Since it's Friday, my post is about something other than Autodesk technology.
We had our White Elephant gift exchange at work yesterday. The term white elephant refers to an ineffectual gift that cannot be easily disposed of, based on the legend of the King of Siam giving rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, so that they might be ruined by the animals' upkeep costs.
The exchange has simple rules:
- Each participant buys a gift whose value is $20 or less.
- Each gift is wrapped. No one (except the buyer) knows what it is.
- Each participant randomly draws a number from a hat to determine the picking order.
- The first participant picks a gift and opens it.
- Subsequent participants can steal a previously revealed gift or pick one of the remaining unopened ones.
- If a participant has his/her gift stolen, he/she can steal another participant's gift or pick one of the remaining unopened ones.
- The number of gifts equals the number of participants, so everyone goes home with something.
This is a lot of fun. As the white elephant aspect of the game makes the gifts gag in nature, that adds to the laughter.
So here are our results:
Poking fun at my upcoming move, it's three essential books: Fixin' to be Texan, Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette, and Speak Texan in 30 minutes or less.
It's a Deadpool Chia Pet.
It's a Bob Ross (the "make a tree" paint instructor from PBS) Bobblehead and the Absurd Version of the Cards Against Humanity game.
There are jars of homemade pickles, kimchi, and sriracha sauce.
It's a can of bean soup to get the process started, an animals farting coloring book, and a toilet bowl spray to mask the resulting smell.
The mission of the Office of the CTO (OCTO) is to create stories about the future and help Autodesk make them come true. Technologies like generative design used to seem like fiction. Today it's part of our products. OCTO's mascot is the octopus. This design is on a sweatshirt that is on its way to the office.
It's a Christmas stocking that also doubles as a flask.
It's a three-part gift: chocolate for inspiration, a pen, and a notebook to record brilliant thoughts. Our team is involved in strategic foresight where we imagine an ideal future for how our customers work and then work backward to deduce a series of steps that will help that future be realized.
They say inspiration often comes in the bath. If that's true, these bath salts, a special pencil, and paper that can get wet but retain the writing will come in handy.
Merry Christmas to us all.
Giving is alive in the lab.