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Title: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 15, 2017, 01:33:15 am
Sep. 4
A quote from an email my boss sent me:
"You reek of non-compliance."

Sep. 11
Things I said in conversation today:
1. How much for just 13 megawatt hours?
2. There is no dancing in the 13,800 VAC cable room. Why do I even have to say this?
3. This is like watching the Titanic back up for another run at the iceberg.
4. All this needs to be perfect is 10 pounds of glitter fished out of raver ass crack.

Sep. 13
Today I drove home at 5 MPH slower than the speed limit in the left lane, with my right turn signal on the entire time.
I don't know what the hell is wrong with me, so don't ask.

Sep. 13
Things I said at work today:
1. "We're going to do great things. For bad people."
2. "Budgets are for people who worry about budgets."
 
Sep. 14
Things I said at work today:
1. "If you stick that in there, you probably won't get it back."
2. "He's Jesus the Son of Man, not Jesus the IT guy. Fuck's sake."
3. If the Thai place outside of the facility closes, one of you has to die."

Sep. 15
Things I said at work today:
1. "Okay, no, you're right. The magical maintenance fairy will come along and fix that shit for free. No worries."
2. "Yes, actually I DO have to be a smartass."
3. "Does being realistic make my ass look big?"

Sep. 18
Our religious nut engineer is apparently a genius. He waits til the technicians solve a problem, then investigates it, writes up the solution the techs found, and presents it as "solved". The only reason he's still got all his limbs is that he does in fact credit the techs, if you read the footnotes and squint really hard.
Sep. 21

Things I said at work today:
1. (In the morning staff meeting) "According to physics, work done is a net result. If you carry a 50 pound block up the stairs, then take it back down the stairs, you have done no work. Think about that while you do the same wrong-headed, tired-ass shit you have done for the last 6 months."

2. (To the new database admin lady) "If you see the engineer crying in his office, don't get too concerned. He's a bad person and whatever happened to him is probably well-deserved."

3. (To Billy) "Billy, when I say that ethics is our number one priority and safety is also our number one priority, you should take that to mean exactly what I said. Also quality. That's our number one priority as well. Don't look at me that way, you're in the corporate world now and this is how it works."

Sep. 22
Things I said at work today:
(To Billy) "I have added you to the safety committee, Billy. This is a position of great trust, and I expect you to shine. Just remember, the one who leaves the meeting with the most 'action items' wins."
(To My boss) "Yes, I just did that to Billy. But he has to LEARN. Right down in his bones. The fact that he believed that it was a position of great trust means that he has loads of learning to do."

Sep. 26
Things I said at work today:
(To Billy) "See that contractor technician working on that chiller? See how hard he works? I knew him back in 2005, and he was a tech back then, working just as hard. 12 years later, he's still a tech, still working hard. He will work hard his entire life and he will still be a tech."
(To one of my electricians, later on at the staff meeting) "You should work harder. It will take you farther in life."
(To Billy): "Why are you looking at me like that?"

Sep. 27
Things I said at work today:
(To Billy) "Yes, I did do that. You see, Billy, it's just us against entropy, really. Nobody else on the planet is even LOOKING at this mess, so it's up to us. Arguably, I didn't have a choice...Because how do you fight entropy? With monstrous deeds. Besides, I won't be lectured on morality by a guy who ran over someone's tiny home, so zip it."

Sep. 28
(Speech to working group today. Never ask me to give a speech.)
"Good morning. I am about to say impolite things.
But we are not here to be polite. We are not here to keep the customer happy. The customers hate us, and that is right and proper. The customers are seven and a half billion monkeys that insist on smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for thirty years, and we are the societal equivalent of an oncologist. We present solutions that *might* save them, but it will be very painful and we will charge them a lot of money.
The world of commerce is strange and terrible, and so I don't want you to think about commerce. I want you to think about pseudomonas and plastic microfibers in the tap water. I want you to think about sanitation overload. I want you to think about too much water everywhere, and none of it fit to drink. Commerce is a social fiction; cholera is real.
I am here to tell you today that government is not the solution. The market is not the solution. I am here to tell you that there *is no solution*, because those cancer monkeys will take the medicine we give them, and go on smoking cigarettes. Because people are stupid, and organized groups of stupid humans are just organized, efficient stupidity.
Which brings up another point: I do not want to see "efficiency" stinking up my facility. Efficiency is for people with diploma-mill MBAs, libertarians, and other parasites. Efficiency has never solved a problem in the entire history of the human race. Efficiency makes processes more profitable, but we are not in the business of processes. We are in the business of extracting money from cancer monkeys. They give us money, we give them ways to clean just enough water to live long enough to have more monkeys. You can see why, given this built-in advantage, efficiency is both unnecessary and in fact contrary to our interests.
Let me say this again: There is no room for efficiency in infrastructure analysis.
In closing, I don't want anyone to worry about the truck load of missiles that drove in circles in our parking lot for twenty minutes last night. That was just a shipping error on the part of one of our clients, and has been rectified.
That is all. You may now return to your labors."

Sep. 28
Your universe is defective.
A proper universe would imply that a species that gained enough intelligence to have some sort of sense of self-interest wouldn't care about things like national "pride", race, or even making weapons specifically designed to wipe themselves out entirely.
It would probably also have great big Goddamn lizards stomping around. Because that would be kind of cool, too.

Sept. 29
Things I said at work today:
(To my boss) "This ain't your grandpa's apocalypse."
(To Billy) "Can you get me the numbers for cholera in Thailand right now? Also typhoid and psuedomonas. And infant mortality for the last 4 years. How about pizza for lunch?"
(To new database admin lady) "Stop worrying about Billy. He'll come around. Why are you looking at me like that?"

Oct. 3
So, bad 60s dancing to "Everybody Talks" in my office with my boss, Billy, and the Occupant Services lady. New database admin lady walks to office door. Stops. Stares.
Dances the Watusi.
She stays.
 
Oct. 4
So Billy and I come rolling back up to the plant in the truck. Seats back, hand on top of steering wheel, all pimped out with Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" bumping on the stereo.
My boss and new database admin lady just stared at us like we were some kinda weird bird, for reasons that escape me.
 
Oct. 5
Today's test run: Horrible failure. Plant off line. Chillers very over. Sewage treatment plant flooded. I think my office sank. Nobody has seen Billy in hours, religious engineer guy has locked himself in his office, and the coyotes are circling like hammerhead sharks.
This is what SCIENCE looks like.
 
Oct. 6
Today was like watching the future sail away on a burning camel.

Oct. 6
My boss: *yells at me for 2 HOURS.*
Me: "You're wrong."
My boss: "..."
Me: "That's an alarming shade of purple"

Oct. 6
Billy: "If you knew the world was ending, and there was no way to prevent it, would you tell anyone?"
Me: "I'd tell EVERYONE."

Oct. 14
Giraffes can't enjoy coffee because it's cold by the time it reaches their stomach. But you never think about that, because you only think about yourself.

Oct. 16
At work today:
Billy: "Matter tells space how to bend, and space tells matter how to move."
Me: "You know what tells me how to move?"
Billy: "No, and I don't..."
Me: "Devine. You know what tells me how to bend?"
Billy: "Stop."
Me: "STILL DEVINE, BILLY."
Billy: "WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU, BOSS?"
Me: "DEVINE TELLS ME HOW TO BEND. NOTHING IS WRONG."

Oct. 17
14.5 hours of nonstop WrongScienceô, because the world is delivered to your doorstep by terrible deeds. And exhaustion.
Little Billy fell out at 12 hours, because he is young, and the young are weak, and they cannot concentrate without blood sugar. I, on the other hand, am made out of scabs and scar tissue, and can live for 3 days on a rat that I swallowed whole.

Oct. 19
Today at work:
Boss: "I have to go, so as soon as <horrible maintenance emergency> is over, I'm out of here."
Me: "You should go now. This is going to take hours."
Boss: "I can't, because <horrible maintenance emergency>"
Me: "And what are you going to accomplish here? Do you think we are somehow not going to do our best if you leave?"
Boss: "No, but..."
Me: "Go. You can text me or call me if it starts bugging you."
Boss: "Okay." *leaves*
*Billy walks in*
Me: "Billy, hold my cell phone for the next two hours."
Billy: "What? Why?"
Me: "Don't question it. If the boss calls, tell her you're trapped in the rubble."
 
Oct. 20
I now have 5 petabytes of storage at work, so you are all being moved into it.
I shall be a kindly overlord.
 
Oct. 23
My workplace is careening off into insanity. Today I was told the safety committee will be deciding what critical spare parts I need to stock in the plant.
At this point, I'm just riding the roller coaster. Which is on fire. And has run out of tracks.
"This is normal, Billy."
 
Oct. 24
Billy is pretending to be horrified by my behavior today. He's such a kidder.
"This is all normal, Billy."
"No, it's not, boss. That was totally out of line. You had people screaming at you in Polish."
"They made unreasonable demands, and I felt something should be said."
"You called them mental defectives. AND you scared Mister Rogers" (Note: our safety manager looks exactly like Mr Rogers, and acts like him for the most part.)
"Harsh times, Billy, harsh times."
"You can't make Mr Rogers hide in his office, Sam. For God's sake."
"I can. I did. I felt my point needed to be driven home."
"You're crazier than those Polish dudes, you know that?"
*stops walking and looks at Billy for like 2 seconds too long*
"This is all normal, Billy."
 
Oct. 25
Things my boss said:
"I have been training my entire life to even, and now I can't."

Oct. 25
America, you can rest easy during these turbulent times. Billy and I are working on a set of solutions. With actual SCIENCEô. So everyone stop screaming and send more funding.

Oct. 26
15 straight hours of SCIENCE. Work successful, probably no actual laws broken. Excerpt from 90 minutes ago:
Me "Wake the hell up, Billy."
Billy: "What time is it? OH GOD WE'VE BEEN HERE 14 HOURS WATCHING THIS STUPID THING TEAR ITSELF TO PIECES. I'M TOO TIRED TO THINK."
Me: "You aren't paid to think, Billy, you are paid to spill science on things."
Billy: "I THINK I REMEMBER HAVING A LIFE."
Me: "Having a life is like STEALING FROM THE COMPANY, BILLY. Also, if this is just work to you, you aren't being paid enough, or you're being paid way too much. Anyway, go home, I will finish up."
Billy: "FUCK. Thanks."
Me: "See you at 5:30 AM."
Billy: "Wait. What?"
Me: "Good night, Billy."

Oct. 28
17 hours of adventure. Sam spent an hour crawling through a utility tunnel with a flashlight in his teeth. Sam's boss wants to know why he's so happy than only 5 breakers failed on restart.
Me: "When you don't service substations for 5 years, shit sometimes doesn't come back on like you think it ought to."
Boss: "So we're down a chiller, a well, an air compressor and a half dozen instruments, and you're HAPPY?"
Me: "You take your victories where you find them, boss."
Boss: "WTF?"
Billy: "This is all normal, boss."
I love Billy. Billy needs a raise, and maybe even a day off. Well, maybe just a raise. No need to get all carried away.

Oct. 28
I live in the Sonoran desert and somehow I have gone 72 hours without seeing the sun.

Oct. 31
Our religious engineer got a new bumpersticker that says "Legalize Jesus."
Me: "I think they should legalize beer, too."
Engineer: "Beer is legal."
Me: "But people don't have to drink it, which is almost like making it illegal. People run around drinking whiskey, even."
Engineer: "That's hardly the same thing."
Billy: "Some freaks even drink hard cider."
Me: "It's like this isn't even AMERICA, anymore."
Engineer: "Fuck you guys."
Billy: "You just swore. For like the first time ever. You're ADORABLE."
 
Nov. 1
Tips on dealing with treachery on the part of your direct reports, #312:
Keep them too busy to plot effectively. Make necessary improvements to systems only when they get comfortable with said systems, if the changes can wait that long.
If you MUST communicate, tell everyone the information in a slightly different format, so you'll know who ratted you out to the boss.
 
Nov. 2
Things I said at work today, with my bare face hanging out:
1. "I told you those bugs [sulfur reducing bacteria] were gonna get out of control. You just stand there while we shame you, you soggy bastard."
2. "Yes, I do have to get lippy about it. I warned you about this for 6 months. I have to go shit, so Billy will be shaming you in my place."
3. "Who's afraid of Doktor Howl? Fucking nobody."

Nov. 4
17 hours of NOPE. No, you cannot do that, because of basic physical laws. No, put Billy down, he has some admittedly marginal value and I have no time to interview his replacement. No, if your project is now flat, slightly radioactive, and smoldering, you are not getting additional funding, and you should probably start the whole plausible denial thing now. Nope, I am not father confessor at this pay rate, and I am utterly uninterested in your horrible woes or slightly criminal/unethical behavior and the consequences thereof.
Go ahead and complain to my boss. I'm the EASY option, and SHE will frame your bits and hang them in the conference room.
 
Nov. 6
Things I said at work today:
*Billy and I watching a guy in <corporation X>'s lab coat walking down the middle of the road in a trance-like state*
Billy: "We should call someone."
Me: "Yep. Gonna call <corporation X> security and have this guy collected up."
Billy: "Shouldn't we maybe call the paramedics?"
Me: "Have you never watched a horror film? Or an epidemic scare flick?"
Billy: "But this is real life."
Me: "Yes, Billy, and that is *exactly* why I am doing what everyone in those horror films SHOULD have done. 500 needless deaths a year would be prevented if people just followed protocol."
Billy: "You just made that number up."
Me: "Yes, but it's still true."
 
Nov. 6
So today I learned that not only do I have to give Billy a day off every 13 days, but I have to take one myself.
How the hell is shit supposed to get done?
 
Nov. 7
Billy: "So you're being investigated by the safety department for *following* both the law and the IEEE best practices?"
Me: "This is all normal, Billy."


Nov. 9
So, I am under investigation at work for *following* code & IEEE standards, and the two weasels who initiated it managed to pull the sole controlling meter out of a tank without isolating the process equipment, dumping a few dozen thousand gallons of potable water onto the desert, and by sheer luck alone managed to not smoke the pumps, which are at the bottom of 500 foot shafts. I am not allowed to name them in the incident investigation, because "no regulations were violated" (except every single OSHA rule on energy isolation, and county, state, and federal rules on containment, but who's counting?)
I am now actively looking for another job.

Nov. 14
Okay, so Billy and I are looking at this jockey pump that keeps pressure up on a few larger pumps. It's pumping from a tank system at 200 gallons per minute, for 8 hours or so a day.
Problem: None of the tank levels are going down. We checked, both in the system, and by physically climbing up on the tanks and looking in to verify their levels.
Billy: "I think we should quit, this place is haunted."
Me: "Nonsense. This is just one of those reality cracks we have in Tucson from time to time. Water is probably just leaking in from another universe."
Billy: "Or water is somehow getting back into the tank."
Me: "There are no other ways for water to get in. Look."
Billy: "Okay, haunted. We should quit."
Me: "People sometimes PAY for this kind of shit, you know."
Billy: "I didn't. This is spooky, and I don't like it. Who ordered this?"
Me: "This is all nor..."
Billy: "NO, IT ISN'T NORMAL. WE'VE GOT GODDAMN ELDER GODS IN OUR TANK FARM OR SOME SHIT. THIS IS NOT NORMAL."
Me: "This is all ftang, Billy."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on November 15, 2017, 01:08:57 pm
10/10.  Would read again.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Ziegejunge on November 15, 2017, 04:10:45 pm
Reading this was the perfect start to my day. Keep on keepin' on, Dok.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on November 15, 2017, 07:58:48 pm
:mittens:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: tyrannosaurus vex on November 16, 2017, 01:19:15 am
i'm going to make a comic strip based on your adventures and make millions.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 16, 2017, 03:30:46 am
i'm going to make a comic strip based on your adventures and make millions.


Comics artists all starve to death.  This is known.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 16, 2017, 03:42:19 am
Another day of absolute failure.  The controllers I said were bad - and of which I was assured by *non-technical people* could not be the problem, because I am Doktor Howl and Doktor Howl cannot be right - shat the bed completely today, knocking the system down and stopping 3800 tons of water on a dime.  This created a water hammer that shook the entire building, and cracked a pipe that cannot be isolated without taking down the jockey pump.  The main pumps cannot run without the jockey pump.  The chillers cannot run without the mains.

So now we need a full unplanned outage, because I am leaking 100 GPM of water, molybdenum, phosphoric acid, chlorine, and chlorine dioxide into the basement.  And that crack ain't getting any smaller, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.

So no weekend for me.  Again.

On the bright side, this happened:

Me:  "So you are 4 classes from your masters, and you aren't enrolled?"

New Database Admin Lady:  "Um, I just started here.  I can't take that kind of time off.  The classes are all daytime."

Me:  "So work odd hours.  Your job is not shift-dependent."

NDBAL:  "You're serious?"

Me:  "Yes.  I will put it in an email, if you like.  Also, we have tuition reimbursement."

NDBAL:  *Walks off looking happy*

Billy: "I knew you were a big softie, boss."

Me:  "Pffft.  That lady is going to be our boss one fine day."

Billy:  "You think?"

Me:  "I know.  At least if I have anything to say about it.  You can't pick many things in life, but if you're lucky, you can pick your boss."

Billy:  "So it wasn't altruism.  Strangely enough, that makes me feel better."

Me:  "Who's afraid of Doktor Howl?  Fucking nobody."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 22, 2017, 12:43:20 am
Me:  "...And so the programming is setting up the problem, because an "or" condition should have been an "and" condition, so if one sensor of two goes bad, the whole system freaks out, all the pumps come on, we overfill the tank, and we put poop on dirt."

Boss:  *looks dubious*

Me:  "It's simple Boolean algebra.  Look for yourself."

