What Does Your Computer Desktop Reveal About You

Careful how you organize your computer desktop – it could say a lot about yourself. A recent study into desktop psychology by Microsoft found that your personality, habits and even ambition could be revealed by examining your computer screen.

Donna Dawson, a psychologist who conducted the study, looked at a range of office workers’ desktops to find clues about the user’s personality. According to Dawson, personalities can be divided into seven categories: Generic, Specific place; Goal-orientated; Trophy; Escapist; Artistic and Sociable.

She said: “Our desktops are our personal space and as such provide a fairly accurate personality description of an individual.” For example, having lots icons on your desktop could indicate a person is disorganized and possibly insecure. People with desktop pictures displaying their past successes, meanwhile, risk revealing their egocentric side to co-workers.

Here are a few clues as to what your computer desktop might reveal about you:

  • Desktop with icons strewn across the screen – the person is disorganized and tends to lose focus easily.
  • Even icons on each side of the screen – the owner values balance and proportion and probably keeps a cool head in heated situations. This person is likely to be organized and dislike clutter.
  • Desktop with many rows of icons – reflects someone who needs to feel in control and on top of their life, but who is also slightly disorganized.
  • Personal photos as wallpaper – this indicates the kind of person you are and what priorities you have. If you are a parent you may have a photo of your kid, or if you’re an avid globetrotter you may have a photo of some exotic locale. People with photos of friends indicates their popularity, which can be useful in situations where you need good people skills.
  • Plain blue wallpaper – reveals a person who likes to keep their personal life private.
  • Trophy photos as wallpaper – suggest someone with a big ego who focuses on their past successes.

So what’s on your desktop? Does it accurately reflect your personality?

via: Daily Telegraph

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The Ultimate Office Etiquette Guide

 

If you’ve ever been sat at your desk, hard at work, trying to finish your report in time for that very important meeting with the Managing Director; you’ll know just how annoying it is to have the wacky office comedian come striding up to you in his Homer Simpson tie, wanting to play his new collection of stupid cell phone ringtones. Welcome to the dark and murky world of Office Etiquette.

I actually made a big etiquette faux pas at my new employer just this week. I was well-groomed, well-dressed and I was polite, pleasant and smiling as I greeted my new co-workers. But as I sat down after making myself a cup of tea, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone in the office was looking at me like I’d just murdered their cat. I’d committed a cardinal office sin: never, ever make a drink just for yourself.

So how do you know what the politics of your office are? Well, like the many different cultures and societies of other countries and continents, it varies from office to office. In England you could be hung, drawn and quartered for not making a round of tea for your colleagues. In Russia however, they’d be more upset if you forgot to slip a drop of vodka into their brew. For this very reason, we’ve created The Ultimate Office Etiquette Guide so that you never again make the mistake of taking a stapler without first asking for permission!

General Office Etiquette

While different offices have different policies, there are a few universal truths about etiquette that you need to be aware of at all times.

Ask before you borrow anything. There’s nothing worse than being branded the office thief because your stash of ‘borrowed’ rulers is discovered by the cleaning lady.

Wash your mugs after you’ve used them. If you expect the cleaners to wash up for you, you’re going to be in for a big surprise. You might find your mug covered in mold and thick, congealed milk floating around the bottom. Clean it yourself.

Any release of bodily gases is highly frowned upon. Farting may have been okay back in High School, but you won’t be taken seriously if you perform a rendition of Flight Of The Bumble Bee through your ass.

Don’t fall asleep at your desk. And if you do, make sure you’re at a desk that faces away from everyone else and you don’t snore.

Open doors for your colleagues. You won’t do yourself any favors by letting the door close on the geeky guy from I.T while he’s carrying a computer tower and monitor into the office.

Smoking and Vaping.  If you smoke cigarettes or vape e juice, it is important to be mindful of your coworkers. Both vaping and smoking should be done outside. Even if company policy allows you to vape at your desk (rare), it is always best to ask for your coworkers permission.

