Archive for May 25th, 2010

Nice Work, If You Can Get It

A quick observation from a news story I read today:

A business research firm estimates Google’s Pac-Man game gobbled up – hur, hur – 4.8 million hours of otherwise productive employee time last week.

In dollar terms, assuming people are paid $25 (£17.50) an hour, this equates to about $120m in lost productivity, the firm said.

(emphasis mine)

Am I the only person who thinks that’s a ridiculously inflated hourly wage to “assume” for that sort of wild-ass guess? Or is $50K/year pre-tax the new “barely making ends meet”?

I know that Google has a different user demographic than, say, AOL or Yahoo or Bing, but given Google’s crushing market share, if $25/hour is anywhere near the average Google user’s salary, then all I can say is… what was that about a recession?

(And don’t get me started on the whole strawman of “lost productivity”…)

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on May 25th, 2010 | Comments Off on Nice Work, If You Can Get It

Y Kant Gangstars Rite?

A week or two ago, I was coming back from a garage sale when I spotted some gang graffiti in an alley. This is not by any means unusual here in Saint Paul, of course. We’ve got gangs like Minneapolis has potholes. (Okay, maybe not quite that bad. But close.)

Anyway, this was interesting because there were three subsequent garages in a row tagged with graffiti – graffiti from two different gangs, on the two garages on the ends.

And in the middle? Anyone’s guess.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on May 25th, 2010 | 3 Comments »