Post-punctuationism

August 21st, 2007 · 81 comments

Explains Sarah in New York City: “One lab in the building where I work has covered the walls outside their lab with candid photos of the lab members. Over time, some of these photos got some ‘modifications’ from passers-by, such as a mustache or horns here or there.  (Mature, I know.) Today, I noticed the photos were gone.” In their place…

To the budding Van Gogh of the floor. If I catch you doodling on OUR pictures it will NOT be your ear, I will cut. Come and see me! Love Jessie x7663

UPDATE: Sarah provides a look at the note in context. (Unfortunately, without the original “artwork.”)

To the budding Van Gogh of the floor. If I catch you doodling on OUR pictures it will NOT be your ear, I will cut. Come and see me! Love Jessie x7663

FILED UNDER: excessive underlining · graffiti · more aggressive than passive · New York · nonsensical spacing · not-so-veiled threats · office · signed with love · You call that punctuation?


81 responses so far ↓

  • #1   tweedle

    Buddy Van Gogh,,, Vincent’s brilliant but furtive young descendent, an art student, of the Schenectady Van Goghs.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   tweedle

    Comma abuse, I know.

    “descendant”

    Over and out.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Andy

    Wow. Comma abuse, but even taken whole, “If I catch you doodling on our pictures it will not be your ear I will cut.”

    So, are they going to cut their own ear off?

    Talk about life imitating art. I suggest that person makes sure the fume hood is on when doing those chloroform extractions, yo.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   jfruh

    What’s with the different colored markers? Is that even the same handwriting? Maybe the budding Van Gogh decided to add some inscrutable extra content to the note for his/her own mysterious purposes.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 10:54 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Mrs. Bender

    The least the woman could’ve done, for the sake of our eyes, is to print this out from a word document or something! I mean, it’s no dyslexic spider on crack, but the handwriting really bugs me!!

    Thanks Van Gogh…

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   PatHMV

    What’s up with the se _e_ me? Is sit just sloppy penmanship, or is the second “e” really supposed to be separated, and underlined all on its own?

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Nanna

    *snickering*

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   joobs

    Awww. The “Love Jessie” is such a sweet touch. I’m surprised there’s not a little heart over the i.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   joobs

    And the mix of capitals and lower case letters gives me a headache. Like she’s yelling, then she’s not, then she is, then she’s not.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   T-Bone

    Sensitive little lab people, aren’t they?

    What did the labbies think would happen to their picture gallery? Did the labbies display the pictures so anti-labbies walking down the hall could see them and say wistfully, “Gosh. They sure are having fun in there. I wish I too was a labbie!”

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   super_fan#99

    God I love the red marker. It makes it look deadly. Like “I dare you to fuck with me” kinda vibe going on.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   super_fan#99

    Oh man I just noticed that is not “xoxo” under Jessie’s name, it’s his extension. Wait, what is passive about this one again?

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Mrs. Bender

    @Pat – that was one of my biggest issues too! The whole “E” thing is very disconcerting to the eye.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Marissa

    This would have been brilliant if not for that one little comma.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   joobs

    Maybe the red ink is supposed to represent blood.

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   joobs

    bwahahahahaha!

    Aug 21, 2007 at 11:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   jamie

    “come and se e me!”

    haha! i even cracked up that “se e” was underlined. jessie will definitely cut off budding van gogh’s “e ar”!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   magpie

    aw i wish i had seen vangogh’s work

    Aug 22, 2007 at 2:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Mishee

    LMAO! HAHAHA, my coworkers are totally glaring at me! I’ve been playing on the computer all morning and i’ve have got a wicked case of the giggles…. i can’t stop laughing! Dang you PAN gods, HAHAHAHAHA. Ya’ll are gonna get me in trouble with the boss!!

    awwww, who am i kidding? I love this site. i can’t stay mad at you?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 4:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   ladybug

    “Candid” Photos? I would love to see those.. Mishee!!!!!!! Woot.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Susan

    Great note – I’d be hesitant to piss off anyone working in THAT lab. No telling what they’ll cut!

    Does anyone else get that Van Gogh cut his ear OFF, didn’t just cut it? When I read the note, my mind keeps wanting to insert the “off” at the end!

