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Found this looking through my G+ today.
An email I sent to the department today:


From: Daniel B
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:23 AM
To: IT Department
Subject: Excessive Heat Warning - Wednesday, July 13th


Please be aware that Excessive Heat Warnings have been posted today in many areas in the Third Floor part of the Elmwood Park Office. Due to the abnormally high temperatures, and a complete absence of air conditioning employees working indoors can be at a higher risk of heat stress. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rashes, and cranky as hell IT employees. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers.

Project managers and employees should ensure extra precautions are taken when working indoors or in areas where air temperature cannot be regulated, such as my cubicle. The following recommendations should be followed by employees to help prevent heat stress.

• Go home.
• Call management and demand air conditioning.
• Sit in the fridge.
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
• Avoid breathing.
• Gradually build up to heavy work.
• Schedule heavy work for some other day.
• Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity. There is a walk in fridge in the cafeteria.
• Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.
• Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. For the love of god don’t drink coffee or hot tea.
• Avoid drinks with caffeine and large amounts of sugar. I guess we already covered that, oops.
• Be aware that protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat stress.
• Turn your computer off.
• Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,


Daniel B
Solution Developer

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The Internet is not just for porn today, but also for information about SOPA and PIPA. As I was reading one of the articles about these ill-thought pieces of legislation, I saw a link to Lamar Smith's list of SOPA backers. I noticed a funny thing in there, why are so many pharmaceutical companies on this list? Why is Tiffany & Co on this list? Real estate companies? The US Conference of Mayors? Completely unrelated political advocacy organizations (60 Plus, Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Individual Freedom [HA!], etc)?

http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/Rogue%20Websites/List%20of%20SOPA%20Supporters.pdf

If you had any doubt that this legislation is specifically designed to be abused and to go against free speech, it should be wiped away by just a little thought about why those groups would support this legislation. What copyright violations does Revlon worry about? Tiffany & Co might have Trademark problems with fakes, but those aren't copyright issues. Various other organizations I can only imagine them pining for a cheap legal way to silence opposition.

My two cents, and it's a little different than every other article on the subject I've read.
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