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  • The best companies to work for(Shocker! Yours is not one of them!)

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this list at yahoo.com

    1. Google--The company took the Best Companies title for a fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of free massages it gave out in 2012. This year, there are three new wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.

    2. SAS--With two artists in residence on staff, the perk-friendly, privately held data analytics firm takes creativity seriously. One employee said SAS's "creative anarchy" is conducive to innovation. New this year is an organic farm for SAS's four cafeterias.

    3. CHG Healthcare Services --Employees of this medical staffing firm compete in talent shows, trivia contests, and activities like a Dress As Your Favorite President competition. Extra paid time off is given to sales teams that meet their goals. New this year: two on-site health centers.

    4. The Boston Consulting Group--The elite management consulting firm maintains work-life balance by issuing a "red zone report" to flag when individuals are working too many long weeks. New consultants can delay their start date by six months and receive $10,000 to volunteer at a nonprofit.

    5. Wegmans Food Markets --Turnover is an really low 3.6% at the Northeastern grocery chain, which lets employees reward one another with gift cards for good service. Many workers like it there so much they bring in relatives. In fact, one in five employees are related.

    6. NetApp--Employees at the data storage company get a chance to receive special recognition. The vice chairman asks managers to notify him when they "catch someone doing something right," and then calls 10 to 20 employees every day to thank them.

    7. Hilcorp Energy Company—The oil and gas driller is a newcomer to the list. It promised staff in 2010 that if the company doubled its production rate and reserves by 2015, every employee will get a check for $100,000. An earlier goal that the company met led to 400 employees getting $50,000 toward a new car.

    8. Edward Jones--The privately held securities firm maintains 11,000 small offices and a close-knit culture with regular regional gatherings for ice skating, fishing tournaments, and more. Forty-four percent of new hires come from employee referrals.

    9. Ultimate Software--The developer of people-management software has customers that include Google, Quicken Loans, and the New York Yankees. They cover 100% of health care premiums for employees and dependents and treat workers to a free vacation every two years.

    10. Camden Property Trust--Good times are built into the business at apartment-manager Camden. The company's' founders are known for practical jokes and impersonations. Other benefits include discounted rentals for employees and a 401(k) that matches at least 50% for up to 7% of pay.

    This story originally appeared at yahoo.com

  • Lance Armstrong is still lying.

    Posted by Otis Day

    Lance and Oprah

    Watch his body language in this interview. A few tell tale signs he's holding something back. He keeps putting his hand on his mouth and chin...as though he's trying to "hold the lie" back. He's almost trying to "scoop" the words he said back into his mouth.

    He sits with his legs crossed, as though he's trying to appear relaxed...yet he keeps his hands in his lap all the time, trying to keep his body small. It's not natural, and something you tend to do when you have something to hide.

    Sometimes he actually looks proud of what he's done. The smirks, the non-verbal communication all show he's not really sorry. He also talks in the third person a lot. Not a lot of "I" or "me" statements.

    The first part of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong aired last night. Oprah started with a series of yes-or-no questions, beginning with the big one:

        Winfrey: "Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance?"
        Armstrong: "Yes."

    She followed up with specifics. Did he use the blood-boosting drug EPO? Yes. Did he use blood doping and blood transfusions? Yes. Did he use substances such as testosterone, cortisone, and human growth hormone? Yes. Did he cheat in all seven Tour de France wins? Yes.

    Other highlights:

        "I didn't invent the culture, and I didn't try to stop the culture."
        "I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times."

    He insisted that he raced in 2009 (the year of his comeback) and in 2010 without using any kind of performance-enhancing drugs.

    He insisted that he never forced teammates to dope.

    But was he a bully? "Yeah, I was a bully," he said. "I tried to control the narrative."

    He specifically apologized to former team masseuse Emma O'Reilly; after she alleged that he doped years ago, he attacked her personally and sued her.

    Lance said, "I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people."

    So why did he cheat?

        "That is the best question. It's the most logical question. ... I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying that this is too late. It's too late for probably most people, and that's my fault."

    Later, he said it didn't feel like cheating while he was doing it because lots of other riders were doping, too. It was a "level playing field," he said.

    Did he feel happiness in winning? He avoided this interesting question, saying there was more happiness "in the process."

    Part two airs tonight on OWN.

    Does he seem like a man that is truly sorry?

    I got info from espn.com

  • Jay Z explains who he is to an old lady*VIDEO*

    Posted by Otis Day

    This is pretty cool. Jay Z is on the subway headed to the last of one of his sold out shows when he sits down next to an old lady and she asks him who he is. I love her reaction when she hears his full name.

