Archive for October, 2009

The Best Email Joke I Ever Got From Tom


Who knows how many email jokes I have received from Tom Abruzzini over the years but this one is good and maybe the best one yet. And I keep telling him not to make fun of the religious people. He is in Italy.


After getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn’t travel light), the driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb.

‘Excuse me, Your Holiness,’ says the driver, ‘Would you please take your seat so we can leave?’

‘Well, to tell you the truth,’ says the Pope, ‘they never let me drive at the Vatican when I was a cardinal, and I’d really like to drive today.’

‘I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! What if something should happen?’ protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning..

‘Who’s going to tell?’ says the Pope with a smile.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 205 kph.. (Remember, the Pope is German..)

‘Please slow down, Your Holiness!’ pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.

‘Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license — and my job!’ moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

‘I need to talk to the Chief,’ he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going 205 kph.

‘So bust him,’ says the Chief.

‘I don’t think we want to do that, he’s really important,’ said the cop…

The Chief exclaimed,’ All the more reason!’

‘No, I mean really important,’ said the cop with a bit of persistence.

The Chief then asked, ‘Who do you have there, the mayor?’
Cop: ‘Bigger.’

Chief: ‘ A senator?’
Cop: ‘Bigger.’

Chief: ‘The Prime Minister?’
Cop: ‘Bigger.’

‘Well,’ said the Chief, ‘who is it?’

Cop: ‘I think it’s God!’

The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, ‘What makes you think it’s God?’

Cop: ‘His chauffeur is the Pope!’


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Re: Political activism is good for you


I agree with the article that activism does build the person up and I think more is in the process.
The give and take of the activitist business makes one feel a better person. I also think the process works like a spiritual or psychic or emotional cleanser for the person. The process of believing in something, experiencing it, doing things for and about it makes a person feel enlightened. Politics is not the only thing that makes one feel such. Any kind of non-material belief system should work similarly.


from BPS Research Digest by Digest

Aristotle argued that we’re political animals at heart and that active involvement in society fulfils a basic human need. It’s an idea that’s been rediscovered recently by psychologists interested in well-being and human flourishing. Now the positive psychologists Malte Klar and Tim Kasser have provided some tentative evidence that activists are happier than non-activists. Moreover, they’ve shown that a brief activist task boosted participants’ vitality levels compared to a group of controls.

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Re: Why Do We Want To Be Famous?


This is an interesting post. Most people would be able to relate to it but as a self-actualizing person (which means the person should get enough love and attention not to care for more) I care for the opposite. I lived in LA for three years and learned my lesson there well. Being famous is actually a very bad thing. People don’t realize everything that comes with the package. Privacy, for instance, is no longer available.

The problems of fame are hard to imagine unless you are exposed to them even slightly. Take Gavin Newsom, who is as close to a celebrity as Northern California can have. The pressure has turned him into a monster. Drugs, alcohol, corruption and hate are the instant byproducts. Public office may have been attractive at once, but only a few months ago the word from the City Hall was how much he hated being in politics. He found out the label does not represent the package.

I read a good book not too long ago and the idea was to be “slightly famous” to be recognized in one’s field. I pursued that expecting to have control and become only “slightly famous” in hospitality, fine dining, food and wine area. I knew from experience the soft skills area can get screwed up very easily. So far I have done okay. I am getting used to going to established stores and food/wine places and being sure I am being recognized but not knowing how? How do total strangers recognize me on the spot and get nervous? I think I suffer from “Michael Bauer Syndrome.” Throwing curve balls at sitting duck businesses has gotten into people. They fear whomever may write something bad about them. I got used to it and so much for being “slightly famous.” They are literally training minimum wage staff to be on the watch. I like to think I have helped more people than the opposite in my lifetime but an image contains no truth. I did consult my publicity help, who are in Southern California, and was told San Francisco is a second-rate town and I am experiencing the effects. SF pretends to be world class but is not. SF is not LA or NY. People here are local domestics socialized to be San Franciscans. They just pretend to be big city. What the heck does all this mean? Fame is a bunch of crap. Most people would never realize how easy it is to be famous and what a waste it is. I used to live in Palo Alto years ago before I moved to LA. Somebody told me not to move to LA because “I was somebody” up here. I went to LA and was treated like a giant something for three years I was there. Somebody makes money off the other person being famous. Northern California does not have a system for profiting from fame as LA does.

Now read the article and learn something.


from The Essential Read by Robert Fuller, Ph.D.
I’m gonna live forever.
I’m gonna learn how to fly – high!
I feel it comin’ together.
People will see me and die. Fame!

I’m gonna make it to Heaven.
Light up the sky like a flame; fame!
I’m gonna live forever.
Baby, remember my name.
– From the musical Fame

I hope to persuade you that the seemingly frivolous title question holds a secret with the power to reshape human relations. That a wish for fame belies the existence of a crippling, undiagnosed malady, one rather like malnutrition, except that it’s a disease of the self, not the body. Let me explain.

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Re: What Emotional Intelligence Is and Is Not


Emotional Intelligence does exist as far as I am concerned. People who can use their left brain should be able to detect emotions correctly in others. I have very good perception for emotions in other people and I use both hemispheres equally. People who use EI are usually more successful in my experience while the opposite is true. At least, that is what I was taught when I studied EI in a college course. A person with poor EI can lose temper and create a disaster while the opposite ensures survival and success in the long run. I am curious how people can be effectively trained in EI. I personally think EI is culture-based and complicated to teach if at all.


from The Essential Read by John D. Mayer, Ph.D.
Dear Readers,

This is the first of two special posts on Emotional Intelligence, written for Charaktery Magazine, a Polish-language publication. Charaktery’s article just appeared and is cross-posted here for readers of the Personality Analyst Blog. (This week’s regular Personality Analyst post, the latest installment on the Fact libel trial, was posted earlier and can be found here).

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Re: Navy Green: Military Investigates Biofuels to Power Its Ships and Planes


This post contains more propaganda than definitive information but the thought does have value. Governments are huge consumers worldwide and militaries consistently consume the best resources. I think fossil fuel is misused completely. Only the necessary vehicles should use gasoline as fuel. And the only time I know when fossil fuel makes sense is jet fuel. It makes sense to make jet fuel and fly huge transportation aircrafts but not to drive personal automobiles all over the planet. This is a great publicity move for the Navy to try alternate fuels but the system is rock solid in consuming the best resources as before.


Ships powered by algae and planes flying on weeds: that’s part of the future the U.S. Navy hopes to bring to fruition. This week, the seagoing branch of the military purchased 40,000 gallons of jet fuel derived from camelina—a weedy relative of canola—and 20,055 gallons of algae-derived diesellike fuel for ships.

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Re: Explanations for Forgetting


I really like this post because the information highlights a few good things about memory. Most of us, who think we are professionals, need to use our memories the best possible. None of the memory systems I have heard of does a complete job and new information gets my attention most of the times. Forgetting stuff (as a person who hardly forgets) has a good deal to do with focus. I was taught memory has three stages of short, intermediate and long term. Short is the one that causes problems in business. I use several techniques to manage short term memory information. Theory or not, I think simple techniques are what makes the difference and we should be on look out for them always.


What are some of the major reasons why we forget information? One of today’s best known memory researchers, Elizabeth Loftus, has identified four major reasons why people forget: retrieval failure, interference, failure to store and motivated forgetting.

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