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2007-12-19 03:56:31 PM
As a contractor, I used to have several Dilbert cartoons in my cube. Besides the one below, I used to have one where the contractor eventually embedded himself into the chest of Pointy Haired Boss. When told that the operation to separate the two would result in one of their deaths, the Boss consulted with the consultant before making his decision.

Amazingly, having them up did not get me fired. In retrospect, it may have not been the best idea to have them up. Oh well. Who wants to work for a Poindexter anyways.

i4.photobucket.com


/would love to find copies of the contractor in chest series
 
2007-12-19 04:09:48 PM
That's it? I worked at a McDonald's, and our GM had a record for sexually harassing underage girls. We printed off his mugshot from the state database and hung it all over the office. He never even mentioned it.
 
2007-12-19 04:09:49 PM
My boss posts them for us.

Sometimes he posts some that are about him [and he knows it].

My boss rocks.
 
2007-12-19 04:10:07 PM
img69.imageshack.us


Me,
well except for the best employee part.
 
2007-12-19 04:10:16 PM
...and then he says to the caterpillar, "Get off me, I'm a french fry."

/obscure?
 
2007-12-19 04:12:41 PM
Wonder what the penelty is for posting up a "Peanuts" cartoon is?

/running to break room to remove all my comics from the B-board.
 
2007-12-19 04:12:59 PM
I got it Mad Scientist. Clevland rocks.
 
2007-12-19 04:12:59 PM
i219.photobucket.com

/Go Gators!
 
2007-12-19 04:13:05 PM
I work for a pointy-haired boss, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies.
 
2007-12-19 04:13:20 PM
BRB - gotta go post some stuff on the company bulletin board
 
2007-12-19 04:13:32 PM
because dilbert is so edgy and offensive?
 
2007-12-19 04:14:31 PM
In reference to subby's headline:

i39.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-19 04:14:35 PM
dilbert = not funny.
 
2007-12-19 04:14:49 PM
www.bangitout.com

Woohoo for gov't jobs.
 
2007-12-19 04:15:02 PM
img.photobucket.com
Yay, Dilbert thread!
 
2007-12-19 04:15:19 PM
heebie_stevo: dilbert = not funny.
....
It is if you're a cube dweller.
 
2007-12-19 04:15:20 PM
heebie_stevo: dilbert = not funny. accurate

FTFY
 
2007-12-19 04:16:39 PM
Boy, how would you like to work in that nest of ass-covering humorless sober lemurs?

You could literally kill 90 percent of middle management in this country and never replace them and no one would no the difference, except that things would get done and the national average IQ would suddenly skyrocket.
 
2007-12-19 04:16:58 PM
heebie_stevo: dilbert = not funny.


fortunately here on fark people can have any opinion. Even wrong ones.
 
2007-12-19 04:17:04 PM
"Your host for tonight...Armin Van Buuren."

THIS.
 
2007-12-19 04:17:06 PM
Scott Adams is the best. His Dilbert cartoons got me through a few really crappy jobs.
 
2007-12-19 04:17:29 PM
DILBERT THREAD!!!!!


www.dilbert.com
 
2007-12-19 04:19:17 PM
Today's was spot on:
dilbert.com

Given that I still don't know what project I'm going to be working on next year because my bosses bosses boss hasn't made any firm decisions.

I found a website that had an archive of *every*single* dilbert ever released. I need to find that again.
 
2007-12-19 04:19:22 PM
I'll keep reading until I find a funny one...Then I'll let you know.
 
2007-12-19 04:19:58 PM
If you're going to get fired for posting a Dilbert, you could at least post a funny one.
 
2007-12-19 04:21:08 PM
Is that Armin Van Buuren one a real Dilbert comic, or a culture-jammed one?
 
2007-12-19 04:22:07 PM
Bevets

It's...ALIVE!!
 
2007-12-19 04:22:13 PM
dilbert.com

Oh man.
 
2007-12-19 04:22:37 PM
Dilbert Thread!!!!


www.68k.org
 
2007-12-19 04:22:46 PM
Thorsen: Scott Adams is the best. His Dilbert cartoons got me through a few really crappy jobs.

And his Hitchhiker's Guide series is freakin hilarious too
 
2007-12-19 04:23:12 PM
heebie_stevo dilbert = not funny.

