Saturday, June 30, 2012

the perfect summer project book.

I am not an extremely musical person. My baby brother and I like to jam out in the car and think that we sound like Boyz II Men. I'm not sure that's an entirely realistic assessment of our vocal skills, but I'm glad that neither of us are aware of it. I thought it would be nice to change things up and review a book about an instrument. The ukulele was the first one that came to mind, naturally.

Bill Plant is here to help you with your Ukulele needs with his book, Make Your Own Ukulele: The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning and Learning to Play the Uke. Bill is a woodworker from Australia who enjoys teaching the trade privately, and as part of college coursework. Of course I wasted my time in a pottery class as my elective in college. I'd like a time machine and an Austrialian accent, please. Bill's Make Your Own Ukulele focuses more on the building aspect than the playing. It includes very detailed and easy to follow directions on how to build two different types of uke. I mean, building it is the hardest part, you can probably YouTube the rest anways. It is the perfect project book for the retired man in your life who wanders around aimlessly, bored, with nothing to do but be up in your business.

Friday, June 29, 2012

the customer is always an idiot, but pretend they’re right.

I absolutely, positively, without a doubt SUCK at customer service.  I truly believe that most people are complete morons or are far too cranky, and personally I don’t care for either. It’s something I have been working on over the years. As a teenager, my attitude towards crazy customers definitely got in the way of, well…my employment actually. But anyways, I have learned a lot over the years, especially during my work in non-profit organizations. They were typically the kind that fed the hungry, so pissing off my clients wasn’t that big of a deal because they wanted to feed their kids and stuff. It was the volunteers that I really had to hold my tongue with. You do NOT want to lose your volunteers, even if they are bossy.

Micah Solomon covers the basics of customer service in his latest business guidebook, High-Tech, High-Touch Customer Service: Inspire Timeless Loyalty in the Demanding New World of Social Commerce. Yeah, the basics are covered, and then some, and some, and some. This guide is dedicated to you business leaders who desperately need to learn how to create a system of standards in order to anticipate customer needs. It is a guide on how to treat customers exceptionally, while also bridging the gap between online and off-line customer service. We are in the era of iPhones, Facebook and Twitter. Our man Solomon makes addressing customer care in our high-tech world look extremely easy. I am going to send a copy to Verizon Wireless immediately.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

good for a few laughs.

If you’ve kept up on my blog this year, you are aware that I am a major fan of The Hunger Games trilogy. I am also a fan of making fun of everything and anything worthy. However, when The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon came to my attention, I was a little concerned. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters, I didn’t know if I wanted to read a parody. I mean, The Harvard Lampoon’s Twilight parody, Nightlight was an entirely different story. Vampires have it coming, Primrose Everdeen does not.

I gave the scene-for-scene complete parody a chance, and I have to admit, I laughed, out loud, in public places. The story follows Kantkiss Neverclean, and follows the original version almost to a tee. She is forced to fight for her life in the annual Hunger Games and all of the same characters are included with their silly names to match. If you love the Games, you’ll enjoy the Pains. Wow, I’m clever ;)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

pie, pie, pie, pie, pie.

I love pie. There are certain pies out there that I’ve written songs about. What makes Ken Haedrich’s Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie cookbook different than the rest? Well, for one it includes 300 recipes (30 for crust alone), and for two it has the power to turn you pie making beginners into pie making masterminds. Take THAT mother-in-laws. You have your traditional favorites, like everyday apple, for those of you who like to play it safe. And for those of you who like to party, Haedrich offers an apple  pie  recipe with a Cheez-it crumb topping.  There really is something for everyone. The only issue may be for you Type “A” personality people who like everything in order. Some call it OCD. This cookbook has no real order to it. I mean, it was made by a boy. No offense Ken.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

that shit cray.

I have never watched Jersey Shore, but I do watch E! News, so I've got the gist of the situation, pun intended. There's lots of smushing, partying, dancing, hair spray and brown skin. I mean to each their own, but if I want to watch a lot of crazy incomprehensible drama, I'll just turn on a Spanish soap  opera.

