Moving out, part 2: cubicle un-decorating

I’ve made decent progress at shipping back the review hardware that’s been cluttering my desk, but I still need to de-personalize my cubicle. Which is a problem, since I’ve basically treated it as a 2.0 version of my high-school locker.

As the panorama below shows, my cube is my canvas.

On the right, I’ve got an extensive set of trade-show badges, going back to my 1995 attendance at the first E3 video-game trade show. I take particular pride in my credential for the 1996 Internet World show, which took place at the Washington Hilton; for the next four years, the show drew increasingly larger crowds at the Javits Center in New York and then quickly faded, serving as an unplanned illustration of the dot-bomb bust.

To the left of the monitor, you can see the obligatory Dilbert cartoons, followed by an office phone list (with Steve Wozniak’s metal business card thumbtacked to it) and a calendar. Then you can see my collection of obscure CD-ROMs, the most prized among them being a preview copy of the BeOS software that was once going to revolutionize the Mac. You can also spot an 8-in. floppy disk to its left.

I don’t know where I’ll put all this at home. The spouse approval factor for covering a wall with trade-show badges seems rather low.

There’s one other part of my little art exhibit that bears noting. Among those CD, you may spot upside-down business cards from executives at such failed tech firms as eToys.com, PSINet and Lifeminders. Weird, I know. After clearing my traces from that wall, it only seems fair that I leave one of my own business cards there, also pinned upside down. (That’s weirder still, but I assume that whoever gets the desk next will trash that immediately. Besides, what else am I going to do with those things?)

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18 thoughts on “Moving out, part 2: cubicle un-decorating

  1. Weary Impressive @ 400%. Take Clutter & Read/Use All. Give JR Chance to Use stuff latter, love saved stuff.
    think of Questions that can be aroused. Rob has 5X more Badges than here. looks about same, though. Not that secretive to have to worry about sorting & filing. Large part of life there. Time Line: EAT Cake. My Space hiring & semi accurate. How about Printed magazine writer or even Editor. Arts, including Writers Are Os Car Life. means given All they wanted, Now new trainees’ At Half Cost Start Collection. fif same article, then another & another, well, April is passing. though NOT Good Friday.

    Signed: Thomas drashek theYAPPER.

  2. Wow. Thanks for making me feel … tidy.

    I must admit, though, I have a pets.com baseball hat with the original sock puppet on it.

  3. Wow. I have a box ‘o’ dead tech, but nothing like that. Go to Home Depot, get a box of those cork tiles, and attach them to a wall of your home office/workshop/man cave. Then pin everything to that.

    O/T Yesterday I tried to put CyanogenMod 7.0 on my rooted Nook Color using their Rom Manager. Tried. Saturday I’m going to see if I can do a hard reset to factory settings. Otherwise, well, I needed a new paperweight anyway, right?

  4. It might seem cold-hearted right now, but I say erase and replace. Sure, donate interesting and rare stuff to the Smithsonian or some guy who collects memorabilia like that.

    But know this: I recently had to move in a short time and can not tell you how relieved I was when I pitched more than I hauled.

    I’ll miss you on WaPo, but who needs stodgy old newspapers any more??? We got the beat and it’s moving forward.

  5. You have an 8-inch floppy disk? The last time I saw one of those was for a Control Data mini at a former employer in the mid-80s. I thought I was doing good by having a 5-1/4 floppy set of Windows for Workgroups 3.11…

  6. OMG, I cleaned out a desk drawer this week and found a box of floppies wat down on the bottom…..tossed ’em. Must have been important at one time…like 1996? My packratting spots are drawers, they are like archives too *but* nothing like yours.
    I love this spot, the gang’s all here and the page loads fast.

  7. I’m jealous of the guy with the pets.com baseball hat. I had one of those but left it in a restaurant years ago. Used to have a kozmo.com windbreaker, but it was butt ugly. Only ticket stub I ever held onto was one for the AVN awards (aka the porn industry awards) many years ago…

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