Sunday, October 28, 2007

JK O'Lantern

This afternoon the family carved Jack O'Lanterns.

B painted a piece of modern art:

A carved a window scene from a pattern that came with the carving kit we bought:

We all had a hand in painting a Finding Nemo jack o'lantern.

Then there was mine.

I drew up a pattern on the computer a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to cutting up the gourd. As you can see, it got a little out of hand.

I mostly shaved the outer layer of skin off to allow light to shine through. The only places where I cut all the way through the rind were at the "JK" lettering and the fog and headlights.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Best Fucking Research Study Ever, Godammit!

A new study, "Swearing at work and permissive leadership culture: when anti-social becomes social and incivility is acceptable", was just published by the Leadership and Organisational Development Journal.

An excerpt from the story at Yahoo News:
…swearing in front of senior staff or customers should be seriously discouraged or banned, but in other circumstances it helped foster solidarity among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings.

"Employees use swearing on a continuous basis, but not necessarily in a negative, abusive manner," said Baruch, who works in the university's business school in Norwich.

Banning swear words and reprimanding staff might represent strong leadership, but could remove key links between staff and impact on morale and motivation, he said.

To that, I say: "Poop!" doesn't count: