how do you say “feng shui” in danish?

Three of the most dangerous words in the English language: “Legitimate tax write-off.”


We took some time to redo the office in the back of the house last weekend.

I’ve been using the standing desk I got at the Borders going-out-of-business fire sale two and a half years ago, and it works just fine as a computer workstation, but it’s not the best work desk, at least not for my purposes. I write longhand a lot and then transcribe into the computer, so I need quite a bit of elbow room. In the past, that meant I had to do a lot of moving around between two different desks, one for handwriting and one for computer stuff.

Well, thanks to amazing Danish office technology, now I can do both at the same desk. I got an adjustable standing desk from ErgoDepot. It has a lot of working surface (it’s an L-shaped table top that’s roughly six by four feet on the long sides), and it moves up and down at the push of a button via electric motor. You can move it as low as 25″ and as high as 47″. Now I can set the desk to fit the task at hand, not the other way around.

And man, just look at that thing, with the spotlights above lighting up the work surface. It looks like it’s straight out of a goddamn IKEA catalog*. It looks like the space of a hip, professional writer dude who totally knows what he’s doing. In other words, the space of someone who isn’t me. But think about how much easier it will be for me to fake competence now.

*It’s not Ikea. I know this because the instructions were crystal-clear and it only took me twenty minutes to put the thing together.



5 thoughts on “how do you say “feng shui” in danish?

  1. If the clothes make the man, does the desk make the writer?

    (Double super cool bonus points for the recursive image on the monitor. 😀 )

    • The question is what things are missing from the monitor copy 😀
      I see an ipad missing, a writing slate, a note book, and thats without zooming in!

  2. Lay off the “I’m not a professional” stuff. You are selling books BEFORE you write them, people actually like what you write, and you can actually pay for the $$#@ desk! Congratulations, you are a professional write (step one), Now when you actually can make enough from your sales to do what you please, you’ll be a rock star writer (step two).