Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Please Consider Bathing, K THX BYE

The second of two lighter posts in honor of our new president.

Ever have a friend or workmate that just did not bath as often as is socially acceptable? Or who from time to time wears too much make-up? Or what about the neighbor with the dog that barks at all hours? Have you wished you could send them an anonymous email politely pointing out the shortcoming without being mean?

Well, this website has a service that you may want to look into. It allows you to send any of approximately 400 pre-set messages anonymously to the email address of anyone you know. The pre-set messages range from the very important, to the useful, to the mundane. And all are presented in very polite fashion. Connie Loizos at the peHUB has a short interview with the site's founder here.

A few examples:

- Washing your hands after using the restroom is a wonderful way to not spread germs.
- A breath mint would be beneficial today.
- There's a significant stain on your tie.
- You may not realize it, but you tend to touch the monitor screen when you are pointing at something and it leaves a smudge.
- Stories about your kids are not as interesting as they used to be.
- You may want to consider taking down your holiday decorations.

Here is one that I hope I don't receive:

- Your use of the Internet seems to be affecting your workload.

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