a faceless man in a subterranean bunker is now in control of my air supply
During the weekend, building management came in and changed the ventilation system. We now have a smooth plastic thermostat with no controls whatsoever on it and deafeningly loud fans directly over our desks that blow stale air at us constantly even when the air conditioning isn't going. So, it's no longer possible to converse at an ordinary volume and it's impossible to shut it off. Fantastic!