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19 Jun 15:03

my coworker never stops talking — and I mean NEVER

by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I need some advice on how to deal with working with a coworker that drives me absolutely insane. This lady is by far the most annoying, rude, and unprofessional person I have ever had the displeasure of working with.

You know how they say if a shark stops moving they will die? Well that’s my coworker, but with talking. Our cubicles are right across from each other and every morning before I’ve even had a chance to put my bag down, she is in my cubicle bitching about her morning or telling me some story about her kid. I try to sneak in and avoid saying “good morning” because I don’t want to set her off, but it’s like she’s got Spidey senses. Whenever she starts with one of her stories, I just go on about my business and completely ignore her, or I give her a blank stare. I honestly think she doesn’t care that I have no interest in anything she has to say because I have tried everything to get her to leave me alone:

• There was a moment when we first started working when I completely lost my cool and told her to stop talking and get out of my cubicle. To which she responded, “Oh, okay. But I’ll be back later!”

• I specifically bought those giant Beats headphones in an effort to prevent her from talking to me. But that did not stop her. She still knocked on my cubicle wall or desk or waved her hand next to my face to get my attention. Once I took off my headphones she would start telling me a story about her cats or something equally as random!

• I will tell her if I’m not interested in a topic, but then she just starts her ramblings like, “I know you’re not interested in baseball, but let me tell you about the game last night.”

• If I tell her I’m really busy and keep my back towards her, she will not walk away until after she has finished telling her story.

To make matters worse, we sit near two supervisors’ offices. Not only does she talk a lot, but she is so loud and is constantly swearing. Our supervisory team has sent out emails about appropriate office conversations and language, but it just doesn’t get through to her. I have asked to move cubicles, citing the fact that I feel unproductive, but my requests have been denied, twice. (It’s a corporate thing, I guess. Others have asked to move and their requests have been denied as well.)

Aside from the non-stop talking and swearing, there are other things that bother me about her. For instance, she will straight up yell at anyone (coworkers, programmers, supervisors) if they point out a mistake she’s made. If I am asked to work on a special project she will stop by my cubicle several times a day to stare at my computer screen and go, “What’s this? What are you working on? Well, I’m sure glad I don’t have to do anything like this!” She also has a tendency to come into work sans bra (which she points out to everyone!) and wearing pajama pants and holey hoodies. We work in a government building, for crying out loud! This lady is in her thirties. Why can’t she act like an adult?

I really like my job and have no interest in leaving, but I just don’t know what to do anymore! The days she is not here are like a breath of fresh air. Please help me!

I wrote back and asked: Does she do this to everyone else too? Is there anyone who seems to have found a way to successfully fend her off?

She talks to me the most. I think it’s because we started on the same day, so we have that ~connection~. But she will find another target on days I’m not there. I can always tell who her victim for the day is because I will get a text from them that says, “Thanks for leaving me with crazypants.” Occasionally she will get to work early and bother whoever is there at that time.

The only person she completely ignores is the office grump. (This man will not acknowledge anyone, shuts the door on you even if you are two feet away, never attends an office party, etc.) But I could go an entire day without saying a word to her and she would still be in my cubicle.

I’m generally a nice person and my boss jokingly calls me “troublemaker” because it’s the complete opppsite of who I am. But I feel like this lady’s attitude is slowly changing my mentality and it’s killing me!

This sounds horrible.

You’re probably hoping for a way to get her to leave you alone that doesn’t (a) require you having to be rude or (b) end in her hating you. I don’t think there’s a realistic solution that will give you (a), and there might not be one that gives you (b) either.

If you want to get her to stop, you’re going to have to say and do things that are going to feel rude to you. That’s not your fault — it’s hers, for putting you in a position where that’s the only thing that will work.

There’s a glimmer of hope in this detail from your letter: “There was a moment when we first started working when I completely lost my cool and told her to stop talking and get out of my cubicle. To which she responded, ‘Oh, okay. But I’ll be back later!’” Her response there was obviously ridiculous, but if I’m reading this correctly, she did in fact leave.

