Posts in the "What's on your desk?" category

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    Books, Mags, Menus
    Run of the mill, Geek books, PSN Mag, Menus for Chinese carry out.
    The Geeks Guide to World Domination
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    Toys?
    Laughing Buddha, 2 Storm Troopers,Darth Vader, Boba Fett Flash Drive, R2D2, C3P0, and Jango Fett.
    Star Wars USB flash drives at Amazon
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    Pic
    My hubby and I
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    Cup
    Coffee Cup - Smile Java loves you.
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    Thundercat
    Jaga from the Thundercats. I found him when I went to my Grams house. My old toy.
    ebay
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    MBP
    My personal MBP.
    Apple
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    HD, Notes
    HD with images and other stuff and my notebooks.
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    Win7 VM
    Running Win 7 on my mac mini.
    Microsoft
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    SD Gundam
    My SD Gundam
    Amazon
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    OS 10.6
    Mac Mini 10.6
    Apple
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    White House
    My White House Coaster
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    Funny
    Happy Bunny says; "The Dork is strong with this one"
    ebay
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    Blood
    My Blood energy drink.
    Amazon

If Tagbento were giving awards for geekiest desk, Roninzero's would be a clear winner. Roninzero took some time out to give Tagbento an interview and tell us more about herself and her workspace. Geek out!

Here is my desk. I have a mac mini that runs Win 7 on a VM. I also have a MacBook Pro that is also running XP and Win 7 on VM. I also have another mac mini off to the side that I run test on. I have an assortment of books and magazines. I am a very big fan of Star Wars, Gundam, Old 80's cartoons, cheeky humor.

Who are you?

I'm Candace, a 30 year old mom of one and married for almost 6 years now. I love technology, so I try to embrace it as much as possible. I work at a helpdesk where I help manage a team to do support for the DC Gov. My desk is a lot larger than in the pic – I also have a testing area.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

I have a menagerie of toys that I have collected over the years and decided to take them out of the box. My favorite thing at my desk is my SD Gundam. He is awesome – nuff said :) The things on my desk provide a relief from the common brain farts I have when working on difficult problems.

What would make your space even better?

I think to make my space better I'd have bigger monitors. I have 19 inch for now but I would love a 21 inch.

Any words of wisdom for our readers?

The words of wisdom that I would like to pass along are Run – don't walk – from Zombies. Also pick up the book A Geek's guide to World Domination. It has lots of useless facts!

You're clearly a geek and rightly proud of it. If you were being sent to a desert island populated by geeks, what 3 things would you bring with you?

I would bring my MacBook Pro with the interwebs 2.0 heheheh, an endless supply of Dr Pepper, and my Lego! :)

Have you got a funner, geekier, randomer, awesomer workspace that you'd like to share with our readers? Contribute it now!