At the bar the other night we were talking about who our favorite Jersey Shore character is, because that's what a bunch of intelligent people talk about over dollar drafts. My baby brother said that Vinny (Guadagnino) is his favorite because he has anxiety issues, which baby brother can relate to. Turns out, Vinny wrote a book about it fittingly titled, Control the Crazy.

Vinny suffers from chronic  anxiety, and has since his freshman year of high school. In his book he explains his experiences in his own words hoping that his story will be able to help so many of you that have the same overwhelming feelings. Feelings that Vinny deals with on a daily basis. Control the Crazy is filled with all of Vinny's tips on keeping his cool. He relies heavily on healthy living, not belly shots at the bar. It's very personal and very real. I know that baby brother is comforted by the fact that he's not alone in the world with anxiety, that someone else is talking about it. Maybe I'm not a fan of the silly show, but I am a huge fan of this boy who is going to help a lot of young people by sharing his "use your mind, don't let it use you" strategies.

Monday, June 25, 2012

gaining a competitive edge with your reputation.

Let me begin by voicing my opinion, very unlike me, I know. I have been through many interviews in my life, never for anything major, and definitely not for any teaching jobs, but I am still quite familiar with the interview process. Initially, personality is everything. People want to work with someone totally rad, so if you walk in all awkward and nervous, no one is going to like you. The reason why you got the interview in the first place is because you are qualified, now is not the time to act all “look what I can do,” just be cool.

The Power of Reputation is a guide book to achieving success in any field through building relationships based on character, communication, and trust. So basically, you already kicked ass by being awesome in your interview (you’re welcome for my free advice), you’re in the company, now you need to be SUCCESSFUL. I mean, they can fire you any time they want. Author Chris Komisarjevsky explains that our reputations are our most treasured and powerful assets in the workplace. A lot of you are like me: you are pretty likable, you get invited to a lot of birthday parties, a lot of the time you discover that your supervisor wants to make out with you, whatever. The Power of Reputation is designed to help you become genuinely liked but also RESPECTED. I don’t know about you, but a girl like me could really use some of these reputation-building practices for both professional and personal reasons.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

YA quest novel.

In his physical life, Wade Watts is a poor and mildly overweight eighteen-year-old. In his virtual life on OASIS, he is able to live an entirely different existence as avatar, Parzifal. In OASIS, Wade can escape his awful aunt and his double wide trailer. Five years ago, OASIS, virtual reality creator and billionaire, James Halliday died, but before Halliday's passing, he offered up a pretty bad ass challenge. The first gamer to locate three hidden keys and unlock several gates will find a hidden room filled with gold beyond their wildest imaginations. As the years passed, less and less people attempted to find the hidden room. Only the most, extreme and dedicated gamers are still attempting. Gaining intelligence from taking classes with OASIS's free learning programs, Wade has been a real competitor. Annnnnd, I don't want to spoil anything, so enough of that.

First-time novelist Ernest Cline created this alternative reality in the young adult adventure, Ready Player One. There are a lot of 80's pop culture references throughout the novel that you 80's kids will totally geek out about. And the Sci-Fi aspect will reel in the teens who spend far too much time in front of World of Warcraft.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

just helping you understand a few things better.

I learned everything I know about Human Resources from The Office. I am sure this shocks you. For those of you who don't know, poor Toby was the Human Resources guy on the show and handled any sexual harassment or employee drama, which happened daily since Michael Scott was the epitome of politically incorrect. Michael hates Toby because Toby never let him do anything fun. The Office has dozens of examples of how the Human Resources Department works, my favorite being when Holly (who took over for Toby) tries to hold a business ethics seminar and discovers that Meredith has been having sex with a paper supplier in order to gain discounts. Which no one in the office thought was remotely unethical. Hilarious stuff people, really. Anyways, Human Resources people are basically the tattletales of the workplace, but don't let that scare you away from this career path, every company needs one. Hmm, I wonder if people with questionable morals are welcome, I could use a career change.

Now that we have the important information out of the way, I am going to show you how to get your Professional in Human Resources Certification using the PHR/SPHR Study Guide by Sandra M. Reed, SPHR, and Anne M. Bogardus. This is a fourth edition that has been edited for the 2012 exams. Yes, you have to earn your PHR or SPHR to have any chance of getting hired, or taken seriously in a Human Resources job. This study guide is filled with real-world scenarios, and access to software that contains a custom test engine, over 200 sample questions and electronic flashcards. It even includes a study plan for those of you who have been out of the studying game for a while. Every section is clearly marked and includes the tools, theories and information to help you pass.

