Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
this is a really cool chart detailing the first 100 days of each president since FDR...if you can't see it big enough here, click here.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The mayor of a small Turkish city called Batman (real name) is suing…ah, Batman.
Even though the comic book hero was first introduced in 1939, the show debuted in 1966, and the Caped Crusader finally hit the big screen in 1989, (The city of) Batman is only now filing a lawsuit against Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. for using the name "Batman" without permission. The timing is suspicious considering how Dark Knight - Batman's latest installment - is about to hit the $1 billion mark at box offices worldwide.
Money can sure make people stupid!
The mayor of Batman, Huseyin Kalkan, is also claiming that the shared name has caused several unsolved murder cases and made their women particularly suicidal. He also said that the franchise has made it difficult for businesses of his city to register overseas.
A Warner Bros. rep responded to the lawsuit with "We are only aware of this claim via press reports and have not seen any actual legal action."
The mayor should consider renaming the city….
Monday, November 10, 2008
Seven signs you have a work spouse
By Patrick Erwin CareerBuilder.com writer
If you and a co-worker can finish each other's sentences, you might have a work spouse.
A work spouse is a co-worker of the opposite sex with whom you have a close platonic relationship. In many ways, these relationships can mirror a real marriage.
According to a 2007 survey from Vault.com, a career information Web site, 23 percent of workers reported that they had a work spouse.
Do you have a work spouse?
Here are seven clear signs you might have a work spouse:
1. You depend on a particular co-worker for office supplies, snacks and aspirin.
2. There are inside jokes that you and a specific co-worker share.
3. You can be bluntly honest with this person about his or her appearance, hygiene or hair (and vice versa). You're comfortable enough to point out that the other's hair is sticking up -- or that someone's fly is down.
4. When something eventful happens at work, this co-worker is the first person you seek out for a de-briefing.
5. At breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks, your closest co-worker knows what to order for you and how you like your coffee (and vice versa).
6. You and your co-worker can finish each other's sentences.
7. Someone in your office knows almost as much about your personal life as your best friend or real-life spouse does.
full article here
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Rahm Emanuel will be the president's right-hand man in the new administration. The 48-year-old accepted the position as Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff on Thursday, according to the New York Times.
A Democratic congressman representing his native Chicago since 2003, he earned his chops raising funds for Bill Clinton's White House runs and serving as an advisor. Known for his hard-charging personal style, he's also dad to three children, son Zacharias and daughters Ilana and Leah, with his wife Amy. But did you know he could have been pirouetting with the Joffrey Ballet? Read on for a briefing.
• He's the real-life Ari's brother. His youngest brother Ariel (Ari) Emanuel is a founder of the Endeavor talent agency in Hollywood and was an inspiration for Jeremy Piven's character, Ari Gold, on HBO’s Entourage. Not to be outdone, Rahm is said have been a model for Bradley Whitford's character, Josh Lyman, on The West Wing.
• He could have been a ballet dancer. He studied ballet as a teen and was offered a scholarship to join the renowned Joffrey Ballet, but went to Sarah Lawrence College instead.
• He's missing part of a finger. In his youth, Emanuel badly cut a finger on a meat slicer while working at an Arby's. The wound became infected, and he lost half of the middle finger on his right hand.
• He volunteered with the Israeli army. During the first Gulf War, he did a stint as a civilian volunteer with the Israel Defense Forces, rust-proofing brakes on a base in northern Israel.
• He once sent a rotten dead fish to a political enemy. In the Clinton administration, his take-no-prisoners style earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo."