With guests at the house, a sick kiddo and snow in the forecast, I have had no time to read this new paper on how regional temperature affects population agreeableness. I will be doing so soon however, because as someone who’s heard a lot about how unfriendly Boston is I’d like some validation for my go to “we’re rude because we’re cold” excuse.
Funny story: when my out of town guests picked up their (4 wheel drive) rental car, the lady behind the counter mocked them and said “expecting some snow or something”? When they got to my house and we confirmed that there is actually snow in the forecast, they wondered why she was so condescending about it. We explained that for Bostonians, a forecast of 4-6 inches over 20 hours isn’t really “snow”. They informed me that in Seattle, they’d be calling out the National Guard.
Also, my sister-in-law (married to my teacher/farmer brother) has informed me her new parenting slogan is “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” we she apparently got from this book of the same name. I like this theory. It goes nicely with my adulthood slogan of “There’s no such thing as strong coffee, only weak people.”
I hope to have a review of the paper up on Wednesday this week, stay tuned.
The Assistant Village Idiot linked to this article (via Lelia) about those with no visual memory. I’ve been pondering this as I’m pretty sure my visual memory has some gaps. I can’t read facial expressions baseline, and one of my recurring stress nightmares is being handed documents/books that I recognize but can’t decipher the text. I feel something’s related here, but I have to reread the article before I comment further.
Also, I know I always chide people to read behind the headline, but this headline’s so good I’m pretty sure I’ll love it when I finally get to read it: 5 Sport Science Studies that “Failed”. The author specifically took note of studies he saw that asked interesting questions and got negative results. He wanted to talk about this to fight the impression that the only interesting findings were positive findings.