I really love MetaFilter sometimes. Not only was the link in the post a well-written and interesting take on communication and relationships, but some very high-quality comments ensued:
Presumably the dialogue isn’t meant to be a panacea, but it seems unlikely to do much when there’s a poisonous subtext to the bad behavior. Given that we assume of others what we know of ourselves, it seems worth thinking about how such a conversation is actually likely to unfold.
So, maybe I should be watching Key and Peele, in addition to reading MetaFilter.
I can only assume that’s why these songs were paired (or this song will be followed by a Hall & Oates, Simon & Garfunkel, Captain & Tennille, and Sonny & Cher, and the Pandora algorithm is far simpler than I suspected):
It has been very frustrating trying to check work email (Exchange Online / Office365), because I wasn’t getting all of my folders – most importantly my Archive folder where everything goes (Inbox Zero!). I finally found a solution that worked for me and got my folders loading on my Android device, with the stock mail app. Incidentally, I didn’t find a good replacement for the stock mail app, at least for Exchange servers.
It’s brilliant on its own, but really, the things you find that are somehow related to it are somewhat surprising.
NASA has plans for catching an asteroid. Some on /. are skeptical that this could be funded, but I think it’s a great excuse to get private funding on board. Lots of possibilities for research and development, mining of rare elements – all around a pretty cool idea.
There is an interesting article over at NPR describing how when asked to explain their own strong opinions, confronted by their own ignorance of the issues, people generally end up moderating their own opinions:
Should the United States impose unilateral sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program? Should we raise the retirement age for Social Security? Should we institute a national flat tax? How about implementing merit-based pay for teachers? Or establishing a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions?
The striking implication, for which the researchers find support, is that getting people to appreciate their own ignorance can be enough to rein in strong opinions.
What’s funny to me is that so many people never get past the mental knee-jerk; I’ll call these people knee-jerks from now on. It’s like what someone famous once said: “I may not understand what you say, but I will defend to the death what you mean when you say it.”
I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes.