October 10, 2009

Read This Not Work

Free photobooks (Lifehacker)

The power of record labels decline as the music industry changes

Things said during real interviews. Some of my favs:

What are your weaknesses?

“I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.”

“I’m really not a big learner. You know … some people love learning and are always picking up new things, but that’s just not me. I’d much rather work at a place where the job is pretty stagnant and doesn’t change a lot.”

When have you demonstrated leadership skills?

“Well my best example would be in the world of online video gaming. I pretty much run the show; it takes a lot to do that.”

Tell of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it

“I stole some equipment from my old job, and I had to pay for its replacement.”

Are you drifting?

Hard times in the hotel industry have led to creative promotions (Freakonomics)

Interesting new investment class, betting on movie derrivatives

Lean times at Harvard, no more hot breakfasts or cookies! (NYT)

Oh Shit Kits

Tips on nailing your elevator pitch (HBR)

This sounds familiar: Hating what you do (Economist)

Anheuser Busch sells SeaWorld and other theme parks to Blackstone.

An easy and useful way to download every facebook photo that you’ve been tagged in.

Revealing photo: the ghost fleet of the Recession

In case you want to stuff more than money under your mattress during this recession,  the bed bunker can hold up to 32 rifles or 70 hand guns (rep Rooths)

How nonsense makes you smarter (NYT)

Get a better password in 5 minutes (Slate)

Nice post on “The Neutrality Fallacy”

But, what of those periods where we’re sliding ever-so-slowly up or down?

In those periods, we’re often governed largely not by action, but by inertia. The desire to not have to rock our own boats. “Hey,” we say, “life’s not so bad. So what if I’m not making what I’d like to make, I’m getting by. So, what if my marriage ain’t great, it’s not THAT bad. Who cares if I’m a little fatter, sicker and in just a bit more pain. It’s not such a big deal.”

Problem is, “I’m getting by, it’s not THAT bad and it’s not such a big deal.” may be “workable answers now. But, the only reason they’re workable is because you’re assuming that you’ll stay largely at these same levels over time. That if you don’t do anything substantial to change, 10, 20 or 30 years from now, your business, income, health, relationships will just keep going pretty much sideways, coasting…and you’re okay with that.

Except there is no coasting. There is no neutral. No sideways.

I Didn’t sin, it was my brain. How each of the seven deadly sins stimulate your brain. (Discover)

When it comes to lust, neuroimaging confirms that the prurient urge is all-encompassing. Watching pornography calls upon brain regions associated with reward, sensory interpretation, and visual processing. It enlists the amygdala and the hypothalamus, which deal with emotional information; it also stimulates the reward-processing ventral striatum, probably due to the satisfying nature of watching erotic stimuli. All said, the most notable thing about lust is that it sets nearly the whole brain buzzing, Safron says.



Old couple lives in a Travelodge for 22 years. (BBC)

Student slays burglar with samurai sword (Rep DYW)


3 Responses to “RTNW”

  1. wawa Says:

    yay! good post.

  2. Rooth Says:

    You’re back! Hope you’re settled in and are having a great fall!

  3. jo Says:

    did you buy that bed for your new place?

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