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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by Mike on July 30, 2021, 05:57:03 PM »
> A little signal to say stay away from me.

Hell, in that case I'd always wear it in public ;)
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by hans on July 30, 2021, 04:51:55 PM »
I will say though, one good thing is that I don't feel weird wearing a mask when I'm not feeling 100%.  Earlier in the week I had a couple days where I wasn't feeling great but didn't think it was serious but I threw a mask on when going out (groceries / drive thru).

I'm really hoping we can keep that part without it being awkward. The rest of the world seems to have figured it out except us. A little signal to say stay away from me.
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by Mike on July 30, 2021, 03:45:57 PM »
Sacramento county just started mandating masks for everyone when indoors.  Work just had us go from 2 days/week in office to 3 starting this week.  I tried to keep my team on 2 days but the big boss said no.  The sucky part is that per the mandate rules we'd have to wear the mask all day at our desk as we don't have individual offices.  So, hoping they relax the in-office requirement.

As for remote vs in-office:  Honestly, in-office has some benefits (quick collaborations, better non-verbal feedback [and even minor vocalizations]) that shouldn't be dismissed.  But, I think it is a bad idea to force everyone back in.  We are also fighting the "we need to be equatable to everyone" mentality where the programmers need to be in 3 days because the accounting staff need to be 3 days.


I will say though, one good thing is that I don't feel weird wearing a mask when I'm not feeling 100%.  Earlier in the week I had a couple days where I wasn't feeling great but didn't think it was serious but I threw a mask on when going out (groceries / drive thru).
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by hans on July 30, 2021, 12:40:54 PM »
I'm not looking forward to going back even though we have a nice office. I've invested in my home setup and really like my big widescreen monitor and desk. I can probably get them to buy me one but what's the point? I think we've done pretty well with Zoom calls and Slack thus far and with the occasional office get together, which can wait a few more months, I think it's likely we'll just let people work where they want and get a smaller space when our lease is up. We were a distributed company before the pandemic so we already had a pretty good system in place for the folks that weren't centrally located near the office.
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by hans on July 30, 2021, 12:37:16 PM »
My wife's big financial company is trying to get people back in (and failing) and lots of the ones around here are trying to get people back in the office. Thankfully my company has no plans yet, even though we just leased a new office about six months before the pandemic. I think it's going to be interesting seeing how this all shakes out for the big companies that are doing the mandate thing. Also seems lots of companies are doing "remote" things but requiring some days per week in the office which seems silly too. This whole thing highlights just how clueless we all are. Same goes for schools I think.
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by ober on July 30, 2021, 12:05:58 PM »
Yeah, I've only really stopped wearing a mask in the past month and still wear them in some places.  And I'm surprised by your comment about the company thing.  Most companies around here have pretty much gone 'remote first' (specifically my company) but I guess I have heard of others that are pushing people back into the office.  I also don't see the point in rushing people back into buildings.
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by hans on July 30, 2021, 10:31:05 AM »
Getting COVID is probably inevitable, but being vaccinated against it massively increases the odds it's not going to kill you (captain obvious). I'm still baffled but just how poorly US society has dealt with this. I think it shows just how arrogant we've become collectively.

I'd love to see us just all (or mostly all) wear masks each fall/winter and knock down the flu each year, which I think is probably the measure we should set for how bad COVID is doing.

And I'm equally confused by the back to work thing. Companies are like we all need to be in the office and be together, yet I'm pretty sure that's exactly the opposite of what we should be doing to limit continuing spread. And a tiny rant of the outdated idea that people need to be together for collaboration when most teams probably have some remote people anyways is just silly too.

I've still been wearing a mask even though I'm vaccinated since I'm pretty sure they're still unsure if you can be a carrier and infect other people who are unable to get the vaccine or immunocompromised and thus stuck with the vaccine not helping them out.
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Open Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« Last post by ober on July 30, 2021, 09:55:49 AM »
Looks like we're headed back to wearing masks.  One of the guys at work just told me that even though him and his wife were vaccinated, that his wife got COVID.  I don't know if her being pregnant has anything to do with it but I guess she falls into that small percentage.  And it sucks for him too because they've been super careful.
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Music / Re: Something is off right?
« Last post by hans on July 23, 2021, 04:01:21 PM »
My favorite on the album so far is Til The Right One Come. I think it's actually pretty good lyrically, and other than the odd acoustic breakdown in the solo it's alright.
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Music / Re: Something is off right?
« Last post by Perspective on July 23, 2021, 03:28:19 PM »
I'm a huge Mayer fan (I guess it's a guitar player thing?). New album is kind of what I'd expect from him at this stage. We're not going to get another Continuum. It's radio friendly and it's his way of having fun with an 80s theme.

I like the acoustic "It shouldn't matter but it does". I really dislike the synth on "Last Train Home", but the acoustic version he posted on YouTube is much better. ()
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