Quote #May-24th: Men and balls

Bola sepak punca lelaki ceria, murung

LONDON: Bola sepak didakwa membolehkan lelaki menzahirkan pemikiran dan perasaan dalam sanubari masing-masing, menurut kajian menjelang kejuaraan bola sepak Piala Dunia yang berlangsung di Jerman bulan depan.

Hampir dua pertiga lelaki (64 peratus) percaya ketika menonton atau bermain bola sepak, mereka lebih sedia berkongsi perasaan mereka dengan lelaki lain berbanding ketika melakukan kegiatan lain.

Satu pertiga menyatakan, mereka tidak berasa malu memeluk rakan mereka ketika menonton perlawanan bola sepak.

“Bola sepak mempunyai kesan positif terhadap keadaan psikologi seseorang. Ia memberikan topik perbualan segera berkaitan pandangan terhadap pemilihan pasukan, strategi dan kemahiran pemain. Ia menjadi topik yang seronok untuk dibahaskan,” kata Ketua Psikologi Universiti Northumbria, Sandy Wolfson.

Kajian berkenaan dijalankan oleh Yayasan Penyelidikan Kesihatan Mental, sebuah pertubuhan bebas yang membantu penduduk di seluruh Britain mengekalkan kesihatan mental.

Ia melakukan soal selidik secara online dengan 500 peserta lelaki berusia antara 18 dan 70 tahun.

“Kebiasaannya lelaki jarang menzahirkan apa yang terpendam dalam sanubari mereka berbanding wanita dan apa yang menariknya, bola sepak membolehkan lelaki bercakap mengenai perasaan mereka secara semula jadi,” kata Pengerusi Yayasan itu, Andrew McCulloch.

Selain memeluk rakan, 70 peratus lelaki mengaku sesuatu perlawanan boleh menyebabkan mereka murung, manakala 58 peratus menyatakan apa yang berlaku ketika sesuatu permainan boleh menjadikan mereka menjadi lebih agresif.

Bagaimanapun, kemampuan bola sepak untuk menzahirkan emosi lelaki ada hadnya apabila tiga perempat lelaki menyatakan, mereka tidak pernah menangis berkaitan dengan keputusan sesuatu perlawanan. – Reuters

[root@sqew ~]# wget http://www.bharian.com.my/m/BHarian/Wednesday/Dunia/20060523225206/Article/

Quote #May-22nd

MyRecovery Post

"Why, When , What, How and Which"

Can you make a complete sentence using all this words? Hehe test your capibilities :-)

Quote #May-17th > IT: the world's most stressful professi

IT: the world's most stressful profession

A poll has revealed what sobbing IT operatives already know only too well: their chosen profession is the most stressful on God's Green Earth and Iraqi A&E doctors should consider themselves lucky not to spend their days at the sharp end of a relentless assault of clueless users and badgering bosses.

That's the conclusion of a probe of 3,000 "IT experts" carrried out by "online learning provider" SkillSoft, which reveals the staggering fact that "97 per cent of people working in IT claim to find their life at work stressful on a daily basis".

Indeed, four-fifths of IT consultants "feel stressed before they even enter the workplace", while a quarter of the poor buggers "are under such enormous pressure to perform at work they have taken time off suffering with stress".

One pollee wailed: "I spend most of my day fielding calls from people who don't even have a basic knowledge of computers and printers. It is amazing the amount of time I spend teaching people where the on-off button is. And when I do actually find a technical problem to solve, I have my manager breathing down my neck wondering why I have a backlog of complaints."

Bless. According to SkillSoft MD Kevin Young: "Our research was sparked by a recent Gartner report which claims that the untrained or under-trained desktop user will cost an organisation five times more to support than a well-trained worker. This led us to thinking about how much pressure this must also put on the IT professionals who have to provide such support.

"By commissioning this study, our aim was to establish to what level workload affects the stress levels of people working in IT and across a variety of other job disciplines; and to learn more about the sort of other factors that impact on stress in the workplace."

Whatever. Here are the top ten most stressful jobs, according to SkillSoft:

1. IT
2. Medicine/Caring Profession
3. Engineering
4. Sales and Marketing
5. Education
6. Finance
7. Human Resources
8. Operations
9. Production
10. Clerical

And here's an alternative top ten as compiled by the Vulture Central Statistical Analysis Soviet:

1. Iraqi police recruit
2. US Army bomb disposal expert
3. Baghdad A&E doctor
4. British Airways pilot
5. Naomi Campbell's personal assistant
6. Naomi Campbell's housekeeper
7. Dick Cheney's shooting buddy
8. Steve Ballmer's office furniture supplier
9. President Bush's grammatical consultant
10. Wayne Rooney's fiancée
11. IT journalist

[root@sqew ~]#wget http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/16/most_stressful_profession/