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Archive for November, 2007

American Workaholics

Friday, November 9th, 2007

“In the U.S., there is this brutal workaholic streak and the Americans are much, much more politically correct. The British deal with crises with more of a sense of humor.”

Lucy Kellaway, from The Office: how to negotiate the daily minefield [reuters.com]

Everybody outside the US always tells me I am full of it when I tell them Americans work more hours and take less vacation than anyone else on average. Now here is a Brit backing me up… I think Americans boast about how much they work and how little they sleep. It’s like a badge of honor. I know I have been and am still sometimes guilty of this. I think the Spanish have life figured out and are laughing at the rest of us during their siestas.

Field of Dreams

Monday, November 5th, 2007

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This house is really in the middle of the corn field, it’s not a fancy angle or photoshop magic. There is no driveway, it’s corn all the way to the front door. And the back door. And the windows. The house is of course abandoned, I guess they decided it was not worth ripping up the foundation to plant more corn, so they left it and planted corn around it.

Amateur Security

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

“We’ve opened up a new front on the war on terror. It’s an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it’s a war on different. If you act different, you might find yourself investigated, questioned, and even arrested — even if you did nothing wrong, and had no intention of doing anything wrong… If you ask amateurs to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get amateur security.”

Bruce Schneier, from “The War on the Unexpected”, Schneier on Security [schneier.com]