[Researchers] argue that face-to-face and internet-based contexts each require a set of distinct interaction strategies. "People can cultivate ways of communicating in online contexts that are equally as effective as those used offline," they write. "The degree to which … individuals develop unique conventions in the medium will determine their ability to communicate effectively."
...The panel encountered numerous problems conversing via email. But the researchers identified several ways people were able to overcome these barriers.
"People innovate in response to the challenges of a new context for the communication of essential elements of language," the authors write.
Capital letters, use of quotations, emoticons, exclamation points, punctuation, bullet points,
I do not know where this little story originated since it is all over the 'net without attribution. I learned of it today when I received it from a very close friend who does not typcially forward these kinds of e-mails. The story passed his censoring filter and I liked it well enough to send to you. Do you like it?
A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.
The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.
As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.
Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!
The topic of the many physiological benefits of laughter has been written about so frequently that it is now overdone and so been-there-have-the-T-shirt. As we move into the holiday season, I recommend that you take a brand new, fresh look at the marvelous action of laughter. Don't let its overexposure allow you to forget laughing really is very, very good for you. (If you happen to be a chronically grumpy lawyer, keep reading because I have something for you.)
For your refresher course, the How Stuff Works site gives you an overview of laughter and its many benefits:
Haggling — it's not just for flea markets anymore.
"My wife thinks I am nuts, as I view retail prices as list (prices) that are quite negotiable," says Richard Hughen, vice president for sales and marketing at CSA Medical, a Baltimore-based medical-technology company. "Many times they, in fact, are."
With the weak economy persuading more people to shop hard for bargains, many seem to be resorting to good old-fashioned haggling. Not only is technology making it easier, thanks to Web sites that make comparison shopping a breeze, but some stores are even taking tiny steps to encourage it.
"I've been to plenty of Third World countries; I know how haggling works there," says Yair
You've got to feel for the long-suffering folks at Carleton University. For years, Cartoon U, as it was once derisively known, has been striving mightily to overcome its reputation as the place you go if you're not smart enough to make it into Queen's (about which, more below). As detractors used to say, "Carleton puts the K into Quality."
But now, Carleton is No. 1 at last - for having the most idiotic student government of all time. The other day, it passed a motion to kill the university's popular fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, on the grounds that this awful disease isn't sufficiently inclusive. Cystic fibrosis, the resolution declared, "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men." The story caused an uproar across the country. People objected to the gratuitous kick at white men, the last remaining group that can be slurred with impunity. They also thought the idea of "inclusive" diseases was ridiculous. Should we cut off research into prostate cancer because mostly white men have it? Or
Since the topic of lawyer happiness seems to be ubiquitous, I did not want any of the happy talkers to mist this article about a conference held in San Francisco earlier this month. From "Even if You Can’t Buy It, Happiness Is Big Business" (New York Times):
The stock market has been on a roller coaster, banks are going under, unemployment is skyrocketing, and foreclosed homes pepper the landscape. What better time for a happiness conference?
In this dopamine-laden city, where the pursuit of well-being is something of a high art, a motley array of scientists, philosophers, doctors, psychologists, navel-gazing Googlers and Tibetan Buddhists addressed the latest findings on the science of human happiness — or eudaemonia, the classical Greek term for human flourishing.
Planned before the current crises, the first American “Happiness and Its Causes” conference
And I am honored that Brains on Purpose™ was chosen for inclusion. BonP and I are in wise and talented company over there at Alltop. I awakened to a doubly nice surprise this morning; I learned of the new Alltop category on a topic close to my heart and that idealawg's sibling was a part of it! Much, much, much more exciting than the thought of this afternoon's turkey sandwich. I am thinking of this surprise as an early Christmas gift. Let the season begin!
Note: You see the Alltop logo on this blog too because idealawg is listed in Alltop's Law category. Gotta love that Alltop.
Barack Obama's speeches are much admired and endlessly analysed, but, says Charlotte Higgins, one of their most interesting aspects is the enormous debt they owe to the oratory of the Romans
In the run-up to the US presidential election, the online magazine Slate ran a series of dictionary definitions of "Obamaisms". One ran thus: "Barocrates (buh-ROH-cruh-teez) n. An obscure Greek philosopher who pioneered a method of teaching in which sensitive topics are first posed as questions then evaded."
Here's the thing: to understand the next four years of American politics, you are going to need to understand something of the politics of ancient Greece and Rome.
There have been many controversial aspects to this presidential election, but one thing is uncontroversial: that Obama's skill as an orator has been one of the most important factors - perhaps the most important factor - in his victory. ...