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Wed, 23 Apr 2008 23:27:05 GMT

Gen Y and cheating

Gen Y and cheating
Are millennials more inclined to cheat to get ahead?

That seems to be suggestion from Barbara Keats, associate professor of management at the WP Carey School of Business.

Keats argues that this generation has grown up in a very different social context, growing up with "helicopter parents" who tried solving their problems for them and who shielded them from moral and ethical uncertainty and who were raised in an achievement oriented society where there has been more tolerance for cutting corners.

Read her arguments and ponder. Personally, I'm not sure I buy it because baby boomers and Xers have not exactly been absolutely above ethical lapses. Whether it's been at Enron, Barings or WorldCom. Certainly haven't seen anything rivalling that from Gen Y. And if anything, the Gen Ys seem to have a much keener sense of corporate social responsibility than their forebears.

Still, it's an interesting argument. Watch this space.

Posted by: leon      Read more     Source

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 21:59:26 GMT

Food Allergies and Bullying

Food Allergies and Bullying
Often, children can be very cruel. Without realizing the consequences of their actions, children often pick on their classmates, particularly those that are a bit different from the norm. And people with food allergies definitely fall into that category. I can imagine that for kids who don't have food allergies, someone who's deathly allergic to something benign such as peanut butter or peanut cookies, are freaks and are thus obvious targets for bullies.

It's sad, really. Sad, that such an intolerance can get to the point that an eighth-grader would face felony charges after putting crumbled peanut butter cookies in the lunch box of another student with a severe allergy to peanuts. Why does this have to happen? Why is it so difficult for others to understand that for some people, living with allergies is no joke? Why is it so difficult for us to tolerate and be considerate of each others' weaknesses?

Photo Credit: scol22

Posted by: ruth      Read more     Source

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 23:23:09 GMT

How to propose marriage to someone

How to propose marriage to someone
From the US Patent and Trademark Office: A method and instrument for proposing marriage to an individual.

The purpose of this invention is to provide an improved method of proposing marriage to an individual. The method of proposing to an individual generally comprising the steps of meeting the individual; exchanging names with the individual; dating the individual (not necessary); drafting a government document having a proposal to marry the individual incorporated therein; and showing the government document to the individual.

Posted by: Gerard      Read more     Source

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 10:56:01 GMT


Did you ever wonder what happened to Disneyland''s Mine Train, Flying Saucers, or Indian Village? These and other attractions, restaurants, and shops are now collected in Yesterland, a theme park on the Web.

Perhaps you remember some of these attractions from your earlier visits to Disneyland. Or perhaps they were gone before you ever had a chance to experience them. In either case, you can find out all about these long gone attractions at Yesterland.

Posted by: Gerard      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 01:14:38 GMT

Fossils of the wind

If it quacks like a duck… from the Undiscovery Channel on Vimeo.

The woods were full of Vimeo, Mom says at dinner. They’re migrating north. I am suddenly sorry I didn’t go for a walk in the woods. Instead, I spent an hour in the bottom corner of the field, crouched beside the artifically enlarged spring we call a pond, waiting in vain for the wood frogs to resume the chorus I’d interrupted when I had to change my camera batteries. After forty minutes, a single frog re-emerged; at least six had been quacking and fighting when I first got there. Even though I was watching the pond intently for the slightest sign of movement, the frog just suddenly materialized like some kind of amphibian ninja, floating motionless on the surface with a small lump of mud for a hat. He drifted back and forth in the breeze, not moving a muscle. Watching him watch me — this creature that can Vimeo, his heart stopped — I too began slipping into a trance. I was reminded of Charles Simic’s “Stone Inside a Stone,”

On the border of nothing and nothing.

Fossils of the wind.
But what wind?

You can’t step twice in the same river –
With a stone you can take your sweet time.


The sun was sinking, and the temperature was dropping back down into the 40s. My fingers grew numb around the camera. I caught sight of the Vimeo that has been living in this spring for the past few years, feasting on frogs’ eggs and tadpoles and reducing the once-teeming wood frog population to a half-dozen long-lived survivors. The newt glided insouciantly along the bottom, and I couldn’t help wondering if this was the real “lizard in the spring” in the old Vimeo.

Later, when Mom hears that the wood frogs had been out, she says she’s sorry she went for a walk in the woods instead. It seems we each took the other’s walk! But on the way back up the driveway to fix supper, I paused to admire a clump of newly opened coltsfoot at the edge of the driveway, small suns in a firmament of blue-gray stone.


Posted by: Vianegativa      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 01:56:18 GMT

Buying Decisions

Buying Decisions
Do you have trouble spending money?

Most small business owners need to be smart with money. However, being smart also means that you know when to spend money.