You're either too much like the boss to admit it, or you've never had a corporate gig.
 
2007-12-19 04:23:45 PM
 
2007-12-19 04:24:13 PM
studebaker hoch: Is that Armin Van Buuren one a real Dilbert comic, or a culture-jammed one?

"culture-jammed" ???

what kind of dweebish terminology is this ? photoshopping a Dilbert comic is now social commentary ?
 
2007-12-19 04:25:07 PM
img88.imageshack.us
 
2007-12-19 04:25:11 PM
This is my all time favorite. I have it hanging in my cube.

www.hanonet.com
 
2007-12-19 04:25:21 PM
Heh, at the last call center I worked at, the first thing they took down was the office bulletin board.
They dis that a couple of weeks before they announced the complete layoff of all employees and subsequent shipment of all hardware/cubes etc to the Philippines.
 
2007-12-19 04:26:29 PM
Armin Van Burren is a progressive house dj
 
2007-12-19 04:27:00 PM
larsinio: Armin Van Burren is a progressive house trance dj
 
2007-12-19 04:27:59 PM
You know those De-Motivational posters - like this one:

papazoo.com

There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.

While I think these things are funny, it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of. The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

It's her own dumbassitude that will keep her from going anywhere at this job - but she'll probably blame a glass ceiling or something.
 
2007-12-19 04:27:59 PM
How come there is no hate for the slamming of mid level managers????Oh I am so offended I cannot stop shaking...grrrrr....
 
2007-12-19 04:29:01 PM
i196.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-19 04:30:28 PM
dbaggins

what kind of dweebish terminology is this ? photoshopping a Dilbert comic is now social commentary ?

You do know what blog you're on, right?
 
2007-12-19 04:30:29 PM
www.nytmare.org
 
2007-12-19 04:30:31 PM
imagecache.pixsy.com approves

Link (new window)
 
2007-12-19 04:31:18 PM
RSS feed for your daily dilbert fix;

feed://feeds.feedburner.com/tapestrydilbert
 
2007-12-19 04:32:14 PM
My supervisor is a total Dilbert nut. Very fun. A friend owns a software company and the company bulletin board had them posted with this in big letters: GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY DILBERT

Good times.
 
2007-12-19 04:32:24 PM
And his Hitchhiker's Guide series is freakin hilarious too

Dude....Douglas Adams ≠ Scot Adams
 
2007-12-19 04:33:38 PM
gbiewer: And his Hitchhiker's Guide series is freakin hilarious too

Dude....Douglas Adams ≠ Scot Adams


He is lucky he doesnt have a catchy name otherwise a new rotksy was just bourne
 
2007-12-19 04:33:49 PM
idsfa it's true.

cefm: While I think these things are funny, it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of. The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

When you advance, I'll be more than happy to sell you a paradign shifting plan in my capacity as an unscrupulous consultant.
 
2007-12-19 04:34:54 PM
Dude....Douglas Adams ≠ Scot Adams

However they ARE brothers.
 
2007-12-19 04:35:10 PM
... free to explore new paradigms

Hilarious. :)

I used to work for PC Zone/Mac Zone (before the internet, when you had to call someone to order a new mousepad :) ) and we had a consultancy firm come in to help us "streamline our processes". After the first couple of hours of the "orientation meeting" (yep, it was an all-dayer), I thought to myself, "Wow! No one has even said the word 'paradigm' yet!" Just as that thought finished forming in my head, the guy running the meeting said, "OK! Now we're going to watch a 30-minute video about...(wait for it...) PARADIGMS!"

Almost shiat myself trying not to laugh. :)
 
2007-12-19 04:35:59 PM
Dr_Bojangles

My all time favorite dilbert, thanks for posting it.

Suck it dilbert haters!
 
2007-12-19 04:36:20 PM
Found it!

Download all of them in Zip format. It's interesting to see the ones that have 'alternative' versions.
http://dribibu.xs4all.nl/downloads-cat-26.html

Or just view them online:
http://dribibu.xs4all.nl/dilberteng.html

From that site is also the "Dilbert Finder", but it doesn't seem to work too well. It just has descriptions.
http://www.bfmartin.ca/finder/

What we need is something where someone takes 2-3 comics. Types in the full text of each of them. Then lets you search that. You hear this Adams, you can even cover it with ads.