Boss:  "We need to get an engineer involved." 

Billy:  "What?  Why?"

Me:  "Billy, that is management code for "We're not going to address the problem, because doing something is riskier than, say, putting poop on dirt and getting the county up our colons sideways with a surfboard."

Boss:  "What?  No it isn't."

Me:  "How many problems that we have 'gotten an engineer involved' in have been completed?"

Boss:  "You aren't paid to be an engineer."

Me:  "No, I am paid to wait for engineering.  I am going to my office to listen to Lady Gaga and wait for the engineers to fix everything."

Boss:  *freaks the hell out, stomps off*

Billy:  "You're going to push her too far one day, boss."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."

Billy:  "You're going to get fired."

Me:  "Hush, Billy, it's Lady Gaga time."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 22, 2017, 01:00:48 am
Also today:

Me:  "That girl threw *what* at you?"

Billy:  "Her cat."

Me:  "Why do you keep hanging out with her?"

Billy:  "She has a big butt."

Me:  "A big butt isn't everything, Billy."

Billy:  "BOSS, LISTEN TO YOURSELF.  LISTEN TO WHAT YOU JUST SAID."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Bu☆ns on November 22, 2017, 02:14:04 am
Love this thread  :lulz:

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Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Ziegejunge on November 22, 2017, 05:33:08 pm
Comics artists starving to death notwithstanding, I truly believe this could have potential to be a "Dilbert for a new generation" kinda thing. I mean that in the best way possible; no offense intended whatsoever.

Not that any of this NEEDS graphical representation. It's pretty much perfect as-is.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 11, 2018, 03:44:15 am
Me:  "Okay, Billy, we're employed again.  I start next Monday, you'll start on Thursday."

Billy:  "We're really going to do this?  Run a friggin' town full of rich old people?"

Me:  "Is that somehow different than running a research facility?  Both are full of people who know everything, want to make sure you know they know everything, and who are insanely afraid of any change at all.  Difference is, the old people are right to fear change."

Billy:  "Yeah?"

Me:  "If you're 70 years old and rich, what does upcoming change have to offer you?"

Billy:  "Intubation for the last few months of your life?"

Me:  "Exactly.  So it is our job to make sure they don't ever notice any change ever."

Billy:  "I think they're going to notice the tube."

Me:  "Yes, but by that point, they're not our problem anymore."

Billy:  "I can't put my finger on it, but what you just said sounds unethical somehow."

Me:  "It's the circle, Billy.  The circle of liiiiiiiiiiife!"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 11, 2018, 01:35:38 pm
I eagerly await updates (or minutes from council meetings)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on January 11, 2018, 05:21:38 pm
I missed this thread somehow until the most recent bump. It's awesome!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 19, 2018, 12:23:51 am
Things I said at work today:

"Billy, this is Chef Ronald.  Don't get too close, he is a tightly-wound ball of anger and lives to make people cry.  Chef, this is Billy.  He has never in his life cried, and I doubt you can do the job, either."

"There is absolutely no reason for signs that say 'no adult diapers' around a pool for rich old people who have never had to obey rules in their lives.  Just order more pool supplies and try not to think about it."

"Before, I was untitled and lowly.  Now I am DIRECTOR Tarwell, and it has in fact gone straight to my head.  I am mad with power.  I'm basically the shithead politician/exec that dies gruesomely at the end of the movie, but has amazing cuff links.  Stop looking at me that way."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 20, 2018, 01:11:58 am
So one of my janitorial crew members is apparently Billy's long-lost twin brother.

*standing by the water treatment plant*

Nick:  "So you guys know about this sort of thing?"

Me:  "Yup."

Nick:  "What's it like in there?"

Billy:  "Unadulterated horror."

Nick:  "What?"

Me:  "It's basically world war I in there.  Non-stop chemical warfare, only the Huns are microbes."

Billy:  "Genocide every day.  If things go right."

Nick:  "But they're just germs."

Billy:  "'Just germs, he says."

Me:  "You need to see the sewage treatment plant on the South end.  It's the other way around there...By which I mean, you spend all day trying to keep germs alive."

Nick:  "Why?"

Billy:  "What do you think eats the poop?"

Nick:  "I never thought about it, really."

Me:  "Imagine a few billion workers, furiously eating shit all day, while trying not to drown."

Nick:  "So, like my life."

Nick gets it.  Nick is not going to be a janitor for long.  No, Billy and I see big things ahead for him, and I think maybe he needs to get moved into the water management side of things.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Don Coyote on January 20, 2018, 05:03:19 am
I found this looking for almost this, and...the universe scares me
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on January 20, 2018, 08:17:13 pm
I found this looking for almost this, and...the universe scares me

 :lulz:  :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 23, 2018, 02:41:56 am
Things I said at work today:

"The next person I catch standing on the top of a self-supporting ladder gets to clean out the spa."

"Boss, Billy and Nick are freaking me out.  They've been working together all day and I can't catch them fucking off.  This isn't natural.  And now I have to fuck off all by myself."

"If being a director means I can't dance to Abba with the HR lady, then what's the POINT?"

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 24, 2018, 12:22:56 am
*Billy & Nick, outside of my office*

Billy:  "Look at that.  He's eerily life-like."

Nick:  "I keep expecting him to move or something."

Me:  "UM, I'M SITTING RIGHT HERE, ARSE BISCUITS."

Nick:  "IT TALKS!"

Me:  "It also hands out assignments.  Like who's gonna go unstop the men's room toilet next to the main gym."

I looked up at this point, but they were gone, like a fart in the night.



Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 25, 2018, 01:57:46 am
As of today, Nick is now maintenance instead of a custodian.

Me: ..."And this comes with a $4/hour increase."

Nick: "NICE.  When does my raise become effective?"

Me:  "When you do."

Nick:  "..."

Me:  "It's like you're moving in slow motion."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 25, 2018, 02:08:52 am
So, replacing Nick after a promotion is a thing.  Poached on the kitchens, stole their part-timer dishwasher.

Me:  "And this isn't a done deal, Chris.  Yes, it's a raise, it's full time, and you get benefits for the first time in your life, but it's also more work.  And you will work, or out you go.  You have two options, here:  You can fail and go back to the kitchens, or you can shake your ass like your momma taught you and get things done.  If you do that, eventually you will move up to better things.  The custodial manager is a merciless tyrant, and he is frankly opposed to all of this, so know in advance that it's going to be an uphill battle. So, that being said, do you still want this?"

Chris:  "Yes."

Me:  "Good.  We're going to do great things."

Chris:  "As a janitor?"

Me:  "Stack that up next to three and a half years of washing dishes 20 hours/week.  If you want a career in the trades, it's a long hard slog.  This is because you are young and those of us who make decisions are old, and we hate you for your youth.  I mean, really, I could just stick you straight into an apprenticeship and you'd do fine, but that isn't how these things work.  You don't have enough bile yet, and you wouldn't appreciate things properly."

Chris:  "Wow.  Billy and Nick weren't kidding.  You're nuts."

Me:  "That is an illusion caused by the fact that you are on THAT side of the desk and I am on THIS side of the desk.  However, I admire your courage in saying so, so we'll just start you off cleaning the locker rooms for the gyms."

Chris:  "Fuck."

Me:  "Consider this your first lesson:  Speaking truth to power is often painful, and solves nothing at all.  Now, it's time to go to work."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on January 25, 2018, 07:40:00 am
So who would have cleaned the locker rooms if he had kept his mouth shut?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 26, 2018, 12:52:27 am
So who would have cleaned the locker rooms if he had kept his mouth shut?

I apply the Cain rule in that case.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 26, 2018, 01:28:57 am
Things I said at work today:

"When you're talking about OSHA, the difference between 'should' and 'shall' is the difference between 'my bad' and '6 years in prison.'

"Go home, boss.  One hour of well-rested work is worth 8 hours of fatigued work.  Why do I even have to say this?  Turn off your computer and go home.  All of this horrormirth will still be here tomorrow."

"Billy, the best way to deal with a troublesome employee is to promote him or her.  The person will either rocket past your expectations or else explode spectacularly in the breakdown lane, and it turns out I win either way."

"So as I understand the story, God tossed humans out of Eden, and the humans said, 'Well, fuck, we'll just make our OWN Eden' and the following 10,000 years has been the resulting attempt to mimic magic with technology.  Now, I personally don't buy into the idea of a higher being, but plenty of people do, and we have to understand the way they think and even pretend to respect their beliefs.  I mean, if they're in a position to give us grief.  And let me tell you, the theists around us are indeed in a position to make our professional lives a series of tragic misunderstandings.  So we're all gonna smile and nod and make appropriate noises when the good citizens of our town tell us about how Jesus feels about the border wall."


Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on January 28, 2018, 03:24:50 am
 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: PoFP on January 29, 2018, 02:42:58 pm
 :lulz: This thread is fucking glorious.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 30, 2018, 01:11:07 am
Billy:  "It's so weird seeing you in a suit."

Me:  "I know.  I already feel more evil."

Billy:  "Have you memorized the Glengarry Ross monologue yet?"

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: ReverendJesus on January 30, 2018, 06:35:13 am

Billy:  "Have you memorized the Glengarry Ross monologue yet?"


Well...have you?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 30, 2018, 11:56:00 pm

Billy:  "Have you memorized the Glengarry Ross monologue yet?"


Well...have you?

Yes, but only as a guide on how NOT to run a business.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 31, 2018, 12:07:34 am
Things that were said at work today:

Me:  "I don't understand why it is so difficult to understand that if you sign a contract, you have to hold up your end of it.  But here I have paid you on schedule for work that turns out to be completely substandard.  And now, mid-contract, you are claiming that you need more money for slipshod work because the minimum wage went up.  This boggles the mind.  First, it isn't really my business or my problem that you pay people crap and can't keep employees for more than a few weeks.  Second, I want to introduce you to a term which may be new to you:  'penalty clause', a term which I am now invoking.  My part of this conversation is over, and you will continue it with Horrible David, our lawyer.  He is a nasty man who doesn't even understand the term 'reasonable'.  So take the interval between conversations to mull over all the bad business decisions that have led you to this point.  Good day, sir."

Billy:  "Chris, you know how some people have 'resting bitch face'?  Well, the boss has 'resting evil glee face', but you gotta understand that he's cheerfully evil all the way down to his bones and if you don't start moving your ass, he'll move it for you."

Nick (to Billy):  "What the hell is the boss doing?"
Billy (to Nick):  "He says he's trying to invent 'Desk Haka'.  Better to pretend you don't notice."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 31, 2018, 12:21:05 am
Also today at work, in safety meeting:

Me:  "Boss, are you scratching your back with a knife?"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 31, 2018, 01:17:08 am
The pools at the facility I run are 2,500,000 gallon standard Olympic size pools.  So, at 4 ppm chlorine, that's 8.5 gallons of chlorine, at ten pounds per gallon.  Now, rich old people get in the pool.  The amount of piss a horrible old rich person can contain is 0.13 gallons.  Mixing that much urine with chlorinated water would produce .01 pounds of chloramine gas.   So when 8500 people piss in the pool, the free chlorine crashes, because it's all been turned to chloramine, which doesn't show up on a free chlorine test, but the chlorides are still in the water, only nastier and more prone to off-gas in sunlight.

The water crashes twice a year.  Which means 47 of the old bastards are pissing in the pool EVERY DAY, and then complaining that the water is making their eyes burn.

Science:  Not always your friend.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Don Coyote on January 31, 2018, 01:29:50 am
:horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :fap:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: ReverendJesus on January 31, 2018, 05:28:26 am
'Desk Haka'
'Bout died when I read that.
 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on January 31, 2018, 06:59:58 am
You know those signs you sometimes see near pools that start "Welcome to our ool"

I've thought for a long time now that someone should make one that starts "Welcome to our l".

Just throwing that out there.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on January 31, 2018, 08:57:16 pm
:horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :horrormirth: :fap:

This
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 01, 2018, 12:51:26 am
So that damned underwater spring found it's way to the surface again, right in the middle of an intersection.  It's also come up at an angle, so the water is welling up through the blacktop and running uphill for a short distance, and then down the storm drain.

*watching water run uphill*

Nick:  "What the hell?"

Billy:  "Get used to it.  You work for Dok now, and that's how things are.  Remind me to tell you about the haunted water tank."

Me: "Remind me to tell you both about the robot fucker."

Nick:  "..."

Billy:  "You're not even kidding, are you?"

Me:  "This is all normal, kids."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Nephew Twiddleton on February 01, 2018, 01:39:58 am
So that damned underwater spring found it's way to the surface again, right in the middle of an intersection.  It's also come up at an angle, so the water is welling up through the blacktop and running uphill for a short distance, and then down the storm drain.

*watching water run uphill*

Nick:  "What the hell?"

Billy:  "Get used to it.  You work for Dok now, and that's how things are.  Remind me to tell you about the haunted water tank."

Me: "Remind me to tell you both about the robot fucker."

Nick:  "..."

Billy:  "You're not even kidding, are you?"

Me:  "This is all normal, kids."

 :lulz:

The robot fucker was at the observatory, right?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 01, 2018, 01:47:41 am
So that damned underwater spring found it's way to the surface again, right in the middle of an intersection.  It's also come up at an angle, so the water is welling up through the blacktop and running uphill for a short distance, and then down the storm drain.

*watching water run uphill*

Nick:  "What the hell?"

Billy:  "Get used to it.  You work for Dok now, and that's how things are.  Remind me to tell you about the haunted water tank."

Me: "Remind me to tell you both about the robot fucker."

Nick:  "..."

Billy:  "You're not even kidding, are you?"

Me:  "This is all normal, kids."

 :lulz:

The robot fucker was at the observatory, right?

Yep.  The world's most dedicated pervert.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 02, 2018, 01:29:58 am
Things that got said at work today:

#1  Me:  "Yes, I AM dancing in my office.  You may have noticed that I have an excessive amount of energy, which unkind people might even describe as 'manic'.  I can shed that energy dancing to 'Everybody Talks', or I can use it to find things for you to do."

#2  Billy:  "So we're going to build an entire SCADA system for the swimming pools?"
Me:  "Also the HVAC units."
Billy:  "Isn't that going just a little overboard?"
Me:  *looks at Billy in Boss*
Nick:  "Seriously, it's overkill."
Me:  "Then what am I gonna do with the 500 Bluetooth transmitters that we found in the storage room?"
Nick:  "We could just ignore them.  They probably belong to the IT guy or something."
Me:  *looks at Nick in More Boss*
Billy:  "Okay, whatever. I'm just saying that..."
Me:  "Despite our reduced circumstances, there is SCIENCE around here somewhere.  I can smell it."
Billy:  "Oh, shit, here we go."
Nick:  "Wait.  What?"
Me:  "Hush.  There's work to be done."

#3  Boss:  "You're just going to hand the water numbers over to the board?"
Me:  "Well, they have a right to know.  I'm just inflicting the truth."
Boss:  "They're gonna shit."
Me:  "Then I guess we'll just have to do better."
Boss:  "No, seriously, they're going to shit."
Me:  "This is how we do it.  Drag everything out in daylight, see what wiggles. Besides, WE didn't pee in the pool.  Unless there's something you want to tell me."
Boss:  *looks at me in Boss*
Me:  "Okay, fine.  I won't EXPLAIN it, I'll just publish it."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on February 02, 2018, 01:34:58 am
the "looks in boss" are seriously the best part.

I love that you have minions.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 02, 2018, 03:07:42 am
the "looks in boss" are seriously the best part.

I love that you have minions.

I am a lofty director now.  I have more than 50 minions.  It's just that these two are awesome.

My common areas manager is also awesome, but more in the "consummate professional" way.  She's a real joy to have around, despite the lack of laughs. 

She is also the senior manager, but ranks 4th out of 5 in pay, strangely enough.  Have to fix that.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 08, 2018, 12:13:04 am
*watching Riverdance rehearsal at the theater*

*dancer falls off of stage*

Billy:  "Ouch."

Me:  "It's a great day to be alive, Billy."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 13, 2018, 12:53:50 am
My boss wanted me to write an article on pool hygiene so that people would stop getting in the pool without showering and maybe stop pissing in the pool and shaving their legs in the spa, etc.

So I did.

Then he read what I wrote, and told me that perhaps we should take out a radio ad or something instead.  Or put up more signs.

Nick:  "Well, sure.  We probably don't want to tell them what's actually going on."

Me:  "Yes, we do.  I mean, I SAID the water was fine, I just said how much money it costs to keep it that way when everyone's treating the pools like they were latrines."

Boss:  *Looks at me in boss*

Me:  "Fine.  Nick, order up another 500 pounds of carbon."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on February 13, 2018, 09:34:49 am
So what do you do with all that carbon when it's, err... full?

Can you just lay it out in the sun and let it ventilate itself, and then reuse it?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 14, 2018, 12:23:59 am
So what do you do with all that carbon when it's, err... full?

Can you just lay it out in the sun and let it ventilate itself, and then reuse it?

You stuck it in a "Blue Oven" and crank the temp up to 400+.  In a well-ventilated area.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 22, 2018, 12:06:37 am
At work today:

Billy:  "What do you look so grumpy about?"

Me:  "The new guy."

Billy:  "Who, Kevin?  What's wrong with him?"

Me:  "I sent him to fix the blower on roof 3."

Billy:  "And?"

Me:  "He did it."

Billy:  "So, what's the problem?"

Me:  "While he was doing that, he noticed that one of the hot water heaters was out.  So he fixed that."

Billy:  "That's good, right?"

Me:  "And while he was doing THAT, he noticed some dodgy wiring, so he pulled new wire in parallel, opened the circuit, landed the new wires, and yanked the crappy stuff out. While he was in process of doing THAT, he found that the breakers weren't labeled, so he got the print, verified ALL of the circuits, and labeled them with proper placards instead of a sharpy."

