Mr Speaker

Beer o’clock. Beer o’clock.

beer oclockull time employment. The destroyer of spirits, and crusher of dreams. What is it for? Surely it serves a purpose greater than paying your taxes. For we all know that wherever dark, oppressive forces rule - the flower of nobility and art sprout through.

And for the employee, that flower takes the form of the Friday Afternoon Beer. The closest most of us will ever come to pure enlightenment.

So to ease the quotidian burdens that lay ahead, here's a handy tool for tracking your time 'till enlightenment: Beer o'clock - The Firefox extension. A little app that sits patiently, alerting you periodically, reminding you of your purpose in life. Keeping you focused. A great productivity tool.

more beer oclockHere's how it works - set your office beer oclock time and choose the frequency of notification - for example, every 2 hours. A small beer icon appears in the status bar of your browser. Every 2 hours a message is displayed next to the icon with the message "34 hours, 30 minutes 'till beer o'clock". Splendid.

To spice it up a bit, the message is not just displayed in hours and minutes, but other time-frames that may be more relevant to you and your office fellows: "15 cups of coffee 'till beer o'clock", "3500 lines of code 'till beer o'clock", "10 ridiculous questions from clients till beer o'clock". You can also add your own messages for non-stop beer/office fun.

So install the Beer oclock extension (Pre-FF2.0 version here...) now and watch those "Work-in-progress meetings" fly by.

Phew, just 1 more blog entry 'till beer o'clock...


  1. You’re brilliant, Mr Speaker, a genius … but you’re a bloody nerd… good work

    Friday, May 13, 2005 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
  2. How depressing. I spend more than 1/3 of my life at work, yet I’ve got nothing to live for except a beer at the end of the week? How utterly hopeless and depressing. Pass the razor blade.

    Friday, May 13, 2005 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  3. are you Czech???

    Monday, May 16, 2005 at 2:49 am | Permalink
  4. Only one day per week! Pluuheaze! At least put up some checkboxes for which days of the week get beer o’clock!

    Monday, May 16, 2005 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  5. Isn’t this just stupid? Encourage alcoholusage? This stinks. Really!

    Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 2:00 am | Permalink
  6. Yeah, I know – though you should be thankful – this plugin was originally called “heroin-oclock”. But a little flashing 16×16 pixel icon of a crack pipe made all my co-workers addicted to drugs, so I changed it.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  7. Great program! Unfortunatly it doesn’t fit the times I can have beer o’clock. I work a 14 day work week. My beer o’clock isn’t until Monday of my second week. Could you possibly make it customizable for those of us who don’t beer o’clock every Friday night?

    Thank you,

    Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  8. Mr. Speaker, can U add suport for unicode/cyrilic messages, please.

    Great extension btw

    Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  9. I Love the Beer o’clock.. all my FireFox friends have it too… but one suggestion for the next go-round?? let’s be able to have the alarm go off Every Day!! :) i’m still in college, so I need to be reminded every day. I take that back… I don’t Need reminding, I just like when your extention does. How about sound alerts too? I’m not tech-savy at all, so I don’t know how hard that is. Thanks Again!

    Friday, September 30, 2005 at 5:47 am | Permalink
  10. Sooo… when’s V.2 coming out? I plan to drink beer continuously over the entire week. I hope the new customisable features can accommodate this.

    Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  11. Will you be updating this for 1.5 compatibility? I don’t want to update Firefox on my personal computer until it’s available!

    Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  12. I PROMISE TO UPDATE THE BEEROCLOCK PLUGIN THIS WEEKEND! Even though I’ve had several months of FF1.5 alpha testing in which to fix it!

    Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  13. How about one of these for liquor in general? It would be great to say “it’s a quarter to liquor” or “thirty to liquor”. For the part of the population that prefers ‘Hard A’ as opposed to trashy beer. Maybe one with an Absolut bottle or a shot glass instead of a beer glass.

    Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  14. I just updated my Firefox to 1.5.1 and it shows my Beer o’clock as not compatible… (sob) (sob) (sob)…
    I need it, as it had became part of my office life and always look forward for the funny lines that will pop up at unexpected times (sometimes I am working early hours like 2, 3 AM and it shows some nice messages that always makes me laugh!)..

    Friday, February 3, 2006 at 6:05 am | Permalink
  15. I didn’t know I was thirsty until I found Beer O’clock, and that
    I couldn’t use it with newly wrought FF. Now that I’m sitting in front of an LCD window most of the day, I look forward to my first reminder.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
  16. God bless you and your beer o’clock plugin sir.

    Friday, December 15, 2006 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
  17. A new Firefox version and no compatible Beer O’Clock. Any chance for an update? I truly miss it.

    Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 4:59 am | Permalink
  18. Genius. I lack the appropriate superlatives.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

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