Friday, September 30, 2011

Our dollars hard at work

Pardon our dust...

World Humor - Raju Shrivastav Beti Ki Vidaai

I can't understand a word this guy is saying, but he seems funny! 
It's interesting to watch comedic skits from other countries... 
 The mannerisms are actually really similar. 
The sound pauses, inflections, body language, etc. ...
the only thing I really understand in this video is the laughter!
Laughter is the language that connects us all... 

Wall Street Conspiracy - Blame it on the Kids!

Conspiracies are everywhere!

I knew the Junior Illuminati would make a play for Wall Street! 
The New World Order isn't happy. 
The Ufologists have found Strangers Among Them lurking about...

Calling all GRoWn-UpS! 

Save us from the evil black ops scientist who is using hypnosis to alter our collective memory and perception of history.

Today, we do not remember the 70s Stock Market Crash...

In the 70s, we did not remember the 1930s Great Depression...

In the 1930s, we had forgotten all about the Panic of 1907...

When the book, 1984, leaked out to the public, we took literary notice...

 When Wikileak leaked, we brushed it under the rug, that's where...

Today, we are living in a time in history where we expose conspiracies every second of every day on Twitter. We know we have been brainwashed into being "too" accepting of mainstream mediocrity broadcasted to us day and night by the secretly-run government agency, otherwise know as: The Media. 

Today, conspiracy has become synonymous with "Wall Street." 

Hearing the word instantly makes us cringe, panic, and take to the street

What next? 

The you-know-what will hit the fan, 
break loose, 
and head back to the Junior Illuminati's secret hideout 
at Area 51! 

Only to discover, 
that it was this kid
all along....

Head of the Junior Illuminati
Steal Your Lunch Money 
Terrorist Group

That's what we get for asking our kids to fix our computers

Install our DVR systems

Program our cell phones

Upload and download videos from YouTube

Program our GPS's

Design our websites

Sync our Blackberries

and balance our online banking system...

No wonder they can afford all those new iPads!


Don't let your kids read your 
Quantum Physics Books!!!

The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions

Small Talk

Small talk is defined as an informal type of discourse that does not cover deeper topics of conversation. Small talk can also be defined a conversation for its own sake, commenting on the perfectly obvious. 


Bronislaw Malinowski (1884 - 1942) was a Polish-British anthropologist who was influential in structural functionalist sociology. His ethnographic fieldwork made a major contribution to the study of Melanesia (an area off the northeastern coast of Australia) and the phenomena relating to reciprocity (how people informally exchange goods and labor), which he later applied to informal linguistics. 


The ability to conduct small talk is a social skill, no doubt, a quintessential skill in social networking. It helps define relationships between friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances where it serves to define each other's social position. 


In colloquial terms small talk helps us save face, a positive social value a person effectively claims for themself at the water cooler.  


"Face" (Chinese in origin) was described by Arthur Henderson Smith (1894) "The term "face" keeps cropping up in our conversation, and it seems such a simple expression that I doubt whether many people give it much thought. Recently, however, we have heard this word on the lips of foreigners too, who seem to be studying it." 

Links to Examples of Face Saving:

Raymond Cohen--Negotiating Across Cultures: Communication Obstacles in International Diplomacy (Symbolic Acts)
This article illustrates how substantially insignificant concessions can be critical to researching agreements.
Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton -- Seven Strategies for Treating Perception - or Framing Problems
Fisher, Ury, and Patton have developed a technique for negotiating agreements called principled negotiations.  One aspect of this approach is to deal effectively with people problems and one way to do that, they say, is to allow one's opponent to save face.   This and other approaches are discussed in this article.
Jeffery Rubin -- The Timing of Ripeness and the Ripeness of Timing
One way to create "ripeness" or "readiness" to negotiate is to reframe the conflict in a way that allows all the parties to save face, Rubin argues.
Raymond Cohen--Negotiating Across Cultures: Communication Obstacles in International Diplomacy (The 1971 U.S. - Japan Monetary Crisis)
This essay illustrates the importance of allowing losing parties to "save face."
William Ury -- Beyond the Hotline
One way to control crisis situations, Ury says, is to give the opponent a face saving way out of the crisis.