Monday, December 7, 2009

laid off? freelancing? the pretend office makes you feel at home

A downside of freelance if you're a people-person is how much of your work is done in solitary confinement. But now SBUX isn't the only place to find company. Dispatches from the Pretend Office make you feel more like a normal, socialized dweeb immersed in the world of Christmas Holiday parties, stolen fridge items, time sheet nazis and fire alarm tests.

It's the brainchild of Phil Gyford, a freelance (of course) web designer who set up the Pretend Office mailing list on a lark and circulated it to a few friends. Soon, they were adopting characters and sending officious announcements, booking meeting rooms, tracking the comings and goings of couriers and sending embarrassing emails to everyone in the company. Hey, they should make a TV show about this.

tipped by reading illuminating talk by Russell Davies at Playful

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