    BTW, chill out a little, Mishee – it’s a bit early for such enthusiasm!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 8:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   BoggyWoggy

    Me-thinks…some doodles were completed on FULL-LENGTH photos on display. Imagine what was being doodled down there! Har, har, har.
    I like mustaches and horns. Why do people get so upset about those?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Heather

    Are we thinking two people wrote the note, or just one deranged person?

    I’m confused as to why Jessie would make a point of asking someone to SEE her and then leave a phone extension.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   mere

    i want to see that same note in a week, because if the people who work there are anything like me, they will doodle on the note.
    i mean, it’s BEGGING for a random drawing/doodle.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Crytal

    are you sure that the red is from the original note writer and not from the person who adds to the pictures? and maybe the implication of cutting off genitals has made jessie write on the note to show the that original note writer is going to have a difficult time cutting off anything more daunting than an ear.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   joobs

    I wondered if we had a two-writer note also. But the E’s and the S’s look like the same handwriting, and also the lower-case d in ” COME ANd SE E ME” and “BuddiNG” is consistent.

    Hmmmm. Maybe I watch too much CSI.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Erin

    Mishee – A blogger can only post when there’s content to post. How about you spend some of your restless lonely morning hours hunting down material and submitting it?
    You could even come up with a plan to try to provoke some passive aggressive notes. Pile some dirty dishes in your co-workers’ sink. No, scratch that – we have enough of those. I bet you can come up with something better than dirty dishes, poopy loos, or noise complaints. This could be a great social experiment. See how far your co-workers are willing to be pushed. For comedic effect, I suggest targeting the most seemingly nice and tolerant person in your office.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   joobs

    And the way the note is taped up–all pooched and wrinkled–this person was seriously PISSED by what was drawn on her picture.

    I want to see the pics too, ladybug!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Al Hanso

    The two colours of pen confuse me.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   ijRoberts

    I would think that the doodling on pictures would be a GOOD thing. Normally “labbies” are pretty serious-going people. At least this shows they have a sense of humor!

    Unless, of course it wasn’t the actual labbies doing the doodling. Then I can see why they’re upset, because they don’t find anything funny.

    (All this is based off of an ex-roomie of mine, she was a labbie, and had NO sense of humor.)

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Writer, Rejected

    I love an agressive reference to the master, VG. At some basic level, I think this note is pretty brilliant.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:54 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Fraulein N

    I must admit, at first I was confused about whether this was another Jekyll-and-Hyde situation. What’s the deal with the two marker colors? I’m leaning toward Jessie being one of the doodlers looking to get some shit started, which if it’s true is kind of awesome. I’m hoping someone does in fact “se e” Jessie, and a fight breaks out between the doodlers and the labbies.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   will

    If you put pictures up, they will get altered. Jesse should accept that fact and move on without resorting to threats.

    I do give them credit for leaving an extension.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Mrs. Bender

    I wonder if all those coffee cups next to the door there are filled with murky, fly attracting liquids?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Fraulein N

    Coffee cups belong IN the laboratory, in case you care not to know.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   mere

    ^^
    mrs. b, one can only hope for something in those cups.
    something to distract the ‘labbies’ from the pictures…

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   D_luv

    I’m of the theory that Jessie is at least one member of the badass posse tagging labbie pics. That’s why she underlined the NOT and drew the line in the proverbial sand. The red is ballsy too — she probably spent the day in her own lab, beaker full of 5% hydrochloric acid at hand, ready for some action. Bring it, bi-yotch!

    PS: The “e” is underlined because that’s her what she makes in her lab — her drug of choice.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Mrs. Bender

    I also love the fact that there are all these pics of coworkers having fun, and they are surrounding two non-descript Caution signs – in my opinion if there is a need for a Caution sign then maybe it should be pretty eye catching and easy to see!! But that’s just me, right?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   super_fan#99

    There is only one note writer here, no doubt in mind. Look at the E’s, they are all the same.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   Andy

    Sarah, thanks for posting the photo wall.

    I’m not sure, but it looks like some of those coffee cups have some sort of murky, fly-attracting liquid in them.

    Though, I love the warning sign: carcinogens, biohazards, radiation… then you have the coffee cups. I’m a chemist, so that stuff amuses me, what can I say.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Jake

    Wait a minute, wasn’t it Van Dyck who painted all the little pointy beards in his paintings of royalty?

