About

The world is a ridiculous place. In my relatively short life I’ve come to realize this, and Sharkables is my way of sharing all the observations, insights, survival tips, and boredom alleviators that I employ to make myself a more successful (or at least more entertained) human being. I then illustrate these points by using little gaping mouth sharks in business casual attire.

I’m a big believer that real entertainment isn’t on TV, its jam-packed in your everyday life. It’s the guy ahead of you in the grocery line who bought 10 jars of mayonnaise because they were BOGO, its that annoying intern with the high pitched voice who mispronounces the company’s name,Β its your dog’s awkward habit of sucking on his stuffed beaver-toy’s face. I believe everyone has an incredibly entertaining life, far superior to any TV sitcom, because it’s real. You just have to learn to see it that way. That’s what my sharks are about.

And why sharks? Somehow they emerged as my coping mechanism for brutally long and boring meetings. I found that drawing the manager who just ripped me a new one as an adorably retarded looking shark in a suit and tie was a surprisingly effective mood lifter. I would share these doodles, but the majority of them are done all over company-sensitive information, and that might be perceived as a no-no. And yes, at the end of every meeting my hand-outs generally look like they were given to an attention-deficit 12 year old, but I don’t think this has negatively impacted my career, yet.

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43 Responses to “About”

  1. Anonymous November 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    In college (the same as yours of course) I spent endless hours in a crystallograghy course studying the atomic symmetry of materials. I spent most of the lecture sketching and very little taking actual written notes. After two weeks, I came to class with plain white drawing paper instead of lined note paper or that horror of engineering, quadrille paper. It worked better for the situation, and I;m glad to say I was the only one of that class of clods to transition to art paper. When I became completely bored drawing another morphology of aluminum,, I found myself sketching (rather unflatteringly) the other students in the class. It was entertaining and a way to get through awake. I never showed them to anyone.
    By the way, I catch myself doodling now in any staff meeting over 15 mins.

    • sharkables November 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      I just googled the morphology of aluminum to picture what your doodles might’ve looked like… I still can’t picture it (it’s kind of like when the engineers talk techincal in my meetings and I start hearing white noise between my ears). I did find this cool looking morphology CHANDELIER though! http://goo.gl/BQQWi

      • Anonymous November 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

        Aluminum and its low alloys are face center cubic structures, more densely packed that say low alloy steels which are body center cubic. (cast iron is actually much less pure that steel, go figure). Anyway, I wonder if you’ve guessed who I am?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FCC_primative-cubic_cells.svg

  2. sharkables November 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Oh of course, of course…crazy low allow aluminums. I actually have guessed who you are! I wish I could say I cleverly put it together from the alma mater and obscure engineering references, but your email address gave it away haha

    • Leticia November 17, 2012 at 3:20 am #

      Posted on Yo, thanks for the shout-out! Part 3 is parobbly coming sooner rather than later, detailing JLA #111 and bringing people back up on to speed on Libra (who DC has been pushing as a factor in FC recently). That’s his one and only appearance, and there’s a lot there to suggest connections with G-Mo’s themes.Again, glad to hear you liked it!

  3. Anonymous November 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    damnable email address!
    Hope you and your better are doing well.
    Love you both.
    And really, keep up this good work. the Dilbert guy started with less.
    – u. g.

  4. Dounia November 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Great blog and great about page! I definitely agree with you about the real entertainment being in our every day lives! Observing people and situations around you can provide quite a bit of amusement and sometimes even food for thought.

    • sharkables November 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks! My thoughts exactly, I think real life is infinitely more entertaining than most people give it credit for

  5. Dev November 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    You have a really interesting blog here.
    Even the name is attractive enough to force a second glance πŸ™‚

    • sharkables November 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      Why thank you! It is kind of a sexy banner isn’t it? Not that I can actually take credit for doing it, it was a gift, but still…

    • brittanysopinion November 23, 2011 at 12:35 am #

      Agreed! What a random little gem of writing I have come across!

  6. Eden November 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Great illustrations πŸ™‚

    • sharkables November 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

      Thank you!

    • Bhupendra November 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      It is sad that the weak minded canont see the difference between the teachings of Christ and Christianity. Most of my family are proclaimed Christians of one sort or another and yet they are rather proud of their shrewd’ abilities to lie cheat and steal in order to make money. They are violently loyal to Christianity but believe that the Negro should be back on the plantation where God meant for them to be. Evil people who are only words with no idea what the words mean.

