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June 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm 6 comments

There appears to be some confusion over at Google about that whole ‘don’t be evil‘ thing…

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Via SFGate – The most depressing news story ever:

There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them.

Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent.

On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities — more confident, in fact, than people who do things well.

Great. Now not only do I have to be depressed about the number of people I know who will apparently never get it… the truly scary news is that I’ll never really know whether or not I’m a clueless dolt.

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Speaking of clueless people, it is not unusual for me to meet clients with unrealistic expectations who expect me to wave a magic wand and make their dog’s problem behavior vanish in a puff of rainbow fairy dust. Because it such a device could be enormously amusing (if not highly lucrative) I have often wished I had one.

And today I thought that wish had come true.While browsing around ThinkGeek I came across this:

According to ThinkGeek The Magic Wand Programmable Remote:

…may not make legions of kobold minions explode into flames, but it will learn up to 13 commands from your existing remote controls and map them to particular magical motions. Flick the wand from side to side to flip the channels, twist the wand to turn up the volume. A beam of light will shoot out the unicorn tail hair and magic will happen! The Wand can learn from any remotes in your house and once you master its 13 movements, you can mastermind a symphony of electronic enjoyment from the comfort of your couch.

A target stick, magic wand and remote control all in one! I was really excited about it until reality crashed in and I remembered that most remote controlled electronic equipment is operated by infrared signals. My remote training collars receive radio signals (the same kind of system used in R/C cars)  so, sadly, my future television career will not be built on this particular magic wand.

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Last, but not least, via thepapierboy’s flickrstream in honor of today’s solstice I bring you – Poophenge!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ruthcrisler  |  June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t know, I tend to think television careers are really best built on kick-ass wardrobes and expensive haircuts.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  June 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    For a few happy, shiny moments I envisioned one built on a magic wand.

  • 3. Rob McMillin  |  June 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Looks more like pi-henge.

  • 4. Rob McMillin  |  June 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    … which is probably accurate, because it’s totally irrational.

  • 5. Rob McMillin  |  June 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Ruth — and suitably applied silicone.

  • 6. H. Houlahan  |  June 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Don’t forget the accent.

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