On Call 24/7 (or how technology enslaved me)

No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d.

For my job at BAD I have been issued an official corporate wireless electronic communications device to supplement my own personal wireless electronic communications device (didn’t Cap’n Kirk only have one of these things?).

It sucks.

BAD does business internationally and has divisions all over the world and I am a salaried employee. So I am essentially at work even while I am sleeping. My Blackberry often buzzes at four in the morning. It could be spam or it could be a last-minute change request for “important” graphics being printed for a trade show in London. The only way to know is to get up and check. I could turn the damn thing off but I know that the night I do, something important will come in. So to reiterate; I am at work even while I sleep.

I’m not even nearly as bad as some.

There are those who in addition to being on call 24/7 professionally, are also on call 24/7 socially. I’m thinking of one guy in particular who not only has friends all over the world, but stays in constant contact with them. MySpace, FaceBook, Skype, IM, e-mail, phone messages, etc. How much contact is too much? Do you really need to respond to your buddy in Lisbon who is Skyping you drunken one-line insults at 3 a.m.? Is sleeping gonna piss off that hot chick you met in Dubai? You might slip to page two on her MySpace page!

I’m not criticizing anyone, just observing how easy it is to get caught in these electronic shackles.

Revolution Now!

I vow that I will turn all of my wireless electronic communication devices tonight. I challenge all two of you reading this blog to do the same.

I just wanna sleep…

Sleeping Dog

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~ by Cram on September 27, 2007.

3 Responses to “On Call 24/7 (or how technology enslaved me)”

  1. L.A.M.E.

    I love it. đŸ™‚

    I’m glad to see you’ve got a blog now.
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    —Comment from Cram: On advice from the wife I’ve changed the acronym for my job to B.A.D. She prefers I keep my job for some reason…

  2. Nice blog mOJO! When can I come see you guys play?

  3. Hey Magnus!

    I’m about halfway through all of the songs that don’t have lyrics. Once we get another demo done with the current line-up it should go a lot faster.

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