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Terrorist Fist Bump Emoticon

Updated on Nov 20:

==@@==

or

==3E==

Are officially sanctioned emoticons.  Sanctioned by me.  :<p

–Original post–

As far as I know, invented this.  You read it hear first.

I proudly pronounce the 100% American terrorist fist bump.

–8 8–

Tips welcome.

UPDATED:

How about this:

–3 E–

See its two different fists.  And, it avoids the messiness of the ** thing.

Or,

–@ @–

That is Ok.  Looks like 2 roses also though.  Feel free to vote below.

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Amusing Caricature of Pop Social Scientists

This was emailed to me three years ago, and is very amusing.  Allan Friedman wrote posted it, but the link is dead, so I am posting here so it does not die.

http://allan.friedmans.org/mt/ (now dead link)

How pop social scientists order at a restaurant August 23, 2005

Not new, but an utterly brilliant piece from kottke.org needs to be shared. A group of made-for-mass-consumption social science books have been released over the past few years looking at decision-making processes. How would their authors order at a restaurant?

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Glance quickly at the menu and order whatever catches your eye first. Spend no more than 2-3 seconds deciding or the quality of your choice (and your meal) will decline.

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The key to ordering a good meal in a restaurant is understanding the economic incentives involved. Ask the server what they recommend and order something else…they are probably trying to get you to order something with a high profit margin or a dish that the restaurant needs to get rid of before the chicken goes bad or something. Never order the second least expensive bottle of wine; it’s typically the one with the highest mark-up on the list (i.e. the worst deal).

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

Take the menu and rip it into 4 or 5 pieces. Order from only one of the pieces, ignoring the choices on the rest of the menu. You will be happier with your meal.

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

Poll the other patrons at the restaurant about what they’re having and order the most popular choices for yourself.

Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson

Order anything made with lots of butter, sugar, etc. Avoid salad or anything organic. A meal of all desserts may be appropriate. Or see if you can get the chef to make you a special dish like foie gras and bacon covered with butterscotch and hot fudge. Ideally, you will have brought a Super Sized McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal into the restaurant with you. Smoke and drink liberally.

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Insight into professors

Hilarious PhD comic!

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Business Optimists Rediscover Society!

A somewhat structured web surf about organizational change lead me to this site about the book/project called:

Megacommunities.

Which includes this amusing graphic.

I think that web od dense relations in the middle also has an older name: society.

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Is this for real?

A direct mail marketing message came to me today ahead of the Academy of Management meetings.

Is this for real?

Do you have questions about life?

Stop by the McGraw-Hill/Irwin booth Sunday, Aug.9 and Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and get lifes questions answered by our psychics!

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Amusing Diaper Story

One of the folks over at BPP has this amusing story about trying to use eco diapers and findng that “reality overhwlems the good inetentiosn of the crusade.”

Could sum up my challenges in writing too.  What to do when the reality is you?

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Pithy approach to political economy

A colleague sent this along.  I know it floated around Internet for awhile.

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.  The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and
then throws the
milk away…

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and
the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows…  You sell one, and force the other to produce the
milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.
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Chuck Norris and Google

hat tip to orgtheory

1. Go to Google.

2. Type “find chuck norris” into the search box.

3. Hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button.

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ikea as a malevolent force for Scandinavian hate-mongering?

The good folks at orgtheory.net cite some research showing that Ikea’s naming of products is not as random as meets the eye of the non-Scandinavian.

nonrandomness that i can’t explain « orgtheory.net

I swore off Ikea after we reached a certain income threshold.  I’d been burned by too many of those lock down bolts-on-the-end-of-screws.

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Messin’ with my head: Our solar system isnt what it used to be

Not only did they diss cute, rakishly-tilted Pluto, no the astronomers are really messin’ with my head.

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 03/04/2008 | Our solar system isnt what it used to be
Under the new definition, the International Astronomical Union has officially recognized 11 planets: eight traditional ones plus three “dwarf planets. The dwarfs are Pluto; Ceres, which was thought to be an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter; and Eris, an object thats slightly larger than Pluto and farther from the sun.

At least 40 more dwarfs have been spotted even farther out and are awaiting official recognition. They bear names such as Quaoar, Sedna, Orcus, Varuna and Ixion. Dozens of others are known only by code numbers.

Maybe they miss the golden days of Galileo and Copernicus. They figure the stodgy field of astronomy will be shaken up by creating controversy and having the civil-religious authorities persecute them so they can be martyred on the high altar of science.

They still seem street-dumb though. They gave away those dwarf planet names for firesale prices. What would the naming rights of a dwarf planet be worth? How many telescopes could be bought with the proceeds from the official Gates planet, or Nike planetoid.

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