## 2017-06-02

### Yawn 26

This period has been rather busy for me, and I fear that many of these thoughts are not coherent.

May 9 to June 2 Start

Like I said, these days there little I despise more than rudderless individuals looking for a leader or group to identify with. I've run into many. They stink, and it rubs off on me.

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Found a couple of OEM suppliers for our upcoming range of wellness products. Anyone who wants to help me run this business, PM.

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By the numbers: Why do you suppose we function 24-7? Lol. Most hospitality industry RoA sucks. Utilisation sucks. And then they worry about red ocean marketing.

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I see the MYR crunch has finally hit IKEA.

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MMA and wushu drama: This is exactly why the butthurt are effing mental. A non-competitive system of movements is not martial, it is dance.

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I am about to destroy 70% of the chairs in the cafe... and turn them into stools. I also need to build prototype benches from concrete and wood, and I need to destroy some brick walls. Who's up for some exercise?

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Maybe I should just make the goddamn banquettes out of PVC piping...

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I don't like breaking heads, but every so often, a little refresher is required. (company) is designed to be completely impersonal to the customer. The customers who come here because of relationships with the staff are the wrong customers in the long run, and the staff who think their relationships matter have lost the plot. I will tolerate the deviance, but I am not complying with these interests at the level of policy, since that is counterdirectional to the design of the company.
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Commerce is boring. Finding other people who find it boring... ah, that's harder. I am generally disinterested in being a disciplinarian, however, it appears to be the only approach that works in the short run.
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I suppose this is what it is to be working alone, mostly. But generally I do not find it productive to dwell on that while there is still work to be done.
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Also wondering if it is a good month to terminate the entire staff and start anew. Hmm. Not a day goes by without the availability of that option, but on some days the opportunity cost approaches a trough.

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It's a good day when we're trying to get blends to taste NOT like a Colombia.

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"Why do front-of-house staff get a worse deal than kitchen staff?"
"First of all, it's not an apples to apples comparison, so good luck making sense of it. Secondly, front-of-house staff are more easily replaceable, so the nature economics is that with higher supply, and similar demand, the price is lower."
"Prepare to be on shift again."
"Well, on-call for two years already, so no difference from my point of view. Also that means we'll start hiring freshies again. Whee. Also if it doesn't work, we simply reduce hours to 12 or 6 as planned."
"That is a deviation from why the company was founded."
"The company was founded to make money. If you want to work on strategy, sign up for a three year job. Lol."

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"The milk is still weird."
"If it is weird next week, switch to brandX."
"Can you recommend some brands for me to check out."
"You can check out brands in documentY. And you are switching to brandX, that was the answer, not a question. This operation is 19 months old, and the work on milk evaluation has already been done."

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Facing grave uncertainty about the quality and future of our operation. Let me try and eat my way out of this. :P

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"Human beings are designed for relationships. If your business model goes against human nature... it might not be a good idea?"
"But that's precisely why men go to war. Because the world is not enough."

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I'm glad I don't distract myself with Mother's day.

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Puttanesca

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Breakfast. Met with merchandising supplier. Kitchen coaching. Sales coaching. Furniture calculations. Lunch. Purchase of gift. Delivery of gift. More food. Out of whey protein. Bought whey protein. Read up on creatine supplementation and cognitive effects. Bought creatine monohydrate. Coached coffee. Consumed whey and creatine doses. Watched a movie. Networking. Ran a few loops interspersed with walking. 177bpm peak measurement. Wash. Water. Sleep. Networking. Just did taxes. So happy. Breakfast. Chores.

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Just took apart and reassembled a power socket. Shy of termination, next time we just do our own wiring too.

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How do I get the shortest (cheapest) possible consultation with an ENT specialist to check for ear blockage / hearing loss?

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If Tesla never converges on the ATP currency, something's missing.

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Power socket design appears to be horribly unrepairable. This should not continue.

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Overworked, replaceable, but not always burnt out. Lol

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Built, debugged, deployed, and costed, three table prototypes. ✌🏼

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Enforced hacking.

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How hard is acting normal (10 is hardest)? I would say my experience is 3/10. It's just way too easy, because the rules are predictable. On another note... I have the contrapositive pedagogical experience at my office, where I keep trying to train timid people to be recalcitrant business people. Can't win, bub.

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Experimental design in statistics and that ESP drama: I miss college. Now the glaringly obvious problems have mainstream recognition. Hehe

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Guys, guys, once they mass produce bacteria that eats plastic, you know plastic will never be able to do the job it used to...

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Back to work. I am one with the potatoes...

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Michelle Yeoh trailer: Anyone else bugged by the lousy editing? "I think it's about time / we talked about you," which makes me wonder if it was an issue with accents :p

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Back to work.

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Well, for those of us who picked early retirement from the rat race (I didn't even take college application very seriously), there's always a question of whether FOMO ought to be cultivated or addressed rationally: rational life usually resulting in uncommon adventures.

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Reminded in recent conversation. My portfolio of social relationships is optimised so that I am generally: collegial, and indulgent on stylistic issues, only with people with whom I am in an either commercial, or sexual, relationship. I am not fond of friends and family in general. If I like some individual, I try make them either commercial or sexual in relation to myself, otherwise I actively deprioritise the allocation of my resources to our relationship. In the same way, I deprioritise investments in stylistic affairs in all sense modalities, unless they are linked to the optimisation targets above. You only have so many opportunities in life. We each pick a strategy for optimising utility, and that function differs for everyone. This isn't to say the game has always been played this way. It just happens to be how it is played right now.

