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16 Mar

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What is the geekiest joke?

12 Aug

Genius

Answer by Lakshman Prasad:

50 shades of Grey:

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How does the music industry work?

17 Apr

Answer by Brad Barrish:

I highly recommend picking up Donald Passman's book, All You Need To Know About The Music Business. I also recommend Steve Albini's awesome article from the 90s called The Problem With Music, which you can find here – http://www.negativland.com/albini.html

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How does the music industry work?

17 Apr

E.g. who writes the lyrics, who cranks out beats, how is it determined whether or not someone gets a song, how do producers work, how does music distribution work?

This is a follow-up question to Rihanna: Did Rihanna create the "ella, ella" part of Umbrella, or was the song originally written that way?.

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What is the real story of giant humans?

16 Apr

Answer by Darren Dee:

I have been researching the giants of old for several years and I this is what I know……although mainstream science denies the existence of giants there is, seemingly, much evidence to the contrary.

Many historical accounts of giants exist. One of the oldest references to giants is found in the bible, in the Book of Genesis. 6:1;
 "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown"

Everybody knows of Goliath the giant or Og the giant, who, according to the Bible, was an Amorite king of Bashan, but deeply buried in the biblical record, several "tribes" or groups of giants are named and we are told that there were 36 tribes consisting of 450,000 individuals. Here, you can reference for yourself,

the 36 Tribes of Giants mentioned in the Bible:

Amalekites
Amorites
Anakims
Ashdothites
Aviums
Avites
Canaanites
Caphtorims
Ekronites
Emins
Emins
Eshkalonites
Gazathites
Geshurites
Gibeonites
Giblites
Girgashites
Gittites
Hittites
Hivites
Horims
Horites
Jebusites
Kadmonites
Kenites
Kenizzites
Maachathites
Manassites
Nephilim *
Perizzites
Philistines
Rephaims
Sidonians
Zamzummins
Zebusites
Zuzims.

There are also 21 individual Giants mentioned, by name, in the Bible:

Adonizedec – King of Jerusalem
Agag – King of the Amalakites
Ahiman
Amalek
Arba
Beelesath
Gog and Magog
Gogmagog
Goliath
Hoham – King of Hebron
Horam – King of Gezer
Jabin – King of Hazor
Jobab – King of Madon
Lahmi
Nimrod
Og of Bashan
Ogias – Og's father
Perizzites
Sheshai
Sihon – King of the Amorites
Sippai
Talmai

Another antiquated reference to the giants is the Book of Enoch which was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The most important of these is actually called The Book of Giants. Enoch lived before the Flood, during a time when the world was very different. Human beings lived much longer apparently, for one thing; another difference was that angels and humans interacted freely — so freely, in fact, that some of the angels begot children with human females. The wicked angels and the giants began to oppress the human population and to teach them to do evil. For this reason God determined to imprison the angels until the final judgment and to destroy the earth with a great flood.
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Admittedly the internet is rife with hoaxes on this subject but with common sense and subjective analysis one can soon distinguish these obvious hoaxes from literally hundreds of believable written accounts of giants in modern times.
 
There has also been archeological 'finds'; though a common theme amongst these modern finds is the deliberate intervention of the Smithsonian and the subsequent sequester of all evidence even remotely related to the existence of this giant race of hominins. However, there is still a plathora of evidence out there if you dig deep enough.

I'll give you a couple of examples of recent discoveries where evidence still exists and you can make up your own mind….

Roy Chapman Andrews (Photographer – National Geographic) took this photograph of 7 foot five inch man in 1922 in Ulaanbaatar (the land of Ghengis Khan). This photograph was never published in the magazine however.
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This photo of a fossilized Irish giant' was taken at a London rail depot, and appeared in the December 1895 issue of Strand Magazine. The giant was allegedly dug up by a Mr Dyer while prospecting for iron ore in County Antrim (Ireland).It was 12 ft 2 in (3.71 m) tall, weighed 2 tonnes, and had 6 toes on its right foot. After being exhibited in Dublin, it was brought to England and exhibited in Liverpool and Manchester Google fossilised irish giant. (Take note, this mummy is leaning against a railway box car!)
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A giant finger which was discovered in Egypt in 1988 allegedly came from a giant mummy found in graves around Giza pyramids.

The finger was almost 16 inches long and is estimated to have been from the hand of a being that would have stood around 16 feet in height. This picture were taken in 1988. The finger was later stolen. There are reputed to be giant human mummies in Egypt that have been hidden by archaeologists.
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The Paiute Indians have a legend about their ancestors and red-haired giants. These giants, known as Si-Te-Cah, used to kill and eat the Paiute tribes. Though the Si-Te-Cah were small in numbers, they posed a dire threat to the Paiute, who were beginning to settle the area. Legend has it that the Paiute cornered and forced the giants underground, into a cave system, piled brush over the entrance, and set it on fire with flaming arrows, extinguishing the Si-Te-Cah for good.

