In-jokes. Funny if you get them…
Whatever industry you work in, there’s bound to be some ‘insiders-only’ jokes: in-jokes.
Sometimes you need to know the lingo of the industry to get the gag, but not always.
For instance, if you’re in the shipping industry and I asked if you heard about the red ship and the blue ship that collided, you’d groan when I went on to say that both crew were marooned. You’d probably be more likely to laugh at the Stewart Francis one liner, “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!” which made the top 10 of of the 2012 Edinburgh festival Best Jokes award.
In-jokes can be used for esoteric purposes, such as when computer programmers hide so called Easter Eggs in software - hidden content that can be revealed if certain conditions are met.
Google are famous for their Easter Eggs and if you search online you'll find lots of examples. One of our favourite remains 'The Barrel Roll' from 2011. Type 'do a barrel roll' into Google and see what happens.
For something closer to home, if you're a user of Coracle Canvas, then try Ctrl-Shift-Alt-H.
- If you don’t know about Canvas and you’d be interested in an online app that makes it easy to define goals; to identify audience; to gather content; set budgets; devise timelines and get projects moving, please get in touch.
In-jokes can also be used to be derogatory about people who fall outside of the in-joke language. For example, computer networkers are taught about the Open Systems Interconnection model (ODI) of networking. This model is a layered approach of how data travels. The layers are:
- Physical layer
- Data link layer
- Network layer
- Transport layer
- Session layer
- Presentation layer
- Application layer
As you can see, there are seven layers. So, if a network expert refers to a problem as being ‘layer 8’, what they are saying is that the problem is the human part: you!
Layer 8 moments exist when a customer or manager describes an unrealistic requirement. The sort of request that everyone who understands the constraints recognises as being either impossible for some technical reason, or unrealistic for budgetary reason, or irrational for some other reason.
Avoiding layer 8 situations can save time and money and education/internal training can help in this situation.
So if your company has a blind spot, and that blind spot is training, then we’re here to help you unlock a new willingness and interest.