"Great mess, A+"
January 2, 2005 11:27 PM   Subscribe

Messy desks were submitted for a contest at bash.org. Most of them aren't that messy, but a few are unforgettable. If you would like to cut to the chase: here is the winner and here is the Honorable Mention (NSFW). (Many of the comment threads are also NSFW)
posted by halonine (27 comments total)
Links... very... slow... is... there... a... mirror?
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 11:32 PM on January 2, 2005

it's dead jim
posted by suprfli at 11:37 PM on January 2, 2005

Dude. Dude. Some big mess just piled up on my desk and instead of doing something I totally came on IRC to talk about it.

*hotchickseriouslyi'mnotaguy logged off [I'm so totally gonna blog this] 02:41:32*
posted by NickDouglas at 11:39 PM on January 2, 2005

I hope the site comes back up, because this is an excellently constructed post. I want to see the one linked as 'unforgettable'.
posted by rafter at 12:08 AM on January 3, 2005

I knew I forgot to take a picture of my "Computer Area" and send it in
posted by RobbieFal at 1:26 AM on January 3, 2005

I archived it for temporary posterity:

Winning Entry
Honorable Mention
A few are unforgettable

[You're welcome.]
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:47 AM on January 3, 2005

Thanks Civil_Disobedient.. and, hmm, now I don't feel like such a slob....
posted by bdragon at 2:09 AM on January 3, 2005

What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Dead as a dodo i'm afraid
posted by Cancergiggles at 2:42 AM on January 3, 2005

This is neat.

Though I think the winner got the edge simply by virtue of having more shelf space.

I see the human spirit of being capable of so much more. For instance, all these people cleared a bit of floor space so that their chairs could be mobile. And a pile of soda cans? Such high level sorting ability should be grounds for instant disqualification.

My faith in humanity remains undimmed however, as I am mindful of the fact that those truly deserving of winning this contest are also too disorganized to actually send in a picture.
posted by catachresoid at 2:46 AM on January 3, 2005

I'm still rooting for this guy.
posted by furtive at 2:59 AM on January 3, 2005

I - wow, is that a dildo/vibe on the floor in the "honorable mention" picture?

Thanks C_D.
posted by kavasa at 3:01 AM on January 3, 2005

These make my desk at work look immaculate, and that's good going. My manager's manager told me a couple of months back that my desk was a 'health and safety hazard'. That was when the paperwork started to move from the desk to the floor. What she doesn't appreciate is the need for a large pile of CDs, a stack of days-old two thirds empty vending machine coffee cups and assorted other junk is more important than the work I'm meant to be doing. Sheesh.
posted by TheDonF at 3:12 AM on January 3, 2005

is that a dildo/vibe on the floor in the "honorable mention" picture?

I probably should have done screen captures of the comments -- many were just as good as the pictures. Apparently many people in the discussion made that observation, which may be why it was awarded h.m.

It really raises so many questions. The first being, is that a man's work area?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:22 AM on January 3, 2005

Thanks for offering the mirror, Civil_Disobedient.

Wow. *Fapomatic.com*
I'm sooooo jealous.

posted by Dunvegan at 6:43 AM on January 3, 2005

I'm going to show this to my co-workers next time they bitch.

Though this would've been much better if there was also a real-office category, not just people's houses. Let's see how much an actual employer tolerates!
posted by u.n. owen at 7:35 AM on January 3, 2005

Thanks for that, Civil_Disobedient.

I was going to clean up around here today, but now...
posted by 327.ca at 7:47 AM on January 3, 2005

This is neat.

Not. ;)
posted by carter at 8:11 AM on January 3, 2005

Thanks Civil_Disobedient! I coulda been a contenda...
posted by daver at 8:15 AM on January 3, 2005

Anyone else catch the Vermeer references in this one?

1. Taken through an open doorway (Vermeer's would have been draped).
2. Lit by sunlight through a window (Vermeer's would have been on the left).
3. World globe.
4. World map hanging on the wall (small frame upper right).
5. Messy draped fabric (Vermeer did tablecloths)
posted by beagle at 9:26 AM on January 3, 2005

Wow. *Fapomatic.com*

Actually, it's not mine, but thanks for noticing! Fapomatic is a public image server. I don't know how they actually generate any money, or how long the pictures stay up, but you can host any image you like under 1.5 megs.

Porn seems to be the lifeblood of innovation.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 9:37 AM on January 3, 2005

beagle has sufficiently blown my back-to-work mind. Thanks.
posted by basicchannel at 10:03 AM on January 3, 2005

beagle - what about the tiled/geometric floor (soda cans here, floor tiles in Vermeer's case)?
posted by carter at 11:40 AM on January 3, 2005

Actually, I'm kinda disappointed... my own desk is pretty minimalist, but I was expecting something REALLY gross. they really weren't all THAT bad.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:14 PM on January 3, 2005

Hi all, I apologize that I didn't realize bash.org had such a slow server. It held up well for me even though I looked through the contest entries three times... it must be a load issue. Thanks so much Civil_Disobedient for temporarily hosting the linked shots! I couldn't check this post until now because I can't get on the Internet at work.

Maybe I'll post on a weekend next time.
posted by halonine at 8:27 PM on January 3, 2005

Meh, I've seen worse.

It really raises so many questions. The first being, is that a man's work area?

I think not. Looks like a chick's mess to me. Reddi-whip can???
posted by codeofconduct at 10:18 PM on January 3, 2005

Damn! This post has killed their server and prevented me from wasting time by reading useless IRC quotes!

Well, it might have if bash was still updating frequently. Oh, and if most of them didn't suck.
posted by Stunt at 12:44 AM on January 4, 2005

you could make the argument (dartboard=round mirror; bed at rear; light to left (ok, so it's sunlight from the window rather than the window itself)) that it's also influenced by van eyck's arnolfini marriage...
posted by andrew cooke at 6:43 AM on January 5, 2005

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