Billy:  "Holy crap, it's not even lunch time."

Me:  "I know."

Billy:  "This isn't natural."

Me:  "I know.  And God won't let me have nice things unless he's gonna drizzle crap all over them first, so I am just sitting here and I am waiting for the other shoe to drop."

Billy:  "But what if there isn't another shoe?"

Me:  "Have you learned NOTHING?"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: ReverendJesus on February 24, 2018, 03:24:51 am

Billy:  "But what if there isn't another shoe?"

Me:  "Have you learned NOTHING?"
:lulz: :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 01, 2018, 11:51:01 pm
At work today:

Me: "I got bored and put a mirror in the scanner and suddenly I'm somewhere where Trump is president and people blame kids for being shot at in school."

Billy:  "I hate you."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 23, 2018, 01:24:45 am
So Billy has given his notice.  The sanitation plant offered him $12,000 more a year and a slot as the second shift plant supervisor.

I should be happy for his treasonous good fortune, I suppose.  But I am a jealous and wrathful god, and I have brought him into the think tank I am connected with.  He's got to be horrified by *someone*, after all.

In the meantime, I am gonna ramp the fun up, because I only have until two weeks from tomorrow before he's a vendor and not an employee.  And you know what *that* means.

Yes.  It's time for a dance-off.  A MANDATORY dance-off.  The HR lady says I can't do that but that I should anyway, and that she's participating to lead by example.

So what I need is music that sounds like you SHOULD be able to dance to, but that you actually can't.  Suggestions?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on March 23, 2018, 11:57:04 am
The Birthday Party, Swampland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX5zIMUW2qc)

Nomeansno, Metronome (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXUjeftjl2A)

Eric Dolphy, Hat and Beard (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tnPkQufnZY)

Einsturzende Neubauten, Z.N.S. (https://youtu.be/sW80JfXLZGs)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Hoopla! on March 23, 2018, 12:55:02 pm
Funhouse by the Stooges. Iíve tried. Itís a no-go.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on March 23, 2018, 01:02:51 pm
Funhouse by the Stooges. Iíve tried. Itís a no-go.

Balls.  I mean, it looks like an epileptic fit, but it's possible.

Here's the track, by the way. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bX275Crxxc)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Hoopla! on March 23, 2018, 01:31:53 pm
Oh shit. Just realized I was thinking of the wrong song. I meant No Fun by the Stooges. Oops.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on March 23, 2018, 02:26:20 pm
Ok, I'll give you that one.  Mid-Tempo, and obscures the back beat. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-4icrlZbaY)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 24, 2018, 12:52:39 am
At work today:

Billy:  "Well, when I go to the new job, I won't have to take any shit off you anymore."  (Billy is leaving to run the local sanitation district's second shift)

Me:  "Do you even hear yourself talking?  I am in fact going to give you shit.  Something like 2 tons of shit each and every day.  Your entire career will consist of nothing more than you taking shit off of me.  It's literally your new job description."

Billy:  "..."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on March 24, 2018, 06:34:53 am
To be completely honest, I'm not a music person and am probably not the best person to judge what can or cannot be danced to, but for some reason this comes to mind.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH5TZaUTX8A
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 05, 2018, 02:05:16 am
Billy, Kevin, and I, standing across the street from the transformers and cable nodes.

Kevin:  "So if we pull 3 more strands of fiber optics from the node, we can..."

*dump truck takes the corner wide, smashes the node flat, half the town loses cable and internet*

Billy:  "Or we could just install a new node."

Me:  "Yes, that seems to be the option now."

Kevin:  "DID YOU GUYS JUST SEE THAT SHIT?"

Me:  "Well, yes.  We're not blind."

Kevin:  "THAT DUMBASS JUST SQUISHED $50,000 WORTH OF GEAR."

Billy:  "Yeah.  Saw that."

Kevin:  "THAT'S HALF THE DAMN CITY DISCONNECTED."

Me:  "Obviously."

Kevin: "..."

Kevin:  "This shit doesn't bother you guys?"

Billy:  "This is all normal, Kevin."

Me:  "Just another day in Bastard City."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on April 05, 2018, 12:51:14 pm
I like this one.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 06, 2018, 12:54:18 am
I like this one.

Kevin is still adjusting to Tucson.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on April 06, 2018, 01:00:30 pm
When's Billy's last day?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 07, 2018, 06:04:55 am
When's Billy's last day?

Today was his last day.  There's a good story in this, but it will have to wait until my blood sugar is where it needs to be.

Monday he gets the first two tons of shit.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 12, 2018, 01:12:48 am
I am on this "energy committee" thing at work. It hasn't even actually been formed yet, nobody has been confirmed as a member. I am already being emailed by people who are *most likely* going to be members, and all of them are saying, "These are our conclusions, please warp the data to fit."

Also, the engineer involved is hilariously condescending. Today, he tried to explain to me what a kilowatt hour is, because I am obviously a trogdolyte who thinks that electricity is magic given to us by the Gods.

And here I am, with no Billy to assist me in my horrible mockery.   :cry:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on April 12, 2018, 12:35:26 pm
I have faith in your HorriblenessTM.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 13, 2018, 12:45:15 am
Kevin: "I can't understand it. I checked everything, and the fiber optics still aren't working."

Me: "You sure you checked everything?"

Kevin: "I walked the entire building."

Me: "Oh. I probably should have told you...Someone ran the node over. Again."

(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/30657213_1794929940558654_1094788241787191296_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=6aff0a993c4ac1e3d0d04586b4da3ec1&oe=5B60024C)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Vanadium Gryllz on April 13, 2018, 02:09:47 am
Completely flattened it!

Do these people just drive off after smashing the nodes?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on April 13, 2018, 12:45:00 pm
I like how you strung Kevin along on that one.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 14, 2018, 06:07:33 am
I like how you strung Kevin along on that one.

Troubleshooting sometimes includes noticing the obvious.  Like a gigantic truck full of sand repeatedly driving over your signal source, forever.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 14, 2018, 06:08:20 am
Completely flattened it!

Do these people just drive off after smashing the nodes?

The first truck driver did.  I heard he made bail.

The second guy just stood there looking sheepish until the cops showed up, so it was just an insurance thing.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 14, 2018, 08:32:44 am
My new office has the following dimensions:

Height:  15 feet
Wall 1:  6.5 feet
Wall 2:  16.5 feet
Wall 3:  13 feet
Wall 4:  11 feet
Wall 5:  21 feet.

Also, the angles don't add up. 

Hounds of Tindalos?  NEVER HEARD OF THEM.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 16, 2018, 08:33:37 pm
Things I said at work today:

1.  "The reason you dislike your job is because you have not yet been exposed to academia."
2.  "No, we cannot post ads in the paper about your missing boa constrictor.  How the hell did you lose a boa constrictor?  How big was it?  Oh, this should be an interesting week or so."
3.  "Boss, I don't feel it's fair to ask me to keep a straight face about a homeowner losing a 12 foot boa constrictor in a town full of cranky & slow old MAGA people.  This is how I get my happy thoughts, you knew that when you hired me."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 16, 2018, 10:59:18 pm
My new office has the following dimensions:

Height:  15 feet
Wall 1:  6.5 feet
Wall 2:  16.5 feet
Wall 3:  13 feet
Wall 4:  11 feet
Wall 5:  21 feet.

Also, the angles don't add up. 

Hounds of Tindalos?  NEVER HEARD OF THEM.

I completely forgot to ask how you ended up with a pentagon for an office.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 17, 2018, 01:12:30 am
My new office has the following dimensions:

Height:  15 feet
Wall 1:  6.5 feet
Wall 2:  16.5 feet
Wall 3:  13 feet
Wall 4:  11 feet
Wall 5:  21 feet.

Also, the angles don't add up. 

Hounds of Tindalos?  NEVER HEARD OF THEM.

I completely forgot to ask how you ended up with a pentagon for an office.

I am apparently not designed to be viewed by the general public, and my henchmen are worse.

So they found an extradimensional space for our exile.

CALL ME ZOD, HUMANS!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 17, 2018, 10:11:01 pm
Kevin:  "You should stop laughing, boss.  This isn't funny."

Me:  "There are no possible conditions under which this isn't funny."

Kevin:  "She was seriously injured."

Me:  "Yes.  She was seriously injured because she was walking on the Spanish tiles on a roof on which she had no business being, trying to catch waiters fucking off out back for a smoke.  How the hell did she even get up there?  I don't know.  You don't know.  Nobody fucking knows, and she ain't saying.  So instead of doing her flying nun routine, she fell.  And she fell because God hates a busy-body snitch who has no better way to spend her retirement than criminal trespassing in an attempt to get a minimum wage employee fired."

Kevin:  "Well, when you say it like that..."

Me:  "Damn right.  God hates snitches, I hate snitches, and every right-thinking human being hates snitches."

Kevin:  "Harsh."

Me:  "Remember Judas Iscariot?  Neither do I."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 18, 2018, 01:49:12 am
Also, Tucson rush hour traffic horror:

(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32842136_1830616873656627_4420542995749666816_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=745f5899a632ac7c5baea812fc5c38d0&oe=5B7894A4)

(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32878782_1830616953656619_6915105270221766656_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c8dfbfff14fd312e3f42a7ff98e284b5&oe=5B79E739)

(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32780098_1830617040323277_1240573884378382336_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=79d09bbf84551457545da6a201ace4c3&oe=5B81066D)

I was barely doing 70 MPH on account of that one guy.  This isn't reasonable.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 18, 2018, 08:09:29 pm
So, the Great Snake Scare in this joint went viral pretty quickly.  Patrol's phones are blowing up, as are admins, mine, the executive director's, everyone.

Nobody has SEEN the snake (that part of the hysteria will come later).  Instead, everyone is scared because they DON'T see it...Which is, in the case of a monster 12' boa constrictor, not unreasonable.  What isn't reasonable is what they're asking for.

1.  "How long will it take you to find the snake?"
2.  "How do I know if the snake is around without being able to see it?"
3.  "What do we do if the snake attacks my corgi?"

The answers, so far:

1.  "Ma'am, if I knew that, I would know where the snake is, and the answer would be 'the problem is over'."
2.  "Sir, I don't even know where to start with you."
3.  "Wager on the snake, get a new corgi."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 18, 2018, 09:01:52 pm
I'm hoping there will be at least one more good story out of this.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 18, 2018, 09:06:58 pm
I'm hoping there will be at least one more good story out of this.

I honestly can't see a bad ending for this.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 21, 2018, 11:03:58 pm
Even the fabulous Doktor can make mistakes.

Converted a supply closet to a kiln room for a glass kiln.  Got the spacing right, power provided, fire department sign-off, everything.

I mean, everything except the air conditioning return.  Didn't think of that bit.

So the return in the old supply room starts shipping the smell of fusing glass into the accounting office.  Like a lot.  Like a whole lot.  Like the accounting office smells like a crematorium.  So, vented the old supply room out of the ceiling, and pulled the return and dropped it in my office, which is on a different HVAC unit.  So every time the door is closed, my ears pop.

Recap:  Stink gone from accounting office, and my dimensionally-incorrect office is now also atmospherically-incorrect.

This can only get better.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 22, 2018, 01:17:20 pm
Whoops.  Maybe take it easy on the whole "warping space-time" for a bit?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Faust on May 22, 2018, 02:11:05 pm
That pressure balance is just fine... for where that room is going.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: ReverendJesus on May 23, 2018, 03:59:21 am
Didn't think of that bit.

Y' made me laugh, you grizzled fuck
 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 23, 2018, 06:25:56 pm
Three snake sightings today.  I expect more over the next couple of weeks.

It's worth mentioning that the snake was found by our grounds people yesterday afternoon, in very poor condition, and was removed to an animal shelter for treatment.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 23, 2018, 06:29:20 pm
Also, complaints of mold odor by the ladies that work at our service desk.  These ladies are saints, who deal with entitled old fucks 24/7 and somehow maintain their composure.

Mold tests in that area match the same level as the rest of the building and outdoors, but the smell is only there.  The HVAC system is not compromised.  There are no dead rodents in the area.  The ladies themselves do not smell bad. 

This can only be the result of black magic.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 23, 2018, 08:33:51 pm
Three snake sightings today.  I expect more over the next couple of weeks.

It's worth mentioning that the snake was found by our grounds people yesterday afternoon, in very poor condition, and was removed to an animal shelter for treatment.

 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 23, 2018, 09:40:51 pm
Three snake sightings today.  I expect more over the next couple of weeks.

It's worth mentioning that the snake was found by our grounds people yesterday afternoon, in very poor condition, and was removed to an animal shelter for treatment.

 :lulz:

In my defense, it's outside of my area of responsibility and I would be stepping on the toes of the new Director of Grounds if I started making announcements.

The new director of grounds starts next week, so he can tell them.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Faust on May 23, 2018, 10:00:22 pm
Also, complaints of mold odor by the ladies that work at our service desk.  These ladies are saints, who deal with entitled old fucks 24/7 and somehow maintain their composure.

Mold tests in that area match the same level as the rest of the building and outdoors, but the smell is only there.  The HVAC system is not compromised.  There are no dead rodents in the area.  The ladies themselves do not smell bad. 

This can only be the result of black magic.

Hmmm..... Could something come in that has mold on it? Maybe the cleaners mop? Actually don't tell me, I don't know why I want to suck the mystery out of the universe.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 23, 2018, 10:15:15 pm
Also, complaints of mold odor by the ladies that work at our service desk.  These ladies are saints, who deal with entitled old fucks 24/7 and somehow maintain their composure.

Mold tests in that area match the same level as the rest of the building and outdoors, but the smell is only there.  The HVAC system is not compromised.  There are no dead rodents in the area.  The ladies themselves do not smell bad. 

This can only be the result of black magic.

Hmmm..... Could something come in that has mold on it? Maybe the cleaners mop? Actually don't tell me, I don't know why I want to suck the mystery out of the universe.

This problem has slowly grown over a two year period, apparently.


It can only be ghosts.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 06:09:51 pm
Sitting before me:  A stack of invoices from a hardware store.  All of them are overdue by up to 18 months.  None of them were submitted for payment when Steve picked up the various things he bought.

Standing in front of my desk:  A very defensive Steve, puffed up with primate threat posturing,  Imagine Chris Christie inflating to present a bigger threat.

Me:  "Have anything to say about this?"

Steve:  "I haven't got time for that bullshit."

Me:  "That's amazing, given that all you seem to do is make town runs to one store or another.  It would seem like there would be plenty of time to code your receipts.  It takes less than a minute."

Steve:  "Are you saying I don't do shit around here?"

Me:  "Yes.  Yes, I am saying that.  I am also saying that your paperwork is not in order.  The first sin is venal, the second is mortal."

Steve:  "What?"

Me:  "You have sinned in the eyes of the company, Steve.  You have sinned in the eyes of your manager and me.  More importantly, you have sinned in the eyes of Stephanie from accounting.  I'm the soft option, here."

Steve:  "I don't have to take this shit."

Me:  "No, you don't.  You have many options in this situation, but only one of them involves keeping your job.  That option is to sit down, code all 70 of these invoices properly by noon, and then give them back to me on the way to apologize to Stephanie for making her life more difficult that it has to be."

Steve:  "I ain't kissing any front office ass."

Me:  "This is a limited time offer.  You may agree in the next 7 seconds, or you will be walking out the door.  Please call my bluff."

Steve:  "OKAY FINE."

Me:  "Welcome to the road to redemption, Steve. Next time this happens, you're going to have to sing hymns."

*30 minutes go by.  Kevin walks in.*

Kevin:  "Are you really going to make him sing hymns?"

Me:  "Word gets around.  Yes.  Yes, if he does this again, he shall sing "A Mighty Fortress" because sinning against Stephanie definitely requires some Presbyterian-style repentence."

Kevin:  "How are you even functional?"

Me:  "This is all normal, Kevin."



Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 24, 2018, 06:21:58 pm
 :lulz:

The punchline gets me, every time.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 06:48:05 pm
:lulz:

The punchline gets me, every time.


What nobody seems to get is that "normal" does not mean "good" or "nice" or even "sane".  This is not the era to worry about whether or not your boss is all fucked up on tiny yellow pills.  No.  This is the era to GET SHIT DONE and then GRIN at the resulting devastation.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 06:55:19 pm
Also, LMNO, I may have to ask a favor.  I am being asked to "craft" a response to a situation between the board of the town I work for and the next one over.  I feel that it is crucial that this response be both utterly incomprehensible and also totally lacking any actual information, yet still seem to address the question.  So I turn to you and your known expertise in killing 1000 years of the development of the English language via corporate-speak.

When I know what it is they want, I'll post it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 24, 2018, 08:55:38 pm
:fingers at the ready:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 08:57:22 pm
I'm in a meeting using a tablet.  People think I'm taking notes.

This is all horribly familiar.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 09:02:05 pm
What's funny is that I AM taking notes, thanks to voice-to-text, which leads me to believe my time could be more productively spent than, say, sitting through a meeting by a "finance" committee formed by people with commercial and/or industrial finance background to advise a non-profit organization.

Seriously, these fuckers have managed to institutionalize "Back in MY day..."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on May 24, 2018, 09:03:35 pm
I am just sitting here watching aggressive stupidity automagically fill a Word document.

Do we even need people at all anymore?  I'll have my machine insult your machine, we'll do lunch.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on May 25, 2018, 12:54:24 pm
(https://media.giphy.com/media/3ohzdObhsRe3QmbMRy/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 08, 2018, 07:08:20 pm
So, Denise caught fire today.  One of those tragic conference room things, LMNO can tell you about them.  One minute, you're fine, the next minute everyone's hollering and trying to find the fire extinguisher, and you're like "WHAT?"