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Your Mantelligence Briefing for August 28th

Here’s a wrap up of everything going on in men’s blogs:

Geraldine Neumann is the International Babe of the Day (see above) [Double Viking]

The Snuggie Sutra: How To Screw in a Snuggie [MadeMan]

Miss USA Loves NASCAR [All Left Turns]

The 10 Most Hated People at the Gym [Gunaxin]

The Top 20 Sexiest SI Cheerleaders of the Week [COED Magazine]

The 5 Biggest Winners in World Series of Poker History [Style Crave]

Man Cheats On Wife, Publicly Neutered [Tasty Booze]

Go Commando, Get Girls [TSB Magazine]

Cowboys Recipes That?ll Put Hair on Your Chest [Art of Manliness]

10 of the worst women drivers ever [Blog of Hilarity]

WiFi Prostitutes [College Humor]

Kyoku Mens Skin Care [Cool Material]

What are we missing at the Sex Olympics? [Asylum UK]

How to Talk about Music ? Without Sounding Like a Total Jerkass [Primer Magazine]…

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Your Mantelligence Briefing for November 5th

Get ready because here it comes…the manliest link round-up on the web:

Super Sexy Sweater Kittens (see above) [COED Magazine]

iPhone Owners Make Bad Girlfriends [MadeMan]

Toolmanship: How to Use a Handsaw [Art of Manliness]

Rock Band: Badass ‘Stache Edition [Cool Material]

Top 5 Unintentionally Disturbing Viagra Ads [Gunaxin]

Ryan Newman escapes death at Talladega [All Left Turns]

7 Professional Wrestlers Who Unsuccessfully Tried Becoming Musicians [College Humor]

Bianca Jeffry is the International Babe of the Day [Double Viking]

My Favorite Halloween Costume [Tasty Booze]

How to Double Your Emails Replies from Women [TSB Magazine]

25 People With Horrible Fake Tans [Holy Taco]

Women of Extreme Sports…Grab The Tissues! [EgoTV]

An Introduction to Scotch Whisky [Primer Magazine]

Hot Girls Dressed As Snow White [Manofest]

nonnative VOYAGER Lace-Up Boot [StyleCrave]…

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10 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Dancing

Some people simply freak out at the thought of dancing. Whether it’s at a wedding, or at a bar, or even at their first dance class, some people are so overwhelmed at the feeling of being humiliated and shamed that they cringe and cave inward, and either hide wherever they can or walk away.

If you are one of those people, fear not – help is on the way. James Joseph, author of Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing, says plain and simple, “It doesn’t have to be that way. Dancing can transform someone who thinks they are doomed for life into a winner who is as popular and sought after wherever they go.”

“You can break through your fear barriers, if before you even step on the floor, you get some really straight forward attitude adjustment,” he says. “It’s a crucial action once done, you are free to enjoy the pleasures that can be found.”

Men – dance is the only activity where you can go up to beautiful women one right after the other, spend three minutes touching them artfully all over their body, and each one will thank you for it afterwards.

Jim offers beginners ten tips to get them over the chasm of early doubt:

  1. Understand the music. Learn how to count the beats of music to identify the musical structure. Focus on the music you love. It makes it so much easier.
  2. Take Lessons. A good teacher will demonstrate the elements of music and dance that defy words and will tell you when you are doing something right and wrong. If you need to, take the beginners class a second time before moving on to a harder class so you really get the basics down.
  3. Focus on rhythm patterns, not direction of movement. Learn to understand when to step. It is far more important than where to step.
  4. Focus on technique, not learning more step patterns. The step pattern is the fancy moves you make when you move on the floor. Technique is what you look like and feel like when you do it. Make what you do look really good before you make it complicated.
  5. Get out and dance. Time on the floor dancing is the only thing that will make you better. Get out and dance! With great classes, great music and enjoyable people, it’s fun and it’s easy.
  6. Dance with a variety of partners. Dancing with one person risks the creation of bad habits. Having to dance with a variety of partners is a basic dance skill. It removes the stress of dancing and is a good way to build confidence and skill.
  7. Dance Up – which means that you ask better dancers to dance with you. When you work with someone more skilled than you, suddenly the difficult things will start to work.
  8. Recover seamlessly from missteps. Handling mistakes is tough. Lighten up, smile, take the next step. Some of your best accidents will produce the most interesting results
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Are You Man Enough For A Bromance?

As a by-product of continuing emasculation, the modern man has found himself yearning the company of men. Often for one man in particular. Welcome to the man crush.

In days gone by, men could do things. Things like fixing the car themselves and changing the oil, fishing, owning a shed full of tools and being able to build things from scratch with a few bits of scrap wood, a hammer and some nails. If we needed further proof that our lives have been emasculated we only need to look at the No More Nails product. Now it probably does get the job done just as well as nails, but it’s not manly unless you’re banging nails in at the wrong angle with your hammer.

Modern man is a pale, disheveled shadow of his former self and it?s our distinct lack of a male compass that leads us into man crushes.

What is a man crush?

A man crush isn’t technically a crush in the traditional sexual sense of the word. It?s more like looking to men with certain skills and talents as our leaders. To teach us their ways. Whether it?s the guy with the well paid job, the man who always gets the girls or even the guy with a cool sense of fashion and style.

