Monthly Archives: March 2007

Clicking game

I don’t believe this.

Someone has set up a server to accept clicks, and rank countries according to how many clicks they have submitted. This sparked off a war of clicks in which online communities in a few countries are organising themselves to submit more clicks than their competitors, thereby pushing themselves up the list. What? National pride in cyberspace?

SgSpartans, inspired by the movie 300, appeals for the tiny nation to be mobilised to hold the figurative hot gates and defend the nation’s standing on the list against the hordes from other countries. Only that we use technology (javscript) to do what brawn cannot. Do you find these phrases familiar?

their mouse-clicks can blot out the sun” [so we will click in the shade??]

“And you my CLICKER…what is your occupation?

>>guy with no life.

And YOU? (other clickers)” [a javascript programmer]

“Tonight we click in hell, for tomorrow we dine in click heaven..”

At least this is living proof of national pride.

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work until die

Nobody notices anyway. I had a colleague who collapsed in office and everybody attributed it to overwork. When she left the company, people who were assigned to take over her tasks were shocked at how much she had been covering. Sometimes nobody knows until you disappear.

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Packaging your message

I attended a course today called “Think on your feet” which teaches communication skills. To illustrate the point that the message has to be positioned and packaged so as to be acceptable to the listening party, the trainer told a joke.

Some people are not comfortable with packaging and “selling” their ideas in ways that are very different from their own internal values and beliefs. I think this is a good example of how one can package the same message convincingly in different ways and yet not be lying (too much) to the audience.

The story goes that the Titanic was sinking and the captain realised that there were not enough life boats and life jackets to go around. This was one of the reasons why there were so many casualties during that tragic accident. To jump off the ship without a life jacket was to run a very high risk of dying so the captain tried to convince the men to do so and to save life jackets for the women and children. (Ah those times of selfless chivalry. Anyway.) The captain came across a group of British gentlemen and tried to appeal to their sense of honour. He told them that the honourable thing to do is to jump, and so the British gents did that. To the Americans he told them that it will be heroic for them to jump and save the life vests for those who need it more. To the Germans he told them that it was the rule. To the Japanese, it was the consensus. And all these people jumped overboard because they were convinced. The reason appealed to something in their culture and so it was accepted.

As this point some local joker must have added that for the Singaporeans he threw a life vest overboard and shouted that he is giving it away free. The Singaporeans jumped after the freebie and the Malaysians shouted “Malaysia Boleh!” and jumped after them as well. Of course there were no Singaporeans or Malaysians on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but it struck a chord among us in the class. And by the way, Malaysia Boleh is a joke that anything Singapore does, Malaysia tries to follow and to say that they can do it also.

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Coffee saves lives

Coffee saves lives, sometimes. Walking down a steep flight of steps, I almost fell to an early death because I decided to go quit coffee and stumbled in my coffee-deprived haze. Regular doses of caffeine can stave off premature death sometimes.

Students have been known to rely on it to stay awake through boring classes, and executives to survive meetings. Lives could be lost without coffee.

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INTJ

What is your Myers-Brugss type? This is a very well known personality test to help people understand their own natural inclination. Take the test at http://www.eggheadcafe.com/articles/mb/.

Unsurprisingly, I’m an INTJ and at least I know that I’m doing the right job suitable for my type.

E=2 Extraversion
I=9 Introversion
S=10 Sensing
N=10 iNtuition
T=18 Thinking
F=1 Feeling
J=19 Judging
P= Perceiving
You are an INTJ

INTJ – Scientists, engineers, professors, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, corporate strategists, organization founders, business administrators, managers, military, lawyers, judges, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, psychologists, photographers, research department managers, researchers, university instructors, chess players. They have a particular skill at grasping difficult, complex concepts and building strategies.

Full details of this type after the break, taken from here.

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