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The History of the Cubicle [SLYT] [Previously]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 8, 2014 - 14 comments

No Bullshit Hiring Histories

"Pastry work takes a level of skill, precision and rigor that I lacked in spades. I could’ve maybe become a decent pastry cook, with months of practice and a patient boss, but I was in no way qualified to be a pastry chef. I gave it my best effort, for three days, until the chef-owner realized her mistake and fired me. The place closed in less than 6 months. I never got paid." Laurie Woolever at The Billfold talks about how she went from Botantical Garden Intern to Anthony Bourdain's assistant.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 3, 2014 - 26 comments

Bring Your Own Headphones

"Though multitasking millennials seem to be more open to distraction as a workplace norm, the wholehearted embrace of open offices may be ingraining a cycle of underperformance in their generation." The Open Office Trap
posted by Mchelly on Jan 11, 2014 - 88 comments

Leslie’s House

I felt like we were intruding on Mr C. As if we’d interrupt him at work on a new manuscript. The housekeeper spoke not a word of English, but led us into his office... and then left. Michelle and I were there, alone. This was no museum. This was no shrine. This was Arthur C. Fucking Clarke’s office. His office with everything.
posted by Artw on Nov 6, 2013 - 18 comments

TPS: Tuna Pickle Sandwich

sad desk lunch "Soon it will be the weekend, the salsa murmured into your ear"
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Sep 19, 2013 - 88 comments

Coulda been an Asian Jim

Watch Famous Actors' Failed Auditions for 'The Office.' Watch Seth Rogen, John Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Adam Scott and other now successful actors on failed auditions for key office characters.
posted by sweetkid on Aug 7, 2013 - 29 comments

Lucy Kellaway's 'History of Office Life'

A series of BBC News Magazine articles on the office as workplace: (i) How the office was invented; (ii) The ancient Chinese exam that inspired modern job recruitment (previously); (iii) The invention of the career ladder; (iv) The arrival of women in the office; (v) Do we still need the telephone?; (vi) Are there too many managers?; (vii) The era of the sexually charged office; (viii) The decline of privacy in open-plan offices; (ix) How the computer changed the office forever and (x) Why did offices become like the home?—by columnist Lucy Kellaway. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 comments

The Chant of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Madeleine of Le Barroux

"The monks of the Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux (site in French) stream their chanted Office each day as explained on their website. For those of us who do not live in European time zones, this project attempts to automatically record their hours and make them available for download" or streaming. [more inside]
posted by resurrexit on May 8, 2013 - 3 comments

It is a roleplaying game made in excel.

Arena.Xlsm is the fever dream of a Canadian Chartered Accountant with a love of roleplaying games (Hat tip to Special K over at mefightclub!)
posted by boo_radley on Mar 26, 2013 - 27 comments

THE BOSOM BUDDIES OF WASTE

“During the 1920s, the British firm Parker-Holladay created a fictional character named Bill Jones. Mr. Jones’ dispensed his friendly advice to British clerical workers through colorful lithographic posters emblazoned with his get-right-to-the-point maxims." Why not enjoy this collection of can-do, yes-sir business motivational posters before you head back to work?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 1, 2013 - 40 comments

The New New Girl

"When it debuts this month, it will make [Mindy] Kaling one of the only women of color to be both the face of and the creative force behind a network TV show. Every detail of this set, not to mention every word of every script, has had to pass through Kaling’s brain and reflect her unique worldview as a self-described “chubby” 33-year-old Indian-American female comic by way of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dartmouth College; and eight years as both a writer and a cast member on NBC’s The Office."
posted by vidur on Sep 16, 2012 - 51 comments

Simple Desks

Simple Desks: A frequently updated collection of beautifully minimal desks and workspaces, interspersed with occasional musings on minimalism, productivity, design and technology
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 30, 2012 - 48 comments

an elegant loop within a loop of springy steel wire.

The Perfection of the Paper Clip - It was invented in 1899. It hasn’t been improved upon since. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 27, 2012 - 40 comments

Firing Aversion

How do managers decide who to lay off?
posted by reenum on Jun 7, 2012 - 52 comments

Yesterday's Tomorrow Today!

The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World (titles on piano) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future and the future of home gardening and crushing ennui). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers, New Banking, Nellie The School Computer, The Elliot Light Pen, Mobile Phones, and Moog Synthesizers.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 26, 2011 - 17 comments

I can't file that, Dave.