In the 1800s this cave was known as Horse Shoe Cave but is now called Lovelock Cave. Lovelock cave is located around 20 miles South of Lovelock, Nevada. In 1911 bat guano harvesters started working in this same cave. After digging out four feet of guano they found many broken arrows that the Indians had fired into the cave as well as other interesting artifacts, and yes, they found red-haired giants. Even in the shrunken mummified condition the skeletons ranged in height from 8 feet to just under 12 feet.

In this case some of the artifacts actually remain. Pictured above is a giant jawbone with a human cast for size comparison. Below you can see the unusually large skulls of these giants. They are in the Humboldt Museum at Winnemucca Nevada and in the Nevada State Historical Society’s museum at Reno.

You probably already know about the traditions of head binding and Indian cradle boards. You should know that head binding and cradle boarding can change the shape of a skull but it cannot change the capacity of a skull. The skulls shown above have from two to two and a half times the brain capacity of a normal human skull. Similar skulls have been found all over the world, including in Bolivia, France, Norway, Malta, Egypt, northern Iraq, Siberia, South Africa (the so-called "Boskop Man") and Vanuatu in Oceania.

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Grammar nazis…aren’t we? ;)

15 Apr

Post by Spandana Nakka:

Grammar nazis…aren't we? ;)

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Who is your favourite asshole and why?

14 Apr

Answer by Anonymous:

Steve Jobs

Aside from the theft of ideas and complete lack of philanthropy, he was also just an asshole.

Some anecdotes :

He fired people without notice, humiliated them

When Steve had to make cutbacks at Pixar, he fired people and didn't give any severance pay. Pamela Kerwin, an early Pixar employee, pleaded that employees at least be given two weeks notice.
"Okay," he said, "but the notice is retroactive from two weeks ago."

When MobileMe launched in the summer of 2008, it was plagued with problems. People had trouble getting their data to sync to the cloud and across their devices.
The press, including the WSJ's Apple enthusiast Walt Mossberg, slammed MobileMe as an unfinished product.
To address the problem, Jobs gathered the MobileMe team in Apple's auditorium and asked: "Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?" When the team gave their answers, Jobs replied, "Then why the fuck doesn't it do that?"
Jobs then fired the MobileMe boss on the spot and replaced him with Eddie Cue.

He short-changed his best friend on a bonus

While working at Atari, Jobs recruited Wozniak's help to build a scaled down version of Pong. There was a big bonus involved in getting it done quickly and efficiently, and Jobs lied about how much money was involved, pocketing the majority of the money for himself

He wanted nothing to do with his daughter for a long time

Jobs denied paternity of his daughter Lisa for years. She and her mother ended up living on welfare. To Jobs' credit, however, he ultimately made the situation right — he started paying child support and reimbursed the state of California for years of back child support. He ended up connecting with Lisa and she became a member of his family.
But it doesn't change the fact that it's a very sad story

Harass people who turned up for interviews

A surprising story about Jobs interviewing a job candidate from Isaacson's book:
“How old were you when you lost your virginity?" he asked. The candidate looked baffled. “What did you say?” “Are you a virgin?” Jobs asked. The candidate sat there flustered, so Jobs changed the subject. “How many times have you taken LSD?” Hertzfeld recalled, “The poor guy was turning varying shades of red, so I tried to change the subject and asked a straightforward technical question.” But when the candidate droned on in his response, Jobs broke in. “Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble,” he said, cracking up Smith and Hertzfeld. “I guess I’m not the right guy,” the poor man said as he got up to leave.

Never gave an early employee stock options :

Daniel Kottke was one of Apple's first employees and was even a personal friend of Jobs — the two traveled around India together in 1974. But for some reason, Jobs never set him up with stock options.
Rod Holt, Apple's Vice President of Engineering, confronted Jobs with this, saying, "Whatever you give him, I will match it."
Steve said, "Okay. I will give him zero."

Could not handle criticism

When Gawker's Ryan Tate wrote an e-mail to Steve Jobs asking why he denied developers the "freedom" to create what they wanted on the iPad, it kicked off a heated exchange of e-mails.
Jobs got the final word:
“By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others’ work and belittle their motivations?” he wrote.

But at the end of the day, he was a brilliant entrepreneur, a visionary, a great leader !


Read more :
It's Worth Remembering That Steve Jobs Was A Jerk
16 Examples Of Steve Jobs Being A Huge Jerk
Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson From the Steve Jobs Biography

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