Angry Intern is Back…and he’s got video

•November 30, 2006 • 4 Comments

It’s only when you’ve had an incredibly huge project and subsequent regular duties done do you feel a sense of satisfaction that is unexplainable. Unfortunately I have been unable to do much with the blog (not that I have many viewers). For lack of something better to write about as of right now, here’s a great video forwarded to me by a co-worker.

Trade Shows (mostly the Teamsters) Suck

•October 25, 2006 • 45 Comments

It’s hard to escape the fact that trade shows suck. Sure, lots of people look forward to shows like CEDIA (Consumer Electronics) and geeks love anything Microsoft or Sony decides to hype up, and for good reason. Trade shows, especially those that feature top-notch semiars, can be really fascinating for interns, especially if you get to hobknob with some guys that have been in the business for awhile and can give you some good insight. It’s a perfect opportunity to see the newest and best products, and to actually get a moment to get some hands-on time with really pricey equipment.

But when you’ve gone to trade shows for a while, they become some of the most grating, irritating places on earth. This year marks the third year that I’ve been going to trade shows and I, as an  intern, attend about eight a year.

And nothing like dealing with the Teamsters Union–those lazy jackasses that run the trade shows. Don’t get me wrong–I’m sure there’s plenty of people that work hard for the Teamsters–they just don’t work at trade shows. No, what you get at the McCormick Place in Chicago, for example, is a bunch of knuckle-dragging, waste-of-sperm neanderthal degenerates who know somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody, so they shouldn’t (and don’t) demean themselves to even lift a pinky to help (which is what they are hired for) and get utterly offended when you ask them to do so–or they mutter something and say “I’m on break.”

Fuck the Teamsters. I invite anyone to tell me one good thing about them…other than the fact that Jimmy Hoffa got what he deserved.

An Ode to My Cubicle

•October 17, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Anyone stuck in a cubicle for 1/3 of their adult lives will appreciate this one.

Avoiding the Boss

•October 10, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Note: The Angry Intern does not advocate avoiding work and/or dis-respecting superiors. However, sometimes we all need a little alone time, be it going “out back” for a cigarette, spending a minute or two extra in the lounge or strolling around the office aimlessly (but with a purposeful expression).  So go ahead, interns, take a minute to avoid the boss.

The Bane of My Existence 2: The Canon imageRUNNER C5180

•October 4, 2006 • Leave a Comment

This is the Canon imageRunnerC5180.

Looks like a fine piece of equipment, doesn’t it? Well, like the pretty girl with a terrible secret, appearances can be deceiving. This piece of plastic and metal horse manure will not recognize your files, will re-size copies for no apparent reason, will “jam” even though there is no paper jammed, will lose file paths and for some otherworldly reason, will never print the color green.

I want it to die…slowly, painfully…only then will I have satisfaction. You remember the scene from Office Space where they trash the fax machine in the field? Think that, only with hand grenades, a shotgun and a Soviet T-72 tank for good measure. I will scatter its ashes to the ends of the earth so it may never return again and spend the rest of eternity in perpetual limbo.

I feel better now.

‘cuz its die motherfucker, die motherfucker, die:

Fight DRM: Ten things you can do today

•October 3, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Posted by PoliTech:
“If consumers even know there’s a DRM, what it is, and how it works, we’ve already failed” – Disney Executive.

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Defeating DRM is all about awareness.

The direct actions that we have taken are all about this. Today we are asking you to let the people around you know that DRM is bad for our society. Let’s create space for the debate. Do we want handcuffs and locks on art and knowledge? As our friends at Disney recognize, if there is this debate, we will have won.

Work your way through these actions (some or all) and spread the word that DRM is Defective By Design. Your target is to get the word out to at least 100 people today. and that is easier than you think. Just look at the ideas below and see that you can have some fun and have an impact on the future story of DRM.

Email your friends and family, use our prepared text. This is the big one – attack that address book!!

Add this text to your email signature for the day.


Post on a forum or message board that you subscribe to.

Download and print this sign and hang one at your desk, the office water cooler, or in an elevator.

Download and print this leaflet and give it to coworkers or others you see today, maybe even distribute them on your lunch hour or during your commute.

Sign the Bono petition. We are getting ready to get his answer.

Google bomb DRM by adding this link to your website or any web page you can edit.

Digg the day of action

Watch these videos on YouTube send them to friends and rate them.

Photograph your actions and post them to Flickr tagged with “dayagainst drm defectivebydesign”.


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25 Signs That, Sadly, You’ve Grown Up

•October 2, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Posted by PoliTech, and found here.

1. Your house plants are alive, and you can’t smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as “dressed up.”

10. You’re the one calling the police because those damn kids next door won’t turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle your stomach.

19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer “pretty good stuff”.

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. “I just can’t drink the way I used to,” replaces, “I’m never going to drink that much again.”

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn’t apply to you and can’t find one to save Your sorry old ass.