staff idea

Lie to me? Steal my work? Have fun going from 52K a year to minimum wages.

(warning: long story)

Takes place back in 2014, long read with a lot of buildup to revenge. I was about a year into my job and was being recognized for my talents and promoted pretty regularly. I was constantly being used as the liaison between my company and the client companies we had business and contracts with, and literally have saved our contract companies hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Then I was approached by Amy, who was in another department, for a job opportunity in the next month or so. She was going out on medical leave and was going to train me to take over her position in the interim and then fully take it over once she came back and moved into a new role. I was ecstatic because I knew she had a salary position and that’s what I really wanted. Most of the salaried positions in the company were the kind you had direct reports and in my industry there is a lot of stupid and handholding so I was not looking forward to have to deal with that stuff, but here was this angel offering me the salary I wanted and the stepping stone I wanted to get further in the company, all without having to deal with stupidity on a daily basis! So for the next 3 weeks I’m pulled from my current duties about twice a week to train in her position. In the beginning it was really menial stuff to get aquatinted with her department but then we started getting into the bigger Excel stuff. Now her job was 90% Excel based, but in having her teach me her job and the duties and deadlines for certain things I realized she was basically flying by with basic Excel knowledge (I’m taking formulas to do math and VLOOKUPs were the majority of what she used in EVERYTHING). Now I was really okay with it and knew I could bring a lot more to the position with my knowledge and really help out the management team and showcase my expertise to them.

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@staff here’s an idea for your next update. Remove the inbox entirely. When we want to send a message to someone we email you a request and you send us a carrier pigeon. We attach our message to the pigeon and it flies back to you. You type our message out and email it to its recipient. Only to their junk email, never the primary email. When they want to reply they request a pigeon and the process is repeated. This seems like the next logical step in your update schedule.

anonymous asked:

Happy Valentines Day! Sending love from Canada!!! Have you ever thought of doing a couple themed game show at the cafe as a Valentines Day Special?? If not, what was the plan for this year?

❤️💕❤️ Voltron crew: HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! ❤️💕❤️

Allura: We are very excited to share with you the theme of this year’s valentines day event. While there won’t be any game show themes ( as we like to save those for other days to add extra excitement ) We do have a change of rolls!

Coran: Each year every staff member submits their ideas which we draw out at random. This year Lance won the drawing. So introducing!!!!

Lance: That’s right ladies and gents! Your loyal butlers now have a more devilish twisted side. Be careful of their tricks as they may lead you straight to temptation.

Hunk: I still think Chocolate love would have been better.

Lance: You said it would just be everything made out of chocolate. Like plates and forks and stuff.

Hunk: A man can dream.

Lance: You would have had to MAKE IT

Hunk: A MAN…. CAN…. DREAM!

Allura: And of course to celebrate our most popular pair, on the 14th we have a Klance special for all of our lovely fans!

Lance: HEY WOAH! I did NOT Agree to that! When was that photo taken!?

Pidge: When we were going through the maid outfits and you and Shiro got drunk and decided to try them on.  I added Keith’s horns in post to go with the theme.

Lance: You can’t just photoshop something like that.

Pidge: I added horns. The rest is all you two.

Lance: ಠ_ಠ

Keith: Can I have a copy?

Pidge: Here… I already have it framed for you. Go nuts.

Lance: (눈_눈)  please don’t.

A.N. THANKS AGAIN! For all the asks and stuff! I got my work cut out for me! Ask box will close at 10 AM  PST Cause for me in Japan that’s midnight. I won’t be able to do any more V-day related after that. ( Well I might do some aftermath idk) Still, That’s when the box is closing till I catch up with all the asks!

Ridiculous idea: brewable eliminate

Super high level recipe, requires you to be able to melt down battle stones, or have a lot of super rare mats like it’d be entirely blue and purple, the really uncommon colours

Everyone can join the Coli Club without having to spend a couple thousand gems or million treasure on the endeavour

Imagine an entire Star Trek show about a group of people who aren’t members of the bridge crew or one of the higher ups, and each week it’s them trying to do their job while crazy shit happens that they don’t really understand, like:

  • They get an announcement from their superior officers that goes “You may notice a child walking around the ship in a captain’s uniform. That is in fact the captain and is to be treated the same as always. We’re quickly working on a solution.”
  • A transporter mishaps causes the chief engineer to turn into a vulcan. They try not to stare at the ears, and move on.
  • Shots of them reacting to superior officers running through the background in the midsts of a red alert that they don’t know what it’s in response to.
  • “Did you hear the away team landed on planet that had five years pass before they got them back?” “Man, I’m glad I got skipped over for that assignment.”
  • Trying to figure out if the rumor that their commander got kidnapped by an alien race that considers them their god is true or just something made up by a bridge crewman to mess with them.
  • Popping in and out of existence and taking bets on which All Powerful race it is that’s doing it and why.
  • anytime Weird Shit happens on the ship it’s never explained. why are there chickens in the Jeffrey Tubes? why does the captain have a double? why did the chief medical examiner briefly turn homicidal? they don’t know and neither do you.
  • Each episode ends with them pouring one out for the crewmembers who died that week.

