Continuing on the below - ChatGPT's trained opinion on veganism: Humans evolved as omnivores, equipped with digestive systems that process both plant and animal products efficiently. Human anatomy and physiology, from enzyme production to dental structure, indicate a natural design for an omnivorous diet. Restricting to veganism goes against the human biological heritage.

I tried veganism once. I think it was a Tuesday. And it lasted about two hours.


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The Gradual Disappearance of Workplace Perks: A Reflection

Today, a conversation with my coworkers led to a rather sobering walk down memory lane, reflecting on the decline of workplace perks over the years. It seems like yesterday when our office buzzed with small joys that made the daily grind a bit more bearable.

"Six years ago," Mel reminisced, "we used to get lunches delivered right to our desks." Back then, the routine was simple and delightful: the secretary would take orders in the morning, and by noon, everyone had a meal waiting for them. But as times changed, so did our office culture. The personalized lunches ceased, and the company opted for a healthier alternative—fruit.

According to Spectrum Boss, fruit baskets started appearing in the tearoom. Unfortunately, I must have been out of the loop because I don't recall ever seeing these mythical baskets. The narrative suggests that even this perk was inconsistent, marred by what some labeled as less-than-stellar management by the kitchen staff.

Eventually, even the humble offerings of coffee and soft drinks started to dwindle. The coffee, which was once a cornerstone of our office, vanished, followed by the soft drinks. These were replaced by a sparkling water dispenser—a nod, perhaps, to more health-conscious times. But, as if following a grim pattern, the sparkling water too ran dry. The reason? The cost of carbonating water was deemed an unnecessary dollar spent.

Now, we've regressed to the most basic of provisions—water from a tap-connected cooler, and even then, without the courtesy of disposable cups. It's hard not to feel a twinge of loss, not just for the perks, but for what they represented: a sense that the workplace was more than just a place to work; it was a place where you were valued, where the small comforts mattered.

It leads me to question the evolving ethos of our work environments. We're often told to embrace the workplace as a family, to drink the proverbial Kool-Aid of corporate camaraderie. Yet, as the tangible expressions of care and value fade into corporate austerity, these words ring hollow. If a family’s warmth is measured by the care it extends, what does it tell us when even basic comforts are withdrawn?

Am I wrong to feel a growing disconnect? Does the gradual stripping away of workplace perks reflect a broader trend of diminishing regard for employee satisfaction and morale in the modern workplace? Perhaps it's time to reassess not just the physical perks but the underlying corporate culture that decides their fate.

As I ponder these questions, I can't help but feel nostalgic for the days when coming to work felt a little less transactional and a little more like coming home. How we proceed from here—how we rebuild the bridge between employer and employee—may very well define the future of our workplaces. Maybe it's time for a conversation not just about what perks are feasible, but about how we can make every employee feel genuinely valued again.

I am sad. ☹️

Wow. Tim Cook is getting old. With all due respect, maybe it's time for Apple's next in line?

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