1812: "Onboarding"

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1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Jorpho » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:47 am UTC

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Title Text: 'So we just have a steady flow of metal piling up in our server room? Isn't that a problem?' 'Yeah, you should bring that up at our next bismuth meeting.'

"We do business here and we'll turn into dirt later." Good $deity, that's some profoundity thar. I feel like that should be engraved in a brass plaque and mounted on a cubicle somewhere.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:02 am UTC

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Flumble » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:09 am UTC

Beret seems awfully down-to-Earth today. The bicycles even have wheels, as if they're normal bicycles —I'd expect at least half of them wheelless with the promise that someone is turning them into hoverbikes (and that this someone has only been spotted on the security cameras two weeks ago).

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:40 am UTC

The strips about Beret Guy's business are my favourites. I'm a little surprised there have only been eight.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby orthogon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:29 am UTC

"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands".

(Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear).
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Copper Bezel » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:52 am UTC

She could also just be turned such that we're seeing her back....
So much depends upon a red wheel barrow (>= XXII) but it is not going to be installed.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby orthogon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:26 am UTC

Copper Bezel wrote:She could also just be turned such that we're seeing her back....

Well, yeah, but Occam's Razor works differently when Beret Guy is involved ...
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:52 am UTC

Beret guy shaves with Occam's Razor, back-handed...

(I'm happy to see him again. Wouldn't like to see him overused, of course. Too much of a good thing, and all that...)

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:32 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands".

(Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear).


How could you tell? :twisted: :mrgreen: That's some serious perspective-fu you got!

(cue flame wars about assuming gender based on hair length...)
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby orthogon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:38 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
orthogon wrote:"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands".

(Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear).


How could you tell? :twisted: :mrgreen: That's some serious perspective-fu you got!

(cue flame wars about assuming gender based on hair length...)

That's just the way I saw it; I experienced a full-on gestalt shift when i read CB's post. Nevertheless, looking at it again, the occlusion of her ponytail suggests an unnatural amount of neck rotation if we're really seeing her back. Mainly I just wanted to riff on the handshake thing, though.

I'm pretty sure Ponytail being female is canon.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Flumble » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:01 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:I'm pretty sure Ponytail being female is canon.

That's racist!
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Copper Bezel » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:11 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:That's just the way I saw it; I experienced a full-on gestalt shift when i read CB's post. Nevertheless, looking at it again, the occlusion of her ponytail suggests an unnatural amount of neck rotation if we're really seeing her back. Mainly I just wanted to riff on the handshake thing, though.

Yeah, I should say that I definitely prefer your interpretation, but somehow failed despite intentions to end my previous post in a smilie. = ] Definitely have a bit of a Necker cube thing going on.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby alanbbent » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:24 pm UTC

I'm sure it's a problem, but bismuth actually looks really cool.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby ManaUser » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:00 pm UTC

alanbbent wrote:I'm sure it's a problem, but bismuth actually looks really cool.

You can also combine it with Indium to make an alloy that melts in hot water. Fun science project.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Reka » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:49 pm UTC

I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time.

There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but nevertheless, I hates it with a passion, I does.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:00 pm UTC

Reka wrote:I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time.

There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but nevertheless, I hates it with a passion, I does.

Surely we could touch base about this, to imagineer a forwardwise win-win resolution to this negatory attitudinal relationship with corporalingual terminoligisms?

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby pogrmman » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:14 pm UTC

flicky1991 wrote:The strips about Beret Guy's business are my favourites. I'm a little surprised there have only been eight.


I'm also a huge fan of his business strips. Even overall, I think he's my favorite character in the whole comic. I mean, everybody else is funny, but beret guy is just so bizarre -- it's hilarious!

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby qvxb » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:32 pm UTC

Bismuth from what? They've achieved cold fusion!?

When life gives you bismuth, make Pepto-Bismol.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Mikeski » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:49 am UTC

qvxb wrote:Bismuth from what?

Comic contains Beret Guy. Question invalid.

Soupspoon wrote:Surely we could touch base about this, to imagineer a forwardwise win-win resolution to this negatory attitudinal relationship with corporalingual terminoligisms?

Bingo!

...twice, actually.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby RogueCynic » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:10 am UTC

I like this comic because after a lousy night at my jorb (like tonight) I need something nonsensical to make me laugh. Thank you Randall.
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Re: 1812: "President Bismuth

Postby Eternal Density » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:08 pm UTC

That pun, it burns. First of all, how dare you? And secondly, what gives you the right? :P
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:54 pm UTC

The Bismuth pun? Or the error in hiring "LAN Manual" Miranda for maintaining the infrastructure..?

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Aiwendil » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:01 pm UTC

Reka wrote:I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time.

There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but nevertheless, I hates it with a passion, I does.


I hate it too, and I'm not sure I agree that it fills a needed niche. Don't we already have words like "orientation"? (Although then my teeth are at risk of grinding if someone uses "orientate" as the verb... I can't win.)

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby aljohnso » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:04 pm UTC

Damn... a server that serves Bismuth? Let's see... Steve Universe seems relevant, and there is a Bismuth software company....

But, I really, really want a good source for Real World bismuth... just sayin'

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby somitomi » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:19 pm UTC

aljohnso wrote:Damn... a server that serves Bismuth? Let's see... Steve Universe seems relevant, and there is a Bismuth software company....

But, I really, really want a good source for Real World bismuth... just sayin'

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I just started wondering if this bismuth server makes honey as well. But I realised that was Black Hat's thing, although he's exactly the kind of guy who'd sneak into other people's server rooms.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Old Bruce » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:12 pm UTC

Aiwendil wrote:
Reka wrote:I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time.

There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but nevertheless, I hates it with a passion, I does.


I hate it too, and I'm not sure I agree that it fills a needed niche. Don't we already have words like "orientation"? (Although then my teeth are at risk of grinding if someone uses "orientate" as the verb... I can't win.)

I just use "orient" as the verb and mentally miss the "ate".

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby ucim » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:46 pm UTC

Aiwendil wrote:I hate it too, and I'm not sure I agree that it fills a needed niche. Don't we already have words like "orientation"? (Although then my teeth are at risk of grinding if someone uses "orientate" as the verb... I can't win.)
We must all stand up against corporate-speak. People who use "orientate" as the verb need to be corrected. The right word is "orientationize".

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Copper Bezel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:13 am UTC

Orientationalizify.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby HES » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:15 am UTC

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Znirk » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:50 am UTC

Wetware installation

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby DennyMo » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:31 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:"We do business here and we'll turn into dirt later." Good $deity, that's some profoundity thar. I feel like that should be engraved in a brass plaque and mounted on a cubicle somewhere.

The strip could've stopped with the first frame and still been a classic. Fortunately, Randall continued and it got better and better.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby orthogon » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:16 pm UTC

Znirk wrote:Wetware installation

This is brilliant, and once again shows the need for a "Like" button.

My biggest problem with the word "onboarding" is that it puts me in mind of "waterboarding".
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Keyman » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:22 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Znirk wrote:Wetware installation

This is brilliant, and once again shows the need for a "Like" button.

My biggest problem with the word "onboarding" is that it puts me in mind of "waterboarding".

So you've just joined the company *I* work for?? And honestly, it's harder on the managers than the onboardee.
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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby AnnaBee » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:48 pm UTC

Bismuth is not a metal. Its a semi-metal.

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Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Postby Jorpho » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:36 pm UTC

AnnaBee wrote:Bismuth is not a metal. Its a semi-metal.
That's something of a stretch. It would be like saying aluminum isn't a metal.
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