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3rd September 2003    #     Issue 127
We are trying to make this the quietest library in the world !
Please contribute   ...   with your silence !
(One of my favorite Library Posters)


Moderator's Comment -
                                                            ~ Gunjan


                                                  ~ Gunjan

                                          ~ Mari Bontrager

Speaking Tip
                                          ~ from Tom Antion


A Different Kind of Blasphemy
                                                   ~ Gunjan

Lessons Learnt Backstage
                                                  ~ Gunjan



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Dear LaughMates,

It seems many of you slumbered through August.
(as reflected, both in the reduced number of posts
and in our dear sponsor's logs.)

Good morning and welcome back. It's September !
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With no further ado here's I-Laugh #127.

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=== > Challenges !

Hi Laughmates,

Well it seems that Laughmates can ignore challenges
much more easily than Laugh-Lovers. At that group it
sent people (including me) into a scurry of activity.

Here are just a few samples...

The Red Planet is coming! Think of the energy that'll save.
The managers at all the supermarkets can turn off those
pink lights in the meat counter that make yesterday's ground
beef look fresh.
~ Rephah Berg

This just in: Mars will be so close the U.S. government
declared it will expand it's search for those elusive weapons
of mass destruction to include the entire surface area of
the red planet
~ Gary V. Tenuta
(Did I tell you all about the cartoon that Gary made after
his visit to http://workinghumor.com/selling_humor.shtml  ?
No ?? Well, check it out, you should find it quite amusing.
While you're there click through the google adsense ad
to the "Car Salesman Breakthrough" and check out the
Testimonials. Amazingly written testimonials ... aren't they ?

M'ars will be so close that deodorants will be futile !
~ Gunjan
Many a true word is spoken in Jest
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(Did you notice the embarrassing goof up that I made ?)

~ Gunjan

Comments -

===> Eco Bull?

>Moderator's Comment - Oops ! Is mankind a sexist term?
>I thought it was a short form for Humankind ! ;-)

Pfui. I don't believe you have been living under a rock.

> If there was a bee hive on the tree just
> outside Baby's bedroom window would Womankind
> have an equally tolerant view towards nature. ;-)

Huh? she says, puzzled. If it looks like a non sequitur, and smells
like a non sequitur, it probably is a non sequitur. In other words,
~ Mari

Huh ??
~ Gunjan

In regard to your specific example- bees. Bees are nonaggressive
unless their hive is immediately threatened. And screens are an
effective and non-lethal means of separating bee space from
people space.

The notion that a "perceived" threat must be destroyed is where
we humans get ourselves in trouble. When we begin to understand
our place within the whole structure, we ensure our own survival.

Yours, in harmony,

Just About a Kitchen 'Zine
May the gold in your pocket be the least of your treasures!

Comments  -

===> Speaking Tip

Use as Much Humor as You Need

How much humor should I put in a serious talk? That's my second
most frequently asked question. I can't give you the exact answer
on that one, so I'll give you the answer everyone hates. It depends.
You must ask yourself a series of questions. The answers to these
questions will lead you to the final percentage that is right for you.

    Why am I here? Am I here to entertain, inform, motivate,
answer questions, etc.?

    What is the nature of my subject? Am I here to congratulate the
audience on breaking last year's sales record or am I here to inform
the audience there will be massive layoffs?

    What is the nature of my audience? Are they fun-loving and
laid-back or do they normally want the information fast and dirty?

    What about me? Have I developed appropriate humor that helps
make my point or hold attention? Have I practiced one-liners until
I'm comfortable telling them?

The answers to these questions will clearly direct you in the
appropriate amount of humor to use.

~ from Tom Antion's ebook - Wake 'em Up
Get your copy at http://snurl.com/wakeup]

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Comments or if have you a tip to share -

=========== NEW DISCUSSIONS ===========

===> A different kind of Blasphemy

Hi Laughmates,

I enjoyed some of these comments...

According to Zeiler, Windows-borne computer viruses number
about 70,000 at  last count, while Mac viruses number about 50.