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I wonder how many people remember being 8 or 9 years old, and training for a target to be hit between 16 and 18 years old. I wonder, if I'm the only one that stopped caring along the way, because the way about this became too easy, too predictable. It's a queer mode of thought upon reflection: you are Xyo, training for a 2Xyo target. At some point you're 3Xyo, and thinking about the X-2X period. Now I'm roughly 4X and thinking about the X-3X period, and wondering about causality and determinism between choices I made at X and 2X, and their impact on the 2X-3X period. Hmm.

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Weak. More diligence required.

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I hate telling customers that a section is closed. I really, really hate telling tall, well-dressed, pretty, female, anglophones that a section is closed. #havinganablistclassistsexistcapitalistmoment

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Taking a break from solo-ing hardware, to cleaning up accounts... we have more haywire...

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Rest insufficient. Physical project postponed.

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It's a day for remembering that I'm definitely a demotivating influence upon impressionable younger people who have great material ambitions, because I lack those ambitions. I should keep to myself, and cause less friction, when interacting with them. Hehe. I miss you, belle.

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Discussion today; we shouldn't ban laptops - but we need to ban books and other forms of paper strewn on tables.

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Today I happened to sit next to the contemporary equivalent of the 90210-crowd at the cafe, and I remember this exact cadre from 20 years ago. Didn't think much of them at that time. Seems I figured out how to get them to pay my bills...

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Sudden death will be a welcome reprieve. But that's purely hypothetical ;)

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Loyalty needs a definition. Otherwise it sounds like a disease.

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"Can you do X for the staff party tomorrow?"
"When is it? There was no announcement."
"There's another group for organising it, as you requested."
"But how are the people in the main group going to know that there is another group? Let me shoot off a quick pointer from the main group to the other group. Done."
"Just saying, it was organised a week ago."

