A while back, we ran a blog entry on the various editorial parody graphics that have accompanied Oxebridge articles over time. Often these graphics are used as tiny thumbnails for the entries, or otherwise embedded in an article and often overlooked.

That last set gained some infamy when ASQ Section 209 Chair Bill Levinson fixated on a single graphic from that article and began insisting to the world that it constituted a full-blown call for readers to engage in “illegal file sharing,” even though the accompanying article was about trying to get ISO to update it’s copyright policies to protect itself from such things. Levinson was so upset, he made two entire websites about it, and then circulated — without our copyright permission — said graphic in dozens of emails. He takes his lack of humor very seriously, apparently.

Which only makes us wonder what possible gaskets will be blown with the latest set of Oxebridge editorial graphics! So without further adieu, here are some of the more recent examples of our (alas) Constitutionally-protected free speech in graphic form.

U-Turn Permitted

This one I really like, and it accompanied an article on the really bizarre decision by ANAB and UKAS to allow some companies, under some circumstances, to downgrade their AS9100 audit to an ISO 9001 audit in the middle of the audit itself.  Pilots will get a kick out of this.

Little Red Rule Book!

The International Accreditation Forum got the Chinese propaganda treatment after we reported on how its Chair was handed over to a representative from the Chinese national accreditation body CNAS.

Brand Mashup

ISO appeared to have announced that its standards will literally save over 2 million lives every year, although we’re pretty sure that’s offset by the 5 million lives they cost from infected paper cuts. ISO knows it can’t sue when its logo is used for purposes of editorial parody, but we still expect Wrigley candy company to sue for having their brand tainted by proximity to ISO.

Unholy Marriage

ANAB’s willingness to overlook the fact that the President of Platinum Registration is married to the President of consultancy Cavendish Scott led to this loving graphic.

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?

ANAB is all about the spanking when it comes to “softgrading” nonconformities, but not so much when its certification bodies needlessly “hardgrade” nonconformities. That’s gonna leave a mark!

Why Did You Resign?

A lot of readers didn’t get this one, but it was a riff off of the title sequence of the surrealist 1960’s TV show, The Prisoner. In that show, an unnamed secret agent resigns, and a computer types “X’s” over his photo. This accompanies Oxebridge’s report on ANAB VP Randy Dougherty “retiring,” although all sources indicate he didn’t really. Leaving us to wonder, “who is Number One?”

Dougherty resigned

Why did you resign?

Ouch! That Hurt! Now Let Me Reload…

The IAQG can’t seem to help itself lately, and keeps shooting itself in the foot. So much so, we’ve had to use this graphic more than once. Here’s just one example.

Go to Jail!

Oxebridge’s frightening look at the overcaffeinated legislation known as ITAR resulted in this graphic, inspired by a favorite board game.

Wait, What?

This one only works when you say the name of this Australian accreditation body out loud.

Things That Are All White

This next graphic never appeared, as the article it was intended for never fully materialized, but it remains pretty funny nonetheless. After Quality Digest hired a bankruptcy lawyer (yes, we didn’t understand that either) to defend its position supporting Bill Levinson, we noticed that their editorial staff were shockingly white. Like blindingly, retina-burning white. As in, “even the sun squints when it looks at those people” white. So that may explain their editorial choices.

 

    About Christopher Paris

    Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 25 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015, which can be purchased here.