Often you’ll find yourself making excuses to your girlfriend in a desperate attempt to spend another Saturday night with him rather than her. It boils down to projecting who you can’t be ? or things you can?t do ? onto other men.

Take The Fonz from Happy Days for example. Richie, Potsie and Ralph all looked up to him. Three total geeks seeking guidance. They wanted to be The Fonz. Let’s face it, who didn’t? He rode motorbikes, was a tough guy and got all the ladies. The fact that he was an unemployed mechanic who lived in a garage and spent most of his time hanging out with teenage boys is irrelevant. The primeval urge to bond with and look up to men manifests itself in their complete devotion to this alpha male.

It’s a simple fact that when not trying to get into some hot girls pants, men will always prefer to hang around with other men.

Do I have a man crush?

Now there are probably men reading this who think that, although they know other men that they like and enjoy spending time with, the terms ?bromance? and ?man crush? are a little bit of an over-exaggeration. Well, picture this scenario:

You?ve just been asked out on a date by a gorgeous blonde woman when you bump into George Clooney. George invites you to a poker game at his house. The Oceans 11/12/13 guys will be there and no women are allowed. Which would you choose?

It’s an absolute no-brainer. Welcome to the world of man-crushes my emasculated friend.

If you’ve got a man crush on someone, famous or otherwise, and aren’t afraid to admit it then drop

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Your Mantelligence Briefing for December 3rd

Here are the manliest links on the cyberinterwebhighway:

The 52 Best Natural Breasts of All-Time (see above) [COED Magazine]

20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer [Cool Material]

Is She Cheating on You? [MadeMan]

Ten of the Coolest Pads on the Planet [Gunaxin]

How to Make a Bed You Can Bounce a Quarter Off Of [Art of Manliness]

7 Inventors You Didn’t Know You Want to Punch in The Face [College Humor]

Joana Duarte is the International Babe of the Day [Double Viking]

Tiger Woods Voicemail to Jaimee Grubbs [Ebaum Nation]

Worst First and Last Names To Have [EgoTV]

Timberland Abington Guide Boot [Style Crave]

Traveling Spirits – Men’s Gift Guide [Man Tripping]

The worst NASCAR crashes of 2009 [All Left Turns]

Reenactment of Tiger Woods Car Crash [Tasty Booze]

60 Gifts For Guys: A Wishlist for Modern Men [Primer Magazine]

Texting A Girl: A Guide to Text Message Game [TSB Magazine]

 …

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3 Tips to Keep Your Girlfriend Happy

This is a guest post from Brent Postal

When your girl is happy, everything else seems to fall into place. Dinner is ready when you get home. The oil in her car is adequately filled. And the sex is perfect. But as a relationship lengthens, it can become increasingly difficult to keep the Ms.?s smiling. Here are some time-tested things you can do:

1. Give her a massage

Do this right and she?ll be smiling from ear to ear. First, set the mood with candles and light music, something soothing and calm. Jack Johnson cd?s were made for this purpose. OAR is a little more tolerable. Set up the candles so that the whole room illuminates to an orange glow. You may have to settle on your bed in place of a massage table, unless you have one, which would be weird. But the bed works just fine.
Second, get something to wet your hand, be it lotion, moisturizer, something. Simply having this will make it appear like you know what you?re doing. You?ll need this stuff because it not only lets your hands glide freely, it also warms her muscles. The result is complete relaxation.

Third, start with very slow, broad strokes that cover her entire back and legs (she should be naked with just a towel over her butt). One second, ohhhhhhhh. Okay I?m back. Don?t neglect her arms and legs. Some women go crazy when you massage their arms all the way to the hands. As you work up momentum, increase the pressure you apply. You really want to focus on working the entire muscle, using your entire hand.

Finally, as you end the massage, whisper something in her ear. And don?t expect sex. Just show her that you are happy to go to these lengths without anticipating something in return.

2. Cook her dinner

This one makes her happy because it shows you can do something other than shoot hoops. But don?t try some fancy dish you probably can?t pull off. If the food sucks, you?re basically back where you started. On the other hand, grilled cheese will make you look like a shmuck.

Try easy recipes like spaghetti or ravioli, and then throw in some spices to class it up. Just like a massage, you should set the mood before dinner. And just like a massage, break out the candles again. What is it about a tiny flame that women like so much?

If and when she asks to help, tell her to sit down and relax. Then go ahead and give her some bread or make her a nice salad to nosh before the main course is ready. Keep it a secret as best you can. For instance, don?t let her see the meal and don?t give her any tastes. Keep the conservation going and make her laugh.

When the food is up, serve her first and act like you genuinely care if she likes it. You?ll know if you did well within the …

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