Saturday, April 19, 2008

My employees are holding a strike, yay!

Today almost 80% of my employees are holding a strike. The cause was pretty simple, one old employee who had a pretty bad track record was.. verbally disciplined. For whatever reason, he couldn't accept that reprimand so he told his work friends. Now, some of those friends were talented provocators (really. they were pretty good..) . I had awared of them since years ago but they behave well enough so... They coordinate a strike bringing almost 80% of them.

The detail is rather sketchy since I wasn't present when the incidence happen. I'll update later. But one thing for sure, I now have a reasonable basis to fire those provocators. Yay! But now I must deal with some future consequences... *sigh*

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The boiling frog: Internet censorship (Fitna) in Indonesia.

Have you heard the story of boiling frog? Taken from wikipedia: "The boiling frog story states that a frog can be boiled alive if the water is heated slowly enough — it is said that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will never jump out."

This blog told me about a decision of a major ISP in Indonesia to censor the controversial fitna film. Regardless of whether that movie deserved to be ban or not, I fear that this censorship is the beginning of boiling frog phenomenon. The justification for the next censorships will be more and more ridiculous that it won't take too long for Indonesia returning to a police state again..

And I do think that the censorship decision is ridiculous. Yes it is probably important to ban this movie in Europe where a majority or people in power are not moslem, because the hatred towards moslem induced by that film put many minority moslems in trouble. But in Indonesia, where the majority are moslems, banning that movie is not only unnecessary, but has the potential to make religious conflict sharper due to the discriminative privilege to censor for moslem majority.

Edit: Now that I am calmer, I can emphatize how in collectivistic culture, insult to a group will be considered very personal attack to individual. But I'm getting more and more concerned with the humanity if collectivistic culture dominates the earth.. One concern is how internal conflicts are more likely to occur the bigger a group is, compared to individualistic culture. *sigh*, oh well.

And yeah, I'm still very concern with the eventual state of freedom of expression.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

How guilty is he?

Consider a ..hypothetical case.

Due to a certain fuck up, a large national corporation used to pay P's electricity bill. Being a good honest individual he reported their mistake to their office, and offered them a payment equal to the amount they paid. They said they would contact him again.

The following month they paid his electricity bill again. He reported this incident again to them, while checking whether the person he talked to have the authority to act on the corporation behalf. This time, they did send someone to him. He paid them although he only received their proof of payment as receipt, which wasn't enough evidence that the money would be properly received by the corporation. you can guess, they paid his bill again on the following month. He called them again. They say they would get to him again. He waited and waited for months but no one ever come anymore. Meanwhile, he was getting so busy he totally forgot. When he finally remembered again, he didn't bother to contact that corporation anymore.

Interestingly, he later noticed that whenever he paid the bill earlier, they won't double pay for that month. That means they had a mechanism to check that a bill they were suppose to pay, was paid. That should raise a red flag on their system. He guess someone probably took advantage of that..

How guilty do you think is he?

Friday, March 28, 2008

How to move a car with parking break on

These last days I experienced a truly ironic event.. I'll probably post about it one day.


Anyway, today an asshole parked in front of my employees' pool car. She (I believe a she based on items inside the car) positioned it in such a way that the pool car can't get out. What pissed me was that she pulled her parking brake thus the car can't be pushed from outside. My employees must wait for her car key to move her car from inside. The problem was, they didn't know where she was and she didn't bother to tell parking attendants her whereabouts.

My employees were getting restless waiting for her. They began kicking her car's tire and knocked the car to light up it's alarm, so that she can hear it and come to the car. Unfortunately, the car didn't seem to have any alarm.

The night was coming. They are getting more restless while still no sign of her at all. They really can't wait no longer. Then, you know what? Together they lifted her car and moved it. It was quite a show :-).

But her car position relative to wall made movement quite limited. To have the pool car get out, they have no choice but to lift the pool car instead and move it. But the pool car was more difficult to lift because the suspension seems quite long. The long suspension made moving the car difficult, because they must lift it higher to make the tires not touching the ground thus able to move it. Moving it while the tire still touch the ground was more difficult due to tire friction with ground.

So what's the solution?

They accidentally figured the solution. They realized that when engine moved tires while lifting the car, friction was decreased even when tires still touched ground. They did exactly that and finally able to orient the pool car and get out. They went home happily but not before I asked them to wrote a memo saying "Don't park your car without consideration" ("Jangan parkir sembarangan" in local language) and put it on her windshield. I'm tempted to add the word asshole, but in the end I didn't.

What lesson did I learn today?
1. The back of the car is easier to lift then the front, probably has something to do with the relatively short length of back tires suspension. (And here I used to thought the front tire suspension is shorter).
2. To easily move the back of a car: Put sand below the back tire -> lift car a bit -> press gas to move tire -> move the back of car.


Update: The criminal was the guest of next door's establishment. At that time, they swore they already checked and assured me the criminal couldn't be any of their guests. This incident really put a dent to an already strained relationship between our employers. I'm quite tired dousing my employers with cool calm words..

It's a lot more peaceful to work for somebody else instead of having your own business.

Update2: It's funny how things work out. Although a few hours ago I have an interesting thing to blog about, later development today shows that it's for my best interest to not blog. But this later development actually help me in restraining my employees to not do anything bad to next door's establishment within foreseeable future.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The brilliance of slacker

Some colleagues of mine in a company taught a me a nice trick of using the below picture as my desktop background. They recognize that [Windows]+D or show desktop button responses a lot faster compared to [Alt]+[Tab]. Do you see the intention of using this trick? :-)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Concerning Ponds's 2007-2008 episodic TV ads in Indonesia

The woman who still loves him in all those years is pretty although her skin is not white yet. And I have a feeling that she won't be as pretty as she is right now when her skin become white-ish pale because of Ponds.. Damn consumer goods industry and their method in changing people's standard of beauty.

Anyway, I don't know whether it's just me or the woman's acting is very good. I feel like I really experience her surprise seeing him hugging another woman after being separated in all these year. I feel her pain of still loving him and knowing that he is about to be married to someone else. I feel her indecision in whether to send an SMS saying that she still loves him. I feel her bitter feeling when she actually sent an SMS wishing his happiness. I feel her depression after receiving the fake SMS from his soon-to-be-wife pretending that he doesn't want to see here anymore, ever.

Now, if I remember it right, all TV ads displayed since 2008 in Indonesia must be created by Indonesian advertising firms. I must give a 2 thumbs up for them creating such an appealing ads.

I'm sorry that I don't provide any information concerning this advertisement, yet.