by February and in a new job by May of next year. If everything goes well, I'll soon be making $20,000 more per year.

      As for a job, I've only gotten 3 interviews so far. Last week I kinda got the feeling that my current temp gig will end soon so I sent my resume to several temp agencies and several got back with me so I'm feeling fairly safe that I can keep the rent paid if this gig disappears.

    46. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      on

      @Trinkets, so sorry to hear about Stella, nothing worse than losing a good pet to a crappy disease. I hope that with time, the happy memories eclipse the crappy ones.

    47. Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell
      Superbacker
      on

      Morning kittens.

    48. Owen "Great Mountain" Middleton
      Superbacker
      on

      Morning kittens.

      Howdy Trinkets. Long time no see.

    49. Eric 'Trinkets' Baumgarten on

      Unfortunately, My Stella developed cancer in her eye. So we had it removed and before we could even get her set up for more tests to figure out if she needed any treatments, the cancer came back. The vet said it was an extremely rare kind for cats to get. We had to send her off to Valhalla. Our other cat, Space Ghost, is doing great. We were worried about how she would be without her sister, but after a couple months of looking for her, she is back to being herself.

      Now onto happier things...
      It sounds like you are going back to school and/or possibly starting a new job? Yay!

    50. Geist de la Muerte Gatito
      Superbacker
      on

      Morning kittens.

      Howdy Trinkets! Good to see you checking in. How is the kitty doing?

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