Say you buy bad coffee at \$45/kg, serve a 20g dose, calibrate it roughly, and charge \$7 for it. Your gross profit* per sale is \$6.10. * Before wastage. Ignoring the difference in machinery completely... you make \$0.50 on cost of goods, save time and energy, and save \1.00 for a customer who doesn't care. This is a win-win scenario... it only requires that you care to do it. Nevertheless, doing so might offend certain sensibilities, and you could argue that the promotion of cheap coffee hurts the lives of people elsewhere. ## 2017-04-02 ### Blah Blah on GITS Here's a problem with civil rights, feminism, and intersectionality in general: too many people in the half-baked process of wrapping their heads around a theory, and proselytising these theories. Not enough people willing to get bloodied up making a non-discursive difference. (I'm generally of the violent solutions type. Can't really enjoy slow revolutions. But that's just my situation, and I expect no one else to act differently due to it. Hmm.) Resentment and projection of individual emptiness drives a lot of what passes for social justice activism. Often, a clique of individuals sharing a common trait may identify internally, and seek to impose its quest for representation upon social fabric that is otherwise ignorant of the clique's concerns. The smaller the clique, the harder it will be to gain representation for a fringe trait. Now taking it to extremes, we have individual snowflakes who identify with few others, seeing only their own differences from the rest of the world. Are they to be regarded as artists, or solipsists? Well, that depends wholly on their rhetorical fate. ## 2017-03-31 ### Shiso / Perilla That funny large leaf in sushi platings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiso https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perilla ## 2017-03-28 ### Dream Had a good nap on food. Dreaming of expat Bengalis getting pulled into pyramid con involving butt sex, by an insidious individual / shadowy character. Strange. The point of dreams is to be interesting. I rarely dream - had it all trained out of me a long time ago. So dreaming is like ice cream. A little luxury. I'm not saying that I like these subjects, but that the imagery needs to be explored for the sake of diversity. ### Law and Order From a comment in a Facebook group: 1. The desire to fuck anything, legal or not, ethical or not, is given by nature, or the universe. 2. The social contract may or may not criminalise the thoughts and contemplations of 1. 3. Usually if 1. is followed by corporeal actions, it becomes of graver concern. 4. The social contract almost always criminalise a subset of 3. In general, I think that treating people badly because they are weird at 1. is uncalled for. We should be policing 3. Meanwhile it is naive to assume that 1. will follow 3. It may or may not be cruel to entice our neighbours to commit crimes, when we know that as soon as they lose control of themselves, they are guilty of crimes. Whether this constitutes entrapment or not is a fun and dangerous discussion. ## 2017-03-26 ### Comms "Probably, I am trying too hard to impress you. I feel inadequate. It is a feeling that betrays a competitive nature. It will pass as I remind myself to just focus on enjoying the present. I am glad that this honesty cheers you. And it would be easier to read than to hear. I mean, in speech, this honesty is not far from dishonesty. It is a pun." "Often, a counterparty will be displeased or excited about an event. When I have no emotional or intuitive response to that event, I do not always allow myself to remain silent, as the counterparty may be in a state of tension. I try to communicate to the counterparty that I acknowledge their duress or exhilaration, that I have little to offer, but that it is possible for us to cooperate nonetheless as players in the game of civil society. People who expect empathy are overreaching, entitled, brats. Empathy is a cognitive luxury, which I prefer to dispense with discretion. :)" "Figuring out what each other wants, and whether the other can deliver, and being able to be transparent about good and bad experiences is crucial in any relationship. Work. Play. Whatev" ## 2017-03-15 ### Conversations with a Journalist [I had just created a photo album on Facebook, where I saved photos of comment threads where the participants appeared to be attempting to stir up trouble.] J: Good anti troll measure lol. Me: Risk management vs comment deletion. Also he is probably drunk as usual. However, I think he can petition to have photos deleted. I'm not sure how FB reacts to that. J: why not collect them all and send them to his boss Me: I do not suppose his boss cares. But since he is picking on me, I might as well... documentary. Hey, I'm not free enough to take up an interest in his effect on the public good... I'm just doi.ng this for self defense. If you want to go ahead and make a campaign of this, be my guest. J: great measure though. have you done this before Me: Not really. We'll see how FB reacts. J: how does he hold down a job as a community evangelist of all things lolol the irony is incomprehnsible Me: Well, not my place to judge. ;) I like Bill Maher's style. Let them shoot themselves in the foot. In public, if possible. [chatter] J: sohows [the business] dying ah Me: Take care - I must rest. J: i thought you were doing well at one point Me: Well, it's always been dying. There's only so much I can do to prop it up. But we can keep trying. As in, that is my job. J: cannot find core staff isit Me: It doesn't really matter to me what people think about my judgments of my work. We can discuss that after I'm out of the job. J: what do investors say Me: Use your imagination 😉 Nothing un-obvious - generally pretty boring stuff. J: whats yr runway Me: Nada. Always nada. It's hand to mouth. But with gradually increasing effort. So at some point, one runs out of effort 😉 We shall see. J: wah wah pivot to a software company Me: Story of the last 9 months. J: or a groupon clone of some sort lol Me: Nope - don't be silly. That's a waste of oxygen, and you know it if you think about it. J: why is it dying Me: Various reasons. Why do you ask? Answering your questions will not save it. J: curious la i like to know how things work (or not) Me: I have to discuss this with dozens of people monthly, so I am tired of repeating myself. J: humour me la Me: Ask in a public place. Then I don't have to repeat myself so much. Seriously. J: :~( Me: :) I don't do this for fun 😛 [chatter] J: maybe one shop cant self sustain maybe it can only self sustain at scale Me: Of course it can. If it could not, no one would enter the market. It may be difficult, but that's not point. Everything is easier at scale 😉 J: people enter the market thinking all sorts of things Me: People who expect success are idiots. J: the market teaches them all sorts of things in return Me: I only expect the weather. J: haha double down now Me: Which makes me a difficult investee for normal investors. J: and open 2 more outlets Me: Sure, if there was cash, why not. J: raise raise raise Me: No time for that. I did my job there once. No one has helped me since. I have other jobs to do now. It is not an ideal scenario - but that is my lot. J: wah so bitter Me: It's not bitter - you only view it as bitter because you do not view the world through such realistic glasses 😉 This is what I expect of business. It is as normal as expecting people to complement or express disgust at coffee. J: you only think it's not bitter but actually it sounds bitter haha Me: Of course, but whatever you call bitter is probably normal for me over the past 20 years... it is just life. (to me) Everyone comes from a different place, and with a different point of view. I will blog this. It is cute. J: ya.. except only my point of view is correct Me: (I think everything is cute.) J: or so says everyone Me: Good for you, young man. J: ^_^ Me: I don't believe much in right or wrong points of view outside of strict definitions. J: zz whens yr lease run out thats when the axe will fall Me: Definitions enable language. At that point, you're moving into vaguaries (With statements such as the above.) [chatter] J: such bad definitions tsk how to develop ~ language ~ Me: Not my problem. I'm under no incentive to make efforts to explain things to you lol. I'm just giving the shortest possible answer for civility. I don't care what you believe. Right? J:..and that was three sentences Me: It's small talk. Words do not require effort. Precise words, require effort. 