    Alas, he didn’t self-mutilate, so it really wouldn’t have worked for this note.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Kristen

    I think Anthony Grosso and/or Terry work in that lab. The handwriting is eerily similar. Jessie = Anthony = Terry?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Mrs. Bender

    Kristen the one thing that doesn’t support your theory though is that the “Y” is written correctly – if it was backwards I would wholeheartedly support your Terry=Jessie conclusion!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 2:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   the sos

    um. all the pics are hung up in sheet protectors. i’m betting the photo-defiler just wrote on the outside. while it would be a bit irritating to have to keep changing the sheet protectors, how hard would that be? then again, the cost of tuition is rising…coincidence? you be the judge.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 3:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   the sos

    also, a post-grad who uses the word “doodle” cracks me up.

    and lastly, i’ll bet said “doodler” is probably the chair of the dept or some other highly important/brilliant prof with a warped sense of humor.

    or it could be val kilmer wearing alien antennae.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 3:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   joobs

    Umm, maybe murky liquids in beakers scare me a bit, but I have problem with the geeky lab pictures almost covering the caution signs. 2 more pics, and signs won’t be seen! I could accidentally walk through that door and turn my insides an iridescent green.

    I know a fire marshall who would LOVE to see that door.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 3:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   the sos

    real mishee i’m lmao at your post. reminiscent of office space.

    “i’m a people person, goddammit! i deal with the goddam customers. i have people skills!”

    Aug 22, 2007 at 4:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   lauralaiwc

    why would someone want to mimic someone with nothing better to do than comment on blogs all day? doesnt make much sense to me. not much to flatter.

    fighting on the internet is like winning the special olympics…

    oh, im not even going to finish that one.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   getoveryourself

    Hahaha!
    Does post #56 remind you of Stuart Smalley from the old SNL or what?!
    “People like me!”

    It’s like “Daily Affirmations with Mishee!”

    Also, you want oxymoronic? How about this:
    ” . . . First of all, I capitalize, punctuate, and actually know how to spell . . .”
    combined with this:
    ” . . . I still have fun seeing all of this adviSe to me from these other people . . .”
    in the same damn post!

    On second thought, Mishee, don’t get a life.
    Who else would inadvertently keep us laughing all day?!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   Mishee

    ox·y·mo·ron \ˌäk-sē-ˈmȯr-ˌän\

    : a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness);

    I believe the word you are looking for is hypocritical? And who says that all the laughing you are doing at me is inadvertent on my part?

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Mishee

    And for the definition of oxymoronic please see http://www.m-w.com

    Thank you Terry

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   sheila

    post 56 . . .
    ha, you said “suitors.”
    jane austen called, she wants her lingo back.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   joobs

    Maybe a better word is “ironic.” Like how ironic it is when someone with a fake name on the internet tells someone else to get a life. But it didn’t have the word “moron” in it, which is what above mentioned fake named internet person seems like when they type the phrase “get a life.”

    Meh. All this gives me cravings for a nice cup of murky liquid. Plus, I gotta go cook for the old man now. Later!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 6:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   Nattie

    Copy paper…..copy room….::snaps fingers:: I GEDDIT!!!

    And #80, I think Mishee(s) is making a great contribution to the site because she’s causing some vaguely passive agressive and just downright aggressive comments to be written. Circle of life…

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   DUH

    Why is it every new post degrades into a pathetic attempt to boost one’s comment count and get their name on the front page? Comment and move on, people.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Nattie

    I heard a rumour that Ghandi had a very nasty temper when people left the copy paper next to the mugs of yellow mystery fluid, so I don’t feel I can answer that.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   Mishee

    Well he of all people should know that the copy paper goes in the copy room… I thought he was smarter than that!!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   Amanda

    Let’s play the quiet game… I think I know who will lose!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Craniac

    I’ve been monitoring the postings all day. Seems like we’re on a train that’s gotten off the tracks.

    Back to the original subject, I believe there is only one writer, Jessie — look at the Es, ds, and Ns. The red ink is just for angry emphasis. And note how she insists the photos are OUR photos. My theory is that it was not OUR photos, but photos exclusively of Jessie herself that got vandalized, and that’s why she’s particularly mad. She’s just trying to enlist the whole community in her tirade, like any good P/A.

