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Get your daily workplace solace in Haiku form

It's like Dilbert has gone digital. A new iPhone app and Kindle download offers solace from the workplace grind through Haiku poems.

One of the things that make comic strips like Dilbert so appealing to so many people is that it they can relate to so much of it and it's just so funny. There's something very cathartic and comforting about seeing the bad things about the corporate world being exposed in such a comic way.

If you like that kind of thing, then you might like Haiku, Inc, a brainchild of Hollywood director Peter Hankoff. Hankoff is known for his documentaries about everything from Nazi concentration camps to dolphin slaughter.

But Hankoff took a decidedly different path with Haiku, Inc, the first volume in a series of musings about office life, cubicle purgatory and maniacal bosses. What makes it different than other entries on this topic is that it takes the form of 17-syllable Haiku poems. This is a clever idea in an age where people record their lives in 140-character Tweets and Facebook comments.

Here's a sample:

Our mission statement?

"You can't be big, belittle!"

And do we mean it.

What's not to love about that? Haiku, Inc. is available as an iPhone app or from Amazon.com as a Kindle download for $2.99.

About Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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