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20 December 2004 @ 02:53 pm
Increasing efficiency!  
So, the coffee machine here at work has found a great way to increase the efficiency of coffee consumption.

I arrived at work, and discovered I'd used up the last of my tea. Being resourceful, I eventually figured out that I'd be able to get some hot, caffeine-containing beverage from the coffee vending machine in the break room; it wouldn't be gourmet, but it would work. So I staggered to the break room, plunked in my 60 cents, made my coffee/sugar/creamer selections (strong, minimum, minimum), and hit 'Start'.

The machine proceeded to dispense the coffee without a cup, straight from nozzle to drain. As I sat there, sadly watching my caffeine being drunk by a surly appliance, I did have to admit that it was a very efficient system. From dispensed to disposed in under 5 seconds!

In other news, I must now take a moment, and go all fanboy, with all the SQUEEEing and WOOTing that that entails. kenket made me a conbadge! *fawn* I'm not worthy! Not only is it about the most kickass thing ever, it'll also make an excellent beer label when the time comes (with the raven's permission, of course!)

Christmas shopping is just about done. feren and I braved Gurnee Mills yesterday, which was just about the Worst Place Ever. He at least got out with a snazzy new leather trenchcoat! I still say we should've gone to Gander Mountain afterwards so he could buy a shotgun...see if the vaunted Homeland Security database is all it's cracked up to be:
"Sir, we see you purchased a tall leather trenchcoat, then crossed state lines to purchase a shotgun. May we have a word with you outside?"

The office is pretty much a ghost town at this point. I'm okay with that. Only here til Wednesday myself...Thursday, enveri and I leave for Maine. Yay, freezing cold Christmas! After that, a week off to work on house projects and lazing before the New Year.

Enough disjointed thoughts for today!

Something good: Power tools, courtesy of feren

Something bad: SASL

Something disturbing: Being actively taunted by vending machines twice in one week! (Gurnee Mills was full of Coca-Cola vending machines, with 'Thirsty?' written in big letters on them. Half were empty, the other half didn't take dollar bills!)
Current Mood: geekygeeky
duncandahusky on December 20th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
Surprisingly, most of my office is here for most of the week, though come Thursday I expect it'll just be us sad Manpower drones left.

Must. Commission. Kenket. Badge.

Although I'll be working between Christmas and New Year's, let me know if you need any help with the house projects - it's not like you're very far away!
moryssa: grr arghmoryssa on December 20th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Actually, most of my office is here today, too. Next week, however, will be another story.

--M, Sad Manpower Drone
Chrisfrostyw on December 21st, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
Same here. Actually, our company more or less shuts down for the holiday starting at the end of the day on Thursday and doesn't reopen until the start of the day on Monday the 3d. This is something we do every year; essentially, only a skeleton crew of customer service folks are on, and other key contacts, such as myself in network admin, are on-call if necessary.
Brendan: Chug!roho on December 21st, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
Gee, you know, I prefer to work on house projects between 10am and 4pm, so I don't think you'll be able to help with that part...You'll have to come up and help drink beer and play video games instead ;)

Oh, and there's probably gonna be an outing to the Le Creuset outlet in Kenosha before New Years (Fer and I hit it on Sunday, they've got some amazing sales on right now). You game? It's a dangerous place for the culinarily inclined ;)
duncandahusky on December 21st, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
You are an evil, evil man, tempting me with La Creuset. I'd love to go up and see what they have. And beer and video games are always great!

Hmm - what are y'all doing next Thursday? That would be a good night for me to crash at your place, since I'll need to be around Gurnee all day Friday preparing for the New Year's Eve Party anyway.
Aurethaureth on December 20th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
I saw that badge. It kicks ass.
Feren: ashryn-gruntleferen on December 20th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
[Something bad: SASL]

Hey, it's not all bad now that we got it fixed.
Brendan: Dogma - Smirkroho on December 21st, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
Well, the 'bad' was written while we were still wrestling with it. But yeah, now that it's working, I can get down with upgrading it from 'bad' to 'needlessly complex' ;)
TuftEarstuftears on December 20th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome Kenket badge there!
neowolf2 on December 20th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's a great badge!

And I bet I know that place at Gurnee -- I was thinking of getting a leather jacket there. But I'll wait until January. :)
arphiearphalia on December 21st, 2004 04:30 am (UTC)
Hope you guys have a good time in Maine! *sends hugs*
coldfyre on December 21st, 2004 05:58 am (UTC)
That badge is mind-blowing... though I guess it represents the side of you I don't see very often (the one with fur instead of scales).

The whole coffee machine thing really made me want to play "Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego?"... it had this coffee machine at the detective agency where half the time it would drop the cup on its side and pour the coffee over it instead of into it... I think I spent more time doing that than actually looking for criminals.
Brendan: Snark!roho on December 21st, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
the one with fur instead of scales

Heehee...peek at the background ;) Kenket apparently modeled that after Snark...she got a whole mess of pictures of the little scaleybutt when she and gatcat were here for MFF, and they got put to good use! :)
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on December 21st, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
I've seen those machines dispense the coffee... and only after that, dutifully dispense an empty cup.
Brendan: Snark!roho on December 21st, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
That...is actually infinitely more amusing ;) Rather than an evil, mustachioed villain taking all the coffee for himself, I get the mental image of a confused, twitchy young man slapping his forehead, "Cup first, then coffee! I always mix that up!"
The Dragonpoints on December 21st, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)
Make sure to wave when you pass overhead!
Brendan: DRINK!roho on December 21st, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
I was actually planning to press ham, but maybe with the current TSA-climate, a friendly wave would be better-advised ;)
Chrisfrostyw on December 21st, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
The machine proceeded to dispense the coffee without a cup, straight from nozzle to drain. As I sat there, sadly watching my caffeine being drunk by a surly appliance, I did have to admit that it was a very efficient system. From dispensed to disposed in under 5 seconds!

Please accept my apologies for laughing out loud over this. It just totally capped off a wonderfully fun day. I had to share the story with a few colleagues as well. :)
Brendan: Grinnin Foolroho on December 21st, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, the more the merrier...since I didn't get coffee for my 60 cents, at least it can bring joy to others. Or something ;)
gypsypetgypsypet on December 21st, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Pffft real coffee people drink starbucks with several shots of espresso ::vibrates in place and waits eagerly for her next fix::

Man I really need to go back to just drinking sodas in the morning...

You guys have a wonderful Chrissymas up there in the hinterlands :) Charlie will be up there too, so it looks like I'll be the only one with no snow ::sniff::

Your lovely lady though is having me send you your packages after you guys get back from Maine, so you'll have to wait for the uhm... goods... I'm pretty sure they will have cleared customs by then ::ehems and picks at something on her sweater::