Real life people have told me that this exact study guide helped them pass their PHR test on the first try. I wouldn't have reviewed it if I wasn't positive it would help you. Now, get ready to be hated at work because you are so going to kick ass on your exam, and I can actually help you myself. Email your name, address and this book title for a chance to win a FREE copy of this guide!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

a novel surrounding rwanda's genocide.

I typically try to stay away from books that make me painfully aware of how terrible the world is. I know that there are countries that face tragedy daily, but I hate thinking about it. That probably makes me a bad person or something, but it seriously makes my heart ache. While we're on the subject of aching hearts, Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron put a few cracks in this cold, cold heart of mine.

Jean Patrick Nkuba is a Tutsi teenager who is a very gifted runner. The book opens in 1994, President Habyarimana has just seized power and states that he will make Rwanda whole again, which we all know is an empty promise. He notices Jean Patrick's talent and quickly seizes the opportunity to help the boy train for the Olympic team to show the world that good can come from their torn nation. Jean Patrick was used as a sign of unity. Throughout the book, tension between the Tutsi and Hutu's rise, leading up to the real-life genocide which left no one safe, not even Jean Patrick. Benaron's main focus was Jean Patrick and his running. She doesn't get terribly violent in her writing, which I appreciated greatly. You can still feel the dread rising as the story progresses, and as you watch the sacrifices made by these people, you will probably cry a little.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

party all night, sleep all day.

I typically stick to the middle school when I substitute teach, but every so often I get called to go in for an elementary teacher. It's always for the youngest kids, like UPK or kindergarten, and I never know what I'm doing, because I am used to prepubescent crazies, not little babies. I have gotten used to the whole group reading thing. The kids absolutely love it. I just sit up front with a picture book, they gather around me on the rug and I reel them in with my silly voices.

A few weeks ago, I was called in for a kindergarten class. I decided to bring in HORSEPLAY! written by Karma Wilson and illustrated Jim McMullan to read the little critters before lunch. It is a story about a farmer who has seemingly lazy horses. What the farmer eventually realizes is that the horses are not lazy at all, they simply stay up all night playing and frolicking around rather than sleeping. My kids loved the read, and could totally relate, they would much rather keep on playing than go to bed.


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my neck of the woods.

I do understand that I find the memoir, Kodak elegy: A Cold War Childhood, more interesting because author William Merrill Decker was raised in Rochester, New York, which is practically down the street from me, about 30 miles. Would I normally pick up a Cold War memoir? Maybe if it read like Fifty Shades of Grey.

No Decker’s memoir is not super juicy, but it does include a number of “Kodak moments”, pun intended. He chronicles his life from the late fifties through the early seventies. His father was an engineer for Kodak, when Kodak was this happening company that everyone wanted to kick it with. Decker had a rather ordinary childhood, higher middle-class, living the American dream. Decker lived in a time of the Civil Rights Movement, JFK’s assassination, and the Vietnam War. He even brought up the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which was executed by a Western New Yorker. Is it strange that I never knew that? It is the way that he touches on the different issues of the time periods that makes this memoir worth reading.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

comic strips for the little ones.

The instant I saw the title The Mighty Alice, I had to have this book. You see, my grandma’s name is Alice and let me tell you, she is quite the mighty lady. I am freakishly close with her; if you think hanging out every single night of the week for approximately three hours is freakish. Whatever, I’m sure it’s normal. I'm going to give you a little example of the grandma Alice "might" which can also be construed as the grandma Alice crazy.

Yup, my grandma started smoking in her hospital room after undergoing knee replacement surgery. And people wonder where my crazy comes from. Exhibit A, friends.

The Mighty Alice: A Cul de Sac Collection by Richard Thompson is a comic strip that follows the very mischievous four-year-old, Miss Alice Otterloop. Apparently Alice is well-known for her adventurous spirit as well as her tendency to be a bit odd. Thompson does an excellent job getting into the head of a four-year-old. It’s a very cute “funny” for your preschoolers. And if your little nuggets enjoy this collection, good news, there are three more.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

tap, move, shake your booty, and your iphone.