You need to do much more of that and much less of this: “Whenever she starts with one of her stories, I just go on about my business and completely ignore her, or I give her a blank stare.” I totally get why you’ve resorted to those options, but they’re not effective in getting her to stop. (They should be! But they’re not.)

So, here are your strategies going forward:

* Be very, very blunt with like when you snapped at her. That doesn’t mean yelling at her — you still need to be reasonably professional — but you can absolutely say “I need you to stop talking and leave my cubicle.” Followed by, if necessary, “STOP TALKING. I’m working.” That is going to feel incredibly rude — because it would be with anyone else. But it’s not with her; it’s the only thing that gets through to her. (Frankly, I’d argue you’d even be doing her a favor by being so blunt, because she’s clearly not picking up softer signals that are in her best interest to pick up on.)

* Keep wearing your giant headphones. If she knocks on your desk or waves her in front of your face, say to her, “I’m working and cannot talk” and turn back to your work. If she keeps trying, say, “Please email me. I am busy right now.” Keep the headphones on. If there’s a fire, someone else will tell you.

* If she says something like “I know you’re not interested in baseball, but let me tell you about the game last night,” say this: “You’re right, I’m not, and I need to focus on work so I cannot have you talking to me right now” and then turn back to your work. If she continues anyway, use the “I need you to leave” advice above.

* If you do all this and she keeps talking, stand up, look her directly in the eye, and say, “I told you I am working and I need you to leave. Please go now.”

(This is the rudest advice I’ve ever given, and it’s making me uncomfortable! But you’ve tried everything else, and so your choices really are to take this approach or to live with what’s happening.)

You could also try a more big-picture conversation with her, although I don’t have any idea if it will work because she’s clearly not playing by rules any of us are familiar with. That would sound like this: “Jane, I’m really busy with work and I cannot get my job done when you keep coming over to talk to me. I need you to stop chatting with me during the day — not just sometimes, but completely. It’s interfering with my ability to do my work. So from now on, if you come over to chat, I’m going to cut you off and ask you to leave. I’m sorry if that feels rude, but it’s the only way I can get my job done.”

If you do that, though, you have to really commit to cutting her off every time after that, because otherwise you’ll be training her to believe that you don’t really mean it.

Also, this is bad enough that you should be talking to your boss about it. As in: “I’m having a real problem with Jane continually trying to socialize with me while I’m working. It’s multiple times a day, and I’ve told her directly many times that I can’t talk and she needs to leave, but she just keeps talking. It’s affecting my ability to focus on my work, and I’m at my wit’s end. Since I’ve been quite direct and she’s ignoring me, is it possible for you to intervene?”

You should encourage your coworkers to have this same conversation with their boss and/or Jane’s boss. Every time they vent to you about Jane, suggest they talk to the person who can actually help — their manager.

The venting, by the way, is probably making this worse, since it means that even more of your time and mental energy at work is taken up by thinking about Jane. If nothing else, you might be happier if everyone cut that out or at least pulled way back on it.

And speaking of your own mental health, stop caring about all the pieces of this that don’t directly impact you — like her yelling at other people and what she’s wearing. There’s enough of this that does affect you that you need to deal with that there’s no point in taking on the rest of it too.

Good luck, and I wish you much silence.

my coworker never stops talking — and I mean NEVER was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

20 Jun 16:06

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Qué comprar y leer para empezar con Arduino

by Eva Rodríguez de Luis

Arduino

Internet es una fuente inagotable de información y conocimiento - si sabes buscar bien y cribar - y buena muestra de ello es el movimiento DIY o Do it yourself. Porque hacerlo tú mismo no solo puede ser más barato, sino que permite una personalización mayor y sobre todo, más aprendizaje. Arduino es su máxima expresión.

Bajo el concepto de Arduino se engloba la placa de circuito impreso, el lenguaje de programación y la comunidad que se aglutina en torno a ella. Para convertirte en un experto en Arduino solo tienes que echarle horas porque todo lo que necesitas es un ordenador - aunque se puede programar en una tablet o smartphone, estarás más cómodo en un PC - , internet y la placa en cuestión. Es más, al principio ni siquiera necesitas la placa: bastará con un simulador como Fritzing para ir familiarizándote con sus posibilidades.

