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    Off Topic: Store bought cookies, ranked

    Your definitive ranking of store-bought cookies. And yes, I know that 'Home baked cookies are better!', that is not what this ranking is about.

    Here goes:

    99. Animal Crackers

    98 - 16. Every other cookie that you have ever heard of

    15. Lorna Doone

    14. Famous Amos Chocolate Chip

    13. Archway Oatmeal Raisin

    12. Pecan Sandies

    11. Teddy Grahams Honey

    10. Fig Newtons

    9. Nilla Wafers

    8. Nutter Butter

    7. Vienna Fingers

    6. Chips Deluxe

    5. Milano

    4. Fudge Stripes

    3. Oreo (original)

    2. Oreo (Double Stuf)

    1. Chips Ahoy (original)

    Tell me where I'm wrong and have a great weekend!


    Off Topic: Grunge Songs, Ranked

    In an ongoing experiment to discover if there is indeed a correlation between a blog post's lack of meaning and insight and it's popularity, I present to you for your consideration the definitive ranking of 'Grunge' songs.

    20. Glycerine - Bush

    19. Spoonman - Soundgarden

    18. Change - Candelbox

    17. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots

    16. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana

    15. Malibu - Hole

    14. Even Flow - Pearl Jam

    13. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

    12. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

    11. Cover Me - Candlebox

    10. Cumbersome - Seven Mary Three

    9. In Bloom - Nirvana

    8. Pretend We're Dead - L7

    7. Violet - Hole

    6. Alive - Pearl Jam

    5. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

    4. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

    3. Jeremy - Pearl Jam

    2. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots

    1. Would? -  Alice in Chains

    Have a great weekend!


    OFF TOPIC: Breakfast cereals, ranked

    Long week + terrible winter weather + me fighting a bad cold = not much left in the tank for a Friday. 

    So with that said, I give you the completely biased and unscientific, yet definitive ranking of cold breakfast cereals:

    100. Shredded Wheat

    99 - 21. A whole bunch of forgettable and unimportant cereals.

    20. Rice Krispies

    19. Cheerios

    18. Corn Flakes

    17. Rice Chex

    16. Honey Bunches of Oats

    15. Raisin Bran

    14. Life

    13. Golden Grahams

    12. Corn Pops

    11. Cocoa Pebbles

    10. Apple Jacks

    9. Alpha-Bits

    8. Honey Smacks

    7. Frankenberry

    6. Lucky Charms

    5. Frosted Flakes

    4. Wheaties

    3. Count Chocula

    2. Froot Loops

    1. Cap'n Crunch

    Have a great weekend!


    Off Topic: Honest Slogans

    It's Friday, you're beat, probably slacking off a bit at the office today (it's ok, I won't tell anyone).

    It's a grind for sure. If I really wanted to I could make us all more depressed about work by running some charts showing corporate profits continuing to reach new all-time highs, while wages and median family incomes remain at about 1983 levels. 

    But I won't bum you out about that today. It's almost the weekend.

    Instead, I want you to have a laugh or two courtesy of Honest Slogans, an amazingly simple and funny site that re-imagines many of the most famous and iconic corporate logos and taglines with what people really think about the companies and brands.

    I will embed a few of these 'fake but ring pretty true' logos below, but you really should head over to Honest Slogans and have some chuckles do some competitive research.

    I have to lead with what is seemingly every HR and Talent Pro's favorite company, LinkedIn:


    How about a blast from the past but is still, shockingly still breathing, The Yellow Pages:


    And one more before I close up for the weekend. You know that Motel 6 will always 'leave the light on for you'. Did you ever wonder why?

    Good stuff.

    Have a great weekend all!


    Off Topic: False Memories

    I received an email yesterday from an HR industry person who I have met in person on at least three occasions in the last few years. In the (very pleasant and cordial note), this person indicated how he was 'looking forward to meeting me in person' at the upcoming HR Tech Conference this October.  

    Yep, I'm looking forward to it as well pal. Maybe we can spend a few minutes reminiscing about the other three times we've met for the first time.

    Whatever, I don't really care that much except I will probably, if I do meet this person again, play it off like we've not met before either, in order to avoid further awkwardness.

    But the exchange made me think about memory more generally, and then, (since unlike my 'friend' who can't remember the three times he's met me before), I have fantastic recall, I thought about this recent piece from the MIT Technology Review - Scientists Make Mice 'Remember' Things That Didn't Happen

    Check out what some of the weird scientists at MIT are up to:

    Scientists have created a false memory in mice by manipulating neurons that bear the memory of a place. The work further demonstrates just how unreliable memory can be. It also lays new ground for understanding the cell behavior and circuitry that controls memory, and could one day help researchers discover new ways to treat mental illnesses influenced by memory.

    In the study, published in Science on Thursday, the MIT scientists show that they can modify a memory and have a mouse believe it experienced something it didn’t. Susumu Tonegawa, a neuroscientist at MIT, and members of his lab used mice that were genetically modified to allow for certain neurons to be activated with a flash of light; the technique enabled the researchers to activate a memory that caused a mouse to believe it had experienced electrical shocks in a particular box, even though no such thing had happened there. “The process of memory is nothing like a tape recording,” says study co-first author Steve Ramirez. “It’s really malleable and susceptible to the incorporation of new information.

    This is all kinds of awesome, and not just because it basically validates most of the premise of Total Recall

    More from the MIT piece:

    More broadly, neuroscientists are increasingly exploring human cognition at its molecular and cellular origins. Someday, this deeper understanding could lead to better or novel treatments, such as memory implants that replace lost memories or novel drugs to boost beneficial memory reconsolidation.

    Implants to replace lost memories?

    Memory reconsolidation?

    Sounds like some great new tools for performance improvment plans everywhere.

    But there is one more bit from the MIT piece that might explain that email I received yesterday from the guy who can't remember meeting me: 

    Neuroscientist Sheena Josselyn agrees that the results imply that false memories are not as uncommon as many think. “At some point, we shouldn’t really trust our memories, because some things we remember happening didn’t really,” she says.

    Ah, so maybe that is it. Maybe I am the one who has got it all wrong here and my email pal is right.

    Maybe my 'memory' of our three previous meetings is what can't be trusted. Interesting.

    I also remember a time when I had a full head of wavy brown hair too, I hope it doesn't turn out that didn't really happen either.

    Have a great weekend!