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Foxtrot

    It looks like the vandal made the additions in red ink and is trying to provoke a heated exchange. They should have a duel with electron microscopes at high noon to settle their beef. Team Tagger vs. Team Labcoat

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   dirty old lady

    Craniac-

    I think you’re right; it’s just Jessie’s pictures that are being vandalized. Also, Jessie has delusions of grandeur, and is using the royal “we.” Had the doodler had the good sense to doodle a royal crown or sceptre, that would’ve been a different matter entirely. But Her Jessieness objects to the doodled-on devil horns, facial hair and buck teeth. :D

    Aug 23, 2007 at 7:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   dirty old lady

    But she follows up her stern reprimand with love, because she is a benevolent Jessie. ;)

    Aug 23, 2007 at 7:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   Mrs. Bender

    Super_fan – here’s #95 for ya!

    As for Jessie, one of the things I don’t get is that she must have decided after switching pens that not only did she feel OUR needed to be underlined, but NOT needed THREE underlines. If I had written this, I think I would’ve underlined the word EAR, that’s the word in the sentence that I feel needs to be emphasized, but that’s just me!

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Mandy

    Dear Total Dorks Who Are Taking the COMMENTS On a Website About Passive Aggression WAY TOO SERIOUSLY,

    Don’t get your head-gear in a knot. Okay? Calm down, watch ‘Star Wars’ again, and don’t forget to apply your Proactiv before you go back to middle school today. Thanks Terry.

    (brought to you by the council for team mishee)

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   T-Bone

    Labbie-Doodle: noun. 1. A photograph of a lab worker, on which a mustache or a black eye has been drawn; 2. A cute mixed-breed dog.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 9:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   girl1

    to Jordan: if you are a man, i want to marry you! i didn’t know anyone else in the world could accurately quote billy madison like i can!
    great work!
    to Mishee (re: #80): that is certainly not a compliment. you are an annoyance & no one is laughing with you, my dear.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 10:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   lauralaiwc

    lol. doesnt hating haters make you a hater, too? go easy on the self-loathing, kiddos.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 10:56 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   Elmoosh

    #75 — Billy Madison! Good one.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   Mierin

    ALRIGHT CLASS
    Everyone is staying in 10 minutes after the bell has rung for your OFF TOPIC JABBERING.
    Anyone posting something NOT directly related to the PA note, or not regarding a post that comments on a PA note loses their morning recess.
    Mishee, I am sending a note home to be signed by your parents that says you are no longer allowed to bring caffeinated beverages for lunch, AND that you’ve been feeding your ritalin to the class rabbit. Please don’t try and forge this one, your father does not dot his Is with hearts.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 4:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   Mishee

    …But my mother does! HAHA!

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   Mandy

    beaux! (=

    bitchin’.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   Mandy

    Maybe we have to ramble on about Mishee and the a-holes who seem to feel the need to attack her because this PA is lame!

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #73   Mandy

    “p.s. i hold a masters degree in psychology & i truly believe from what i’ve seen that you have borderline personality disorder. may i reccomend a wonderful book to you: “i hate you, don’t leave me” by Kreisman & Straus”

    No offense- but gag me.

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #74   Mishee

    Mandy, I looked up the book – I did a self diagnosis (which is better than a remote one in my opinion) and I don’t think I had PAD…

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #75   joobs

    I hold no degree, but can capitalize AND spell “recommend.”

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #76   Mishee

    but after this posting I might!

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #77   Mishee

    joobs, you are by far my favoriteist person on here!

    Aug 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #78   claw71

    The note is disturbing enough. I don’t like the idea that somebody with the obvious rage containment issues revealed in this note has access to the hazardous materials contained in this lab.

    However, I’m also concerned with the complete lack of professionalism deomstrated here. The pictures certainly draw attention from the warning sign and the cart with the groceries and dirty mugs should be farther away from the door. This place is begging for an accident.

    I think this is how The Stand started.

    Aug 24, 2007 at 3:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #79   Craniac

    #119 Ella: That’s hilarious! Why didn’t someone think of that before.

    Aug 25, 2007 at 7:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #80   joobs

    Why do I feel like I’m leaning when I read that?

    Aug 27, 2007 at 11:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #81   philsilvers

    oh my, ella……you have demonstrated a PERFECT example of a passive/aggressive note……i love it…..just think of the time & trouble you went to……you had to write out the note, scan it into the computer, upload it & then rush on here to post the link…..it appears others besides misha need to get a life…..i can’t believe some of you get so hostile about something so unimportant…..

    Sep 20, 2007 at 12:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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