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  • Office Art, part II

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by
    The HostGator offices seem to foster the expression of creativity throughout.  The works of art shared herein are all relatively new art installations within our respective thunderdomes.  I have faith that my colleagues will continue to provide plenty of fodder for many more Office Art blog posts. Our first piece here comes once again from the IT Department in the Houston office, whom you may remember also supplied us with the meme wall from Part I of our Office Art series.  As with their last offering, this work of art is also shrouded in mystery.  This piece can be best described as "fake deer head, wearing sunglasses and HostGator lanyard, accompanied by 'forever alone guy' meme."  Clearly, this is modern art.  We cannot stress enough that the deer head here is made out of plastic, because we Gators do not harm living creatures.   Throughout our office, you'll find conveniently located maps of the building that show you were you are and where the stairwells and fire exits are; standard fare for most office buildings:   These maps are fairly nondescript and likely don't get noticed much.  However, recently one of our Admins took notice not only to the map, but in the fact that our building shares it's fundamental shape with, well, the B-2 Bomber.  In order to illustrate this similarity, the following was thus posted directly beneath one of the office maps:   If nothing else, at least now we know which parts of our building are visible on radar and which parts aren't. Our next picture is of something that has been a staple at the Houston office for as long as anyone can remember, though we know not of its origins.  This lil fella has been relocated from time to time, though he tends to hang out near one of the Supervisor stations.  He has been adorned with the wig and beanie relatively recently, but the "Miss America" sash and WordPress button have been longtime accessories.  Additionally, whenever stray money is found around the office, it generally ends up tucked into the diaper(?) there, with a total accumulation of about $8 thus far:   We will conclude this edition of our Office Art series with a trip back to Austin, where there seems to be an affinity for the egregious use of Post-It notes, as we have seen in prior blog posts. Once again, someone's desk has been "customized" in their absense:   Stay tuned for future offerings in our gripping Office Art series.
  • Office Shenanigans

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by
    It is true that, from time to time, a fair amount of shenanigans can take place in any given HostGator office. We work hard and we play hard; we wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes, these aforementioned shenanigans get photographically documented. On a long enough timeline, most of these photographs will find their way to me and thus will eventually end up here, for you. Though I am gifted with the images, I am not always privy to the story behind the images.  Such is the case with this first picture.  Sam here is one of our developers.  I'm going to ignore the fact that he appears to be wearing a pink snout with matching crown and instead focus on the other things shown in the picture.  Notice the single-shot Nerf gun waiting at the ready directly in front of him.  There is a dart in the chamber and you can see the gray firing mechanism at the bottom of the handle is engaged.  Also notice that the upper corner of each of his monitors have been shot with darts; Sam has clearly come under (friendly?) fire which would explain his blatant display of firearm.  I am unable to postulate a reasonable explanation for the disco ball box to his left, so I'll just leave that alone.  His geopolitical affiliations seem to be represented by a series of flags, though note that directly above him is his primary allegiance as displayed by the cut-out Snappy:   This next image, I just have no idea.  Though wearing flip-flops to a battle to this nature might seem inadvisable, if you could shoot lightning out of your hand then perhaps you would also want to simply dress for comfort:   Zed here was a special guest one night, and sadly was only able to complete work on a single shift; aptly, it really truly was on the Graveyard shift.  Of note, the Nerf dart affixed to his lanyard; apparently Zed took a shot in the back of the neck during his shift:   Does your office tend to stray into the ridiculous from time to time as well? Please tell us about it (or show us!) in the comments section.
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  • Office Art

    Monday, July 16, 2012 by

    We recently shared with you some art that had been sent to us by our beloved Customers.  HostGator employees have also been known to create some works of art around the offices as well... sometimes when no one else is looking.  Before we begin our actual Gator-created art tour, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you  our Lego sign that is currently displayed in our Houston office.  The sign was created by well-known artist Nathan Sawaya.  I don't know if the picture does it justice, but it's a truly impressive piece of Lego craftsmanship:

