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Five Brainless Management Fads That Desperately Need To Die

I became an HR person in 1984, when the Cubs played in the postseason for the first time in ages.<p>If you had asked me in 1984 to predict what HR would be like in 2015, I would have said “Between advancing technology and the social movement away from boxes of all kinds, work itself will be very fluid …

The Workplace

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Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction

The pangolin’s body armour protects it from all known predators – except man. Martin Fletcher travels to Vietnam, where the unique animal is being eaten to extinction<p>A what? A pangolin. It’s the only mammal in the world that is completely covered in scales. It looks like an artichoke on legs. Or a …

Folkestone remembers its place in WWI history

In August commemorations will begin across Britain and Europe to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.<p>The BBC's Robert Hall is travelling the route that British soldiers would have taken before leaving for France and Belgium, and he visited the town of Folkestone in Kent, where …

Kent

Monmouth ban violates Richard Bentham's human rights

Richard Bentham is a graduate of the Celtic Manor Golf Academy in Newport<p><b>A ban preventing a golfer from returning to his home town after a car crash in which he killed a lecturer has been ruled unlawful.</b><p>Richard Bentham, 23, was jailed for three years after he drove into a camper van near Usk in …

Human Rights

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Feisty Shrimp That Kills With Bullets Made of Bubbles

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.11.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The greatest, smoothest gunslinger of all …

Stop whatever you're doing and watch the end of the Matrix video game

I can't believe this video is real.<p>Let me provide some backstory: In 2005, now-defunct developer Shiny Entertainment released <i>The Matrix: Path of Neo</i>, a video game that allows its player to reenact scenes from the Matrix trilogy in Keanu Reeves' iconic role. The films' directors, the Wachowskis, are …

Stress test: Are you fit for work?

<b>Stress can lead to burn-out, whether you're a chief executive or a shelf stacker.</b><p>Hector Sants, the former boss of the Financial Services Authority, had to bow out from his compliance role at Barclays Bank because of stress and exhaustion.<p>Special Report: The Technology of Business2013: The year we …

Mercedes-Benz

Review: Bravely Default - A Better Final Fantasy Than Final Fantasy

(Credit to NeoGAF’s <i>Bravely Default</i> thread for the great title.)<p>There are plenty of people that believe the turn-based JRPG to be an “ancient relic” …

Street Fighter 2: An Oral History | Polygon

"He would prank you. He'd send over ideas for video games and want me to give him my input, and it would turn out to be porn."

Could romcoms really save your marriage?

Academics at the University of Rochester in New York have concluded that romantic movies could save your marriage. Even though you thought the secret to a lasting union might be support, emotional transparency and fidelity, professor Ronald Rogge has found that watching five soppy films a month and …

Tell us the worst Shakespeare scenes you've seen – open thread

Alfred Hickling's review of the Nottingham Playhouse and York theatre revival of Richard III is a very enjoyable read. What most caught my attention was the news that the director thought playing Killing Me Softly after the death of Lady Anne would be a good idea. As Kneehigh's Emma Rice would say: …

Arrow’s Cast Takes a Break From Fighting Crime Thanks to Batkid

Author: Angela Watercutter. Angela Watercutter Culture<p>Date of Publication: 11.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 1:26 pm. 1:26 pm<p>Post by Stephen Amell.<p>Happy …

Bill Gates on Twitter: "What is most likely to cause your untimely death? http://t.co/vFn8XIUR19 http://t.co/1Enl6jCNGX"

Replying to @<b>BillGates</b><p>RT @<b>BillGates</b>: What is most likely to cause your untimely death? http://b-gat.es/1bVc2z9 pic.twitter.com/BOOgBYuwi1<p>0 replies 2 …

Tattoodo Tattoo Designs

Think of Tattoodo Tattoo Designs ($60 and up) as a sort of Threadless for the tattoo industry — it's one part open market for tattoo artists to share …

Batman and the Joker Make a Suicide Pact in an Unnerving Fan Comic

Batman and the Joker have always been two sides of the same coin, a mythic hero and a villain locked in a struggle that will likely never end, either …

Carrie stunt terrifies New York cafe customers - video

3 out of 5 stars.<p>3 out of 5 stars.<p>A strangely faithful remake of the 1976 De Palma horror classic has little new to say, writes <b>Mark Kermode</b><p>Published: 1 Dec 2013<p>2 out of 5 stars.<p>2 out of 5 stars.<p>Stephen King's bloody teen masterpiece has been updated – but with few 21st-century additions and fewer …

Council chief executives need to develop four new leadership skills

Local authority chief executives need to learn a whole set of new skills to manage increasingly complex local services, according to a new report.<p>The body that represents council chief executives, Solace, says chief executives and senior managers need to develop four important new leadership skills:<p>…

Understand Rap

Rap, hip hop, whatever you want to call it — sometimes song lyrics leave you feeling clueless about their meaning — but don't worry, <i>Understand Rap:</i> …

Signor Benedick the Moor (New band of the day No 1,610)

A concept album about alienation made by a 20-year-old Shakespeare-loving Californian<p><b>Hometown</b>: Elk Grove, California. <b><br>The lineup</b>: Christian A. McLaurin (vocals, music, production).<p><b>The background</b>: The image of today's new act that accompanies his debut album on his bandcamp was almost enough on its …

Don't make children eat their greens

One day, when my daughter, Ruby, was about 10 years old, I had a colossal argument with her about a pea. We were in Ikea in Brent Cross, north London. We had ordered lunch in the Ikea restaurant. It involved something and peas.<p>I had struggled to get Ruby to "eat normally" for as long as I could …

To Me, My Spinoffs: A History of X-Men on the Screen | WIRED

In their 50-year tenure, the X-Men have spent a lot of time off the comics page. Here, we've collected thirteen of their many forays onto screens …

Men's fashion: how to find the right look

<b>Albam</b><p><b>The look:</b> all about a good-quality pair of jeans, a just-jolly-enough knit and something with an outdoorsy detail (hiking boot, backpack). Albam is the label of choice for thirtysomething graphic designers. Think of it as this generation's Duffer.<p><b>The soundtrack:</b> Grizzly Bear.<p><b>The key pieces:</b> …

How to make perfect Vietnamese summer rolls

If you're not familiar with these little delicacies – also known as fresh spring rolls – then my, you've got a treat in store. Cucumber granita aside, they're just about the freshest thing I can imagine: a jumble of crunchy raw vegetables, soft, aromatic leaves and cool, squidgy noodles, all …

It's not the destination: the story of 'Journey'

One doesn't usually associate abstract art pieces with video games, but Thatgamecompany (TGC) was a publishing house that aimed to change that perception. TGC's defining work, <i>Journey</i>, won a number of accolades since its release last spring, even though it utilized an anonymous style of cooperative …

Richard Herring: What we should learn from the racists

I’ve always thought being racist was one of the worst things you could be. To hate someone because their skin, accent or foreskin is different to …

Six novelists on their favourite second artform

The divine counsels decided, once upon a time, that influence is bad and that too much agency is the enemy of invention. Harold Bloom can't be blamed …