In this case, the cause was obvious.  I had asked to borrow Denise from marketing to help enter some truly bizarre alkalinity results, based on some ideas I got from Zenpatista at our last periodic Geeks Night Out."  She's a nice young lady, and was glad to help.  Then she got interested in the problem itself.  She and I and my pool specialist spent two days beating our heads against the wall, when suddenly her eyes lit up.  You could almost see smoke coming out of them.

"You guys said that metal could 'flocc' with the extra base, right?"

"Yes."

"Your algaecide is mostly zinc."

Anthony and I look at each other. I look at Denise.  "I'm buying you lunch.  Its salmon today."  I also notice that she was bitten by the bug.  You can tell.  She just spent days working with her brain and  solved a very difficult problem by going over data until her eyes hurt, but SHE solved it, and we're all about giving her credit for it.  So far, so good.

But today she's at her regular job, and she is telling all of us in the meeting that she has negotiated a Cher tribute singer AND a Journey tribute band for the old fogeys in the richer facility...And that fire in her eyes from yesterday came out and caught her hair on fire.  She ignores this, and mentions that the citizens are unhappy that we can't get the REAL Neil Sedaka for next month, but that the guy they CAN get looks and sounds just like him.  That's when she exploded.

There were no survivors.   
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 08, 2018, 10:15:06 pm
I sympathize with her, of course, since I have been ON FIRE since 2007.  The part of your brain that you used as a kid, before we beat all the answers into you, is on full blast.  When you don't have a "gotcha" problem, you go find one.  It is the state of mind in which "because it always worked that way" becomes "Why does this stupid shit function at all, and how can we make it function BETTER, MORE AUTOMATED, AND REPORTING ITS CONDITION AT ALL TIMES?  We breathe PLC code and speak in SQL captures.  I want to see a new breed of technician, for whom NOTHING is "good enough" or "Put to bed", with blazing eyes and overheating junk in their steaming pants. A bright new future, all blowing itself to pieces every night, to be built FASTER BETTER SEXIER at 8 AM.

There is horrible science in everything, and if YOU knew what *I* know, you'd never get in a public swimming pool again, and you'd side-eye the toilet.  It's not on your side.




Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 11, 2018, 06:06:32 pm
Billy and I had brunch today (a sign of how far I have fallen is that *brunch* is an acceptable term), to discuss how our various jobs are going and catching up on a few things that affect both of our companies:

Me:  "...And that's why the handicapped entrance doors sometimes close on people repeatedly."

Billy:  "How are you going to fix it?"

Me:  *blank stare*

Billy: "Oh, right.  Hang on, I have to go to the bathroom."

Me:  "You're only making more work for yourself."

Billy:  *blank stare*
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 13, 2018, 10:45:57 pm
Kevin:  "The water at the bar at the main clubhouse tastes like ass."

Me:  "Like literal ass or just like ass?"

Kevin:  "Just ass."

Me:  "The soda machine has lost it's supply check valve and you're blowing CO2 back into the waterline.  Call the vendor, have them fix their shit."

Kevin:  "Okay.  What if I said literal ass?"

Me:  "Then you'd be calling Billy.  He isn't above that sort of thing, you know."

Kevin:  "That's fucked.  I know you both, and you are definitely the bad guy."

Me:  "You know us both?  Did you know Billy backed a 5 ton truck over somebody's tiny home back in 2016?"

Kevin:  "I heard something about that."

Me:  "Did you know Billy once smoked 'a few rats' out of an access tunnel and caused ratpocalypse at <Corporation name> during their 4th of July employee party?"

Kevin:  "I didn't hear about that one."

Me:  "Yes, it was like a reverse pied piper.  All the rats came up into the main hall and lobby of the engineering building, right in the middle of their party.  It was like The Masque of the Red Death."

Kevin:  "He didn't get fired?"

Me:  "No, I blamed it on the assholes over on the interior facilities side and erased all the footage from the accessway.  Not because I felt loyal to Billy, but because the idea of a building full of engineers being potentially exposed to bubonic plague amuses me and I feel it should be encouraged.  And since this is Arizona, that IS possible."

Kevin:  "SEE?"  *points at me*  "BAD GUY."

Me:  "This is how I get my happy thoughts, Kevin.  Everyone should have their happy thoughts.  That's what this great nation is all about."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 21, 2018, 08:53:31 pm
Things I said at work today:

"We do not hold chlorine tablets in our teeth while we work.  Why do I even have to say this?"

"There are no rats in the admin building.  We killed them all.  You have ghost rats."

"I don't worry about budgets, which is why my numbers are in the black.  You do everything on the cheap, which means you have to do it twice, which is why it's only June and you have no money.  So no, you can't have any of my money, because you obviously can't be trusted to spend it fast enough.  Now get out of my office, you penurious little mendicant, you're lowering my property values."

"No, boss, I won't be reasonable about this.  He's far too fiscally-responsible for me to feel charitable.  Now, if he'd blown his budget on new ranges or fryers or maybe some proper Goddamn air conditioning for his kitchen staff, I'd be willing to give up some of my capital expenditures budget, but he didn't...So he can just go ask Baby Jesus for more money.  Or the board.  He's probably better off with Jesus, because the board is pissed off just on account of the weather."

"The world of accounting is terrible and mysterious, Kevin, and it sometimes makes people cry."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on June 22, 2018, 03:09:04 pm
There is an artist Iím friends with who could probably do some kickass ghost rats
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 22, 2018, 09:04:58 pm
Kevin:  "My heroes have always been cowboys."

Me:  "MY heroes have always been BIG GAY COWBOYS."

Kevin:  "wat"

Me:  "Cowboys.  Like Steve Mcqueen or Jimmy Stuart or the Cisco Kid, only BIG and GAY."

Kevin:  "Why Gay?"

Me:  "Nobody ever asks me 'why big?'."

Kevin:  Ö

Me:  "The horse doesn't care if you're Gay, but it really cares if you're 6'5" and 310 pounds.  That would be a pain in the ass.  It would be like a Shriner cowboy."

Kevin:  "Stop."

Me:  "Your spurs would keep sticking in the dirt, so it would be like someone tagging the brakes every step and a half."

Nick:  "He's right you should stop."

Me:  "So, yeah, the horse is tired and the cowboy needs new boots and the whole time he's givin' you the hairy eyeball.  Which is like the regular eyeball, only he's got hair in places you didn't know you HAD places."

Kevin:  "JESUS FUCK BOSS STOP."

Nick:  "Wait.  Why are horse-abusing hairy eyeball people your heroes?"

Me:  "Because they save the children of Montana from great white sharks."

Kevin:  "Montana is land-locked."

Me:  "And so?  No coast guard, you GOTTA have BIG GAY COWBOYS."

Nick:  "THERE ARE NO SHARKS IN MONTANA."

Me:  "Well, not ANYMORE."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on June 23, 2018, 05:45:53 pm
 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on June 24, 2018, 10:18:27 am
beautiful. :D
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 28, 2018, 02:00:53 am
Soooo...My boss asked to see my budget re-forecast.

Boss:  "Um, this is pretty dense stuff."

Me:  "You asked for a budget analysis and there it is.  4 spreadsheets and 20 pages of it.  One thing worth noting is that I am under-budget on employer burden and WAY over-budget on overtime, meaning that my headcount is wrong."

Boss:  "Where is that?"

Me:  "Spreadsheet one, page one, line items 1 & 3.  The analysis is in the text, section IIa."

Boss:  "Most people just add 3%."

Me:  "I'm not most people."

Boss:  "You don't say.  Can you just give me a summary?"

Me:  "Give me some more money you bastard."

Boss:  ...

Me:  "That's what it all comes down to, really.  Also, summaries just make people mad.  Look, you're mad right now."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 30, 2018, 01:22:49 am
So, the electrical bill split that was given to me in January seems to have no connection with reality, which I had noted at the time.  I was told to use it anyway.  Now the guy that told me to use it (boss's boss) says it's wrong and here's the correct one, oh and by the way I have 5 days to fix the enormous snaggle.

Completed 3 hours later, double checked and all the accountant group has to do is add or subtract a single number per account per month for 5 months.  Call it 30 minutes of work.

Controller:  "How the hell did you do this so fast?"

Me:  "My Excel-fu is strong.  It is in fact a 300 pound javelina and it's balls bounce on the floor."

*everyone stops and stares at me*

Me:  "Was that inappropriate?"

Princess Stephanie:  "Um."

Me:  "I just saved you 30 hours of double entry work."

Princess Stephanie: "Okay, the javelina thing is okay.  With the balls bouncing on the floor and whatnot."

Controller:  "Totally okay.  Now can you unfuck your labor numbers?"

Me:  "SHOW ME WHERE THE MIC IS AT."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 30, 2018, 10:09:52 pm
Quick conversation with Kathy, the world's second-scariest Russian.

Kathy:  "What did you do to my assistant?"

Me:  "Whatever do you mean?"

Kathy:  "Ever since she helped you guys with that water problem, she's been positively manic."

Me:  "Is that a bad thing?"

Kathy:  "No.  It's great.  She's twice as productive and she's interested in learning how everything works."

Me:  "Well, she caught fire.  She has learned the glory of knowing things and learning things and working with her brain instead of her boredom."

Kathy:  "Can you bottle that?"

Me:  "No, but I have a blowtorch in the shop and we can maybe use that on the general workforce."

Kathy:  "muhaha"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 10, 2018, 09:41:10 pm
Kevin:  "I don't get it.  The surlier we are, the more good press we get."

Me:  "It's simple, Kevin.  The public has an image of maintenance that they like to believe in.  We are grizzled old bastards with *just* the right amount of cheek.  We are like the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, only there will be no singing whatsoever."

Kevin:  "That sounds unlikely."

Me:  "It is the plain and simple truth.  No matter what is in the package, if the box is colorful, they will like it.  You could pack a Hasbro box full of dog shit and people would line up around the block."

Kevin:  "That's cynical as hell."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."

Kevin:  "You just called me Billy."

Me:  "Different box, same shit.  Once you look past the packaging, people are remarkably fungible."

Kevin:  "How do you even get dressed in the morning?  You're completely bugshit."

Me:  "Doesn't make it not true.  The graveyards are full of unique and irreplaceable people."

Kevin:  "..."

Me:  "We're going to do great things."



Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 11, 2018, 01:14:23 am
I seem to have lost 20,385,000 gallons of water sometime in June.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on July 11, 2018, 01:43:12 am
I seem to have lost 20,385,000 gallons of water sometime in June.


:O how?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 11, 2018, 01:58:03 am
I seem to have lost 20,385,000 gallons of water sometime in June.


:O how?

I suspect evil magic.

Or a broken meter.

One or the other.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 11, 2018, 01:58:20 am
Also, I have been accused of "weaponizing my budget."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on July 11, 2018, 06:08:09 am
I seem to have lost 20,385,000 gallons of water sometime in June.


:O how?

I suspect evil magic.

Or a broken meter.

One or the other.

*mischievious laughter ensues. I took it :D
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 17, 2018, 11:32:56 pm
Me:  "Goddammit, Kevin, I told you to do HVAC 38 first."

Kevin:  "But that is a huge issue and I could get the other 4 done in a morning."

Me:  "You don't understand.  I am not angry here.  Where is 38?"

Kevin:  "Over the admin area by the accountants...OH."

Me:  "You're damn skippy 'OH'.  You know what this means?"

Kevin: "Princess Stephanie is mad."

Me:  "She's not mad.  Just disappointed."

Kevin:  "Oh God no can't she be pissed off?"

Me:  "No, she said she understands."

Kevin:  "Noooooooooooo"

Me:  "You know what you have to do."

Kevin:  "Hari kari?"

Me:  "Pfffft.  Nobody gets off that easy.  You gotta go apologize to her."

Kevin:  "But she's gonna forgive at me until I die."

Me:  "Should have thought about THAT before disregarding my instructions.  Now get your ass in there and get forgiven.  You deserve it."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 25, 2018, 09:30:56 pm
A bunch of ex-engineers, architects, and other people who have been trained their whole lives to insist they know everything, all jammed in a room to discuss energy usage.

This particular meeting was supposed to just be about the charter, but everyone started talking at once, pimping out their own personal pet ideas.  Nobody had read the usage history I had sent them 2 weeks prior, and I know this because the chairman sent me an email this morning before the meeting saying:

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Please let me know by noon which of the following will be available for discussion with the ETF today:
1.   Jan-June Trico spreadsheet, rate code, kw, kwh, $
2.   Jan-June SW Gas spreadsheet, therms, $
3.   Example bulb in a box of parking lot light(s) [if more than one kind]. Since we now don't know for sure how many hours the tennis lights are used, parking bulbs take priority since they are on many hours.
4.   How do we heat our buildings, gas or heat pump?
5.   Spec sheet on A/C (heat pump?) existing and units to be replaced, or have been recently replaced, per the reserve study
6.   Spec on furnaces, if they exist. Nameplate BTU/HR and efficiency rating.
7.   Specs on pool heaters. Nameplate BTU/HR, eff., flow rate, delta T, etc.
Be sure to let me know if other resources are needed to help. Vince offered monies.
Thanks,
Ron

<Deep breath>So he wants me to resend him items 1, 2, and 4.  I sent him the specs on 3, but apparently he doesn't trust my ability to read, so he wants an actual bulb (they are twice the size of a football and if you touch them with bare skin, you just threw away $950).  5 consists of 120 machines that are on rooftops at 111F, and he wants this by 12:30 and that is not going to happen.  There are no furnaces, and I've told him that.  Again, he does not believe me.  #7 is also in the information I sent him.  Lastly, Vince most definitely did NOT offer monies.  Vince has killed people for having a 3% budget variance.  No money comes out of Vince.  Nothing comes out of Vince except horror and madness.  Stop your foolish lies. <wheeze>

It occurs to me that I am in the golden era again, like when I worked for Jim, except that I have less accountability and am in fact not ALLOWED to send him anything else until they sort out the charter, which did not occur today.  So I am in the enviable position of having a pack of retired "professionals" to torment with their own inability to follow state law regarding political task forces.  It ALSO occurs to me that Ron has mistaken Director Howl for his errand boy.

My only problem is that there are too many choices in trying to decide how to fuck with this committee.


Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on July 26, 2018, 01:46:37 pm
Such problems you have!  Where to begin?  What horrors to wreak?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 26, 2018, 04:59:38 pm
Such problems you have!  Where to begin?  What horrors to wreak?

Warming up with treacherous maintenance manager.

He left a bunch of shit undone, thinks he knows what is actually important (and if we were industrial, I wouldn't question this) more than the board of directors, then lies to me repeatedly.

In short, he's a miserable sinner.  So I write him up.  So he goes to horrible HR person to get the write up removed.  Lies to her, she knows this and is okay with it, tells the big boss a couple of lies herself.  What neither of them seem to realize is that I never ever ever EVER put discipline on paper unless I have ironclad documentation that not only proves he's lying, but also proves she lied.

This will all end in madness and horror and death.  I am okay with that.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 27, 2018, 01:23:13 am
While continuing conversation with treacherous underling, he demands a raise.

I am in the process of writing him up for the second time, and this is apparently the time to ask for a raise.

Full marks for chutzpah.  This is the equivalent of shooting your parents then asking for clemency because you're an orphan.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 28, 2018, 02:58:05 am
Meeting of doom concluded.

Treacherous underling very over.  Evil HR lady taking on water with associated engine room trouble.  Big boss probably taking medical retirement.  My faction's "leader", so to speak, will probably be the new big boss within a month, which means Evil HR lady very over.

My boss sitting there with a wide-eyed stare, stunned from the horrible devastation.  The good news is that he went in fighting, which I wasn't sure he had in him, and he didn't try to moderate any of the horrible shit I did.

Also, Evil HR lady managed to reveal who her rat is.  muhaha.

Anyway, within about 4 weeks we can get back to actually getting things done.

Moral:  Document everything - EVERYTHING - before you stick your junk in the blender.

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on July 30, 2018, 12:50:11 pm
Meeting of doom concluded.

Treacherous underling very over.  Evil HR lady taking on water with associated engine room trouble.  Big boss probably taking medical retirement.  My faction's "leader", so to speak, will probably be the new big boss within a month, which means Evil HR lady very over.

My boss sitting there with a wide-eyed stare, stunned from the horrible devastation.  The good news is that he went in fighting, which I wasn't sure he had in him, and he didn't try to moderate any of the horrible shit I did.

Also, Evil HR lady managed to reveal who her rat is.  muhaha.

Anyway, within about 4 weeks we can get back to actually getting things done.

Moral:  Document everything - EVERYTHING - before you stick your junk in the blender.


Lifehack.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Ziegejunge on July 30, 2018, 04:04:20 pm
As lifehacks go, this is now amongst my favorites.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on July 31, 2018, 10:04:15 pm
Boss:  "Let me get this straight.  We bought a stock of R22 refrigerant at $30/LB in 2016 and you are selling it at $27/LB in 2018, and you made a profit off of this?"

Me:  "Yes."

Boss:  "How do you make a profit when you sell for less than you bought?"

Me:  "The world of EPA regulations and incentives is a mysterious and terrible thing, and not for the eyes of the uninitiated."

Boss:  "Is it some kind of subsidy or buyback?"

Me:  "I am not sure you're better off knowing."

Boss:  "ARE WE BREAKING ANY LAWS?"

Me:  "This is all legal, boss."

Boss:  "It doesn't *feel* legal."

Me:  "It feels like $23,429.05 in unbudgeted available funds."

Boss:  "This definitely doesn't feel legal."

Me:  "It's not only legal, it is in fact MANDATORY.  Like, it's illegal if we DON'T take the money."

