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April 2011
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gwen [userpic]
Powerpoint/Keynote/whatever presentation pictures...

It doesn't matter what the software is that they're using, but it seems everyone who has to present a topic to a professional group, they *have* to put in entirely random pictures into every slide. And every picture is in one of two forms:

1) "Look at the pretty pictures I took during my last vacation!" (Really, they're pretty craptastic, but I'm glad you got to see a beach with a sunset, just like everyone else who does a presentation.)

2) "Look at my child doing something funny!" (You know, this is the picture that your child will hate you showing all of his friends when he grows up.)

I really have to wonder, why do they feel the need to do this? Seriously, it's distracting from the topic. Stop it. Put in pictures that actually matter to the topic, or nothing at all. I care not about your personal life while you talk about the latest and greatest software.

Of course, while I typed this, the current presenter put up a picture of the head boss in a pimped out outfit, so that was actually funny.

Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: meeting lecture

Weird. I've never seen that phenomena. At all. And I've seen plenty of Powerpoint presentations.

Of course, I have seen random photoshopped stuff show up, but it does tend to at least be related to the topic at hand.

Consider yourself really really lucky.

Love did it first; I did it during my WiP talk just to be silly (so in the last shot you'd slowly moved closer to a trainload of tractors which had AFS support!)

Thing is, that one has context.

Nah, I just got pissy after I saw YET ANOTHER CRAPPY SUNSET VIEW OVER A BEACH, meanwhile we're talking about some technical detail that has *nothing* to do with the view, plus that picture wasn't even ever brought up or explained or... it was totally superfluous to the discussion. I found it really distracting.

Though, it's the pictures of the contextless kids that really bothers me. I'm like, "Uh, why is your kid on the slide about Kerberos? Is your kid really secure? Doesn't look like it, looks more like they're making funny faces while hanging off a jungle gym."

My favorite is when they use a personal laptop for a presentation because they normally have some sort of inappropriate wallpaper as their background :)

Now, see, that's funny. :)

"What's that in the background?"

"It's the inside of a steel mill"

Oh, not what you meant :)