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Noticing a trend, here. - Paint It Black
Living the American dream one heartbreaking piece at a time
Noticing a trend, here.
linnaeus was pulled away from enveri's birthday dinner last night at the Meat Faucet by $EMPLOYER, who requested he return to the office to deal with a problem that wouldn't be a problem at all if we had a proper development/QA cycle instead of "Throw it into production and see if it works." This is injury. The insult is that this occurred shortly before his dessert was to arrive.

I was pulled away from sleep at 0304 by a phone call on the $EMPLOYER-provided cell phone from a panicky "engineer" on the Windows side of the shop who was asserting a pair of firewall policy changes didn't get made or installed and OMG the world is ending. I spent the next 30 minutes checking firewall policies and doing testing only to find (as best I can determine given the lack of an active packet sniffer) that the firewall changes did get installed and Panicky Windows Person never actually turned on the HTTP listener for his servers.

Now it's 30 minutes after I got off the phone (an hour and change since I was woken up) and I can't get back to sleep. I find this very aggravating because, well, my sleep pattern is a pathetic and fragile thing that is easily destroyed. But that's orthogonal to the point I'm driving at. I cannot help but notice the trend of the last 12 hours -- $EMPLOYER pulling my coworker and friend away from his enjoyable activity (interrupting/ending his dinner with friends) and $EMPLOYER doing same to me (interrupting/ending my sleep).

In ra_kitty's words, Mreh.

[Edit 0451: Panicky Windows Guy called back. Turns out they gave me an incorrect range of IP addresses, so the one machine they really need to connect to on port 80 isn't actually included in the firewall rule. Hooray.]

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Current Location: Blue Room of Death
Current Mood: aggravated aggravated
Current Music: Ra maowing at me to go back to bed

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wolfbrotherjoe From: wolfbrotherjoe Date: March 7th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Man, and exactly *what* was the emergency about? Don't these people realize you're on call for EMERGENCIES, not for things which can readily be taken care of the next morning?
posicat From: posicat Date: March 7th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Clean nail polish over the batter terminals of the phone.
rustitobuck From: rustitobuck Date: March 7th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheetah and I managed to get Linnaeus to drop by the pub we were eating dinner at Sunday night. It was like a theophany. We didn't honestly think he'd be there.

And I told him that his cellphone "works too well." It's not even $EMPLOYER-provided.

The least they could do is put him up in the weekly-rate businessman's suites right there.

I was up at 0304 manically putting a good idea into code before bed. But previous to that, I actually had the evening I wanted to have.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oddly enough.

Shanedoll was sitting down the hall from the phone that called Linnaeus and left him the voice mail to come back to $EMPLOYER. Because Shanedoll has basically moved back into $EMPLOYER.

Shanedoll is a loser...
nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: March 8th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow...it sounds like you have a hard job and that they're constantly keeping you up at all hours of the night. I hope that at least they're paying you a decent amount. Seriously, if anybody called me up and asked me to come into work at 3:00 in the morning, the first two (and the last two) words out of my mouth would be "Fuck you" followed by *click*. I don't know how you do it...all I know is that I would be seriously pissed off it people kept waking me up in the middle of the night like that.
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