Birthday Thoughts and Usability Rednecks

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Today, February 12th is my birthday, so please forgive the somewhat off-topic post in place of the usual usability post.  And it’s not just any birthday – it’s my 50th birthday, so please forgive me if I’m not around all that much today to chat, I’m probably off partying somewhere with my family.

I’ve decided to do what any good Hobbit usability guru would do, and throw YOU a party!  My gift to you is the gift of humor, which commences below.  Enjoy!

So here is the purpose of this birthday post, which is to provide you with some humorous thoughts,  party hats (virtual), streamers (also virtual) and birthday cake (again, totally virtual – which is good for all you calorie counters), and of course a few other thoughts thrown in for good measure.

First, let’s kick this party off with a few funny birthday quotes:

“Inside every older person is a younger person –

wondering what the hell happened.”

– Cora Harvey Armstrong

“Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.”

– Maurice Chevalier

“I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do.”

– Phyllis Diller

Next, here’s a funny little birthday tribute to usability I like to call (drum roll please)…

The top 10 signs YOU may be a Usability Redneck!*

#10 – If you think Usabilla is a Mexican food served with chips and guacamole, you just might be a usability redneck.

#9 – If you think the Nielsen Norman Group is one of those 60’s folk music bands that toured the country in a flower-decorated bus, you might be a usability Redneck.

#8 – If you think “remote usability testing” means you have to fly to northern Saskatchewan, you just might be a usability Redneck.

#7 – If you assume Jared Spool had something to do with sewing machines and thread, you might be a usability redneck.

#6 – If you think a “protocol” is a new fangled mobile cellular device, you might be a usability redneck.

#5 – If you use focus groups, ouija boards and voting exit opinion polls to get usability data, you might be a usability redneck.

#4 – If you assume “perceived affordance” means your spouse has taken the checkbook, you might be a usability redneck.

#3 – If you think “1-on-1 performance test” is what your spouse expects at night in bed, you just might be a usability redneck.

#2 – If you think “critical task” is anything associated with getting a beer, you might be a usability redneck.

#1 – ___________ (You fill in the blank), you just might be a usability redneck.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You fill in the number one reason in the comments (and if it’s publicly printable) we’ll all see the number one reason you just might be a usability redneck!

*Idea stolen borrowed directly from the comedian Jeff Foxworthy who is very funny (but not to rednecks).

PS – To all non-U.S. folks, and to those U.S. folks who are rednecks:  The term “Redneck” as defined in Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia has “redneck” in it – what ISNT in Wikipedia???)  is as follows:

“Redneck is a disparaging term that refers to a person who is stereotypically Caucasian and of lower social-economic status in the United States, particularly referring to those living in rural areas. Originally limited to the Southern United States, and then to Appalachia, the term has become widely used throughout North America.”

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One Response to Birthday Thoughts and Usability Rednecks

  1. Lee Duddell says:

    You think “lab testing” is cruel to animals and should be banned… you might just be a usability red-neck

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