The New York Times recently had an article on techniques people use to show they were busy so they wouldn’t get fired: “Working Hard To Look Busy.” A lawyer in the New York office of an international firm had a creative approach. Perhaps putting aside other issues, he wanted to have the lights in his office on in the evenings so that it would appear that he was working late. But he had a problem: the lights dimmed when he left his room. What to do to trick the motion detector? What to do?
The inventive lawyer had an AHA solution: he put an oscillating fan in the room to keep the lights on.