I saw in another online community that people were sharing pictures of their workstations to show off their kwirky decorations or fancy set-up. Thought it might be fun to do that here; we spend at least part-time hours in front of our computers every week, so it stands to reason you've got fun things around there to share.
Show us what your kids made for you for Mother's day, show us what you have on your desk for inspiration, or just show us something cool. If you can't show, just tell. Seriously, don't share anything but your own pictures.
My workstation consists of monitors, audio, accessories and a desk that were all procured at thrift stores, so its not attractive enough to share. My wall decorations though; that's what makes my workstation awesome.
They're Scientific American periodicals, two from 1883 and one from 1889. They're the first 'antique' decorations I've ever had; I'm 22 and can't really afford antiques. In this case, the used bookstore I frequent gave me a ridiculous discount on them because it was Christmas Eve (2011,) and they were just too cool to pass up. You can only see the covers because they're framed, but they are full periodicals that would withstand thumbing-through today.
The first one (dated March 3rd, 1883) features an engraving of a 'drudging machine,' one of the two beasts used to actually dig up and move all the dirt and mud that needed moving to open the Panama canal.
The second one dated March 9th, 1889) features an engraving of one of the first 'typesetting machines' called the Linotype machine. At this point, the Scientific American was being printed with moveable type composed by hand for each page. It was the wave of the future! It was used commercially through the 70's, until typewriters replaced them.
The third one (dated November 3, 1883) features two engravings; but I love this one for the lower engraving specifically; its an engraving of 'The Barney Automatic Dumping Boat.' Yes, it was a proposed plan for dumping garbage at sea.
Its truly amazing to look back at our great grandparents and great-great grandparents and see just how different the world was for them. I love these snapshots of the late 19th century. They remind me to be grateful for an opportunity like mTurk and they inspire me to work hard.
Cool trivia: The Scientific American was first published in 1845. At 167 years old, it is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America.