Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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06 December 2005


Scott Adams recently wrote about his Humour Formula (Ok, I've inserted a 'u'). The idea is that to be funny, something has to hit on at least two of the following: Cute (as in kids and animals), Naughty, Bizarre, Clever, Recognisable (You’ve been there), Cruel.

It's got me thinking. I like to try to be funny. Clearly geek jokes aren't going to work, unless they're cruel or bizarre. Typically they're recognisable if you're a geek, and they might be clever, but they don't hit home on the rest.

My SatnavAndSegways attempt (ok, you can listen to it here) I hope hits on some of these. The SatNav stuff is probably naughty, clever and recognisable. The Segways stuff is probably bizarre and cruel, naughty maybe. Maybe recognisable because you've seen yourself put on weight... I think most of my humour is a mixture of naughty, clever and cruel. Probably not the kind of humour I really want, but bizarre, cute and recognisable is hard to pull off. I definitely know I'm not cute. Kleefy's video definitely proved that. I'm sure my neck used to go in a bit, rather than just going straight up from my shoulders to my head. :( I'd definitely be better off on radio.