    I found this video and at ebaumsworld.com

  • Bay Area Humane Society Pet of the Week.

    Posted by Otis Day

    truman the dog

    Hi. I’m Truman and true blue beagle. I would love to be your best

    friend. Please come visit me and we’ll talk!

    Animal ID

    18824935

    Species

    Dog 

    Breed

    Beagle/Mix 

    Age

    5 years 14 days 

    Sex

    Male 

    Size

    Large 

    Color

    Brown/Black 

    Spayed/Neutered

     Yes

    Declawed

    No 

    Housetrained

    Unknown 

    Site

    Bay Area Humane Society 

    Location

    Dog Kennels 

    Intake Date

    1/12/2013 

  • This guy outsourced his job to China so he could spend all day goofing off.

    Posted by Otis Day

    A security audit of Verizon found that its star developer had outsourced his job to China and was spending his day playing around on the internet.

    When Verizon set it up so employees could work from home they saw a regular series of logins to the company's main server were coming from China.

    After investigating they found out one man had found a software consultancy in China to do his programming work for him.

    The employee was paying them a fifth of his six-figure salary to do the work and he spent every day screwing around at work playing on the internet.

    His typical work day consisted of:
    9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
    11:30 a.m. – Take lunch
    1:00 p.m. – Ebay time
    2:00-ish p.m – Facebook updates, LinkedIn
    4:30 p.m. – End-of-day update e-mail to management
    5:00 p.m. – Go home

    It had worked very well for quite awhile. He was the firm's top coder for many quarters. It turns out he had done the same thing at other firms in the past.

    He was fired as soon as they figured it all out.

    I read this article on theregister.co.uk

  • Things that need to change NOW!

    Posted by Otis Day

    I ran across this great list on buzzfeed.com about the top 25 things that need to be fixed in 2013.

    I think there are solutions to some of these....anybody have any tips?

    Here are just a few from the list:

    • Muffins that stick to the wrapper
    • When the thing doesn't go down far enough to get the last of the soap
    • Slightly askew iPhone home buttons
    • Vague Facebook statuses
    • Remote controls that lose their back cover
    • USB drives that take up too much space
    • Failed soda opening attempts
    • People who leave their weights all over the place at the gym
    • Horrible meat to bread ratios in a sandwich
    • And flawed salsa to chip ratios
    • When zippers gets caught on coats
    • EMPTY PIZZA ROLLS

    empty pizza roll

  • Wait....we didn't make the list of "Friendliest towns in America?" Why not you idiots??!!!

    Posted by Otis Day

    So I read this article on Yahoo.com about the friendliest cities in America. We failed to make the list....again.

    8. Downers Grove, IL--Population: 48,163--Located about 25 miles outside of Chicago, this
    Midwestern suburb has more than 140 community events and festivals. About 80%
    of residents own their own homes and the population is highly educated. Along
    with a boutique and restaurant-filled downtown, this suburb has about 600 acres
    of parks and green space. On Saturdays during the summer, neighbors have a
    farmers' market and auto enthusiasts gather on Friday nights for an informal
    classic car show.

    7. Alpharetta, GA--Population: 46,700--Near Atlanta, it's the so-called "City of
    Celebration" because it loves to throw events throughout the year. Among
    the most popular are the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest, food fest called Taste of
    Alpharetta, an annual parade for war veterans, a "Scarecrow Harvest"
    in which residents craft and display scarecrows for Fall, and a holiday
    tree-lighting ceremony.

    6. Frisco, TX--Population: 121,387--This
    fast-growing suburb centers on sports. There's an athletic center for residents
    and venues for professional teams in hockey, soccer, minor league baseball and
    D-league basketball. The population has gone from about 40,000 to 120,000 since
    2000. Still, 80% of residents own their homes and the community has a large
    Neighborhood Watch Group dedicated to improving quality of life and reducing
    crime. The Parks and Recreations Department hosts a 5K 'Frosty Run' and
    Breakfast with Santa and neighborhoods plan events like July 4th parties and
    Easter Egg hunts.

    5. Westerville, OH--Population: 36,665--The local leadership of this suburb carved out 40 parks
    and put in facilities like the Westerville Community Center, which has a track,
    gymnasium, pool, and climbing wall. Every fourth Friday of the month local
    businesses do sidewalk sales. Otterbein University plays a role in social
    activities and community initiatives like Westerville Are Resource Ministry
    collect food to help families and people out of work. Crime is almost
    nonexistent thanks in to a community that includes neighborhood block watch and
    participation in National Night Out.