Insistimos: no hay secretos, todo está en internet y gracias a ser software libre, no será necesario desembolsar grandes cantidades de dinero. Ahora bien, ¿por dónde empezar? A continuación una pequeña guía para iniciarse en Arduino.

Arduino desde 0

Arduino surgió en 2005 de la mano de Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe, Gianluca Martino David Mellis y Herando Barragán - este último posteriormente quedó fuera del proyecto - que buscaban herramientas simples y baratas para crear proyectos digitales entre los estudiantes. Primero crearon la plataforma de desarrollo Wiring, que incluía la placa de circuito impreso y el entorno de desarrollo. Tras varias modificaciones, nació Arduino, denominado así por el bar di Re Arduino - el bar del rey Arduino -, un local donde solían reunirse.

Con la idea desarrollada, solo era cuestión de materializar la producción con la misma premisa: crear una placa que costara menos de 30 euros, de color azul, Plug & Play y que fuera compatible con Windows, Linux y macOS, al alcance de cualquiera. La ventaja del código abierto es que todo está a la vista, por lo que el que quiera puede unirse y contribuir a la comunidad.

Si quieres profundizar más en la historia, evolución y controversias en torno a la creación de Arduino puedes hacerlo aquí o en esta página de Github, donde Barragán ofrece su punto de vista de la historia.

¿Cómo funciona Arduino?

Como cualquier otra placa microcontroladora, el diagrama de operaciones es el siguiente: disponemos de una interfaz de entrada, que está unida a elementos periféricos que miden o captan el entorno. Su objetivo es proporcionar información al microcontrolador, que será el que los procese en función de las necesidades del proyecto. Finalmente se encuentran la interfaz de salida, que pueden ser periféricos que ejecutan las órdenes de la placa, como un motor, una bombilla o una pantalla.

El proyecto será diseñado por el usuario a través de una interfaz o IDE, que podremos instalar en nuestro ordenador o usar online, para el cual será necesario aprender las nociones básicas de programación Arduino, que se basa en Processing. Ahora bien, ¿qué puedes hacer con Arduino? Aquí te dejamos 13 proyectos asombrosos: un jardín automatizado, alarmas para tu hogar, cámaras espía, sistema ambilight...son solo la punta del iceberg de un mundo que se abre ante nuestros ojos.

Qué comprar para empezar con Arduino

La placa de circuitos

Arduino Uno

Como Arduino está abierta a modificaciones, puedes encontrar bastantes tipos de placas de circuitos impresos como puedes ver en nuestra guía de compras, por eso lo mejor es no complicarse al principio. La más popular es Arduino Uno, que puedes comprar por 20 euros en Amazon y 37,34 euros en la web oficial, con impuestos y gastos de envío incluidos.

Es la PCB recomendada para iniciarse al tratarse de una placa sencilla y robusta. Puedes encontrar versiones anteriores o más básicas, pero este modelo auna simplicidad, comodidad y es sobre la que más se ha escrito, así que a nivel documental no tendrás problemas para encontrar soporte.

La placa Arduino Uno se rige por el microcontrolador ATmega328P. Tiene 14 pines de entrada y salida, 6 entradas analógicas, una conexión USB, una toma de corriente jack, botón de reset y una entrada ICSP (In Chip Serial Programmer). Solo tienes que conectarla al ordenador con el USB o alimentarla con un adaptador para empezar.

Que sea libre significa que cualquiera puede tomar el diseño original y reproducirlo, introduciendo variaciones o dejándolo tal cual está. Así, esta misma placa puede encontrarse con pines largos por 41,06 euros en la web oficial, para aquellos que la encuentren más cómoda.

Del mismo modo, la placa Arduino Uno puede encontrarse mucho más barata en internet: en Gearbest está por 4,66 euros y en Amazon por 12,99 euros fabricada bajo la marca Elegoo. Por experiencia, algunas de estas placas de circuitos genéricas salen genial, si bien suelen requerir la instalación de drivers adicionales - concretamente el Driver CH340 que puedes conseguir aquí - para que sean reconocidas por tu ordenador.

