March 11, 2009

A better paperclip

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by Art. Lebedev Studio (via)

comments

  1. Dan Smalley on March 11th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    A shit paperclip.

    This is a paperclip designed by someone who doesn’t use them and has no idea how they work.

  2. Deron Bauman on March 11th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    you’ve got strong opinions, Dan.

  3. Cooper Renner on March 11th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    It’s dang purty.

  4. Andrew Simone on March 11th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    We all have our tipping points, Deron. If I ever saw somebody trying to fuck with No. 2 pencils, I think I would lose my shit.

  5. Deron Bauman on March 11th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    the pencils I could never work with were those big chief pencils in elementary school. I know they were supposed to be useful for our tiny hands but they just felt clunky to me.

  6. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    How do you stand on Big Chief Tablets, Deron?

    I always felt faintly insulted by the nasty, ever-so-slightly greasy ruled paper.

  7. India on March 11th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    What I hate are those butterfly paper clips. What the fuck are those for? Have you ever gotten any papers to stick together using one of those things?

  8. Deron Bauman on March 11th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    the space between the lines was too big, wasn’t it, Sheila? I mean, sign me up for college ruled and a slim pencil any day. big chief my ass.

  9. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Big Chief, my ass. Yeah! And the same goes for butterfly paper clips!

    Rusted butterfly paper clips are the worst. Archivists find those all the time.

    And dead rubber bands split into segments. They adhere to paper but you can peel them off if you’re not squeamish.

  10. Rick Neece on March 11th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    FUCK bad office supplies, man! Remember when a Swingline stapler was something you could COUNT on. Nowadays they jam about every third staple, IF you can get ‘em to even punch through the two sheets you’re trying to put together.

  11. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Oh, RIck, you anticipated my stapler rant!

  12. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    IF you can manage not to prong your finger!

  13. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Packing/mailing tape rolls and dispensers. Grrrrr.

  14. Rick Neece on March 11th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I thought my head was going to explode this morning trying to use one of the manager’s dirty mouse. Honestly, you could move the mouse and the cursor would go the opposite direction I practically ripped it off the machine and tossed it in the can. The manager said, “you think that wire’s salvageable?” I said, “only if I wrap it around your NECK.” I’ve been up to my ears with hardware shit, seems like I’ve been doing nothing but messing with computers FOR DAYS. If they don’t commit me soon I’m going to be very dangerous. I’m a ticking bomb I tell you.

  15. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Dirty mouse. Grimy. Office. Furniture. “Office furniture.”

    Metal supply cabinets stocked with sad useless remnants of times too recent to inspire nostalgia.

    You are a ticking bomb, Rick. And I am a powder keg.

  16. Aaron Winslow on March 11th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Metal paper clips can eat a dick. The only thing they are good for is straightening and then bending into some other context-driven shape.

    The one pictured here is a very nice looking object. I’d like it in some sort of reasonably inert plastic.

    I had a job at the University of Miami wherein I was called upon to unjam several staplers, several times an hour. I had a pair of pliers for it.

    Most office supplies are made of concentrated melancholy.

  17. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Aaron said, “Most office supplies are made of concentrated melancholy.”

  18. Dan Smalley on March 11th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I hold strong opinions but they don’t hold me.

    Thus I win.

  19. Phil Bebbington on March 11th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Staplers – today we had a long reach stapler that wouldn’t punch through more than 5 sheets and a standard reach stapler that would deal with quantity but had no reach. Seems I have to buy the third office stapler, the one that deals with quantity and reach.

    I’m not angry, just at a loss.

  20. Phil Bebbington on March 11th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I do like the jumbo paperclips – they seem good for many things. I bring them home sure that I have a use for them. I’m still looking and won’t be put off.

  21. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Phil said, “I’m not angry, just at a loss.”

  22. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Mind you, those binder clips I like; it’s the damned butterfly paper clips that make my blood boil.

    By the way, Amazon designates such items “Clips, Clamps & Rings”. Is it just me or . . . ?

  23. Phil Bebbington on March 11th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    As a brit, I have no idea what a binder clip or a butterfly Clip is! But I suspect they might make my blood boil.

  24. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yikes, Phil, just when I’d mastered this A4 and A3 paper business, you mean y’all don’t speak of binder clips (or clamps) — or butterfly clips?

  25. Phil Bebbington on March 11th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Nope! It’s like a a foreign bloody language and I order in the damn things for the organisation I work for – yes, I’m that important!

  26. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    But are most of your office supplies, like ours, made of concentrated melancholy?

  27. Phil Bebbington on March 11th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Oh, naturally! I dribble and drool over office supply catalogues like the rest – and find myself in office supply stores buying items I don’t need just like everyone else.

    Speaking of the catalogues – I do find it necessary to bury my face in them – ever since I was a kind I have been seduced by the smell.

  28. Of binder and butterfly clips : clusterflock on March 11th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    [...] would appear that English and American terms for the Office & School Supplies designated for the benefit of US Amazon customers as Clips, [...]

  29. Cooper Renner on March 11th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Wouldn’t it be grand to run an old-time stationery store (if it broke even)? Pens, pencils, tablets, paper, etc.

    By the way, according to the Wild Tchoupitalis (spelling?) “Big Chief got a golden crown.”

  30. Sheila Ryan on March 11th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Cooper, I will be in Oak Park (Illinois) tomorrow. May I pick up anything for you when I stop by Pieritz Bros.?

    Oh, and — Tchoupitoulas. Close. The Wild Tchoupitoulas.

    Iko iko, dude.

  31. Cooper Renner on March 11th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Where I found you