Monday, February 16, 2009

job-related whimsy

real companies discovered while integrating giant incompatible databases:

1. BJ Services
2. PMP Limited
3. Aristocrat Leisure Limited
4. Weinerburger
5. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan
6. Country Garden Holdings
7. Compton Petroleum
8. Charles Taylor Consulting
9. Helphire Group

(I think #8 and #9 are my favorites)


Wade Garrett said...

Aristocrat Leisure Limited is my favorite on that list. What, exactly, do they sell? Ascots, yacht rentals, martini glasses, croquet mallets, monogrammed sweaters?

I also think the Helphire Group is interesting because they sound like their CEO should be named Sebastian Shaw and their CFO would be Emma Frost, and they would massacre all of the mutants who live in the abandoned subway tunnels under 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. Freaky.

Senor Beavis said...

True story: At a mini-internship at the end of high school, I had to make some cold sales calls and on my list was a Dr. Rankin Cooter. I totally thought the guys there were hazing me, but it was a real person.

Helphire Group rules.

Ben said...

That was a truly dorky X-Men reference, Wade.

Inspector Frank Bumstead said...

I suppose it's even dorkier to correct Wade, then, and remind him that it was, in fact, Mr. Sinister and the Marauders who were responsible for the mutant massacre.

Wade Garrett said...

Dammit, the Inspector is right - I think I made that mistake once before and he corrected me on it then, too.

I haven't really read the X-Men in years, but I maintain that the "From the Ashes" issues - the twelve or so issues immediately following the death of Jean Grey - are the best year's worth of major-publisher comic book writing I've ever read. All of the other members of the Mount Rushmore of comic books - Watchmen, Sin City, Sandman, Bone, The Dark Knight Returns, Marvels, etc - were either mini-series or else published by independent publishers. But for my money "From the Ashes" is as good as mainstream comic books ever got.

I always associate the Hellfire Club with the Morlocks, but perhaps that's just because they're both feature prominently in "From the Ashes." Otherwise, have they had many plots in common? I defer to the Inspector's expertise.