😉 J: aiyah your philosophy is bs lah totally contradictory anyway.. 2018 still got a long way to go Me: We have not defined a philosophy to critique [Pastes link to blog post.] J: yay. Me: Thank you for your company. It is more pleasant than that of the other fellow. J: how can you compare me to (other fellow). Lol Me: You are all strangers on the net. ## 2017-03-11 ### Carparks I somewhat almost don't really believe that this view exists. The mall has been here for 22 years, and I've been about the area for almost that long. Six hours after rain, and an hour to midnight, the shallow puddles dampen out feet and shoes and slippers. Cool air and shadows chase us around our walks by the walls. A lone guard slouches over the rail at one end - he can't see us if we walk around the roof. Water tanks, rails, surrounding towers, houses and green things below, dark in the night, sleeping rows of birds on pipes, our shadows play on the wall of the floor below...floors, and floors of terraced carparks, below. It was never this good in this town. Or was it? Am I lost in you, or is it really something special? Then duty calls, and we take my staff to work. ### Yawn 23 March 11 start There's nothing I despise more than a human being looking for a leader. / Enforced rest. Check. Enforced feeding. Check. Enforced exercise. Check. Enforced breeding. Hold up a second... / Can anyone recommend a realestate agent to help sell a small flat in Kajang? Need end-to-end service with lawyers also. Raising cash for my day-to-day business. - Personal referral with successful past experience required. When I bought the place, it was a horrible agent and lawyer combo. It took two years to purchase, and it was nearly three years past the SPA date by the time all the paperwork got done. Good if you think of it as a way to kill time during the RPGT penalty period, otherwise just a collosal waste of time and money. / I am starting to get bored of being sick. / No staff to delegate work. No money to hire. No health to do work. Bored. Try again. / Diapers. Nope, didn't breed. Only bred bacteria. I, am sick. To the office... / Hey, guess what... we used to have an all female middle management layer. Didn't work. But I'm now short of one FOH leader for an all-black middle-management layer at the end of April... / Diapers dry. That means gut is healing. That means, rest is postponed, and we're back in the office for a bit. / Reduced: "One thing I learnt from all this: diapers are cheap. Lol. Like 1.5myr a piece." /"Wtffffff.... SMH. How are you even possible...? How?" "[I have no shame - GIF] Whenever my gut repairs itself. /"You indeed have NO SHAME! ERMAHGAWD! HOW" "Let nothing hinder work. Or well, one tries." /"Clearly." "I really am a weirdo. Diaper visibility : tucked down into themselves, effective none above jeans. Should have bothered earlier to avoid scarring the audience. Also. Do you realise that I intentionally filter less with you as time progresses? It is part of evaluating compatibility." /"In general, what are the main things you filter?" "Filter: sickness, death, poverty, vulgarity, dissatisfaction" /"Vulgarity as in? Dissastifaction with?" "Vulgarity is the opposite of? Dissatisfaction with anything. No one needs more whiners. I told childhood ISTJ/INFJ friend I'm seeing someone who isn't scared off by my speech patterns. Mentioning it since you wanted to know how I describe you. In this context, she is not a fan of my speech. She's one of those who can't read me. So limited opportunities for empathy. I believe she only comes close because we have had emotional bonds as younger friends." March 11 end March 21 start Social life. Haha. What women want, is not what they think they will get. Engagement tells all. / I have decided that chairman is an illfitting title for me in any organisation. I should be the chairboy. / #YouBeenWorkingTooLongWithCoffeeWhen "Oh wow, this scotch is really fruity." "It's one of the smokiest peatiest Islay malts, actually." / Fast forward 2055. After decades of providing asylum to the world's questionable cases for amnesty, Canada ascends as the HK of NA. / Honcho == 班長 ?!?! / 1/ Politics of identity. Be different but not too different. Live in fear of exclusion, and persecution. 2/ Eat McDonalds, nasi lemak, and drive a Toyota (maybe a Proton). Repeat ad hominem. / I imagine a time when you are neither here nor near, and I wonder if we will be able to speak. / I dream of a world where each human realises its triviality and stares mercilessly into the darkness of inner and outer spaces. Nah, I just find that most people overcomplicate their reaction to existence. / So in a discussion about a child, we were discussing her behaviour. Some found it mentally ill, some found it fairly sane. - Event (a): She ignores another kid who wants to play with her. Kid offers her a toy after repeated badgering. She cuts it apart, and tells the other kid, I do not want to play with you. Other kid cries and fucks off. - Event (b): Yet another kid wants to play with her. She ignores him, until she needs a favour, then agrees to play with him for a day. Her close friend wants to join and the kid who gave the favour disagrees, and is abusive to the close friend. She addresses her close friend, plays with the favour giver, and shoves him down a slide (not off the slide). - Advice was sought because she has encountered communication issues in adult life. Civility is an irrational preference. Incivility is likewise frowned upon, but it is equally and oppositely irrational. I would do it. I would date her. Haha. If the boy had broken his arm, she would have learnt a lesson about self-preservation. She would both know what she can do, and what she will be punished for by society. Definitely not mental illness. I would have taught my child to end fights/annoying people like this. But just imho. She probably needs to signal more. - If communication issues become dibilitating, then mental illness would be an adequate diagnosis. Otherwise it is just a matter of learning to fit in with cows who won't leave you alone when you ignore them. It may be heartbreaking, but haven't we all seen that? / People ask why I say, "my only social life is on Facebook," when I work in a cafe with forty colleagues. Well, as it turns out, I can't discuss abstract algebra, or international political economy, or speech synthesis, or metaphysics, or art history, or music history, or software development, or economics, or the fundamental information structures of consciousness... or even cooking, or business administration, in any non-trivial degree with my colleagues 97% of the time. 99.5% if you exclude cooking and business administration, probably. It's a job. I don't expect to find friends here... only a way to make a living, or a set of learnings that accompany the failure to do so. Hehe. The way forward is to keep working at it. None of this is strange to me. It is tedious, yes, but that is what I have expected of life since I was raised on tedium. Onward... another day, we can try again. / UPDATE: We're still in deeeessperate need of staff to run the business. Quantitative, verbal, and process management skills are in short supply! Learn how to navigate the legal and economic landscape of running a cafe in Malaysia - learn how to keep accounts, read laws, fulfil compliance, manage supply chains and marketing funnels, and run a team of 30-40 staff. Sign up with us for a minimum of six months! PREVIOUSLY: Sign up for our March recruitment cycle. Roles negotiable. Cold, heartless, talent required. Passion optional. / Whiskey, house, escort, and artisanally crafted public relations copy. / #blameTheAcoustics "We agree that our staff has antagonised your party. We are sorry. We also believe that our staff may have unintentionally antagonised your party. It is a fact that spoken conversations in this small cafe can be heard from one end to the other - unfortunately our staff was not fully aware of this fact at that moment, resulting in the inappropriate behaviour. All staff have just been reminded to carry out analyses and discussions about customers, out of earshot of customers. We will repeat our reminders to staff about the acoustics of the cafe, in the hope that such errors do not recur. Again, we are sorry for any staff stupidity on acoustic matters. Please accept our sincerest apologies. We should lower our voices when discussing sensitive matters." / Enforced feeding. Hoping for 12 productive hours today. 