Definition: (noun) A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters.
Synonyms: allegory, parable, fable.
Usage: The minister liked to incorporate apologues into his sermons, thinking the moral tales about sly foxes and witty rabbits would appeal to the children in the congregation.
The Russian word glasnost, translated as “openness,” refers to the Soviet policy of open discussion of political and social issues. The policy was instituted by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s and began the democratization of the Soviet Union.
Source: glasnost | Soviet government policy | Britannica.com
“You can be ornery when you’re Scotty, but not when you’re Kirk.” – Paul Graham
While reading a long but very interesting article from 2013 by Paul Graham I found this jewel there. Talking about the ‘people handling’ style of engineers vs. sales people. Mostly differences in Customer Service orientation.
I don’t think I’m like this but I could be……
Read full Article –> Do Things That Don’t Scale
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle. Discuss
“Computers are dumber than people but smarter than programmers”, Jerry Pournelle
Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three’s ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. What happened next? Discuss
“Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper
A zombie computer, or zombie, is a computer attached to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker, computer virus, or trojan horse. Generally, a compromised machine is only one of many in a network of remotely controlled computers used to perform malicious tasks. Most owners of zombie computers are unaware that their systems are being used in this way, but the damage caused by such systems can be devastating. Approximately what percent of the world’s spam is sent from zombie computers? Discuss
Poe’s law is an Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views.
Source: Poe’s law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gazundering is a term for a modern phenomenon that refers to the action of a buyer who lowers their offer on a previously agreed sale price, just prior to the contract being signed.
“I think, therefore I am” – René Descartes (1637)
“Physic” – Advertising Sign
A psychic in a town close by had an office. Nice location on a busy corner. Had one of them $100 dollar vinyl signs to advertise her business, Palm Reader, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves, and Physic!!!!
I saw the sign but couldn’t believe it. Went around the block and checked it again. Yeah, that’s what it said!
Now, my take on this was ‘she must not be real adept at being a Physic…. I mean psychic’.
- She didn’t foresee the sign painter misspelling the word.
- She didn’t recognize the problem when it was delivered and installed.
- She could consult her crystal ball and ‘see’ I (and probably many others) were riding by and laughing at her ‘misfortune’.
I worked in a large retail establishment for 6 years. Always a good laugh there if you looked for it!
The first year I was there, someone had went through a bunch of display items, priced them at a good discount and placed them on a prominent isle table. They then printed out a set of signs to attract attention…… ‘Dislpay Sold’!!! All four sides. Great Display.
Nothing there moved very fast.
I noticed the sign but thought it was my dyslexia kicking in but…. I kept passing that nice display and realized the sign was misspelled. Evidently the customers didn’t understand it either and didn’t buy from there in spite of the deep discount.
Over time as the opportunities came, I would point it out to management, starting the supervisors. Nothing happened! Market manager didn’t even notice when he dropped by.
Thought it was all over until a year before I left. the same signs appeared on a isle shelving area.
In case you don’t get it, the sign should have said, “Display Sale”.
“where is everyone????” – Fermi’s question
The age of the universe and its vast number of stars has led some to suggest that unless the rare Earth hypothesis holds true, extraterrestrial life should be common.
In an informal discussion in 1950, the physicist Enrico Fermi questioned why, if a multitude of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations exist in the Milky Way galaxy, evidence such as a flying saucer or Von Neumann probe have not yet been seen.
Read More…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox#Hypothetical_explanations_for_the_paradox
The rule for hiring boys – “A boy is a boy. Two boys are half a boy! Three boys are no boy at all.”
“Turn To Page 394” is a line used by Alan Rickman’s character, Severus Snape in the film series, Harry Potter, where the phrase features frequently in a particular scene.
An allergy is an abnormally high sensitivity to an otherwise harmless foreign substance, or allergen, that leads to an exaggerated response of the natural immune defense mechanism. Allergens can be airborne substances, infectious agents, foods, contactants, or physical agents; and reactions can range from the relatively benign runny nose to severe inflammation, anaphylactic shock, and even death. Why do some scientists believe that children with no siblings are more prone to allergies? Discuss
Why does the dog wag its tail?
Because the dog is smarter than the tail.
If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog. – Caption at the beginning of the film, Wag the Dog!
“Come up and see me sometime”, Mae West
“That’ll be the day”, John Wayne – The Searchers – Movie
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali