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Office Shenanigans, part II

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

We begin this episode of our Office Shenanigans series with the unfortunate circumstance of many of the office chairs apparently having grown sentient and deciding to surround one Gator, in particular.  Many of us watched on, in stunned silence as this took place.  You should know that the Gator in question was eventually able to escape (with much hilarity), and that no chairs were harmed… that day:


Much like the chairs, our elevators seems to sometimes have a mind of their own. Our elevators have been well documented on our blog and I’m beginning to think the level of infamy they have achieved is starting to go to their head, so to speak.  When one of them recently decided to remain open on the 4th floor of the building, refusing to budge at all, a giant stuffed Snappy found it’s way into the the elevator to warn all other Gators from attempting to use the elevator in question:


I’m not sure if these next two pictures qualify as “shenanigans,” moreso than just “delicious.” We have many culinary-minded Gators, and both of these delectable treats were produced by the same individual. The first offering is a likeness of our beloved Snappy, created entirely out of various cheeses.  This Snappy tasted fabulous on crackers!:


The final Gator-themed treat is, well, it’s a gator made out of bacon. Honestly, I’m not sure what else can be said about this, other than anything bacon-related is received rather well at the office, this gator was no exception to that:


That is a bacon “H” there in front of the gator. I couldn’t imagine spelling out an entire bacon HostGator, the logistics alone are daunting. Other than that, I really have no idea how to follow a bacon gator… so until next time!

Office Art, part II

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The HostGator offices seem to foster the expression of creativity throughout.  The works of art shared herein are all relatively new art installations within our respective thunderdomes.  I have faith that my colleagues will continue to provide plenty of fodder for many more Office Art blog posts.

Our first piece here comes once again from the IT Department in the Houston office, whom you may remember also supplied us with the meme wall from Part I of our Office Art series.  As with their last offering, this work of art is also shrouded in mystery.  This piece can be best described as “fake deer head, wearing sunglasses and HostGator lanyard, accompanied by ‘forever alone guy’ meme.”  Clearly, this is modern art.  We cannot stress enough that the deer head here is made out of plastic, because we Gators do not harm living creatures.


Throughout our office, you’ll find conveniently located maps of the building that show you were you are and where the stairwells and fire exits are; standard fare for most office buildings:


These maps are fairly nondescript and likely don’t get noticed much.  However, recently one of our Admins took notice not only to the map, but in the fact that our building shares it’s fundamental shape with, well, the B-2 Bomber.  In order to illustrate this similarity, the following was thus posted directly beneath one of the office maps:


If nothing else, at least now we know which parts of our building are visible on radar and which parts aren’t.

Our next picture is of something that has been a staple at the Houston office for as long as anyone can remember, though we know not of its origins.  This lil fella has been relocated from time to time, though he tends to hang out near one of the Supervisor stations.  He has been adorned with the wig and beanie relatively recently, but the “Miss America” sash and WordPress button have been longtime accessories.  Additionally, whenever stray money is found around the office, it generally ends up tucked into the diaper(?) there, with a total accumulation of about $8 thus far:


We will conclude this edition of our Office Art series with a trip back to Austin, where there seems to be an affinity for the egregious use of Post-It notes, as we have seen in prior blog posts. Once again, someone’s desk has been “customized” in their absense:


Stay tuned for future offerings in our gripping Office Art series.

Office Shenanigans

Written by Sean Valant

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

It is true that, from time to time, a fair amount of shenanigans can take place in any given HostGator office. We work hard and we play hard; we wouldn’t have it any other way. Sometimes, these aforementioned shenanigans get photographically documented. On a long enough timeline, most of these photographs will find their way to me and thus will eventually end up here, for you.

