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Measurement.Blues
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Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 4:10:42 PM
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The other nice thing about working at home is my short commute down one flight of stairs. I was reminded of that today as I headed to the Mathworks. I figured 20 minutes, allowed for 30, but it took 40. And, that was a reverse commute. The traffic heading into Boston was far worse.

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Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 4:34:49 PM
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I've been hanging around Max too long.

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Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 4:37:15 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I've been hanging around Max too long.

You are just letting your "Inner Max" shine through -- go with the rush -- it will make a man of you, my son!

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Re: Did I really write this?
David Ashton   7/15/2014 4:53:30 PM
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@MB you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next :-)

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Re: Did I really write this?
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 5:21:13 PM
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@David: @MB you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next :-)

How did that old American cowboy song go? Something like:

   {Deep voice} Bacon, bacon, bacon,

   {Higher voice} Bacon, bacon, bacon,

   {Higher again} Bacon, bacon, bacon... Raw-Hide!

I forget the rest...

 

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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 5:28:41 PM
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@David,

No way, I have my standards. It's bagels for me.

you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next

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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 6:11:30 PM
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@David,

See the words "working at home" in the first line. They now link to a EDN blog about the transformation of my home office two years ago.

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David Ashton   7/15/2014 6:27:13 PM
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@MB....Nice.  my home office looks like your "before" photo, but 10 times worse.  Fortunately I don't (can't??)  do much work there... :-)

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Re: Did I really write this?
betajet   7/15/2014 7:14:23 PM
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I like this picture of Al Gore's office from Time Magazine.  It "speaks to my condition".

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Re: Did I really write this?
David Ashton   7/15/2014 7:40:33 PM
@Betajet...have you read any of the stories about Bob Pease's office at National Semi?   I couldn't find exactly the story I was after, but got this over on EDN:

"Another time, I was having a discussion with Bob and we went back to his office as he had a document or article to show me. He looked at the wall of paper, started riffling through maybe 1" of the stack about 3' up from the wall, pulled out one sheet and continued the conversation. I never bothered him about his filing method."

The one I was looking for went further.  He proceeded as above to find an artile to show someone, then put it back on a DIFFERENT pile.   A week later the guy went back and asked for the same article.  Bob instantly retrieved it from the new pile.

(PS that story is over at TI - Here)

EDN stuff on Bob Pease here and here - the links at the bottom of the second one will keep you busy for hours :-)

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Re: Did I really write this?
betajet   7/15/2014 8:50:46 PM
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David wrote about Bob Pease's filing method...

In Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), W.C. Fields has a similar filing method.  When asked to find a document, he opens a huge roll-top desk filled with a chaos of papers, peeks into the middle of a couple of piles, and produces the required document.  He describes his profession as "memory expert".

I think the key to making this method work is to have a personal relationship with each document: it's not just a piece of paper, it's an old friend.

 

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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/16/2014 11:20:22 AM
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My wife operates like Pease did. She knows where every piece of paper is. Me? I can't even keep track of the bills.

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Max The Magnificent   7/16/2014 11:06:57 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: See the words "working at home" in the first line.

The sad thing is that your profile picture shows you in a suit. Is it that you are ashamed of your knees?


Happily, I have my father's "dancing knees" -- he handed them down to me (along with his extrordinary virility) when he had no further use for them LOL

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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/16/2014 11:16:50 AM
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@Max, clearly, you don't understand the significance of the photo? Did your countryman Eric Clapton wear shorts in his picture where he tried to emulate Robert Johnson? Did Johnson wear shorts in his famous picture?



The sad thing is that your profile picture shows you in a suit. Is it that you are ashamed of your knees?

Besides, I took  the picture while a Reed employee. You know how those British companies can be.

Smiley

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Every day is "Shorts" day
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 4:35:37 PM
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When I first moved to the USA in 1990, as you say, every day was shirt and tie and real trousers -- except for casual Fridays when you could get by without a tie (I think the wearing of jeans came later -- certainly no shorts).