Boss:  "..."

Me:  "$23,429.05 off the budget deficit."

Boss:  "FINE."

Me:  "It only hurts the first time you violate your ethical code.  It just gets easier and easier after that."

Boss:  "Go do money shit."

Me:  "Righteo."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on August 01, 2018, 12:53:18 pm
"Go do money shit."


That's awesome.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 01, 2018, 05:05:24 pm
"Go do money shit."


That's awesome.

If it weren't for the unending, ceaseless attacks from the one-person hostile workplace, this job would be even more fun.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 02, 2018, 09:39:04 pm
Me:  "So that's how I watched an entire department fuck itself in just one day."

Billy:  "Sounds like I bailed just in time."

Me:  "No, you're missing out on the fun.  The maintenance lead managed to argue himself from a write up into 6 write ups and a demotion.  You can't pay for this kind of entertainment.  Also, Kevin is, as you said he was, squealing to the HR jackass lady on the regular, and he just managed to talk himself - with her, mind you - out of the $600 bonus I had arranged for him."

Billy:  "What, you yanked the bonus?"

Me:  "No, she did.  Conspiring with her is like working for Donald Trump:  You get fucked EVERY TIME, lose money, and get poo on you."

Billy:  "Why do they keep doing it?"

Me:  "They feel that I am very unfair on account of assigning due dates to jobs."

Billy:  "I've seen your due dates.  You always assume that everyone is blind, stupid, and crazy when you decide how much time they get and...Um..."

Me:  "Yeah.  I only gave them a week to fix a faucet."

Billy:  "You Goddamn slave-driving tyrant."

Me:  "Operations Uber Alles."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 03, 2018, 02:46:40 am
DEATH DESTRUCTION AND TERROR

Some days I love being me to a degree that might indicate mental illness of some sort.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on August 03, 2018, 02:05:55 pm
I love how subversive you can get while just following the game rules as presented.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 03, 2018, 03:49:25 pm
I love how subversive you can get while just following the game rules as presented.

I prefer to think of myself as an artist.  :lulz:

Inflicting the rules is a glorious thing.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 07, 2018, 01:40:53 am
So, I am reading resumes again.  I liked a couple of them.

Boss:  "It looks like they job-hopped a bit."

Me:  "If they're dumb enough to stick it out at a dead-end job, they're too dumb to work for me."

Boss:  *looks at me in boss*

Me:  "It's true.  The world is full of hard-working idiots.  I don't want those.  Frantic activity is not accomplishment."

Boss:  "I'd like to see a little frantic activity."

Me:  "That's why we have tractor porn.  I'm trying to get some projects completed, and that's a whole different thing."

Boss:  "..."

Me:  "We came here to run it, run it."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 08, 2018, 01:19:59 am
I have to - no shit - figure out how to get an elephant through a normal set of double ballroom doors.

I wasn't trained for this.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Vanadium Gryllz on August 08, 2018, 01:54:51 pm
Is it specified anywhere that the doors need to remain intact?

What happens once the elephant is inside?

So many questions.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Ziegejunge on August 08, 2018, 04:07:17 pm
Literally talking about the elephant in the room. I dig it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 08, 2018, 04:54:37 pm
Literally talking about the elephant in the room. I dig it.

I have instructed my staff to ignore it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on August 08, 2018, 06:10:31 pm
I am intensely interested to know whose job it is to deal with the elephant shit.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 08, 2018, 06:41:35 pm
I am intensely interested to know whose job it is to deal with the elephant shit.

That I can answer right now:  faithless, treacherous maintenance weasels.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on August 09, 2018, 07:21:28 am
Have you interviewed the elephant?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 09, 2018, 05:12:37 pm
Have you interviewed the elephant?

What?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 09, 2018, 06:54:41 pm
Sad news:  I just received word that the judge handling the emergency injunctions has stated that the happy couple will have to live without an 11,000 pound mayhem/death beast at their wedding.  In fact, he seemed to be really excited by the very notion that he was asked.  Harsh language may have been involved.

:cry:

Pour a little out, homies.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Emo Howard on August 10, 2018, 07:06:07 am
Have you interviewed the elephant?

What?

Yeah, I dunno. I was kinda buzzed when I typed that.


Something about how the elephant felt about the project


or


:?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 14, 2018, 01:17:51 am
At work today, giving a talk to the (lol) "energy task force" about the utility bills.  It is worth mentioning that Ron the Dumbass has never dealt with commercial or industrial utilities.

Me:  "So demand is the highest use of power in any 15 minute period, and on-peak charges are based on the highest momentary use of power during peak hours."

Ron the Dumbass:  "No, that's wrong.  There's no momentary charge."

Me:  "But there is.  I have been doing this for many years and the charge is in fact momentary."

Ron:  "You don't know what you're talking about."

Me:  "Okay"  *sits down*

Boss:  "Ron, shut up.  Roger, continue."

Me:  "I was actually done anyway."

State representative via skype:  "So, how come this one peak charge is higher than the daily demand?"

Me:  "Well, I'd say because you only need a half second to establish a peak, but you need 15 minutes to establish a demand, but Ron informs me that this is incorrect, so I'm going to say that the specially-trained monkeys that enter the data at the electric company are all messed up on crack and entering gibberish."

Boss:  "You don't have to be a smartass."

Me:  "Apparently I do."

Ron:  "What's wrong with you?"

Me:  "You are, Ron.  You make me hate data analysis, which is the only thing in the world that I love that loves me back."

State representative:  "Someone shut Ron up while there's still a task force."

And that is how you handle Dunning Krueger in an engineer.  You feed them to state level politicians.



Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on August 21, 2018, 05:01:11 am
Me:  "Billy, you should come over at lunch.  Our main restaurant is sinking."

Billy:  "What?"

Me:  "The ground is subsiding underneath the Northwest corner.  All the windows are warping."

Billy:  "Wow.  How fast is it sinking?"

Me:  "Like an inch in the last 24 hours."

Billy:  "I'll pass."

Me:  "Why?  All the deer outside look like they're standing crooked."

Billy:  "I'm not literally dying for chicken cordon bleu."

Me:  "Buck up, Billy.  You're forgetting something."

Billy:  "What am I forgetting?"

Me:  "You are sitting next to  a tank with 250,000 gallons of shit in it that is directly downhill from what is clearly a moving groundwater issue."

Billy:  "Um."

Me:  "Drown in shit or watch crooked deer while you eat Chef's chicken cordon bleu.  You decide."

Billy:  "What's the side today?"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LuciferX on August 21, 2018, 09:00:15 am
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What's the side today?

On a deep, prelinguistic, and positively indeterminate level, Billy was shielding himself from the "moving groundwater issue."

[Edit. And then water starts gushing into the street below me right after I wrote that (not even kidding.) and a huge tree collapsed into the same, closing a lane two houses down. That's what Zi get for crossing streams)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 01, 2018, 01:55:40 am
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/40572523_2190134454600302_3176454445143687168_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=bb17d6eae88d78935bb05615c62690ab&oe=5BF0BABC)

Pre-exploded pig, ~ 20 minutes before The Incident.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 02, 2018, 05:47:58 pm
:O wait, Billy returned to the work place?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 02, 2018, 10:09:56 pm
:O wait, Billy returned to the work place?

No, Billy is a bad person and does bad things, but he hasn't yet detonated a pig.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 03, 2018, 08:34:05 am
:O wait, Billy returned to the work place?

No, Billy is a bad person and does bad things, but he hasn't yet detonated a pig.

He needs to step his game up. Also when he does record it. :D that would be an interesting video. :D

The best option to have him return, discordian water torture(FOSS). (for a lack of a better name.) *nods,

here are the steps.
1. get the equipment needed. (sponge, a chair, some black nylon rope, a cat, Billy.)
2. tie Billy to the chair.
3. wet the sponge with some water.
4. every 23 minutes drip a drop on the cat, who was strategically placed around Billy.
5. find the cat.

then repeat steps 4 and 5 until Billy succumbs to your every demand.

to intensify this, you may wear leather.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 04, 2018, 09:59:46 pm
Watching it rain inside the kitchen.  It's not raining outside.

Kevin:  "I told you this would happen.  This area is too small for a ten ton air conditioner."

Me:  "I'm aware.  I know that and you know that, but the retired engineer on the energy task force thought this was a good idea."

Kevin:  "Did he ever do any refrigeration work?"

Me:  "Nope.  Electronics."

Kevin:  "So how is he qualified to do this?"

Me:  "Because he is an engineer and we are lowly tradesmen.  To admit that we have skills he might not have is to say that he isn't a living God and maybe even that we are capable of walking upright."

Kevin:  "Is he really that arrogant?"

Me:  "Engineer."

Kevin:  "We can still fix this. We can put the 10 ton on a secondary thermostat so it doesn't short-cycle."

Me:  "No, Billy, this looks like an engineering problem."

Kevin:  "Stop calling me Billy.  And this is totally fixable."

Me:  "But we aren't going to fix it, at least until he has rolled in his own poop for a while.  Engineers can't learn without pain and humiliation."

Kevin:  "You talk like they're not actual people."

Me:  "Do actual people make it rain in a commercial kitchen in a monumental fit of hubris and incompetence?"

Kevin:  "No, okay.  But we should fix this."

Me:  This is all normal, Billy."

Kevin:  "Goddammit.  Stop calling me Billy."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on September 05, 2018, 03:13:19 am
Kevin:  "Did he ever do any refrigeration work?"

Me:  "Nope.  Electronics."
I'm finding it a bit difficult not to employ the "no-true-scotsman" fallacy, here.  I mean, wouldn't a real electronics guy know that big things have big tradeoffs?

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Kevin:  "Is he really that arrogant?"

Me:  "Engineer."
We're not all bad.  I have a degree in electrical engineering, but I'm the first to admit you shouldn't let me try to fix your blender.  Not unless you have the schematics for it.

It's reasonable to assume arrogance by default, though.  ERTW is part of the culture, or at least it was, back when I was in school.

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Me:  "But we aren't going to fix it, at least until he has rolled in his own poop for a while.  Engineers can't learn without pain and humiliation."
This is true.  It might even take more than one incident.

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Me:  This is all normal, Billy."
"Situation normal" is one of my pre-canned responses to "How's it going?"  I'm trying to train the project manager to wince whenever I use it.  I have a manic grin to go along with it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 04:43:17 am
Kevin:  "Did he ever do any refrigeration work?"

Me:  "Nope.  Electronics."
I'm finding it a bit difficult not to employ the "no-true-scotsman" fallacy, here.  I mean, wouldn't a real electronics guy know that big things have big tradeoffs?

Quote
Kevin:  "Is he really that arrogant?"

Me:  "Engineer."
We're not all bad.  I have a degree in electrical engineering, but I'm the first to admit you shouldn't let me try to fix your blender.  Not unless you have the schematics for it.

It's reasonable to assume arrogance by default, though.  ERTW is part of the culture, or at least it was, back when I was in school.

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Me:  "But we aren't going to fix it, at least until he has rolled in his own poop for a while.  Engineers can't learn without pain and humiliation."
This is true.  It might even take more than one incident.

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Me:  This is all normal, Billy."
"Situation normal" is one of my pre-canned responses to "How's it going?"  I'm trying to train the project manager to wince whenever I use it.  I have a manic grin to go along with it.

There are two kinds of engineers. 

Ron is the third kind.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 04:46:47 am
I mean, I have worked with some deranged assholes in my time, but this guy is the all time champion.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 08:55:13 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on September 05, 2018, 08:56:34 pm
...and what's wrong with ABBA?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 09:09:53 pm
...and what's wrong with ABBA?

Nothing is wrong with Abba.  It was the absolute exemplar of the British music scene.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 05, 2018, 09:11:10 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 09:14:13 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 05, 2018, 09:16:59 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.

so, you're saying the other folk at the place you work is of a similar age? :O

*nods, this body was born during the Reagon Reign. :D
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 09:18:07 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.

so, you're saying the other folk at the place you work is of a similar age? :O

*nods, this body was born during the Reagon Reign. :D

Yes.  We are all old and cranky, and hate young people.  Especially that bastard Kevin.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 05, 2018, 09:20:20 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.

so, you're saying the other folk at the place you work is of a similar age? :O

*nods, this body was born during the Reagon Reign. :D

Yes.  We are all old and cranky, and hate young people.  Especially that bastard Kevin.


:3 interesting. :D well, as a goddess i am probably around 100 times your age. :D 4004. *nods.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 05, 2018, 09:21:13 pm
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.

The money people.  LMNO.  You know when they're around because your money panics in a moment of existential dread.  Your stocks go sideways and they will teach you to NEVER again stick your junk in the bond market, if you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  When money people are around, all the radio stations start playing Abba, except the religious AM stations, and those just start howling about "improper physics" or maybe about how "WE GOT YOUR FRIENDS WE GOT YOUR FAMILY IA IA IA!". 

Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).  Engineers in their resting state do whatever they can to prevent anything from actually being built or repaired, because YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG YOU HORRIBLE LITTLE MAINTENANCE OBJECT.  Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.

MY people, on the other hand, are terminally-lazy, half-educated people that are good with their hands if you poke them with the stun wand a time or ten.  They have a deep-seated phobia of work and react to new knowledge and techniques with spastic horror.

Everybody sucks. 


you may need to invest in some essential equipment (nipple electrical shocker thing, a few dozen whips, black nylon rope, fuzzy handcuffs, a three foot long dildo that attaches to the table or wall, and duck tape.)

after you obtain these items, you can start using them effectively, :D before you know it you will be promoted to CEO. I garantee it.

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.

so, you're saying the other folk at the place you work is of a similar age? :O

*nods, this body was born during the Reagon Reign. :D

Yes.  We are all old and cranky, and hate young people.  Especially that bastard Kevin.


:3 interesting. :D well, as a goddess i am probably around 100 times your age. :D 4004. *nods.

HAH.  I am a Titan.  Like that Cronut guy. 


Therefore WAY older.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Capeditiea on September 05, 2018, 09:27:52 pm

I feel as if I should point out that I have infested this planet for 50 years this October, and there is absolutely nothing you can shock me with when it comes to depravity.  If you were not around for the Reagan years, you cannot truly understand perversion and should find a different approach.  LMNO will back me up on this, he is almost as hideously old as I am, and would have fucked a mud puddle if it wiggled, back before he found Jesus.

Doktor Howl,
Old and vile and covered in fleas.

so, you're saying the other folk at the place you work is of a similar age? :O

*nods, this body was born during the Reagon Reign. :D

Yes.  We are all old and cranky, and hate young people.  Especially that bastard Kevin.


:3 interesting. :D well, as a goddess i am probably around 100 times your age. :D 4004. *nods.

HAH.  I am a Titan.  Like that Cronut guy. 


Therefore WAY older.

well... shit
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Hoopla! on September 05, 2018, 10:36:28 pm
...and what's wrong with ABBA?

Nothing is wrong with Abba.  It was the absolute exemplar of the British music scene.

We now have an entire album of Cher performing ABBA covers. This age is perfection.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on September 06, 2018, 01:14:27 am
Also, Engineers do not rule the world.  Engineers function at the whim of the people who carve up the budget.
We figure that out a few years into our first job.  The arrogant ones (like your Ron) refuse to face it and become even more arrogant.  The smart ones get themselves a solid technical grounding, and then switch careers to budget carving.  The weaker ones, crushed between the caprices of the business development group and the ruthless Judgement of The Machine God, dissipate into the ether, or go into sales.  The rest succumb to the grind.  A few manage to have fun with it.

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Engineers design things, given enough motivation (pain, humiliation, astonishingly small bonuses, and maybe a convention or two that they falsely assume is a chance at mating).
I design things because I find it vaguely amusing, and it keeps me off the streets.  Unfortunately, the things I design are often pretty stupid.  Ever spent two weeks of your life adding a feature nobody is ever going to use, just because that idiot in the systems department wrote it into the spec?

Quote
Their radios only play David Mustaine, because they're edgy like that.
Never heard of him.

Quote
Everybody sucks.
No exceptions.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 11, 2018, 01:19:29 am
Trigger pulled.  Maintenance manager is now a tech III and I am filling the positions of director and manager until a replacement can be found.

Everyone assumed that it was business as usual and lined up to tell me what their schedule would be, and what they were willing to do.  At the same time.  Like I'm gonna be their dumpster.

"No.  Here is your new schedule.  Look at that bullshit; I realize that you are very angry about this, I just don't care.  I have a plan for any number of you quitting, and I will fire anyone involved in a work stoppage.  This is the new reality, because you didn't like the soft option, that smiling guy there that used to be your chronically-miserable boss.  So it's just us now, and I am the only friend you have in the whole world.  Isn't that the worst fucking thing you've ever heard?"

What's funny is that when I told them in the beginning of the meeting that none of this was personal, they took that to be a good thing  :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Junkenstein on September 11, 2018, 07:09:57 am
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What's funny is that when I told them in the beginning of the meeting that none of this was personal, they took that to be a good thing  :lulz:

You must not have said it correctly. Every time I've had to say that it's been very, very obvious that it is quite personal and Fuck You. I see the fun in your method, just a style and preference thing I guess.

How long did it take them to work out it was personal? If it's more than 10 minutes these people are beyond backward.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 11, 2018, 07:16:59 am
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What's funny is that when I told them in the beginning of the meeting that none of this was personal, they took that to be a good thing  :lulz:

You must not have said it correctly. Every time I've had to say that it's been very, very obvious that it is quite personal and Fuck You. I see the fun in your method, just a style and preference thing I guess.

How long did it take them to work out it was personal? If it's more than 10 minutes these people are beyond backward.

It's NOT personal, though.  That scared the jimjams out of Kevin.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Junkenstein on September 11, 2018, 07:18:21 am
Oh.