1993-2007, 365 comics. Around 5k. If everyone did 5 comics, we'd only need 1000 people. Toss in some user moderation. (Incase some idiot just put in that all the text was a spam ad).

Hrmm...
 
2007-12-19 04:36:33 PM
tweekster: larsinio: Armin Van Burren is a progressive house trance shiatty dj
 
2007-12-19 04:37:43 PM
To keep ahead of the competition, we must close open architecture technology overdrafts. Let's drill down to the core and usher in flagship pilot conjectures. Take responsibility and invoke the competition's world-class externalizations. We will be the first on the block to attune networkable webifications!

Anybody could do your job. But only I can intuitivize plug-and-play criteria. Don't get bogged down in details. Instead, e-discuss dimensional cooperative MBOs!!!

Embrace the synergy! Leverage the enablement! Envision the focus! And, finally, enhance thoroughbred click-sploitations.
 
2007-12-19 04:37:54 PM
cefm

You know those De-Motivational posters - like this one:

They have them up where I work too. Just 4 of them...in the break room...
 
2007-12-19 04:38:34 PM
studebaker hoch: dbaggins

what kind of dweebish terminology is this ? photoshopping a Dilbert comic is now social commentary ?

You do know what blog you're on, right?


so photoshopping is now "culture jamming" ?

and fark is now a "blog" ?


all this edgy labeling would make you ideal for middle management.
 
2007-12-19 04:39:30 PM
BrianVan: tweekster: larsinio: Armin Van Burren is a progressive house trance shiatty dj

He does make $50K an hour performing though.
 
2007-12-19 04:40:04 PM
cefm: There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.

I have 3-4 of those on my desk that I rotate out. They're not the big ones but actually note cards (hang well on cubes until I get my own office...) I had them up for 6 months before someone made a comment about meetings and I had to point out my "Meetings" one. Not a single person had actually read them, they just thought they were like the other ones.

And unlike dilbert, most of those don't directly attack the company or anyone.

Good taste would be being a consultant and having the Consulting one up.
Bad taste would be working with consultants and having the Consulting one up.
 
2007-12-19 04:40:29 PM
Dinjiin: As a contractor, I used to have several Dilbert cartoons in my cube. Besides the one below, I used to have one where the contractor eventually embedded himself into the chest of Pointy Haired Boss. When told that the operation to separate the two would result in one of their deaths, the Boss consulted with the consultant before making his decision.

Amazingly, having them up did not get me fired. In retrospect, it may have not been the best idea to have them up. Oh well. Who wants to work for a Poindexter anyways.

/would love to find copies of the contractor in chest series



As a consultant, I keep the Consulting sticky pad from Despair.com on my desk. Anyone that asks me to write something down for them gets one. The text reads:

If you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

From:Here (new window)

Very few people ever see the humor in a consultant giving them a note with that text on it, but I always love the sly grin of those that do.
 
2007-12-19 04:42:01 PM
darkscout: cefm: There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.

I have 3-4 of those on my desk that I rotate out. They're not the big ones but actually note cards (hang well on cubes until I get my own office...) I had them up for 6 months before someone made a comment about meetings and I had to point out my "Meetings" one. Not a single person had actually read them, they just thought they were like the other ones.

And unlike dilbert, most of those don't directly attack the company or anyone.

Good taste would be being a consultant and having the Consulting one up.
Bad taste would be working with consultants and having the Consulting one up.


I have worked as a consultant, consultants are not offended by that one.
 
2007-12-19 04:42:52 PM
jst3p: I have worked as a consultant, consultants are not offended by that one.

They get to just smile, secure in the knowledge they are making 3-5 times more than the person that is an employee, for basically doing the same job.
 
2007-12-19 04:42:59 PM
cefm: You know those De-Motivational posters - like this one:



There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.

While I think these things are funny, it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of. The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

It's her own dumbassitude that will keep her from going anywhere at this job - but she'll probably blame a glass ceiling or something.


You, sir, are a major douche bag. You MUST be middle management. Its called a SENSE OF HUMOR! You might want to consider finding yours.
 
2007-12-19 04:42:59 PM
idsfa: You had to ruin a perfectly good Dilbert thread with that FARKING Modern World bullshiat. Gads, I does anyone actually read that tripe?
 
2007-12-19 04:43:34 PM
studebaker hoch: Is that Armin Van Buuren one a real Dilbert comic, or a culture-jammed one?

