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dreamwidth/livejournal cross post

I was actually looking for that bit of James Bond/Sapphire and Steel slash I found stashed on a harddrive (with no memory of how it got there) for my first cross-post from Dreamwidth. But it seems to have disappeared back into whatever anomaly it came from. Never mind, this was on top of the pile on my desk this morning:

All from one, particularly memorable, presentation. May you never see one as bad.

I've set it up so that anything posted on DW automatically comes over here (I hope). So no need for anyone to take any action whatsoever (except possibly friend me over on DW to stop me feeling like Billie no-mates).


( 6 worms — Feed the birds )
14th Jun, 2009 13:06 (UTC)
In the US military there's a whole class of junior and mid-ranking officers whose entire career revolves around delivering presentations. They are snarkily referred to as the 'Powerpoint Rangers' and they even have their own creed:

This is my PowerPoint. There are many like it but mine is 7.0.

My PowerPoint is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I master my life.

My PowerPoint without me is useless.
Without my PowerPoint, I am useless.

I must format my slides true. I must brief them better
than the other J-cells who are trying to out brief me.
I must brief the impact on the CINC before he asks me. I will!

My PowerPoint and myself know that what counts in this war
is not the number of slides, quantity of animations, the colors
of the highlights, or the format of the bullets. We know that it
is the new information that counts. We will brief only new information!

My PowerPoint is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus I will learn it as a brother.

I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its fonts,
its accessories, its formats, and its colors.

I will keep my PowerPoint slides current and ready to brief.
We will become part of each other. We will!

Before God I swear this creed. My PowerPoint and myself are
defenders of my country. We are the masters of our subject.
We are the saviors of my career.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy,
but peace (and the next exercise)!
14th Jun, 2009 16:19 (UTC)
No blaming of teachers? I thought that was a given.
14th Jun, 2009 20:45 (UTC)
Don't see that much of that in our sector. Informal learning, you see...
14th Jun, 2009 19:59 (UTC)
I may have to take a copy of that to check against my own Powerpoint presentations, though thankfully I sidestep using them whenever I can.
Friended you on DW, for what it's worth, as I don't intend to do bugger all with my DW account for the forseeable future and am a bit at a loss as to why I got one at all.
14th Jun, 2009 20:46 (UTC)
I think I got one to stop anyone doing slash under my name on D/W. Which is a rubbish rteason, now I come to think about it
14th Jun, 2009 22:21 (UTC)
That doesn't mean that YOU can't do slash under your name on D/W, of course.
( 6 worms — Feed the birds )