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    Mr. Potato Head
    A lot of my desk flair has been handed down to me from co-workers, like this adorable Mr. Potato Head. After 5+ years at Google, I have quite the collection!
    Amazon
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    Words of Wisdom
    This is the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense."
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    USB Port
    Just makes life easier. Everyone needs one.
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    Go Bruins!
    This is a large button my family made to wear to my brother's football games when he was playing as a Defensive End at UCLA. Go Bruins!
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    Kung fu fighting!
    This is a wind-up hamster that sings "Kung Fu Fighting." It also has a label with my old manager's name on it. He's since left the company, so this little guy was passed down to me.
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    Wireless mouse
    Comfort is king! I've had this thing for YEARS.
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    Mmmm... Cupcakes
    Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed! I have cupcake flair everywhere...
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    Corporate Bullshit
    Who doesn't love a great corporate bullshit term, like "Greenfield Opportunity," "Low Hanging Fruit" or "Tee up"? My co-workers and I used to keep a running list and give each other citations when someone used one of them. "I'll quarterback this one, guys." ACK!
    Amazon
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    Bottle Cap
    That says "JB." Surrounded by two cupcake magnets that a friend gave me. I told you I'm obsessed!
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    My safety blanket
    People make fun of me because I carry a water bottle EVERYWHERE... even into super fancy restaurants! But I always ge the last laugh when they are out of water and it's *my* water bottle that provides the refill.
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    Post-its that multiply like rabbits
    I keep important tasks/reminders on post-it notes... the only problem is that when I get behind they are everywhere!
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    How to Procrastinate
    This book is part of the "Self-Hurt" series, which just makes me laugh since I am so obsessed with personal development books.
    Amazon
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    Underrated Gadget
    The phone is one of the most under-rated work tools. We might all feel less bogged down by email if we could just remember to pick up the phone sometimes! Although I will say that I hate checking voicemail.
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    AWESOME Corporate Flashcards
    These are priceless!
    Amazon
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    Accordian Post-its
    The greatest invention of all time! Don't leave home without an accordian post-it dispenser for your desk.
    Amazon
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    MMMM KAY
    Everyone needs a good Lumberg mug! This one is mine. I have more Google cups/bottles/mugs than I know what to do with...
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    Korean Ladybug
    That tiny little white magnet is a lady bug that I got in Korea. I collect magnets from every city I visit and give them to my mom. Her fridge is full of them!
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    Music = Critical!
    I'm all about getting into the zone with music during the day. Pandora is a lifesaver! I also make a mix for every season – been doing that for 14+ years now!
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    File me... please!
    Who even uses paper any more?
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    Noogler Hat
    Everyone gets one on their first day. Mine is now five years old!
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    Nerdy Book Collection
    These are my coaching and MBTI reference manuals. Just trying to be the best coach/Career Development Program Manager I can be!
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    No Pulse Yet...
    ...More Coffee Please It's another one of my favorite flair magnets
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    Meeting Notes
    Meeting notes go in my old school science lab style notebook. The post-its are to-do lists – usually separated into categories: this week - work and home, and "today."

Jenny Blake's book "Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want" (an absolute bargain at Amazon US and Amazon UK) launches today. It's the perfect book for you if you're leaving college soon, or if you've already left and you feel that life could be that bit better. In other words, it's the book we all need! It's bursting with crowd-sourced wisdom for all areas of your life: work, money, friends & family, dating & relationships, health, fun & relaxation, personal growth, and more. And it's got exercises so you're not just reading, you're doing.

To celebrate, Tagbento is giving away a free copy - see the end of the interview for details.

Who are you?

I'm a blogger, author, life coach, yoga teacher, gadget-freak, cupcake-lover and Googler. I've been blogging for over three years at LifeAfterCollege.org, and I'm thrilled to share that I have a book coming out on March 29: Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want. I've also worked at Google for over five years, where I am currently a Career Development Program Manager and internal coach. I also work very closely with the Authors@Google program.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

This is a picture of my desk at Google – at home I mostly work on the couch :)

My favorite things on my desk are my flair magnets – a mix of magnets from different countries, some cupcake magnets, some inspirational quotes, and some just random things that add color to my desk. I also love the Corporate Bullshit calendar and the Corporate Flashcards – those crack me up! I think it's important to laugh at work and keep a sense of humor.

What would make your space even better?

Hmmmm... other than a corner office with a 360 degree window view? Kidding. I love my office! The BEST days at my desk are the ones when my cubemate Dana brings her Bulldogs to work. They come and sit by my feet under my desk and it just makes my day!

Any words of wisdom for our readers?

Zen desk, zen mind! Make your desk a reflection of you – fun, inspiring, motivating, and hopefully relatively clutter-free.

Read more about why I love my desk in my post 10 Reasons I Love My Cubicle

You can read more about me at LifeAfterCollege.org, my book at LACBook.com, or follow me on Twitter @jenny_blake.

Thanks for your interview, Jenny.
If there's someone you want Tagbento to interview for this series, email me.

Tagbento is giving one of you a free copy of Life After College! All you have to do is:

  1. Leave a comment here with a piece of advice that's helped you in life (remember to be logged in, or leave your email address so we can contact you).
  2. Then, share this interview to your friends on Facebook or Twitter - you can use the like/tweet/share buttons below.

The closing date is 5 April 2011. We'll pick our favourite comment, and if it's yours, we'll send you your brand new copy of Life After College, and your life will never be the same again!