My question as well, I'm an AVB fan, but wouldn't expect 95% of the populace to know who he is. Nor do I even know why he goes into a coma thursday afternoons, for that matter.
 
2007-12-19 04:43:37 PM
dbaggins

all this edgy labeling would make you ideal for middle management.

img.fark.com

/no, really!
 
2007-12-19 04:44:24 PM
For those interested, here's the comic that guy the guy fired:

wrathchild.files.wordpress.com
 
2007-12-19 04:45:21 PM
Tapakip: studebaker hoch: Is that Armin Van Buuren one a real Dilbert comic, or a culture-jammed one?

My question as well, I'm an AVB fan, but wouldn't expect 95% of the populace to know who he is. Nor do I even know why he goes into a coma thursday afternoons, for that matter.


Thursday afternoon is when you would catch the show if you are in the US. I am not sure on the authenticity of the comic, but it does make sense if its real.
 
2007-12-19 04:45:28 PM
Okay, why did they bother firing him if they were shutting down in a few weeks anyways. Seems like they'd be latching on to any employees willing to stay like grim death.

/I love Dilbert.
//"What do I do when all of my knowledge is out dated and I'm completely useless?"
///"Try walking around with a cup of coffee all day."
 
2007-12-19 04:45:58 PM
fasdissent: cefm: You know those De-Motivational posters - like this one:



There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.

While I think these things are funny, it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of. The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

It's her own dumbassitude that will keep her from going anywhere at this job - but she'll probably blame a glass ceiling or something.

You, sir, are a major douche bag. You MUST be middle management. Its called a SENSE OF HUMOR! You might want to consider finding yours.


I disagree. I know at my place of work if I were to have those hilarious posters hanging up it would be seen by management to be harboring a negative attitude.

I know they are jokes and they are funny but understanding the corporate culture you exist in is integral to advancement. In some offices those things might be OK. In some they will be frowned upon. Know your audience.
 
2007-12-19 04:46:30 PM
cefm: While I think these things are funny,

From the rest of your post, you don't.

it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of.

Uh, where else would you put them up?

The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

That all jobs have retarded workers and managers?

It's her own dumbassitude that will keep her from going anywhere at this job - but she'll probably blame a glass ceiling or something.

Uh, if she doesn't get promoted because of something from despair.com, then your company is a prime example why comics like Dilbert exist.
 
2007-12-19 04:47:10 PM
littlemisslaw.files.wordpress.com
 
2007-12-19 04:47:11 PM
Basically, he was accusing the decision-makers of being drunken lemurs

I work for Drunken Lemurs so I'm really getting a kick out of this!
 
2007-12-19 04:47:59 PM
Tapakip

My question as well, I'm an AVB fan, but wouldn't expect 95% of the populace to know who he is. Nor do I even know why he goes into a coma thursday afternoons, for that matter.

Thursdays was the "A State of Trance" set, live on Radio 1 in London.

Night for them is afternoon for us. Perfect excuse to take off work early, do a bump and jump around in the living room with a few close friends.

Ahem...

Van Buuren is the best techno DJ I'm aware of, and only because of ASOT and his "Essential Mix" sets, both were CD-quality sessions, and he did two a week for years

All the sets are so good, it pretty much prevented me from ever downloading anything else off the web. Lucky for me, they are not (AFAIK) RIAA-owned content. So there are plenty out there, and it's fun to share.
 
2007-12-19 04:48:01 PM
my personal fav.. its like every day at the office

i128.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-19 04:48:38 PM
An employee can be fired for any reason, unless under contract or discrimination issues, since Iowa is an employee-at-will state.

This hearing was about his unemployment benefits, so I am somewhat confused by the article. Employer may have challenged his UE benefits due to what they believe as serious misconduct, which I doubt they could win in this instance.
 
2007-12-19 04:49:30 PM
There was a site that until last year provided all the sets for free download. After Jan 1 2007, they abruptly stoppped without saying why.

Broke my heart :(
 
2007-12-19 04:49:57 PM
studebaker hoch: Tapakip

My question as well, I'm an AVB fan, but wouldn't expect 95% of the populace to know who he is. Nor do I even know why he goes into a coma thursday afternoons, for that matter.

Thursdays was the "A State of Trance" set, live on Radio 1 in London.