Well then, make it personal. It's much more fun that way.

Even better, make it personal between them. "Lets you and him fight" is always good to kill some workday time.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 12, 2018, 08:37:29 pm
Me:  "Do it this way."

Steve:  "No, we have done it this other way for years."

Me:  "And the place is not right.  It is in fact the opposite of right.  This place looks and feels like a Motel 6 in downtown Cleveland.  So we'll do it my way."

Steve:  "No, we..."

Me:  "Punch out, you can sell your case to HR whenever she stops scheming long enough to call you."

*Steve swears a lot, hurls toolbag down, leaves*

Kevin:  "Was that actually necessary?"

Me:  "Of course it was.  It's all better now."

Kevin:  "But now there's only me and Austin to do this job."

Me: "Oh, THAT isn't all better.  I wasn't talking about that.  I will send Joe over to help."

Kevin:  "Which part IS better?"

Me:  "The forces of Wrong have been defeated."

Kevin:  "..."

Me:  "..."

Kevin:  "Don't say it."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on September 12, 2018, 08:45:39 pm
I love that Kevin is starting to become self-aware.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 12, 2018, 08:47:30 pm
I love that Kevin is starting to become self-aware.

The process worked that way with Billy, although it bears mentioning that Billy was already sort of a bad person.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 14, 2018, 11:32:35 pm
It occurred to me today that the HR lady is on vacation.

Poor Steve.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 25, 2018, 11:17:42 pm
*standing over a pit with a broken pipe in it*

Kevin:  "Jesus Christ, what the hell IS that thing?"

Me:  "That is what Englishmen call a 'fatberg'.  It is all the suet and grease flushed down from the kitchen, escaping through the broken pipe.  Then it eats the caliche and makes an ever-enlarging hole in the ground which may someday grow up to be a gigantic sinkhole, as the fatberg travels down."

Kevin:  "You're having me on."

Me:  "Google it.  On your phone.  Right now."

Kevin:  *does so*  "Urk."

Me:  "Yes, urk.  This is what happens when the former maintenance manager doesn't call for the pumping truck because the grease trap is always miraculously empty, despite the restaurant discharging something like 1000 gallons a day through this drain alone.  This is why he is no longer the maintenance manager."

Kevin:  "But you demoted him before you found this."

Me:  "Things like this.  We had a maintenance manager, but the maintenance was not being managed."

Billy:  *walks up* "Hey, I jumped in the car as soon as I heard."  *looks in pit*  "Okay, that's awesome."

Kevin:  "You guys LIKE this kinda thing?"

Me:  "It is the future of the human race, only down in a hole."

Kevin:  "..."

Billy:  "This is all normal, Kevin.  You know what's NOT normal?"

Kevin:  "No.  No I do not.  And I don't want to."

Billy:  "No, this is great."

Kevin:  *sticks fingers in ears* "IF I DON'T LISTEN, YOU CAN'T HURT MY BRAIN. LALALALA"

Billy:  "You can't pump these things out.  They have to be mechanically-extracted.  By which I mean, 'with shovels and chainsaws'."

Kevin:  "Stop."

Billy:  *turns to me*  "So who drew the short straw?"

Me: "Well, I just fired all of the low-performers."

Kevin:  *looks worried*

Me:  "So I guess we'll have to get some contractors.  Why are you looking at me that way, Kevin?  You have some value, even if you aren't serious about having a good time.  I am hardly going to feed you to the fatberg.  Even if it is just a baby.  6 feet by 6 feet by 4 feet or so.  All a man truly needs, in the end."

Kevin:  "I live in hell.  I can't stand it.  I'm taking a half day."  *walks off*

Billy:  "Was I ever that fragile?"

Me:  "No.  You disappointed me in other ways."

(Note:  Pic of the top end of the fatberg to be posted tonight.)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on September 26, 2018, 12:18:05 am
Kevin:  "You're having me on."

Me:  "Google it.  On your phone.  Right now."

Okay.

Quote from: wikipedia
A fatberg is a congealed lump in a sewer system formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solid matter
...
The resulting lumps of congealed material can be as strong as concrete, and require specialist equipment to remove.

Quote from: Museum of London
Handled incorrectly, even small amounts of fatberg can kill.
...
The fatberg samples can only be moved by trained personnel wearing full protective clothing.
...
Fatbergs are a material thatís not well understood, chemically or biologically. Weíve had flies hatch out of the fatberg, and mould growth while it was drying out

Billy is right.  That is awesome.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 26, 2018, 12:58:26 am
The very top of the fatberg.

(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42614826_2203406299939784_1176560240099852288_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_eui2=AeG1NB-nWfA2Gcw2LDC2CEuggYGAqoFHLd60zkuG-jw_kgVgufj_hcWWu54EErNRRtxHrRXepwUSqlWZx3sSq7mYj0IEtKTrXvigLDHi5j0AAQ&oh=f3038d27765545fa9ec1571c2ecfbef1&oe=5C18839F)


(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42686550_2203406279939786_1187695672959172608_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_eui2=AeErzz61mIU-n654HfgCEWRkeq6k0lKud2Db2zmEUoRRgW0SyMaZPFpeQ_qGyD3Gkl_jnRssxv90Zt_7AsaIg-byrjY5FdJGqufi9NunrtulrQ&oh=299c26ebb5556d0f4de9a4c19682a5a3&oe=5C2B9E3B)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on September 26, 2018, 12:46:03 pm
Don't try to fool me.  You captured a gelatinous cube.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 26, 2018, 05:36:35 pm
Don't try to fool me.  You captured a gelatinous cube.

This is more like an ochre jelly.  That's poisonous.  And might explode.

Conditions are different from the London sewers, and if you want, I can tell you how this could potentially kill us all.  By "us" I of course mean myself, my crew, and a pack of blue hairs.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 27, 2018, 01:59:13 am
At our staff meeting:

Me  "...And so we need to spend a bit more than we anticipated, but we're still inside the worst-case margin.  Any questions or comments?"

Evil HR Lady:  "Your entire maintenance department has been in my office complaining about you."

Me:  "I'm aware.  They do not like this new 'work' thing.  But I have to ask, why reserve your confidentiality failures for a meeting on budget reforecasting?"

Evil HR Lady:  "You act like a tyrant."

Me:  "Obviously.  But couldn't you have chosen a more appropriate time to display your absolute lack of professionalism?"

Evil HR Lady:  *grabs notepad and lumbers out of the room*

Boss:  "Damn, dude, was that necessary?"

Me:  "Yes.  It was a moral imperative.  You just saw her rat out 7 employees for a cheap dig at me."

Boss's boss: "I concur.  I was going to say the same thing."

Me:  "Thank you."

Boss's boss:  "I still hate you."

Me:  "I'm comfortable with that."

Boss:  *looks panicked*

Me:  "All of these phenomena fall inside accepted parameters."

Boss:  "Did you just tell me 'this is all normal'?"

Me:  "Yes, but in Engineer."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Fujikoma on September 29, 2018, 01:09:53 am
This whole thing is fucking FANTASTIC. 12/10, stuff like this was what I was talking about.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on September 30, 2018, 07:12:19 pm
Don't try to fool me.  You captured a gelatinous cube.

This is more like an ochre jelly.  That's poisonous.  And might explode.

Conditions are different from the London sewers, and if you want, I can tell you how this could potentially kill us all.  By "us" I of course mean myself, my crew, and a pack of blue hairs.

I'm interested.  I have a fascination with subterranean horrors.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on September 30, 2018, 08:25:30 pm
Don't try to fool me.  You captured a gelatinous cube.

This is more like an ochre jelly.  That's poisonous.  And might explode.

Conditions are different from the London sewers, and if you want, I can tell you how this could potentially kill us all.  By "us" I of course mean myself, my crew, and a pack of blue hairs.

I'm interested.  I have a fascination with subterranean horrors.

Well, the blob, when sufficient large, will begin to heat up in the center.  Just a few degrees, but that's all that is required.  The center of the blob will pull oxygen from the outside and start forming diesel-like hydrocarbons.  The outer layers, starved of oxygen, start growing anaerobes (tetanus, gangrene, various sulfur-reducing bugs, etc).  Water is, by osmosis, pulled from all sides and deposited directly beneath the fatberg.  Here that means it dissolves the caliche beneath it (which is added to the fatberg as white chunks of calcium and sodium), which means it sinks over time.  When it reaches bedrock, it stops moving and starts pressurizing.  Eventually, the center diesels and you get a pressurized scalding hot geyser of unkillable fatal prehistoric bacteria.  (The fatbergs of London don't have the same problem because they are in tunnels and have room on either end to expand.)

No matter where you go, if you peel back the vinyl, it's nothing but horror, madness, and death.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on October 01, 2018, 01:11:30 am
Well, the blob, when sufficient large, will begin to heat up in the center.  Just a few degrees, but that's all that is required.  The center of the blob will pull oxygen from the outside and start forming diesel-like hydrocarbons.  The outer layers, starved of oxygen, start growing anaerobes (tetanus, gangrene, various sulfur-reducing bugs, etc).  Water is, by osmosis, pulled from all sides and deposited directly beneath the fatberg.  Here that means it dissolves the caliche beneath it (which is added to the fatberg as white chunks of calcium and sodium), which means it sinks over time.  When it reaches bedrock, it stops moving and starts pressurizing.  Eventually, the center diesels and you get a pressurized scalding hot geyser of unkillable fatal prehistoric bacteria.  (The fatbergs of London don't have the same problem because they are in tunnels and have room on either end to expand.)

No matter where you go, if you peel back the vinyl, it's nothing but horror, madness, and death.
Part of me is wondering how hard it would be to intentionally grow one of these.  You know, FOR SCIENCE.

But the saner part recalls that plumbing (and garbage collection) are the basis of modern civilization, and that things like this should be reserved for post-apocalyptic fiction, and kept out of the waking world.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Cain on October 01, 2018, 01:34:02 am
I keep hoping a fatberg will eat Parliament one day
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 01, 2018, 03:54:09 am
Well, the blob, when sufficient large, will begin to heat up in the center.  Just a few degrees, but that's all that is required.  The center of the blob will pull oxygen from the outside and start forming diesel-like hydrocarbons.  The outer layers, starved of oxygen, start growing anaerobes (tetanus, gangrene, various sulfur-reducing bugs, etc).  Water is, by osmosis, pulled from all sides and deposited directly beneath the fatberg.  Here that means it dissolves the caliche beneath it (which is added to the fatberg as white chunks of calcium and sodium), which means it sinks over time.  When it reaches bedrock, it stops moving and starts pressurizing.  Eventually, the center diesels and you get a pressurized scalding hot geyser of unkillable fatal prehistoric bacteria.  (The fatbergs of London don't have the same problem because they are in tunnels and have room on either end to expand.)

No matter where you go, if you peel back the vinyl, it's nothing but horror, madness, and death.
Part of me is wondering how hard it would be to intentionally grow one of these.  You know, FOR SCIENCE.

But the saner part recalls that plumbing (and garbage collection) are the basis of modern civilization, and that things like this should be reserved for post-apocalyptic fiction, and kept out of the waking world.

This is what I tell hippies when they run around screaming that we can grow food for 17 billion people, so "overpopulation isn't a thing."

They are in fact correct, we can grow that much food.  But we can only eliminate waste for 2 billion people, and we have 7.6 billion people and we add 200 net new people a minute.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 01, 2018, 03:54:40 am
I keep hoping a fatberg will eat Parliament one day

<insert Boris Johnson joke here>
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 03, 2018, 06:33:50 am
*watching Riverdance rehearsal at the theater*

*dancer falls off of stage*

Billy:  "Ouch."

Me:  "It's a great day to be alive, Billy."

I was re-reading this and this is still my favorite thing I've ever said.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 05, 2018, 07:34:49 pm
So I was asked today at the board coffee if I thought the recent bond measure sounded realistic (ie, expect 50+ basis points on AA bonds without any funny business.).

Me:  "In what universe?  This is madness."

Board president:  "That's a little extreme."

Me:  "No, this is drug-addled nonsense that makes 2006 look reasonable.  Has nobody noticed the massive bubble we're sitting on?  Yes, going to TOTALLY NOT JUNK BONDS, INC" is brilliant and has absolutely no downsides."

Finance Committee Chair:  "YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, YOU PUNK."

Me:  "Obviously not.  I can't see that the gap between GDP and wages is the largest it's ever been in history.  I can't see that AA bonds return 25 basis points and the broker is taking 50 basis points and we will somehow poop out 75 basis points without turning to dodgy bonds."

Crowd:  *murmer*

Board President:  "This IS actually stupid as hell."

Finance Committee Chair:  "I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS."

Me:  "Whether or not you have to take anything is outside of my job description, really.  AND I don't have to worry about this entire town looking to tar and feather me in 6 months."

Crowd:  *rumble rumble*

Me:  "I have to go now, I have a thing."

Board President:  "You can't leave right after saying that stuff."

Me:  "I have a thing behind the small restaurant.  You know, the thing I'm not supposed to talk about."

Crowd:  "ROBBLE ROBBLE ROBBLE*

Board President:  "You should be glad I'm quitting tomorrow, get out."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on October 07, 2018, 04:00:16 am
Quote from: Doktor Howl
Me:  "I have a thing behind the small restaurant.  You know, the thing I'm not supposed to talk about."

It took me a minute to catch on.  Then I formed a mental picture of a gaping pit in the ground, with a plywood sign in front of it, labelled "DANGER: FATBERG".
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 09, 2018, 03:56:47 am
Things I said today:

1. "That's a lot of Goddamn gangrene."
2. "If you show me a data sheet, I will drink that [reclaim water]."
3. "We are not savages. I mean, at least *I'm* not."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 10, 2018, 08:30:51 pm
F&B Director:  "Wow, that's a nice screen you installed."

Me:  "Don't thank me, you paid for it."

F&B:  "Wait, what?"
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 11, 2018, 12:55:22 am
(https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/43573214_2211327655814315_7595985671152467968_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&oh=959327a91e549a101ea781418ea23883&oe=5C4E9567)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on October 11, 2018, 01:16:15 pm
"I'll get to that right away.  First thing.  Top priority."


Then continue doing what you're doing.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on October 20, 2018, 05:28:49 am
"I'll get to that right away.  First thing.  Top priority."


Then continue doing what you're doing.

This works surprisingly well.

Also, "I'll take that under advisement."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 09, 2018, 06:25:20 pm
New Board President (Has been on the board, but is now president):  "Why are you so over budget?"

Me:  "Because you told me when you guys hired me that you were sick of things not getting done.  I am doing the things, but the things cost money."

NBP:  "You still have to stay in budget, though."

Me:  "Nothing was done around here for years.  You wrote this year's budget based on nothing getting done.  Now things are getting done, and there is no money."

NBP:  "Can't you find a happy medium?"

Me:  "No.  I wrote you a realistic budget for next year and you carved it back down to potato.  Now you can choose whether you want clean carpets OR clean toilets OR clean water."

Newest board member:  "You guys are overstaffed anyway."

Me:  *gas face*

NBP (to newest board member):  "Shut up."

Newest board member:  "No, they have loads of guys, if we lay a few off, the rest will work harder."

Me:  "Up until the moment the competent ones leave for a more secure job.  Have you noticed that Tucson's unemployment rate is 2.6%?  Do you wish to clean the toilets yourself?  Because that's how you clean the toilets yourself."

NBP:  "JESUS, SHUT UP.  Hamish, what do you actually need to run your departments?"

Me:  "$1.7 million dollars."

NBP:  "Quit padding it."

Me:  "1.45 million dollars."

NBP:  "Fine, just go do maintenance shit or something."

New board member:  "JUST FIRE HIM."

NBP:  "Things are better when you don't talk.  The fact that you are sitting in this room is an indictment of democracy."

(I think I love New Board President.)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on November 09, 2018, 06:41:39 pm
I love that you gave him the Gas Face.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on November 09, 2018, 06:42:26 pm
I love that you gave him the Gas Face.

Our charter makes no mention whatsoever of "non-verbal insubordination."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 11, 2018, 05:41:58 am
GUESS WHO I MANAGED TO LURE BACK!

:hammer:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Faust on December 11, 2018, 08:03:20 am
Please say the ball mill,  please say the ball mill.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on December 11, 2018, 12:47:07 pm
Billy?





BILLY!





See, everything defaults to MAIN.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 11, 2018, 06:34:30 pm
Billy?





BILLY!





See, everything defaults to MAIN.

I knew he'd be back.  He starts on the 1st, though his first day on the job is the 2nd.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on December 11, 2018, 10:03:37 pm
I don't know if I should be excited or sorry for him.


I mean, I'm definitely excited for me
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 11, 2018, 10:53:34 pm
I don't know if I should be excited or sorry for him.


I mean, I'm definitely excited for me

I offered him a bit more money, but the main thing is that he is bored stiff where he is.

I have the cure for that.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 14, 2018, 06:39:23 pm
Me:  "So we removed everything that could add zinc to the water, and the alkalinity is still falling.  And it IS a flocculation effect...There is no source of zinc, but there is still zinc."

Kevin:  "Where the hell is it coming from?"

Me:  "Nowhere.  This is clearly the result of black magic."

Kevin:  "If it was black magic, it would affect the tap water as well as the pools, and only the pools are affected."

Me:  "It's highly *specific* black magic."

Kevin:  (lightbulb visibly goes on) 

Me:  "What?"

Kevin:  "Isn't suntan lotion based on zinc oxide and titanium oxide?"

Me:  "..."

Kevin:  "What?"

Me:  "You just got a paid day off and $50 at Barnes and Noble."

Kevin:  "That's more...generous than you normally are."

Me:  "You don't normally think, though."

Kevin:  "WTF?"

