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Councilman Booted For His Farmville Obsession

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the think-of-the-crops dept.

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Bulgarian Dimitar Kerin won't have to decide if he should tend his crops or pay attention to Plovdiv City Council business anymore. The committee voted him off 20-19, saying that he obviously "needs more time for his virtual farm." From the article: "Kerin was not alone in his obsession among council members. Council chairman Ilko Iliev had previously warned several of them that the new wireless network and laptops provided to all 51 council members were not to be used for playing games on social media sites during budget meetings. Kerin was singled out for continuing to manage his farm and milk his cows despite Iliev's warnings. "

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Too nerdy. (4, Insightful)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689424)

Seriously, what is it about this Farmville crap that turns otherwise normal people into ridiculous, obsessed nerdy dweebs? I've played WoW quite a bit, I'm really quite a nerd myself but this game looks boring as shit and it seems to drag "normal" people into it like WoW draws in nerds.

Re:Too nerdy. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689480)

Seriously, what is it about this Farmville crap that turns otherwise normal people into ridiculous, obsessed nerdy dweebs? I've played WoW quite a bit, I'm really quite a nerd myself but this game looks boring as shit and it seems to drag "normal" people into it like WoW draws in nerds.

My question is: Should a poster with the moniker of 'RightSaidFred99 [wikipedia.org] ' be allowed to criticize anything at all?

Re:Too nerdy. (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689566)

My question is: where there really 98 other people signed up with "RightSaidFred" related monikers? Frankly, I'm surprised "RightSaidFred" itself was already taken!

Re:Too nerdy. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689868)

Nevermind the popularity of Locke.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

ImYourVirus (1443523) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690244)

The 98 is probably the year he was born.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690252)

Yeah, and 2005 was the year I was born... How many 11 year olds are currently posting to slashdot?

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Funny)

Eric52902 (1080393) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690336)

More to the point, how many 11 year olds know who Right Said Fred is?

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

ImYourVirus (1443523) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690462)

They could be 11 or 12, depending on the month born.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

ImYourVirus (1443523) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690432)

I said 98 not 1998, 2 digits, when it's all of them it's something completely different (as far as I can tell anyways). Was it maybe the year you signed up?

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690754)

Well if 98 was the year he was born and 1998 is something completely different... was he born in 1898?

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690938)

How many 111 year olds are posting to slashdot? I was giving the benefit of the doubt when I assumed "year he was born" meant 1998 and not 1898!

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

pluther (647209) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690504)

How many 11 year olds are currently posting to slashdot?

At least 98, it would seem...

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689580)

You are obviously an Italian terrorist because everybody else recognizes their superlative and timeless musical genius!!!!!!

Re:Too nerdy. (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690122)

Are you too sexy for his criticism?

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690146)

If it's the Bernard Cribbens version [youtube.com] , his geek credibility is intact.

If it's the dodgy pop group [youtube.com] .... not so much.

Re:Too nerdy. (1, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689502)

That's the difference between normal people and nerds. Normal people get obsessed over things too. But it's banal, uninteresting shit they get obsessed over. Sports, soap operas, miniature figurines, gun collections, etc. Nerds get obsessed over things that are actually interesting because they requires some thought. Normal people can't relate to it, so they label it and shun it as weird, geeky, nerdy, etc.

Re:Too nerdy. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689614)

Or people get obsessed over things that interest them. So some people like to code in their spare time, where others enjoy walking. Still others enjoy sports and farmville

Re:Too nerdy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31690070)

And some like collecting the heads of noisy children...

Re:Too nerdy. (3, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689648)

That's funny because there were plenty of nerds in the CS department at my school, including professors, who liked sports, collected figurines (usually Warhammer shit) and liked guns. Just because you find certain things banal and other things interesting doesn't mean that every "nerd" is going to agree.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

rcuhljr (1132713) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689774)

I have to agree, guns offer a lot of interesting points for nerds from interesting mechanics, to ballistics of hand loads, etc.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689964)

Indeed. I have a non-nerd friend who likes guns because they go BANG and make him feel powerful.

