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Surprisingly, they can be a very good idea. Not a long one, but I always held a "pre-meeting meeting" if we were meeting suppliers (and some customers) to make sure that everybody from "our side" is onboard with what we want to achieve, and what they are to bring to the meeting (in terms of both roles and supporting materials). It can really damage negotiations if one of your own starts making concessions that the company can't accept or starts saying stuff is easier or harder to do than you have been discussing.
Five, ten, maybe up to thirty minutes just to get everyone on the same page. Makes you look a lot more focussed and professional as well when the "real" meeting starts.
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I do it too when meeting (potential) customers.
Imagine the customer asking "what do you think it'll cost?" and multiple people saying different things at the same time
Luckily, I haven't been in that particular situation, but I have been in the situation where we had to be like "well, you know, I/he mean(s) ..." or just shutting up to not contradict a coworker who just said something that most likely isn't true.
If those things are happening it is an indication that either some people do not fully understand their role or they haven't had it clearly defined for them. I think it is best when only certain people are designated to comment on those topics for exactly those reasons.
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I am often on long calls in an evening and my dinner isn't ready at the start of the call; so I am used to eating whilst in meetings. I have found that the best plan is to only take small mouthfuls. Then, if you are expected to reply, you can just swallow what is in your mouth. If you have something noisy to eat, e.g. a crunchy apple, use the mute button but don't forget to unmute before speaking but after swallowing.
Talking about Garfield ... I am searching for an original strip which I have only seen in a translation to Norwegian, with a text that can't possibly be original; it must have been created by the Norwegian translator. I would love to know the original (even though it probably is not half as good as the Norwegian one):
Garfield is in Jon's bathroom, climbing up on the mirror shelf among toothbrushes and water glasses. He finds a tube of toothpaste, squeezes it, the lid pops off and Garfield is sprayed all over with toothpaste.
That is when the Norwegian Garfield exclaims: "Hva brast så høyt, Herre konge?" ("What burst so loud, Lord King?"), which is from the Viking age Battle of Svolder. Actually, it was king Olav Tryggvason, hearing the bow of his Squire Einar Tambarskjelve break, who asked "What burst so loud?" and the squire answered "Norway off your hand, Lord King!" (King Olav did loose the battle.)
Does anyone recognize Garfield with the toothpaste tube, to give me a clue about the date when it was published? Or even better: A link to the strip. (It must be at least 20 years ago, probably closer to 30.)
I suspect that native English speakers are not aware how large a fraction of the comic strip texts are completely twisted around in translation - either because the word play simply doesn't translate, or there are cultural connotations that doesn't work in translation. One Norwegian translator of Peanuts claimed that between a third and half of the strips couldn't possibly be translated directly.
Or, the translator simply got a great idea. Like this old Garfield strip when Jon has bought himself a new recliner. Garfield sees it, and comments: This chair needs some conditioning! He scratches it all up, so when he finally jumps into the seat, the spring below breaks through the fabric, blowing him into the ceiling, breaking through, so he is dangling from his neck. In the original version, Garfield complains: "As soon as chair starts to earn your respect, it turns back on you", which is fair enough. But in the Norwegian version, he says: "There is always something covert about Swedish products" ...
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