An office space right out of sci fi by Kubrick. Apparently, the employees at SuperGroup are all science fiction fans. So they hired a design firm to turn their office into something out of 2001 A Space Odyssey and Star Trek.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Sep 15, 2011 - 46 comments

Letters Are Symbols Which Turn Matter Into Spirit

Letterology — an open classroom in book design, experimental typography, and professional practices. Popular posts include : The Olivetti Typewriter, in 1911 Olivetti produced Italy's first typewriter. One hundred years later we continue to celebrate the smart promotion. Early 20th Century Trademarks, pages of trademarked names from the Trade Mark Title Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1910-1913. Czechoslovakian Stamp Designs, the variety and styles of the hand lettered text on these stamps is stunning. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 comments

"If you feel stupid, it's not because I'm making you feel that way."

What is a photocopier? Ten pages of Ohio Supreme Court testimony where a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, office worker deliberately tries to muddy the waters in a deposition. Hilarity ensues. "If you don't know what that means in an office setting, please tell the court you don't know what it means in an office setting to have a photocopying machine."
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 18, 2011 - 85 comments

The Office/The Office crossover

Michael Scott meets David Brent. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jan 28, 2011 - 61 comments

OpenOffice ousts Oracle

The OpenOffice.org Project has unveiled a major restructuring that separates itself from Oracle and that takes responsibility for OpenOffice away from a single company. ... Driving home the changes, OpenOffice.org project is now The Document Foundation while the OpenOffice.org suite has been given the temporary name of LibreOffice.
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 28, 2010 - 45 comments

Oval and Out

A New Look for the Oval Office Obama makes his mark on the First Office. It is a different look than the office of George W. Bush and the presidents before him. And yes, the rug is gone (previously).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 31, 2010 - 168 comments

Ribbon Hero

What's the most unique video game to be released in the past five years? Guitar Hero? Nah. DJ Hero? Uh-uh. Ribbon Hero. [more inside]
posted by armage on Mar 11, 2010 - 30 comments

Pretend Office

Phil Gyford (mefi's own!) realized last year that after he and his friends spent much of their professional lives freelancing, they were missing out on a key part of business life: Office Culture. So he invented his own, launching a synergizing solutioneering company site called Pretend Office complete with stock art. The key component that made the ruse complete was the inter-office @everyone mailing list, which is also online. Through the mailing list, they create the story of the most painful fictitious office on earth. A personal favorite of mine was the Christmas Dinner thread, do step through the conversation.
posted by mathowie on Feb 6, 2010 - 20 comments

Microsoft Office 2010: The Movie

2 Minute Ad for MS office after the travesty of the windows 7 launch party ads, MS gets it right. SLYT
posted by marienbad on Jan 9, 2010 - 70 comments

The Gervais Principle

The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office”. Warning: link may evoke baleful despair!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 16, 2009 - 57 comments

One more for the stationary fetishists

One more for the stationery fetishists: Office Supply Geek
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 26, 2009 - 27 comments

Yes, Sir, this Is War!

Microsoft Office 2010 - for free, on the web. Yeah, you heard me right. [more inside]
posted by Muddler on Jul 13, 2009 - 106 comments

Analog Art (mostly)

The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies
posted by Miko on Jul 2, 2009 - 38 comments

A Muppet and a fat guy

An interview with Elmo and Ricky Gervais. (SLYT)
posted by hifiparasol on Mar 12, 2009 - 28 comments

Mitch Haile's Office

Mitch Haile's office requires some explanation.
posted by odinsdream on Feb 25, 2009 - 29 comments

Buying a scalpel set doesn't make you a surgeon, but...

Not all of us need, or want, $10,000 worth of Adobe and Microsoft software to be creative. So, here's some alternatives, each available on every major platform:

GIMP, for all your drawing and photo-editing needs. (Windows and OSX.)
Inkscape, for vector graphics creation.
Scribus, for incredibly powerful document creation.
FontForge, if you want to make your own fonts.
OpenOffice, the old standby for word processing, spreadsheets, and all those other office needs. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Feb 20, 2009 - 189 comments

Two great tastes that taste weird together

Hey! You got your Office in my Battlestar! You got your Battlestar in my Office! Wait a minute...
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 27, 2008 - 10 comments

Insert Office Space Jokes here. Or don't.

