December 2006 Archives

Boston Globe: Heeding the siren's call of free food in the office

Every office has that guy.

Whenever there's a big meeting, you'll find him lurking just outside the conference room, ready to pounce on whatever food is left over. Somehow, whenever there's food in the office, he knows exactly where it is. The better the leftovers, the earlier he's there. Sadly, I think I have become that guy.


Runners-up of the Year

In case you haven't heard, Time Magazine has chosen its Person of the Year, and the winner is you. Apparently, you've been chosen "for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, [and] for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game." In short, you uploaded tons of video to YouTube, and Time has taken notice. And there you just thought you were goofing off all this time. Next time, your boss catches you on YouTube, be sure to show him this issue.

Boston Sports Review: Bowl Game Preview

Once again, it's college bowl season, that exciting time when the top 64 college football teams play in 32 bowl games. It's sort of like March Madness except that if the 64th best team somehow wins the Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl, they don't live to play another day. Here's just a little of what to expect:

The Gift That Keeps Being Given

Once again, 'tis the season for gift giving or in some cases the season for giving a gift again. Apparently, regifting is becoming more and more mainstream. This year, there's even a new web site devoted to the practice. Is regifting tacky or just a pleasant form of recycling? The debate is on at The consensus seems to be that as long as you're careful, it's an acceptable practice.


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