    4. Seal Beach, CA--Population: 24,536--This Orange County seaside enclave has a wooden pier for
    fishing and sightseeing and a tree-lined Main Street with pubs, restaurants,
    and seashell shops. The southern tip of the city is home to the Seal Beach
    National Wildlife Refuge, which is surrounded by quiet neighborhoods. About
    three-quarters of residents own their homes and the crime rate is below the
    national average.

    3. Fishers, IN--Population: 79,127--Fishers
    has a tiny crime rate and one of the top school systems in the state.
    Year-round activities include the annual two-day "freedom festival,"
    a summer concert series, a renaissance fair, and the Flavor of Fishers Festival
    during which local eateries showcases dishes.

    2. Orinda, CA--Population: 17,932--This
    Northern California suburb has a tiny crime rate and a high percentage of
    owner-occupied units (92%). The town is home to artsy activities including the
    Orinda Film Festival and the annual Shakespeare Festival. The town also hosts a
    day-long July Fourth event every year that kicks off with a pancake breakfast.
    Neighbors also organize events like pumpkin-carving contests and
    wine-and-cheese parties.

    1. Sammamish, WA--Population: 46,700—Almost 90% of the residents of this suburb own their own
    homes. Crime is low and so is unemployment. It's surrounded by snow-capped
    mountains and overlooking a lake, so Sammamish offers outdoor activities like
    skiing, water sports, hiking and biking. Community-organized events include a
    weekly farmers' market, a Concerts in the Park series, Shakespeare in the Park,
    Sammamish Days and Nights Jazz Music, and an annual arts fair.

  • *QUIZ-Are you good at Facebook?

    Posted by Otis Day

    I read this article on Buzzfeed.com on Facebook manners and thought I'd see how you do.

    1. Sending Friend Requests
     
       What do you when you see people you don't really know in the "People You May Know" section of your newsfeed?
            A Add them as friends!
            B Ignore them.
            C Click on their profiles to see everything that you can see because you have mutual friends.

        2. Receiving Friend Requests

       Someone you don't like (or someone you don't know) has sent you a friend request. What is your most likely response?
            A Ignore it by not clicking anything.
            B Ignore it by clicking "Ignore."
            C Accept the friend request regardless.

        3. Profile Pictures

        Is your profile picture most likely to be of ...
            A You, within the last three years.
            B You, when you were around three years old.
            C Someone (or something) that isn't you.

        4. Status Updates

        Today you went to work, had a disappointing sandwich for lunch, got stuck in traffic on the way home, went for a run, and read an interesting article. Which of these things are you most likely to post about on Facebook?
            A All of it.
            B None of it.
            C A link to the article.

        5. The Start Of Your Relationship

        You're in a new relationship. If you had to let your Facebook friends know, which of the following sounds most like the way you'd do it?
            A Post your relationship status.
            B Occasionally post, or appear in, pictures with your new significant other.
            C Both of the above, plus write "I love you" on your significant other's wall every week or two, and tag him/her in your Foursquare updates.

        6. The End Of Your Relationship

        You and your significant other broke up. How, if you had to pick one, would you handle the Facebook end of your changed relationship?
            A Change your relationship status to "Single," the supportive/bewildered comments left on the update post by friends.
            B Delete relationship status altogether, and unfriend your ex.
            C Delete the relationship status, stay friends with your ex, and occasionally "like" his/her posts.

        7. Birthdays

        Let's say one of your Facebook friends' birthdays is today. How do you acknowledge it?
            A Tag the birthday boy/girl in a status update that both lists something about your day AND wishes him/her a happy birthday. Multitasking!
            B Nothing.
            C Write "happy birthday" on his or her wall.

        8. Facebook Messages

        You just received and read a Facebook message from a friend. When do you respond?
            A As soon as you're done reading it.
            B Later that night, or first thing the next morning.
            C In a week.

        9. Memes

        You see that a Facebook friend of yours has shared an image meme. Your most likely response is to:
            A Immediately share it to your own wall.
            B Ignore it, or "like" it and move on.
            C Comment to the effect that you think it's stupid, and you're embarrassed to know your friend, and this reflects poorly on his or her sense of humor.

        10. Chat

        Your Facebook Chat status is:
            A Accidentally online sometimes, but inactive.
            B Online, chatting with whichever (within reason) green circles you find there with you.
            C Permanently offline.

