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Speaker phones are an evil scourge

By Montgomery Gator ·
I work in a cubicle farm with 8 other developers. We are surrounded by other IT groups, such as the network group and the server farm group. For some unknown reason, the other groups seem to be very fond of using the speaker phones, but we see no need to use them. I have mentioned this concern to my boss, and he agrees, there is no need for these people to use the speaker phones and disturb the rest of the department. He has spoken to the other supervisors, but to no avail, other than a (very) short term reduction in this annoying activity. Any suggestions? Also, can someone explain the reason why people would use speaker phones? Is it because they are oblivions? Is it because they are sociopaths? Maybe they enjoy annoying people? Are they too lazy to pick up and hold the receiver? Do they think they do not look good if they use a headset? Or are they self-important? Other than this sick behaviour, I otherwise get along quite well with these other people, and have a good working relationship. I have not talked to them directly about this, since my supervisor prefers for me to go through channels and talk to him about it instead of going to them directly.

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We can dance it we want tooooo

by jdclyde In reply to I hate that too

That is one of the reasons I have resisted getting a self-imposed teather. I don't need or want to be contacted if I am not in my office, and I am not worried about being able to call for pizza on the way home from work. I can wait, really I can.

Now with blackberrys and such I am getting tempted, but still holding back. That $50 US per month is a round of golf for gosh sakes.

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Curse you Oz and jdclyde and Men Without Hats!!

by Montgomery Gator In reply to We can dance it we want t ...

Now that "Safety Dance" song is stuck in my head, along with visions of dancing dwarfs!! However, I do not mind the vision of the dancing medieval wench from the video, though.

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by JamesRL In reply to Curse you Oz and jdclyde ...

Odd note, I was a consultant in a small independant IT company in downtown Toronto in the late 80s, and my partner went shopping for a new dentist(pain free). He found one close by at the CHUM/CITY building(Canada's MTV equivalanet plus TV Station). It turned out to be one of the members of Men Without Hats. They got along great, as the dentist was also into computers.


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by Oz_Media In reply to Curse you Oz and jdclyde ...

I think the 80's ROCKED! I loved the 80's, probably appreciate it more now than I did then, what an endless party for 10-15 years.

I also have Tainted Love, Bark at the Moon, Crazy Train and a few others.

We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine
I say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance

I worked at a teen night club as a DJ and then was a security foreman for shows in Vancouvers PNE buldings back then so the 80's tunes really stuck with me.

I say, we can dance, we can dance
Everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance
We're doing it from wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance
Everybody takin' the cha-a-a-ance

Safety dance
Is it safe to dance
Is it safe to dance

S-s-s-s A-a-a-a F-f-f-f E-e-e-e T-t-t-t Y-y-y-y
Safe, dance!

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by CuteElf In reply to It was EXCELLENT!!

lol just heard that today on the radio..boogieing in the shower.

I like hair rock some times..been listening to Little River Band lately..ack.
And some Funk. Old 70's funk.

Man, I should be about 10 yrs older.

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You should see my MP3 player

by Oz_Media In reply to muuusic

Prince, Iron Maiden, The Band, Tears for Fears, Judas Priest, Tchaikovsky, Nena, Black Label Society, Ted Nugent, Van Morisson...and of course I mustn't forget Snake Eyes (just in case I'm being watched).

A real mixed bag of 'nuts', but one thing follows throughout, talented musicians and vocalists. Something the world is now devoid of these days. (Yeah I know I sound like your dad but he was right, Frank Sinatra WAS better than Britney Spears :) )

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Little River Band....arrggghhhh

by JamesRL In reply to muuusic

Takes me back to high school and my days working the 11-7 shift at the 7-11. You could go an hour without a customer, and you'd be mopping the floor and listening to the "pop" station that management mandated. I hated that clown suit we had to wear.

I too have a pretty eclectic collection. I've done a little work as a classical singer - been in a few choirs that have recorded - so I have copies of pieces that I sung, as well as reference recordings of pieces I was practising solos for. But I have everything from 60s pop to Jazz to progressive rock(Yes, ELP, early Genesis) to blues (John Lee Hooker). I love the Who so much I've seen their farewell gig twice..... Love classic Springsteen.

Prince doesn't do Prince anymore I hear - now that he has kids, he doesn't do the raunchy stuff anymore. Gotta love Purple Rain...

Now Sinatra, never kinda developed a taste for - must be the image of him as an older crooner, its not until you listen to him as a young guy do you appreciate him for what he was.


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by Oz_Media In reply to muuusic

He's worked his way into more of a funk sound, even though his early material was all funk based too.

Still does the sexy stripper tunes though, yet the new funk is kinda cool. When I refer to him I am speaking of his 80's and even early 90's stuff when he was escaping the label.

He is actually SO underrated by many as a guitarist, he an 'excellent' guitar player. Most players recognize this, in fact, many heavy metal and hard rock leads LOVE Prince's older stuff and respect him as a guitar player.

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Flashbacks ...

by MCS-1 In reply to Curse you Oz and jdclyde ...

:) ... know what you mean. I'm starting to get 80's Video flashbacks playing in my head right now. I feel like crankin out some Van Halen and go parking with some chickie ... Don't think my wife would like that idea though.

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Old Videos

by Oz_Media In reply to Flashbacks ...

MTV Canda has a one hour show called 'Retro Active' and another called The Retro Boogie Dance Party' where they play 7-'s and 80's vids, then they have old segments of a dance party and interview the 'guest dancers' much like American Bandstand in the 70's. These guys in HUGE purple bell bottoms and hush puppies,it's a riot.

The videos are cool though, SOOO low budget and cheesy. :)

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