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.

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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

quixotic

Definition: (adjective) Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
Synonyms: wild-eyed, romantic.

Usage: She is ready prey to any man who knows how to play adroitly either on her affectionate ardor or her quixotic enthusiasm.

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Night of the Radishes

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. Discuss
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“Sheeple”

I really hesitated to include this word in this directory. ‘Sheeple’ is one of two words I really hate… The other is ‘consumer’.

 

Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a derogatory term that highlights the herd behavior of people easily controlled by a governing power which likens them to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheeple

 

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sheeple

 

 

 

 

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Does that robin in your yard mean spring is in the air?

Not always – but most of us will smile at the sight anyway. A favorite of young and old alike for its vivid color and cheery song, the American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

We think of American Robins as harbingers of spring, so when we see them during the winter, what does that mean? Is spring coming early? Are there a few confused birds in your neighborhood? Find out in our Question of the Week: …read more

“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.

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