Tuesday, September 4, 2018
"Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"
Tom Lehrer asked that satirical question several decades ago, and it's become a standard catch-phrase in American English. Yesterday's Dilbert comic strip brought it forcefully to mind. (Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the strip's Web site.)
Scott Adams has a wonderful knack for expressing workplace stupidity in graphic terms. I've tried several allegedly "ergonomic" items of office and computer furniture that reminded me of nothing so much as a well-made brick. Comfortable, they weren't; and some caused actual physical injury through forcing parts of my body to conform to what they wanted.
The only "ergonomic" office purchase I've never regretted was buying a Herman Miller Aeron task chair, about fourteen years ago, after my partly-disabling spinal injury. It's been a life-saver when spending hours on end writing at my computer. It was expensive (it cost me more when I bought it than it does today, which is a testament to outsourced manufacturing, I suppose), but it's proved to be worth every penny. All my books have been written from (or in) that chair - and almost everything on this blog, of course. No, I'm not being paid or compensated for recommending it - it's just so good that it's earned my personal seal of approval.