January 22nd, 2018

dictator

о ловкости рук и гибкости ума

Просто гениальное, а считаю, решение:

[...] С нового года, чтобы не увеличивать сумму, но формально удвоить ее, ФАНО поставило ученых института перед фактом: все сотрудники должны написать заявление о переводе на полставки. Таким образом [...] формально удвоили зарплату — не добавив ни копейки.


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о их версии 'паровозика из ромашково'

Я, кстати, всегда говорил, что эта мультипликационная серия -- образчик самой беззастенчивой индоктринации детишек англо-протестантской моралью и трудовой этикой:

The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends”
[ Jia Tolentino | September 28, 2017 | via The New Yorker ]

When I was a child, I could spend all day at Shining Time Station, the fictive train depot with its own eponymous TV show, where Thomas the Tank Engine and all his plate-faced locomotive friends worked and lived. To my undeveloped brain, each episode seemed like a beautiful daydream, in which an orderly, magical, trance-inducing universe ticked on under bluebird skies. For company, there was the Conductor, voiced first by Ringo Starr and later by George Carlin, and then the trains: gentle blue Edward, moody green Henry, big strong Gordon, little red James, and, of course, Thomas, with his pointed eyebrows and perpetual smile. The show, which included segments that had first aired on a British show called “Thomas & Friends,” began airing on PBS in 1989, and each episode opened with a Joe Cocker-ish theme song: “Reach for the steam, reach for the whistle, go where the railway runs/ Reach for the words, reach for the story, follow the rainbow sun.” I would hum along. How could I possibly have imagined that, decades later, I would get lost in obscure corners of the Internet where people interpret the show—at length—as a depiction of a premodern corporate-totalitarian dystopia? Collapse )