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September 18th, 2007

(no subject) @ 06:24 pm

Current Mood: melancholy melancholy

I got an anonymous post-it note on my desk today, saying "KEEP IT CLEAN". For some reason, this really really bothers me.
 
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From:elegantelbow
Date:September 18th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
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Are they asking you to keep the desk clean or to keep your language clean?
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From:moof
Date:September 18th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
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the desk.
(It's _cluttered_ with all shorts of stuff, and messy - but not actually 'dirty'.)
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From:cryo
Date:September 18th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
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From:dolphin42
Date:September 18th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
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clean desk more important than good work.
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From:lil_m_moses
Date:September 18th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
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That certainly jibes with -my- understanding of Japanese business culture...

I think they'd have a heart attack if they saw my desk right now, and I just cleaned it up a few days ago.
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From:icis_machine
Date:September 18th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
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mine too.
however, when i was in an japanese office, the place was quite messy and no more cleaner than the US counterparts.
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From:bdu
Date:September 18th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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As icis said, my company's headquarters in Japan was actually, for the most part, quite messy. They apologized profusely for the mess when I took my tour. I made a comment about how the best engineers always have the messiest desks, and they all immediately looked at the most jr engineer in the group while everyone laughed (he kept a very clean desk).
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From:fruitylips
Date:September 18th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Whatever you do, you must not allow that post-it note to get dirty...
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From:elegantelbow
Date:September 18th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Indeed!
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From:chalepa_ta_kala
Date:September 18th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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How trying.
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From:weezyl
Date:September 18th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
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I imagine someone was trying to be helpful without being confrontational, but it just comes across as passive-aggressive. I'd ask someone about it and find out if there's some sort of office culture thing afoot, or if a co-worker is just being an assmonkey.
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From:romijordanna
Date:September 18th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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That seems like the healthiest way. Thank goodness you're around, Weezyl. I would have just commented about how awful I'd feel if that post-it was on my desk, not realizing that there's something to do here.
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From:cheezaddict
Date:September 18th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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There was a weird meme going around Burning Man "keep it clean, Jellybean" which seemed to add fuel to the burning fire within me that was upset with the dust storms and people's reactions to it. There is no way to be clean at BM! Deal with it!
From:bluemchenblatt
Date:September 28th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
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What bothers you more - that it's anonymous or it's message?

by the way, found you through ok!cupid - are you currently in the US or Japan?
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From:moof
Date:September 29th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
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The anonymity of it; if someone'd expressed concern directly to me, that'd be different.

And yup, I'm in Japan right now.

(BTW: the usual way to enter kana, AFAICT, is just to put the keyboard into alphabetic kana mode - i.e. you type "ha" and you get は showing up; I don't think I've seen anybody use the direct kana entry method.)
From:bluemchenblatt
Date:September 29th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
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Would be same for me. :) You figured out who might be the culprit? :)

Ok. I think I've seen people typing kana with just one button,... and then some teacher say we should not transcribe to rôma-ji, but jus have the sound.
Thanks for your help. :)

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