Otras alternativas menos frecuentes son la Arduino Due o Arduino Mega. ¿Qué diferencias hay? La Arduino Mega está diseñada para proyectos más complejos, tiene más pines analógicos y digitales y más espacio para conexiones. Se recomienda para proyectos robóticos e impresoras 3D. Su precio es de 35,88 euros. La placa Arduino Due cuesta 34 euros en la web oficial. Entre sus principales diferencias, consta de un procesador superior Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU, más pines de entrada y salida, más puertos y un botón para borrar. Es la PCB ideal para proyectos a gran escala.

Lo ideal: Un starter kit Arduino

No obstante, a no ser que dispongas de elementos electrónicos y herramientas en casa, no sirve de nada comprar una placa Arduino a secas. La recomendación si empiezas desde cero es comprar un kit que incluya resistencias, LEDs, cableado, sensores variados pantalla LCD, pulsadores...

Starter Kit

Para eso está el starter kit para principiantes oficial de Arduino, cuyo precio es 79,90 euros (impuestos y envío aparte) en la web oficial (envío e impuestos no incluidos) y de 99 euros en Amazon.

¿Qué incluye? Un manual en español de 170 páginas con 15 proyectos básicos para familiarizarse con Arduino y más de 100 componentes como la placa Arduino One, cables, protoboard, fototransistories, potenciómetros, pulsadores, servomotor y motor, LEDs de varios colores, pantalla LCD, condensadores...

Zum Box

bQ es una de las firmas tecnológicas de referencia en España que incluso se ha atrevido a lanzar su propio pack de Arduino para niños llamado BQ Zum box, que puede comprarse en su web por 109,90 euros. Se trata de un pack simplificado para iniciarse en Arduino orientado al público juvenil, con piezas especialmente robustas y debidamente señalizadas, pero que bien puede servir para entrar sin miedo.

Contenido de la caja bQ Zum box:

  • Un portapilas.
  • Una placa Arduino BQ Zum Core.
  • Un portapilas.
  • Dos sensores de infrarrojos.
  • Un pulsador.
  • Dos sensores de luz.
  • Un zumbador.
  • Un Sensor de ultrasonidos.
  • Dos LEDs.
  • Dos miniservo.
  • Un cable micro-USB.
  • Dos servos de rotación continua.

Además BQ ha desarrollado Bitbloq, un intuitivo entorno de trabajo por bloques y colores para sus juguetes robóticos que sirve para iniciarse en la programación. Con el pack bQ Zum box, el entorno Bitbloq y los tutoriales que han subido a YouTube, aprender las bases de Arduino serán literalmente cosas de niños.

Sin embargo, hay otras opciones mucho más asequibles, como este kit Kuman por 34,99 euros. Como sucede con las placas Arduino, estos kits constituyen una buena alternativa barata para comenzar, si bien a veces las piezas no son todo lo buenas que desearíamos. Además, tampoco contienen manuales en papel en castellano.

Lecturas recomendadas

Más allá del manual en español que viene con el kit oficial o los tutoriales de la web, la realidad es que Arduino también es la comunidad que usa la placa para sus proyectos personales o profesionales, un grupo bastante numeroso y activo en internet. Un buen comienzo es el foro de la web oficial, donde podrás leer las experiencias de otros usuarios y consultar tus dudas. Eso sí, la mayoría está en inglés, aunque también hay un área en español.

Como hemos dicho al principio, internet está lleno de información al respecto. Puedes encontrar otros foros como la Wiki o blogs personales más amenos como el de Rufian en la red, que por cierto ha publicado un libro en formato electrónico llamado En busca de Arduino, cuyo precio es de 2,99 euros.

No obstante, siempre habrá gente "de la vieja escuela" que prefiera aprender en papel, para ellos hemos recopilado esta selección de libros esenciales.

