The Harvard Med School people sure don't kid around with safety, either in the lab or online --- I've had to attend "new researcher lab safety training" courses covering everything from cleaning up spills and evacuation protocols to packaging biological samples fro shipping; and in terms of access to online resources (which are extensive, including things like view of paychecks, benefits claims and orders for discounted transportation passes) it all seems pretty airtight.
So I was really amused and delighted to see, when I logged on to the "eCommons" portal that groups things like webmail access, newsfeeds and employee classifieds, that all that security wasn't choking creativity. The portal includes a "Preferences" tab that allows users to change the "skin", aka theme or graphical scheme of the portal interface, either by customizing it or selecting one of nine available designs. So far, so ordinary.
But among the available skins, you have --and I still can't believe it, though it's right in front of me-- one based on "Dungeons And Dragons" (the geeky role-playing game), complete with parchment textures and little swords framing your name at the top of the page, and one based on Austin Powers (the oversexed British spy/James Bond spoof) with Union Jack, lurid orangey colours and the "logout" button replaced by "BYE BABY". Makes quite a change from staid old UCL...
(for the record, I'm going with "Arctic White", which has a nice banner picture of snow-capped mountains and pine trees)