Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Iran approves haircut styles for men

It's all here. Be sure to check out the photos.


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Good paragraphs

As for Central Florida’s testing center, one of its most recent cheating cases had nothing to do with the Internet, cellphones or anything tech. A heavily tattooed student was found with notes written on his arm. He had blended them into his body art.
Find the whole article here. More:
No gum is allowed during an exam: chewing could disguise a student’s speaking into a hands-free cellphone to an accomplice outside.

The 228 computers that students use are recessed into desk tops so that anyone trying to photograph the screen — using, say, a pen with a hidden camera, in order to help a friend who will take the test later — is easy to spot.

Scratch paper is allowed — but it is stamped with the date and must be turned in later.

When a proctor sees something suspicious, he records the student’s real-time work at the computer and directs an overhead camera to zoom in, and both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence.


Thursday, July 01, 2010

Rent-a-white-guy: Markets in everything

It's not too surprising that car companies and others with flashy products to sell hire beautiful fair-skinned women to pose with their products. Appealing to prejudice sells. There's no attempt to fool anyone into thinking the models know anything about the products.

Not so when it comes to hiring white guys to pretend to be business men. CNN reports:
For a day, a weekend, a week, up to even a month or two, Chinese companies are willing to pay high prices for fair-faced foreigners to join them as fake employees or business partners.

Some call it "White Guy Window Dressing." To others, it's known as the "White Guy in a Tie" events, "The Token White Guy Gig," or, simply, a "Face Job."

And it is, essentially, all about the age-old Chinese concept of face. To have a few foreigners hanging around means a company has prestige, money and the increasingly crucial connections -- real or not -- to businesses abroad.

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