Saturday, August 25, 2007

it could happen to anyone

A man, provocatively dressed in his wife's lingerie, eyes himself up and down in a full length mirror behind closed doors in his bedroom.

Suddenly he is crestfallen.

"This is wrong," he mutters to himself, downheartedly.

"I think the bow goes in the BACK ..."


Friday, August 17, 2007


A young teen received a Nerf football from his parents as a gift.

"What IS this??" he asked quizzically.

"It's a Nerf Ball," his dad explained, "It was all the rage when I was a kid."

The next morning, the boy published a post about the gift on his blog.

The title of the entry?

"Sponge Ball, Square Parents."


Thursday, August 16, 2007

airport screeners look for deception

They're watching you

WASHINGTON - Next time you go to the airport, there may be more eyes on you than you notice.

Specially trained security personnel are watching body language and facial cues of passengers for signs of bad intentions. The watcher could be the attendant who hands you the tray for your laptop or the one standing behind the ticket-checker. Or the one next to the curbside baggage attendant.


At the heart of the new screening system is a theory that when people try to conceal their emotions, they reveal their feelings in flashes that Ekman, a pioneer in the field, calls "micro-expressions." Fear and disgust are the key ones, he said, because they're associated with deception.

Let me get this straight. Signs of fear and disgust in today's airline travelers are what triggers closer scrutiny??

Exactly who would that eliminate?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

resumé "interests"

Take a look at your resumé. Do you have a section for "interests?" If so, what do you have there?

If you have something like needlework, you may worry about not getting offers for jobs requiring, I don't know, movement?

What about sports? Did you list baseball? Soccer? Tennis? Listing such activities can prove to a potential employer that you are not afraid of activity. After all, if you play a sport, you can show you're a team player, may perform under pressure, and may not fold when the going gets rough.

You may also be telling them that you're a liability. People who participate in sports can get injured. Injured personnel take time off of work. Sometimes six weeks or more. An employer has an interest in hiring someone who's not likely to suddenly need a month and a half off, specially from something totally unrelated to their work responsibilities.

So next time you decide to boast about your athletic ventures on your resumé, consider that it may not be though of as a virtue by some employers.