Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Boredom, Redefined

One of you wrote in this morning that you're trapped in a boring teleconference, and so to kill time you decided to add up my monthly posts over time, and graph them.

And then you sent it to me.

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While I appreciate this kind of devotion, I have to say a few things:

1. I hope you're not a pilot flying a plane that's just overshot your destination because you're playing on a laptop doing this.

2. If you aren't really in a meeting, and do things like this for fun, you need a life.

26 comments:

Science Marches On Department said...

The Science Marches On Department demands citation credit for its original research !!!!

Actually, as you said, the department is not marching at the moment, but sitting still, trying to resist the temptation to take a nap.

The Mother said...

I have two kids who do things like this for fun.

I have one who paints HIS toenails, so, on the whole...

Mr. Condescending said...

"A doctor today was mysteriously found chopped up and half eaten in an abandoned warehouse today..."

mommanator said...

He/she has way too much time on their hands

erichollins said...

I once had an annoying coworker that used the word "so" way too much. I started keeping track of the number of times that he said the word "so" in meetings. I had a max of 50 and an average of around 30. I kept this spreadsheet for over a year before I got laid off.

The Good Cook said...

um... does the commenter who kept a spreadsheet of the number of times a coworker said "so" wonder WHY they were laid off?

Helen said...

I was really hoping the official explanation of those two pilots overshooting their destination would be more interesting than "they were distracted by their laptops."

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Helen:

1. It doesn't say what they were looking at on their laptops.

2. Maybe "laptops" wasn't referring to their computers at all.

Heather said...

And I thought I was bored! That is crazy!

Jacqueline said...

I read the atlas for fun...but then again, I already know I need to get a life.

When on the news, they said the pilots were not sleeping or arguing, my mind totally went THERE. When they said they were on their laptops, I think I said something like, "Thank God!" And, my dad was so confused.

Kim said...

This gave me the chuckles. Thank you because I really needed them!

Anonymous said...

did the same thing in my pharmacy. was so bored we decided to graph incidence of customers picking up their viagra scripts on a day of the week basis. we naturally thought that the highest frequency would occur on a friday or saturday...turns out tuesdays.

HeatherLynn said...

so let me get this straight, a reader charted your blogtastic course of action over the last almost year...hmmmm...wow, I don't even do that for MYSELF....

Quite the following you have here Mr. G.

did you sign up for an account with www.loyalblogreadersforever.com or what?

;)

~hl~
www.hoscorners.blogspot.com

oddharmonic said...

I went through a phase where I liked to chart everything. Now I'm in a phase were I like to identify the types of clouds I see on my daily walk. It keeps me out of trouble, as when my mind wanders I attempt entertaining but impractical projects. Or needlework.

moppie said...

I do love this graph though. It is showing a steady decline of your posts from August to October after peaking in July. Let's pick up our numbers shall we?

Anonymous said...

And if you think looking at their laptops is the truth.. puhhhleaasse

Anonymous said...

I believe the pilots were busy fiddling with their joysticks.

the Ambulance Driver said...

Sitting in my ambulance, laughing my butt off! Keep up the blogging, please! You make me a better patient!

Ladyk73 said...

you have had a 15% decrease in posts since July!!!

However, since you had a 65% increase from June to July. I have a hypothesis that you, Dr Grumpy, live in the southern part of the US. My idea being that in the hottest part of summer, you would be have "inside" hobbies to enjoy air conditioning.


(I need a life)

Anonymous said...

Any bets that it was actually Grumpy who created this chart and is projecting it onto a strange patient after realizing that it was a completely ridiculous thing to do but not wanting it to go to waste.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

No, it wasn't me.

The author was identified above.

Anonymous said...

"Our relationship entered its decline at this point"... http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/decline.png

disgruntled RPh said...

I'm thinking stalker...just saying...WOW

Anonymous said...

You always make a bad day better!! Haha..altough I don't have enough time in my day to make you any charts I still think you are fabulous :)

student dr. blaze said...

what scares me is that since i relatively recently discovered your blog, the first thing i noticed when seeing this graph (which was then confirmed by the comments) is that i'm pretty sure you blogged more on vacation than while in the office. & that's a little messed up. i'm just sayin'.... ;-)

Square Peg Guy said...

I do a chart like this for my weight and fat content. But I'd be willing to outsource that task to the Lifeless One.

 
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