What is a “Cultural Object”?

[More thoughts on The Rackspace Book…] 6. ROB LA GESSE Rob La Gesse is the groovy cat who first hired gapingvoid at Rackspace. He’s also the guy who hired my friend, Robert Scoble. He’s a lot like me and Scoble, i.e. very much his own man, very much an individual. I suppose that’s why we […]

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The Rackspace Book

 [Screenshot of the cartoon showcase page we did for Racks­pace etc.] I’ve started writing a book about gapingvoid’s experience working with Rackspace. Here are some initial thoughts, some more formed than others: i. WE’VE LEARNED A TON IN THE PROCESS. I thought I’d share what we’ve lear­ned about Racks­pace along the way, about how this small little […]

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A brand’s first job is to be interesting. Aligned brands are far more interesting than brands that just want somebody else’s money.

Here are some pictures Rob La Gesse sent me– people at Rackspace who downloaded my cartoons off the web, printed them out and hung them on their walls. “Crap jobs are created by other people, dream jobs you make yourself” and “Life is short, Make it amazing”. No “Reason Why” to buy the Rackspace product. […]

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“don’t be normal”

There seems to be a conversation happening internally at my client, Rackspace. Spearheaded by people like Robert Scoble and the guy who hired him (and who also hired me), Rob La Gesse. “Don’t be normal”. Who wants a “normal” job, anyway? Who wants a “normal” employer, anyway? Who wants a “normal” life, anyway? Exactly. So […]

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“sure, we all need money. but I think we need chemistry more.”

[“Hugged”, which went out earlier this year in the newsletter. You can buy the print here etc.] I love the backstory to the “Hug” cartoon above: My mother, in her day, was a very successful education software consultant. “Have you hugged your client today?” was her line, not mine. She always had about 6-10 Blue […]

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rackspace cube grenade 01

A cube grenade I drew for Rob La Gesse, Scoble’s boss over at Rackspace. [UPDATE: Rob blogs about it here as well.] [Feel free to download the high-res version here.] Disclosure: I’m currently doing a wee bit of consulting work for Rackspace. This cartoon was inspired after talking to La Gesse the other day. He […]

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