I, however, like guns because of the ballistics and other mechanics behind it all.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689998)

I have to agree, guns offer a lot of interesting points for nerds from interesting mechanics, to ballistics of hand loads, etc.

And they level the playing field. Let's face it, most stereotypical nerds and /. posters aren't going to be able to hold their own in a fight against an ex-con who spent the last five years pumping iron ;)

God created man, Sam Colt made them equal.

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Insightful)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690420)

And they level the playing field.

Wow. It's like the Internet. I wonder if there was a period where basically anyone who could scrape together enough money to buy a gun could start their own business. Were the Wells Fargo money courriers the Web 2.0 bubble of their time?

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Nathrael (1251426) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690578)

(usually Warhammer shit)

Heresy!

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

FrozenFOXX (1048276) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689718)

But it's banal, uninteresting shit they get obsessed over. Sports, soap operas, miniature figurines, gun collections, etc. Nerds get obsessed over things that are actually interesting because they requires some thought.

[Heads off to hide his Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine miniatures]

Re:Too nerdy. (3, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689962)

That's the difference between normal people and nerds. Normal people get obsessed over things too. But it's banal, uninteresting shit they get obsessed over. Sports, soap operas, miniature figurines, gun collections, etc. Nerds get obsessed over things that are actually interesting because they requires some thought. Normal people can't relate to it, so they label it and shun it as weird, geeky, nerdy, etc.

Is there any way you could have said that and come off as more of a snob? Or are gun collections or sports somehow less worthy of being obsessed over than a virtual farm?

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690216)

I think you misread me. Gun collections and sports are equally worthy of being obsessed over as a virtual farm, none of are particularly nerdy though. Amateur astronomy, ham radio, programming, etc. are worthy of being obsessed over too. But the technical complexity of the subjects drive away people who aren't nerds.

Everyone gets obsessed over the things that interest them. Nerds just obsess over more complex things. I hope that's a less inflammatory way of phrasing it.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690246)

Nerds just obsess over more complex things. I hope that's a less inflammatory way of phrasing it.

It's less inflammatory than your previous post ("banal and uninteresting") but I still think you are stereotyping.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690354)

Would you disagree that Farmville is pretty banal? I don't think there's any real strategy to the game. From what I've read, there's not even any supply/demand dynamic to consider.

And yeah, I'm stereotyping. There's nothing wrong with using generalizations when we realize that's what they are. There are always exceptions, but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile to recognize trends.

Re:Too nerdy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31690484)

Stereotyping on slashdot?

naah... never happens

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690334)

Nerds just obsess over more complex things. I hope that's a less inflammatory way of phrasing it.

But that still isn't even true. There are plenty of nerds who obsess over things you find to be simple and banal. And there are plenty of nerds who don't find what you consider to be "nerd subjects" to be all that interesting.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690060)

Ahem, gun collections are well within the realm of nerds. Just ask ESR, or me. I have a collection and yes I keep them around to kill men, not animals. I got guns.. ooooooh be scared. <insert scooby doo ghost laugh here>

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

Columcille (88542) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690844)

"Nerds get obsessed over things that are actually interesting because they requires some thought."

OP included WoW in his list... I am not aware that WoW requires any thought at all. Somewhat the opposite.

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689530)

>Seriously, what is it about this Farmville crap that turns otherwise normal people into ridiculous, obsessed nerdy dweebs? I've played WoW quite a bit, I'm really quite a nerd myself but this game looks boring as shit and it seems to drag "normal" people into it like WoW draws in nerds.

*draws deep breath*
NNNNNEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRDDDDDDDDD

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689590)

These people are probably not gamers. So they probably never jumped on Harvest Moon back in the day.

So they get on Facebook to build a social network and there they are introduced to the wonderful world of virtual life simulators like Farmville and they crack out.

I personally go for Tetris. It is a total time killer and if I have to turn it off I do not have to worry about "saving my progress" or none of that jazz.

Re:Too nerdy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689922)

I liked Harvest Moon because it taught me how to nail a pink haired townie by picking flowers and shit for them. It was a great learning experience for a 10 year old.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

trapnest (1608791) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690600)

a-men, brother.

