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Crossing the Archives & Archivists listserv today:

Q: "What is the generic term for Post-it Notes? I am accessioning a pad of these used for American Dental Association publicity. These are some knock-off brand so they are not "Post-it" brand but then how do I describe them so that they can be identified years hence. I was thinking it might be "sticky notes" but that sounds a bit informal yet I can't think of anything else they might be called. I would appreciate any assistance in this important archival matter!1"

A1: "Our office supply catalog calls them "adhesive paper pads2."

A2: "Collated self-stick non-verbal communication device3."

In unrelated news, Domestic Piranhas silliness by moi (R for subject but not actual action), and Domestic Piranhas silliness by James, rated G

Xander kept a drawer of one filing cabinet filled for just this purpose. He was at his desk, trying to work. Spike was sitting in a chair on the opposite side of his desk, waiting for Xander to get done. Xander knew it was really "waiting for Xander to decide Spike is more important than work" but Xander really *did* have responsibilities and actual work and he even enjoyed his job and liked spending time on it.

Not anything like 40 hours a week, but that was what well-paid assistants were for.

But at this very moment he was doing some real, actual work, and Spike had snuck into his office *again*, despite every "vampires go home" spell he'd laid on his inner and outer offices.

Hence, the drawer. Spike was rummaging in it even now, and Xander glanced up to see his glurbleglurble grab a small box with an insanely gleeful expression. Xander looked closer -- of course. Paperclips.

Xander tried not to put paperclips in the drawer, but they got in there with the same inexplicable tenacity that Spike got into Xander's office when he really did have actual work he had to get done by the end of the day, and I mean it this time Spike. He supposed it was because he wasn't the only one who put random office-flotsam in the drawer. Several of his top execs, and their secretaries, knew about the Spike Drawer and helped Xander keep it full of things for Spike to play with when he was waiting for Xander.

He'd tried telling them, at monthly staff meetings, not to include paperclips. But he suspected that most of the rest of the building had some kind of bet going, on what Spike would manage to create-destroy-lose-summon-have sex with the next time, if he just had enough paperclips in the right sizes.

Even now, Spike was plopping down on the floor with a handful of boxes, and had started opening them. He kept them neatly in their respective boxes, instead of dumping them out -- as Xander would have guessed, back before he'd come to learn just how complicated and weird his glurble's brain was.

Grateful that he'd finally got his building insurance to agree to cover "things Spike does," Xander ignored him and got back to work.

Xander's insurance premiums included all-expenses paid vacations to the dimension of the insurance company president's choice. But Xander figured it was worth it. After seeing what Spike had done to the parking garage with a mere four thousand boxes of paperclips, the insurance company president had agreed.


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1 From usual overal tenor of list, yes, she is being facetious with the last line.
2 .....um. No. All kinds of wrong there.
3 And thus my new journal name is born.

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mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

*hides*

witling

2005-10-18 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Awesome. Sometimes I like to put a collated self-stick non-verbal communication device onto my optical data disks, so I know which is which.

Also, Spike is very naughty.

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Look, he didn't open the puzzle box breed the velociraptors eat all the jelly donuts do it on purpose. Whatever it was he. Um. Didn't do.

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mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

You ain't kiddin'.

lumenara

2005-10-18 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

to create-destroy-lose-summon-have sex with

BWAH.

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spike is multifaceted.

lastscorpion

2005-10-18 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Man, oh man! Literally too many funny lines to quote! I love this!

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

I blame James. Except, you know, with reason this time, because she wrote it.

eac

2005-10-18 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

A1: "Our office supply catalog calls them "adhesive paper pads."
A2: "Collated self-stick non-verbal communication device."


Being an archivist, I have to work with people like this. It sometimes scares me.

Also, thanks for the DP snippet. :)

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

*nodnodnodnodnodnod* I work with someone who -- and granted his language is more 80-year-old-paralegal than corporate drone -- can not say anything in 5 words where 55 will serve.

outsideth3box

2005-10-18 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


::falls off chair laughing::


mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

*picks you up*

remitygirl

2005-10-18 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

WEEE!!!

It's a fact that Spike and boredom are unmixy things... but some people seem to be dying to see the result! They've been warned!!

Thanks for sharing!

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's like a trainwreck without dead people. Except the one. You can't not look.

jillapet

2005-10-18 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not only does he keep Xander entertained, but the whole company!

Just think what he could do with magnets...

mpoetess

2005-10-18 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

DON'T GIVE HIM IDEAS!

rayne_y_daze

2005-10-19 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay! More DP!!! :-) I'm not sure why the big deal about giving Spike paperclips, though. I LOVE paperclips - *continues working on the paperclip screen of death*

mpoetess

2005-10-21 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

*takes appropriate precautions, like nuclear shielding*

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mpoetess

2005-10-21 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

*hides her stash of 5,000 paperclips*

ex_dovil323

2005-10-19 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

And the entire universe is destoryed. But at least I was entertained.

Awwww, DP, and not the porny kind!

mpoetess

2005-10-21 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's ok - there's a hell of a good universe next door - let's go!

flaming_muse

2005-10-19 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee!

mpoetess

2005-10-21 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Shh! Spike will think people thnk he's funny.

out_there

2005-10-22 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Grateful that he'd finally got his building insurance to agree to cover "things Spike does," Xander ignored him and got back to work.

*giggles so much* I can't help thinking that Xander's premiums sound pretty cheap, considering the Mass of Destruction known as Spike.

mpoetess

2005-10-24 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, they're gonna catch on soon, and the Xander'll have to buy the insurance company.