Revolution coming to a water-cooler near you.

After reading the ludicrous babbling of ‘We are what we do’, a new movement has started. It is called ‘Do not change the world 5 to 9’. Let’s do the opposite of what the moronic do-gooders want us to do.
[INDENT]The idiots of ‘We are what we do’ think they are revolutionary. They are urging us to revolution through using fewer staples at work and losing my plastic cup. I kid you not. Read on and you will be empowered to believe.

                   The idiots of 'We are what we do' are calling for revolution at offices. A more ludicrous notion I had not encountered before. The writers apparently think that office workers can change the world. If office workers in Australia use one fewer staple per year it would save 88 tonnes of steel per year. Ludicrous. HA HA HA ( how do you write cackles uncontrollably ?!). Where on earth do these people get those stats from? I have worked in call-centres for the last 5 years. I have not used a staple or stapler in those 5 years. Maybe a call-centre is not considered an office. Even so, 88 tonnes of steel. Ridiculous.

                    There are more inane suggestions from 'We are what we do' for the revolution:-

1- Start a car pool. Well, I have already thought of that one. 2 people at my work were interested out of 500 employees. Carpooling does not work because we have staggered start times and people live all over Melbourne. Big revolution happened there.
2 Use a ballpoint pen from start to finish. HA HA HA ( how do you write cackles uncontrollably ?!).This apparently is part of the revolution. Maybe it is revolutionary for me to injure people trying to borrow or steal my pen?
3 Praise people. This is actually a good idea. But hardly going to cause a revolution.
4 Remember people’s names.The people who write this drivel ( I forget their names)- what drugs are they on?
5 Speak rather than email. What an idea! I had never realised. I can use my vocal cords to communicate rather than having to write. Actually my baby son has already realised he can communicate with his vocal cords. Apparently the people of ‘We are what we do’ took a while longer.
6 Make a radio request for the person opposite you. Are we living in 1985 ? I have a few suggestions. But would the radio stations actually play them?!
7 Shut down your computer properly at the end of each day. I prefer my sledgehammer. It gives me some exercise and confirms the computer is off.
8 Share your lunch with someone. Well, I often want to throw my over-ripe banana at my co-workers. I have doubts about sharing my pasta and fork with the drooling specimens I have to put up with in the building I work at.
9 Lose the plastic cup. I lost mine. I am now drinking from my cupped hands. Means the coffee is messy to make though.
10 Bring the kids into work one day. This is actually a fairly anarchic suggestion by the people at ‘We are what we do’. It would cause some chaos for that day.
If you ever had the feeling that do-gooders were moronic nagging idiots, here is the vindication that you were right. Please join the new movement of ‘Do not change the world 5 to 9’. Let’s do the opposite of what the moronic do-gooders want us to do.[/INDENT]

I, for one, will certainly be taking up the sledgehammer method, so maybe you’ve just formented a little revolution yourself.

Like this:

If you want to visually communicate uncontrollable cackling, try starting large font, bolded, gradually losing the bolding, to simulate running out of breath, then repeat two or three times. And don’t use spaces, except in between the repetitions. All caps.

Like so:

Weak rant; I give it a 2.

Was not really a rant. Just some musings on a slow day at work while reading the paper. Thought it would be more suitable in the pit than in IMHO or MPSIMS

“Ring the IT help desk just to see how they’re doing”?

Yeah, that’ll go down well…

Unless you wanna be the first up against the wall when it comes, you’ll correctly spell “fomented” henceforth. :stuck_out_tongue:

You know “fomented” doesn’t have an “r” so just by getting that right any printed version of your post would save tons of toner!


Actually, when I used to work for Group W in the early eighties, they used to do some stupid shit like this by having people spell “employee” as “employe” to save paper and ink.

This is a prequel to the revolution, praise to those underappreciated souls of the cubicle forest will eventually turn you into the Robin Hood of Sherwood cubicle forest.

Build your army, infiltrate management, then your elite team of corporate ninjas will be invincible. Start with HR, everyone knows thats where the real power is, just ask Catbert.

You know, this can really piss people off. I use e-mail based on urgency and the need for documentation. If it’s really important to settle something right now, I go talk to someone. If it can wait (or if I think the person will misrepresent what I’ve said), I send an e-mail, even to the person in the next office. I assume they have work* they’re doing, and if my message isn’t pretty high priority, I’m being an asshole.
Or that they are reading and posting recreationally on a message board. Either way.

Yeah, how idiotic of people in a wasteful consumerist society to suggest that people try to waste less while at work. God I fucking hate those people telling me to stop being wasteful! I want to make sure my carbon footprint is as big as possible so the universe will know I was here!

Did you read the list? It was pretty fucking dumb. Fewer than half of the suggestions had anything at all to do with the environment. Any office I have worked in already had recycling bins for paper and cans. Beyond that, what do you expect the average cube dweller to do to reduce his “carbon footprint?”

I only hope you are joking.

I am pitting these morons for their tripe in thinking they are starting a revolution. And treating people like children.
The people from wearewhatwedo are obviously people who went to University and had all radical thoughts on how to change the world. They are now stuck in meaningless office jobs ( as I am) and want to go back to their glory days of ‘revolutionary thought.’ I am laughing at them.

I ride my bicycle to work. I am the only one. I was the organiser here for the National ride to work day. I also still am the carpool co-ordinator at my work. I put my cans, bottles and paper in the recycling.

I got this far:

At that point, this got so thoroughly lodged in my head that it was difficult to continue.

What’s that old adage? ‘From little things, big things grow’? Those ‘childish’ little things like getting off your bum and walking to the next office rather than emailing your coworker, using your pen until it runs out, or making a determined effort to praise people, if done and reminded of often enough really does change our mindset and can then change our behaviours in other ways…and there starts a revolution.

And why do you do those things then? Obviously ‘something’ has gotten through into your consciousness, why disparage those who are trying to get it through to others as well?

I don’t get the pitting really.

Use a ballpoint pen from start to finish?

Am I missing something here? What else are you supposed to do with it?

From my own observation, most people, when they need a pen don’t bother to look for the one they used earlier (unless it’s right there in front of them)–they just grab a fresh one from the pack until they wind up with a can full of partially-used pens that never quite get used up.

Eventually, according to Douglas Adams, these wind up on a distant world to live their lives amongst other ballpoint pens.

I use a ballpoint pen until a coworker steals it. Then I get a new one. Sometimes they run out first, but generally, someone takes mine before that.

Things like this piss me off, too. They act like you’re going to make some huge impact on the world if you make one insignificant change. Revolutions are not convenient.

The only one of these things I’ve ever seen that was even remotely “revolutionary” was a handout I got at a local environmental fair. It suggested getting all your food out of the dumpster, foraging for medicinal herbs, living in a communal setting, destroying your tv, and going completely paper-product free (no toilet paper, menstrual pads, etc.). Now that might make a difference. But, even then, they suggested that we just accept the fact that we’re “completely fucked.”

Yep, it’s the “all-or-nothing” approach that makes real change so unlikely. The incremental approach is revolutionary precisely because it dares to suggest that *some * change, even a little change, is better than no change at all.