Remember a few posts back where I outlined all the things that I’d do on my Staycation? Did I do any of those things? Not really, but I did watch all of the IT Crowd.
If you don’t know, the IT Crowd was a british sitcom about an IT department at a large, faceless corporation. Most of the humor doesn’t actually come from geeky, computer in-jokes, but from the interpersonal relationships with the characters. It’s really funny and it has some of the funniest comic acting I have ever seen.
Future Josh is going to put out a point detailing the network environment of the IT Crowd, so look forward to that, but in this post I wanted to talk about the set used on the show. I’m sure a lot has been said about it, but I wanted to have my say because it is pretty fantastic.
While the dialogue on the show is not littered with geek in-jokes and references, the main set is. It’s full of old computers, EFF stickers, action figures, table top board games, and posters. Hell, there’s even a poster from the web comic XKCD.
The set is really cool and some place that I would love to live, and that got me thinking about the place I actually live. It looks nothing like that. That’s not to say my place doesn’t look nice, it does but it’s not a patchwork quillt of nerd culture. Let me say this better, I do have quite the collection of comics and sci-fi novels, as well as comic art, but’s not shown off very well. The bookcases are very muted and don’t show off the few art books that I have. In fact, my personal collection doesn’t really have much in the way of art. If it doesn’t have a narrative, that is to say if it’s not a comic, book, or movie, I don’t have a lot of it. I don’t have a lot of action figures, or art books, or movie props, or art pieces.
I don’t have a lot of what I would call “static art.” Things that are just made to be looked at in and of themselves. This isn’t really a personal choice. I’d like to have a lot of that stuff around me for visual stimulation, I just don’t seem to have a lot of it. I guess that’s because most of it costs so damn much and you really have to know how to show it off or it’s just clutter.
I’m playing with bringing more of this sort of thing into my life. I’ve been playing with paper craft and I have a few statues that are pretty cheap. (I just can’t bring myself to drop $400 on a bust of Batman.)
I’ve always wanted a collection of interesting objects to show off. Something to let people know who I am and what I’ve done. I always figured I have something like that by now, but my life has only recently moved into a shape that could accommodate something like that.
Time will tell what my living room looks like in a years time. Who knows, it might end up looking like the show playing in it.