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Sunday, February 08, 2021

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: Office Space, that oft-cited modern classic comedy, is ten years old this month. It was unleashed upon U.S. movie theaters on February 19, 1999.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this flick, Mike Judge’s testament to absurdist workplace alienation. Given that we’re all mostly working stiffs, and have to deal with office politics (even freelancing hired guns like me), I guess the movie resonated so much because it’s instantly relateable.

It is still so? A full decade has passed, so you’d expect Office Space to start showing its age at this point. I’m not sure how much it has. American corporate culture is still pretty similar to the way it’s portrayed in this flick. If anything, it’s gotten more unstable of late, thanks to the ongoing economic crisis; but essentially, I think the inner workings of Initech are duplicated in any number of companies in the real world.

But after a decade, I’d expect the movie’s circumstances to start looking dated. If not now, then maybe by the time the 20th anniversary rolls around…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/08/2021 10:31pm
Category: Movies
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I’m in my late 30s, single, and childless. So really, there’s nothing about Grandparents.com that speaks to me.

But that stylized “G” in the logo is, in my opinion, a real winner. Very elegant, with the middle connector line forming a sort of shared smile between the barbell design’s upper and lower halves — which themselves become subtly transformed into tiny facial representations with the addition of dots for eyes. And the uneven sizes of the halves suggest the adult head of the grandparent facing the smaller grandchild’s head, both gently touching at the foreheads. Nice and sweet, and perfectly conveys the relationships being celebrated.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/08/2021 02:35pm
Category: Creative, Internet
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