Wanken & Designspiration Office

There is always something good about having a very comfortable office. This is the offices of Wanken & Designspiration for working all types of media. Taking photographs and plastering all over the wall for inspiration, I really like that idea, and thinking of applying to my office. Its interesting that he uses the Yashica and the iPhone as his photography tools, I have equipment laying around but not as utilized or organized yet.

Wanken originally started as a video production venture by brother and myself in 2004. After a while video production become less of an interest so I took Wanken and ran with it in a different direction involving design and photography. The first versions of Wanken.com were interesting to say the least–full flash sites with intros and hit counters. When the blog started it was only photography but soon after, my interests evolved; architecture and graphic design became more prominent.


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The Office with Will Ferrel

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Will Ferrell has committed to a four-episode arc on NBC’s comedy The Office. He will play a branch manager who comes from the home office and is just as inappropriate as Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character.

I have been following The Office for some time now and Michael Scott is a fixture in the tv show, for 7 seasons he has been one of the core characters of the show and seeing him leave the office feels very strange, it won’t be the same. I was honestly shocked that they got Will Ferrel to play his conterpart, the new manager, and I don’t know how much longer the show will continue but it seems its going to take a different path, and the other day’s episode was pretty good. Seeing the difference of these two guys was very entertaining and I’m looking forward to the few episodes left of the office.

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Production I.G. Studio – Anime Office

I always wonder what an Anime production company’s office looks like and this time there is a look into Production I.G. Thankfully Danny Choo has gone into this Anime Company and taken a look at their offices and how they work. Production I.G. have made some well known anime and one of my favorite being Sengoku Basra, and they are currently making Sengoku Basra 2 which I am very much looking forward to watching as soon as its out. I always thought that it would be very cool to work in an Anime Studio

They are also responsible for one of the greatest anime movies of all time, Ghost In the Shell! I even remember watching it on a Manga Video when I bought it from Tower Records in Whiteleyes in Bays Water, London. That used to be my main source for videos back in the early 90s, I would walk to the basement and pile up some videos from the anime section. They even have their own cafeteria so I’m assuming the company is doing pretty well. I wish they would sell some of those art cels, I would buy them in a heartbeat, they would be very cool on a wall, I have seen one restaurant with anime cels and I wish I could take them off the wall.

Link: Culture Japan


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Moleskine HQ-2

Offices of Moleskine is always worth visiting, and this time around WhereWeDesign have taken a look of their offices. I’m not sure of which office this is but its just as nice as the Moleskine Italy HQ from my previous post. I would want to grab and use all those notepads on those shelves, I love that certain colors mean certain things, I got used to their labeling. I wonder what other ideas they have in the works, I just recently placed an order Moleskine Folio Cover for the iPad, but its out of stock but hopefully I will get it as they restock. Moleskines you can never have enough of them.

Link: WhereWeDesign


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Office Reorganization

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Cable management is a headache that I have to deal with, and its one of the major problems that I have to deal with it. After some time I’m gonna reorganize my machines and all the connections since there are a few redundant items that I need to get rid off. I want to run all the wires together to make sure they all fit perfectly instead of the gridlock that I get to behind my desk.

Now I want to upgrade from my 22″ inch screens to the new Dell 27″ inch screens which are amazing. But I have to email the manufacturer to see if the Ergotron dual screen mount can left the weight of each.

Then I have a lot of CDs & DVDs in storage, the DVDs I want to keep but the CDs I honestly don’t want to keep. And I’m too damn lazy to rip them to the computer. So I have to figure out what I want to do with them. I only buy a few CDs every 6 months now, but the ones I have are really old and I only wanted one or two tracks from them.

Office Depot

Since opening in Kuwait I have been to Office Depot a few times, its not 10% of the size of the Office Depots I have seen in the states but its a good change to have inside the Mall. Its come to the point where Avenues is majority clothing or food and not much else, but Office Depot is a refreshing change and I wanted to pass by to pick up some post its and paper since I was heading to the Avenues in the first place.

Its good they have a nice selection of printers, with Brothers being the one with the most features and more reasonable pricing. I like how they have a huge selection of paper and the different kinds of packaging and folders that you can have, I picked up an expandable plastic folder to use to organize my bills and other paper work. I can’t resist looking at USBs and external hard drives and they had a nice selection. Another part of the store that I really like is the pen and pencil section, I’m very particular about pens and pencils, I like to have ones which have a certain amount of ink when used on paper and how it feels. Then there was the calculator section which reminded me of my old scientific calculator and having to store formulas in the memory and all. Overall there should be a few different stores within the mall and its desperately needing a change, maybe a big book store would really help.


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Clean Up

I did some major clean up today, I got fed up with the lack of space I have and the pile up of papers. For some reason I had papers which I really didn’t need and magazines from three to four years ago which I have no clue why I kept, I flipped through them and threw them away. Then I turned my attention to the DVD stacks I had. I decided to turn all my attention to DVD stacks I have in the basement and a majority of them are DVD copies which I bought over the years. In 2007 I bought a few DVD copies but since then I didn’t buy any at all, some were DVD rips, some were shaky cameras and they drove me nuts, didn’t feel like driving back to Hawally and complaining.

  • 164 Crappy DVDs = 246 KD (@1.5KD per DVD)

As I was cleaning up I found a stack of HD-DVDs from some of the movies that I did buy and think they are worth keeping. I still think these movies are a keeper, but who would have thought there would be a media war like the one we lived through. As for people like us who are early adopters are considered casualties of that war, I still don’t regret buying these movies.

HD-DVDs:

  • King Kong
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revlotuions
  • Blade Runner
  • Batman Begins
  • Bourne Identity
  • Bourne Supremacy
  • Bourne Ultimatum
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Army of Darkness