Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I Curse You All

Yesterday, our Provost dropped by for an hour long Q&A session with the staff in our department. The thing is that Web Services is a very small part of a department that is primarily focused on providing support for classroom technologies and our Learning Management System. Web Services is a just tiny little corner of this department.

Anyway, I've been so influenced by all the Web recruiting blogs I've been reading, and all the higher ed recruiting and enrollment people I've been interacting with online lately, that I could only think of one question to ask her. And it sounded really weird and out of place in that environment.

I'm supposed to be a techie, dammit! I curse all you recruiting and marketing types who have infected me with your twisted way of seeing the world!!

OK, so this isn't the funniest cartoon ever written, but it really happened.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Don't Make Me Use This

This cartoon was actually requested. The person who fancies himself to be the propeller-hatted sys admin, requested that their character be given a cricket bat. I kid you not. The following conversation ensued.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Web Redesign Conference

OK, another absolutely true story. I swear.

The only differences between the cartoon and the absolute truth are:
  1. It was an online webinar held in a windowless conference room instead of a real live conference in a big city
  2. They let us in anyway, even though our accounting department never paid them, and we had to watch the webinar instead of drinking martinis by the pool

The truth may be stranger than fiction, but it's rarely more fun.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Desperate Times...

For some reason we have a heck of a time finding knowledgeable student assistants to work in Web Services.

I don't get it. Everything students do today is Web-based, but nobody at our school seems to be interested in doing Web design or Web development. Maybe it would help if we had some Web-oriented programs on campus. Maybe.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A WCMS in Our Time...

No comment needed other than to say that our Procurement folks are the bestest in the whole wide world!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mission: Impossible

As I said in my other blog, our CIO is going to task our Web governance group to "determine the purpose of the university's Web site."

This can't end well.

Monday, February 4, 2008

We Love Our Clients...We Just Don't Understand Them

OK, so this doesn't fit into the classic three panel strip, and it's probably not even funny...but it's a true story (with some minor fibrications*) nonetheless.

*New Portmanteau word (fib + fabrication)