Monthly Archives: April 2015

Here’s the Secret to Communicating With Irrational, Angry or Crazy People


We all have to deal with our share of hotheads and crazies. What does research say works with them?

First off, you can’t get angry too. Because then there are two crazy people arguing. While very entertaining to onlookers, this doesn’t accomplish much.

Tell yourself they are having a bad day and that it’s not about you:

Telling yourself that an angry person is just having a bad day and that it’s not about you can help take the sting out of their ire, a new study suggests… the researchers monitored participants’ brain activity and found that reappraising another person’s anger eliminated the electrical signals associated with negative emotions when seeing angry faces.

They’re being crazy. You’ll want to shut them up or talk over them. Don’t. It’s a natural reaction but it doesn’t work.

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They don’t think they’re wrong. They’ll just interpret it as a…

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Manca un muscolo nel mio David?

Michelangelo Buonarroti è tornato

Vi siete mai accorti che al mio David manca un muscolo? Probabilmente no a meno che non siate dei super esperti in anatomia o conosciate molto bene la mia opera e i dibattiti che ha acceso nel corso dei secoli.

Ebbene. Qualche anno fa i due medici Pietro Antonio Bernabei e Massimo Gulisano, rispettivamente ematologo e anatomista, sono stati interpellati per studiare a fondo l’anatomia del David. Dopo la chiusura serale al pubblico della Galleria dell’Accademia, alcune volte a settimana venivano montati i ponteggi attornioal gigante affinché i due professori potessero guardare e studiare approfonditamente la sua anatomia.

Me l’hanno spulciato da capo a piedi tentando di capire se davvero conoscevo così bene il corpo umano da riprodurlo in maniera perfetta. Li stavo a guardare mentre erano tutti intendi a scrutare il David: avreste dovuto vedere anche voi le loro facce stupite al cospetto delle anatomie impeccabili. Trovarono pane per i loro…

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50 Unique Observations about Albania

Holy Shqip Xhilli is in Albania

After over 75,000 views and over 200 comments I have disabled the comment feature on my blog. I have also provided a response post regarding many of the criticisms that people have had regarding these observations. Thank you again for all the positive comments – your posts really made MY day! Please check out my feedback. Diten e mire!!!

During my short time living in Shipëria, I have noticed many things that are different here, that someone in America may notice.  You may notice that I often use the word different to describe things in Albania, because things are not necessarily better or worse here, but they are different.  In the end, attitude is the main factor in opinions of whether one country in better than another.  I feel that I can learn many things from Albanians and in turn they can learn many things from me.  Neither country is…

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He Does Class and Race, She Does Gender and Sexuality (and Class and Race): Heteronormativity in the Left Academy

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By Lisa Duggan

Parts of this blog post have been adapted from my 2014 American Studies Association Presidential Address, forthcoming in American Quarterly.


Have you noticed? The way that so many left academic couples divide up the intellectual and political world in their scholarship and institutional alliances? So many of the straight-identified men analyze the dynamics of class, and sometimes race, but leave gender and sexuality out. As a set-aside agenda of sorts for the women and queers to undertake. The female partners of these men often (not always) address gender and sexuality, usually along with class and race (though again, not always). It’s kind of like the primary responsibility for housework—there’s a double day for the feminized, who also legitimate the guys. Who can say he’s not a feminist, not a queer ally, if his consort and/or close comrades take care of that for him?

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Old Bitch Of A Summer (For Her Sake:) Furioso by Kinga Fabo

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Her revenge is a long wrench. Her
blood-drenched sword will not deter
her drummed up horde to pester me.
A stabbing tour: a feast to see!

She flaunts her lust to hurl me blind,
wanting to carry me beyond.
The old bitch pants away. Behind
the panting horde, with her up front.

She outpants it. As she does me.
Plays pathetic spells ne’er to be.
The banner proudly swells on
preparing a vengeful affront,

for what? For her earsplitting squall?
No one for her lust to clutch?
Abundant is her bitter gall.
Bitches hate bitches this much.

The watch prods a conceited cusp.
If only for fair play – just once!
Hysterically howls the wind.
In her throat the dust.

The watch for revenge is tough.
It breaks up the goal-event; bluff!
The match is called off.

She hurls down. Enraged beast!
Matter is thin, swig is short.
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How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago — by the man who cracked the Enigma code.

Alan Turing at age 16. Photo via The Turing Digital Archive Alan Turing at age 16. Photo via The Turing Digital Archive.

In 1952 a mathematician published a set of equations that tried to explain the patterns we see in nature, from the dappled stripes adorning the back of a zebra to the whorled leaves on a plant stem, or even the complex tucking and folding that turns a ball of cells into an organism. His name was Alan Turing.

More famous for cracking the wartime Enigma code and his contributions to mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence, it may come as a surprise that Turing harbored such an interest. In fact, it was an extension of his fascination with the workings of the mind and the underlying nature of life.

Mockup of a bombe machine at Bletchley Park. Image via Sarah Hartwell. Mockup…

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