Me:  "I feel that sort of thing should be encouraged.  Also, this is gonna burn Billy's biscuits."

Kevin:  "How come I just got a paid day off and $50 and I still feel insulted?"

Me:  "It's the glory of the free market, Billy."

Kevin:  "KEVIN."

Me:  "Whatever."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on December 14, 2018, 06:41:43 pm
Brilliant.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 14, 2018, 06:42:42 pm
Brilliant.

I was impressed.  Kevin is every bit as smart as Billy, he just has never had to use that intelligence until now.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 20, 2018, 02:02:18 am
Billy: *points at my computer screen*  "What the FUCK is THAT?"

Me:  "Sulfur-reducing bacteria porn."

Billy:  "So while I've been gone, you've been making germ porn?"

Me:  "No, we did lots of things, but it's the end of the budget cycle and we need revenue."

Billy:  "..."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on December 20, 2018, 01:02:43 pm
He's Back!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 20, 2018, 05:34:44 pm
He's Back!

Not officially, at least until January 2nd, but yeah, he's back.  :banana:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Fujikoma on December 30, 2018, 05:24:03 am
At the risk of sounding like a stupid fanboy, I love you, Howl.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on December 30, 2018, 06:28:19 am
At the risk of sounding like a stupid fanboy, I love you, Howl.

No worries.  But don't be a fanboy.  We'll wind up having an argument that lasts 5 years.  I say this from experiential data.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 04:51:58 am
Today at work:

Billy:  "So the board is all hot and bothered about the budget this year?"

Me:  "Yes.  Apparently, being a measly 13% over budget last year is a thing."

Billy:  "What's that in dollars?"

Me:  "Like $180,000.  Petty cash, really."

Billy:  "So what are we going to do?"

Me:  "Nothing.  We are going to save money."

Billy:  "But we have to do something about the anaerobes eating the pipes."

Me:  "We're going to save money at them."

Kevin:  "He's all butthurt about this."

Me:  "Can you blame me?  I have science blue balls.  Well, now we're going to save money until we attain catastrophic failure."

Kevin:  "We can still do SOME stuff."

Me:  "Yes.  We can save more money."

Billy:  "You're going to be unreasonable about this, aren't you?"

Me:  "Dumpsters cost less money if you don't ever have them emptied."

Kevin:  "Wait.  What?"

Billy:  "It's so good to be home."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 04:58:18 pm
In a meeting with a vendor this morning:

Vendor:  "So our product is going to be delayed for a short period of time, and..."

Me:  "So our payment to you is going to be delayed for 2 days per every day that you miss your delivery date."

Vendor:  "That's unreasonable.  We are experiencing normal holiday delays."

Me:  "You bid the job in October for a January 10th due date.  If the delays are normal, how was that not budgeted?"

Vendor:  "Look, this is normal practice."

Me:  "This is in fact all normal.  In any case, I have a thing, so Billy will listen to the rest of your bleating.  Billy, please read your sealed orders when he finally shuts up.""

Vendor:  "..."

Me:  *walks out of room*

*a half hour goes by, Billy walks into my office*

Me:  "How did it go?"

Billy:  "Not sure.  Your sealed orders said 'say you're going to the bathroom and then head to lunch.'  He's still in there."

Me:  "This is all normal, Billy."

Billy:  "Yep.  You up for Bhutanese?"

Me:  "I am always up for Bhutanese."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 08, 2019, 07:06:55 pm
Always nice to see Billy learning.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 07:09:31 pm
Always nice to see Billy learning.

Billy has developed quite nicely.  His 9 months slaving away for <water management vendor> have knocked most of the remaining idealism out of him.

Now he and I can focus on the others.  Problem is, though, that Billy hates Kevin because he's a weasel and a snitch, and I gotta get him past that sort of concern for peoples' motives.  He also hates Nick, but I also hate Nick so it's not really a thing.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 08, 2019, 07:12:57 pm
You're teaching him Consequentialism? 



Yikes.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 07:30:33 pm
You're teaching him Consequentialism? 



Yikes.

What?  No.  I am teaching him that humans are garbage and you don't consider their "morality" under any standard.  They are like the wee beasties in the pipes.  They do bad because that's how they're made.  You just learn to work around them as a species.

Take Kevin, for example.  He's a snitch and basically a rotten person with televangelist morality imprinting, but he fixes HVAC equipment very well.  Since we don't care that he has any opinions at all, and his usefulness as a repair bot isn't connected to his insanely hypocritical beliefs, we can safely have him repair said HVAC equipment while telling him to SHUT THE FUCK UP about those "sluts" that offend him so badly.  Think of it more as "sanity-protecting utilitarianism".  He works and SHUTS UP, he gets a paycheck, we get functional HVAC equipment, and no actual morals have been abused.  He might even learn to be something other than a bucket of snot.  But really it's just important that he SHUTS UP and also knows that we despise him.

If I was a consequentalist, I would have his mouth sewn shut, because the results would easily justify the inherent violence of the proposition.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 08, 2019, 07:39:57 pm
Ah.  Right.


I appreciate the explanation.  Makes sense.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 09:13:30 pm
Ah.  Right.


I appreciate the explanation.  Makes sense.


Yeah, consequentalism to me is more when you say "the end justifies the means", and yeah there is some of that around this.  But only to the level of "we *need* this work done and it's fucking impossible to find a less morally-repugnant HVAC tech when unemployment in Tucson is at 2.6%.  So I have to kinda hold my nose a bit.


In work related news:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-fatberg-made-of-grease-and-wet-wipes-found-in-english-sewer/ar-BBRY248?ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 08, 2019, 09:17:19 pm
This whole "running a town" thing would be way better if there weren't any people at all.  :rogpipe:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 09, 2019, 12:02:21 am
So I was thinking about this conversation and sort of suspecting that I was huffing my own farts, so I decided to ask the people who tend to have a clearer view of me than I do.  So I got home about 90 minutes ago and asked Jenn.

Me:  "So, looking at that, is that consequentialism?

Jenn:  "Yes.  Dressing up consequentalism in *more* consequentialism doesn't change what it is."

Me: "Oh."

Jenn:  "I hate to break it to you, but you and your friends aren't the good guys."

Me:  "Oh."

Jenn:  "Don't look so glum.  I married you specifically because you're a villain.  All humans must die."

Me:  "Woooooooo"

Jenn:  *leans in*  "Giddyap."

Apparently, being the villain gets you laid.  Hard.

*45 minutes later, calling Billy*

Me:  "Dude, Jenn says we're not the good guys."

Billy:  "No shit.  I work for Victor Frankenstein and he tells me we're not the good guys.  STOP THE PRESSES."

I can't think of a day where I've been happier, really.

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 09, 2019, 12:36:56 pm
 :lulz:


 :dream:


:peedee:


:himeobs:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 17, 2019, 12:24:33 am
Year end financials festivities are in full swing.

Jeff:  "And so the interest off of our T-bonds came to..."

Me:  "That's not interest."

Jeff:  "You're not doing this."

Billy:  "I think he is."

Jeff:  *buries face in hands."

Me:  "T bills are purchased at a discount.  You buy them at 95% of face value, and they mature in a given period - in this case, 6 months - then they are worth face value and they stop gaining in value."

Jeff:  "That's interest."

Me:  "No, that's capital gains.  Different values entirely, different structure."

Jeff:  "But it is listed as interest for the last 10 years of our records."

Me:  "But that was when we were owned by <corporation>.  This is our first year of reporting and maybe we should do it right.  I mean, this is the *only* thing we are taxed on, right?  So when we change it and pay the small amount extra, and the IRS says what about the previous 10 years - and that's about $750K, they will notice - we just smile and point at <corporation> and look angelic."

Jeff:  "But now I have to recalculate our taxable earnings."

Billy:  "No, you don't."

Jeff:  "But you guys just said..."

Me:  "What Billy is trying to say is that we already did it.  Last night.  Until 3 AM."  *hands over flash drive*  "Look grateful."

Jeff:  "..."

Billy:  "He should levitate or something when he does that shit, right?  Some kind of visible sign of his corruption by the dark arts."

Me:  "This is all..."

My Boss:  "Don't say it.  You will not say this is all normal in this Goddamn conference room."

Me:  "These events are statistically consistent."

My Boss:  "Get out.  Go do money shit or something."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 17, 2019, 12:50:36 am
I love you.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 17, 2019, 12:56:21 am
I love you.

I hear "go do money shit" more and more every month.   :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on January 17, 2019, 01:06:46 pm
(https://media1.tenor.com/images/0852c5ab704e2bf4e00ffd987ce276f5/tenor.gif?itemid=10267239)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 18, 2019, 12:26:34 am
More year end hijinks

Me:  "Annnnnd the financials are done."

Jeff:  "NOPE."

Me: "What?"

Jeff:  "You got ahead of me, and you have to eat another $25K in labor and $4K in accrued vacation."

Me:  "How do these bastards even get vacation?"

Jeff:  "You don't think people should get vacation?"

Me:  "Sure, but some other time."

Billy:  "He and I worked 17 hour days for days on end and he offered to feed me dead rats when I complained."

Me:  "So I gotta eat $29K MORE?"

Jeff:  "Yep.  This is all normal."  *walks out of room*

Me:  *slumps down on chair*

Billy:  "What do you know?  Even the Doktor can get stuck in the clockwork like everyone else."

Me:  "I am defeated.  My budget is garbage and the coffee is shit and the drugs do nothing."

Billy:  "Cheer up.  We still have the weekend to redo everything we spent the last 17 days doing."

Me:  "You're turning into me, you know."

Billy:  *stares at me for 2 seconds too long* 

Me:  "Don't you fucking say it."

Billy:  "This is all normal, Dok."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on January 18, 2019, 11:36:17 am
:spittake:

You've created a monster!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 18, 2019, 04:04:49 pm
:spittake:

You've created a monster!

Are you suggesting I'm responsible for this?  :crankey:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on January 18, 2019, 09:29:43 pm
 :lulz: :magick:  :lulz:

Your power to inspire is awesome. 'This is all normal' is now my favorite home brewed meme!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on January 18, 2019, 11:03:16 pm
Are you suggesting I'm responsible for this?  :crankey:

You should be proud.  It is in the nature of a true villain to corrupt the youth, and sow the seeds of destruction for future generations.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 31, 2019, 03:52:18 am
Me:  "They called me MAD."

Billy:  "..."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on January 31, 2019, 09:24:02 am
Me:  "They called me MAD."

Billy:  "..."

Can we have context, or would it spoil the party?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on January 31, 2019, 03:46:28 pm
Me:  "They called me MAD."

Billy:  "..."

Can we have context, or would it spoil the party?

It would spoil it.  It was the only funny bit.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 06, 2019, 01:28:55 am
At work today:

Me:  "Vinnie, you are as of 10 minutes ago not a janitor."

Vinnie:  "What, are you firing me?"

Me:  "Optimist.  You're the new database admin."

Vinnie:  "I don't know anything about databases."

Me:  "That's the beauty of it.  I don't have to un-train you.  You just learn to do it right the first time."

Me:  *Gestures at Billy*  "You have met the human-shaped mass of corruption that is Billy?"

Billy: "What's up?"

Vinnie:  *stares*

Me:  "Don't look so beat up.  Your salary just doubled."

Vinnie:  "It did?"

Me:  "On the downside, you report to Billy now, though I'll be the one training you, and the IT guy will track your progress."

Vinnie:  "I have three bosses now?"

Me:  "No, you have four bosses now.  Jeff also needs updates on the financial side. "

Billy:  "Welcome to the deep end, kid.  It's full of poop."

Me:  "Don't listen to Billy, he's a pessimist."

Vinnie:  "But you said I report to Billy."

Me:  "Billy reports to me and he never listens to a fucking word I say."

Billy:  "True, true."

Vinnie:  "Do I get a choice in all of this?"

Billy & Me:  *laughs*

Billy:  "We have a saying about choices."

Vinnie:  "...."

Me:  "This is all normal, Vinnie."

Vinnie:  "It is?"

Billy:  Welcome aboard, kid."

Me:  "We're going to do great things."



Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on February 07, 2019, 12:37:55 am
A janitor promoted to database admin...?

Well, I suppose both jobs technically involve cleaning up other people's messes, and if he is self-aware enough to say he doesn't know anything about databases, he's already better than 80% of the IT people out there.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 07, 2019, 01:25:24 am
A janitor promoted to database admin...?

Well, I suppose both jobs technically involve cleaning up other people's messes, and if he is self-aware enough to say he doesn't know anything about databases, he's already better than 80% of the IT people out there.

I believe that you should promote people who show initiative. 

Either they will exceed your wildest expectations, or they will explode violently in the breakdown lane.  I win either way.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on February 07, 2019, 01:06:22 pm
I believe that you should promote people who show initiative. 

Either they will exceed your wildest expectations, or they will explode violently in the breakdown lane.  I win either way.

That management strategy sounds like something from the evil overlord list (http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html).  I'm starting to get this image of you leaving behind a trail of crushed dreams and nascent supervillains everywhere you go.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 07, 2019, 04:39:48 pm
I believe that you should promote people who show initiative. 

Either they will exceed your wildest expectations, or they will explode violently in the breakdown lane.  I win either way.

That management strategy sounds like something from the evil overlord list (http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html).  I'm starting to get this image of you leaving behind a trail of crushed dreams and nascent supervillains everywhere you go.

YASSS
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on February 11, 2019, 09:11:25 am
...and if he is self-aware enough to say he doesn't know anything about databases, he's already better than 80% of the IT people out there.

QFT
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Faust on February 11, 2019, 11:27:36 am
There is always more to learn about a database in this tutorial we will delve down into

1) Query structure
2) How to normalise tables
3) How does an index work
4) How an index ACTUALLY works
5) Execution plans, and caching (why repeating the same thing over and over again is not a sign of madness but a mistrust of a world built on shifting sands)
6) How Azethoth is at the heart of any SQL installation, and his role in making it work
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on February 11, 2019, 12:01:33 pm
I know just enough about databases to avoid them if I can by any means manage it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 14, 2019, 01:46:13 am
Today at work:

Billy:  "You got rear-ended twice today?"

Me:  "Yep.  Both times by an engineer in a Nissan.  Once in my car, once in a work truck."

Vinnie:  "God's out to get you, dude."

Me:  "God needs more gun."

Vinnie:  "..."

Me:  "What?  If he was serious, he'd send someone in an F150."

Billy:  "So God is just yanking your chain?"

Me:  "God is out to get *anyone* that figures out how derivatives work.  It's like learning Enochian.  You know too much, you gotta go."

Vinnie:  "So why Nissans and not the F150?"

Me:  "There's loads of people ahead of me in line, dude.  I'm a small fish.  I know a guy in Boston, God's been after his ass for YEARS."

Vinnie:  "Yeah, so why's he still alive?"

Me:  "You ever try to drive an F150 in Boston?  Can't be done."

Billy:  "That bad?"

Me:  "Yeah, God's stuck in bumper to bumper South of the common, this dude is getting weird all over people in the subway.  I could tell you stories.'

Billy:  "Okay, let's hear it."

Me:  "Nope.  For all I know, he owns an F150."

Vinnie:  "So this is what we do all day?  Talk smack about God?"

Me:  "Nope.  That is for lofty management types such as Billy and me.  You get crunching numbers.  That reserve study ain't gonna write itself."

Vinnie:  "But I don't know how to..."

Billy:  "Hush, dude, it's management time."

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on February 14, 2019, 12:59:29 pm
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Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: disco accordion on February 15, 2019, 03:54:30 am
The Billy Chronicles would make a great cartoon or something!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 15, 2019, 04:03:32 am
The Billy Chronicles would make a great cartoon or something!

Comic writers all starve to death, so no.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: disco accordion on February 15, 2019, 04:20:59 am
I meant animation. I call animation cartoons. However, It would make a cool comic book too since you mention it!
Even a puppet show if it was done right. Funny stuff!
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 20, 2019, 04:28:15 am
Today at work:

Me:  "...And so we can do it in house for $6580, or we can outsource it for $15000."

Vinnie:  "How is this even a question?"

Me:  "Well, that would depend on whose money we're spending."

Vinnie:  "You're more crooked than me."

Me:  "Well, yes,  You are young and do not have the deep-seated degeneracy that I have acquired through years of experience.  Anyway, the approach here is, you set it up as a capital project, say $15K, everyone freaks, you say you know a guy who knows a guy.  Then you say you can do it for maybe $10K, but you're going to need additional funds.  Half way through the project, you say your guys had a brilliant idea, it's going to cost $6580, and you're going to be under budget."

Vinnie:  "How do we benefit from that?"

Me:  "Because nobody asks for the $3420 back, and we stick it on the GL account for tools with what's left on there, and we go buy that sick ass new bore scope the HVAC guys have been drooling over for $5000."

Vinnie:  "Okay, but..."

Me:  "I'm not done yet."

Billy:  "You're gonna love this dude, he's getting religious."

Me:  "Then, because the tool costs $5000, at the end of the quarter, we back it into capitol, then we put the $5000 on the *equipment* line item with what's left on *that*, and we go buy an HVAC unit for the shop, which we need.  And THAT..."

Vinnie:  "THAT costs $5000, so we back IT into capital..."

Me:  "You see where this is going?"

Vinnie:  "Jail?"

Me:  "NOPE.  Totally legal.  I checked with the accounting guy AND the lawyer."

Billy:  "I smell malice."

Me:  "Your instincts are good.  I mean, all of this money has to come from *somewhere*..."

Vinnie:  "I was just gonna ask about that."

Me:  "We get first crack at capitol, so I'm going to steal <other division>'s money."

Vinnie:  "Won't they mind."