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Informative)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689694)

Never played it, but I'm betting if you don't spend time tending your crops, they die in real-world time. I used to play a diku-mud fifteen years ago where you were charged "rent" for your equipment on a real-world basis. If you stopped playing for a while, you lost your equipment when your gold ran out. So, I used a HDD syncing bug to my advantage to clone equipment (specifically diamonds) to sell at local shops to get enough gold to last a long while. But I still got addicted because of the "gotta help my 'friends'" aspect.

Re:Too nerdy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689778)

"WoW draws in nerds."

WoW draws in the crappy nerds. I've never liked WoW at all and I'm pretty damn nerdy. I think this has more to do with certain kinds of minds and their triggers to addictive behavior.

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689886)

Here I'm checking Slashdot at work.

I won't play hypocrite and blast others for what they do with their time. Everyone has their things they enjoy.

The problem with something like Farmville is that a standard web page still appears somewhat like work. I can also content that keeping up on technology news goes along with my job. Farmville is CLEARLY not work.

Farmville and games like it also need users to log back in and play the game at specific time intervals. My mother claimed she was massively bogged down with work, but the biggest time sink in her day was managing Farmville. The most prominent item on her desk was her schedule for what times she had to check on various crops.

When you design games to conflict with people's schedule, and necessitate playing at specific times, you leave the domain of what I consider a casual game, and enter into the realm of chore and obsession.

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

gsslay (807818) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689908)

Since you've clearly never played it, and relate to games in terms of WoW, let me explain.

Imagine WoW grinding that consists of moving your mouse a tiny, minuscule fraction across the screen then clicking, then selecting from a popup menu of three options. Then repeat 20 million times. All to accompaniment of hoe-down music.

The MMPOG element consists of your friends coming over to your farm to do the same, but invisibly, cos you can't see them.

Having fun yet?

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Interesting)

mini me (132455) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689948)

I believe it is the time limited nature of game play. Once you have tended to your farm, there is nothing left for you to do. This builds up excitement that you will get to play again soon. That excitement keeps people coming back. If you could play FarmVille for hours on end without stopping, the novelty would quickly wear off.

Re:Too nerdy. (2, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690172)

Y0u'r3 ju5+ j3a10u5 0f h+3 3133t +urn1p f4rm3r5 gu1ld! W00+!

Re:Too nerdy. (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690646)

Farmville = Soft core gaming for the uninitiated dweeb. My wife told me I should try Mafia Wars. I was bored after 5 minutes and went back to Grand Theft Auto.

False sense of accomplishment. (2, Insightful)

maillemaker (924053) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690758)

I believe these sort of games provide a sense of accomplishment that many people find addictive, in spite of the fact that in reality they have accomplished nothing. It FEELS like you have accomplished something, and you feel compelled to continue on to accomplish even more.

You could say this is a hallmark of a great game. It compels the player to play more.

Re:Too nerdy. (0, Troll)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690860)

Seriously, what is it about these stupid fucking pictures on slashdot?

Plovdiv City? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689434)

What's the URL for that? Sounds like an interesting game, and they apparently need a new player.

Using a computer on company time? (5, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689482)

I'd fire anyone who uses a company computer on company time for personal reasons.

Exempting this comment posting, of course.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

teh g04t (1780198) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689794)

I remember the collective groan across our call center when I blocked farmville. They started crying a couple months later when I blocked Facebook entirely just for the fun of it.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

Xoltri (1052470) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689812)

Wow you are so powerful.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (2, Funny)

teh g04t (1780198) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689906)

There are few joys in life when you are an IT Manager. It beats my normal routine of crying myself to sleep.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

trapnest (1608791) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690634)

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say GP was being sarcastic. Perhaps even mocking.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690222)

If engaging current and new customers on Facebook isn't a part of your company's marketing plan, you've done a very good thing.

moron (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690904)

and now due to they cant find anything to busy their mind while answering shitty customer calls all day, their stress levels are going to slowly build up, and they will start reflecting it on the customers.

well done, you made a great contribution to the company, and the customers using it. i would like to know the name of the company so i can avoid it tho, if you please. with that mindset, its sure to screw up sooner or later.

