Audio problems and bongo drums

30 09 2008

On Friday, we had an offsite meeting for the entire IT department.  I was tasked with setting up a video-conferencing link between the offsite location and our satellite office in California.  I spent all week exploring options and testing them out to make sure everything was in place.  All throughout, I was told not to worry about audio.  I was only responsible for making sure the video was there.

The morning of the meeting, I got there early and did some final testing.  Still, I was told that the audio would be taken care of and that I did not need to worry about that.

Well, when the meeting started, the video link was in place just fine.  We could hear our friends in California.  But, they were unable to hear us.

I, of course, was sitting right up in the front of the room with my laptop connected to the projector for the video feed.  Everyone kept looking at me like I had totally blown it.  Eventually, the California office just got up and left the meeting.

Those that know about the situation know that I had nothing to do with the problem.  The problem is, very few know about the situation and I am sure 99% of the IT department thinks I failed miserably.

So, I closed down the video feed so we weren’t looking at an empty room and.  All my work all week long was a complete waste.  Oh well, what are you gonna do?

So, the meeting continued.  And after an hour of completely meaningless pep talk, we moved into a surprise team building exercise.  We were all given a bongo drum and led in the fine art of the drum.  We all left feeling as though we had been united as one cohesive unit all marching to the same beat.  Oh please…gag me now, please.

The biggest question I had as I walked out of the meeting was when were they planning on telling me about the bongo drums?  Was I supposed to handle the video feed of a bunch of morons playing bongos to our friends in California too?  Well, as long as I don’t have to worry about the audio, I am sure it will be fine.

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What IS the matter with people? – episode 2

17 06 2008

What IS the matter with people?

For today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People, I have two incidents to report – both involving parents disciplining their children.

1.  A couple in North Carolina decided it was ok to tie their 13 year old kid to a tree because of his disobediant behavior.  Here is the article (thanks to my wife who pointed me to it). 

2.  A 27 year old man in California decided it was ok to take his 2 year old out of the car and beat him death because he was “trash” and filled with “demons”.  Authorities showed up and the man refused to stop beating his boy so he was shot and killed.  Here’s the article

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?