Saturday, July 24, 2004

Email Signature

A signature line on a mail says a lot about one's personality. In the last 5 years of my active mailing, everytime i think i have seen them all, i have been proved wrong by yet another fascinating signature.

My first job in a software company opened my eyes to the geeks and the nerds. One of the first signatures that caught my fancy there was a simple "Code so clean you could eat off it" attached to every mail from Ryan, my client contact in the UK. Then there was this Doug Linder quote which was also popular those days - It ran something like "A good programmer is someone who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street." So true :-)

Then there is what i would call the motivational stuff - Boris Becker's "I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play" being one of my favorites.  I believe there is also a category of signatures which can be classified as "wise sayings of great men" - I petly call them "celebrity crap". TRA, my ready-reckoner at SP, use(d/s) them unfailingly but some of his selections are good - in particular Benjamin Franklin's "Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none". Besides, not all celebrities are a bore, i do admire the wit and wisdom of a select few. Just check these out

"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself" - Oscar Wilde

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read"
- Mark Twain

"I often quote myself, it adds spice to a conversation"
- GB Shaw

How about folks who think "rude is cool" - I must admit i have enjoyed quite a few of their signatures too. Johnson, my pal at Infy used to have one that went something like "The more people i meet, the more i love my dog" Another line that grabbed my attention was "If it weren't for people like you, nobody else would have an above average IQ."

Then there are people who are imaginative enough to change their signature based on wots in the news now. The best one i've seen is one from my pal, Krish which says "When there's a will... I want to be in it!" :-)

Finally, though my own signature lines keep changing based on my mood, the more regular ones are
"Intelligent women are like domain names: the best ones are always taken"

"I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it!"

"Too many freaks, not enough circus's!"

"All generalizations are false"

What's in for me now is "Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?" Tis a pity my boss hasn't caught the drift ? Did you ?


Anonymous said...

I am sure you havent heard this one!

"Nine people (Jupe included) were sitting on a bench and feeling happy. Happy got up and walked away."yeppadi?! :)

Jupe said...

Awesome pal, simply awesome. We r pals now !! Yeh dil maange more !

Ekta said...

another fav one is from calvin..
"Reality continues to ruin my life:-)"