Re:moron (1)

teh g04t (1780198) | more than 3 years ago | (#31691004)

It's called humor dickwad. Deal with it.

Re:Using a computer on company time? (0)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689842)

It occurs to me that if I refrained from internet reading/posting,
I'd have an automatic +50 bonus in my prodictivity stat (versus all my other coworkers).

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689888)

Yeah but then you'd lose office cred when you go out to lunch with coworkers and have to try to cover for the fact that you didn't see the Slashdot post that went up hours ago that they're all discussing!

Re:Using a computer on company time? (1)

think_nix (1467471) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690200)

I don't know about the US but here in some EU countries when you sign a contract as an employee usually you have to sign a waiver that states explicitly so , or else _said_ employer has nothing against you until they change company policy.

I had a customer that completely blocked facebook social networking sites etc through their proxy. Soon afterwards the call center was so overflooded with calls (also from high up in management) that the admins had nothing to do but to allow access.

I don't have the link on hand but some studies have shown that allowing employees who work long hours in front of a computer to take those few minutes and do personal stuff ie email , facebook , etc are more productive in the long run. Although you will always have problem cases, but these people will not work regardless of the situation.

While BOFH is funny to read, there is a fine line between network nazi and allowing some net freedoms in a workplace.

In Parliamentary Bulgaria... (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689506)

...Farm owns you!

Idiot! (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689522)

If he'd been playing SimCity instead, he could have claimed it was work related!

Re:Idiot! (2, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689702)

Then they'd fire him for mismanaging his virtual city into bankruptcy and chain nuclear reactor accidents.

Re:Idiot! (1)

orthancstone (665890) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689828)

Oh c'mon, how often do giant alien robots really destroy entire sections of your city? Besides, isn't that hard to raze and rebuild, right?

Re:Idiot! (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689862)

Unless he applied to the virtual government and got a virtual bailout. Then it'd be time for a promotion and a big fat virtual bonus!

Re:Idiot! (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690896)

But as a councilman or mayor in SimCity, can you play Farmville?

Time better spent (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689528)

On Slashdot, laughing at people who lose their job over farmville and facebook.

At least I can claim I'm keeping up to date with technology by visiting a tech web site.

Good litmus test (3, Insightful)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689542)

If you can't put down the zynga long enough to take care of your real-world job, maybe you don't need one. Normally I don't relish social darwinism, but in this case it's hard to not see the appropriateness of it.

It doesn't look like the guys lost his job (3, Informative)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689550)

The article notes that he was voted off of his committee. It doesn't say whether his actual seat is gone.

Oblig. (2, Funny)

corruptblitz (1486729) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689554)

Looks like the old saying is true. You reap what you sow.

Re:Oblig. (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690556)

Looks like he's been put out to pasture.

two news in one. (3, Interesting)

andrea.sartori (1603543) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689622)

The real news here is, they voted him out 20-19. What were they thinking? I mean, the other 19.

Re:two news in one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689662)

They were also playing farmville.

Re:two news in one. (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689672)

And what about the abstainer? Was he too busy playing farmville too?

Re:two news in one. (2, Interesting)

ZekoMal (1404259) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689766)

People in government typically don't care about their job. Unless you're IT, people in front of a computer have the priority of porn followed by youtube followed by facebook followed by twitter with actual work at the very, very bottom. Combine these two and you get half of your local government preferring to dick around than actually do what they're paid to do.

Re:two news in one. (1)

BinaryBobbie (1714694) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689926)

They are actually considering allowing Facebook again after we had banned it because "it's a great way to keep in contact with business associates". My response to that is "isn't that what email, phones and conferences are for?"

Re:two news in one. (1)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690864)

Or LinkedIn, if it's gotta be a social network.

Re:two news in one. (1, Troll)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689768)

That government which governs best, governs least. If he's playing Farmville, he can't be doing too much to interfere with people's lives.

Re:two news in one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31689876)

Until he's actually asked to. Which must be the real reason they removed him.

