glasnost | Soviet government policy | Britannica.com

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

“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 […]

Washington Irving

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 …read more

“Computers are dumber than people but smarter than programmers”

“Computers are dumber than people but smarter than programmers”, Jerry Pournelle

“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 […]

“The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper

“Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper

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 […]

Poe’s law

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

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. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/gazunder.asp

“I think, therefore I am” – René Descartes

“I think, therefore I am” – René Descartes (1637) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes

“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 […]

Hubris

hubris n a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence Read More: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hubris

“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 […]

“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 […]

The rule for hiring boys – “A boy is a boy. Two boys are half a boy! Three boys are no boy at all.”

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”

“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.   http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/turn-to-page-394

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 […]

Thomas Hardy

        The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. Discuss …read more

Chinese Fire Drill

Chinese Fire Drill https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_fire_drill  

Wag the Dog

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! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog  

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