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Comment: Re:Policy change (Score 1) 670

by Pebby (#42221801) Attached to: Stay Home When You're Sick!

I actively encourage my employees to stay home when they're sick. I realize we all can't work in these strange utopias of logic, but losing one guy for a week is much better than him coming in and getting 3 other people sick for a week. From a pure numbers standpoint, I don't get how people don't see how it's a GOOD thing to tell people to take care of themselves.

One of my only office pet-peeves is when someone shows up to work next to me with an obvious illness. Then I get sick. Arrrrrrgh.

Comment: Re:man-kids (Score 1) 138

by Pebby (#40112259) Attached to: Facebook Releases Instagram Clone, Two Months After Acquisition

Just for a bit of fair perspective - clubbing and dancing wound up being my 'higher' social hobby. When I turned 21, I immediately started going out dancing at clubs, since they played the music I like. Eventually I became a DJ, and, while I don't drink while I'm at clubs, I would still not write off clubs as bad places to explore your hobbies and have fun.

I would guess the average intelligence of plenty of my crowds are lower than a Salsa group, but, trust me, there are _tons_ of engineers/programmers who love dancing and (80's/goth/alternative - i.e. not hip-hop) music: I've met several folks from Apple, an entrepeneur from Yahoo, etc.

Whatever it is, the key point to remember is that socializing with mutual intellectual/emotional/physical interests will always be more valuable than forced, normalized socializing. :)

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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

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