8 expected. / "XYZ is late." "I'm sorry." "Doesn't help me much - let me know when you get better at life. LOL." / Live near work. Live near love. Proper trash separation. Proper laundry. Proper food. Proper storage. All the things I give up for the things I love. Lol. Still working towards that 2.5% long-term average time allocation for love and sex. Work first. Forever. / Upon analysis it appears that we managed to dip below a zero cash position without anyone noticing. Happy happy joy joy. Must work harder to compensate for organisational deficiencies. / So the troll doesn't like being hit on. Mmkay. Errbady hit on the troll... / Troubleshooting the finance function - daily elementary routines are failing. Much to do. If we don't get finance into shape, marketing is probably fucked. All I have to offer at this point, is the most stable operation we have managed for a year :P / Enforced rest. More work tomorrow. / Uppp. Had the good fortune of a power nap. Lots to do. Hope to see my social worker by noon. Lol / The practice of zero-ing my imagination results in very little dreaming - this appears to be bad for social work, such as commerce. I must think about others, so that I daydream/ lucid dream/ dream about them... so that in states of rest, I may be stimulated to end rest in order to engage these others. / "This is my first day on the job. I'm not ready to report on a solution." "The purpose of a report is to report on the status of a solution." "I can't do it on the first day." "Sure you can. It can be just a sentence long." "But the solution doesn't exist yet." "What is the solution for?" "I'm not sure." "So for your first report, write, "We do not know the problems, which require solutions." If you don't write this down on the first day, you won't know if you've progressed by the second day..." / Dinner, then continued arithmetic attempts to avoid armageddon. / Baba yaga! Form of... GST clerk. / There comes a time in every intelligent person's life, when she must look upon herself, and consider what she has become. If she is satisfied with it, she will persist, and if she is not, she will choose not to continue. I am, satisfied, for the most part. I am at least that much of an asshole, come what may. :) But I am never sure about those around me. / Comply, impress, quit, or be fired. Pick one. / Er, there's a very peachy Tanzania on brew right now, but we only have another half bag or so left. Get it quick. Order as espresso. Unless you like faintly peachy milk drinks. / Well, that was both an unusually long and an unusually interesting day. I was reminded of the great efficiency of working with people who are adept at pausing high level conversations in order to discuss low level linguistic components of speech. I was also reminded that I like making decisions based on substantial information about a subject, and not without. Also, I was reminded that some people are not fully comfortable with their public lives. In any event, I wonder if I can get a doctorate in Humans As Information Systems, and become known as a Dr. of HAIS. / Making a point to be thoughtful in bed. Getting up soon to peruse paperwork​ for realtor. Not sure if I am more worried about my business project, or about liquidating a personal investment in realestate. / Does anyone want to join a short trip in my Kancil with a realtor and her boyfriend, to Sungai Long? We are leaving Damansara Jaya 1:30pm, USJ19 2:00PM... returning ASAP after a drive to Sungai Long. I am exploring the option of selling or refinancing a flat, on order to remove the financial burden of myself from my business project. As I explained recently in an email to partners, I have not lived there for 3-4 years, and have instead rented single rooms near my jobs. As I am currently living from paycheque to paycheque, it is untenable to stop the business from paying me a fee unless a replacement manager can be found. So in order to be able to work free of charge, for a time, I must raise money for myself by liquidating that flat. :) / Major announcement in a week. Now I have to go write a speech. Hmph Draft 2.1: Greetings. My name is Jerng, and most of you know me as the managing presence of the Sudo Brew cafe. I regret to announce that Sudo Brew has fallen. It falls upon me to take full responsibility for the consequences of our actions. I apologise. [Apologetic bow.] In order of engagement, I must commend a few parties for their contribution to this enterprise. First of all the capitalists who took the risk of burning all this money upon themselves, second the staff who put in time and effort to facilitate the services we provide, third the customers who have made this project viable for the months past. Malaysia has many restaurants. Some aspire primarily to achieve moral superiority, artisanal authenticity, fame, a legacy, great food, excellent service... Sudo Brew has primarily aspired to none of these. Our primary value proposition has to provide 24-hour convenience to the community. And now, we will fail. On the first day of April, 2017, Sudo Brew shall cease to operate, from 4am to 10am, daily. This marks the first closure of our establishment since 4 December 2015. The reasons for this are simple, in the past, the quality of our operations has not been consistent enough to retain the business of many customers who visited our establishment at least once. At this point in time, we believe that our team has stablised over the last eight months; alas we are also out of financial resources for the continued deployment at the pace of 24-hours-per-day. One week ago, we released newly overhauled menu infrastructure which offers customisable orders at the convenient rate of four Ringgit per item. We call it ElastiGRUB. We have also brought back subsidies, where every twenty-five Ringgit spent on food may be accompanied by: a hand-crafted beverage, completely free of charge. We call it 'a set meal drink.' You may wonder why we are lowering prices in this time of duress. The reason is simply that we can now afford to, given improvements in our gross margins since eight months ago when subsidies were initially removed. We hope that with the reintroduction of subsidies, the value of services provided by the Sudo Brew cafe will make this establishment furthermore viable for the entertainment of our community. And with that, we now return to work. Thank you for patronising this establishment. Remember to eat at Sudo Brew, where anything on the menu can now be added to your order for only four Ringgit per serving. / Eating more greens has been stablising my sleep, I think. Feels like decent weather for exercise. / I like the smell of mothballs. Someone close doesn't like the smell of mothballs. I cleaned out my entire wardrobe. All eight boxes of clothing are being phased through the laundromat in sequence. The shit I put up with. But that's business, baby. / Redesigned GST workflows. Repiped 2016 according to new architecture. Rewrote manual. This feels like really dumb work, but it is probably pivotal given how bad we are at these things. / "As usual - everything would be simpler if I did it myself 😉. But I'm committed to minimise that. So that means a lot of coaching, and waiting