Friday, September 28, 2007

On beards, blogging and hidden treasure

One of my regular haunts is the quite astounding daily grow-a-brain link blog, the labour of love of Hanan Levin.

Grow-a-brain has been growing since 2003 and contains links to "many thousands of unique sites vacuumed from all corners of the internet". Grow-a-brain is a classic link blog, each link introduced by a short often witty one line description.

As a bearded man my eye was caught today by this link, which exemplifies Hanan's work.

Why did George Bernard Shaw stop shaving?
(For the same reason his father did).

The link leads to another treasure of the Internet, the Futility Closet - An Idlers Miscellany, which is described by Greg Ross it's proprietor in the following terms.
"No matter how much you love your job, you can't work for 10 hours straight.

That's why there's Futility Closet — 2,100 anecdotes, epigrams, illusions and wonders; puzzles, prodigies, sublimities and horrors.

Read a few and get back to work. We'll keep finding more."
At a time when some employers are rushing to ban or prevent access to social networking sites perhaps they should take note, and remember the old saying, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

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