The Etiquette of Facebook, or, “Please don’t bring up those elementary school pictures I was tagged in in front of all our co-workers.”

Even if Emily Post hasn't quite got round to adding a chapter on it, there are unspoken rules to social media. They boil down to Wil Wheaton's motto: "Don't be a dick." Here are a few: 1. Don't tag unflattering pictures. 2. Don't start comment wars over something irrelevant. 3. Don't invite me to play … Continue reading The Etiquette of Facebook, or, “Please don’t bring up those elementary school pictures I was tagged in in front of all our co-workers.”

Conversations in my Office Kitchen: a Depressing Vignette

Tis but ten o'clock in the morning. A big meeting has just let out. The table in the kitchen is littered with snacks leftover by people with far more prestigious jobs than I. (The apple pie looks nice, but I daren't be so presumptuous as to take a slice under the careful eye of all these … Continue reading Conversations in my Office Kitchen: a Depressing Vignette

Things I like and things I dislike… at work

So the great Joe Verde gave me one of the most awesome presents ever yesterday, courtesy of Think Geek. It seems I have a reputation with self-inking stamps. Let's not allow the fact that I once specially ordered a "superseded" stamp online just to use on all my old drafts cloud the reality here... Stamps … Continue reading Things I like and things I dislike… at work

Conversations I have had at work

I actually had this conversation once: Co-worker: I have a question. Me: Shoot. Co-worker: *some inane question about something I wouldn't even have remembered even if it happened five minutes ago, let alone a year and a half ago* Me: *simple answer* Co-worker: Well, that's not in the instruction manual. Me: But that's the answer. … Continue reading Conversations I have had at work

First Against the Wall when the Revolution Comes

The machines are rebelling and I am first against the wall. At work today, I took a break from pushing paper around and started pushing pixels, via Excel. I love Excel. There is something perverse in the ease with which one can organise by simply copying and pasting. Need to add things up? JUST. ONE. … Continue reading First Against the Wall when the Revolution Comes

Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny – effing – Kaye

So tomorrow, I'm taking the day off work. Huzzah. It was originally intended to be a day to get through all those pesky starting-at-a-new-school things out of the way, like getting a student card, and all that, but once that was taken care of, it's degenerated into a shopping trip downtown with my sister. I'm … Continue reading Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny – effing – Kaye

Wildly appropriate cookie fortunes are better than chocolate (which makes them twice as good as sex).

It's Rodeo Week at work (can I get a tepid "woo hoo"?), so I get to wear jeans all week. I actually dug out a pair of blue jeans that I haven't worn in maybe a year. On Tuesday, I stuck my hand in the pocket and found an old fortune cookie fortune. The baked … Continue reading Wildly appropriate cookie fortunes are better than chocolate (which makes them twice as good as sex).