March 16, 2008
Diversity: The Squint and the Wail - I.D.
I showed pictures of the gadgets to my left-leaning New York acquaintances of European descent. One friend gasped. "They couldn't have made this more offensive if they tried!" she said. Others erupted into cringing, nervous laughter.
Then I approached my left-leaning, first-generation Chinese-American friends, expecting the same indignation.
"I feel like punching them," Kathy said.
"Because they're derogatory?" I asked. "No, because they look like those inflatable toys that bounce back up when you hit them."
Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk? - Scientific American
A small but growing number of researchers--and not just the younger ones--have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open blogs, wikis and social networks of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement--yet--their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based "Science 2.0" is not only more collegial than the traditional variety, but considerably more productive. After all, since the time of Galileo and Newton, scientists have built up their knowledge about the world by "crowd-sourcing" the contributions of many researchers and then refining that knowledge through open debate.
Influencing Competency Management - CLO
Recent research from the Aberdeen Group showed that best-in-class performers are up to 86 percent more likely than "laggard" companies to know which skills and traits make top performers.
Millennials at the Gate - Workforce
"Some of them are the greatest generation," said Marian Salzman, an ad agency executive at J. Walter Thompson who talked to 60 Minutes in November and invoked the term used for the pre-boomers who fought World War II and held down the home front. "They're more hardworking. They have these tools to get things done. They are enormously clever and resourceful. [But] some of the others are absolutely incorrigible. It's their way or the highway."
Proof of six degrees of separation - c/net
The average path length, or degree of separation, among anonymized users probed was 6.6.