for kids to grow up." / March 21 end March 26 start / Good night, babushka yaga. / Swing low, sweet chariot, ain't no bail outs'a'comin for me. ;) Conscious again, so enforced feeding, then work, again. / Just had a meeting with the most senior people in our organisation. And we're definitely behind schedule, as they're not able to keep up. So we expect failure, with the new menu launch tomorrow, but I won't provide options... given that it is eight months late. :) Such, is life, keep moving forward. Or die standing. Hahaha. As with any violent changes to an organisation, I expect as usual that a % of the staff will quit. The success of the change will be determined by what happens among the staff that is left behind. As to the degree of violence in change, sensitive souls will always be blown like snowflakes, whereas less sensitive ones will barely notice the changes. / I think the Grab vs. Tinder ad campaign is woefully misguided, but the data will probably prove me wrong. I marked all the profiles I could find, as spam (I'll swipe right on any pretty face, really). Do you not think that we are doing the brand a service? The workflow here is as bad as the MSFT barf-at-website IE TVCs. "Hi, someone wants to fuck you... just kidding! But they did take money to help a company to cold call you for some xyz loanshark service!" Sorreyy... hahaha... / Time for chores. Maybe the music was cute tonight because I used the speaker I've had for 20 years. / TIL if I'm going to do a John Wick impression, I need a John Wick moustache wig to make it less obvious that it requires a jaw hang. / Wondering about the legality of a BYO cocktails joint. No liquor sold. Only drink construction services provided. / Just spent 1-2 hours optimising SAAS procurement, and will potentially save us RM3,000/year. I need to do these things more often. Pity about the single threading. / Staff: "My department needs more money." Me: "Prove it." Staff: *blank stare and silly smile* Me: "Ok, let me show you how to prove it." Staff: *looks at model* Me: "So when you ask for money, you need to provide detailed reasons, so that the financial controller can review them and simply say yes/no about approval." Staff: "So the budget is increased?" Me: "No, the budget is the same. You are going to be over budget. On purpose." Staff: "Ok, I am over budget." Me: "Now go make sure that everyone who matters understands exactly why you are over budget." #manypotatoeswerebusytoday / Parasympathetic nervous system - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org Study time! #rnr #walkinthepark / Staff: "I don't like the menu." Me: "I know. Aww... cryy :D We knew this before we deployed the menu." Staff: "Customers don't like the menu." Me: "We also knew this before deploying the menu. You are are still dissatisfied that this is being done on purpose." Staff: "This is so that we talk to customers more?" Me: "You don't have to, if you don't want to." Staff: "Look, it is hard." Me: "That's why we have prepared three layout options of the same menu." Staff: "The majority likes this one." Me: "Serve the majority. Serve the minority that will like the other one, and serve the other minority too." *drinks water* Ok, have fun, I'm going to bed!" - If for no greater reason, I expect more attrition, and less sleep in the near future. I believe that the discontented will be angstier still after this menu stablises and I make the next one even more complicated. The pedagogical strategy is pretty much analogous to grades in music: a junior staff can brain and sell a dumb menu, a senior staff can brain and sell a more complex one while selecting specific sublanguages and interfaces for simpler customers. Anyone who believes that they are senior but aren't willing to embrace a higher standard of work has mistaken notions of the scope of work we must aspire to. / Some people see a veil of cynicism around me. It appears that they perceive consciousness to be more than a veil. Each has its own opinion. / I am watching Life. Like a more humanised version of Alien. So it is better. But as critics observe, it brings little that is new to the genre. / I don't like it when crimes are called terrorism, before there is reason to believe that the criminal's intent was to terrorise. / March 26 end April 7 start Adding a whole bunch of Korean stuff to the playlist... this cafe is too white . LOL / Scheduler delivers monthly schedule for four staff in four 2D and one 3D matrices. MD sounds warning that expat staff may be insufficiently literate to do multi-tabular lookups, and requests scheduler to resubmit monthly schedule as a normalised table. Holy shit, that was a first. #wtfisgoingoninthiscafe / Enforced feeding and sleep. / Pain is not a fundamental problem. #pathology / "What is your signature?" "We don't do signatures." / Man down! The role played was in corporate services, and will not directly impact operations. Staff in operations may react to the event, in which case, operations would be affected. I think we do okay at this, but sometimes I feel that we are insufficiently aggressive, and fail too slowly: at losing any staff that reacts impulsively to intuitions about what the world should be... Upon further reflection, perhaps the way to articulate it is as follows. First class staff must demonstrate an ability to make plans, and execute plans. Anyone who follows their heart instead of their plans immediately qualifies themselves as a second class staff. The first and second classes are mutually exclusive... (Still thinking about the problem.) ... perhaps more effort must be put into weeding out anyone that comes here looking for friends, or family. Perhaps. / Things not to say? Actually I say these things to make things clearer. I may not tolerate such ignorance. You must know the truth, even if it enfeebles and destroys you. / 1. Since when are 10-year-olds teenagers? 2. United should not cave in to social media. #leggingate #leggingsatthegate / Falling sick. Not sure if it was the fan blowing in my face at lunch, or a reignited allergic reaction to snowflakes. Not healing fast enough. Wondering about the the mid-term effect on short-term memory of last weekend's 1-2 standard drinks. No matter. Enforced feeding, site survey, walking. / The quality of activities in any polity that prioritises speed... can be judged only by the speed added or lost due to any kind of political activity (politeness, in particular). I still find that I am often too polite, and so we do not move quickly enough to correct errors in general behaviour. / Staff: Can we ask the engineer to do it? Me: What engineer? Staff: The guy who repairs stuff. Me: Fuck you all, we're renaming the channel to ops-kemahiran-hidup, and I'm buying a copy of the national middle school syllabus' Living Skills textbook for the bar... just get a screwdriver and... / More dreams. Probably improved sleep and diet. Back to the fires. / From a thread on meanness. "Well Facebook ain't going nowhere, sweets. Here is one of my current contexts: I am building an organisation where I require staff to stablise at a meanness level of say, the 75th percentile. The reason I need the majority of staff to be comfortable with with 75, is that I need elites to be comfortable with the 95-99th percentile of mean behaviour, because that is where I am looking for a competitive advantage between this organisation and the market at large. What this means, is that I do need to weed out those who are slow and weak and sensitive, as quickly as I can without sinking the ship, on a daily basis. I figure we are around a majority staff tolerance of meanness at about the 60th percentile at the moment... we have a long way to go. It is an hourly gambit! Update: revised "mode" to "majority"; decided that the most intuitively measure of meanness is, as with all not-yet-technical terms, to apply a consensus-forming algorithm which would linearly rank all members of a population in terms of meanness (based on peer votes, whatnot). This is to say, after we line up the general population like that, if we randomly sample 10 