Wednesday, July 27, 2011


You can overclock some things. basically, make them work faster than they're supposed to.

This is usually applied to computers, to cpu's specifically. Suddenly a 300Mhz system is running at 450..however this makes the system more susceptible to burn out.. sometimes literally bursting the chip into flame, which, while cool to see, is also a major pain to deal with.. usually because computer systems and fire are not the best of friends, or even acquaintances, at any given time.

I find in my new job that I am 'overclocking' myself.
Today, for example, I put in the equivalent of 13 hours and 45 minutes of work
into my paid-7-hour day. (I get an unpaid hour lunch)
How is this possible?! Simple - certain tasks are clocked out at an assumed specific time, that if the thing was done at a normal pace, or done as per usual, it would take X-amount of time. It should be noted I was hired for a skill in which I am above-average for speed and ability.

However, this does not mean I am consistently putting in good hours.. a few days ago I barely scraped 7 and a half hours into the my day. A lot of it depends on the work available. I can do many minor-clocked items, and while they will add up, they also eat up time, sometimes putting you behind the clock. Today was a day of tackling some monster items that, thanks to my abilities, were brought down in a good time, however, some are still not done. No matter how fast you go, there's only so much time in the day to do things in. Try as I might, I cannot add or remove a single second to the 24 hours in the days. (even if I used a different standard of measuring time, it is what it is)

I try to keep myself at roughly 10 hours for a day... there is a quota, after all..and if you go above, it's bonus-time, which makes the paycheque a bit nicer. And I like things to be a bit nicer.

Not so nice? Being robbed. And that's what thieves do. Today, usually at gunpoint. In the Olden Times? Blade-point.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winged Weeks


It's been over a week since my last post.
What the hell?!?! you ask yourself. (well, maybe not).

I don't know what happened..other than that I've been going to work, getting home, trying to get some things done, trying to establish a bit of a new routine..and failing at it.

The job goes fairly well...I think. I get off work and home in time to be able to make & eat something before 7pm, which is one of the things I wanted. However, my job is a bit mentally taxing, so when I get home, I just want to turn my brain off.. not good for someone with artistic aspirations, huhn?

That, and I absolutely must being incorporating a workout routine, as my previous job had me hauling autoglass, while not a good workout, still had me sweating it out some. Now I sit in a semi-comfy chair..which was actually replaced with an ergonomic piece of shyte.. I hate everything ergonomic. Even the word. It's some amalgam that really means `incredibly uncomfortable`. Still, at least this uncomfy chair breathes..well, the back is mesh (granted, bent inward at an angle that forces your spine to bend 'properly' [read: painfully] ).

So, there's that. One of the guys in the office is trying to lose 40 pounds. So maybe I can have a cardio-buddy or something, if I get a gym membership. If nothing else, at least there's someone in the office I can talk to over the watercooler about getting into shape and losing weight.

Anyhow.. art stuff!
I wasn't sure what I was going to doodle, but I wanted it to be a girl.. but maybe a rugged girl.. or something like that.

This is all of an hour - from some random shape-doodling to a rough piece with some colour added to give it a little flavour...think I spent a good 10 minutes trying to get the focal-gradient somewhere I'd be happy with it.

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