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Monday, January 7, 2013

Standing Desk

My New Year's resolution for 2013 is to get right with my back, so yesterday I converted my workstation into a standing desk.

It's tough to see without me for scale (and with the monitor and sunny window blowing the contrast) but I used this cheap Ikea-hacked solution (<$30) which rests atop my previous Ikea Frankendesk.

I'm looking into a gel mat to soften the tile floor a bit but currently I'm just wearing running shoes.

So far I've listed a box of books and here I am writing a blog post so it seems like standing is working out so far.

This actually brings me back to my early bookselling days when I stood all day--sporting a name tag and worn out khakis--and fetched gift books for the barely literate. That has mixed appeal obviously but I choose to focus on the memory of being limber, relatively skinny and in my early 20s.

I'm not going to lie, I am 100% looking forward to sitting down with a movie over lunch but the contrast will add some zing to my day.

And because I can't let anything stay healthy and productive for long, my next project is to pick up a PC arcade stick and turn my desk into a Sinistar emulator.

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