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Yang: Introversion Is Not Taught In Business Schools

on November 30, 2015 - 8:48am
Los Alamos

In fact, introversion is deliberately marginalized at business schools. One Harvard Business School (HBS) professor once said, “If a student talks often and forcefully, then he’s a player; if he doesn’t, he’s on the margin.” 

At HBS, the culture is all about pursuing the extrovert dream: being forthright, being vocal, being a team player (or at least seen as such until seizing the opportunity to dominate the team), being outgoing, and acting confidently at all costs, or at least, seemingly so. 

Extroverts thrive in such an environment.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Oxymorans (1)

on November 29, 2015 - 12:16pm

How the Hen House Turns
Animal Oxymorans (1)

We humans like to oversimplify things. So it is with animals. Too often we think of them as domestic or not, pets or not, dangerous or not, when in fact they are a little bit of this and a lot of that and a smidgen of something else—just like the rest of us.

Take rats, for instance. It’s not fun to find a  rat in one’s backyard, only to be told that they live in the sidewalk ivy bed. I’ll agree, but it doesn’t mean that all rats are nasty. They have been living in or near human habitats for thousands of years.

Pastor Granillo: Hope.

on November 29, 2015 - 7:03am
Los Alamos


“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

“Hope” is one of those terms that we have romanticized and made very ambiguous. That may be the reason we often enjoy quotes like, “Hope is a waking dream.” After all it is mysterious, poetic, and speaks to hope as being something we imagine as possible; while at the same time accepting “hope” as something easily lost as we begin to awaken to reality.

For too many, the romantic notion of hope has left them cynical in a world where darkness pours into a lit restaurant, music hall, or even an elementary school.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Why Hazy Days Are Hazy

on November 27, 2015 - 7:56am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Why Hazy Days are Hazy

Why is hazy air hazy? A 5¢ question with a $50 answer. Today’s story is the $3.98 version in three parts—physics, weather conditions and human actions.
The chapter on physics tells us that hazy air has more fine particles in it than clear air.  "Fine particles" are very small bits of solids or liquids, so small they stay in the air without settling.
And so small they "scatter" a lot of light. That is, they "knock it away," so less light gets from out there to your eye.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 27, 2015 - 7:54am
Reel Deal Theater

The Good Dinosaur opened Wednesday and Creed, Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before and Spectre will hold for another week.

I originally was not going to open Creed as I was thinking “what another Stallone boxing movie!” Then I looked a little deeper, read some reviews and watched some trailers. This film might just rival the original Rocky (well almost). The critics are going wild over it and it’s getting a 95 percent rating. Warner Bros. made us open it Wednesday and messed up our schedule so be sure and look to our website for the most updated version.

Column: What I’m Thankful For In 2015

on November 27, 2015 - 7:44am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Each holiday season I compose and send to relatives and friends a “Thanksgiving Thankful List” for the preceding year.

My wife, Deb, and I enjoy our life in Utah’s red rock country and have many things for which we are thankful. I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness.

This is my 2015 list:

  • Deb and I are in debt to the Roman god of lists—Listus (well, I made that up). We are inveterate list makers.

An Open Book: Give Me Liberty...

on November 25, 2015 - 9:22am
Los Alamos

Although everyone calls my country of birth by the shortened name of Uruguay, the formal name is “Republica Oriental del Uruguay”, roughly analogous with how we typically say America, when we really meant “United States of America.”

The long name is formally translated in English as “Eastern Republic of Uruguay,” but this is not quite correct; it should be “Republic to the East of the Uruguay (river)”. Now you know why everyone calls it Uruguay.

I got to thinking about this awkward translation when I was researching the famous conclusion to a stirring