Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lunch hour lit

At the Guardian, Toby Lichtig says Personal Days is not a book to read at work.

But in an actual, well-earned break from work, who's got the mental strength to curl up next to the fax machine and photocopier and be transported to a different world?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Cc'd to Andy"

Add to the list of answering machine songs: Mink Lungs, live on WFMU.

(Via Good Jobbbbbb)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Ryan from The Office's photo blog: "My pictures serve as a mirror, not only reflecting the truth in existence, but also providing the viewer a glimpse back through my lens, past the viewfinder, and straight into my spirit/soul."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Agile space"

Cutting cubicles is part of this ongoing effort. The company has divided its workforce into three categories. A “resident” works at one location most of the time. A “mobile” works in a variety of locations: home, the airport, at company locations, or with customers. An “off-site” worker is at a fixed non-company site such as home or at the office of a business partner.... —Susan E. Reed, GlobalPost

(via NYT)

From Jen

Photo: Taipei (Nicky Loh/Reuters)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Slow news day

Cool slanted image (from Sifter X).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jim the Vampire

"Memos from the future"...and some more of the top Office pranks.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Top of the pops

In The Atlantic, James Parker looks back on the decade's Top Pop Culture Moments—you know, Radiohead, Grand Theft Auto, Jackass the Movie, and:

2008: Personal Days by Ed Park. The debut novel from the editor of The Believer captured the precise moment in U.S. office culture before everybody got fired. Cleverer than Office Space, shorter than Then We Came To The End, this excellent little book sits gloating atop the ash-heap of corporate history.


I once had a laptop at my old job. It was heavy. Only the 1 key worked. I sat at a meeting with only that key working and managed to get to Blogger and read through the blogs of the day to keep myself entertained. Moral of the story: you don't need a working keyboard to use a laptop. —Livin' the Dream