Me:  "Dude.  That's why we're doing this.  We don't even NEED a bore scope, you can rent one for $40/day.  What we NEED is to pick <other division>'s pockets while they stand there and WATCH US."

Vinnie:  "..."

Billy:  "I told you this was religious."

Me:  "This is all normal kids.  Welcome to The Corporation."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Don Coyote on February 21, 2019, 11:48:06 pm
I'm all kinds of fucked up over that. I feel greezy reading it.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 22, 2019, 02:09:55 am
I'm all kinds of fucked up over that. I feel greezy reading it.

Imagine how *I* feel.

I'm the victim, here.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Don Coyote on February 22, 2019, 02:15:30 am
I'm all kinds of fucked up over that. I feel greezy reading it.

Imagine how *I* feel.

I'm the victim, here.

Not to kink shame

BUT

I'm kink shaming you
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on February 22, 2019, 02:35:46 am
I'm all kinds of fucked up over that. I feel greezy reading it.

Imagine how *I* feel.

I'm the victim, here.

Not to kink shame

BUT

I'm kink shaming you

Not only am I kinkshaming you, I'm calling Olivia Benson.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 08, 2019, 05:38:51 pm
Today at work:

F&B Director:  "So I need you to add an outlet here and here."

Kevin:  "How many amps do you need?"

F&B:  "I just need two outlets."

Kevin:  "I still need to know how many amps, to size the wires."

F&B:  "Use the small wire, it's cheaper."

Kevin:  "...."

Me:  "Show me the equipment you want to plug in."

F&B:  "It's that stuff over there."

Me:  *looks*  "This is a total of 29 amps.  The current equipment is 28 amps.  You have a grand total of 30 amps available, so I cannot add 29 amps if those other plugs are still being used."

F&B:  "It won't all be on at the same time."

Me:  "Doesn't matter.  The NEC, OSHA, and the Fire Inspector don't care if it IS on, but whether or not it CAN be on."

F&B:  "I just need two more outlets."

Me:  "No."

F&B:  "Why not?"

Me:  "Because physics says so.  Also because we do not break the electrical code around here."

F&B:  "I'll go to the board."

Me:  "You go right ahead."

F&B:  *storms off*

Kevin:  "What the hell is that guy's problem?"

Me:  "His problem is that he still doesn't realize that <lady who is president of board> is an electrical engineer."

Kevin:  "We can make the circuit larger.  Gonna have to pull some wire."

Me:  "Okay, how long and how much?"

Kevin:  "A day, and maybe $250 with the bigger breaker and the wire and whatnot."

Me:  "Right, so a week and $1000."

Kevin:  "Um."

Me:  "Kevin, you are really going to have to learn at some point while getting the job done is a religion around here now, fucking the other departments out of their budget is definitely core doctrine."

Kevin:  "How do you sleep at night?"

Me:  "Like a baby.  Like a big fat horribly corrupt baby.  Now go order some wire."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on March 08, 2019, 06:01:01 pm
 :lulz: :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on March 09, 2019, 04:11:04 am
F&B:  "It won't all be on at the same time."

This is like a government saying "we know the provisions in this new law may seem excessively broad, but we promise to only use these powers against the bad guys."  You can trust the current government, of course. :|  But what if the other team wins the next election?

Measure the draw a month after you upgrade the wire and install the new outlets, and I'll bet even odds they're pushing it past 30A.  Five-to-one that within a year they've plugged in something other than what F&B pointed out, and his guarantee has become even more meaningless.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 14, 2019, 12:19:04 am
F&B:  "It won't all be on at the same time."

This is like a government saying "we know the provisions in this new law may seem excessively broad, but we promise to only use these powers against the bad guys."  You can trust the current government, of course. :|  But what if the other team wins the next election?

Measure the draw a month after you upgrade the wire and install the new outlets, and I'll bet even odds they're pushing it past 30A.  Five-to-one that within a year they've plugged in something other than what F&B pointed out, and his guarantee has become even more meaningless.

Right now, if they plug in 29 amps, the entire distribution network fails all the way back to the 13.8K buses.  Not even kidding.

I am pulling another 100 amps in from another source, but I am doing it painfully slowly because I am feeling like a vindictive asshat right now.  It will be done in time, but just.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 19, 2019, 02:53:43 am
Me:  Fired.
Billy:  Fired.
Boss:  Fired.
Kevin:  Fired.
Austin:  Fired.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on March 19, 2019, 02:55:39 am
What the hell happened? Another pig detonation?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 19, 2019, 03:38:10 am
What the hell happened? Another pig detonation?

A difference in opinion over what constitutes financial malfeasance.  We were asked to do something improper, we reported it, we were all shit-canned.

I expect this to lead to hilarity.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on March 19, 2019, 03:47:10 am
Oh boy. And I remember, it seems so recent, they were concerned about you selling back unused supplies at a profit.

I get the impression you canít say much, but I cannot help but assume that the fun this will result in is the kind that ends, much like a water hammer in a sewage treatment plant, with a loud bang and a slowly rising mass of steaming, toxic muck.

(Yeah, Iíve been rereading the thread.)
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on March 19, 2019, 04:40:17 am
A difference in opinion over what constitutes financial malfeasance.  We were asked to do something improper, we reported it, we were all shit-canned.

I expect this to lead to hilarity.
That is the way with attempted cover-ups.  Every action taken just adds to the body of evidence.  Firing whistle-blowers en masse is right up there with setting fire to the police station to obliterate the record of your traffic ticket.

So, are you going to take a second look at that "worst-job-in-the-world" offer from a week or so ago?
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 19, 2019, 02:26:03 pm
A difference in opinion over what constitutes financial malfeasance.  We were asked to do something improper, we reported it, we were all shit-canned.

I expect this to lead to hilarity.
That is the way with attempted cover-ups.  Every action taken just adds to the body of evidence.  Firing whistle-blowers en masse is right up there with setting fire to the police station to obliterate the record of your traffic ticket.

So, are you going to take a second look at that "worst-job-in-the-world" offer from a week or so ago?

I was waiting for my 2nd interview when this happened.  :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 19, 2019, 02:28:19 pm
Oh boy. And I remember, it seems so recent, they were concerned about you selling back unused supplies at a profit.

I get the impression you canít say much, but I cannot help but assume that the fun this will result in is the kind that ends, much like a water hammer in a sewage treatment plant, with a loud bang and a slowly rising mass of steaming, toxic muck.

(Yeah, Iíve been rereading the thread.)

I knew something was in the wind, so I had been opening 1.5 projects for every one I closed since last December.  Now there's a fair stack of current projects going that all require attention.  I hadn't seen a need to brief anyone.  I am sure things will be fine.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on March 19, 2019, 04:36:27 pm
That's mean.





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Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 21, 2019, 03:20:25 am
So, the dickhead that fired us just called me 10 minutes ago and asked where he can find the projections on <project>.

:lulz:

"I'll send you a rate card."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Q. G. Pennyworth on March 21, 2019, 03:26:23 am
So, the dickhead that fired us just called me 10 minutes ago and asked where he can find the projections on <project>.

:lulz:

"I'll send you a rate card."

What a fuckin chode
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 21, 2019, 03:55:23 am
So, the dickhead that fired us just called me 10 minutes ago and asked where he can find the projections on <project>.

:lulz:

"I'll send you a rate card."

What a fuckin chode

My rates are very reasonable.  $600/hour, minimum 4 hours.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on March 21, 2019, 04:04:10 am
My rates are very reasonable.  $600/hour, minimum 4 hours.
"Plus mileage and expenses."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 21, 2019, 04:27:04 am
My rates are very reasonable.  $600/hour, minimum 4 hours.
"Plus mileage and expenses."

Obviously.  This is now a contract gig, if it's any sort of gig at all.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on March 21, 2019, 12:05:05 pm
It's amazing how people fail to recognize "what are you gonna do, fire me?" is an actual thing.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 21, 2019, 12:25:59 pm
It's amazing how people fail to recognize "what are you gonna do, fire me?" is an actual thing.

It's worth mentioning that boss's boss was a man who demonstrated the Peter Principle perfectly.  He really had no clue what he was doing.  He was out half the time, and when he was in, he was surfing the internet, looking at things that pertained to his OLD job...One, say, a step below mine, but at a larger facility.

So he really didn't know what to do, and when he guessed, he was wrong.  Under the stress of the new board leaning on him (the old one just went around him) and a couple of toadies blowing smoke, he finally made an improper decision, rather than a merely incorrect decision.  At this point, my boss had to choose between propping him up, or following the law.  Things got out of hand rather quickly at that point.

I was woken up early by a text message this morning.  Half of the remaining crew quit.  This leaves the boss's boss with 6 people to run 7 day and 7 night shifts.

Life is hard.  It's harder when you refuse to grab the bull by the tail and look the facts in the face.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Junkenstien on March 27, 2019, 07:40:27 pm
On a scale of 1 to criminal, how improper was that decision? Sounds juicy.

Also, drop the rate to reasonable but shove in fees for fucking everything under the sun. $2/step needed to be taken. As in walking step, not any kind of procedural step. $1/word spoken. Any needed goods/services are provided under a 100% markup.

I'm still dealing with constant idiocy. Today, I had to explain why a replacement motor, that is half the size and less than half the power of the previous one is not useful. And makes things like "Safe lifting weights" irrelevant because that was worked out and tested on the old motor. That was larger.

The new one will apparently get better with time. I agreed. As we all know, every machine everywhere just gets better with age. It's why people buy old second hand cars. The reliability and efficiency and all that. When I told them this they were unwilling to accept my conclusions. Someone's 75-80% likely to get hurt with this in the next few days and I'm going to laugh, not fix it and gleefully have a few long meetings with the HSE over it.

Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on March 27, 2019, 08:21:33 pm
On a scale of 1 to criminal, how improper was that decision? Sounds juicy.

Basically it's worth 5-10 in the slammer.

Also, my boss is suing them.

Quote
Also, drop the rate to reasonable but shove in fees for fucking everything under the sun. $2/step needed to be taken. As in walking step, not any kind of procedural step. $1/word spoken. Any needed goods/services are provided under a 100% markup.

I'm still dealing with constant idiocy. Today, I had to explain why a replacement motor, that is half the size and less than half the power of the previous one is not useful. And makes things like "Safe lifting weights" irrelevant because that was worked out and tested on the old motor. That was larger.

The new one will apparently get better with time. I agreed. As we all know, every machine everywhere just gets better with age. It's why people buy old second hand cars. The reliability and efficiency and all that. When I told them this they were unwilling to accept my conclusions. Someone's 75-80% likely to get hurt with this in the next few days and I'm going to laugh, not fix it and gleefully have a few long meetings with the HSE over it.

Machines heal if you let them.  :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: The Johnny on March 27, 2019, 10:11:26 pm

One doesn't need to be an engineer to know that ANY mechanical device ages like fine wine  :lulz:
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on March 27, 2019, 10:56:16 pm
The new one will apparently get better with time. I agreed. As we all know, every machine everywhere just gets better with age. It's why people buy old second hand cars.

You can speed this maturation by having one of your minions apply a common industrial coolant (DHMO) to the motor in question.  Natrium chloride will further accelerate the process.  However, this is only effective on certain metallic components.  If there are non-rigid parts you wish to season, you may want to consider the use of "mus musculus."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Fujikoma on March 28, 2019, 07:58:28 pm
OMG, one doesn't simply fire the resident supervillain, it's like they've never read a comic book in their life.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 10, 2019, 10:35:08 pm
Interviewer:  "And the other thing we need to do is increase the capability of our maintenance teams.  We're thinking of about 5 more technicians.  You know people?"

Me:  "Oh, yes, I know people."

IT BEGINS AGAIN, LIKE A PHOENIX RISING FROM ITS OWN POOP.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on April 10, 2019, 10:44:19 pm
I cannot wait for day one. This is for me what sitcoms are for those other people.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: LMNO on April 11, 2019, 01:26:27 am
Same.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Fujikoma on April 11, 2019, 10:24:37 am
OMFG YUS.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Zenpatista on April 14, 2019, 07:24:29 pm
I'm a little concerned about the extent of my excitement for your career. I look forward to your autobiography. It's more exciting than the backhanded compliments and comments where I work.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on April 14, 2019, 08:23:55 pm
I'm a little concerned about the extent of my excitement for your career. I look forward to your autobiography. It's more exciting than the backhanded compliments and comments where I work.

You just need to be more horrible.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 14, 2019, 10:06:58 pm
The Freak Crew rides again.

I have managed to lower the bar for morality yet again in the job I just accepted today.  Facilities maintenance for a company that builds weapons or something like that.  Needs staffing up, so I am looking to hire Billy, Angry Ed from the refinery days, and a couple of HVAC geeks.

Me:  "So, are you in?"

Billy:  "Fuck yes, I'm in.  When you said it was a morally-bankrupt job, I thought you meant it was connected to health insurance or some shit.  I can do arms manufacturing and not lose a wink of sleep."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on June 14, 2019, 11:53:44 pm
Arms manufacturing is a tough one for me. I love the engineering of firearms, theyíre like little puzzle boxes, everything shaped and fit together just right. Then thereís the materials component, the ergonomics, weight considerations (for transport and for recoil), tuning of cycle rate, a billion tiny variables, it appeals to the little puzzle solving monkey in me in a deep, deep way.

If youíre talking about big boy toys, missiles are interesting to me from a propellant chemistry standpoint, and artillery is just really really big guns.

And yet my moral and ethical side wonít let me get involved with something Iíd find deeply personally rewarding and lucrative to boot. Not a fan of arming pigs, mass shooters or imperialist bastards. Not criticizing, we all need to eat, it just brought this particular conundrum to the front of my mind.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 15, 2019, 01:21:52 am
Arms manufacturing is a tough one for me. I love the engineering of firearms, theyíre like little puzzle boxes, everything shaped and fit together just right. Then thereís the materials component, the ergonomics, weight considerations (for transport and for recoil), tuning of cycle rate, a billion tiny variables, it appeals to the little puzzle solving monkey in me in a deep, deep way.

If youíre talking about big boy toys, missiles are interesting to me from a propellant chemistry standpoint, and artillery is just really really big guns.

And yet my moral and ethical side wonít let me get involved with something Iíd find deeply personally rewarding and lucrative to boot. Not a fan of arming pigs, mass shooters or imperialist bastards. Not criticizing, we all need to eat, it just brought this particular conundrum to the front of my mind.

If it shovels primates off the planet, I'm really okay with it right now.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 15, 2019, 06:40:13 am
I was born to be a James Bond villain, really.  I just can't seem to make it happen.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: chaotic neutral observer on June 16, 2019, 01:17:35 am
The Freak Crew rides again.

I have managed to lower the bar for morality yet again in the job I just accepted today.  Facilities maintenance for a company that builds weapons or something like that.  Needs staffing up, so I am looking to hire Billy, Angry Ed from the refinery days, and a couple of HVAC geeks.

Me:  "So, are you in?"

Billy:  "Fuck yes, I'm in.  When you said it was a morally-bankrupt job, I thought you meant it was connected to health insurance or some shit.  I can do arms manufacturing and not lose a wink of sleep."

For some reason, when reading this, an old expression came to mind: "It is better to be the right hand of the devil than in his path."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 16, 2019, 03:02:02 am
The Freak Crew rides again.

I have managed to lower the bar for morality yet again in the job I just accepted today.  Facilities maintenance for a company that builds weapons or something like that.  Needs staffing up, so I am looking to hire Billy, Angry Ed from the refinery days, and a couple of HVAC geeks.

Me:  "So, are you in?"

Billy:  "Fuck yes, I'm in.  When you said it was a morally-bankrupt job, I thought you meant it was connected to health insurance or some shit.  I can do arms manufacturing and not lose a wink of sleep."

For some reason, when reading this, an old expression came to mind: "It is better to be the right hand of the devil than in his path."

I'm not really a people person.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 25, 2019, 12:13:11 am
First day on the job.

Dave the R&D Geek:  "So you're the new hotshots.  You think you're weird enough for this gig?"

Me:  *Suggests the 103rd use for ballistics gel*

Billy:  *Suggests the 104rth use*

Dave Geek:  "..."

Me:  "This is all normal, David."

Dave:  "Okay, you're gonna work out fine."
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: nullified on June 25, 2019, 04:33:54 am
This bodes wonderfully.
Title: Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
Post by: Doktor Howl on June 26, 2019, 12:23:16 am
Today at work:

English Paul:  "I told you it wasn't the thermocouple, I changed it and the problem is even worse."

Me:  "Did you say 'thermocouple'?  Because that wasn't a thermocouple, I distinctly remember pointing out that it was an RTD."

English Paul:  "They're the same thing."

Me:  "No, they are not.  For one thing, the wire is way to big for a thermocouple, so you are always going to read high."

English Paul:  "But..."

Me:  "And for another thing, they have a different number of wires.  How did you get three wires onto a two wire terminal?"

English Paul:  "I cut off the extra wire."

Me:  "Paul, I have to ask you, what did you do before this?"

English Paul:  "I was a technician."

Me:  "Where?"

English Paul:  *mumble*

Me:  "Where?"

English Paul:  "Jiffy Lube."

Me:  "I must admit, I admire your ability to bullshit your way into three times your previous pay."

English Paul:  "I'll just collect my things, shall I?"

Me:  "What?  No.  Bullshitting is a precious skill.  You won't be handling any more wiring, though."

Billy (walking in):  "What's up?"

Me:  "Paul here is going to write our 2020 business plan."

Billy:  "Oh, you sorry bastard."

English Paul:  "Wait what"

Me:  "Just do what you do best.  I shall give you topics, and you shall write great whacking lies, same as you did on your resume."

Billy:  "Welcome to the Old Firm, Paul."

English Paul:  "..."

Me:  "We're going to do great things."