Aside from my Radiohead-related efforts, I spent much of last year in the unfamiliar realm of business books, especially those dealing with the more hard-nosed end of human resources. You know, the sort of thing that gives quasi-academic credibility to the brutally Nietzschean process of firing people in Northampton and North Dakota and shipping their jobs to Bangalore and Bangkok. Learn To Make Underlings Love You Even As You Destroy Their Puny Lives And Condemn Their Families To Penury With A Single Keystroke On Your Spreadsheet. All that.
So it was with some joy that I discovered from pinyin.info, via Shisaku and Richard's Asia Exile, that at least one great myth of management-speak has been shown up for the absolute crap it always smelled like. The next time some David Brent clone with a functional grasp of PowerPoint tells you that "the Chinese word for crisis comes from a combination of danger and opportunity" I give you unequivocal permission to give him an authentically Chinese burn, then kick him in the fortune cookies. Because, like suicidal lemmings, and Marilyn Manson playing the hero's best friend in The Wonder Years, it just ain't so.