Office Prank

I showed you that we painted the office. What I didn’t show you was the design that happened once the painting was done. Actually, I won’t show you all of that either, I want to focus on one specific thing. The designer added a large clock to one of the walls. Its hard to see the scale of it from this photo, but its about 3 feet across.

For some reason, I decided that I didn’t like the clock. From about 7/15 through 8/15, every time I walked by the clock and didn’t see anybody around, I spun the minute hand to make the time incorrect. Sometimes if was only off by fifteen minutes. But as the month continued on, the clock became hours off.

Eventually I couldn’t keep it in and told my boss and one other guy about what I was doing. They laughed and then proceeded to tell me that management thought the clock was broken. They corrected the time multiple times and replaced the batteries at least once. They could not figure out why it didn’t work!

After about 2 months it got out that I was messing up the clock and the joke was up. Most of us got a good laugh out of it and the time is now correct!

Hogan Haake

Office Painting – 7/12/2019

The Deck Commerce office has looked nearly the same since I started. It was time for a refresh. We had a decorator coming in. To save money and build teams, it was decided we would provide the painting part of the labor. Here are some shots of the work.

Some in-progress and after shots.

It looked like a Dexter shopping trip with all of the plastic sheeting they purchased to protect the floors.

Chad painting an orange accent wall.

If it looks like a mess, that is because it is.

Ann is removing tape after the painting is done.

Brad and Eric causing trouble.

Chris Deck (the owner of the company) is pulling tape.

Kristen is having fun.


There wasn’t much productivity that day, but the office sure looks better now.

Hogan Haake

Dev Up Conference 10/9/2018

My employer was kind enough to sponsor part of the DevUp conference this year. Additionally, they sent the whole development staff for professional development.

It didn’t take long for us to get seats and get comfortable for the opening Keynote about the future of technology.

Maggie on my right.

Jeff on my left.

They went all out on the opening this year. With a talk about the future, it just made sense to have a DeLorean there!

Of course, it wasn’t all learning, we did stop to have some fun!

Chad showing that cutout what real muscles look like!

A couple of beers!

This was a HUGE Foosball table, we had at least 12 people playing and still had to move to different positions to cover them all!

Chocolate covered bacon, does it get any better?

I did pretty good at this blackjack table. It may have had something to do with the way the dealer dealt his face down card… You would have looked too if it meant winning 🙂

Overall it was a pretty good conference. I had lots more photos including one of a sleeping co-worker. But some people are over sensitive so some things will just have to be remembered!

Ohh, one last note, if you’re reading my blog and you run a conference center (yeah, like anybody is reading this crap), please put your screens up higher. If you’re sitting in the back, important pieces of a visual just become the back of people’s heads!

Hogan Haake



Office Antics – 9/13/2018

Its been a while since I’ve talked about my office. We’ve had lots of new people, so it was time to bring a unicycle back into the office. There were not as many takers and I had trouble getting shots.

Dave did give it his best shot and did decent.

The real reason for the fun is because Maggie became a US citizen, so we decided to celebrate! Starting by decorating her office!

And finally some cake!

Hogan Haake

Kelly Clarkson – 8/14/2018

Being a software developer, its almost expected that I’m a little weird or eccentric. I embrace this to make my job more enjoyable. One of the ways I do this is by keeping a theme. I got my theme of “Kelly Clarkson” from the move 40 Year Old Virgin. When Steve Carell’s character was getting his chest waxed…

So I’ve been adding Kelly Clarkson references in my code, test data, and screen shots for a while now. So I had a day off work and my co-workers took the opportunity to enhance my Kelly Clarkson. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but this is my desk!

Look and you can see the photo of Steve Carell from 40 Year Old Virgin in the photo below.

Hogan Haake