     

    Scoring:

    Answers according to Buzzfeed.com

    1.b, 2.a, 3.a, 4.c, 5.b, 6.b, 7.c, 8.a, 9.b, 10.c

    I got a 6. I answered 2, 4, 7, and 8 wrong according to the article. What's your score?

    0-3: You are pretty bad at Facebook. You are either trying not hard enough or way too hard. I know Facebook is kind of a world unto itself, but that doesn't mean you can dispense TOTALLY with common human decency. Also, know your audience! (Mostly your audience doesn't care, except in weird cases where they really, really do. Your audience is tough to figure out. But it wouldn't be that hard for you to do better than you're doing now.)


    4-7: You are kind of bad at Facebook. The good news is that almost everyone shares your condition. Everyone is so awkward and uncomfortable that every Facebook-related decision you make is like tossing a coin. Is THIS going to be the status that gets you more than 10 likes? (And with it, a full thirty seconds of joy?) What about THIS one?

    8-10: You're not that bad at Facebook. Is there a real way to be GOOD at Facebook? I don't think so, anymore. It's a sliding badness scale, and you're doing as well as any one person who uses Facebook really can. You've got a pretty good handle on how much to say and when. Don't let this go to your head. Don't post a status about it. (Do.)

  • Thousands of college girls are looking for sugar daddies to pay for their tuition

    Posted by Otis Day

    I had no idea!

    Nearly three thousand college students went online in the search for a sugar daddy to fund their education last year.

    According to the website SeekingArrangement.com, there was a 58% increase  in female students signing up to be "sugar babies" in 2012.

    And Georgia State and New York University were the top two schools for female students to seek out men willing to fund their tuition on the website.

    I got the list from the article I read at dailymail.co.uk

    BIGGEST COLLEGE USERS OF SUGAR DADDY SITE:

    1. Georgia State University – 292

    2. New York University – 285

    3. Temple University – 268

    4. University of Central Florida – 221

    5. University of Southern Florida – 212

    6. Arizona State University – 204

    7. Florida International University - 187

    8. University of Georgia – 148

    9. Indiana University – 123

    10. Texas State - 131

  • It's not about the $ per month, it's a lifestyle change.

    Posted by Otis Day

    I hear alot about joining gyms right now. It's the time. People want to make a change. So it makes sense that fitness places want to get in on the new market of people out there trying to get fit.

    But it's not about a $10 a month place. There are lots of them to choose from. And you can get results from them. You can get them from home. You can get them from diet and exercise pretty much anywhere....as long as you participate.

    It's about a lifestyle change.

    otis working out

    That's what I did last year. I made a lifestyle change. I workout at the top notch Salvation Army Kroc Center in Green Bay and have lost 35 pounds and two pants sizes. I got to replace all my jeans, buy new belts, and I know fit in XL shirts instead of being tight in XXL's. But it's not something that just happened.

    It's a lifestyle change.

    I go and work out at the Kroc 2-4 times a week. I use their personal trainers (Shuree has pushed me to change, and it's working.) I watch what I eat. I still get wings...just not two dozen. And not two times a week. And I listen to my body. When it says I'm full...I stop. When I'm hungry, I grab an apple or some carrots or a banana. But not everytime. I still eat junk. Just not every time.

    It's a lifestyle change.

    And I want you to feel as good as I do. Make the change now at the Kroc Center in Green Bay now for 20% off regular rates and no registration fee. Adults are $28.80 a month, and family memberships are just $41.60 a month. And it's not just a gym. The auquatic center is AMAZING. You're kids are gonna LOVE it. It's pretty much access to an indoor waterpark every day. And it's included in your membership. Plus the NBA sized gym. The indoor track. The incredible workout gear. And the afterschool program for your kids. No more babysitters. They'll help with the homework, do arts and crafts, play games, get fit...and it's all included in a family membership.

    If you're ready for a lifestyle change...now is the time. And everyone at the Kroc center is ready to help you and your family. Click here for info.

    This is a paid endorsement for the Kroc Center.

  • Flu season/whooping cough reminder: you're not washing your hands right.

    Posted by Otis Day

    Seventy-five percent of American adults don't increase their hand-washing habits during flu season and most don't wash long enough.

    The fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey found that 57 percent washed their hands for 5 to 15 seconds.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing "Happy Birthday" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs.

    The survey also found 70 percent always washed their hands after using a public restroom, 29 percent sometimes skipped washing hands and 1 percent never washed after using a public restroom.

    I read this info on upi.com