If you work in an office that you think is cold all year round - you're not alone. Most people find that the thermostat settings are a little aloof in most work places.

In the winter one overlooks the bleak tundra that is our cube farm. On summer days, it seems like the A.C. is set at 5 Kelvins.

We are no exception. If I had a nickle for every time I heard "you could hang meat in the newsroom" I could buy a new pair of mittens - and it's hard to type with mittens.


Some days in early January I felt like Dell Griffith riding in Owen's pick up truck in Planes, trains, and Automobiles.

After seeing many of my co-workers hiding a small space heater under their desk I thought I'd do the same. So, it is with great pride that I introduce the Utilitech 2000 personal space heater. For the low price of only $19.99 it comes with a thermostat setting and a rotating thingy so it swivels.

Now, I can enjoy a heat ball rising from under the desk everyday.

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Dan Collins

So if the fake fireplace screensaver is not tricking your body into warming up, try a personal space heater.

After all, cold temperatures worsen productivity. What new research is showing is that it can also corrode the quality of our relationships. And I'm all about not corroding stuff.