I was choking on a cornflake
You said “Have some toast instead”
I was sleeping maybe three hours
You said “You should get to bed”
I was waiting at the church door
For the minister to show
I was looking at the new year
You said “Walk before you crawl”
I was feeling like a loser
You said “Hey, you’ve still got me”
I was feeling pretty lonely
You said “You wanted to be free”
I was looking for a good time
You said “Let the good times start”
With a quiver of your eyelid
You took on someone else’s part
Maybe I’m a little greedy
You said “Think before you speak”
Sometimes I’m a little seedy
You said “Everyone is weak”
Now I feel a little better
Is there something I can do?
But I never heard the answer
I never had a clue
directing political internet traffic [LINK]motherjones.com
Using Google AdSense to direct people to McCain website is innovative. It’s sort of creepy in a big brother herding sheep kind of way. There just some little guys out there directing political internet traffic (on both sides). It’s premeditated by strategists, although they trick you into thinking it was your idea. We are all willing pawns when it comes to the internet. If you don’t believe me just following the link.
As an office-dweller by day, I understand the need for quick identification of workplace perils. The cubicle jungle can be a dangerous place, and it’s best for all of us if you’re aware of the potential dangers. Please consider this a brief field guide for those of you new to the office:
Do not drink the office coffee. By definition, office coffee is terrible.
Never shake hands with “that guy” who goes to the bathroom and doesn’t wash his hands.
That sponge in the kitchen/break room? It’s roughly 4 years old and there is stuff growing on it for which there is no cure.
Never touch a co-worker’s computer unless instructed to do so. I’ve seen people killed for less.
Alt-Tab (or the OS X equivalent) is the most important keystroke ever.
The best friend you can make in an office is the person with the most food stashed in their desk drawers.
The printer/fax machine/copier will fail when you need it most. There are no exceptions to this rule. (see Office Space for more details)
Every field has a way of needlessly working its jargon into normal conversation (for example, IT people use “bandwidth” where they mean “free time” and “ping me” where they mean “send me an IM, please”). Please don’t do this.
If you ask a coworker about the children’s drawings on his/her cube wall, prepare to be there for the rest of the day. No one loves to talk about their children more than cube trolls.
Beware the Meeting Hydra. Nothing in the office is scarier, or more deadly, than the meeting that spawns other meetings. Nothing.
This is Office Perils 101 level stuff, and while you should always be on the lookout for the things on this list, realize that each office has its own unique perils.
Best of luck brave office newbie. I hope to see you on the other side.
If you are new to the cubes, bring in some CUPCAKES. If you bring them on a Friday or a Monday there is a pretty good chance of competition so aim for Tuesday or Wednesday. Chocolate is always a good bet. Don’t make too big of a deal out of it. Send a company e-mail letting people know the cupcakes are available. Then, if anyone asks, play it off like you were baking anyway for something else (bake sale, birthday, party). Bringing fresh baked goods forms fast alliances in the cubes. If you don’t bake go to a good bakery. Alliances formed over generic store bought treats are tenuous and often short lived.
“[discussing film crews] …they always want me to be in front of a totem pole. First of all that’s coastal. Second of all: NO! They said they wanted me in my cultural environment. Starbucks?”—Sherman Alexie
“Are you worried that you could win the nomination at the convention and defeat John McCain in the general and, you know, go to the inauguration and Hillary would still be running?”—Jon Stewart to Obama on the Daily Show (via highlow)
America's Most Lustful Cities - Forbes.com [LINK]forbes.com
1. denver, colorado
2. san antonio, texas / portland, oregon
4. seattle, washington
5. salt lake city, utah & boise, idaho
6. washington, d.c.
7. cincinnati, ohio / columbus, ohio
9. baltimore, maryland
10. buffalo, new york & rochester, new york
Has this been cross-referenced at all with the prominence abstinence only sex education? Maybe it’s not an issue of more sex but rather safer sex. Not that living in a top ten cities isn’t exciting. It is nice to know Seattle will finally get some recognition for something other than rain, 90’s grunge and the suicide rate (note: Vegas is actually the highest).
Two colliding embryos fused and somehow a woman is her own twin, a chimera. This is insane. Her blood has the DNA of one twin and her organs have the DNA of another. You can hear her talk about the moment she found out she was genetically unrelated to her sons on RadioLab(So-Called) Life.
Oakland A’s versus Seattle Sonics: the hunt for a new home
“We’ve spent most of our time focused on Oakland; now the next goal is to stay in Alameda County,” he said. “We haven’t ruled out any place, but Oakland is difficult because it has lots of priorities that are very important to the community beyond sports.” [Athletics team owner Lewis Wolff]
If only the Sonics had a portion of this diplomacy and an inkling of a community’s greater responsibilities.
“I saw you walking
In the city
We’re all in this together
The city’s changing
‘Cause we are changing
And were all in this together
Every twelve seconds
That were all in this together”—Ben Lee
These two managers could not possibly be more diametrically opposed; they simply approach their jobs differently. Despite the myriad differences in the way they talk/dress/carry themselves, the biggest difference I see between them is how they interact with the people they manage.
The first manager is progressive: he learns about new technologies, he listens to those underneath him, he wants to know how your weekend went, and he’s always willing to take a chance on something new. The second manager is anything but progressive: he subscribes to a CYA mentality, he thinks his way is “the right way”, he rarely listens to those beneath him, doesn’t want to learn anything new, and you’ll only see him if you’ve done something wrong.
I highlight these different managing styles because in the long term, managers are only as effective as they are inspiring. An effective manager is one who inspires you to learn something new, try a different approach, or even helps you solve a difficult problem. The ineffective managers typically “inspire” through fear. It may get the job done, but ultimately, no one wants to go the extra mile for an asshole. And getting your people to go the extra mile when it’s needed most is what being an effective manager is all about.
“I have decided you are my hamburger good luck charm.”—My coworker Patty [this comment was not given further context except to say the burgers she orders are delicious when I am around. Um, thanks I guess.]
Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo and Nino Moschella, Pacifika
There will be hundreds more announced over the next several months, but I’m already psyched.
It turns out there is finally proof the TV can save your life. Not only can the food network rescue a dinner party and a good Jon Stewart quote salvage a cocktail conversation but survivorman can save your life when you take a wrong turn in Manitoba. Amazing.