Introducción a Arduino

Arduino Libro

¿Quién mejor para enseñarte Arduino que uno de sus creadores? Massimo Banzi firma esta edición de 2016 de 208 páginas que se convirtió ese año en un Best Seller entre los libros técnicos. Su precio es de 24,51 euros.

Arduino para jóvenes y no tan jóvenes

Arduino Jovenes

Bajo la premisa de enseñar Arduino a personas jóvenes sin ningún tipo de formación técnica y no morirse de aburrimiento en el intento, Arduino para jóvenes y no tan jóvenes trata en 168 páginas de introducir a la electrónica a personas no especializadas en ese campo de forma sencilla y práctica.

Su autor, Joan Ribas Lequerica, insiste: no se requieren conocimientos previos y cuenta con multitud de ejemplos prácticos para adentrarse en Arduino. Desde encender una bombilla, publicar en internet la temperatura de una habitación o poner alarmas personalizadas. Su precio es de 18,90 euros.

Taller de Arduino: Un enfoque práctico para principiantes

Taller Arduino

Con Arduino sucede lo mismo que con la natación: no hay mejor manera de aprender que zambullirse. Precisamente ese es el planteamiento de Taller de Arduino: Un enfoque práctico para principiantes, que va presentando los elementos que integran el pack Arduino con ejercicios simples. Así, aprenderás a manejar sensores de temperatura, luz, presencia, LCD, motores de continua, servos, motores paso a paso...

La obra se centra en el Internet de las cosas, por lo que encontrarás bastantes proyectos para convertir tu hogar en una casa inteligente. Su precio es de 24,50 euros.

Arduino Práctico. Edición 2017 (Manuales Imprescindibles)

Arduino Practico

Da igual que no sepas nada de electrónica, porque con el manual Arduino Práctico aprenderás a realizar tus propios proyectos con Arduino progresivamente de manera progresiva, sencilla y clara. De acuerdo con el autor, solo se requiere un nivel elemental de informática para iniciarse. Su precio es de 28 euros.

Aprende Arduino en un fin de semana

Arduino Finde

Para dominar Arduino necesitarás más de dos días intensos de aprendizaje, pero en un par de días puedes asimilar los conceptos básicos, hacer tus primeros proyectos e ir familiarizándote con sus posibilidades. Aprende Arduino en un fin de semana es una obra orientada a principiantes con 12 proyectos sencillos en orden creciente de dificultad. Su precio es de 9,35 euros.

100 Proyectos de Robótica con Bitbloq y Arduino

Arduino Bq

Englobando Bitloq y Arduino, BQ y Ernesto Martínez de Carvajal Hedrich han publicado 100 Proyectos de Robótica con Bitbloq y Arduino, un libro de 386 páginas en color que incluye más de 100 proyectos de robótica para su pack Zum pero también para cualquier placa Arduino.

Extenso libro de 386 páginas a todo color del prestigioso autor Ernesto Martínez de Carvajal, con más de 100 proyectos de robótica para Arduino para empezar desde cero. Su precio es de 39,90 euros.

Electrónica para makers. Guía completa

Makers

Arduino es un concepto fundamental de la cultura maker, pero no es el único. Sin ir más lejos, la impresión 3D es otra herramienta fundamental entre los DIY. Descubre las vivencias de makers expertos y cómo comenzaron a experimentar con la electrónica para abrir nuevos horizontes con Electrónica para makers. Su precio es de 23,70 euros.

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19 Jun 23:00

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by Franny Eremin

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For our best reader comments series, we’d love to have some girl talk. Here are 15 funny, steamy comments on everything from scheduling sex to what really happens on wedding nights…

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20 Jun 00:56

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19 Jun 17:02

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19 Jun 18:29

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21 Jun 03:57

Cost Disease In Medicine: The Practical Perspective

by Scott Alexander

Sometimes I imagine quitting my job and declaring war on cost disease in medicine.

I would set up a practice with a name like Cheap-O Psychiatry. The corny name would be important. It would be a statement of values. It would weed out the people who would say things like “How dare you try to put a dollar value on the health of a human being!” Those people are how we got into this mess, and they would be welcome to keep dealing with the unaffordable health system they helped create. Cheap-O Psychiatry would be for everyone else.