      Back in 2009, this was created by one of our more artistically-inclined Chat Agents and placed near one of the Supervisor stations in the Houston office.  It remains there to this day, ever-present to remind us to always be doing the needful:   The story of our next piece is somewhat shrouded in mystery.  It began, innocently enough, with a recycling can in the Austin office.  A few individuals had apparently not noticed that it was labeled for recycling and thus deposited their refuse into that particular receptacle.  In order to facilitate a more organized recycling vs. trash situation, some good Samaritan taped the "This Is Not A Trash Can" sign above the can.  Shortly thereafter, an unknown assailant attached the "You're right.  It's a wall" sign.  I do want to take the time to point out the grammatically correct use of "you're" as opposed to "your" that was exercised there.  It's important to use proper grammar when trolling, as in life.  Speaking of trolling, the wall was ultimately graced with the internet-famous, and now iconic, Trollface.  As you can see in the picture below, this simple reminder to not litter in the recycle can has blossomed into a community work of art:   The next exhibit in our little showcase here comes from the IT Department in the Houston office.  No one seems to know the actual origins of this piece, though it is speculated that this work of art was installed directly from the Internet, somehow.  It contains a vast collection of characters from current and past memes.  Trollface makes yet another appearance, as does Pokerface and Rageface... there's even a couple that cannot be named in order to maintain the PG13 rating of our blog.  Though you can certainly test your Internet meme savvy-ness by how many you can name:   We travel back to our Austin office for these final two works of art, both of the post-it note variety.  The first is apparently the results of a Supervisor station being left unattended for too long; likely the Supervisor in question left for lunch and returned to, well, this:   As to be expected, we certainly saved the best piece for last.  If you happen to not know what Nyan Cat is, on one hand you might be able to consider yourself fortunate, but on the other hand this next work of art will then make about as much sense to you as a hybrid cat/pop-tart that travels throughout the universe on a rainbow.  If you're unfamiliar (and feeling brave), you may want to take a moment to experience this YouTube video (presently over 73 Million views) before we proceed, so that you can fully appreciate the artistic merit of the final piece of our tour.  Apparently, some of our Austin Gators got their hands on a pad or two of colored Post-It notes and, well, this happened:   Thank you very much for taking our quick tour.  Please exit through the gift shop.  Feel free to tell your friends about our exhibit, as we are open 24 hours a day!
  • May We See Your ID, Please? Part II

    Friday, June 29, 2012 by
    Our initial offering of some of the fake IDs that we are sent by individuals attempting to open fraudulent hosting accounts was so well-received, that we've decided to share another batch of these gems with you.  Once again, credit goes to our ever-vigilant Pending Department who are the front-line defense against those who would attempt to pass these documents off as genuine. Our first contribution is actually a passport.  The curious thing about this particular passport is not necessarily that this gentleman is named Susan, but rather he is named both Susan and Tyrone.  United States passports clearly show your name in two different places; to the right of the picture and below it.  So, he's Susan on the right and Tyrone underneath:   Traveling can be stressful.  Valuable is the friend with whom you are able to embark on long journeys.  In light of that, I'd very much like to take a trip with Mr. Happy Traveler:   Here we have a two-fer.  This person may, or may not, be named either Caroline or Chris.  Additionally, they may or may not be a resident of either New York or Minnesota.  Either way, they won't be hosting with us:   What is the most appropriate way to follow up a two-fer?  Well, with a three-fer, of course! The truth is that, as a whole, Vietnam is one of the worst offenders with regard to fraud that we encounter. Here we have three separate instances that all used the same fake ID, with the same pictures that appears to have been taken from perhaps someone's old MySpace page:   We begin the celebrity portion of our program here with Paula, who looks eerily like Trey Parker of South Park fame:   Absolutely no idea why Justin Timberlake has the words "Baby 4 Ever" emblazoned across his Pennsylvania ID, though it is suspected that it is in some way related to his continuing mission of, in fact, bringing sexy back:   So... many... jokes... for... this... ID! I just can't choose the best way to express the total lack of tiger-blood-infused non-winning:   As always, we save the best for last.  Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you... the one, the only... the King himself, Mr. Elvis Presley!  He's alive, and he wants to host with HostGator!:   And Elvis has now left the building!         Want to see some more fake IDs?
  • An Intruder