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    Monitors for my G5
    Call me old fashioned, but I'm still running a G5 Power PC. Still rock solid so why change if it's not broke?
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    Virus C
    Access Virus C - pretty killer synth module
    Discontinued, but available on ebay
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    Cowbells
    On the day this photo was taken, I was about to record some cowbells for an alt country record I just finished for an incredibly talented artist Cory Hawthorne.
    Cory Hawthorne on Myspace
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    Sustenance
    Obligatory cuppa tea and glass of water!
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    Keyboard and notepad
    When I'm in the middle of a production, things get a little untidy with CDs becoming coasters and keyboards becoming notepad holders...
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    Lyrics and notes
    Lots of lyric sheets and notes for the current project I'm working on

Editor: Thanks to Baba Brinkman (his Tagbento interview is here) for recommending Lin Gardiner for this interview. Lin is the producer and engineer at Super G Studios.

Who are you?

I’m a rare species.... that is, a woman working as a recording and mixing engineer, programmer and record producer :) I’ve been doing this for over 15 years, starting in London, England (where I had some cheesy chart hits when working for Stock & Aitken!) and the last few years in Vancouver, Canada, where I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazingly talented artists from the Pacific Northwest.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

Mmm, well one of the funnest things is my Access Virus C synth module. But I would say my favourite thing is the keyboard & mouse. It’s like an extension of me - the physical link from my brain to the speakers!

What would make your space even better?

I’ve always quite fancied a nice Argosy console to replace my desk. Everything would be all slick and within arms reach. But there’s always something more important to spend 3K on!

Any words of wisdom for your readers?

Listen to all types of music, and listen with open ears. Don’t get swayed by what your favourite magazine, website or radio station tells you what you ‘should’ like. And next time you download a song for free, think about how that will affect the musicians, engineers, assistants, producers, labels & promoters whose livelihood depends on people paying for music.

Editor: Thanks for your interview, Lin!
If there's someone you want Tagbento to interview for this series, email me.

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    Succulents
    I have a healthy collection of succulents and cacti in the house - the only plants I can seem to keep alive!
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    Britney
    Lest we forget the shaving of her head.
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    Ashley G Prints
    One of my favourite etsy artists.
    Ashley G on Etsy
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    Scary lady.
    One of my grandma's ornaments from the early sixties - my mum was terrified of her as a child!
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    Pandapanda
    Every house needs a panda to stand guard :)
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    Birdy
    Taxidermy bird with one wonky looking eye. I know you want one!
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    Annabella Custard
    Doll gifted to me from my boyfriend's granny. Equal parts scary and compelling.
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    Eames eiffel chair
    Wanted one of these forever. Next on the list is an Eames rocker for sure.
    John Lewis
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    Art
    Original paintings by Julie Steiner - who is amazing!
    Julie Steiner on Etsy

I recently bought my first house, and slowly, corner by corner, am succeeding in filling it with old junk and tat, the two major loves in my life.

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    Nature via Nurture
    by Matt Ridley
    Amazon
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    iPhone
    "I read e-books on the Kindle app, constantly. The books and CDs on my shelves are merely the fossil record."
    Apple
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    iMac
    Apple
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    Various books...
    ... on evolutionary theory
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    Bad Science
    Ben Goldacre's book
    Amazon
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    The God Delusion
    by Richard Dawkins
    Amazon

Editor: Baba Brinkman is no ordinary mortal: he combines 4 of my favourite things – rap, learning, evolutionary theory, and mash ups. He's the brains who turned the Canterbury Tales in to The Rap Canterbury Tales, and who created the award-winning Rap Guide to Evolution.

Who are you?

I'm a cross between Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, and Jay-Z, a science-minded storytelling lyricist.  My work is a form of stylized communication for the dual purpose of entertainment and edification, and my chosen subject matter is haphazard but fairly consistently intellectual.  In other words I'm a didactic rapper, and it never ceases to surprise me that there's a market for such a thing.

What's your favorite thing on your desk?

Conformism be damned, it's my iPhone.  The main reason?  Because I read e-books on the Kindle app, constantly.  The books and CDs on my shelves are merely the fossil record, bearing witness to the legacy of our recent cultural evolution into the digital world, at least when it comes to content.  Socializing and sharing experiences is still better in person.

What would make your space even better?

All of the books and CDs would be digitized, and I would have a bit more legroom, or better yet, an office to work in (the desk is at the foot of my bed).

Any words of wisdom for your readers?

Try not to mistake your personal preferences for moral virtues, or vice versa.

Editor: Thanks for the interview, Baba!
If there's someone you want Tagbento to interview for this series, email me!

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