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Open plan destroys concentration, it is an auditory invasion and a visual nightmare.
It takes discipline to make open plan work, do NOT use speaker phone for a conference call from your desk. Do NOT stand directly behind me and have a voluble conversation over my head. Faaark I hate working in the office!
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Some people come from a long family line of market criers, as it seems. I had to work with some of those a while ago. They did not bother to get up and walk over to whoever they wanted to talk to. They just shouted across the room and constantly got louder. Until I demonstrated what I learned in the time with my first employer after finishing school.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.