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ronburgundy

Ah, transparency in action. Rookie news anchor A. J. Clemente pulls a full Ron Burgundy, spewing  out nervous obscenities preparing for his first TV appearance: No doubt, there are lessons to be learned here about proper language in the workplace, knowing when a microphone is turned on or not, paying attention as to whether you’re on live television — all crucial considerations for a news anchorman. Still, I think most of us can’t help but feel sorry for him (and his poor co-anchor). What an excruciating experience, and what a humiliating way to lose your job. But all is well. When the video of Clemente’s disastrous debut went viral, it led to more than his dismissal from his new job at that North Dakota TV station. Apparently he was featured on the Today show this morning and will be on Letterman tonight. I’m guessing he will land on his feet,…

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Boston-Marathon-Explosion

The randomness of business travel placed me on a flight from Denver that arrived in Boston about an hour after yesterday’s explosions. I arrived in a city in the very earliest stages of shock; my cabby and I listened to and discussed the news as it unfolded. He, a Russian immigrant with a thick accent and a prominently displayed photo of himself and his daughter in front of a huge American flag, had a quite specific theory as to who the perpetrators were. A while later, returning to my hotel from dinner, I heard the same theory expounded by another cabby, this one a quintessential Bostonian who warned that after this, people are going to think twice about messing with the USA. As the evening progressed, and the horror of the day’s events became clearer, another theory about who was responsible began to emerge — this one associated with the…

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italiangreekaverage

A photographer has taken thousands of images of women, grouped by nationality, and created composite images that show us the “average” woman from each of the countries involved. Most of these “average” faces do indeed look quite representative of the country named. (In fact, a few of these ladies even looked kind of familiar to me.) But they hardly look average. Check out the average Polish woman: “Average” would mean that half the women in Poland are better looking than this — she would be a five on a scale from one to ten. But  surely even a  finicky guy would give her at least a seven. And it’s not just Poland. There is not a five (or lower) to be found anywhere on that list. Like all the children in the town of  Lake Woebegone, it would seem that all the average women in the world are above average….

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ggss

What’s better than reality? How about augmented reality — applications that interact with the world around us to provide startling new insights and capabilities. On this week’s edition of The World Transformed, special guests Jospeh Rampolla and Collin O’Malley join hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon to discuss the opportunities (and risks) represented by this amazing new technology. What happens when the whole world becomes a computer interface? Give it a listen… Listen to internet radio with The World Transformed on Blog Talk Radio About The Guests Joseph Rampolla has been a law enforcement officer for 18 years. In 1994 he received a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in New York City. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law &  Society from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He became a police officer in 1995 and currently holds the rank of Captain for…

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organization

An unusual take, to say the least, from Seth Godin: The purpose of the modern organization is to make it easy and natural and expected for people to take risks. To lean out of the boat. To be human. Alas, most organizations do the opposite. They institutionalize organized cowardice. They give their people cover, a place to hide, a chance to say, “that’s not my job.” I love this answer and I wish I could agree with it. But I don’t see how organizations came to exist in order to make it easy for people to take risks. Organizations exist because there are certain things that individuals, even when they’re motivated and cooperating with each other, can’t do very effectively as individuals. Organizations exist as a kind of meta-person, which is the origin of the legal notion — recently the subject of much dispute — that a corporation is, legally,…

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