apologue

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.
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“You can be ornery when you’re Scotty, but not when you’re Kirk.” – Paul Graham

“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

“The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” (1951)

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
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Zombie Computers

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
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“Physic” – Advertising Sign

“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!

“Physic”

Now, my take on this was ‘she must not be real adept at being a Physic…. I mean psychic’.

Why?

  • 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’.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/physic

“Dislpay Sold” – Advertising Sign

“Dislpay Sold”

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.

Dislpay Sold!!!

 

In case you don’t get it, the sign should have said, “Display Sale”.

“where is everyone????”

“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

 

 

Allergies

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
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