An old saying?

He’ll never stop cracking me up. Ahh, what a way to start the day!!

There’s an old saying in Tennessee–I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee–that says, fool me once, shame on–shame on you. Fool me–you can’t get fooled again.

–George w. Bush

Later:- I posted the above before our 8:30 general meeting. At the 8:30 general meeting one of our under-performing salespersons was forced to go the whole day in nothing but specially-bought pink underwear. Ahh, what a way to start the day!!



I used to watch this cool Japanese animation cartoon as a kid in Kuwait. This is YouTube’s real value I think; re-living old favourites!!

Sand for success

This message in my G-mail window

Ioannis: What is the secret of Dubai’s success?

The desert.

[Sheikh Mohammed] said: “It is due to the vast desert spaces of his country, where the mind has the freedom to think, to explore and to dream.”

So those of you who guessed oil/cheap expat labour/absolute power were all wrong.

It’s sand.
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Humble Genius

“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.”

Oscar Levant (1906-1972)

He’s two today!!!!

I realised my blog’s been going for two years. My first blog was on 9/05/05/
Two years ago on this day I wrote about another long day at the office. And here I am now on a Friday, winding things down at the office!
Ah Fate, this is one of those “Irony” thingies you do, isn’t it?

Wolfowitz and the drive to mate

Okay, Bush henchman and right-wing republican Wolfowitz has been forced to quit the Presidency of the World Bank. The reason? He showed favouritism to his girlfriend who was also on the World Bank payroll.

Now I’ll be the first to say I’m glad that no gooder’s gone. But surely the very reason why successful men get good-looking (and I’m making a very sound assumption here that this girl was one hot mama) girls half their age is that they are in a position to bestow or return favours??

Where’s the incentive to men to strive to be successful if they can only spend it on a high-speed internet connection for porn?? Any Joe can get that nowadays. (On a separate note I hope to get broadband pretty soon). Surely throughout the history of mankind the main drive for competition has been reproduction?

Help me out somebody, or I might just get disillusioned and step off this treadmill!!

Later: Just thought of this. I know another mate of Bush’s who’s gonna be out of a job on the 27th of June. Do you think he could step up and replace Wolfowitz? Blair for World Bank President anyone??

Ode to Vincent Van Gogh

My first video post, it had to be this song.


Anding political crises.

There’s a difference between

“…putting an end to the political crises.”


 “…putting an and to the political crises.”

 PanArmenian.Net, this is mediocre journalism.

My Favourite Economist

(Do you have one??)

Tim Harford wrote this about economics and the racial discrimination it uncovers

“Economists Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan recently conducted a large study along these lines in the U.S., mailing out nearly 5,000 résumés after randomly assigning them black-sounding names like Jamal or Ebony or white-sounding names like Kristen or Brendan.

Not only did the “black” résumés get fewer callbacks, but employers didn’t even seem to notice whether the résumés were any good or not. They just stopped reading at “Jamal.””

The full article is here

Learning as play

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.

-Eric Hoffer