The little things mean so much, don’t they? I just read a blog post about playing a “happy sound” for successful git commits. Since I use mercurial more than git, I added it to my hgrc instead. I thought clapping was a little cheesy, so I have a Dalek saying, “Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy!” whenever I fix a bug (based on commit message), and Vader saying, “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve created,” for new features.
The best part is that when I committed the changes to my hgrc and Vader spoke to me, I was startled—I had forgotten what I had just committed! It made me giggle maniacally as my wife can attest. As she noted though, I didn’t quite follow Vader’s admonition. The next time I’m the leader of a software team, I’m going to make this mandatory.