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Friday Links – October 19, 2012

Shocked these even got up this week…

James Bond Booze, bonks and bodies

Data compiled by The Economist show that of the six Bonds, Pierce Brosnan was the most bloodthirsty, bumping off an average of 19 baddies per film. The short-lived George Lazenby, it turns out, was the Bond for the babes, whereas Daniel Craig, the latest, is notably less successful. Maybe that’s because he drinks the most martinis.

Bauercount for Bond. Not as comprehensive but you get the idea.

Who’s the Boss?

Pay attention to your supervisors—and your own work in a supervisory role—as more than just a routine element of efficiency. Make sure your most promising workers are paired up with the best supervisors. And make it clear that teaching and learning are the essence of an effective boss/employee relationship. Good bosses don’t just crack the whip or deliver a pep talk, they deliver concrete improvements in workers’ ability to get the job done.

Sounds about right. Seems being a manager is more then just telling people what to do and expecting them to do it.

Facebook, Twitter apps no longer on Xbox 360 marketplace

Prior to the new dashboard’s launch, Microsoft hadn’t indicated the apps would be removed from the app marketplace. Despite the delisting, both apps are still included on Microsoft’s “Be Entertained” page that lists its Xbox Live service partners.

Facebook and Twitter on your TV” is still touted as XBL Gold benefit as well, but Internet Explorer being available on the 360 soon gets around this. $60 a year for Gold feels like they keeps removing features. Microsoft just makes a killing here. Keep in mind I don’t have either app installed it’s just wierd they are going away.

Let’s reconsider our “users”

The entire technology industry uses the word “user” to describe its customers. While it might be convenient, “users” is a rather passive and abstract word. No one wants to be thought of as a “user” (or “consumer” for that matter). I certainly don’t. And I wouldn’t consider my mom a “user” either, she’s my mom. The word “user” abstracts the actual individual.

Agreed fully particually with the part ‘no one wants to be thought as a user’. All IT people should read this.

Daily multivitamin cuts men’s cancer risk by 8 percent, large study finds

Turns out, a daily dose of Centrum Silver multivitamins reduced the total risk of cancer in study participants by 8 percent, according to gold-standard research that included nearly 15,000 male doctors older than 50 for up to 13 years.

Hulk Hogan from Wrestlemania 6 was right. Hulk Hogan from 2012 was wrong.

Can stress turn your hair grey overnight?

The puzzle of whether your hair can turn grey sounds like a simple one for medical science to solve, but it’s not. Ultimately, to study exactly what happens you would need to examine the hair before and after a shocking incident, carefully assessing its colour and thickness. Life-threatening situations are not only rare, but unpredictable and no ethics committee is going to let you induce a sufficiently terrifying experience in a lab volunteer.

Reminds me of one of the best moments in the TV show Millenium when Frank Black’s hair goes gray. As a reminder everybody should watch Millenium.

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  1. Jeffrey says:

    Good call on Milenium. I still think about the industrial microwave scene from time to time.

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