Someone requested a picture of said snarl, which isn’t really possible. It’s big and nasty, but almost entirely hidden behind my desk. Still, you can extrapolate. You have a computer? Look at all those wires back there. Now double them, because I have two. Now double them again to include the PS2, the network, phones, lights, and the crazy PS2 -> PC cables. That’s the scale of the problem I’m up against.
You can actually see a panoramic view of my workspace here, if such a thing might interest you. The desk I use has a back wall which prevents nice bundling of wires, since you can’t reach them. I have to just drop wires into place from above or (worse) feed them through. A nice desk with an open back would help a lot, and that’s what I’ll be getting when I replace this one. An odd thing about desks is that, figuring surface / storage space being equal, as the desk gets lighter and and more open it gets increasingly expensive. The cheapest desks are both heavy and bulky, which seems a bit counter-intuitive. Doesn’t it cost money to ship those things? My desk looks like particleboard beneath the faux-wood finish, but when you try to move it you can clearly tell it’s made from depleted uranium, or perhaps a bit of condensed solar mass from a white dwarf.