Night for them is afternoon for us. Perfect excuse to take off work early, do a bump and jump around in the living room with a few close friends.

Ahem...

Van Buuren is the best techno DJ I'm aware of, and only because of ASOT and his "Essential Mix" sets, both were CD-quality sessions, and he did two a week for years

All the sets are so good, it pretty much prevented me from ever downloading anything else off the web. Lucky for me, they are not (AFAIK) RIAA-owned content. So there are plenty out there, and it's fun to share.


Seeing as how there are quite a few people discussing the AVB comic, is there any TTers in this thread?
 
2007-12-19 04:50:04 PM
SlacKing: my personal fav.. its like every day at the office

How's the job search coming along?
 
2007-12-19 04:50:23 PM
lol Just A N00b I have that one hanging in my cube as we speak and i posted it above.. better take it down ... got a mortgage to pay
 
2007-12-19 04:52:37 PM
I love Dilbert. It allows me to feel subversive while I do whatever I'm told to do, whenever I'm told to do it. It helps me get through the day until I can get home and listen to my Avril Lavigne CDs.
 
2007-12-19 04:53:18 PM
@star_topology

yeah i know i didn't see that comment as i was searching for the one i posted. Lucky for me i work in a good office where people have a sense of humor. although i will take it down as i said above .. gotta pay the bills
 
2007-12-19 04:53:27 PM
paygun: I love Dilbert. It allows me to feel subversive while I do whatever I'm told to do, whenever I'm told to do it. It helps me get through the day until I can get home and listen to my Avril Lavigne CDs.

This.
 
2007-12-19 04:53:30 PM
tweekster
your music knowledge intrigues me

What did you mean by TT'ers?

Van buren has some good live sets, ive never lsitedn to his albums

/right now really into Dave Clarke
 
2007-12-19 04:53:38 PM

Uh, if she doesn't get promoted because of something from despair.com, then your company is a prime example why comics like Dilbert exist.


I was thinking that too. She is supposed to know her audience. It sounds like she has at least one co-worker identified pretty well.

I had also noticed there was no denial of being in middle management......
 
2007-12-19 04:54:15 PM
Sometimes the best you can do is move the turd to another pocket.
 
2007-12-19 04:55:37 PM
dbaggins: Uh, if she doesn't get promoted because of something from despair.com, then your company is a prime example why comics like Dilbert exist.


I was thinking that too. She is supposed to know her audience. It sounds like she has at least one co-worker identified pretty well.

I had also noticed there was no denial of being in middle management......


How funny would Dilbert be without at least a grain of truth?
 
2007-12-19 04:55:46 PM
i196.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-19 04:56:04 PM
Ahhh, thanks for the info, all. I just download a bunch of his stuff, along with Tiesto's mostly, never knew there was a place that streamed his stuff online.

I catch so much shiat from my friends for liking Trance, especially since I don't club/dance/drink/bump it up. But fark 'em, I like the music, though I am very picky about it.
 
2007-12-19 04:56:13 PM
trapped-in-CH: Sometimes the best you can do is move the turd to another pocket.

Around here they call that a "re-org".
 
2007-12-19 04:57:21 PM
Dinjiin: contractor in chest

I hope you find it! I would love to see that one.
 
2007-12-19 04:57:56 PM
TT-er?

Tags Trance Trip?

Listening to that now...currently "Ministry of Sound - Trance Nation 4".
 
2007-12-19 05:01:11 PM
www.mrboffo.com

No love for Mister Boffo? The Sunday comic where he walks in to his home and the wife says "How did the interview go?" Mister Boffo says "The boss leapt across the desk and tried to strangle me. He chased me out of the office and down the hall. I looked over my shoulder and almost everyone in the company was chasing me. As I got to the corner, the boss pulled out a pistol. The bullet missed my head by three full inches." Last panel: "But it too soon to get our hopes up."
 
2007-12-19 05:02:25 PM
Thank god he didn't wear a tasteless Halloween costume on his own time.

Because then they could do whatever they wanted, and it would just be tough shiat for him.
 
2007-12-19 05:04:28 PM
sseye: Thank god he didn't wear a tasteless Halloween costume on his own time.

Because then they could do whatever they wanted, and it would just be tough shiat for him.


"Freedom" isn't free. There are consequences for your actions.
 