I joined the iPhone world as part of my graduation present from my parents back in December when the iPhone 4S was still pretty new. I felt pretty bitchin' about the whole thing, and extremely excited to finally have cool apps on my phone. Manfriend found an app that tells you where the cleanest public bathrooms are located closest to you, that's his golden ticket. My favorite is the cat app, which has improved my day to day life immensely.

I haven't really stopped to think about an app idea of my own, but I'm sure many of you have. Enter Tom Moore's latest: Tap, Move, Shake: Turning Your Game Ideas Into iPhone & iPad Apps. If you are a wannabe game developer, this is the tech book for you. Moore walks you through the basics of production, developing and even the process of marketing your app, covering Xcode animation, graphics and sound effects. Most importantly, it's readable. So even if you're just curious about the gaming app scene, Tap, Move, Shake is worth a look. Who knows, maybe everyone will think it's the coolest game since Duck Hunter and you'll make zillions.

Monday, June 18, 2012

kali me ra!

I LOVE Greece. The mythology, the food, Uncle Jesse. Especially after my own trip to Greece last August, the Greek gods continue to intrigue me, as well as the poets. I’ve always just pretty much jumbled up Greek fact and fiction into one giant reality in my brain, which has always worked for me in the past with most things. I was a little disappointed to discover that even the poet’s lives are primarily fictional stories, but feel much better after reading Mary R. Lefkowitz’s second edition of The Lives of the Greek Poets.


(kicking it with the Greek gods)

The Lives of the Greek Poets has been on my reading list for a while. Author and scholar, Mary R. Lefkowitz revised her first edition from 1981, this year, including a number of scholarly updates, because that’s what scholars do. Lefkowitz begins at the beginning, describing how mythology was created, arguing that although the life stories of Greek poets have been known to be primarily fictional, there must be some truth to them.  As a girl who believes everything she reads or hears from Greek tour guides in Delphi and Athens, I prefer Lefkowitz‘s interesting (and well-researched, for you picky people) take on the Greeks.

(our very Greek, and very sweet tour guide)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

why write under a pseudonym if everybody still knows who you are?

It’s common knowledge that women used male pen names when submitting their writing to publisher’s way back when to ensure that their work would be published. My question is: why do popular authors write under pseudonyms now?  I googled it, like any smart person would do, and the answer actually makes perfect sense. Authors write under pseudonyms when they are famous for writing a specific genre and want to dabble in another. They don’t want their first genre to follow them around, restricting them, putting them into a box. I can’t say that I blame them. I hate boxes.

Now the real confusion comes in to play. Amanda Quick is Jayne Ann Krentz’s paranormal writing alter ego. However, Jayne Ann Krentz wrote Copper Beach, which is a paranormal novel. My head hurts, moving on. Crystal Gardens is the latest installment of Amanda Quick’s Ladies of Lantern Street series. The manor (aka Crystal Gardens) is a very inventive setting which leads to a very creative storyline. Yes, our main character, Evangeline is running from a killer and Quick still managed to be rather original about it. Coming from a girl who would pick the paranormal genre last in gym class, I found this read to be super enjoyable; fast-paced and romantic.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

that’s what they all say.

I write shorter reviews when I am trying my hardest to not give anything away. I am the queen of the spoilers. When planning a surprise birthday party, I am never the girl to tell. Keep that in mind.

In An Accidental Affair, famous screen writer James Thicke found out that his wife, Regina was cheating on him, on YouTube. So he did what any irrational husband would do. If you are familiar with author Eric Jerome Dickey, you can imagine that it got pretty violent, pretty quickly. I mean, picture milling around on YouTube looking for a laugh and instead of replaying the British “Charlieeee you bit meeee” or Antwain Dodgson’s “hide ya kids, hide ya wife” videos you find your naked wife strapped to another man. Not an ideal situation. Dickey’s complex characters and infamous dialogue continue to pull readers in. My only complaint is that it wasn’t a bit longer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

to snack or not to snack.