    Monday, April 30, 2012 by
    Recently, HostGator began our transition into a new building in Houston.  Presently, we occupy two floors while the remaining floors continue to be built out.  Our Houston buildings are only a short distance apart, in fact you can see each from the other.  The geography makes it convenient to dispatch teams from one building to the other, as needed.  Though we've been executing practice drills of this nature for many years, some of us veterans had grown complacent, thinking there would never be any true need to exercise our finely-honed emergency-response skills. As explained in the recent Internet Speak post, one of the primary means of inter-office communication is via instant message and conference rooms.  The story told here will be best conveyed via excerpts from these conference rooms, for historical accuracy. Saturday April 21st, 2012 was a day not unlike any other. Until the late afternoon brought with it a distress call received from HTX2: (04:59:18 PM) Sundeep: we have a situation at the new building. The years of training immediately roused the team from their aforementioned complacency and they began gathering the necessary data in order to spring into action, like a... spring... that goes... into action!  The situation was explained further: (05:00:18 PM) Sundeep: My windows programmer is working out of there, programming, minding his own business and a possum just walked into his office and is chilling in the corner... It was now clear that an intruder had successfully breached our security perimeter, gained entry into HTX2 and was now on the hunt for our Windows Development Team.  We had heard stories, but never believed them to be true, of this type of industrial espionage in the early days of web hosting, but we thought our parents were just trying to scare us with those tales.  This was actually happening!  The initial fear experienced by the team was quickly replaced with resolve; they've been trained, they could handle this! (06:44:07 PM) Steve: soooooo (06:44:25 PM) Steve: what do we do if we need to remove an opossum from the new building? (06:44:37 PM) Steve: anyone have the number for animal control? (06:44:46 PM) Steve: should I call Farrar? Fortunately, we have several former members of the United States military on staff. Brendan, one of our Migrations Supervisors, quickly assembled a strike force of fearless warriors who were mentally and physically prepared to meet this threat head-on and save not only HTX2, but likely even the entire world, from certain destruction.  As the strike force mounted up at the designated staging area at HTX1, tensions were understandably running quite high in anticipation of the five-minute trip to HTX2.  This is what all those years of training were leading up to; this was the time to shine! The ride to HTX2 was sprinkled with nervous laughter as the team prepared themselves for what would prove to be an undeniably epic battle.  The Band of Brothers pulled into the HTX2 parking lot amidst screams of fear emanating from the building.  Grown men were sobbing uncontrollably, it was utter bedlam! The team entered the building to the tune of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, or maybe it was the Theme from Rocky... either way, their senses heightened in preparation for the battle.  Upon exiting the elevator, they transformed into the warriors they had been trained to be.  The actual battle was brief, though glorious!  Unfortunately, the mere English language does not contain the necessary words to accurately describe the briefness and gloriousness of this particular battle, so we simply cannot appropriately describe it herein.  Trust us, though, brief and glorious it was!  The briefest and most glorious of any battle ever fought since the dawn of time, pretty much. When the dust settled, HostGator's strike force was declared victorious; the beast was sated and peace restored to HTX2 and the surrounding countryside. (07:36:44 PM) Steve: Brendan has returned victorious from animal control detail (07:37:39 PM) Brendan: I should win the HG medal of valor though (07:51:23 PM) Jon: Brendan, on behalf of HostGator, I award you one whole internet It was a triumphant return to HTX1 for our heroes.  Three separate ticker-tape parades, sailors kissing ladies, like in that famous old picture of a sailor kissing a lady.  Special colored wristbands were immediately procured to celebrate the remembrance of this spectacular event. As the sun set on this most momentous of days, our warriors faded back into their more traditional roles.  However, not only did they gain One Whole Internet today, but also the knowledge that no task was too large, no creature too vicious and no battle too insurmountable for the team at HostGator. It should go without saying, but we still want to make it known for the record, that the little guy was captured and released back into the wild unharmed and that no animals shall ever be harmed in the making of this blog.
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