Do I really want to know?

This week Paul posted an article Geekpress that reveals the secrets of some David Blaine magic tricks. Reading them, I found that I value the entertainment he provides more than the actual knowledge of how he does the tricks. After all, there’s enough technological “magic” around these days to be impressed and inspired by.

Paul also linked an article about computers that recognize your mood according to the tone of your voice. Just how much is communicated with tonality, and not words? Carol Fleming works with this, and stressed its importance.

And then there’s the idea that you can work it backwards; speak as though you’re in the mood you want to be in, and you will be in it. Sounds sort of froofy, but “fake it until you make it” might have something to it. Perhaps it’s grounded in the influence technique (Robert Cialdini) of being consistent.

To change topic, The Cato Institute has a book, The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues, which excites me. That’s a field I’d like to get paid to learn about.

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