Mark Frauenfelder at 12:49 pm Tue, Oct 16, 2012
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Geeklogie uncovered this photo gallery of home offices in need of tidying up.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His latest book is Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of DIY
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Oh god. That keyboard. Holy fuck. No.
There’s a keyboard?
That was my thought, too, but then I checked out the pictures… and… urgh, I found the keyboard. Gag!!! I need to go scrub my eyes, they were seriously contaminated. Urgh, gag!!!!
Wow – I can’t tell you how much better I feel about my living conditions after seeing those.
I honestly think we need a third “Oh god. That keyboard. Holy fuck. No.”
There were two of them. Hell, there were like eleven of them.
More like which keyboard isn’t an abomination?
but they listen to Bauhaus… so everything’s okay
The real Bauhaus would run, screaming!
Yeah, put that thing in the dishwasher. . . I have seen one like that before, it’s soda spills/sprays that do that.
Honestly, there’s no excuse for that. It’s 2012, ditch that CRT.
The image is ancient. I remember passing it around online around ten years ago.
Still have it on my webserver even.. has a last modified date of May 19, 2003.
The whole imgur album is just a collection of reposts that have been passed around 4chan’s /g/ board for ages.
….why are so many of them in crawl spaces? Like seriously… W.T.F.!!!?
Also, “Oh god. That keyboard. Holy fuck. No.”
And, and, and, and, … I’ve seen Hoarders enough times to know what that gross looking garbage can beside the desk was covered with; hint – it ain’t chocolate.
Third picture down…that ain’t Powerade in those bottles (well maybe at one time it was.)
How do you tell the difference between Powerade and piss?
Piss tastes better?
Just when you start to feel bad about yourself, something like this comes along. Speaking of “Oh god. That Keyboard. Holy fuck. No.” . . . I think I spotted a couple of multipurpose keyboard/ashtrays. I would think that the person with all of the cigarette butts in front of their keyboard would be easy to spot on the street: look for the forearms covered in ash stains.
Untidy is not the word. Some of these look like serial killer lairs or sets from Hoarders.
These things always make me think of the kitchen in Withnail and I, a film visual that fills me with the same kind of horror that most people get from the Alien chest-burster or the eye-slashing in Un Chien Andalou.
Unicorn chaser, anyone?
Those are almost as depressing in their way.
You must find a lot of stuff depressing.
You don’t find the idea of people living in piles of garbage depressing?
Did you mean to reply to Hugo Stimson?
I think there’s a happy medium between squalor and spotless austerity.
You must have skipped the link.
Weird. I was looking at the context from the back side and it lopped off the top level comment, changing the whole subthread.
Thank god there is no smell tag in HTML 5!
This is where that improved version of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs comes from. The one with “INTERNET” scrawled across the bottom, underneath food, air etc
Ok. Some of these people look like squatters, impoverished people, or homeless people making the best of it. Some look like people with little furniture. Hasn’t everyone had at least one point in there life where they had a computer on a box on the floor? The one with the bed setup, home-made rack mounting, and cat actually looks like a clever down-to-basics type of person with little aesthetic sense.
And the rest look like hoarders and scenes from my worst nightmares. Oh the horror of all that rotting food and…. bottles of pee? Cigarette ash? I feel ill. How could you put your hands on there to type? How how how? I need gloves just looking at it. “Oh god. That Keyboard. Holy fuck. No.”
I agree, whilst some of these are “oh god that’s fucking disgusting how can people live in such filth” plenty of others are more like “ok, there’s a tidy room without much furniture”.
The one of the bed and rack, I’m guessing that is someone with a serious back problem or other health reason. That’s plain ingenuity.
Guess which one is Woz’s old office.
I have to say, some of those show an impressive dedication to smoking. Now I’m off to clean my office, thanks BoingBoing.
This was on reddit, taken from a 4chan thread.
It was also on Fark a couple days back,
4Chan < Reddit < Fark < BoingBoing.
It's like a dirtier Human Centipede.
And in two years it’ll be in my mom’s email circle where it will live forever.
And two years after that it’ll be in my elderly aunts email circle with an urban legend attached to it.
Email: where the internet goes to die.
In what universe does a TV and a Gamecube constitute a home office?
That’s more computing power than any office of the 1970′s.
I didn’t know anyone had written an office suite for Nintendo.
Children’s sheets with Marvel super hero names on them being hung as curtains? In that office? No way!
Front page pic, I think I know the guy.
What, no Joe Franklin?
*cleans all the things*
clean all the things?
Some look staged (no, really? yes, really!)
Dunno about the office, but I love the curtains.
It’s like some of these people have never heard of the concept of an ashtray and/or emptying it. . .
The monitor almost eclipsed by post-its is actually part of a series of miniatures called “Barbie Trashes Her Dream House.” It’s dang impressive. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/03/barbie-trashes-her-dreamh_n_1181663.html#s585788&title=The_Living_Room
I knew that was familiar! I loved that house! Re-ment has nothing on that lady!
It’s gross and all, but that repurposed hospital bed is quite inspiring once you see past the filth.
And I tought I was messy :-/
Talk about basement dwellers….
Ya, most of those looked like squatter pads. Still, they all make my apartment look like the Hilton.
One of the pictures from the photo essay is from this article:
I’m glad my room doesn’t look like that… Yessiree no mounds of empty Canada Dry bottles here…
“Hey! Who filled the recycling bin with Canada Dry bottles?!”
Whoops, gotta go!
I would swear #6 down is my old friends bed room. It was nightmare inducing.
My house is as bad if not worse. I am sitting next to a pile of pizza boxes taller than me. If I shake the pile, roaches run out.
Don’t shake the pile then. Problem solved!
Insights as to how it got that way?
It’s the economy, stupid!
Somebody really likes their Mountain Dew in other-brand bottles.
That *is* Mountain Dew, isn’t it?
Oh, and also, “Oh god. That keyboard. Holy fuck. No.”
How do you tell the difference between Mountain Dew and piss?
One of them has more bubbles.
First reaction: *Shudders*
Then my leg bumps into the full-to-the-brim five-gallon bucket of sunflower hulls. Quitting smoking leaves the keyboard tidier, but is gonna kill me with sodium poisoning……
Garbage night tonight.
The school bus looks pretty tidy actually. Covered in a thick layer of grime, but still tidy. At least not full of bottles or urine, liquor boxes and cigarette butts and ash.
Glad someone else noticed the urine. http://i.imgur.com/UGoyeh.jpg
That guy loves Newports, Heineken, and pissing where he sleeps, works and eats.
Reminds me of how my grampa used to save up nut hulls to use for a rock tumbler. Old man was too cheap to just buy a jar of medium.
Not everyone’s mom has a full basement, apparently.
The anime otaku dungeon actually looks ok to me…at least it’s organized and not covered in filth. The ‘GET OUT’ and other illegible wall scrawlings add a certain noirish aspect that I can appreciate…
But some of the others…Holy Mary Mother Of God: that’s some impressive foulness right there.
Empty your goddamn ashtrays!!! And…locate a drain. Ugh.
In udder news… too much internets linked to depression….
I feel so sick after seeing that. My eyes need sterilising.
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