Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We Lost. Again.

We lost. Again. To .eduguru. Dammit. Something needs to be done about those people!

Seriously though, congratulations (once again) to the .eduguru crew. You deserved it!  

Monday, July 26, 2010

Coming Back is Punishment for Leaving

OK, this cartoon is mostly an excuse to show some pictures from my trip to the Oregon wine country (we brought back some amazing wine and cheese). But it's also a true story. Though I didn't have quite 500 emails when I got back, it did take me over a week to catch up.

And that's the terrible thing about vacation: every day that you are gone, more and more work piles up, seemingly as punishment for taking time off.

That's just plain wrong. We need something like 'vacation amnesty', where you are automatically absolved of having to deal with any phone call, email or meeting that happened while you were on vacation.

Someone's site crashes while you're on vacation? Guess they get to start over from scratch! Big reorg happens while you're away? Sorry, doesn't affect me - I was on vacation!

Wouldn't it be a wonderful feeling to come back from vacation, fire up Outlook, press CTRL-A and then DELETE? Wouldn't it be a relief to go into your voicemail system and be able to hear, "All messages permanently deleted"?

Who's with me on this?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why Doesn't This Sort of Thing Ever Happen with the 'Office of Minor Administrative Tasks' Website?

I just can't make this stuff up. This actually happened this week. To the President's website. But I didn't panic because:
  1. This is a great student and she never makes mistakes like this, so I had no reason to be upset with her.
  2. It's summer. Who's looking at the President's website anyway?
  3. The people in the President's office were totally cool about it (but they did notice it right away).
  4. But most of all, I was calm because I had just made a back up of the site about 30 minutes before this happened.
I don't know about Jesus, but I do know that back ups save. They save your ass.

BTW, I'm proud to say that after over a year after we started, the new president's site went live on Monday. w00t!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, this is the last week to vote for Tales from Redesignland for the best Higher Ed blog in the eduStyle People's Choice voting! Vote here!!! 

I can't believe we got nominated again. And I'm sure we'll lose to .eduGuru again (*shakes fist*).