Holy crap, I am so bored. Nothing to do at work, and the only project worth programming has just been snapped up by Tim, at the next desk.
My surfing muscles are exhausted, and if I check my mail one more time I will turn into a hedgehog. Usually when this happens, when I have absolutely nothing to do, I have to move very carefully. The thing I should NOT do is send a mail out to the office saying “I have nothing to do!”, because then I will get the following suggestions:
- burn a CD for some idiot who cannot burn their own CDs
- find something in a horrible archive somewhere
- “test” some terribly boring project
So usually I let it be known in stages. First I say to the other programmers, Tim and Markus, in a whisper: “Tim and Markus, do you have anything for me to do?” If they say no, then I progress to the layout and graphics room.
There I usually say: “Hey, Mac users – do you have anything for me to do that doesn’t involve touching your gimmicky computers?” If they say no, then I ask the manuscript writers, and finally the project leaders, carefully, one by one.
And then, should it happen that nobody has anything for me to do, I just sit here and pretend to be working, shutting down chat windows whenever somebody goes by.
Pretty much as I am doing now, in fact.
Maybe I could file my nails.