The Mercury News' Diaz suggested that Mac users may not want
to gloat, as it's certainly possible to write a Mac virus, though Diaz
quotes research firm Rob Enderle as saying that Macs make it "much
more difficult to write the worm."

Anti-virus software maker Sophos PLC's Graham Cluley told the
Sun's Zeiler that Macs have "no more inherent security" than their
PC counterparts, it's just that they've failed "to capture interest"
among the creators of these viruses.

I could never own a Mac. Steve Job's greed and monopolistic
efforts are what drove all the hardware and software developers
to the PC platform. He's the reason the Mac is a niche market
to this day.

He's like the Bill Clinton of the personal computer industry. He
doesn't respect you, or the market. He is not interested in your

Comments ?

~ Gunjan

Comments  -

===> Lessons Learnt Backstage

Hi Laughmates,

Some of you who are in direct correspondence with me,
would have noticed the increase in delay in my communications
for the last couple of weeks. This wasn't because I was going
senile (at least I hope not) but because I had been given the
responsibility of the sets and props for a musical that the
school I work with put up on the 29th and 30th of August.

Here are a few lessons I learnt backstage.

1) Don't assume that everybody knows their jobs.

I kept wondering why the overall co-ordinator in
charge of the project kept getting mad at me though
normally we get on great. It was only at the 5th or 6th
meeting that I realised that my idea of my job and her
idea of my job didn't match at all.

I had assumed that I was put in charge of sets and props
to negotiate with various vendors and get the best rates
for the school. According to her the person in charge of
sets and props was a stage director and it was his/her job
to access what sets and props were needed ... then get them
made. (I nearly waited till too late to get a list of what was
needed by her from her, while she assumed that I'd make
that list myself)

2) The microphone does not distinguish between the
husher and the hushee !

Keeping over a 100 charged up kids quiet backstage,
is not an easy job. Yet it was an experience watching
how some of the people who were supposed to do
this job, lose focus on why they were doing this job.

If a mike can catch the murmur of kids whispering or
giggling ... wouldn't it catch the screams of "Quiet"
and "Shut Up" ?

3) Don't go overboard in congratulating any group
leader in the presence of their group.

Remember Prof Henry Higgins and all around him,
dancing to "You did it" in my My Fair Lady.
Remember how Eliza felt ?

Unfortunately, I remembered a little too late.

The toughest part of the props and sets job is the actual
moving them on and of stage in the 20-30 second intervals
between scenes in the dark. This aspect was to be looked
after by the 10th grade Drama students and to be co-ordinated
by a colleague. We made quite a mess of it in the tech rehearsal
and had everybody worried whether we could do a decent job
of it.

However it was amazing what a fantastic job we did in the final
show. As soon as the show was over I instinctively went over
to the colleague and told her "You did it!". Seeing the pain in the
eyes of one of the kids who just said ... "yes she did it" made me
feel like crawling under one of those props. Here in front of the
team which actually lifted those heavy props, I was telling the
person who co-ordinated their actions that "she did it!"

Of course I explained, and congratulated each one of them ...
but I do think that was the biggest goof up I made through out
this entire adventure.

4) Some dark clouds don't just have silver linings... They are
silver clouds which we've looked at darkly.

Some of the trees that were being made as props were
planned to be almost 18 feet high. Unfortunately, we ran
out of budget and the trees had to be made much smaller -
about 12 feet.

Later in the auditorium we found that some of the tips of
the trees were touching the lights when they were taken of
stage into the wings. Another foot higher and the trees would
have been unusable ! 

~ Gunjan

Comments  -

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===========  This week's Humor ==============

New Virus Warning !

I thought you would want to know about this email virus.
Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee
cannot take care of this one. It appears to mostly affect those
of us who were born prior to 1960.


1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished.

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND."

It is called the "C-Nile Virus."

(From Dr Stan Kegel's Groaner's Digest

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===========  This week's Stress Reliever? ==============


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