Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beautiful Smoke Detector

I love these!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When to Brag

No surprise here. Bringing up your accomplishments out of the blue is off putting. Feel free to extol your virtues if someone asks about them, though.


Show Your Work

We like our computers to tell us what they're doing. Even if they're slower than systems that just returns results.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

When Something Feels Medically Wrong, Don't Ask Yourself

This one hits close to home for me. The last time I needed emergency medical attention, I didn't relent and go get it for three days. Stubborn? Me? Naaaahhh.

"we're cognitively predisposed, most of us, to believe we're okay. The moment even minor symptoms flare, most of us begin explaining them away, not because they're necessarily unimportant, but because we don't want them to be."


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Amazing Folding Chair

Love the video. If they got 121 in that Mini, I'll bet I could get at least half that in the Smart Car.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Men, Relationships, and Cuddling

I'm always intrigued when researchers say their findings weren't what they expected. Clearly, they didn't ask me, as their results align perfectly with what I've observed.

"Surprisingly, tenderness was more important to men than to women."

I'm sure this links up somehow with the research showing more men than women on the romantic side.


Expect Others to Like You, and They Will

Unless you're stuck in the hell that is the teen years, then all bets are off.


Friday, July 8, 2011

For Smarter Teams, Add Women...Mostly

This is an interesting piece of research that also happens to confirm what I've seen in my personal life and professional career. Mixed teams do better. In fact, it's always felt to me that skewing the ratio too far one way or the other brings out the worst of whichever gender dominates. (There go all my invites to women's groups, eh? :->)

While the smoothed graph does angle up to the right (more women correlating to more social intelligence), I'm more interested in the individual bars. I think there's probably some rich information behind the male-female ratios that produced those top teams on either side of 50-50.