Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reheating Catfish in the Microwave

I've raced around the Web today, trying to find items for this Tidbit Tuesday. I figure I've burned off at least one of the pieces of pecan pie that I shoved into my face over the holiday (is this what is known as wishful thinking?). Anyway, here are some things you might find of interest:

* You're not the boss of me: New research suggests that children entering school with behavior problems, as a rule, can keep pace with classroom learning, but persistent behavior problems can be a strong indicator of how well these students adapt to the work world.
The findings may help parents, teachers and social and behavioral scientists improve educational and occupational outcomes for disruptive students, reports Physorg.com .
"Every student deserves a good education and an opportunity to have a fulfilling work life," said NSF Developmental and Learning Sciences Program Director Amy Sussman. "These findings can help us understand how to make that goal a reality for even the most difficult-to-reach students."

* I've fallen and I can't get up: Psychologists say more people are complaining of being disconnected, unhappy, listless, dejected and resentful. The reason may be our "frayed" connections.
While our ancestors enjoyed close personal relationships with friends and families, partly out of necessity, we go through life without many of these same meaningful relationships.
"Can you imagine hugging your coworkers several times a day or seeing the same dozen people from sunrise to sunset? Because our ancestors lived in such close contact with one another, protecting one's individuality and privacy likely became paramount. The paradox is that in a world teeming with anonymous faces, the privacy we crave is in easy supply. And when we obtain it, we're at risk of slipping into detachment, isolation, and anxiety," says Nando Pelusi, Ph.D in Psychology Today.

* Dilbert in real life: The folks at Wired News aren't just testing out the latest technogical gizmo and then explaining how it works to the rest of us. No, they're delving into deeper subject matters and have just named their winner of the saddest-cubicles contest.
The winner is David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The description of this bleak working condition: "His desk is penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave. The overhead light doesn't work -- his mother-in-law was so saddened by his cube that she gave him a lamp -- and the other side of the wall is a parking garage. Gunnells recalls a day when one co-worker reheated catfish in the microwave, while another used the bathroom and covered the smell with a stinky air freshener. Lovely."



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