I work in a cubicle. Only unlike some cube farms that I’ve seen, even in libraries, mine is more of a workspace. The walls function for privacy as much as for anything else. My back’s to the wall, my computer faces the wall and most of the front is open so I can see out the window and watch the students work. I love it. And while I haven’t decorated as much in my year here as the coworkers who’ve been here for 10 years, I’ve added a few of my own touches to the place.
Monday, Girls Are Geeks invited us to share pictures of the geekiness in our workspace. So I took in a camera and captured a few of the geekiest things (click on the pictures to see larger versions in a Lightbox):
My Desktop Wallpaper
The below is a “proof-shot” but the link to it is much better. My desktop right now is Spiral Galaxy M74, as taken by the Hubble telescope.
On my netbook I have an artistic version of Ry’leh as my wallpaper right now, but here at work on the bigger screen I wanted something vaster & escapist. I love my job, but I also love hitting Windows Icon + D and taking in the vastness of it all and the incredible smallness of everything I know (and any problems I happen to be dealing with). Space is frightening and sublime.
My Little Guard Crocheted Cthulhu
One of my crocheted Cthulhus stays at work with me (there’s another in my bag…see farther down) and guards my PC tower. He’s bright green & pretty friendly. Sometimes he looks outward at potential visitors, sometimes he watches the screen and sometimes he watches me. (Also, I think I’ve caught him sizing up the stuffed Moose that also lives in my cubicle.)
My Wall of Librarian Geekery
I picked up some swag at a conference which I used to decorate part of my cubicle wall. It’s not out-of-place geekery, since this is a library, but there are Star Trek: TMP & Indiana Jones & King Kong references, so it fits well with me. The badges say “Lit Happens,” “I <3 My Library," "Librarians – The Original Search Engines," "Librarian – Born to Search," and (my favorite) “This Is My Librarian Costume.”
These make me happy when I look at them. Someday I think I may put the buttons on my:
My Bag of Holding
I <3 Think Geek. And I bought their bag of holding with Christmas money. This doesn’t live at my workplace, but it’s there whenever I am. Much more capacious than a purse and feels like a better fit for me. Inside the bag lives a darker green (he’s a little washed out in this picture) Cthulhu. So note to people considering the bag of holding—it’s got so much space it can hold Cthulhu himself.
Bonus: I Love My Boss
Most of the time I love my job. And part of that is because I love my coworkers. Especially one of my bosses. When I started making Cthulhus, she thought that sounded awesome. So she read the Cthulhu story, looked at the pattern, & got to work. Her Cthulhus and mine are a little different, we use different hooks. She makes her Cthulus with baby-safe eyes and taught me how so that I can make some too. Anyway, this is what she’s got on her desk right now (the Red, White, & Blue is just her newest thing, she’s done purple, green, orange, blue, red, & they all temporarily reside in her office before being given away).
So that’s the geekyness in my workspace. I realized while I was taking these that I have a whole unused wall. Hmmm….
Do you have anything geeky in your workspace? Wanna share?