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I shall precede this brief observation with a wonderful and poignant video I have come across recently.

I realise I'm probably doing little to dispel the myth of the Effortless Architect by this story, but it's too amusing not to share.

This morning, my boss J is talking to one of the project leaders about a new masterplan for a site in central London. She is gesticulating at several new buildings on the site plan that are oblong in shape.

J: So this is your sausage, right. These are your sausages.
Project leader: Um.
J (points at one of the buildings): There is a problem with this particular sausage. It doesn't make sense. I think it should be over there.
Project leader: Well, I thought it could be here because...
J: You must understand the sausage first. I'm not sure you do at the moment.
Project leader: Yeah, working on it, but...
J: You must understand the nature of the sausage.
Project leader: Um.

I chuckle at this, as I hear the cackling sound of laughter all around the office. A few moments later, my e-mail client flashes with a new message. It's from a chap called Ken who is sitting a couple of desks away from me. The e-mail has only the following image:

sausage links

I bash out quickly in response: "You must understand the sausage."
Ken, almost instantly: "In order to understand the sausage, you must become the sausage."

Later, I come over to the project leader chap and ask him how his "sausages" are doing... He responds with, "Well, there are several incarnations of sausages at the moment. Not really sure about any of them. It's a total cacophony of sausages..."

Date: 2013-07-04 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The first thing that came to my mind was this, except with "sausage" instead of "mountain"!

Date: 2013-07-04 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
To hug the sausage, to envelop the sausage!!

Date: 2013-07-05 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Discuss the discourse please - what frame of reference called for this alias?
Is your boss being ironic about architectural services / products and their state in world/society, or just banalises employees' work as a correctional measure, or something else? Just this project leader, why him?!
I mean, discuss if you want... I'm asking myself these questions because I always read a lot into uncomfortably comical situations at work, and when I'm at an end of one such situation I always wonder whether they're trying to mock me for laughs or punishment, and of course it's probably for punishment - and in that case what for, and even worse - what the hell did I do that was *that* wrong to call for mockery instead of a direct remark...
Alternatively, my brain may have developed a center for procrastination that loops these theories compulsively when it needs rest...

Date: 2013-07-09 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no, the chap isn't getting any sort of special treatment, it's just how our boss likes to express herself. Her favourite phrase is "buggeration factor", for example. The "sausage" is just an oblong building. What else to call it? Perhaps a "horizontal gherkin"? Heh :)

Date: 2013-07-09 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha! Slab block? I would evidently go mad in her vicinity, speculating what she thought by 'buggeration'...
Btw, what is buggeration factor? You have to tell me. Seriously.

Date: 2013-07-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Literally, it means, the "factor of how much someone gets fucked in their arse"
Metaphorically, it's the "factor of how much something goes wrong"
An English thing, I suppose... :)

Date: 2013-07-09 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The only English thing about that is that you guys count on it with a name :D

Date: 2013-07-05 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the myth of effortless architect is what keeps me going sometimes :)
by myth I mean this video last month. I did design a night-pot rack last month!

Date: 2013-07-09 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is a "night-pot rack" what I think it is?
I've certainly designed a load of toilets in my time. Architects are obsessed with toilets. I take pictures of them in famous buildings, too.

Date: 2013-07-09 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the term is "bed-pan"!!
I attempted literal translation, my bad!

Date: 2013-07-09 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's what I thought it was. Haha wow! O_O


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