Monthly Archives: July 2020

Lenin in Poland

Leonid Brezhnev wanted to commission a portrait to be entitled ‘Lenin in Poland’. Russian painters, being schooled strictly in the Realist school, were unable to paint an event that had never actually occurred. ‘Comrade Brezhnev, we would like to do … Continue reading

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER: To get to the other side. PLATO: For the greater good. ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross roads. KARL MARX: It was an historical inevitability. TIMOTHY LEARY: Because that’s the only trip the establishment would … Continue reading

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Office Lingo for the New Millennium

Office Space (1999)   Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible. Beepilepsy: The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. … Continue reading

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Glossary of Common Math Terms

Phrase Meaning This is trivial. I forget the proof. This is obvious. Your forget the proof. This is a calculation. Let’s all forget the proof. Clearly … Obscurely … Send me your preprints. Please go away. Send me your reprints. … Continue reading

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Is There a Santa Claus?

  1) No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer that only … Continue reading

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How to Attend a Meeting

To really succeed in a business or organization, it is sometimes helpful to know what your job is, and whether it involves any duties. Ask among your coworkers. “Hi”, you should say. “I’m a new employee. What is the name … Continue reading

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133 Things (Not) to Do at or for Your Thesis Defense

In no particular order: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise for the singing of our National Anthem…” Charge 25 cents a cup for coffee. “Charge the mound” when a professor beans you with a high fast question. Interpretive dance. “Musical accompaniment … Continue reading

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Psicologia do Movimento Revolucionário no Materialismo Capitalista e Crise do Proletariado

Psicofísica dos Conflitos entre as Classes Dirigentes e a Consciência das Massas Karinthy Frigyes Exaustivo estudo teórico das origens das lutas sociais, baseado no materialismo histórico, de acordo com as obras principais de Marx e Engels, amplamente exemplificado, em dois … Continue reading

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Ajuste Fiscal Instantâneo para Desavisados

Desconsiderando-se os efeitos dinâmicos da reforma tributária cogitada pelo Governo Federal, cabem os seguintes esclarecimentos. 1. Criar novos tributos ou majorar as alíquotas de tributos preexistentes melhora o resultado primário? Sim. Tudo o mais constante, quanto mais receita tributária, melhor … Continue reading

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On “Savage Continent”

The scope of the book is really comprehensive. It is sad to realize, for example, how many people died after surviving the death camps, among many other tragedies. However, it still seems incomplete. The author mentions the communist coup d’état … Continue reading

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