At that time --24 years ago now -- I don't think anyone wore shorts in England (excepting very young kids) -- maybe at the beach -- I don't recall. I know my friends were surprised the first time I went back wearing shorts.

Now, like you, I work in my own office (I don't work from home -- I have the Pleasure Dome) -- in the summer I wear shorts and Hawaiian shirts and sandles (I go barefoot in the Plaesure Dome) -- in the winter I wear jeans and Hawaiian shirts and sneakers.

Life is good :-)

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Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 4:44:59 PM
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You call that winter clothing?

in the winter I wear jeans and Hawaiian shirts and sneakers.

In the winter, I wear sweat pants (two pairs). socks (two pairs) boots, and gloves. Oh and three sweatshirts. It gets cold here.

 

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Re: Every day is "Shorts" day
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 4:47:49 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: In the winter, I wear sweat pants (two pairs). socks (two pairs) boots, and gloves. Oh and three sweatshirts. It gets cold here.

Wus!

What do you wear when you leave the house?

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Re: Every day is "Shorts" day
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 6:10:57 PM
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Wus! What do you know from winter, living so close to the Equator?

Nobody goes outside in the winter around here.

See the words "working at home" in the first line. They now link to a EDN blog about the transformation of my home office two years ago.

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Re: Every day is "Shorts" day
Etmax   7/19/2014 6:41:00 AM
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I think wearing long pants in an office environment is a high risk venture, it results in worse coffee burns :-)

Anyhow I fixed that by getting a spiffy coffee machine that grinds the beans and froths the milk and keeps it at a lower temperture than instant made with hot water from a jug. Because of that I can wear jeans again :-)

I've got to say, I do prefer jeans I can regulate my temperature better and yes barefoot in summer.

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Wearing shorts to work
David Ashton   7/15/2014 6:25:15 PM
Martin...your title brought to mind a funny story from many years ago.   When I ran my own company in Zimbabwe, I wore shorts in the summer (well it is hot!).  My business was terminal systems in Travel Agents.   We used PTT leased lines and modems, and when they went wrong I assisted the network provider (SITA - the airlines network) to test the lines.  This consisted of putting a short circuit on each pair in turn and measuring them at the other end.  I had just finished this, and said to the guy at the other end  "OK, I'll take my shorts off now"  just as the Manageress walked in.  She looked horrified.  "Whatever are you doing??" she asked.  It took some explaining ....  :-)

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William Albano   7/16/2014 1:58:00 AM
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Speaking of hot places, I work at an industrial communication systems startup (hardware + software) in our APAC office in Taipei, Taiwan. Its hot here during the summer: in low to mid 90s °F (mid 30s °C) daily for at least 3 months, or more, unless there is a typhoon of course. Wearing shorts is an absolute necessity for me and a few of my colleagues.

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kfield   7/16/2014 5:27:55 PM
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@William_Albano "I work at an industrial communication systems startup (hardware + software) in our APAC office in Taipei, Taiwan. Its hot here during the summer: in low to mid 90s °F (mid 30s °C) daily"

Oh my, thanks for the heads up! I am traveling to Taiwan later on this year. I don't do shorts, though. What do professional women (and depsite what Max Maxfield says that's what I am) wear to stay cool in that kind of oppressive heat?

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TonyTib   7/16/2014 6:12:53 PM
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My wife wears mini-skirts when she's visiting China in the summer (but never at home...)

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David Ashton   7/16/2014 6:29:45 PM
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@Karen excellent advice from Tony - please take lots of pics while you are there (selfies too!) :-)

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Re: Wearing shorts to work
kfield   7/21/2014 4:41:12 PM
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@davidashton I'll see what I can do, but I better break out the fake tanner first!!!

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MeasurementBlues   7/17/2014 2:21:06 PM
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@kfield,

It depends on how you define "later in the year."

