Watch Lazy Dot.Com Life Online

NEW YORK -- 10:30 a.m. -- Wake up
10:45 -- Goof around on computer
11:17 -- Eat fudge-striped cookies and Pringles
11:30 -- Watch television
12:30 -- Watch more TV
16:00 -- Power nap
18:00 -- Still napping

Such is a day in the life of Odd Todd, a fictional dot.com refugee who lives on the Internet and whose following is growing among the legions of discarded dot.com workers.

Odd Todd spends much of his time at home napping, searching -- unsuccessfully -- for a job or get-rich-quick scheme, and watching TV.

The raspy-voiced online cartoon character is based on the real-life experiences of his creator, Todd Rosenberg, who was laid off in June from his job in business development at an online distributor of short films.

Rosenberg, 32, decided to spend some of his now plentiful free time creating a short animated film, "Laid Off: A Day In the Life" (www.oddtodd.com). Little did he know the animated short would strike such a resonant chord with the legions of other dot.comers who were served pink slips.

"I've received thousands of e-mails from people basically accusing me of spying on them [because the short reflects their life so closely]," Rosenberg said in an interview. "They seem very appreciative of the fact that the illusion of a lifestyle of someone who doesn't have a job is out there."

The number of jobless dot.comers has grown steadily since the Internet bubble burst in spring 2000, leaving many 20- and 30-somethings who never had to contend with an economic slowdown looking for a new source of income and ways to fill their free time.

The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. said nearly 2 million people in the United States lost their jobs in 2001, with about 1.2 million coming from e-commerce, media and computer companies.

It's hard to turn into humor, but somehow, Odd Todd's plight connects to the masses. For instance: the time he finally finds the motivation to leave his home, only to realize he needs money to get the things he wants.

"When you're looking for a job, there's not much you can do over the course of one day," Rosenberg said. "You have all this free time. I think it was a relief because it shows they aren't the only ones out there burning time in this way."

The film has raised more than $7,000 through an electronic tips jar that sits on the site, which has been visited by more than 1 million unique visitors, Rosenberg said.

Odd Todd's day starts off with some time toiling away at the computer, trying to connect with the world and trying to figure out what to do about "this no-work, no-money situation."

A couple of Pringles, cookies and TV shows later, Todd tries to dream up a scam to make money and fantasizes about winning the lottery.

Then he has a panic attack and worries about being left with no choice but to live on the streets in a cardboard box or move in with his parents -- back into his room filled with sports pennants and Def Leppard posters.

By midafternoon, he finally gets motivated enough to go outside, but realizes "outside is kinda hard when you have no money."

Rosenberg, who was a struggling cartoonist even during the dot.com boom, said his attempts to look for employment after being laid off were fraught with difficulties.

"I went on a few interviews for jobs that were in the neighborhood of half of what I was making before. And three out of four [places] had layoffs before any decision was made, so there really wasn't anyplace for me to go," he said. "This will hopefully lead to some career change that is better suited for me."