Friday, February 25, 2005

What's Your Sig?

I have this fascination/obsession with people's email signatures ("sigs"). You know, the little ditty that appears automatically (if you set it up to) at the bottom of all the emails you send.

You can tell a lot about a person by what their sig looks like.

You have the no-nonsense folks:
Ben Dover

You have the practical folks:
Joe Bloe
Senior Blowhard
Blowing Division
123 Blowhardest Building
(555) 555-1212

And you have the "my email is way more important than yours" folks:
This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are NOT the intended recipient and you read this email, your head will spontaneous explode into flames and your computer will be immediately erased. Don't even consider forwarding, printing or copying this email or your family and beloved pets will get it too.

Finally, you have the philosophical and/or motivational types. Yes, I must admit that I, Goofy Girl, fall into this category. My standard sig for the past year or two has been this:
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

This quote has urged me to do some things that I otherwise would not have tried, so I feel it has served me well. I get responses to it from time to time, so I know folks read it. But it was getting a little stale.

Recently, I changed it to this:
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

This spoke to me since I am definitely looking for opportunities, mainly ones that will make me piles and piles of money. Haven't found any yet, though...

Then a friend suggested this (which I love and am currently using):

If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.

It has the extra bonus of being funny, which I am known to be at times. I fear I may offend someone and have to take it down at some point, but for the moment, it's working for me.

What's your sig?


Cagey said...

I am a "no sig" kinda person. I do love clever quotes, though. I have a special Memo item in my Palm just for cool quotes I come across. My faves?

The person who knows "how" will always have a job. The person who knows "why" will always be his boss. - Diane Ravitch

It's never too late to become what you might have been. -George Eliot

If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes, only sooner. -Tallulah Bankhead

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out. -Michael Burke

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-Dr. Seuss

Mojavi said...
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Mojavi said...

I fall into the practical, people barely want to read my work emails let alone a quote I put at the bottom :)

Jackal McLangley said...

Depends what mood I'm in,
lately I've been going for some tech-noir/cyberpunk Philosophical gibbersh like:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All these moments will be lost in time.... like tears in the rain. Time to die!" -Roy Batty, Blade Runner

It should be said like this:

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