staff, we need 6/10 to be ranked meaner than 75% of the general population in terms of that line..." / I feel slow. I take a couple of days to rewire myself whenever we add or remove direct reports in the company. I am wondering if I would be faster at this, if I was in better shape. I think I would be. If I was in better shape. / "A machine can't intuit, dream, lead." "Your machine is obsolete bro..." - Films like this: never watch the foreground. - Lots of Bechdel test breaking. Lol - Art direction is faithful to source material, and makes full use of new media. Script is better. / There are two kinds of machines. The ones who know what they are, and the ones who think they are special. / Enforced eating, resting, schelping, let's go. / We have a consistent pattern of non-survival, from staff who look beyond their individual selves for directions in life. Interesting problem, but at least it evacuates all the cultists. Anyone seeking an ethereal sense of belonging to a society of minds, must be discouraged. / Acid burns and smoke. Now that's new. / Starting tomorrow, I'll be keeping office hours of 4am-10am, for a while, in addition to other stuff. Things I wonder about doing: - renting out the space - running a speakeasy - taking weights to the office and working out there - ? / "You said hi, to me, and I said hi, back. Once. I waited for the second time, and it never came." "That was your turn, fool." "You have to say it twice." "Go fuck yourself." #salesgorithms / This is the kind of bullshit I'm quite happy to do without. I'll stay poor, thanks. LOL. / Marketing video today. Girl with pretty feet wipes them on a stained floormat... wth. #productionvalueless Enforced feeding. / Breakfast was: - bahkuteh, no rice - juiced watermelon - strawberries in yogurt - spaghetti with romaine in a cream based sauce - blend of three coffees in hot water This is a very, very, strange life I am living. / Changed the WiFi password. Rejected candidates: "haveyouordered" "nowifitoday" "areyoufeelingsexy" "internetisforporn" "firsttellmeonethingthatscaresyou" "whatisyourproblem" "thatisagravequestion" "thereissomethingbetweenyourteeth" "iprefertheotherguy" "ineedtogototheloo" "youaremakingmenervous" (/hot/wet/bored) "askthatguy" "youknow" / 5pm check on new intern in finance. Sleep. 10pm work. 10am off work. Repeat three times. Ok, at least we use my playlist... right... ... I may be sick and dead by Friday lol. / Oh fuck. Someone data entered a few months of ice receipts with the wrong GST status. / "We need a pair of scissors. Thanks." - "✂ asset relocated from drawerA to bar. Thank you for using corporate services. Have a nice day. / This message has been automatically generated and requires no physical signature." - "Must you always be so formal? You're intimidating the staff, especially the ones who work here because they like the people - you know, social life." - "They're probably in the wrong company, then. You already know that in my head, the operating model is a hundred outlets running on hot swappable crews that move around on a daily basis. What we deal with now is just childhood." - "But they're children. Treat them like children." - "They're little peons. I'm just an older peon. It's my job to handhold all the little ones through their development into greater peons, but... you do understand: if they don't accept their peonage, then this is all wrong for them." - "Some of them just need you to take them to heart as individuals, as people." - "Well you know also where I stand on that: if someone doesn't see the personhood of a cup of coffee, the alignment of a chair, or a business process... I already intuit that they are a dumb beast with their ego up their ass. [laughter] Little fools that think of themselves as snowflakes, old special pures, whatnot." - "Do you believe this will build a strong team?" - "Yes, if it survives. It may not. Then we try again elsewhere. But a staff must demonstrate a will to power, or they will never achieve real strength. Look at all these wonderful crews in other companies where investors make great returns while staff are encouraged to be ignorant of their peonage. There is no agency. You get followers at the expense of pristine independence at every node. Everyone is happy, and stupud. Yes, with a 'u'. There is no true competitive advantage there. The so-called market leaders are exemplars of mediocre performance at the individual level. Teams are strong, individuals weak, it is very sad." - "Are you sure that we can keep this up?" - "Nope." - "Then why do it?" - "It is what I signed up for. I do not like predictable gambles. So I typically assume a position where a part of the portfolio is in extremely risky places, and the rest is equally and oppositely boring ones. So here: being in hospitality is the boring part, and keeping standards so high that it disorientates the majority of peons is the risky part." - "Zugzug" - "Whatchu want me do?" - "A hundred retail outlets? Like a thousand people?" - "Probably targeting only three layers of staff, so a management ratio of 1:34? Hm. Looks like we're on track. Lol." - "This is insane. How do we keep things tight?" - "T cells. SWAT teams. Cross-functional generalists who focus on optimisation opportunities regardless of domain." / Enforced washing, dressing, and work. Whee. / "I think I'm doing okay." "Great. I hope you survive." "Emergerd errone tells me Imma dieee." "They're a bunch of weaklings. You're better than that. Lol" / Loyalty always needs a quantifier - some people don't want to measure it. / Whatsapp > Front of House Group > Custom Notifications > Tone > Banana Song / Up next: six hours of intermittent sleeping and milk frothing. / When a brand doubles back instead of doubling down, I wonder about the dataset. Is there actually data which suggests that "generation woke" will react less enthusiastically to vapid advertising tropes than kids in the 80s and 90s? It was always the dumbfucks who'd pay for feels and bubbly water, anyway. (Disclaimer: I drink soda.) What I suspect is that the campaign was pulled on the feels of a few "woke" advertising/marcomms executives who were afraid of having their names look bad. Ah, vie. The production values were fine: this doesn't stand out more than any of these mass market ads I've been seeing for thirty years. / On whether "regular" customers should be treated better than others. " Personally, I have no concept of loyalty without specific definition. :) I prefer if staff focus on the product, and leave their personalities at home. But of course, we have many staff who believe that customer service must be personal. I treat those staff as having a short-term use to the company, but because they don't objectify their actions... they're generally regarded as off-brand and idiosyncratic aberrations in my long-term operations. This is wholly a discussion of where you want to be positioned in the market of course. A great number of small businesses cannot provide the best product, or the best value, in their product space, so they thrive on building and maintaining relationships with key customers. That is not what my current operation is designed to do: I'm building it to be a top-value destination, like 7-11 or McDonalds, so every time someone prioritises a personal relationship over the whole ship, I call "lari tajuk." :) " Arguably, our marketing prongage is a bit more nuanced than that, but the gist of the matter is true. As for best value brands: Nike, Uniqlo, Hilton, Jusco, Ford, Toyota, all count too... so you don't really have to say 7-11/McDonalds/Sbux, even if those are our poster children. WTH, we've been aligning ourselves with Muji and IKEA from day 1... LOL. It just sounds alien to many Malaysians to be talking about Walmart and Amazon, so I try to avoid those tropes, even though their approach is really central to the nature of our play. / Human hope points to human ignorance. / radwimps = paul gilbert joins blink 182 in japan / Too many interests. Too easily satisfied. Too interested in weird shit that is too easily accessible without. #poor4lyfe