Re:two news in one. (1)

Nite_Hawk (1304) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689780)

They were trying to determine if it was worth risking planting raspberries given current traffic conditions for the afternoon commute home.

what were the thinking? (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689874)

they were thinking "i'm next"

Re:two news in one. (1)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690090)

It was a fucking budget meeting. When was the last time a budget meeting demanded your full attention?

Re:two news in one. (1)

andrea.sartori (1603543) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690158)

Yesterday.

Re:two news in one. (4, Funny)

matrim99 (123693) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690182)

The other 19 were thinking: "With Dimitar gone, who will fertilize my crops"?

online version of meth addiction (1)

IronDragon (74186) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689738)

It would appear that the tammogotchi has a thriving offspring.

And this is why I play games - not work them as a second job.

I Want Him For My Councilman (3, Interesting)

Petersko (564140) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689896)

I've considered throwing a brick through the front glass on city hall to indicate how I feel about my local government's obscene spending policies. Time spent playing online games is time during which they aren't spending ridiculous amounts of money on stupid, wasteful things.

I want them to do at least 80% less than they do, so if they waste a bunch of time on online games, that's okay with me.

Re:I Want Him For My Councilman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31690268)

I want him for one of my Farmville neighbors. Crazy, obsessive people like him are great to play with, and it sounds like he's on all day (and probably night). Farmville can be played in 20 minutes a day if you're not obsessive, having neighbors like this (some of them really, really scare me) make the game more interesting.

Re:I Want Him For My Councilman (2, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690314)

I've considered throwing a brick through the front glass on city hall ... < snip >... spending ridiculous amounts of money on stupid, wasteful things.

Like new windows? Maybe you'd be better off just leaving a playstation on their doorstep.

Re:I Want Him For My Councilman (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690506)

. . . spending ridiculous amounts of money on stupid, wasteful things . . .

The subtle point here is that they are spending your money.

If your local government's members were required to fund a portion of their projects with some of their own money . . . they would decide real fast that the city does not need a monorail and a special economic free trade high tech park for breeding rabbits.

Getting back on topic . . . if this guy is forced to stop playing Farmville . . . maybe he might decide that the City of Plovdiv needs it's it own farm!

He has learned from the game that farming is fun.

Re:I Want Him For My Councilman (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690590)

I strongly suspect that the pork in Farmville is cheaper than the pork from the Council.

It's April 1st in Bulgaria (0, Troll)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689912)

It's April 1st in Bulgaria already. They never changed to the Gregorian calendar.

hmm... (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 3 years ago | (#31689986)

Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion that all of these new stories are April fool jokes that are a day early? Some of this stuff is really ridiculous.
I'm not going to read anymore Slashdot for 2 days because it's gotten to be so stupid.

Perils of the Digital Divide... (1)

d1r3lnd (1743112) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690058)

damned if you do, damned if you don't [wired.com] .

New to Farmville (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690112)

I just rescued an unemployed council member! Please help me by sending me a were-pig or pork knight to entertain him.

51 council members??? (2, Insightful)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690324)

Holy crap! I've been in meetings with 20 people that take forever and are drawn out simply because too many people need to hear their own voice. I don't blame this guy for zoning out. 51 isn't a council, that's a legislature.

Re:51 council members??? (1)

zombie_monkey (1036404) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690670)

He was voted off the budget committee, which is presumably comprised of a small subset of council members. Also, they are often actually called local parliaments in Bulgaria.

He's still a councilman though! (1)

Orga (1720130) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690338)

From TFA: Dimitar Kerin was voted off a committee assignment by the Plovdiv City Council He was voted off a single committee, whoppee, get back to harvesting those crops Dimitar and help put Bulgaria back on someones map.

Wait, I'm NOT busy! (1)

babboo65 (1437157) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690348)

I guess the councilman will need more than his crops fertilized or a nail for his barn.

You people forgot to cite another of his defenses (3, Funny)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690880)

he said "Im just level 40. there are councillors who are level 45. why is noone talking about them"

Wait. What?? (2, Interesting)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 3 years ago | (#31690900)

There's an AOL News?? AOL is still around???
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