1.01.2005

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» MISC: If you wanna work for Google
» MISC: When not to use major publishing houses to release your book
» MISC: Why I stop going out to the movies
» MISC: Can you hear me now? Good - you're indicted
» RANT: "I do not think it means what you think it means."
» MISC: "Something like that doesn't last very long in our house"
» MISC: Holiday gifts do NOT make you happy
» MISC: Save money without giving up the things you love
» MISC: You can't depend on your eyes when...

MISC: Escalating escalator frustrations

via Craigslist --
  • as fascinating as it is to watch the escalator go up or down, do not stand and gaze at it before you begin your journey. you can always take a picture.
  • once you've decided to hop aboard, you are probably inclined to stand on the escalator to make the ride last as long as possible. for some reason you like to stand on the left. don't.
  • make sure there are at least two steps between you and me. as much as you think i appreciate your face in my ass, how do you know i didn't have taco bell for lunch? beware.
  • talking on a cell phone and riding the escalator at the same time is not complicated for most people, but for you apparently it is so don't do it.
  • in the rare occassion you realize you are going in the wrong direction, do not stop, turnaround, and try to race the escalator down in the opposite direction.
  • as you approach the end of your trip, begin preparations for your final departure. don't pretend like the end is coming to you by surprise and stumble over the threshold of steel gnawing teeth and giggle.
  • as much as you've enjoyed your ride, do not stand at the end of the escalator to contemplate the meaning of your experience. unknown to you is the fact that everyone who you blocked by standing on the left side of the escalator is being thrown at you by the escalator which, by the way, doesn't stop just because you got off.
  • if the escalator is too complicated, try the elevator. you are probably the one who will try to squeeze into the elevator before anyone else steps off. don't do this.
  • when in doubt, take the stairs. you probably need the exercise anyway.

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MISC: If you wanna work for Google

why not ask? This Google employee hopeful is confident that it'll work.

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MISC: When not to use major publishing houses to release your book

Why bother with middle men, DonXml asked, if you expect to sell a couple 1000 books at the most, or if the publisher can't get your books into brick and mortars? Why not go right to Amazon, and use one of the publish on demand vendors out there?

As more and more books are not sold in your local store, and we become more and more accustom to buy books online, is the value of a tech publisher disappearing?

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MISC: Why I stop going out to the movies

For me, going out to the movies doesn't offer the total escape or, as the Buddhists call it "emptying," I need from the intensity of the new economy, Speech Writer Jane Genova blogged. The suburban theaters are multi-screen boxes, not the grand edifices with ornate designs, high ceilings and balconies of my childhood.

Instead of escape, there's a bombardment of non-stop marketing. That hits you right when you enter the theater with the flashing signs announcing free small-size soda with one large-size popcorn. Inside, there are all the commercials before the movie. Then there's the collection taken for some noble cause. And those sitting in the audience react to the flick as individuals not the mass of humanity which can and used to make a film a communal experience. Why not just stay home and watch a DVD by myself. I'm not pushed to consume. And I save gas...

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MISC: Can you hear me now? Good - you're indicted

via Law -- South Korea will begin sending legal notices -- including indictments -- to people through mobile phones instead of ordinary mail next year to save time and enhance privacy, an official said.

Can trial by cell phone be far behind?

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RANT: "I do not think it means what you think it means."

GL observed: In the film Princess Bride, the character of Vizzini frequently exclaims, "Inconceivable!" Finally Inigo Montoya responds, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."... (No one loves a pedant, but) when others misuse words frequently, it feels like fingernails on a chalkboard...

(One of the oddities is that) so many, many people react angrily to any suggestion that they have misused a word. When people make mistakes with math, especially with tips or returning change, it seems that correcting math mistakes is fine. Why the hyper-sensitivity to being corrected about misuse of words? Why is caring about words and their correct usage so off-putting to those who...misuse words? Why not simply say, "Okay, I didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know."? Why reply with a forest fire of anger? ...

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MISC: "Something like that doesn't last very long in our house"

RD -- Some neighbors of my grandparents' gave them a pumpkin pie as a holiday gift. As lovely as the gesture was, it was clear from the first bite that the pie tasted bad. It was so inedible that my grandmother had to throw it away. Ever gracious and tactful, she still felt obliged to send the neighbors a note. It reads

"Thank you very much for the pumpkin pie. Something like that doesn't last very long in our house."

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MISC: Holiday gifts do NOT make you happy

Material riches fail the happy test, Financial Times reports. Rich people are likely to find more happiness scuba-diving or going to a concert than buying that Ferrari, global investors were told on Friday. According to what many in financial circles will regard a heretical piece of research by Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, materialistic goals may even cause dissatisfaction with life and mental disorders such as paranoia... there was a mass of evidence to suggest that spending on experiences, such as walking the Machu Picchu trail in Peru, rather than possessions, such as flash watches, seemed to make people happier, provided their basic needs were satisfied... Explaining the benefits of experiences over possessions, (James Montier) said they tended to be unique, whereas a house or car is likely to become the norm very quickly. He urged readers to avoid a keep-up-with-the-Joneses syndrome...

Barry Ritholtz observed, ...The value of wealth isn't necessarily the THINGS you can acquire, it is the things you can do with it -- the experiences and memories that you can "acquire."

Think of it this way: It's the not the TOYS, it's the PLAYING...

Could it be true that the best things in life aren't things?

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MISC: Save money without giving up the things you love

I love coffee (especially hazelnut.), Darlene Arechederra blogs. I love the smell of coffee brewing. It brings me to a standstill. The earth could slip off its axis, but I'd only worry about it once I have that fresh cup of brew in my hands. Then, and only then, am I interested in moving on.

You know what I mean, don't you? Perhaps for you it's eating out. Or chocolate. Books. Shoes. Clothes. Perfumes. If it's something you love, there's a slim chance you'll give it up easily... The words, giving up something are fighting words for some! I mean, can't you just picture the boxing gloves coming out? ... Chances are that cutting back, phasing out, or even eliminating things you enjoy will not inspire you for long. The very thought can leave you feeling as if you're facing an uphill battle.

Darlene outlined 3 quick steps to immediate success

  • Know the reason you want to make changes. To have this work, you must have a specific reason. What is your very special purpose in trading off something you love?
  • Determine the first, small change you will make to set up your trade off. Choose something that will leave you feeling great about your decision. Deprivation doesn't work for the long haul.
  • Tuck away every cent you save, once you begin your plan. Put it up to have it for your own special purpose. Quickly reaping your rewards will provide motivation and keep you saving...

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MISC: You can't depend on your eyes when...

...your imagination is out of focus, Mark Twain once said. That leads to the question: what do Pearl Harbor, the 9/11 tragedy, and Katrina have in common?

Failure of Imagination, Kathie Snow wrote. "...If officials had let their imaginations roam, it's possible they could have anticipated what terrorists were capable of doing; then measures could have been taken which might have thwarted a terrorist attack..."

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