Meet Vernon Blake
. Vernon Blake was a Systems Admin for the Alabama Department of Transportation, and it was 'well known' in his office that a certain supervisor spent far more time playing solitare on his computer than he did doing anything else. Inspired by a campaign to stop waste
in Alabama government, Vernon installed a screen capture utility which took 717 screenshots
(.pdf) over 7 months, documenting a clear pattern of non-work related use of the computer. The results? The supervisor was given a written repremand
. Vernon Blake was fired
posted by anastasiav
on Jul 31, 2004 -
PowerPoint makes you dumb.
This is something I've suspected for a long time. It's been reported in the NY Times, so it must
be true. I will now blame every stupid thing I've said or done in the last three years on Microsoft.
posted by Loudmax
on Dec 15, 2003 -
How Not To Be A Summer Law Clerk,
Or: the guy who sent the incredibly stupid and self-incriminating e-mail to all the associates in his firm. (I find this especially amusing since I am writing this from the law firm where I am a summer clerk. Now
probably get busted too!)
posted by adrober
on Jun 27, 2003 -
The 101 dumbest moments in business for 2002
are in, and there are some real doozies. I really enjoyed numbers 48 through 51
, regarding Microsoft's .NET
: "One question might be, and I'll be as direct as I can be about this, what is .Net? Unlike Windows, where you could say it's a product, it sits in one place, it's got a nice little box. In some senses, it's a very good question." --Steve Ballmer
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Mar 18, 2003 -
Boneheads of the Year
- The year may only be just shy of two months old, but these two Massachusetts men have already wrapped up the award for 2003. Really, how dumb can TWO people be?
posted by MediaMan
on Feb 26, 2003 -
Stupid baby names.
Parents share suggestions about misbegotten, badly-spelled monikers with which to saddle their innocent offspring for life: I named my daughter Madyson Caite and I regret doing that because every little girl in the last 3 or 4 years has been named Madison. Everyone complements it, but I still hate it. I would rather call her Caite (Kate) but am not sure. Please, everyone, pick something normal for your child. If you choose something different and unique, please don't keep following the trends of Madisons, and Mackenzies, and Taylors, and Destinys. This is getting old.
posted by beth
on Dec 11, 2002 -
Reply To All button considered harmful
An employee (called a manager in the headline but a millwright in the article) was fired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY when he replied to an email announcing "National Coming Out Day" (hint: he wasn't in favor). But in addition to the sender, his message went to about 1000 other employees. Kodak says he was terminated when he refused to admit that sending it to all those people was wrong, not for it's content. Is this Political Correctness run amok or justifiable?
posted by tommasz
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Infant's nose and lips bitten off
by a wild raccoon that was illegally kept as a family pet. Luckily, surgeons were able to re-attach them. "Doctors at the Iowa Clinic say wild animal bites are 100% preventable if parents don't allow the animals to rome freely in a home."
Duh. Who's fault is this, if anybody's?
posted by Kevin Sanders
on Oct 16, 2002 -
Don't be stupid!
Not in the sense of poor cognitive capacity, or low IQ, but more in the sense of lack of wisdom and foresight. Why
do smart people make foolish decisions?
posted by aeschenkarnos
on Jun 7, 2002 -
Tie yourself to a half-constructed house on a school campus and live there in solitary confinement while on semi-public display to the world, pissing into a jug and making conch-shell noises from a piece of cardboard and a bullhorn. And do it all in a lobster suit
. If that's not performance art, then what is? (Link from a blogger-friend who got it off NextDraft
posted by brownpau
on Feb 23, 2002 -
Throwing Yourself Down a Flight of Stairs:
How to do it, and why - "taking a dive down a flight of stairs is a conscious decision to engage yourself with with your surroundings by slamming your body against it. it's funny looking, it's painful, but for 5 brief seconds you see nothing but pure moment."
posted by ryanshepard
on Dec 15, 2001 -
Crapping Tiger, Hidden Death
-- gotta be worse than watching porn on Wal-Mart equipment. Is this guy a front runner for the 2001 Darwin Award?
and, secondarily, is ananova
a legitimate news source? they always seem to have the kooky stories....
posted by donkeysuck
on Feb 23, 2001 -
Tales of unmitigated stupidity.
Some people belong
in jail because it's not safe for them to be left alone in public. (What's the law in the UK for dealing with a minor committing a crime like extortion? In the US, this guy would probably be tried as an adult.)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Feb 15, 2001 -
How many times have you read an article where some 'expert' predicts that even your fridge will be hooked up to the net in the future? Well Electrolux have already invented it.
posted by Markb
on Jun 27, 2000 -