One of the many things about the Microsoft culture I love is e-mail signature anarchy. What do I mean well the boring bit is that there is no clue or standard to the format of our aliases so I am email@example.com, but steve lamb is firstname.lastname@example.org and if Bruce Banner joined we might get email@example.com. Of course this can end in tears with unfortunate humour when an alias crosses international frontiers for example there are a lot of guys called Randy in the US which isn’t such a good story in the UK.
The fun bit is the signature block some people use, as there are no rules apart from the laws of the countries in which you are working. To show that, here’s the sort of thing you will see in Microsoft signature blocks, that make me smile:
One guy puts this old chestnut after every e-mail:
THINGS TO DO IF I BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD #150
I will provide funding and research to develop tactical and strategic weapons covering a full range of needs so my choices are not limited to "hand to hand combat with swords" and "blow up the planet".
How about philosophical:
"We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything."
Corporate, but I am sure the egg throwers out there will argue Microsoft is making it worse.
For the Tolkein fans I saw this from a guy in the SQL product team:
"Nobody tosses a dwarf!" Gimli, son of Glóin, as Aragorn was about to throw him across a gap in the stairs in the Mines of Moria, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Ok, throw me… but don’t tell the Elf!" Gimli, as he asks Aragorn to throw him on to an entrance way loaded with Orcs, The Two Towers
"That still only counts as one! " Gimli, Return of the King
"A day may come when the courage of men fails . . . but this day, we fight! " Aragorn, Return of the King
Frodo Lives !
My personal favourite is this guy (Dubi Lebel) having fun with his name:
Dubi – Or Not To Be
To do is to be – Descartes
To be is to do – Voltaire
Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra
Yaba Daba Do – Fred Flintstone
I have tried to mix corporate with a bit of fun:
BTW the image is tiny and hopefully won’t fill up the world’s in boxes.
Hopefully your organisation cuts you a bit of slack so you can create an individual impression with your contacts.