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Once upon a time there was a princess named Ava, and she had sisters named Lily and Clara. Her mom and dad were thinking about a party for her. And then she went outside so her parents couldn't see her.
And then she decided to make a birthday cake for herself. And then there was a monster. That monster almost got her, but it was only a person.
It was one of her sisters. It was Clara. And Lily was a princess, so she went back into the castle, and she started writing. And then there was another thing that she wanted to add to it. Her sister was in the picture.
Once upon a time, there was a princess whose name was Ava. And then there was a horse. And then the horse had a prince on it. And then the prince told the princess how to do art. And then she already made art. And then she showed the prince her art project.
Some of you are probably familiar with the Performance Against Seed Expectations (PASE) metric used with the men's tournament brackets. In short, the metric takes into account how many games a seed is expected to win based on past performances since 1985 (the first year of the 64-team tournament). I use this metric to determine expected offensive statistical totals for the college basketball fantasy league that I run each March.
With the 10th anniversary of "The Developers" happening this year (right now, in fact!), I wanted to address a sensitive issue regarding Rick Astley.
I didn't invent the rickroll, at least, not directly.
Ten years ago this month, I originally published "The Developers." It's weird to think it was that long ago, and even weirder to think that I started on the book 13 years ago, in 2002. While so much has changed with the Internet, the key tenets of the book seemingly still hold true:
1. The Internet is a social place.
2. Governments and corporations are always watching.
Then again, I guess these items are relevant in real-life situations as well. It's just much easier to track people (definitely as a group but also as individuals) online.
From the Archive
I'm not usually one to steal ideas for a column, but this one was too good to pass up. Macworld had a story in its April edition about free stuff on the Internet. I wouldn't consider myself one of those people who go to different fairs with the sole intention of seeing how many magnets and pencils I can collect in a plastic Go Army bag, but if something's cool and free, I'll give it a try.
Robert Hare knows what a psychopath looks and acts like. He doesn't know because he is one (let's hope not!), but he has enough experience working with psychopaths to see how they work.
But instead of focusing on those men and women who are portrayed to society as mentally ill, he has turned his discussions to CEOs, bosses and company folk in general. As an emeritus from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Hare discusses psychopathy and P-Scan, a test used by various organization to test for insanity.
I know I've said this before, but I am getting closer to publishing my new book, "Corporate Ties." There was a bit of foundation work that I needed to construct, edit, tear apart, rebuild, pulverize, stack up, decimate and recompile. Well, the good news is that I'm getting closer to the end. How do I know this? There seems to be a light at the end of each paragraph now.
While I've heard possible book groups picking up "The Developers," I just recently found out that one is taking the next step and actually reading it. The Crawfordsville (Ind.) Public Library is in the process of reading the novel, and the book discussion is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. I will join the group via audio chat to discuss the book and anything other questions I can answer, at least I hope so!
It's scary to think there are just two questions that can determine your entire life outcome.
What's even more scary are the two questions:
1. Do you think Grimace, the big purple McDonald's guy, stands for cookies or a milkshake?
2. If bits of chocolate are normally called chips, are bits of peanut butter called peanut butter chips or peanut butter morsels?