Tuesday, 25 June 2013

4 Comical Moments from Grandmother (Nan)

1. "Do you have a tissue?" Asked when we were in the middle of the children's swimming pool. I think my brother had sneezed, or maybe she just wanted to clean her nose. Who knows? Whose nose? Not me - not I! Not mine! Nobody knows now, but what we do know is that it was an unforgettable comedy moment.

2. "Is that a Gobbit?" Asked in the cinema watching the first Lord of the Rings film. Nearly right, Nan!

3. "Let's listen to Celon Dijon." Erm, that'll be Celine Dion, Nan. Incidentally Celine Dion performed at this year's Chinese New Year television gala. She performed a song with the Chinese singer Song Zuying. Miss Song and Miss Dion sang a short song, Lang Lang was playing the piano somewhere ... Celine also gave a performance of One Smore Opened the Door ...

4. Working out in the park with Holly the dog.

There's more to add to this archive!

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

7 Emotional States

7 Emotional States described in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
 "7 emotions"

喜 xǐ joy
怒 nù anger
忧 yōu anxiety
思 sī pensiveness
悲 bēi grief
恐 kǒng fear
惊 jīng fright

Essential reading:

12 Self-Help Book Parodies

1. How to Win Enemies and Make People Hate You by Fail Carnegie
2. Think and Grow Rice by Napoleon Paddy-Field
3. The 13 Habits of Highly Ineffective People by Stephen R. Sole
4. Men Are From Ars, Women Are From Uranus by John Gay
5. I'm Not OK, You're Not OK by Thomas A. Hole
6. Awaken the Monster Within by Tim Bobbins
7. Unlimited Problems, also by Tim Bobbins
8. Unleash the Problems Within, by ... Tim Bobbins
9. The Not-so-Secret Law of Attraction by Oprah Byrne
10. 60 Ways to Feel Miserable by the amazing Lynda Fields
11. In Praise of Fast by Carl Benz
12. Tomato Soup for the Soul by J. Heinz

What are your favourite "pop psychology" books?

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

4 Reasons Readers Like List-Based Articles

4 Reasons Readers Like List-Based Articles

1. The reader can understand each point easily. It's easier to digest information in chunks, rather than a continuous block of text.

2. The reader can remember each point easily. Numbering the paragraphs provides stopping points on the reading journey. Connections can be made more easily. 

3. The reader can easily identify which points they agree with. Perhaps the reader agrees with all or only half of the author's hypotheses . Numbering allows for simplified quantification, even on a subconscious level.

4. The reader can rank the points presented. The points can be filtered in order of importance.

Do you like list-based articles?

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