Can You Get Work Done While Music Is Playing?

It really depends on the situation. I tend to like having music played at work on a Saturday but not on other days. The work tends to be light and hence it’s a very relaxing atmosphere and somewhat of a party mood because most of my colleagues at my previous office knew that we’d be going to get some drinks in the evening. Or if not drinks then atleast coffee & sandwiches at a cafe.

I like music being played in the background as long as the workload is not too heavy. If I’m going to have conference calls, knee deep in creating presentations and stuff then no, music would only be in the way. I’d make mistakes or get too involved in the music, with the lyrics & the melody and not want to concentrate on my work. If it’s my fav rock songs then I’d be air guitaring and headbanging and you know that only makes typing very hard to do!

Some people I know can actually work better if there is music playing. They sit at their systems with the headphones on and keep working and they feel that they are shutting the outside world and other distractions and can really hunker down and get stuff done. I have never been able to do that. I guess because I love music so much that I get too involved in it and work goes out the window. So I’d prefer not to have any music playing if I am working.

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WordPress 3.2 AKA Gershwin Released & Upgraded

Ah, Gershwin you have won me over. The latest version of WordPress, v. 3.2, nicknamed “Gershwin” in honor of the composer and pianist George Gershwin, was released yesterday and I’ve just upgrade to it. And it’s looking mighty fine.

Admin section  has been revamped and it has a sleek and even more highly organized look. I just wish that they had added a little bit of colour here and there. As it is, it’s just white, grey and the link are a light blue. You also get an option for a full screen post writing experience, distraction free as they say. And the Admin Bar has a lot more options to make it easier. They have dropped the support for IE 6, just like a hot potato.

It doesn’t look like much else is different other than aesthetics. Some buttons have been changed to text links and other stuff that increases speed. I really can’t make out much of the differences other than the fact that it looks sleeker and seems to be faster. Upgrading is also supposed to be improved in speed.


Back To The Vampire Shift

Well I am back to doing night shifts once again. I haven’t seen my agents for the past 3 weeks with the sole exception of one guy who lives quite near the office. Every Friday he goes to the mosque along with the tech guy from the office and once they are back, he drops in to say hello for a few minutes. Otherwise I haven’t seen any of the agents but have spoken to some over the phone.

I spent the morning at home doing nothing and watched some Stargate episodes from both SG1 & Atlantis and one more from Buffy. That took care of my afternoon and with all that rain and heavy winds blowing in, I was almost asleep on my bed. I love me some rains & cold breezes in the afternoons. Good for creating a napping environment. I spent most of the evening in bed, right uptil 7:30pm. After a couple of cups of coffee, a shower and a shave later, I was on my way to the bus stop.

I had a nice bus ride from Kaloor to Koratty, the bus wasn’t crowded and I could put my feet up and listen to some tunes during the 75 minute ride. I had homemade sandwiches packed for my dinner and a lemonade to drink. I reached the office premises by 9:45pm and dove right into work.