After holding out for over a decade, my old “Wall Street Journal” campus ID has been retired. I’m going to miss the black-and-white stippled pseudo-“hedcut” photograph; makes me seem much cooler than I am. I got this photo taken as a brand-new assistant professor at UW-Madison in 2001. (Hackers: Don’t bother trying to read the low-resolution bar code to steal my identity. I altered it.)
Why fix it if it ain’t broke? I needed an up-to-date ID to get me into a particular high-security campus building. So here is my new super Wiscard which can be used for everything from cash transactions to building access. (I predict I will have demagnetized it within the month.) Strangely, I look pretty much the same, except for that touch of grey. (Hackers: Do not try to make a full-head latex mask to fool the biometric scanners into thinking you are me.)
Call me a retro-grouch, but I like the old design better. Stay tuned for my next ID photo in 2024, where I will sport genetically-grafted pronghorns and long, luscious tiger fur.
Bonus points: My graduate student ID from 1995. (Same dazed look.)