Today, I spent a good half-hour removing a jam in my office fax machine, leading to endless frustration on my part, a toner headache and many of you wondering why I work in the late 1980s.  There is an answer to that question, but it’s not important right now, especially given that I’d happily give the thing the ‘Office Space’ copier treatment.  Peter, Michael and Samir had the right idea of how to deal with stubborn technology, at least in a theoretical, cathartic sense, and it makes you imagine Jim Kirk dealing with the malfunctioning replicator in a whole new light, leading to today’s case-of-the-Mondays query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) almost convinced a previous employer to take one-dollar donations to hit the photocopier with a sledgehammer, then using the proceeds to replace the machine, asking: What machine, real or fictional, do you most want to give the Copier Treatment?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!And a nice red uniform.

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  1. The telephone. The one on my desk that somehow the number is on the list of every hearing aid and home safety sales number company out there. And my cell phone. Call me crazy, but I am not a fan of people knowing where I am all the time. I remember the days of, if you weren’t home, you were free and if someone called, they left a message and you got back to them. Now, if you don’t answer, good grief! I should make my voice mail message, “Hi, I can probably see that you are calling, but I’m busy not being attached to this device and living my life. Leave a message!” :)

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