Apr
27
2006
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Google Romance

Google recently announced a new service – Google Romance. (http://www.google.com/romance)
 
From their website:

When you think about it, love is just another search problem. And we’ve thought about it. A lot. Google Romanceis our solution.

Google Romance is a place where you can post all types of romantic information and, using our Soulmate Search, get back search results that could, in theory, include the love of your life. Then we'll send you both on a Contextual Date, which we'll pay for while delivering to you relevant ads that we and our advertising partners think will help produce the dating results you're looking for.

You've gotta love their self-depricating sense of humor.

 

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Written by in: Technology |
Apr
24
2006
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Rules of the Garage

That last post of about "Unwritten Rules" made me think of some written rules that HP has promoted among its Indian operations. It seems like a lot of large corporations would do well to heed them. The rules are as follows:

  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working.
  • Make a contribution every day.
  • If it doesn't contribute, it doesn't leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.

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Written by in: Business |
Apr
24
2006
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Popular Business Rules were Plagiarized

William H. Swanson, CEO of Raytheon, recently published a booklet called "Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management." Freely available on Raytheon's website, it's become quite a hit. Something else "unwritten" about it is that not all the rules are Swanson's.

In fact, Nos. 6-22 (of 33 total) are almost exact replicas from a 1944 book on Engineering, called, interestingly enough, "Unwritten Laws of Engineering."  

These high-profile cases of plagiarism keep popping up, and you'd think that people would eventually get the hint that it's wrong and that it will be discovered.

This becomes even more ironic when you consider the following quotation, taken from their website:

We at Raytheon are proud of our reputation for excellence: a reputation based on our commitment to the highest ethical standards.

For details, see the NY Times Article.

The rules, btw, are probably worth reading if you're into business.

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Written by in: Business |
Apr
23
2006
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Resource File

Every so often in higher education, you get a new concept or method or resource or something in a class that really stands out – something you'll probably think about / use / refer to for the rest of your life. I can think of several. And, some classes have more of these than others, of course. 

This semester I find myself in several such classes. Perhaps I'll comment on more of them in future posts.

One of my classes this semester is History and Philosophy of Preaching, with Dr. Mark Minnick. One of the major semester projects was called an "Illustration File." It was really unrelated to the course content, but he includes it as a course requirement because he wants to force us all to test a system that he has used effectively for years, and he knows most of us wouldn't try it if it didn't cary a point value!

Although there were lots more particulars, the basic idea is that we had to collect at least 70 illustrations from our reading this semester. Not just reading for this class, or any of our classes, for that matter. Anything we're reading this semester is a valid source. Then he wants us to connect the illustrations to a particular Scripture text. The idea is that ever after, when preaching on a particular text, we'll have ready illustrative material.

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Apr
21
2006
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World Council of Churches

Dr. Ralph Colas, Exec. Secretary of the American Council of Christian Churches spoke today in the Friday Preachers' Class. He is an official member of the International Press, and so he uses those credentials to attend various gatherings of eccumenical groups around the world. Most recently, he's been to the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, held this February in Brazil.

He reports that Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa was greeted with thunderous applause when he declared "We all belong to one family, [president George W.] Bush, bin Laden, all belong, gay, lesbian, so-called straight — all belong and are loved, are precious."

 It got worse.

So-called "His Holiness Aram I," the moderator, alleged that "the Holy Spirit's work is cosmic, it reaches in mysterious ways to people of all faiths." IOW, the Holy Spirit indwells people who do not know Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6). When Dr. Colas asked about this verse at one of the press conferences, he was told…

"Jesus was wrong."

A later drama included an actor portreying Jesus Christ who repented for his bigotry against the syrophoenician woman in Mark 7!

Amazing! The Second Person of the Trinity, God Himself, Christ, "who knew no sin," (2 Cor. 5:21) not only was "wrong" about a fundamental doctrine he taught, but he also had to repent for his sin.

Dr. Colas notes, "We must do what the apostle John tells us to do and 'try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.' (1 John 4:1)."

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Written by in: Ministry & Religion |

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