Friday, January 04, 2008
an experiment at work
As you know, I like to keep things interesting at work. I decided today that I would try a new experiment out at work. Over a 4-8 month time span I want to put random words and phrases up on various whiteboards to see if people notice. Much like "60 cat", I have to keep them obscure so people wonder why the hell they are up there. So, normal product development and engineering terms like "electronics, tooling, and actuator" are out, phrases like "egg-salad, naptime at 11:30, and WWCD?" are in.
The test will be to see if anyone catches on. If I witness a person say "what in the world is project: butterknife?", I will have learned that that coworker is observant and inquisitive when they see something out of the ordinary. As for the ones that don't notice, I will have to assume they are all brain-dead buffoons.
Ultimately, I can show these results to my boss, so he can more appropriately fire people. This willl also assuredly secure my position for years to come!
Please wish me luck with this horrible plan.
also, now is the time to make requests for phrases. Remember, they have to be appropriate for work, obscure, but you can't overdo it. what's the fun in that?
I'll keep you updated.
"Call Gern Blanston?"
"Tools (&fruit w/o seeds&)"
"yes or maybe of no"
"no young Dougs"
"J. K. Polk (why?)"
"Ed McIltyremanshipsonstein's file"
nice suggestions. I will use some of them in this diabolical plan which may ultimatly end in a pay deduction or firing.
i especially like the last one, which is brilliant b/c it mixes a seemingly technical term with the non-meat part in a delicious non-sequitur.
I put up "call gern blanston" but started laughing so hard that I erased it and left the room.
"Antfarm - (Secure?)"
"Need pestal - (size/weight?)"
"Priority #1 - Dorothy's Fish hook"
"His name is Robert Paulson"
You should also do some flow charts where you put names in boxes and then point them to other boxes.
[Baboon heart]-->(spectrometer)-->(yes/no) -->[agro-coin]