Though I am gifted with the images, I am not always privy to the story behind the images.  Such is the case with this first picture.  Sam here is one of our developers.  I’m going to ignore the fact that he appears to be wearing a pink snout with matching crown and instead focus on the other things shown in the picture.  Notice the single-shot Nerf gun waiting at the ready directly in front of him.  There is a dart in the chamber and you can see the gray firing mechanism at the bottom of the handle is engaged.  Also notice that the upper corner of each of his monitors have been shot with darts; Sam has clearly come under (friendly?) fire which would explain his blatant display of firearm.  I am unable to postulate a reasonable explanation for the disco ball box to his left, so I’ll just leave that alone.  His geopolitical affiliations seem to be represented by a series of flags, though note that directly above him is his primary allegiance as displayed by the cut-out Snappy:


This next image, I just have no idea.  Though wearing flip-flops to a battle to this nature might seem inadvisable, if you could shoot lightning out of your hand then perhaps you would also want to simply dress for comfort:


Zed here was a special guest one night, and sadly was only able to complete work on a single shift; aptly, it really truly was on the Graveyard shift.  Of note, the Nerf dart affixed to his lanyard; apparently Zed took a shot in the back of the neck during his shift:


Does your office tend to stray into the ridiculous from time to time as well? Please tell us about it (or show us!) in the comments section.

Office Art

Written by Sean Valant

Monday, July 16th, 2012

We recently shared with you some art that had been sent to us by our beloved Customers.  HostGator employees have also been known to create some works of art around the offices as well… sometimes when no one else is looking.  Before we begin our actual Gator-created art tour, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you  our Lego sign that is currently displayed in our Houston office.  The sign was created by well-known artist Nathan Sawaya.  I don’t know if the picture does it justice, but it’s a truly impressive piece of Lego craftsmanship:


Back in 2009, this was created by one of our more artistically-inclined Chat Agents and placed near one of the Supervisor stations in the Houston office.  It remains there to this day, ever-present to remind us to always be doing the needful:


The story of our next piece is somewhat shrouded in mystery.  It began, innocently enough, with a recycling can in the Austin office.  A few individuals had apparently not noticed that it was labeled for recycling and thus deposited their refuse into that particular receptacle.  In order to facilitate a more organized recycling vs. trash situation, some good Samaritan taped the “This Is Not A Trash Can” sign above the can.  Shortly thereafter, an unknown assailant attached the “You’re right.  It’s a wall” sign.  I do want to take the time to point out the grammatically correct use of “you’re” as opposed to “your” that was exercised there.  It’s important to use proper grammar when trolling, as in life.  Speaking of trolling, the wall was ultimately graced with the internet-famous, and now iconic, Trollface.  As you can see in the picture below, this simple reminder to not litter in the recycle can has blossomed into a community work of art:


The next exhibit in our little showcase here comes from the IT Department in the Houston office.  No one seems to know the actual origins of this piece, though it is speculated that this work of art was installed directly from the Internet, somehow.  It contains a vast collection of characters from current and past memes.  Trollface makes yet another appearance, as does Pokerface and Rageface… there’s even a couple that cannot be named in order to maintain the PG13 rating of our blog.  Though you can certainly test your Internet meme savvy-ness by how many you can name:


We travel back to our Austin office for these final two works of art, both of the post-it note variety.  The first is apparently the results of a Supervisor station being left unattended for too long; likely the Supervisor in question left for lunch and returned to, well, this:


As to be expected, we certainly saved the best piece for last.  If you happen to not know what Nyan Cat is, on one hand you might be able to consider yourself fortunate, but on the other hand this next work of art will then make about as much sense to you as a hybrid cat/pop-tart that travels throughout the universe on a rainbow.  If you’re unfamiliar (and feeling brave), you may want to take a moment to experience this YouTube video (presently over 73 Million views) before we proceed, so that you can fully appreciate the artistic merit of the final piece of our tour.  Apparently, some of our Austin Gators got their hands on a pad or two of colored Post-It notes and, well, this happened:


Thank you very much for taking our quick tour.  Please exit through the gift shop.  Feel free to tell your friends about our exhibit, as we are open 24 hours a day!

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