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31 July 2010: Best of the Web
Thirty ways to wreck your career; Giant asteroid 'heading for Earth in 2182’; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul; When Photoshop goes bad; Wikileaks founder speaks.
July 30, 2010 4:41 by kippreport
If you’re feeling like a small pawn in a big game of corporate injustice, this brutally candid report from Bloomberg’s Businessweek is just what you need to get a grip on reality. “Thirty ways to wreck your career” may not sound like the most optimistic way to start your weekend, but a little honesty could be just the jolt your career needs. Ever the optimists, we at Kipp urge you to read these truths with an eye to taking responsibility for your own professional destiny. By avoiding each of these easy pitfalls, you can think of them as thirty ways NOT to wreck your career. Stop living in the past, Bloomberg urges, “Performance [today] is the true interview for the next level.” Have No Plan? Think the future will take care of itself? Think again. While it’s often easier to blame circumstances out of your control, realizing that you’re in the driver’s seat is the first step to achieving professional greatness.
And if the previous story left you feeling like sole master of your personal destiny, then allow us to suggest a story that may help balance that perspective. “A giant asteroid called 1999 RQ36 may crash into Earth on September 24 2182, scientists believe,” according to this report from the Telegraph. Sure, science types are always debating the odds of an asteroid collision, but this one is making a name for itself. Experts contend the asteroid has a one-in-a-thousand chance of an impact. In the event of a collision, the asteroid would be expected to “cause widespread devastation and possible mass extinction,” the Telegraph reported. Great.
When Photoshop goes bad: some of the best gaffes
The power to “fake it” got a big technological boost with the advent of Photoshop – a fact that has not gone unnoticed governments and corporations around the world. Kipp couldn’t help being amused to learn that Iran had utilized Photoshop’s techno magic to alter images of a multiple missile launch, to hide the fact that one of them failed to go off. And given the embattled state of BP, Kipp can almost forgive the oil giant for their admission that the company had “changed an image of its command centre overseeing the team tackling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to make staff look busier.” Check out this review of some the best Photoshop gaffes, and see how the program “has been used to commit some outrageous crimes against fact-based photography.”
When it comes to the ethics of leaking classified information, the connotations can run the gamut from good to evil – depending on your politics and your generation. Julian Assange, the editor of Wikileaks makes his living from leaks, so to speak, and has recently published a trove of classified papers on the war in Afghanistan. He emphasizes that he tries to minimize the damage caused by leaks, while maximizing any important impact that the documents may have. Critics say the goals are contradictory, but Assange suggests that ultimately, “true information does good.” Watch this video interview as Julian Assange has “Tea with the Economist.”
He stands accused of being a symbol of decadence and decay – of spreading “western propaganda and superstition.” This is the way Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, describes the beloved psychic octopus, Paul – the now world-renowned invertebrate who became a global sensation after correctly predicting the outcome of all seven German World cup games. If you’ve ever wondered just how a clairvoyant sea creature might best be manipulated to become a tool in the hands of Iran’s enemies, don’t miss this story from the Telegraph.