My little intro here has nothing to do with the book I'm reviewing today. Seeing as the book is about health, and I drank Shiraz by the gallons last night at Central Park's SummerStage concert with the manfriend. One of his friends got us into the VIP tent where we had the pleasure of indulging in a pretty decent booze selection and almost more importantly had a private porter potty. The band was Foster the People, who I am not super familiar with, but they put on a great show. And I don't think that was the wine talking. SummerStage has a bunch of concerts every week, some are free, and all are cheap. Those of you in the big city should really check it out.

That being said, summer is just around the corner. Which means it's time to stop staring at the pictures pinned to the fitness boards on Pinterest, and make some moves of our own. You can start by teaming up with Dr. Barbara Rolls and her science-based strategies for dropping the pounds. Now, don't let the last name make you a skeptic, Dr. Rolls is ALL about helping you get rid of yours.

Her latest book, The Ultimate Volumentrics Diet follows her two previous books on subject titled, The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan and The Volumetrics Eating Plan, you may want to check those out also. Dr. Rolls' strategies include the most fundamental principle of weight management, calorie control and the calorie balance equation. Let's say it together now, in order to lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories than your body uses as fuel. How many times have we heard that one? A million. Maybe this time it will stick.

It has been taking me a while to get through this book. Almost four hundred pages of useful information that I'd rather read than skip is quite the accomplishment, Dr. Rolls. Personally I enjoyed the 'vegatable flavor boosters section'. I need all the help I can get in the veggie department, let's spice things up. Oh, and the 'how to get more from your fat' section was actually quite enlightening. I also found the different ways to add protein and fiber to every meal very useful, considering hot fries are one of my main food groups. Basically people, the mantra is to feel more full, by eating less. We can all get on board with that.

Monday, June 11, 2012

happy 50th anniversary mets! sorry for the sweep :)

I don't know what's going on with all of these Mets players and autobiographies coming out this spring, but my boyfriend is pleased. We are in a Yankees vs. Mets relationship, which is not ideal but far better than a Yankees vs. Red Sox relationship, so I'll take it. We went to the Subway Series at Yankee stadium yesterday afternoon, where the Yanks won, again. This entitled me to full bragging rights, and my choice of dinner and television for the evening. I chose fried won tons and Sex and the City reruns, naturally.

Former Mets player, Bud Harrelson has a kick ass story to tell. He is the only man who can say that he was in uniform for both New York Mets world championships. As short stop in 1969 and as the third-base coach in 1986 (fun fact: they beat the Sox). With the help of Phil Pepe, he wrote in a way that was comfortable. Reading it was like sitting on the couch with Harrelson himself, just shooting the shit about the good old days, with exact dates, specific games and stats included. He writes openly about his best seasons in '70 and '71, ironically a year after the Mets' big win in '69. If you are someone who followed Harrelson's career, Turning Two will definitely take you back.

Pretty much my favorite picture, ever. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

sports, drugs and nothing even remotely as cool as rock and roll.

With the NBA finals upon us, the Stanley Cup playoffs finishing up, something about a Euro Cup that I know nothing about, baseball in full swing and the 2012 Summer Olympics starting up in less than two months, I'd say, bring on the sports reads! And the beer! And the nachos!

Not to get all serious on you first thing on a Saturday, but do you think that Michael Vick considered the ten-year-olds with his number on the back of their jersey's when he held a dog fighting ring on his property? Do you think that Manny Ramirez thought about the kids playing outfield in little leagues all over America, when he shot up steroids? Do professional sports players truly understand what kind of influence they have on younger generations?

In 2007 the MLB steroids scandal went public. Author Jim Gullo's 7-year-old son got pretty pissed about the whole thing, as you can read in Trading Manny. He couldn't comprehend why these baseball greats would use performance enhancing drugs. To hit 234038 home runs, and for what? Baseball was starting to mean nothing. In schools, we remind students on the regular to stay away from drugs. Thanks for the help guys, NOT.

In Trading Manny Gullo tells us how him and his son, Joe learned to love the game again.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

i would take a smart kid book and make it about primetime television.