Ok but I seem to have started some sort of comedy, possible crack fic, whereupon Bernie and Serena are c l u e l e s s about their attraction, or at least what to do/ how to act upon it, and the entire hospital teams up to shove them together, because they’re all frankly sick to the back teeth of interrupting eye sex sessions (Jac is frustrated, frankly, that she’s the only one that seems to think actually shoving them is a good idea, because, well, brusque is best) but they all come up with elaborate, increasingly ludicrous plans, until nothing is working, and they bring in their last resort/ secret weapon, Connie Beauchamp, to pretend to be seducing Bernie to make Serena incandescently jealous, and Bernie, naturally, is oblivious, until… Well, she isn’t.

So last night, I made a post. It currently has 800+ notes. I cannot manage my notifications anymore. I feel like I’m missing the stuff my regular mutuals are putting on my posts because every notification for miles is a reblog of the “I feel like people forget Aku is a tree..” post. And 800 notes is nothing! I follow people whose most popular posts have tens of thousands of notes, who could not manage Tumblr without third party extensions. I still have no idea how exactly people like Bibliosphere manage themselves. To this end, I propose that Tumblr should completely reorganize activity feeds. Activity should be divided into three distinct tabs:

1) General reblogs/likes. This is your endless scroll of “X liked/reblogged”.

2) Text. Any additions onto the post itself, or replies.

3) Tags. Any @ mentions, so that popular bloggers who see a lot of activity can make use of the tagging system.

Considering how tumblr already has activity & messages in the same box on Mobile and you can slide between them, this isn’t a ridiculous proposition. It would be a very similar idea, just dividing activity for easy management. While this would mostly benefit Big Name Tumblrs, those are the blogs that drive Tumblr’s activity, largely. If Tumblr continues to be a site that makes it difficult for the authors of popular content to use the site, people will eventually start to use different social media.


Spiritassassin Week 2017, Prompt 4: Bodyswap/role reversal

Chirrut is, quite possibly, the best assassin anyone has seen, and it is not just because he is fast, not just because his strikes are always sure–he never misses, the other mercenaries whisper when they think that he cannot hear them, which is ridiculous because he hears everything, knows everything–but because he can move from one thing to another quickly, can smile and laugh fast like lightning right after pulling the trigger of his lightbow, right after striking with the strange staff he carries with the retractable dagger in its tip. Nothing ever seems to make him linger, nothing ever seems to make him stick, pulling him into the mud and the mire and the muck of their work. It always seems to just roll right off him. If it makes a mark, if it presses something like regret onto the lovely set of his shoulders, he never shows it, hides it carefully away under his quips and the never-ending prattling, in his talk about the Force.

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out there on the road

@monkshoodr: how they deal with the first spring training after Mike retires

Okay I love the idea that they just fall hard and fast into the whole domesticity thing without really discussing it. Because my motto is end miscommunication as a plot device except for when I find it convenient.

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“I could come with, you know,” Mike offered, trailing along behind Ginny as she bustled through the house, gathering up her belongings. 

She did, in fact, know. He’d offered with increasing regularity since the beginning of January, but first floated the idea around Thanksgiving. At first, she thought he’d been joking, especially since he’d made such a big deal about getting to finally stay put for more than a few months at a time. Why would he want to uproot himself again just to follow her out to Arizona?

Ginny ignored the offer, just turned back to the fretting retiree behind her and loaded up his arms with stuff.

How had so much of her crap ended up over here? 

(It probably had something to do with the fact that Ginny wanted to leave even less than Mike wanted her to, for all she was better at pretending to be an adult about it.)

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What if Lotor and Allura are related in VLD? I know this is a bold statement to make, but hear me out.

For starters, this is a picture of the Alteans from back when the Black Lion was built…

It seems that only the royal family sport the white locks. Everyone else seems to sport purple, orange, blue or pink hair.  

Here’s the catch. Guess who also have white, flowing locks?

