"There is a black sun which is not visible to the human eye. It is our beacon and its fire burns within us." -- Akkadian temple inscription

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Steven Kaye's irregularly updated blog

One item I neglected to mention in my recent update is the discovery that I am meant to be a rhinoceros. As I've mentioned before, I work for a consulting firm. Since the economy tanked, consulting firms have been doing badly, with lots of layoffs and/or salary freezes for everyone. So the organizational unit that I'm part of decided to have a community meeting - or rather, a big conference call where people tried to bore us to death by reciting from PowerPoint presentations. The one moment of this call that will stick in my mind for all time is when our Fearless Leader told us that we should all be rhinos. Lame Spider-Man villains? Near-sighted ill-tempered brutes being driven to extinction? Unquestioning conformists? Well, that last one might be nice too, but no, apparently rhinos are well-known for their abiliy to overcome any obstacle. Except for the being driven to extinction bit. Another highlight of the call was a reference to people being "executed" (presumably a move away from euphemisms such as "free to pursue opportunities elsewhere" or "graduated," a personal favorite). And they say businesses don't know how to motivate their employees.
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