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here’s why people are always looking for waldo

07/02/13

cartoonist paul noth‘s fresh take on the question “where’s waldo?” gave me a good laugh.   via the new yorker.

related: sorry, we don’t have an app for reality

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“I’m playing these records. The phone rings and I pick it up: ‘WAHR’. And this lady’s voice–I can still hear her voice–she goes: ‘I want you.'” 

in an interview with esquire mag, larry king shares a funny tale of seduction from his time working late-night radio in miami.  unearthed and animated by the multimedia nonprofit blank on blank (click for the transcript).

related: muhammad ali goes to mars: the lost interview

larry king on getting seduced

04/20/13

it’s the holiday season and you’re about to fly cross-country to see the family. while people-watching near your gate, you notice a guy explaining the “prestige” of the mile high club to his girlfriend, a freckled kid who you hope won’t be kicking your seat in the next hour, and a elderly woman, who probably smells like your grandmama’s bread pudding, videochatting with her only favorite nephew. a breaking news report on the tv snatches your attention for a bit. as the stern newscaster warns viewers about a suspect on the run, the dangerous person in question is revealed to be you. with probable shock/confusion welling up inside and people now starting to watch you, what would you do?

nivea put some travelers through similar situations to help promote a product. see how the travelers handle their “stress test” in the video above. spotted at mashable.

related: is this the best (or the worst) interview ever?

this would be a great april fools’ joke

04/01/13

richard sherman is better at life than you

03/07/13 4 Comments

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“In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you. It’s not personal, this is résumé. I’m better than you.”

nfl all-pro stanford graduate richard sherman (pic. center) talking to espn all-pro agitator skip bayless (right).  see what sparked the comment (which is up there with “straight cash, homie” on my all-time favorite athlete quotes) in the video below.  via complex.

Standard questions. Prepared answers. If job interviews are all the same, how to find the right talent among 1734 applicants?

thinking about this problem, heineken decided to use a different approach to hire its next intern.  in the video above called the candidate, the beer company put applicants through a series of tests not found in a normal interview.  while some of these tests might seem weird for the setting (and maybe just weird in general), seeing how the potential employees handle unique situations could show more about their true character & abilities than a prescribed q&a would (not to mention, it might be more exciting/fun for both parties involved).

after watching the video, which interview style would you prefer?  the typical q&a or something more creative like the candidate?  answer in the poll below.  also, share any of your interesting interview experiences in the comments.

is this the best or worst job interview ever?

02/28/13 3 Comments

via blank on blank:

It was the summer of 1966 when a persistent 17-year-old with a high school radio show near Chicago got the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. But only a handful of people ever got to hear this time capsule. Until now.

in this rare interview, ali talks about why he started boxing, his theatrics before fights, who he feels is “the greatest of all time” (no not him), real estate & fighting for the universal title on mars.  the video above has background/highlights from the q&a.  for an extended clip of the interview, check out the audio below (also via blank on blank). 1st spotted @ open culture

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related: i met the walrus

muhammad ali goes to mars: the lost interview

02/08/13 2 Comments

10 tips to become a master hater

02/01/13

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via mental floss:

In the 1930s, William B. Pettus, the president of the College of Chinese Studies in Beijing, came across a strange little Chinese essay. It began by arguing that, “having a desire to revile, should you persistently restrain it you will sooner or later develop some malady or infirmity. Therefore, having this desire, it is right to give it vent, and there is no harm in so doing.”

However, the essay continued, most people lacked the skill that great reviling required. What followed was a list of tips and techniques for becoming a master reviler, “one who enjoys reviling and meets with no rebuff.”

at its worst, you might view the tips below as a how-to on being a more effective jerk.  in a more positive light, this will help you become more adept at spotting & handling the ploys of the “master revilers”/haters/internet trolls in your life.  either way though, the essay’s author had some satirical leanings so don’t miss the humor in this.  also, share any of your own “reviling suggestions” in the comments:

1. YOU MUST KNOW YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR MAN.

“If another person has shortcomings, and you yourself are guilty of the same, in reviling him it is well to avoid mention of these.”

2. DO NOT REVILE THOSE WHO ARE YOUR INFERIORS.

“You should select a person at least slightly superior to yourself…as soon as he replies…this brings you on a parity with him, as one pays no heed to inferiors…If, on the contrary, you revile a person of no reputation, the more you revile, the more pleased he is. The rule is that by reviling a man of no reputation you create one for him. Is this not a distressing sequence?”

3. IN REVILING, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THERE ONE SHOULD STOP.

“When you are reviling a man of standing and he has replied, this is the place to stop. Should you continue you cannot carry the bystanders with you.”

4. USE THE METHOD OF INDIRECT ATTACK.

“The more severely you wish to revile one, the more important is it to begin with expressions of pity & appreciation & even of respect and regret…the listeners feel that you are only speaking the truth and regard you as a person of poise & dignity.”

5. PRESERVE A PLACID EXTERIOR.

“In ordinary street reviling the crowd regards the one whose voice is the louder and demeanor the fiercer as being in the right. But one who can truly revile is able to conceal his weapon until his antagonist’s is wearied…when all energy is expended, he can retort in a few words, every one of which will draw blood.”

6. IN REVILING USE CHASTE AND ELEGANT LANGUAGE.

“Prevent your antagonist from perceiving, at first, that he is being reviled…the more polite your expressions the sharper will be the sting. It is a good rule in reviling to incorporate in your retorts favorite expressions of your antagonist.”

7. CONQUER BY RETREATING.

“When about to revile and you remember that you yourself have shortcomings, it is wise at the start boldly to acknowledge these in a thorough manner…You must bring yourself down to the humblest position. This prevents your opponent’s bringing you down to a lower level.”

8. LAY A TRAP FOR YOUR ADVERSARY.

“One experienced in reviling carefully notes his antagonist’s every expression for those which can be returned with telling effect…by dropping an insignificant expression he will grasp at it and shoot his arrow…show him that it has lodged in a sandbank and that no injury results.”

9. MAKE MUCH OF LITTLE.

“If a person deserves reviling, but the offense is of minor significance & scarcely worthy of reprimand…lead him into deeper water. Point by point use correct logic and endeavor to lead him to make illogical statements…When this is accomplished you can turn & severely revile him.”

10. MAKE WAR ON THAT WHICH IS NEAR AND CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIP FOR THAT WHICH IS REMOTE.

“At one time revile only one person, or, if need be, only one class of men, or you will have too many adversaries. Attack your opponent, but do not involve the listener. If it is absolutely necessary to include a large number of persons, under these circumstances you should declare that in so doing you have the interest of all at heart. If you fail in this you will have an avalanche of reviling descend upon you which will be troublesome to withstand.”

related: imagine getting this in the mail

wild suburbs

01/29/13

if i was going to have a pet, i’d want either a domesticated dog or a wild cat like my friend on the couch.  the baby pic on the left is a nice touch.  also, i think the head trophy has more cachet in a tiger’s living room than it would in yours.

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