I was stuck yesterday morning – I had forgotten that I was to speak at a directorate meeting about a topic that doesn’t really excite me – traffic stats for a little web site I manage. So I was pressed for time and I really didn’t have much to say.
So I did the natural thing. I told jokes.
Times being what they are, my little gig involved the obligatory slideware, Google and copy/paste.
I remembered cracking up the first time I saw that internet commando guy pic, so of course it was the first thing I thought of using. A couple of clicks of the mouse later and I had tracked it down and dropped it into my preso.
It worked – got some laughs, thereby distracting everyone from the woeful lack of substance to my talk.
It didn’t hit me until afterwards that perhaps some of the folks in the room who actually have a life offline might have thought that I created this image. Obviously I’m not that clever.
After the laughter had died down, I mentioned that I was happy to have found a way to work that pic into something work-related, but I never clearly said “this isn’t mine” nor did I provide a citation on screen. So this post is my way of saying to Klashbash, whoever you are — thank you and I’m sorry I didn’t give you proper credit. I hope you don’t mind. Your internet commando dude saved my butt.