Results tagged “bullshit”

"Graduating"

By Michael Mulvey on June 13, 2014 8:46 AM

Anyone else seen these kids "graduating" from kindergarden this month?

Can anyone tell me what the big achievement is?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

"After I scribble on my Surface tablet with yet another stylus, I'm getting into my Porsche Boxster to go get a latte."

By Michael Mulvey on May 20, 2014 9:37 AM

Is that not the caption to this photo? My bad.

Give it up, Microsoft. You have derailed.

Grown In The Garden?

By Michael Mulvey on July 23, 2013 6:25 PM

Apparently there's a New Jersey Hall of Fame. A quick Google search reveals this doesn't seem to be a standardized award across all 50 states.

According to the regulations, all you need to get nominated is to either have been born in New Jersey and/or lived here a minimum of five years.

Lived in Jerz at least 5 years? Pretty weak requirements.

I say this as someone who recently launched a project showcasing 54 actors, musicians and other entertainers from my home state of New Jersey. In order to make my cut, you have to have at least been raised in New Jersey to qualify. Where you spent your formative years (0-13) are what end having having a big influence on your character (combined with who raised you).

Say I'm famous and I move to Canada for 5 years. Do you think I should get a Montreal Hall of Fame award? I don't.

Now if you weren't born in NJ but made significant contributions to influencing public policy and helping communities, that's a different story.

This years nominees include (I bolded the ones I think are legit Jersey candidates):

Grover Cleveland (born in Caldwell, NJ, raised in Fayetteville, New York)

Bill Parcells (born in Englewood, raised in Hasbrouck Heights)

Whitney Houston (born and raised in Newark, NJ)

Bobbi Brown (born in Chicago, raised in NYC)

Alan Alda (born and raised in NYC)

Brooke Shields (born in NYC, raised in Haworth, NJ)

As proud as I am to be from New Jersey, this "hall of fame" smells a little like bullshit to me.

I Have $240 To Prove It

By Michael Mulvey on May 9, 2013 10:55 PM

At io9, Robert T. Gonzalez tells us why wine tasting is bullshit (via John Gruber):

There are no two ways about it: the bullshit is strong with wine. Wine tasting. Wine rating. Wine reviews. Wine descriptions. They're all related. And they're all egregious offenders, from a bullshit standpoint.

I know wine tasting is bullshit because I have $240 to prove it.

A few years ago my friend had a wine tasting party at his upper east side apartment in Manhattan. Every person/couple was instructed to bring $20 and a bottle of red wine. When we arrived at his place, he took our coats, our $20 and our bottle of wine. He then wrapped our wine bottles in silver wrapping paper and set it on the table with all the other wine bottles.

Wait, let's rewind a bit.

On our way to the party my wife and I stopped at a wine shop in our upper east side neighborhood (owned by our next-door neighbor in our apartment complex) Vinyl Wine. It's still on Lexington Ave.

When I walked into the shop, I told the girl working where I was going and what I needed. I told her what I was looking for wasn't the best wine in their shop, but the one that everyone would like.

She pointed me to two different bottles she said were very popular. Since I'm a graphic designer, I made the executive decision to pick the one with the best looking label design.

The bottle I chose was $13.

I paid and my wife and I jumped into a cab an cut through Central Park to my friend's apartment.

Now let's fast forward a bit.

So my friend made the wine tasting special. He had first prize (the pot of money), second & third places even got some gift certificates and bottle openers. He gave out score sheets to rate each bottle on, based on the Robert Parker rating system. He had a spittoon. The whole thing was awesome.

My wife and all my friends and I took the wine tasting as seriously as you can take a wine tasting. Under everyday circumstances I can't tell a Cab from a Pinot Noir, but during a wine tasting, it was easier for me to detect the nuances between different wines.

My friend, the host, donned in his apron, collected our score papers and went through every bottle's score. There were 12 bottles and my wife and I kept expecting our shitty $13 bottle to be named. Bottle after bottle going down, but not ours. How is this possible?!

Finally our bottle was named. The last one.

We had taken the Pepsi challenge against 11 other bottles,ranging from $15 to $45 bottles. Ours won, the cheapest bottle.

So yeah, wine tasting is bullshit.

The taste of the wine you're drinking should be what matters to you. Or the artwork on the label. Or the story behind the winery and how they came into being. Just don't let anyone tell you the wine you like isn't a good wine.

If you like it, then it's a good wine.

Games Are Games

By Michael Mulvey on April 12, 2013 9:27 PM

So brain games might be bullshit:

The answer, however, now appears to be a pretty firm no—at least, not through brain training. A pair of scientists in Europe recently gathered all of the best research—twenty-three investigations of memory training by teams around the world—and employed a standard statistical technique (called meta-analysis) to settle this controversial issue. The conclusion: the games may yield improvements in the narrow task being trained, but this does not transfer to broader skills like the ability to read or do arithmetic, or to other measures of intelligence. Playing the games makes you better at the games, in other words, but not at anything anyone might care about in real life.

via Co.Design

That's About Right

By Michael Mulvey on January 30, 2012 10:51 AM

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via The Next Web

Oil Execs, Lining Their Pockets

By Michael Mulvey on April 4, 2011 8:55 AM

Declaring 2010 "the best year in safety performance in our company's history," Transocean Ltd., owner of the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded, killing 11 workers, has awarded its top executives hefty bonuses and raises, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

That includes a $200,000 salary increase for Transocean president and chief executive officer Steven L. Newman, whose base salary will increase from $900,000 to $1.1 million, according to the SEC report. Newman's bonus was $374,062, the report states.

What a bunch of bullshit. I shouldn't be surprised, though. Business as usual.

Imagination At Work

By Michael Mulvey on March 28, 2011 9:02 AM

From the NYTimes:

General Electric, the nation's largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.

The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E. The company has been cutting the percentage of its American profits paid to the Internal Revenue Service for years, resulting in a far lower rate than at most multinational companies.

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