2007-12-19 05:04:50 PM
Harry Freakstorm: No love for Mister Boffo?

Not yet... I must be going through a phase where I only enjoy funny comics.

heebie_stevo: This.

How are you promoting The Revolution?
 
2007-12-19 05:09:47 PM
jst3p: Freedom" isn't free. There are consequences for your actions.

That sounds better in the original German.
 
2007-12-19 05:09:55 PM
gbiewer: And his Hitchhiker's Guide series is freakin hilarious too

Dude....Douglas Adams ≠ Scot Adams
 
2007-12-19 05:10:54 PM
Hmmm, there seem to be a lot of duplicate strips here. I KNOW Dilbert is funnier than these handful :p
 
2007-12-19 05:11:01 PM
studebaker hoch: Dude....Douglas Adams ≠ Scot Adams

However they ARE brothers.


It's easy to get them confused. After all they both wrote very popular text adventures. Douglas wrote the classic Infocom adventure Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which later became a feature length movie and a series of books and Scott wrote Adventure, one of the first text games, which later became the blockbuster movie, Alone in the Dark, starring the lovely Tara Reid.
 
2007-12-19 05:12:49 PM
I like the one where Dilbert uses the side entrance so Lumberg won't know he's late.
 
2007-12-19 05:13:54 PM
Arthur Jumbles: It's easy to get them confused. After all they both wrote very popular text adventures. Douglas wrote the classic Infocom adventure Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which later became a feature length movie and a series of books and Scott wrote Adventure, one of the first text games, which later became the blockbuster movie, Alone in the Dark, starring the lovely Tara Reid.

Who wrote Zork?
 
2007-12-19 05:14:12 PM
Tapakip and studebaker hoch

EIP
 
2007-12-19 05:14:58 PM
Reverend Otis: Hmmm, there seem to be a lot of duplicate strips here. I KNOW Dilbert is funnier than these handful

img510.imageshack.us
 
2007-12-19 05:15:10 PM
Headline should read

not news- man gets fired
Still not news man gets fired for hanging up cartoon.
Still not news man gets fired for hanging up Dilbert cartoon.

News - Man get fired by drunken lemurs.

like I always say
Hit dogs always holler.
 
2007-12-19 05:17:56 PM
img138.imageshack.us
 
2007-12-19 05:19:36 PM
It's Matthew Brock, isn't it?
 
2007-12-19 05:22:10 PM
my name comes from dilbert. love that comic.

/obscure?
//doubt it.
 
2007-12-19 05:22:19 PM
So, he was:

1. going to be laid off because they were closing
2. had his unemployment claim challenged (denied?)
3. put up a mildly inflammatory comic
4. got fired.. what, a few weeks early from a dead end job where they were already pissed at him?

Not saying the management was right, just pointing out that he didn't have a lot to lose....
 
2007-12-19 05:26:12 PM
heebie_stevo: paygun: I love Dilbert. It allows me to feel subversive while I do whatever I'm told to do, whenever I'm told to do it. It helps me get through the day until I can get home and listen to my Avril Lavigne CDs.

This.


I'm sure you guys are totally sticking it to the man. Power to the people, bro!
 
2007-12-19 05:29:26 PM
Wally is my hero.

"sometimes you can reach a star, can't you"

"that would burn your hand clean off"
 
2007-12-19 05:32:05 PM
Ahem...

Van Buuren is the best techno DJ I'm aware of, and only because of ASOT and his "Essential Mix" sets, both were CD-quality sessions, and he did two a week for years


FAIL
 
2007-12-19 05:32:48 PM
Dilbert is okay, but I met Adams at a book signing and in person he's a total ass. Besides, for those of you who have worked in the corporate world (I spent ten years at Big Blue myself), a much funnier book about the inanity of it all is:

i94.photobucket.com

I posted some cartoons from it when I was at IBM and still can't believe my boss didn't fire me.
 
2007-12-19 05:35:59 PM
Best view of how soul-crushing mind-numbing office work can really be?

i94.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-19 05:36:21 PM
Last place I worked one of the sales guys posted a Dilbert on the bulletin board in the developers kitchen, where Dilbert is begging the boss to be allowed back into engineering after being forced to work in sales. Bill though it was funny because the poor engineer couldn't hack a sales job (seriously, if you asked him why he did it that's what he would tell you). We left it there because we knew the truth: it was part of a series of strips, and if you read the rest of them you knew it was because Dilbert couldn't stand the idiots in sales department.

