plonq: (Somewhat Pleased Mood)
A couple of weeks back the CBC morning show was giving some air time to a young woman who was talking at some length on the topic of cultural appropriation. The concept is not new, as it reflects the natural flow of memes and influences across different cultures when they meet. Our western culture is a result of millennia of intermixed religions, cuisine, traditions and language. English is a bastard child of almost too many different languages to count.

Lately - especially among the Tumblerina crown - there is a growing use of the term Cultural Appropriation in a negative light. The suggestion is that people gain a kind of inherent copyright on their language, style of dress, food, music and other things that fall under the shroud of their cultural aegis. This girl had made it her life goal to publicly shame people - mostly those with a higher profile in the community - whom she considered to be guilty of engaging in cultural appropriation.

I don't know what goal she pursues with her end game, but I imagine it's that she wants every culture carefully socked into isolated silos, with no cross-blending of ideas. While I am pretty sure she presents herself as a champion against racism, she seems to be chasing a means to encouraging the kind of isolation and ignorance that leads directly to it.

I think that the concept of cultural misappropriation is one of the dumbest things to come out of this century so far.

On another front, every time I start to think that maybe I'd like to keep working past my earliest retirement date, my company gives me start reminders of why I want out. I will miss the people, and I will miss the feeling of being part of a larger thing. I love being one of the old timers who has forgotten more than most of the newer folk have learned. I was joking with one of the others in my seniority group about how the top three of us had about 110 years of experience between us. Also, my director has made no secret of the fact that he's a bit scared of losing any of the three of us. We are not as technically skilled as the newer folks who have more schooling, but we have a very deep business knowledge, and we actually understand what the data we work with represents.

I got a call at 4:20 this morning from my immediate manager who had a bit of a panic attack over whether one of our key jobs had run properly (it had). At around 10 this morning I got another call because we'd had some issues with a patch on one of our Linux servers (always give us more grief than the Windows servers) and it caused the revenue numbers on our morning dashboard to be low. I was on and off the phone for the next six hours before they finally released me.

I have to be back on again at 1:30 tomorrow morning for another four hour stretch to monitor everything that runs because they're having fainting spells over the idea that the same problem might recur.

For most of those four hours I'll just be listening to the phone and levelling up my rogue in WoW. Time better spent sleeping, IMO.

On that note, I'm off to bed to see if I can catch a couple of hours nap before the long night begins.

This is something I won't miss after I retire.

Art

Sep. 27th, 2015 12:07 pm
plonq: (Generic Mood)
Yesterday was a pretty busy one for us, and we managed to do everything on our list except cut the overgrown lawn. I had planned to tackle that today, but it clouded over during the night and dropped a lot of rain on us that they had not been calling for. Assuming their forecast is not as woefully wrong as it was yesterday for today, it is supposed to be sunny and dry all week, so maybe I'll try tackling the lawn again tomorrow or Tuesday.

We started our day with a tour of my new office. They opened it up for tours yesterday since we are due to start moving in there sometime next week. For a change, I have a desk in an enviably good location. After grabbing some coffee and snacks there, we took off to the farmers' market for our usual selection of local produce.

Finally, we drove down to the art gallery to take in the current exhibit before it could leave. They had one or two pieces by the artist whose speciality is oversized, lifelike babies, but the main attraction was a selection of Greek and Roman sculptures. They were a little vague on whether these were just replicas, or originals on loan from Germany, but either way it was a very good display.

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