Here I go on day 6 on my blogging challenge and who knows where this one will end up?
Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?
Day 6 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Saldy, there will not be pics in this post showing my desk. For a couple of reasons. 1.) who wants to see a picture of just my desk? It’s quite boring, trust me. I’ve read halfway through the book Middlemarch, before I couldn’t take it anymore, so I’ll take it on the advice from others when they say it stays the same until the end. 2.) I’d rather write about my desk because I think it will be a challenge to sit and ponder about my little space in my warlock lair and what it means to me.
My computer, computer desk, and my home office sits perched in a corner of large loft located on the second floor of my home. I have an older corner desk/hutch combo I purchased about 10 years ago. When I’m sitting down the monitor points out at me from the corner itself. To my left is my hutch desktop cabinet that holds paperwork and all of the normal office supplies a working desk would contain. I decorate it will small mementos from either my family or my real life job. I have a few awards from my company, along with numerous pictures of my kids and wife. Hanging on the opposite side of the wall to my right is a large corkboard frame that holds some of my most cherished picture memories. Over the years I’ve tacked up pictures of the family, friends, and our animals along with drawings and letters my kids have made.
Next to the corkboard frame, is our large three pane window (kinds of like a bay window in three panels) which overlooks our deck and backyard below. All it takes is a slight turn of my head towards the window and I can easily gage the weather and what’s going on outside in the world around us. What I really like about our window is the view it offers is all encompassing. From the sky, to the trees to the entire backyard…all of it is in full view because of the angle and hillside of our property. We live in a heavily wooded area near a small mountain. It’s very scenic.
My on again off again relationship with battling the clutter boss
When it comes to my desk, I go through phases. Sometimes, it will get cluttered with tons of paperwork that I’m often too lazy to put away, or that I need to leave out to remind me that they need to be completed. After a week or two, I usually can’t take the mess anymore and will spend an hour or so filing everything away. I’m the cord keeper for our household :) and pretty much any electronic device that needs charging can be found on, or in a nook, or drawer of my desk. Computers really do have a lot of chords and it drives me absolutely nutty in keeping the clutter down on our household’s cord control.
I guess the reason electronic chords get on my nerves is because not only does my desk serve as a resting spot for our home desktop computer and printer, it’s also home for my work computer, docking station and printer as well. Needless to say, that’s a lot of electric chords when you have them strewn around and behind a single desk. Even though my corner desk/hutch is quite large, it looks and feels small because of all the devices that it holds. I’m not even including my headsets or any of the microphone cables I’m using for when I’m recording my segments too or even the small 8 Channel Behringer PA I used to use for mic’ing my drums when I used to play music that I still can’t part with for some reason. I love that little mixer!
Doodling is as doodling does
I’m a scribbler. Whenever I want to remind myself of something or if I find a particular word or concept I want to lookup or research, I scribble it down on the many scrap pieces of paper I have lying about. When I’m on a teleconference or a video conference with work, or if I’m on a long flight plan in game, I’m often scribbling words or phrase or just doodling silly pictures. I’m not sure if my doodling and scribbling is helping unclutter my mind, or if it’s just pent up energy releasing it’s force by way of a pen on paper.
Like the paperwork and household bills that pile on top of my desk, my scribble papers will gather for a few weeks on end when finally I can’t take the mess anymore, and then I’ll begin the arduous task of looking them over to decide if anything is worth keeping. I’m a southpaw, (left-handed IRL) and I’m the type who hooks and drags my left hand behind me when I write. If I’m using a marker pen or any pen that’s medium or higher you can tell I’ve either been writing or doodling because the edge of my pinky finger to my wrist will have ink stains and smudges. Ink smudging is the reason why I only like medium fine or fine style pens because they don’t smudge, or at least not as bad. I love writing with pencils as long as the point is sharp. Thin point = no smearing for a lefty. Unsharpened point = dirty paper and carbon coated dirty hands.
My current weapons of choice for gaming gear
Right now, I’m using a Logitech G110 keyboard along with a Naga Razor mouse, and a Turtle Beach X12 headset. When I’m recording my segments, I’m cranking a Sennheiser 835 dynamic with an MAudio Mobile Pre A/D converter with a different style studio headset because my Turtle Beach is incompatible with it’s added USB plug. My desktop computer is almost a six year-old HP tower. When I purchased it way back then, it was quite pricey and one of the most expensive computers I’ve ever purchased. Now it’s sadly lagging behind with the ever changing technology that never ceases to astound me. It served me well over the years, even despite my HD failing me back a few weeks ago.
For monitors, I once tried a 30” LCD TV but the quality was lacking in detail and so I replaced it with a 27” LCD monitor until a lightning strike close to the house a few years back fried it in one big *poof* and zap. For the cost to fix the monitor, it was easier to buy brand new. Fortunately for me, the lightning didn’t fry anything else – and yes, I had the monitor on a power protection strip too :( Now, I’m using a 24” HP LCD screen and to be honest, I like it better. It’s completely adjustable in any direction imaginable and the picture quality is remarkable despite my video card only being on the cheap end of Nvidia products.
My weapon upgrades for the future
In another month or two, I plan to build my own gaming rig. I’ve never built my own computer before and so I’m really looking forward to the experience. I’m still deciding on narrowing down my key components such as my Mobo and my GPU. When I finally do make that choice, and when I finally purchase them to build it, I’ll make sure to post it for anyone who cares to know.
So that’s me and my desk. As you can see I’m just a derpy warlock with a doddling fixation and a tendency to be messy from time to time. I guess it’s like my bags and bank space in game for all my toons…now that I think of it, it’s about time I cleaned them up too ;)