Grey’s Anatomy fans, hello. Hi. There you are. When I think of Johns Hopkins, I think about advances in medicine. I also think about how they want Alex Karev to work in their PEDS fellowship program. Normal, I’m sure because Seattle Grace is real life and everything. I’m sure that is exactly what Neil A. Grauer had in mind when he wrote Leading the Way: A History of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The name speaks for itself really, but let me give you a little overview, for giggles. Toward the end of the 19th century, American medical education was in chaos; most medical schools were little more than trade schools. Often, it was easier to gain admission to one of these than to a liberal arts college. Crazy. With the opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889, followed four years later by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins kicked it up a notch by ushering in a new era marked by rigid entrance requirements for medical students, a vastly upgraded medical school curriculum with emphasis on the scientific method, the incorporation of bedside teaching and laboratory research as part of the instruction. Fun facts: Johns Hopkins was the first major medical school in the United States to admit women (here, here!) AND the first to use rubber gloves during surgery (thank you for that friends). It’s an extremely interesting read, even if you’re not medical school bound.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

BEA 2012.

I just returned from my day at BookExpo America (BEA) at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in the big apple. I am absolutely exhausted from dragging all of my (free) books back to Queens. Thank you to all of the strapping lads who helped me on the Subway stairs, and the manfriend for saving my arms from falling off on the trek to my car. Drama queen over here, but really, I can barely lift my toothbrush.

After gorging on two giant slices from my favorite neighborhood pizzeria owned by the farthest thing from Italians, I am here to write to you about the days events. I met a lot of extremely helpful people who gave me tips on generating more interest over here at Kick Ass Book Reviews. Since I do absolutely nothing now but post some of my favorite books onto Pinterest, it really got me thinking. I may not be the hippest chick around, but I sure as hell am entertaining. I'm thinking my summer project will be to review more books, do that whole Twitter thing with those weird #sayings. Possibly join the blogger radio world, since I have an excellent phone voice, and try to reach out to more of you book loving hoodrats.

I met dozens of authors, but one stood out to me a little more than the others. I'm sure you can see why. Molly Ringwald was signing her new book, When It Happens to You, which comes out in August. I played it totally nonchalant when I met her. She told me that she liked my name, I told her that I liked her face. I felt as cool as Claire Standish.

Monday, June 4, 2012

eat less bambi and wilbur.

Made it to Queens to see the manfriend slash crash at his place while I attend BEA (the BookExpo) in the big city this week. Excited to walk around, talk to publishers and be surrounded by (free) books. And since it's Monday...let's make it meat free.

Traditionally, I am a meat eater, unless I think about it too hard or watch a Disney movie. We all know that meat is not something that you should eat excess amounts of. Well, Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney say so anyway. And I have never met a McCartney that I couldn’t trust. In 2009 they launched their Meat Free Monday campaign, trying to encourage people to cut down on their meat eating.

Annie Rigg compiled a cookbook of meat free recipes to make the transition a bit easier for us carnivores. The Meat Free Monday Cookbook is filled with vegetarian only recipes created by the McCartney’s as well as celebrity and chef supporters of the campaign. These recipes will inspire you, while also helping to ease your fear of vegetables. It’s only one day a week, and you can still eat cheese people. It’s common knowledge that if you can eat cheese you can survive anything.

To learn more about the Meat Free Monday campaign, get involved and/or get free recipes check out the website at: Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Osbourne do it.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

a friday funny.

Ah, you hear that? It sounds like Friday, or rain, or both. Now let’s all be honest for a second and admit that there is at least one person at your workplace that you cannot stand. This doesn’t make you a bad person, I can’t stand most people and I am down right lovely. That being said, each and every one of us can relate to the Dilbert comics. For the babies, Dilbert comics debuted in 1989 and still hit the comic’s page today. Scott Adams illustrated the strip while slaving away at his desk in the tech department at Pacific Bell. He wrote it for the people. Those who are wasting their lives away at a 9-5 job they hate. Dilbert is a lot like how Adams used to be, before he voluntarily got laid off.

In a nutshell, Dilbert is filled with characters that exist in every office. The guy who never does anything, the boss that irritates everyone. Teamwork Means You Can’t Pick The Side That’s Right is a collection of Dilbert comics strips from February 13, 2011 to November 20, 2011. Ultimately these funnies just poke fun at corporate America, and I won’t argue with that.