  7. The Hook November 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    “The world is a ridiculous place.”
    It sure is!
    Awesome blog you have here!

  8. NicolleMK November 23, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    You are right, life is way more entertaining than anything on TV.
    This is a great blog, highly entertaining! I’ve laughed out loud quite a few times πŸ™‚

    • sharkables November 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks for reading!

    • Trudy August 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Furrealz? That’s mauvrloesly good to know.

  9. Roadster Collective November 23, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    FOLLOWED. These survival tips are a must haha.

  10. John @ Start Mission November 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Hey Sharkable! I’d like to suggest an office adventure: Chinese Shadow Boxing in Office. I made one of these videos in every office/company I’ve ever worked for. Here’s video for office 3 :

    Maybe you can create office 4? I would love to see chinese shadow boxing in your office…it would be a crazy office adventure !!!!

    • sharkables November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

      Haha that’s great! However there are several reasons you won’t be seeing shadow boxing in my office:

      1. I dont have an office, I have a cubical. A quad-cube actually. And it is very, very small in diameter.
      2. I have no shadow boxing skills. If I were to do that it would just come off as kind of awkward and pathetic.
      3. My office doesn’t allow any cameras or video recorders on the premises so it kind of nips that one in the bud…

      • John @ Start Mission November 25, 2011 at 11:22 am #

        doooh…i would love t osee a shark box in a cubicle………….

        but still, you have such a funny website here i love it!!

  11. Ryan Auberson-Walsh November 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    As soon as I’ve posted this comment, I shall be following your amazing little creatures with great anticipation for the next post! :]

    Thought I’d let you know that you inspired me (upon seeing your blog last night) to do something a little similar, illustrating the absurdities, oddities and hilarities of being an exchange student within a crazy, mixed-up other culture.
    http://byopieceofinspiration.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/meet-ella-1/

    So thanks a lot. :]
    A new fan.

  12. eyeLaugh November 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Love, love, LOVE it!! Great job πŸ™‚

  13. sharkables November 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks!

  14. eva626 December 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    cool blog you got going sharkables! i hope i never see the days of working…(im talking about being unemployed for life…not death LOL).

    • sharkables December 2, 2011 at 7:38 am #

      Thanks for commenting! But you’d better go knock on some wood, you wouldn’t want to jinx yourself and get sucked into the office life void…

  15. Pommi December 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    i like most of your posts…well, all of them..
    clean observation πŸ™‚ pure fun…one of the few blogs that I keep re-visting…

    just a gesture…

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I like your blog…Keep writing…

    http://intherainandsun.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    -Pommi

    • sharkables December 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Well thank you, thank you!

      I checked out your blog and I really like the one-line synopsis of the places you describe. It’s fresh, so keep up the good work yourself!

      • Pommi December 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

        thanks for stopping by…I will do..

  16. Midnight December 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    This site is pretty amusing. I wish I had thought to make a survival list or two for my own blog! I like to write about the stuff that happens to me while I’m working too, although I work in a restaurant so my stories are a little different πŸ™‚

  17. sharkables December 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Yeah, I have a feeling that our Survival tips might be a little different… although I’m sure we could both agree on the utmost importance of coffee for workday survival!

    • Midnight December 6, 2011 at 5:10 am #

      Yes!!! I work midnight shifts, so coffee is VERY important. But I’d have to say you luck out in the office, you get all sorts of perks. Paid vacation, sick days, lunch breaks. All I really get is free food.

  18. tenthingsilike December 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Love your blog! The sharks are greatttttt πŸ™‚ I will be checking back often!

    • sharkables December 7, 2011 at 8:12 am #

      Glad you enjoy it, and please do check back often!

  19. B.B.Darlington December 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    I love your blog! The sharks are awesome, so funny! πŸ™‚

    • B.B.Darlington December 13, 2011 at 12:20 am #

      I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! πŸ˜€

  20. Ashok Kumar December 15, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Awesome blog. Everyone who works in a cubicle must read this!

    • sharkables December 16, 2011 at 5:49 am #

      Haha great idea! Now I just need to get everyone who works in a cubicle to read it and I’ll be set.

  21. Nicolle January 26, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    I miss seeing your new posts in my “read blogs” feed!! I hope everything is ok. Come back soon.

  22. Fred Wanner January 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    We are missing you, my wife asked today “Where is Sharkables?” Come back soon please.

  23. The Waiting April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Sharkables! I love you and I miss you! I hope you’ll be coming back soon πŸ™‚

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