Cheap-O Psychiatry wouldn’t have an office, because offices cost money. You would Skype, from your house to mine. It wouldn’t have a receptionist, because receptionists cost money. You would book a slot in my Google Calendar. It wouldn’t have a billing department, because billing departments cost money. You would PayPal me the cost of the appointment afterwards – or, to be really #aesthetic, use cryptocurrency.

The Cheap-O website would include a library of great resources on every subject. How To Eat Right. How To Get Good Sleep. How To Find A Good Therapist. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook. The Meditation Relaxation Tape. But the flip side would be that Cheap-O appointments would be brutally efficient. If you had problems with sleep, I would evaluate you for any relevant diseases, give you any medications that might be indicated, then tell you to read the How To Get Good Sleep guide on the website. Boom, done. Small talk would be absolutely banned.

How little could Cheap-O charge? Suppose I wanted to earn an average psychiatrist salary of about $200K – the whole point of cost disease is that we should be able to lower prices without anyone having to take a pay cut. And suppose I work a 40 hour week, 50 weeks a year, each appointment takes 15 minutes, and 75% of my workday is patient appointments. That’s 6000 appointments per year. So to make my $200K I would need to charge about $35 per appointment. There would be a few added costs – malpractice insurance would probably run about $10K per year – but this is the best-case scenario.

$35 per appointment isn’t bad. Most existing cash-only psychiatry practices charge at least $150 per (thirty minute) appointment, so we would be less than a quarter of the going rate. I think a lot of insurances charge a $40 copay per psychiatrist visit, so even uninsured Cheap-O patients would be paying less cash than insured patients anywhere else. Create Cheap-O style psychiatry offices, primary care offices, etc, all around the country, and maybe (aside from catastrophe insurance, which should be cheap) having health insurance would no longer be such a big deal.

My job is great and I love it, so I’m only slightly tempted to do this myself. The reason I bring it up is: why doesn’t anyone else do it? And if it’s possible to provide cheap health care like this, then how does health care still cost so much? What am I missing?

I don’t know. I’ve never run a business and it’s probably much harder and more expensive than I think. One of the reasons for my Cheap-O fantasy is so that I could find out. But here are some speculations.

Part of the reason might be because there’s a shortage of doctor-entrepreneurs, and the few existing doctor-entrepreneurs are busy finding new ways to make ultra-boutique-super-premium clinics that they charge rich people $500/hour for the privilege of entering. And they’re doing that because it pays way more than $200K/year. $200K/year is the standard salary for an average psychiatrist who wants a zero-risk job in the current system, and the privilege of never having to worry about the business side of things.

Another part might be that insurance is squatting in the mid-range market. Even in America, most people are insured. So unless your cost can beat the insurance co-pay – which even Cheap-O barely does under ideal conditions – most people will go to standard insurance-accepting practices unless you give them a good reason not to. And the best reason not to will be that you’re claiming to be better than insurance-accepting clinics – which means you’re aiming at the high-end market. And insurance-accepting practices can’t lower prices because insurances make you follow lots of rules before they’ll work with you, plus you need a small city worth of administrators to deal with the insurance companies.

(also, seeing a patient every fifteen minutes is exhausting; one of the advantages of hour-long appointments is that most people don’t need an hour and so you can take the last twenty minutes to write notes or answer messages or work on blog posts)

Right now the only way I can imagine the niche getting filled is somebody doing it for the lulz as an act of political protest. Imagine if someone started Cheap-O Psychiatry and it worked. All of this stuff I’m saying about how socialized health care might be better than our current system but isn’t the real answer, how it’s just locking in entrenched cost disease and a truly free market could find better alternatives – instead of vaguely gesturing at it, there would finally be some evidence.

(well, there’s already the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which does exactly this and costs about a fifth as much as surgery anywhere else. But maybe if there’s more evidence, people will stop ignoring it.)

21 Jun 16:53

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Ark

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