Random Ramblings

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What do we both have in common?

Well at the end of the month I will also have the Hogan stache since we both already have a Zuma. My Zuma would beat his anyday.

Friday, October 17, 2008

That explains it

I knew I was pretty good at this, I actually say I'm pretty good a detecting BS they put it a little nicer......and prove it through science!


Rejection Fosters Intuition

Jeanna BrynerSenior WriterLiveScience.com

Rejection can make a person more intuitive. New research suggests individuals who have faced the cold shoulder can more easily spot phony people. The ability to spot a fabricated smile, exhibited by test subjects who had suffered rejection, could be a relic of our past, the researchers said. "This seems to be a skill we've acquired through evolution," said researcher Michael Bernstein, a doctoral student in social psychology at Miami University in Ohio. "Living in groups several hundreds of years ago was extremely important to survival. Being kicked out of the group was like death, so they became very good at reading facial expressions and social cues."
A similar, albeit perhaps less lethal, threat occurs when you get knocked out of a clique at school or in the office. In fact, past research has shown social exclusion can make a person cold, literally. And another study revealed that loneliness, at least in older adults, is linked with high blood pressure.
"People these days who are rejected are in a dangerous place because of evolutional pressure to find their way back into a group," Bernstein said.

Spot the fake
Bernstein and his colleagues, including MU psychologist Heather Claypool, studied this phenomenon in 32 individuals, about evenly split between men and women. The researchers had some individuals write about a time when they felt excluded or rejected, while others wrote about a time they felt accepted, and the control group just wrote about what happened yesterday.
Rejected stories included breaking up with a partner and not being called when your friends go out. A football player who had been injured wrote how he could no longer play and felt his football friends didn't associate with him as much.
The participants then watched 20 quick videos showing a person with either a fake or real smile.
The results showed that those primed to feel rejection distinguished the fake smiles nearly 80 percent of the time, compared with about 60 percent for the accepted and control individuals.

Smiling Eyes
Turns out, the eyes might hold the clues for bogus versus genuine smiles.
"We think that rejected people are probably looking harder at these faces, and they may actually be looking at better spots on the face," Bernstein told LiveScience. He added that rejected participants may have focused more on the smiling person's eyes.
"A real smile is not shown in the mouth; it's shown in the eyes," he said. "There are muscles around the eyes that are indicative of a real smile, whereas a fake smile just requires the mouth muscles."
The results were surprising to some of the researchers, who thought rejection would cause individuals to cling to any inkling of camaraderie. Rather, getting the boot from a group makes a person that much more savvy when it comes to entering another one.
"Some thought the subjects who had been rejected would latch on to any sign of positivity and accept the insincere smiles as genuine," Bernstein said. "But it's clear we're equipped with radar for identifying who is open to affiliation and who is not."
The research is detailed in the October issue of the journal Psychological Science.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The streak is alive

as I am still "The Fixer".

I should be able to include that on a resume or something.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cause I have no life

Went to a show on Sunday night and saw this guy. Probably the most intense fan I've ever seen. He's a completely normal guy just a little wrapped up in the drama.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Just an FYI

Ginger Zee on Channel 5 news looks just as lovely in high definition.

Monday, October 06, 2008

This weekend

v2 said something that was so insightful about the world, for a kid his age, that it sort of shocked me. We were in the car and I forgot how it came up but he basically said that he noticed how women seem to "eat their own" to a certain point. He noticed how some women will put down another woman who they consider to be smarter, prettier, more successful, etc. and that guys don't really do that. I've never mentioned anything remotely close like this to him before and asked how he realized it. He said from watching what his mom does sometimes to other women. A woman will for sure shit talk another woman before a guy would shit talk another guy. So adults watch how you act and what you say around the kids because eventually they pick up on it.

My plan moving forward continues and you wouldn't believe the reasons I've got up against me.