Video of a man going totally beserk in a Russian office. Cellphone video here, w/ audio.
posted by loquacious on Jun 3, 2008 - 168 comments

At least it's a roomy place to work.

Talk about a sexually uncomfortable working environment. Oh my.
posted by miss lynnster on May 21, 2008 - 89 comments

A³ + B³ = C³

I recently posed the following statement to my fellow, walled-off employees:
"True or False: Cubicles reduce office sociability by 100%"
I received no answer.
[more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Apr 24, 2008 - 52 comments

Ballpits as office furniture

The Last.fm guys really wanted a ballpit, inspired by the xkcd blog. Pictures.
posted by nthdegx on Jan 16, 2008 - 33 comments

Gamers' Cribs! But less exciting.

Pictures of offices and desks of video game designers, journalists and celebrities. Includes Dan Hsu, the guys from Penny Arcade, the guy who made Ultima Online and Boing Boing?
posted by phyrewerx on Jan 13, 2008 - 14 comments

Defending the Constitution

Never in History Have Generals Revolted Against a War Like They are About IRAQ. "I (insert name), having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God." Unlike the enlisted folks, officers only swear an allegiance to the Constitution.
posted by augustweed on Sep 26, 2007 - 50 comments

You are boring the $#!* out of me!

A new video by Jed Davis' Hanslick Rebellion. A meanspirited, though easy to identify with, piece about office small-talk. A feel good summer song for those of us tied to desks. Warning: Loud swearing.
posted by JBennett on Jun 7, 2007 - 12 comments

Office Space; Now with extra violence!

An office worker loses it one day, jumps over the table and mercilessly beats his co-worker. The action is spectacular, but is it real or staged? You decide.
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments on Mar 20, 2007 - 69 comments

how much would michael scott cost in legal fees?

Steve Carell may be hilarious in the office, but how much would his jackass behavior cost in real-life? clips (youtube)
posted by tylerfulltilt on Feb 13, 2007 - 47 comments

Cover your ass.

Avoid office party lawsuits: buy insurance and distribute the rules in advance; don't let them drink; no flirting; bring a recording device; no religious stuff; don't dance with staff members.

Have a safe holiday.
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 4, 2006 - 28 comments

Big day for Microsoft

Today is a big day for Microsoft with the launch of three key products - Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007. User groups are already up-and-running. Vista and Office have been available for some time. But maybe this is just clever viral marketing? In spite of lots of new and improved features, Vista has not been well received by reviewers. But this has been true of every Windows version since Windows 95. One thing is certain, these versions will be the last releases that focus on the desktop rather than the Internet.
posted by bobbyelliott on Nov 30, 2006 - 109 comments

"We are committed to personal service" vs. "I would prefer not to"

Surviving office work: 2006. Surviving office work: 1853. The more things change......
posted by lalochezia on Oct 20, 2006 - 16 comments

Tacoholic- MS Paint Gallery

Beauty in bitmaps- Some artists work in watercolors, some oils, and some with clay. The 'artists' at tacoholic express themselves in the universally accessible medium of really bad MS Paint drawings. Its public so you can submit your own masterworks.
posted by AVandalay on Aug 18, 2006 - 7 comments

You want an office? You got an office.

Payback is a B**** Someone played one too many practical jokes and/or pranks on some IT guys who had too much time on their hands. Impressive results ensue.
posted by FlamingBore on Aug 8, 2006 - 52 comments

SERIOUSLY SERIOUS

LOOK AT ME BEING SERIOUS (nsfw: language, video)
posted by loquacious on Apr 21, 2006 - 48 comments

You know you want to

Feeling frustrated at work? This little flash game lets you be Joe IT, avenger of the oppressed in offices everywhere. Best of all, you can't lose ... unless you actually try this at work.
posted by pyramid termite on Feb 25, 2006 - 16 comments

Royal Flush

Fired by New York's Mayor for playing a game of solitaire, former $29,000 a year clerk Edward Greenwood IX is sure to become the new parton saint of office politics. Whether one views Greenwood as a hapless Everyman or another poster boy for workplace diversions, the question still remains: what would Ricky Gervais do?
posted by Smart Dalek on Feb 11, 2006 - 15 comments

Retabulate the framistator! Sum E4-dash-23! Cowbell the TPS reports!

New invention: A computer-based drum machine. In Microsoft Excel.
posted by loquacious on Dec 21, 2005 - 31 comments

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