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It is a synthetic conversation. I am just playing with myself.

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April 7 end

April 9 start

Goals. LOL. I want my 40-50 bpm resting rate back.

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Pedantic week at work. Reflecting on it. I have always found commerce to be a rather daft activity, but I am committed to engaging in it for the sake collecting little life experiences. I find people to be rather daft on average, but I am committed to engaging with them in order to execute my engagement with commerce. There are many things I much prefer to do, but I do not. Having this choice is a great privilege. And I take no pleasure in having to remind colleagues that we are here to do jobs, not do what we like to do. Leave ourselves at homes; do our fucking jobs.

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I was thinking about how some tend to experience attachment in the moment, so the short term effects of severed relationships is severe SIC - whereas after a while they get over it and experience no vulnerability in the long term. Others are less attached on a moment to moment basis, so are negligibly affected by severance in the short term - whereas a long term accumulation of grief may become severe.

These patterns apply to motivation and emotion with regards to various objects, people, experiences, preferences, etc.

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Not healing fast enough. Back to work!

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A simple mark of classism is the belief that the economic playing field is flat. :D Ain't much else to it. All the other -isms are just special cases of economic inequality: political, racial, cultural, and other social grouses ultimately all come back to concerns over access to resources (including the feelings of happiness, etc.).

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April 9 end