Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Cube + Grilling = Crilling or Grubing?

So, I was cooking at my George Foreman Grill in my cube and...naw, I don't have a George Foreman Grill. I thought it was funny when Ming's sister in law got busted for her fan, and then I read that Pete got busted for his fan too, which made it funnier, as he'd just posted a picture of his cube, but when he noted that some people have George Foreman Grills - that's just shy of unbelievable. I fail to understand where in a building that's becoming so packed they strap me into a cube less than my height in both widths a person would find opportunity to use a George Foreman Grill such that a cube neighbor wouldn't report them. I'm not particularly fond of my previous lead eating her egg salad sandwich next door and I don't think she's enamored of my sushi habit, but grilling might put us on last name terms unless we could figure out how to liberate a manager from her doored office so we had a sealed hibachi room.

It does make me wonder what you can get away with at work. Say your fan plugs into your USB port...is that acceptable? Isn't it just part of your computer at that point? And what about other usb-capable products? I think the USB vibrator (nsfw) would definitely be a no no, but would it be banned because of power issues? USB Christmas tree? Lava Lamp? What if I had an ambient device like an orb to tell me about the health of my servers/applications? I imagine that would be seen as necessary hardware if it were actually used for vital application monitoring.

So, that brings us to the real crux of the matter - is there a market for me at work selling USB George Foreman Grills? What about ambient George Foreman Grills? Sure, it's cooking some delicious mixed grill, but the lights on top are indications that servers Chicken, Steak and Burger are running above threshhold, Brat is looking a little throttled on disk i/o and BloodSausage has either just dropped its SAN cabling or some jerk turned it off. I'll check it right after lunch.

4 comments:

ptw said...

You have lost it, haven't you.

kyle said...

I was going to suggest a USB fan that indicates the status of your servers though the speed/cooling factor put out by the fan. Is the breeze from your personal fan getting a bit less than cool and refreshing? Perhaps all is not well with things on the network; best go take a look at what's happening. Personal fan putting out something akin to a delightful tropical breeze? Just kick back and enjoy, because all is well with the world and there are no worries...

kyle said...

By the way, I think it should be cube + grilling = crulling, with some umlauts over the u. It really moshes the root words together, which would be very extreme - much as one would expect grilling in your cube to be. Plus it also has a certain European flair, what with the use of the umlauts and all.

Pete Ryan said...

I was told no USB fans either. Ugh, wait until you see what I have rigged up. :) I will post pictures soon. Oh, I also heard someone had a toaster oven and would bake cookies for their group. What the hell? I better get rid of my Easy Bake Oven!