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RE: [XP] Digest Number 1421

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  • Steve Ropa
    I used to be a stock broker and if you actually were able to exhibit enough mental self control to read a prospectus, they should have made you CEO. ... From:
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 31, 2001
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      I used to be a stock broker and if you actually were able to exhibit enough
      mental self control to read a prospectus, they should have made you CEO.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Dave Storrs [mailto:dstorrs@...]
      Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 12:34 AM
      To: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [XP] Digest Number 1421




      > ________________________________________________________________________

      This is tangential and _way_ OT, but (IMNSHO) amusing.

      > Message: 10
      > From: Phlip <pplumlee@...>
      > Subject: Re: Degrees and life choices ...
      >
      > [...]
      > About their intellectual capacity... I once read about a neat database
      tool
      > in one of [IBM's] house magazines. So I called them up to ask how to
      >get it,
      > and we could not locate it. The folks answering the phones had no idea
      what
      > it was or how to figure out what it was. I nearly read them the magazine
      > article.

      I once went into a big financial company for an interview. I got
      there a little early, so I had about 20 minutes to kill in the reception
      area. I had forgotten to bring a book (this is VERY unusual) and the only
      thing to read was their prospectus. Pretty dull stuff, but better than
      sitting around being nervous.

      Then I went into the interview and the first question was "So,
      tell me what you know about us." I immediately told him all of the cities
      in which they had officies, the number of employees they had world-wide,
      the dollar amount they earned in the last year and the last quarter, etc,
      etc, etc. I even managed to do it with a straight face, as though I had
      done serious research.

      Needless to say, the guy was somewhat rattled. The rest of the
      interview was a breeze. :>

      > ________________________________________________________________________
      >
      > Message: 18
      > From: John Carter <john.carter@...>
      > Subject: Meme immune systems.
      >
      > [...]
      > I fear this trend will produce a society which cannot contemplate
      > itself because the vocabulary which is needed has been banned.

      ref George Orwell's 1984, in which the government controlled
      thinking by eliminating words and meanings from the language
      (e.g. "free" could only be used in the sense "this field is 'free' of
      weeds")



      Dave Storrs


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