Where Does the Time Go

The week is done and the weekend is half over already but Monday is being planned for now. I sat in the barber’s chair today getting my hair cut by Jack over at Jack the Clipper in Fort Langley, and I noticed that 4:00pm the sun was setting and darkness was falling upon us. Sheesh, I then realized that X-mass is just around the corner and we still have over 30 days of people shopping. This means that my work still has that many days of hell left until it goes back to normal and we are not running our asses off in this rush. As you can tell, I really hate this time year because of this. Stress is more than likely the cause of my unhappiness. I almost thought of out-right quitting last week. Yes, I was tempted just to tender my resignation and walk away and take the rest of the year off. Well, I guess I’m tired, but the temptation is there and whether or not I follow through with it, next week will determined that. We shall see what decisions the management staff will make and how far they will change our job descriptions to facilitate the workplace upgrades.

I’m watching the movie K-PAX on the Space Channel (Toronto ON/C-TV) right now. The movie is fascinating because it explores some very interesting psychological issues and it touches on them very well. Also, this is the very first day that I’m running a new experiment on how advertisers on my cable network are playing with the volume levels and clarity on commercials compared to the actual programs: like K-PAX. A fellow student of mine from the psychology department gave me his measuring kit to monitor the TV while I watch the movie. He is doing research on commercials to see how they interact with the five senses on TV. What is interesting is how much variation there is as the movie ends and the commercial starts. I measured up to 30dB difference while the commercial played. At one point during the movie, the audio level was so low: about the 15 to 10 dB range that I actually had to turn the volume level up to hear it. Of course, this lead into an even louder spike as the following commercial had levels of 60 to 74 dB. Even the quality of the commercial was noticeable better than the video quality of the movie. Nonetheless, it was a lot of work trying to watch the movie and record the data at the same time—took the pleasure of the movie right out if it.

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