My one trip to Taiwan was in December (late '80s) and the temperature was certainly not opressive. Long pants, long sleeves, light jackets were about right, even on the Tropic of Cancer. The line goes through the island.

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Re: Wearing shorts to work
perl_geek   7/21/2014 5:01:20 PM
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"What do professional women wear to stay cool in that kind of oppressive heat?"

Silk?

 

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Re: Wearing shorts to work
kfield   7/21/2014 5:25:24 PM
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@perl_geek  
"What do professional women wear to stay cool in that kind of oppressive heat?"

Hot yoga clothes?

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Thailand Fashions for KField
TonyTib   7/24/2014 1:39:59 PM
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Ok, here are some real world examples of professional Thai women in Bangkok (all are safe for work):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seua_yai/14070345149/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seua_yai/13812834744/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seua_yai/14251276333/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seua_yai/13833437883/

Notes: I assume they are working women (not students or shop-a-holics) because they have badges.  I also assume that the photographer selected them for their style, age etc, and they may not be typical.  And I know what my wife would say: "I'm too old to dress like that (at least if you're around)"

Finally, since this is a serious research project, note that none of them appear to be wearing any wearable electronics such as Pebble smart watches....

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Shorts at work
Glenn F   7/17/2014 2:16:20 PM
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I work for a company that designs, builds, and sells high-speed high-end data acquisition products. We are in a remote satellite office and customers never visit us so we dress casual; shorts, T-shirts, sandals in the summer. I'm an old old engineer, I cut my teeth in a white shirt and tie, and to tell the truth, I much prefer T-shirts and shorts.

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MeasurementBlues   7/17/2014 2:39:58 PM
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@Glenn "high-speed high-end data acquisition products"

Tell me more. If you'd like to reply offline, martin.rowe@ubm.com.

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wearing shorts at work
EMCgenius   7/17/2014 5:39:09 PM
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It's way better that people should wear shorts than opens.

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Measurement.Blues   7/17/2014 5:46:20 PM
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I could write a song about that.

"It's way better that people should wear shorts than opens."

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I wore a kilt at work
traneus   7/18/2014 10:16:44 PM
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Years ago, I kept a kilt in my desk at the office for warm early-spring days before the air conditioning was turned on for the season. When the office got hot, I'd change from pants to the kilt for the rest of the day.

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kfield   7/21/2014 4:42:37 PM
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@traneus "Years ago, I kept a kilt in my desk at the office for warm early-spring days before the air conditioning was turned on for the season"

Where are you from, again? :-)

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Re: I wore a kilt at work
traneus   7/23/2014 8:39:30 PM
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I'm north of Boston, Massachusetts USA. The kilt was either an Amerikilt (from http://amerikilt.com) or a homemade lightweight summer kilt.

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Re: I wore a kilt at work
Measurement.Blues   7/21/2014 4:58:48 PM
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I worked for a sole proprietorship where every dollar went into or out of the owner's pocket. In winter, the office was so cold that I kept a water bottle that I'd run through the microwave to warm my hands. That was in the days when we still wore ties to work and I kept my jacket on all day, not to be formal but to be less cold.

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I miss the good 'ol days!
kfield   7/21/2014 4:43:42 PM
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Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I miss the decorum of formal business attire. My nieces and nephews in Catholic schools dress better than adults do these days!

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Re: I miss the good 'ol days!
Measurement.Blues   7/21/2014 5:00:19 PM
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You could work at your local UBM office if you like.

I miss the decorum of formal business attire

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Re: I miss the good 'ol days!
Measurement.Blues   7/22/2014 9:18:48 AM
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@kfield "I miss the decorum of formal business attire."

That's easy for you to say, you didn't have to wear the corporate noose (a tie) all day.

I once heard a story that in the old days of Cahners Publishing (before our time there) that someone in top amangagement used to walk around and check that men had not loosened their ties.



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