This is brilliant. We should do more stuff like this -- acknowledge that it adds value, slip the person a few bucks.
But yeah, no idea why this has popped up on HN :D
I suspect there are quite a few umarells on HN ;-)
Personally, I stay away from construction sites. Besides dangerous, they're loud and dusty.
Or the baker, candlestick maker, etc.
I think that umarells are an interesting phenomenon. They sound like they were annoying construction workers (bikeshedding) but rather than treat them as a nuisance (loitering->fines or jail), a purpose was found: they get paid an honorarium for "jobs" most of us would find eyewateringly boring but provide value for the construction companies.
If you're lucky it elicites even some self-referential Statler and Waldorf comments.
For the curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4De2tMjPRCE
However, I always wonder, when people say things like "if you are a guy, if you are a gal" with such force and authority... what about the outliers, and what about the overlaps of these distributions?
I know a gal who loves nothing more than analyzing ongoing construction sites. I certainly know several who love to watch programming videos.
Wonder how that feels, when someone brings all the biotruths at ya, and you happen to sit at that point in the preference distribution where looking at technical going-ons is actually what you enjoy.
Like, how large is the percentage of people who literally have never met any woman who is genuinely interested in technical things, and feel totally comfortable making such absolute statements? Must be some good percentage, at least.
The first few lines of the Wikipedia article:
>Umarell (Italian pronunciation: [umaˈrɛl]; modern revisitation of the Bolognese dialect word umarèl [umaˈrɛːl]) is a term in the Italo-Romance variety of Bologna referring specifically to men of retirement age who spend their time watching construction sites, especially roadworks – stereotypically with hands clasped behind their back and offering unwanted advice. Its literal meaning is "little man" (also umarèin). The term is employed as lighthearted mockery or self-deprecation.
Maybe it is not fair, but it is definitely intended as "male only" and as such very gender-oriented.
For the record, (from the facebook of Danilo Masotti, the writer that popularized the term), female "umarells" are documented to exist, though tagged as "extremely rare":