Writing from May 2009

Pretend Office

Apparently it’s National Office Week and I can think of no more depressing an occasion than this to tell you about Pretend Office. For a couple of months myself and some friends and strangers have been communicating via a mailing list as if it’s the “everyone@” company-wide list in an office where we all work. You can read the archives (here’s the first post) and follow the RSS feed. I’m told it’s quite funny.


In Misc on 11 May 2009. 9 comments. Permalink

Email improvisation

Yesterday I described how Pretend Office, the company-wide mailing list for an imaginary company, came about. I also want to write about the parallels between taking part in this fiction and improvising on stage. It’s striking how similar both activities are.


In Acting, Misc on 12 May 2009. Permalink

Mailman Archive Scraper

While I’m banging on about Pretend Office I thought I’d point out the Python script I wrote to re-publish the mailing list’s private archive into a semi-anonymised public location in case it’s of use to anyone else sometime.


In Web Development on 13 May 2009. 6 comments. Permalink