SME web comic

I can take absolutely no credit for this. I have a printed copy taped up near my desk, and I think clearly shows the number one conflict between SMEs and IDs.  SMEs want to pass on all knowledge immediately because it is all important and necessary. IDs want to organize that into comfortable chunks for the learners.

To give credit, this is from one of my favorite blogs, Usable Learning.

Sorry about the quality, I scanned in my copy!



We've all had to sit through this course...

We've all had to sit through this course...

This Made My Day

I am a huge history buff. I minored in history in college, just for fun. Give me a good biography about a historical figure, and I’m set for the evening. So when I discovered Historical Tweets, I fell in love!

Historical Tweets combines my love of history with the feeling “I just don’t get the point of twitter”. You can see exactly how useless 140 characters can be in the hands of historical figures, from Lincoln to Napoleon, to Neil Armstrong.

Definitely check out Mozart and, of course, Ben Franklin.

And just to get you started, here’s one in honor of our nation’s birthday this month.

A New Use for Post-Its

We often use Post-Its, in our design meetings and just our day-to-day work. Here’s a use I’ve not seen  before, but perhaps I may steal the idea for the future.

Anyone want to guess how many Post-its? Or how long it took to cover the whole car?

Training Gone Wrong – LOL

I don’t know about you, but I love Dilbert. More accurately, I love Dogbert. I’ve been reading Dilbert cartoons since I was in high school and had my first office job. In fact, Dilbert actually taught me how to survive that office job. And so, when I discovered the animated version this morning, I was thrilled.

Enjoy Scott Adam’s take on Sensitivity Training!



So here’s a great video that’s hysterical.

Now, how could training have prevented this? Even the best e-learning course in the world can’t guarantee this won’t happen. But I bet a Job Aid, say a checklist of To-Do’s Before Driving Away, could have helped.

1. Check that the back door is closed.

2. Put keys in ignition.

Monday Funny

If you don’t have Facebook, these might not make much sense to you. (Quick, go get Facebook. Really, it’s fun, I promise.) If you do have Facebook, envision using these as your status messages:

NAME thinks that when you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you’re really making a decision about your behavior for the day. Like if you put on flipflops, you’re saying: ‘Hope I don’t get chased today.’ ‘Be nice to people in sneakers.’

NAME saw a guy at a party wearing a leather jacket and he thought, ‘That is cool.’ But then he saw another guy wearing a leather vest and he thought, ‘That is not cool’. Then he figured it out: ‘Cool’ is all about leather sleeves.

NAME likes fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appearing insane. Like, if someone just mailed you an apple you’d be like ‘Huh? What the heck is this?’, but if it’s in a fruit basket you’re like ‘This is nice!’

NAME feels stupid when he writes the word banana. Its like, how many na’s are on this thing? ‘Cause I’m like ‘Bana … keep going. Bananana … damn.

NAME was at his friend’s birthday and he was mad at him, so he sent him a card. It said happy birthday, but he put quotes around the word “Happy”… sarcastic birthday, jerk.

NAME’s  favorite fruit is grapes. Because with grapes, you always get another chance. ‘Cause, you know, if you have a crappy apple or a peach, you’re stuck with that crappy piece of fruit. But if you have a crappy grape, no problem – just move on to the next. ‘Grapes: The Fruit of Hope.’

NAME used to play sports. Then he realized you can buy trophies. Now he’s good at everything.

What’s the best status message or IM away message you’ve ever seen?