Q: Why are people so uncomfortable with Wikipedia, Google and that whole blog thing?
A: Because these systems operate on the alien logic of probabilistic statistics, which sacrifices perfection at the micro scale for optimization at the macro scale.
Television is bad for your brain, but TV shows (via DVD/bittorrent) can be good for your brain. Some Reasons:
1) TV Addiction is a distinct possibility
2) TV News reduces left-brain logical thinking
3) Having TV in background causes “brain drain”
December 27, 2005
December 26, 2005
I really love Overheard In The Office. Here are some recent gems that I particularly liked:
Agent #1: Why is that dog wearing a “W” on its head?
Agent #2: That’s not a “W”; it’s obviously an “M.” It’s just upside down.
Bystander: Um…those are reindeer antlers.
Boss: I’m getting nailed to the wall here, guys! C’mon! I’m not Jesus Christ! Help me out!
Manager: Here you go.
Employee: Oh, thank goodness. This is what she’s looking for…I’m so glad you found it. I would have had to redo it right now.
Manager: I found it on your desk.
CSR #1: What does IT stand for?
CSR #2: Idiotic tendencies.
CSR #1: Oh, so that’s why we forward them all the stupid questions.
CSR on phone: Sir, would you mind slowing down just a little bit? You’re really giving me a lot of information, and it’s not really registering in my brain because I’m still trying to type in all the other crap you told me.
Worker: So the Christmas party is mandatory?
Boss: Of course not, but if you don’t show you’ll probably be ostracized.
Worker: …And I have to sign a waiver to drink?
Boss: Do you think a company of lawyers would let everyone drink, then drive, and not cover their asses?
Co-worker #1: Where is my breakfast burrito?
Co-worker #2: Sorry bud, I totally forgot to order you one.
Co-worker #1: Next time I shoot my .357 magnum at the range…I’m going to draw your face on the target.
VP: There is only so much you can do with one hand.
Co-worker: I’m not going to touch that.
VP: We have to create the problem that the customer will want to solve.
Co-worker #1: I’m really hot.
Co-worker #2: I’m turning the heat down to 90. If anyone’s cold then they can go into [Jessica]’s office, but first you have to take off your clothes because it’s a sauna in there.
Co-worker #3: You shouldn’t tell people to take their clothes off before going into [Jessica]’s office.
Worker #1: Do you have any time available to meet on Thursday?
Worker #2: It will be pretty tough; I have back to back meetings all day.
Worker #1: How about 11AM?
Worker #2: Okay, I have nothing scheduled at all between 9AM and 5PM.
I’ve been going through my backlog of links on bloglines, and I’ve bookmarked well over 30 links, so expect that the next post will have a lot of links to read through!
I tend to put description about the links in the del.icio.us entry itself, instead of creating a blog entry for every link (that would be too many entries!) and a duplication of effort. I also treat it as a challenge to produce a 255-character elevator pitch for the article. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t 🙂 What do you think is the best way to go about it?