Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Circus Posters Removed

After a complaint from a woman that fears clowns.

When I come across stuff like this, I realize I don’t have an imagination that can outpace reality.

Carol Frances Omeara Called Police Because She Was ‘Just Too Damn Drunk’

My sister will be happy to know she’s in Montana.

Heh… One of those lists with cool places around the world. And, hey! I’ve been to one of them

10 Unique Ocean Landscapes

#5 on the list is the underwater waterfall off the Southwest corner of Mauritius:


That corner beach had windy conditions every day. It is a world renown kite surfing area. I spent several Saturdays on that beach. The area is known as Le Morne.

The other sites shown on the paged linked to above are very cool too. The #1 spot is on Eleuthera in the Bahamas. I’ve not been to that island, but you can find a very similar situation on Elbow Cay in the Abacos.

You’ve seen this before

We’ve all seen this picture of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield:


What you might like to know is that there are several more photos from the same evening.

IKEA or Death

IKEA or Death.

Go take the test. I got 11 out of 20 correct. Not much different than pure chance.

HT: David Thompson

A Market Failure

The penultimate paragraph of a nice post by TM Lutas:

So why has CEO production not drawn attention of the same people addressing the “IT shortage”? Why doesn’t the CEO grooming process create more candidates that drive costs down? Why is shareholder value being squandered in so many cases in highly compensating a stream of short lived, not very good chief executives, who drive the company into disaster time and again?

Go read the whole thing there.

We, the worker bees of this economy, are faced with the prospect of billionaire CEO’s lobbying congress to admit more workers to this country. More workers will only mean depressed wages for us worker bees. This is especially true for the people with the lower skill sets.

I think we should have a contest, like was done in Million Dollar Arm, only this time we search for CEO talent. My preference would be to find some guy that just didn’t quite make the cut for IIT. You know, someone of the wrong caste, or maybe some poor farmer, one of the types that never gets a break in India. There is only about 500 million people that fit this category. There must be a really hardworking and smart young guy that is capable of being the CEO of Facebook within that group. He’s probably do it for about one quarter of what Zuckerberg takes home.

Who’s in?

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The Job Search

I submitted a resume to an online ad last Friday morning. Less than 10 minutes later I received a response asking when I could come in for an interview. After a couple more e-mails back and forth, we settled on 3:00pm Friday afternoon. I spent almost two hours with the guy that afternoon.

I was invited back for an interview with a sales manager on Tuesday morning.

I was invited back again for an interview with the general manager Wednesday morning. In that session I was told that the next step was to meet with the company president. I was told to expect an e-mail containing a link to an online personality profile test. I left the office figuring I had it nailed. I was getting excited about my new position.

I sent my thank you e-mails yesterday just like I have at each step along the way.

After the first two interviews, I received e-mails telling me when my next appointment was almost before I got back home.

Yesterday I never received the link to the online test. I called this afternoon. Typical of today’s corporate environment, I got voice mail.

I got an e-mail a few minutes ago telling me they’ve decided to move on with other candidates. Fuck.

Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

This is quite fun. I know it’s an ad for some movie I won’t see, but still, it’s worth the watch:

I wonder how I would react encountering that with no prior knowledge. I’m certain I’d at least jump out of surprise, but I would hope that my curiosity would keep me there to figure it out. I don’t think I’d run screaming like a little girl such as some of the patrons.

via Maggie’s Farm

Meat giant Cargill, refugees, and the town folk of Ft. Morgan are one big happy family

The Open Borders people think this is a good thing:

We learn that 2/3 of its 2,100 employees are Hispanic and 1/3 are East African (Somali mostly) and a Cargill representative leads us to believe that they are not choosing immigrants over American workers.   Huh?  The trick is trying to figure out how exactly do the immigrant laborers improve their bottom-line.  Is it through cheap wages?  Tax breaks?  A combination of the two.  You know it isn’t because Cargill owners and managers are simply good people out to help the downtrodden of the world!

RTWT at Refugee Resettlement Watch.

This so obviously depresses wages or denies jobs to people that are already in this country. Our fellow citizens. I am increasingly becoming a citizenist. I have grown weary of large rent seeking corporations getting special treatment and advantage from the government. This special treatment not only puts small businesses, like the one I used to own, at a disadvantage relative to the large corporation (in areas that have nothing to do with cost of product or service), it clearly is taking jobs away from our fellow citizens. This activity also depresses the wage scale all the way up the chain.

It will be interesting to follow along with Ann as she works to discover the exact mechanism by which Cargill profits.