Proverbial 13-hour work day

Counting in three hours of transportation, but that's about it. Everyone does the same, so it's just to say that I'm doing what anyone at my age should be doing.

I don't know what to say. I'd like to think that I can work better, so that I can work less. Is that the biggest lie of capitalism? I read a paper with which I agreed heartily, in which the author was pointing out how the young professionals generation in HK would work these crazy 14-hour shifts, six days a week, and how they'd do it per peer pressure, and per influence from a boss that'd stay well past dinnertime. They could work better, and work for shorter hours, then, and spend their daily time better. Bosses would be compelled to do the same, just to give the example, and thus would benefit general productivity. Presenteeism is worse than absentheeism, in that it's better to skip a day of work to nurse a common cold, than be stuck the rest of the month suffering from the effects of a now-chronic-ish neglected illness.

In fact, a day at work is always more satisfying when you slept nine hours the night before, which I'll probably attempt to do for tomorrow.

Of course, being more productive to work less is probably a big lie. How do you sell working exactly no more than 7 hours per day to youngsters with precarious first jobs? :P

For the first time in a while, I felt very passionate about learning something new technically (besides the stuff obviously related to my line of work). At lunchtime, was fake-consulting away for my friends at CTF on something I didn't know (LDAP auth on Apache, and then for replacing NIS on UNIX), but which I should really dip my feet into, also b/c it might come in handy for eventual real work.


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