March 21, 2005

Rockstars do it Standing Up

The furnace is moaning and that means it’s starving. Fortunately, I’ve still got some chickens and a cat running around here, and my housemate currently has the plague. He keeps buying cold medicine, all sorts of tasty stuff with more pseudoephedrine than you can imagine.

They know his name down at the drug store. He thinks it’s really funny to buy cold medicine along with bleach and Drano and other household ingredients, and I think it’s funny too, but cops don’t really have a sense of humor. I mean geez, lighten up. Haven’t you heard? Meth is funny! Right up there with feeding tubes and UN peacekeeping efforts!

My friend Joe is proposing that we hike Mount Adams and do some skiiing and snowboarding this weekend. Joe has also proposed that we drive to Mount Shasta and hit up some terrain down there. Lately I’ve been an absolute failure when it comes to planning anything, so I think I’m going to give up.

As far as work goes, I’m involved in some pretty exciting projects these days, and my consulting world gets more interesting by the day. Yesterday I tried to convince myself that my RSI was all in my head, and was rewarded when my arm went completely numb in the middle of a project. I knew it was time to stop when I started shoving the mouse around with the back of my hand.

I think I have found my ideal ergonomic solution, however, and it looks like this. That’s what you would call a “cubicle” at Pixar. Note the vibrant colors, the mood lighting, the paper lamps, the pimpin’ couch. Also note that the workstation is specially tailored for working standing up. Beyond the pimp couch, there is no chair in that office.

On closer examination, you can see that his mouse and keyboard are located just above waist level. His mouse is on an independent surface, and his keyboard sits on a platform tilted away from the body at a forty-five degree angle. The monitors (three of them, including the laptop) are all right at eye-level. Can’t see it? Take a much closer look.

This, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Throw some motorcycle handlebars on the whole thing, just for the sake of cool, and I might just overcome my aversion to working at the computer. Ya’ll? Ya’ll can sit on your ass. Me, I’m gonna stand up, just so I’m that much closer to kicking it.