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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
12/31/2016 5:42:59 PM
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Re: Winner
Completely agree. I am coming back to the forum this week after a hectic year end schedule at work and bingo ..154 messages and still going. Wow...

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/28/2016 2:53:08 PM
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Re: I'm thinking of C. Northcote Parkinson ...
The admonition to "stay hungry & stay foolish" is ever so true now as I saw this--and as I also will never forget Socrates Admonition:  "All I know is I know nothing".   As long as these two admonitions are embraced, I would suggest that we can live life in a much more meaningful way--right?  Or maybe I am too naive (as I sometimes admit I am)...

:)

PS--154 comments & Counting..that may be record for our deliberations  :) :) 

 

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vnewman
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12/27/2016 12:16:01 PM
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Re: Year-End Caption Contest: Voting Begins
@dcawrey - I love the throwback Allen Iverson quote!  I'll never forget that interview.  I believe he said the word "practice" 22 times in 2 minutes.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
12/27/2016 3:24:15 AM
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Re: Winner
I do agree with Joe that it was a lot easier with a short list. I'm mostly on here at night when I'm just about completely undistracted (my smartphone with Facebook is always staring at me) so reading through the over 100 entries wasn't unmanageable, but still was a lot. And really, they all kind of run together. But if we didn't divvy this responsibility out to someone else, what about a few rounds of voting (again ideally with more voters) where in the first round we would vote for our top 10? 20? then from that list pull out the top 5? 10? that would leave us to vote from. Just a thought. 

I do like the idea of the thumbs up/down button, but I'm not sure how it works en masse, I don't think I've really seen it used much, though I have used it before on the caption contests. 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/24/2016 7:08:45 PM
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Re: I'm thinking of C. Northcote Parkinson ...
@John: On a related note, Scott Adams observed that one of the earliest decisions for American voters was on the national bird -- whether to make it the eagle or the turkey...and that you could be the most uneducated and dullest person in the world and still have all the wits necessary to have an informed opinion on the subject.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/24/2016 7:07:19 PM
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Re: Winner
@dcawrey: Voting on voting.  How meta!  ;)

Perhaps John's point is on target -- and this we have all contributed to complicating this too far.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/23/2016 11:56:13 PM
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Re: I'm thinking of C. Northcote Parkinson ...
..I just hope that this admonition of his is something we would never have to deal with, "...The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom...."  :) :) :) 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/23/2016 11:53:51 PM
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Re: I'm thinking of C. Northcote Parkinson ...
You always never cease to amaze @JohnBarnes even on such light moments.    Congrats to all those who were brave and creative enough to enter--it is always fun to be able to see it all in action!! 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
12/23/2016 1:03:21 PM
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Re: Winner
Is there a poll somewhere? I think doing this from the comments thread makes it hard to read. Would be good to get a list of finalized candidates (maybe 5-10) and then vote in an online poll. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/21/2016 10:17:27 PM
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I'm thinking of C. Northcote Parkinson ...
Specifically, "The volume of discussion of an agenda item is inversely proportional to its importance." Every month the caption contest gets more posts than anything else -- even if you take out the entries themselves!

Of course Parkinson explained it in his wonderful semi-economic rational-choice way: people like to participate. If the question is buying a nuclear reactor, there are only a few people in the room who have anything to say, and everyone else is afraid of looking foolish. If the question is building a bicycle shed at the edge of the parking lot, many more people know something they can put in, and there's less to fear in having one's ignorance exposed. And, as I recall, Parkinson observed that if the subject is buying a coffee machine for the break room, the meeting may never end ...

(All this from my lazy memory)

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