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Seeing at the Speed of Sound

Lipreading, which makes one sense do the work of another, is a skill daunting to describe. Rachel Kolb, ’12, deaf since birth, shares its mysteries.

By Rachel Kolb

I am sitting in my office during a summer internship. Absorbed by my computer screen, I do not notice when my manager enters the room, much less when he starts talking. Only when a sudden hand taps my shoulder do I jump. He is gazing expectantly at me.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you come in,” I say.

“Oh, right.” His expression changes: to surprise, and then to caution. He proceeds to say something that looks like, “Would you graawl blub blub vhoom mwarr hreet twizzolt, please?” I haven’t the faintest idea what he said. I have no excuse, for I was looking straight at him. But despite my attention, something went wrong. He spoke too fast; my eyes lost focus.

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12 Ways to Get People to Want to Do Business With You

12 Ways to Get People to Want to Do Business With You
By Mark Ford
Here are 12 ways you can become more charismatic and get more out of all your business relationships. Most of them are based on the principles identified by Robert Cialdini in his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.
1. People tend to do business with people they like. So behave in a way that makes you likable. Be polite and patient. Avoid being crude, rude, gruff, or impatient.
2. People are attracted to people who keep their word. That means when you make a promise, do exactly what you promised. Do it by the deadline you promised – or sooner.
3. People trust people who have their best interests at heart. They will think you have their best interests at heart when you give them advice that benefits them more than it benefits you.
4. People want to do business with people who are experts in their fields. So first, you need to actually become an expert in your field through practice, research, training, education, and study. Then you need to do things (such as writing articles and books or giving speeches) that demonstrate your expertise to potential customers and business associates.
5. People feel comfortable giving money to people who are honest, ethical, and aboveboard. So don’t lie in your marketing materials (or elsewhere). Telling the truth is much more effective.
6. People are attracted to people who are physically attractive or at least not physically repulsive. So eat right. Exercise. Stay fit. Be well-groomed. Dress well. And pay attention to your personal hygiene.
7. People feel better with people who seem to be “real.” The best way to show that you’re a regular guy is to be cordial, friendly, and genuinely interested in others. Instead of talking about yourself, ask about them. Ask about their company, their job, their industry, even their family and hobbies.
8. People respond to people who listen and pay attention to what they are saying. Remember the old cliché: You have two ears and one mouth because you should listen twice as much as you talk.
9. People feel comfortable with people who are like them. The trick here is to identify one thing you have in common with the other person. It could be gold, kids, pets, or anything else. Then, use that to cement a bond between you.
10. People are attracted to people who are humble. So don’t be a braggart. And never discuss how much money you make.
11. People are impressed by people who seem busy. That’s why you should never tell a prospective customer that things are slow and you really need his business. Think about doctors. How would you feel if you walked into a doctor’s office and you were the only patient? Wouldn’t you wonder how good he was? As much as you hate it when you have to sit there and wait, don’t you feel more assured when a doctor’s waiting room is packed? Of course, you do.
12. People want to be surrounded by helpful people – people who make their lives easier and save them time. They also prefer to deal with people who are flexible and accommodating, not rigid and difficult.

The sequester, explained.

What’s a sequester, how did we get here, what gets cut and by how much?

Link to the Mother Jones article

Positioning a tiny house

So, you’ve built your tiny house (I’m so jealous…) and backed it close to where it’ going to live but there is a gate, or something in the way. How do you get your house into its final position? This is how.

 

It’s called a powermover. Here’s the site.

Stop wasting food

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We should probably put this up in the kitchen…

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A10s refueled by KC 135 Stratotanker

You may have seen mid-air refueling before and admired thepilots that fly up to the KC-135, but check out who and how gets the job done on the KC-135.

Video by Staff Sgt. Robert Barne| 124th Fighter Wing
190th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II’s performing air to air refueling from a KC-135

Google Glass

OK, we’ve all heard about the ‘wearable’ Google that, well, Google is working on.

Here’s a video released by Google about the experience.

And a great article about meeting the team and trying the glass from Joshua Topolsky on Verge.

Smile, naturally

Does what it says on the label.

Good to know; and handy, too

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All those symbols on the fabric care tag, explained. This is going up by the washer.

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