Now I know it is possible for Lotor to look a lot different in VLD.    However the thing is while characters like Zarkon, Haggar and the other Galra had drastic design changes (I mean, take a look at Throk from Vehicle Voltron and VLD),  but most of the major characters outside of Allura and somewhat Shiro had their over all design stay very similar.

This is Keith in Go Lion…

This is Keith in the reboot…

Aside from a different style mullet, different clothes and design changes to make Keith fit the art style of the series, they are very alike.

This makes sense since when you are redesigning an older character from the same property,  you want to have some ties back to the old design to nudge at the audience that they are the same character by using similar colours, similar outfit choices, similar hair style, etc. There are exceptions to that rule, obviously, but that is general rule in graphic design.    With Lotor being a major character with an iconic look, I think something like his white locks and colour scheme would stay the same.

(This is also part of the reason why I think the Weblum Galra is Lotor since, outside of a ton of ties back to both the Alteans, having custom made armour with a symbol not seen on any of the other soldiers and sporting Zarkon’s crest on his person,  the armour the same damn colours as the old Lotor in the design, which could possibly indicate that Lotor and the Weblum Galra are the same character. That is still just a guess. But that’s besides the point!)

So with Lotor, Haggar and Allura all sporting the white hair, there could be a family tie.   (What Haggar’s tie to royal family is, I have no idea.)

In Go Lion, Lotor was in love with Allura because she looked like his dead mother. This could hint that they are half-siblings or cousins (you may barf now). I don’t see the VLD crew touching this plotline with a hundred foot poll for very obvious reasons. But with the crew taking some elements from Go Lion like Shiro’s name, the fact that the lions possibly have spirits, names like Altea and Galra, and the Alteans having magic, I can see the VLD staff taking that idea and actually making them related in VLD…without the creepy incest shit.

What I find more interesting is that during the Afterbuzz interview about the last episode of season 2, as the creators, Bex and the hosts were joking around about the old school Lotor and how he always attracted to Allura, which will not be carried over into VLD (thank you!), Montgomery, who looked like she wanted to eagerly interrupt the hosts a couple times, finally said, “What if this time it is full on Tenchi Muyo and they are brother and sister?” and everyone in the room gasped while Dos Santos did so more playfully than the others. The creators had poker faces on as the hosts brought up that romantic drama might be part of the reason why the original paladins millennia ago broke up.   A part of me still wonders why Montgomery would say that and so eagerly like a kid jumping in with an idea they think is fantastic in a group decision during class.

To add on to this even further, a part of me wonders why the crew would almost outright state that Lotor would have no romantic interest in Allura in VLD. There has to be a method behind the madness.  Sure, I think a lot of it has to do with that it would be boring and creepy for Lotor to lust over Allura for no reason in the reboot (which the showrunners stated during that same interview), since tastes have changed since the 80s along with the crew’s desire to make the Galra more complex and sympathetic as a whole than in the previous versions. Yet, part of me wonders that part of that reason why is that Lotor has no interest in Allura is that they could possibly be relatives, making a relationship between them well…not be able to fly on a Y7 show. After all, it was a big part of his character in the previous versions and you think some sort of romantic relationship would form to some degree. There are other ways to add in a possible romance with more depth and far less Bowser and Peach-eques like them being childhood friends before Altea blew up and Lotor having feelings for her like Dipper in Gravity Falls or something. Them being family members could be another reason why that isn’t happening in VLD.

With all this in mind, if I had to guess, Lotor and Allura are either cousins or half-siblings. For the former, it would be if Alfor’s sister had a relationship with Zarkon. For the latter, it would be if Alfor’s wife had an affair with Zarkon with Lotor being the result.

Honestly, I can see why the crew might possibly make them related, from a story perspective, in VLD. This could bring a lot more angst and character development for Allura without depowering her as a character and forcing the audience to watch uncomfortable scenes with Lotor being a perverted creep. After all, figuring out your teammate is part Galra is one thing. Figuring out Haggar is Altean is one thing. Figuring out you are related to Zarkon’s kid and your new opponent by blood, being your brother or cousin is something else completely. I can see that hitting Allura even harder than the Galra Keith thing ever did because Lotor is her family and someone who is half Altean, but yet is not fighting on her side. If Lotor redeems in the far future, I can see Allura and him bonding, learning about their respective heritage from each other with time.

Since the creators heavily implied that Lotor has no romantic interest in VLD and just won’t be a perverted creep in general, it could be very possible that Allura will battle a very close family member next season, who is half Galra and Altean.

With all this in mind, this is still pure speculation at this point.  

A guide to being a vocal citizen

For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):

Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.

Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.

You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.

Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.

The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.

Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.