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  • Quote:"Thinking that what you post on social networking sites doesn't matter. At best, being unprofessional on sites like Facebook or Twitter will limit your professional growth and change the way your boss sees you; at worst, it can get you fired.

    // Cause remember folks, making jokes about boobs and earthquakes has a direct impact on how productive you are as a worker.

    (tags: business MBA)
  • Quote:"Like an insurgency, PowerPoint has crept into the daily lives of military commanders and reached the level of near obsession. The amount of time expended on PowerPoint, the Microsoft presentation program of computer-generated charts, graphs and bullet points, has made it a running joke in the Pentagon and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.)

    // Word.

  • // It will be very interesting to find out what the wooden structure on Mount Ararat is, why it is so old, who built it and a few dozen other questions. The wooden structure had been found by several groups over the past 100 years, including a military force and climbers.
  • // Yes, that's what we need, freakin' robots to boss us around and call us fat. I thought that's what friends were for.
  • Quote:"It wasn't until after the 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant had been lying there for nearly an hour that emergency workers arrived, and by then, it was too late. Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax — who police said was stabbed while intervening to help a woman being attacked — had died.

    "I think it's horrific," said Marla Cohan, who teaches at P.S. 82, a school across the street from where Tale-Yax died. "I think people are just afraid to step in; they don't want to get involved; who knows what their reasons are?"

    // Ray Bradbury warned us about the heartless trends of technological society.

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  • // Post Hoc ergo Propter Hoc
  • Quote:"The findings are from a study that tracked nearly 5,000 British adults for 20 years, and they highlight yet another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

    Overall, 314 people studied had all four unhealthy behaviors. Among them, 91 died during the study, or 29 percent. Among the 387 healthiest people with none of the four habits, only 32 died, or about 8 percent.

    The risky behaviors were: smoking tobacco; downing more than three alcoholic drinks per day for men and more than two daily for women; getting less than two hours of physical activity per week; and eating fruits and vegetables fewer than three times daily.

  • Quote:"I suspect that my scenario is not all that unusual and not worth much discussion. However, it should give us all pause; with so many storage mediums now gone or on their way out, what's next? At the tail end of my 2003 column, I mused that I could move all of my 3.5-inch data to a CD-R drive. Optical drives had reached ubiquity by the late 1990s and writable drives were the norm in 2003. Still, I worried about what might happen if the CD-R drive fell out of favor. I even considered moving my data to the next big thing in personal data storage (at least it was in 2003): DVD-R drives.

    The fact is that storage mediums and the drives that read and write them are not permanent like Mt. Rushmore. Instead, they're more like our sandy beaches, which seem permanent but are slowly but surely washing out to sea."

    // Still have a 3.5 inch floppy USB drive. Not that I had any data on any of those things.

  • Quote:""It's most likely a reflection of the fact that many environmental and lifestyle changes over the past 50 years are inherently detrimental to sperm production," says Professor Richard Sharpe, fertility research expert at the Medical Research Council. "It may be that different factors come together to have a combined effect." A number of studies point to a connection between early development in the womb and male reproductive problems in later life, especially low sperm counts.

    // The Baby Boomers get to destroy the lives of all sorts of people.

  • Quote:"USA Today's decline last year allowed The Wall Street Journal to surpass it as the newspaper with the biggest U.S. circulation. In Monday's report, the Journal once again posted the only gain in circulation among the top 25 newspapers that had comparable figures from a year ago. It grew its circulation 0.5 percent to 2.09 million. The Journal can count online readers because it charges them to read its website, while many newspapers can only count print subscriptions and newsstand sales.

    // Awesome.

  • // Duh
  • Quote:"Many hiring managers dislike it when people bring their own take-out cups of coffee to drink during an interview, according to career strategist Barbara Safani. It can come across as far too informal. And if you bring a child's Hello Kitty lunch box containing utensils to brew your own tea, as one candidate did when meeting Terdik, you will be memorable–but not in a good way.

    // Yes. That's it. people who buy their own coffee are clearly unqualified to work at yuor company.


  • Quote:"But government agencies have footed the bill for many projects including the concrete fish ladders and fishways to help the steelhead get around dams and other structures. The ladders are expensive, short-lived, require maintenance and have even been known to harm fish.

    "Fish ladders don't work like the engineers have them work on paper," said Matt Stoecker, a biological consultant who has spent years working on steelhead recovery.

    // Okay, someone in this article should have asked for some data on how many fish use the ladders. Do any? One? 500?

  • // Some many wikis. So little time.
    (tags: wikis)
  • // Funny
  • Quote:"American expats have long complained that the United States is the only industrialized country to tax citizens on income earned abroad, even when they are taxed in their country of residence, though they are allowed to exclude their first $91,400 in foreign-earned income.

    // I wouldn't want to get taxed twice over either.

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Something to do:

I wanted to invite all of you and your readers and members to CFACT’s
Earth Day Eve event with John Coleman – the founder of the weather
channel – and why this particular meteorologist believes that global
warming is, “a fictional, manufactured crisis, and a total scam.”

The event is free and open to the public.
John Coleman – Weather Channel Founder’s Forecast for Global Warming
University of Minnesota – East Bank campus
Rapson Hall – Room 43   (Parking in the Church Street Garage
recommended – http://campusmaps.umn.edu/tc/map.php?extent=east)
7:30 PM Wednesday April 21, 2010

Sponsored by Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow – CFACT
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the College
Republican’s are hosting Karl Rove on campus on Thursday April 22.

Karl Rove: Liberals’ Worst Nightmare
Date:   Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time:   12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location:       Smith Hall 100, East Bank, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities


Bill Gilles