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The Early day of better BRAINS.... - Elf M. Sternberg
The Early day of better BRAINS....
The Art of Manliness: How To Make a Bed.

Monday night's dinner: Moroccan Pita Sandwiches. These were yummy with a carrot slaw dressed with macadamia-lemon sauce.

Tuesday night's dinner: Chicken Butternut Tagine. With couscous on the side. We had an acorn squash left over from the winter groceries, and it needed to be used up. Also, dates instead of prunes. Kalamata instead of picholine.

Also: How to hold a knife. I've been using this technique recently and it really does work. It takes some getting used to, but the power and accuracy earned with it are worthwhile.

Newt Gingrich's Family Value Problem. David Frum sez: "It's not the infidelity. It's the arrogance, hypocrisy, and - most horrifying to women voters - the cruelty. Anyone can dump one sick wife. Gingrich dumped two." Yep.

And apparently I've done a good job of taking care of at least one major component of the Elf Sternberg brand: In Gender Differences and Casual Sex, Thomas Maculay-Millar discusses findings that show that
That most of the gender difference in women's and men's propensity to agree to a proposition for casual sex is driven by women's perception that their risks are higher, and their likely enjoyment is lower from the proposer. ... The only consistently significant predictor of acceptance of the sexual proposal, both for women and for men, was the perception that the proposer is sexually capable (i.e. would be "good in bed") ... People who perceived the proposer as a better lover were more likely to accept the offer. Warmth was a marginally significant predictor of acceptance of the sexual offer, with those who perceived the proposer to be warm being somewhat more likely to accept.
Huh, so that's what I've been doing right all these years. Gotta work on that 'warmth' thing, though.

Current Mood: amused amused

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shunra From: shunra Date: March 9th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Years ago, Igor (fascinating sort-of-ex) pointed out the fact that if you see a couple negotiating casual sex, you can be sure the deal is sealed once one has made the other laugh.

Observation confirms this, and the research quote explaina why: if a person seems to care enough about the encounter to figure out what they proposed partner will find amusing and produce that sort of information, they'll probably care enough (and be sufficiently skillful) to figure out what the proposed partner will find pleasurable, and produce that sort of action.
Or in other words: making an effort tends to make people look like the sort of people who make an effort.

A good approximation of that make-an-effort type of behavior is the sort of person who needs to think things out in order to understand them. Such as, say, an engineer. Like Igor.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: March 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, one does need to ascertain that one is not merely laughing *at* the other.
gromm From: gromm Date: March 11th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
In other words, your reputation precedes you. :)
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