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QOTW Eight: Tentacles and Robots

Well met by moonlight (and sunlight, and halogen light, and neon light) fair citizens of blogdom!

For some reason, since I posted about renames, only a couple of people have petitioned for them while I've been working. It could be a coincidence, but why assume coincidence when I can assume conspiracy? It would be a waste of my annual subscription to Tinfoil Hats Monthly.

Onwards! I often find myself chatting with pirates when the petitions and complaints have been temporarily wrangled into submission and I have a few moments. As mentioned over in Hypnos's blog, a popular topic is what it's like to be an Oceanmaster, and, like Hephaestus mentioned over in his blog, one of the popular questions is, "so, what's the Three Rings Office like?"

I'm not sure why people presume that we are all in San Francisco. That's one of the advantages of this particular job - I can do it from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection. I don't even need furniture, really. I'm quite happy to sit on the floor, or on a convenient rock. I wouldn't even mind doing it while being rained on, if it wasn't for the way computers tend to get annoyed if they get wet. I've never been to San Francisco, which is a sad thing as I'm told it's quite a hoopy place to be.

Hephaestus posted a picture of his workspace. I'm not going to, because frankly it's a bit of a mess, and also because it's not nearly as cool as his. I've only got the one monitor, for starters. I did want to talk a bit about my own personal opinion of the Three Rings offices, though. Namely, that the only thing that could possibly top working from home would be to work in a place that friendly-looking. I've worked in a lot of different places, indoors and outdoors. You might have guessed by my name that I'm an outdoorsy type - I'd rather have sky over my head than sound-dampening white tiles, and grass under my feet than generic tasteful-but-inoffensive carpeting. While I've honestly liked most of my jobs, the one thing all the indoors ones had in common that I hated was the lighting. Those neon tube-lights were everywhere. You know the ones. They hum and make everyone look vaguely blue and recently reanimated. I have no idea if any of the lights at the Mother Ship hum, but, going by the pictures, Because We Can did a magnificent job of making sure that the lighting wasn't antiseptic and corpsifying. That's my second-favorite part.

I bet you're all thinking that my favorite part is going to be the tentacle couches. You'd be wrong, though they do look delightfully squishy and comfortable. My favorite part of the whole design is purely cosmetic. It's the Robot Closet.


I'm living in the twenty-first century. I'm supposed to get around using a jetpack. Imagine my disappointment when not only do I not have a jetpack, but my car doesn't even hover. It uses wheels. The future doesn't seem to have happened the way it was imagined when I was a kid, and so I take immense comfort in the fact that someone, somewhere, has a closet for their robot.

Next on QOTW: Something Completely Different.


Posted by Anonymous Pirate, Anonymous Ocean

Oh my cod. Must... get... robot... closet!

July 30, 2008 at 07:31 AM PDT | permalink

Posted by isodian

well,i have to mansion something- it fisrt wase hypnos blog.and my link to cask of blog i still going to hypnos blog. it must be because some ppl even not heard about the change in the formation of the blog(every one have theyr own blog !it taks me two days to discower where yer posts gone!) wow.i realy cant shut up. /me jump onto the black ship whit my dog.

July 30, 2008 at 04:36 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Ghyslaine Rhodin

I, for one, am thrilled to death that flying cars never happened. Most drivers can barely handle the two dimensions of ground-based travel. Adding a third would only cause SUVs to potentially crash into my bedroom and attic as well as my living room. I don't think I could take the hike in insurance rates. To combat the bad lighting, have you considered those therapy lamps they use for Seasonal Affective Disorder? It'd be like your own private sun. A regular lamp with a regular yellow bulb will make your area warmer, too.

July 30, 2008 at 08:15 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

The front office is actually a dark cave from which no light or sound escapes. Seriously. I'm not fond of florescent lighting either, but I've never seen a group of people so delightedly forgolighting altogether.

July 30, 2008 at 10:16 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by IVdripper

The people in the front office are quietly strange. But, what you refer to as the robot room used to be the Red Room as in red light .. well, you do the math. I just felt it reminded me of a backroom at the bistro in the 40's. It was awesome cool. So wait, they had robots in the 40's? IV

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