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Such a great resource for those who use Instapaper (and everyone else who likes to read).
Here are Give Me Something To Read’s highlights of the year. This list is comprised of my favourites and reader favourites, selected from articles posted here in 2011 (limited to those originally published in 2011). Open this post in your browser to make use of the Read Later button accompanying each link.
The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones…
Truly worth considering. Scary stuff.
Senate Study Bill 1007 proposes an increase in the beer excise tax from the current $5.89 per barrel to 73 cents per gallon ($22.63 per barrel).
A 384% tax increase!
I like this a lot!
I’m officially an office-art-artist. Here’s a link to the photo they’re using:
Thanks for “making a mark”
Art by U results are in
Congratulations! Your submission, as noted below, has been selected for display at Deloitte University (DU) as part of the Art by U program.
A team of external art consultants reviewed the more than 1,500 art works that were submitted to Art by U for consideration, and decisions were based on the particular needs of the spaces, including styles and colors.
Selected art will be displayed in a myriad of ways throughout the DU facility. Your art work will be displayed in a corridor.
It is possible that your piece may also be displayed at DU in one of the following ways:
· Part of an electronic or physical display of a collage that incorporates many Art by U submissions
· Slideshows to be played at DU that showcase art submissions
Art by U’s objectives are to help:
· Brand the DU campus as “uniquely Deloitte”
· Embed creativity within our culture
· Deepen our sense of community
Thank you for helping us meet these goals. We look forward to seeing your piece on campus.
My wife and I (who am I kidding - it’s her … I’m just a helper!) have started a small business - Tapped Craft Beer Events.
We love craft beer — the small-batch feel, the varied flavors, the innovation, the connection between producer and consumer. So, why not do something you love?
Check it out at http://www.tappedcraftbeer.com/
A ‘welcome’ blog post is at http://goo.gl/bXBxD
Congratulations on your 10th year of service. At this important milestone, I want to offer my deepest appreciation for all that you have done each and every day for your clients, your colleagues, and Deloitte.
Your hard work and dedication have helped make Deloitte what it is today. I am amazed at what we’ve accomplished together over the years, and I’m excited at the prospect of what we can achieve in the future.
Again, I want to congratulate and thank you for your many years service, and wish you good health, good fortune, and continued success as you move forward.
Northeast Regional Managing Partner
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Subject: Pondering our languageFrom Mike Bray on the All Hallows list
Begin forwarded message:
You think English is easy???
Read to the end … a new twist
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) A buck does funny things when does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?
You lovers of the English language might enjoy this:
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ’UP’.
It’s easy to understand ’UP’, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake ’UP’?
At a meeting, why does a topic come ’UP’?
Why do we speak ’UP’ and why are the officers ’UP’ for election and why is it ’UP’ to the secretary to write ’UP’ a report?
We call ’UP’ our friends.
And we use it to brighten ’UP’ a room, polish ’UP’ the silver; we warm ’UP’ the leftovers and clean ’UP’ the kitchen.
We lock ’UP’ the house and some guys fix ’UP’ the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir ’UP’ trouble, line ’UP’ for tickets, work ’UP’ an appetite, and think ’UP’ excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed ’UP’ is special.
A drain must be opened ’UP’ because it is stopped ’UP’.
We open ’UP’ a store in the morning but we close it ’UP’ at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed ’UP’ about ’UP’!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of ’UP’, look the word ’UP’ in the dictionary.
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes ’UP’ almost 1/4th of the page and you can come ’UP’ to about thirty definitions, and, if you are ’UP’ to it, you might try building ’UP’ a list of the many ways ’UP’ is used.
It will take ’UP’ a lot of your time, but if you don’t give ’UP’, you may wind ’UP’ with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding ’UP’.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing ’UP’.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things ’UP’.
When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry ’UP’.
One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it ’UP’.
For now my time is ’UP’, so……..it is time to shut ’UP’!
Now it’s ’UP’ to you what you do with this email.
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” —Daniel Patrick Moynihan”When you come to the fork in the road, take it” — L.P. Berra”Always make new mistakes” - Esther Dyson”Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishablefrom magic” — Sir Arthur C. Clarke”You Gotta Believe” - Frank “Tug” McGraw (1944 - 2004 RIP)
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Note just received from Connect by Hertz. I’ve been pleased with their service, so far, and this honestly is a good deal. $25 gets you a year of membership, plus $75 in driving credit…
Sign up at https://www.connectbyhertz.com/select.aspx, mention code “REFERMGARLAND”, and you’ll get the deal.
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EMBARGOED UNTIL 5 OCTOBER, 2010 AT 9AM EST
DELOITTE ASCENDS TO BECOME THE LARGEST PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION WORLDWIDE
• More than US$1 billion committed to growth initiatives during the next five years
• Plans to hire more than a quarter million people over the next five years
• Major investments allocated in support of the new global “As One” strategy
• As the fastest-growing private professional services organization from 2005 to 2009, Deloitte outgrew its peers by 2.7 to 3.3 percentage points annually
NEW YORK, 5 October 2010 – Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) is proud to announce that its member firms have risen to become the largest private professional services organization in the world for the first time in the organization’s history. With this milestone, Deloitte surpasses all competitors in the private professional services category to become the market leader based on revenue and headcount. As of the fiscal year ended 31 May 2010, Deloitte had aggregate member firm revenues of US$26.578 billion (US$26.6B) and employed approximately 170,000 people worldwide, including nearly 35 percent in priority markets.
“When Deloitte Haskins & Sells and Touche Ross & Co. merged in 1989 to form our modern organization, we were the smallest of what was then the Big Eight. Over the years, our goal was never to be the largest—we have always aimed to be the best, to be the standard of excellence,” said DTTL Global CEO Jim Quigley. “Deloitte professionals have pursued that goal by consistently delivering high-quality, world-class client service and demonstrating a strong focus on responsible business practices. Their commitment and dedication to living our values-based culture have transformed Deloitte into the world’s number one private professional services organization. This is a defining moment in our history.”
Over the years, Deloitte has consistently closed the gap and widened the lead among its major competitors. In fact, over the last five years, Deloitte was the fastest-growing private professional services organization based on total revenue among the Big Four. During the period from 2005-2009, Deloitte outgrew its peers by 2.7 to 3.3 percentage points annually. The organization has achieved its leadership position through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisitions, a focus on quality, and bold investments in priority and emerging markets.