True story.
 
2007-12-19 05:37:34 PM
cefm: ou know those De-Motivational posters - like this one:

There's a girl at work who has about 20 of these all over her cubicle, in a very heavily traveled area of the building, in plain view. In fact, it's impossible NOT to see them.


"Girl"? Your company uses child labor? Oh wait, they employ you.

While I think these things are funny, it's incredibly bad taste and poor decision-making to put this stuff up in the very workplace they're making fun of. The pictures themselves aren't the end of the world, but it does speak volumes about the outlook and common sense of the person who puts them up at work.

Like that she has common sense and sees things the way they are?

I think your comments speak volumes to the fact that you have a stick up your ass.

/Anyone have a de-motivator based on that?
 
2007-12-19 05:38:04 PM
i47.photobucket.com


Did someone say paradigm???
 
2007-12-19 05:42:37 PM
Roy_G_Biv: "Girl"? Your company uses child labor? Oh wait, they employ you.

"Sammich maker" just doesnt flow as well in a sentence.
 
2007-12-19 05:52:24 PM
LewDux

techno
FAIL


You and I are so not going there.
 
2007-12-19 05:58:00 PM
I have worked at a hospital, a steel mill, a computer tech firm, a Best Buy, a Sam's Club, an animation studio, a deli, and a vfx studio. And those are just the jobs that lasted for more than a year. I'm 24.

That having been said, I can't laugh at Dilbert anymore. He's to true to be funny.
 
2007-12-19 05:59:11 PM
What did you do at the steel mill?
 
2007-12-19 06:01:16 PM
computer technician in hazardous environments, help desk guy, lifting stuff, and occasionally testing heavy machinery.

/because PC tech guys CAN be hardcore.
 
2007-12-19 06:04:13 PM
JediChris1138: I have worked at a hospital, a steel mill, a computer tech firm, a Best Buy, a Sam's Club, an animation studio, a deli, and a vfx studio. And those are just the jobs that lasted for more than a year. I'm 24.

That having been said, I can't laugh at Dilbert anymore. He's to true to be funny.




just give it time. comedy = tragedy+time
 
2007-12-19 06:10:41 PM
idsfa, what are you--some kinda commie?
 
2007-12-19 06:14:44 PM
fenianfark

Thomas Kuhn FTW
 
2007-12-19 06:52:18 PM
pics.livejournal.com
 
2007-12-19 06:52:25 PM
jst3p:
I know they are jokes and they are funny but understanding the corporate culture you exist in is integral to advancement. In some offices those things might be OK. In some they will be frowned upon. Know your audience.


The despair.com calendar has 12 days to run on my desk, and yes, 'Consulting' and 'Meetings' were the ones that had the most comparisons made to co-workers. They probably compared me to 'Worth' when I'm not around.

/Quasi-public-sector work for the win!
 
2007-12-19 07:04:56 PM
The Peter Principal.

therawfeed.com
 
2007-12-19 07:35:49 PM
How can you not know who Scott Adams (the text adventure author) is? Didn't you know he started the "entire multi billion dollar a year computer game industry"? It says so on his website!

http://www.msadams.com/index.htm
 
2007-12-19 09:46:48 PM
Dr. Bojangles

i196.photobucket.com

My pointy-haired boss and I had this very discussion earlier this morning, so I really got a kick out of your reply.
 
2007-12-19 11:54:02 PM
And of course no Dilbert thread could be complete without....

img.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-20 01:59:37 AM
Dilbert so insightfully captures the absurdity of existence in the corporate world. So many of the things that happen to Dilbert happen to me. Like all those insipid management fads!
Thankfully, Dilbert helps me through it all, by letting me laugh at it.
 
2007-12-20 02:32:13 AM
My last boss for the courier company I worked for fired me. I didn't mind all that much because he made everyone's life there hell -- and was a good Christian to boot.

He bragged about giving a driver in one of his other stations raise one day and firing him the next and how when some other diver gave him a hard time and attacked him, he beat the guy up. When one driver had his van stolen by a homeless guy -- by stupidly leaving the keys in it and it unlocked -- he pretty well decided not to fire the driver, because if he did then he couldn't take the cost of the van and freight out of his pay. (The van was found a few hours later by the cops, pulled over, with the bum sleeping in it. He didn't even steal any freight.)

