Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Best Newspaper Staff Game in Town

There is something going on that is totally awesome but that none of us will ever really know how it ends, and so it is also sad. New Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers not long ago assigned her staff to report profiles of a coworker, as an exercise (or as an evaluation?) and many people there are taking it dead serious, which is great. Like, people are asking their coworkers about finances and grilling their friends and acquaintances and basically calling up their parents. And reading everything they've ever written. This has the opportunity to tear the office apart and/or unite it! Or both, and likely in a good way! So fun, so dramatic, so living on the edge. You can learn so much about people by how they behave in this situation. It's like a game of Clue! Or a little like that Stanford prison experiment! Best idea ever.

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Maggie (#24)

But who was assigned Spiers?

KarenUhOh (#19)

Darn you, I had that same comment locked and loaded.

But yeah. Do tell.

zidaane (#373)

Hey Elizabeth, I just got the genetic test kit back and you'll never believe who's not really your parent.

Paige (#21)

Sucks for any Observer staffers who fake died in the Korean War

@Paige That's terrific.

BadUncle (#153)

It's easier to randomly accuse your colleagues of stealing. Oh, the larks.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Balk's profile of Cho would seek to uncover the dark and terrifying truth behind the Awl publisher's lifelong antipathy toward literal representations of leatherworking devices.

Bettytron (#575)

I JUST watched that episode of Parks & Rec last night!

@Bettytron I will play, too. [someone tell me how to make the cool little in-line mp3 player thing]

Either my wishing made it so or it does it automatically. Neat!

ianf (#11,118)

@sorry your heinous – what did you do, dropped in mp3-suffixed URL into the comment body? (incidentally, it renders fine, but doesn't play for me, because of lack of permissions – could be regional, East Coast thing?)

@ianf First, I tried just putting the URL in there (that may work), but then I put in a link (<a>) to the mp3. Sometime after the "edit countdown" was over, the little player appeared. Beyond that, I have no idea why it wouldn't play for you. If you go direct to the link maybe it will give some indication of what's going wrong?

ianf (#11,118)

@sorry your heinous – don't worry about it, not your responsibility.
These interconnected tubes of ours are global, while permissions
for discrete files often are local, or restricted in some fashion. As
part of weeding out potentially harmful HTML commands from the
submitted comment TheAwl's backend/ server parses the body prior
to posting, and substitutes inline MP3-player for mp3-suffixed links.
Like this – which is the
error message (a picture served as .mp3), that I am getting over here.

(Alternatively, direct link to the same GIF?)

illinB (#107)

In Institutionalized Awkwardness news, Secret Santa just got demoted.

laurel (#4,035)

@jackvinyl Yeah, but this year the gifts are going to be spot on.

dado (#102)

Still beating a dead horse?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Live horses welcome.

@dntsqzthchrmn Goodbye horses, I'm flying over you.

Matt (#26)

Does this mean it's okay to say rude things about everyone's parents' Google Alerts again?

Spiers (#12)

Well, "dead serious" isn't quite the phrase I would use. And it's definitely not an evaluation.

But it certainly won't be the last questionable idea I have. Too bad you're not still here. I could have assigned you Foster.

DennyCrane (#1,803)

We did a similar exercise at my college paper, except we made stuff up. MUCH more interesting.

Azi Paybarah (#10,244)

@DennyCrane i'm not ruling anything out!

Azi Paybarah (#10,244)

@DennyCrane i'm not ruling anything out.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Azi Paybarah Now with a comma!

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