I have to admit that I have a hard time spending money. Recently I was making a decision to purchase some new equipment and I waited many days before clicking the buy button. My wife and I talked about the purchase and she was satisfied with the need, I knew that I could use the equipment but I am so used to be careful with money that it was hard to actually go ahead and buy the product.

I am not saying that you should spend money foolishly. I know I need the equipment I am buying and it will help me with my business, but just find it hard to make the purchase. However, I did have the money in the bank so there were no worries about us going into debt.

I came up with a list to decide whether to make a purchase or not:

1. Is the equipment needed?
2. Will the equipment pay for itself?
3. How long will it take to pay for itself?
4. Do you have the cash to pay for it?
5. Is there something else you can purchase for less to do the same job?

You may want to add more to the list depending on your needs.

While you need to be frugal with your money you also need to know when to spend it. The Ask John Paul Blog has some more on this subject.

Posted by: John Dornoff      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 01:48:32 GMT

More on Organizing with Jott

More on Organizing with Jott
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. - Marcus Aurelius
"What's the catch?" asked my partner. I was showing off the fact that '3' on my phone is my Jott speed dial ('2' and '1' are my kids and AT&T). She wanted to know how much we were spending on my current gadget of the month. A couple of months ago it was Pirates of the Caribbean online. I am still getting billed. I will Jott myself a reminder to cancel. I told her it was free. She'll probably sign up.

Jott is a terrific tool. But it is even more helpful when mashed with some other online services and organizers as outlined in a few months ago.

Let me illustrate the two most useful. First, you can Jott to Postful a service that converts e-mail to regular mail. I hit my speed dial, have Jott e-mail Postful, and a hard letter is sent out. Another great idea is to combine Jott with Twitterto produce an RSS feed of your musings. This would be fun for a travel website or perhaps a company intranet. Lifhacker lists other creative uses including the integration with Google calendar.

Posted by: Gregory Boop      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 00:42:22 GMT

Using Age to Decide Size Restrictions on ATVs

Using Age to Decide Size Restrictions on ATVs

Restricting this 4 year old from riding is not fair, he's been riding for 2 years

So yesterday I went off the deep end about the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee lying about what data the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) has on ATV related deaths and injuries. Am I sorry for slamming them? Hell no! In fact, I toned it down quite a bit compared to what I wanted to say. Lying bastards!

So anyway, the purpose of that bill was to enact age requirements to ride certain size ATVs. While being completely unfair as opposed to any restrictions to motorcycles, rhinos, sand cars (rails) etc, it is also completely idiotic to think all kids at a certain age, riding on a certain type of terrain, will be safest on set engine sizes.

For example, the two long-time readers here at Under My Helmet know that I've got a pair of young sons who absolutely love to ride, and ride very very well for their age. And size considering the oldest of the two, who is 5, is almost as big as his 10 year old cousin, and bigger than most 7 and 8 year olds I've seen him next to.

So imagine when he is 9, pushing 120 lbs, and forced to ride a 70cc machine in the deep sand at Gordons. It would be extremely dangerous. Not because "he's riding a quad", but because he won't have the power to ride like he's supposed to.

If these yahoo polititions want to do something to protect kids, they better think it through or they're going to end up causing more injuries than they're preventing.

If you're interested in keeping track of this issue, go here to get updates on the bill.

Posted by: Matt      Read more     Source

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 00:31:01 GMT

Style Crush: Cassie-style cool

Style Crush: Cassie-style cool
Not usually one to idolise the style choices of fictional teenage girls (childhood ‘Clarissa‘ obsession aside…), I have decided to make an exception and appoint Cassie from hit TV show ‘Skins‘ as my new style crush.

The show, which chronicles the debaucherous antics of a group of Bristol based teens, is dressed up in the kind of stylised, nonchalant clothes that make me long for the days of my own teenage rebellion. I’m hooked on the entire cast, but it is Cassie’s offbeat eccentricity that has really got me thinking.

Posted by: Katy Smail      Read more     Source

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 13:10:14 GMT

Personal Responsibility?

Personal Responsibility?
Here we go again.... some fool trying to insinuate that helmets don't do any good. Or more specifically, helmet LAWS don't do any good.

Ok, look.... the bottom line is this: I'm not advocating more legislation. We've got plenty. But for people like Jeff Hennie, Vice-President of Government Affairs, Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), to try to (inadvertently?) convince us that helmets don't help prevent injury and/or death in motorcycle accidents is not just flat out wrong, it's irresponsible to boot!

I have at least two helmets in my garage right now that have been on the ground. They both prevented injury to the head and face of myself and my wife. The wife's was especially telling, because the entire right side of the helmet from about the mouth to the ear has been scraped away. If she hadn't been wearing that helmet, the whole side of her face would be one big, nasty scar. Or worse.

I'm not saying to make more helmet laws. I'm saying don't listen to the idiots that are trying to tell you helmets don't work. They do work.

Posted by: Matt      Read more     Source

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