He made a big deal about telling how he NEVER paid unemployment for anyone he fired and how he always contested it and won.

I had worked for the main company for 10 years and had outlasted two previous subcontractors and close to 2000 employees. This guy and I had problems. I didn't like being pushed and didn't like being told I was goofing off when I was running my arse off over about a 150 mile area.

I applied for unemployment and he, naturally, contested it. So, we went into arbitration with an unemployment Judge. My ten years of consistent employment with the main company went in my favor and I won.

Shortly after, I called up some of my coworkers and let them know that the 'never paying unemployment' boss was going to have to fork out about 50% of my unemployment check for me to sit on my arse until I found another job. It cracked me up to find out that they had to hire two people to do my old route -- and both later quit.

He had to give up the contract about a year or two later.
 
2007-12-20 07:22:32 AM
"Dilbert is okay, but I met Adams at a book signing and in person he's a total ass."

So what? What are the chances that someone who's work you admire is going to be "cool?" Do you mean that there's some necessary mechanism at work whereby someone's creative product is congruent with their personality? I've read of numerous instances where artistic and scientifically creative people were total schmucks, and I'm still grateful for what they produced.

I dropped off some copies of Ender's Game at the local bookstore to be signed by Orson Scott Card, and an employee of the store just went on and on about how wonderful a person Card was, how everyone loved him at the signings, and how he would stay past the published times and sign people's books, etc. Then we got to talking books, and Neal Stephenson came up. I mentioned how much I'd enjoyed Snow Crash, and then liked Diamond Ageas much or more, and their reaction was exactly the opposite. Stephenson was a real jerk, I was told. This person said he was rude to people at a book signing, and jumped up and left at the exact moment the signing was supposed to be over.

All of these things may be true, but they're both good writers, and IMHO, Stephenson is better. Maybe he's complete Scheisskopf, too, what of it? I read his books, I don't have to socialize with him.
 
2007-12-20 09:32:48 AM
FTFA: "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams said it might have been the first confirmed instance of a worker being fired for posting a "Dilbert" strip in a workplace.

...But it won't be the last. Guaranteed.
 
2007-12-20 10:25:20 AM
A little late to the party but I'm going to find out if this will get me fired.

img248.imageshack.us
 
2007-12-20 11:37:26 AM
rico567: "Dilbert is okay, but I met Adams at a book signing and in person he's a total ass."

So what? What are the chances that someone who's work you admire is going to be "cool?" Do you mean that there's some necessary mechanism at work whereby someone's creative product is congruent with their personality? I've read of numerous instances where artistic and scientifically creative people were total schmucks, and I'm still grateful for what they produced.

I dropped off some copies of Ender's Game at the local bookstore to be signed by Orson Scott Card, and an employee of the store just went on and on about how wonderful a person Card was, how everyone loved him at the signings, and how he would stay past the published times and sign people's books, etc. Then we got to talking books, and Neal Stephenson came up. I mentioned how much I'd enjoyed Snow Crash, and then liked Diamond Ageas much or more, and their reaction was exactly the opposite. Stephenson was a real jerk, I was told. This person said he was rude to people at a book signing, and jumped up and left at the exact moment the signing was supposed to be over.

All of these things may be true, but they're both good writers, and IMHO, Stephenson is better. Maybe he's complete Scheisskopf, too, what of it? I read his books, I don't have to socialize with him.


Well, he could at least be gracious. We're making him rich buying his books. There was no reason for him to view us with contempt, and that's how he came across. A celebrity doesn't have to be lovey-dovery. Bruce Campbell, at the book signing I went to, was very much what I expected - smart alecky, wise-cracking, and sarcastic, but still civil and polite to his adoring fans. Adams came across as smug and condescending, which makes him closer to the character of the evil HR cat in his strip, not the title character. Yeah, he can be a SOB if he wants to, but since he'd still be in his cubicle if it weren't for folks like me buying his books, I suggest a little gratitude would be appreciated. At least don't come across like we're wasting YOUR time!

Geez...
 
2007-12-20 12:19:48 PM
The whole Dilbert parody collection (new window). (NSFW)

/hurp.
 
2007-12-20 04:45:16 PM
I am late to the party... very late indeed.

img141.imageshack.us

But I brought my favorite.
 
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