Better to be Intense and Flashy or Relaxed and Steady?
Have you seen this commercial featuring two fighters with very different styles?
I think it's funny and noteworthy because this happens in real life, in fights, in sports, and in our lives. My favorite MMA fight ever is a real-life example of what happens in the commercial. Look at the following video of Aleksander Emelianenko vs. James Thompson. (This is a Russian version, but it's nice because it's not abbreviated. If you're bored, start watching at the four minute mark. You will get the point.)
The point is that it's often better to be relaxed than intense or
flashy. And, it is even possible to pick winners of fights this way.
After the second presidential debate, I quickly flipped through the major networks’ (and news channels’) coverage of the debate. I was happy to see a great deal of discussion about the fact or fiction of the debate. Many channels aired specific segments dedicated to this type of analysis.
Some of their websites further discuss facts and fictions. You may want to read or watch:
Here is a fascinating article from Time Magazine about offices with open floor-plans (or those without walls between the desks).
I have worked in both types of offices, including one job where we moved from an office with an open plan to an office with separate office rooms. It always seemed like the open office was better for socializing and camaraderie. And, I always thought that I worked more efficiently in my own room; although, sometimes I did feel isolated.
According to the research, however, the open office is associated with higher levels of stress, dissatisfaction, and poor co-worker relations. I suppose the tradeoff that open offices are louder and more distracting is obvious. But, the open office may not actually be better for employee interactions either, because people are afraid to say things that they know everyone else will hear.
Check out the article. Comment. Which type of office do you prefer? Do you wear headphones when you work?
Here's an interesting article from Governing. It illustrates why it can be a bad idea for governments to institute across-the-board budget cuts. We also learn why cutting tax collectors actually costs more than it saves.
Red sky at night: sailor’s delight…Red sky in the morning: sailors take warning
This is the second saying from the list below that is more than just an old wives’ tale. The rhyme is actually based upon facts and science.
The sun’s rays are broken up by moisture and dust in the atmosphere. The red color means that the sky is filled with more of these particles.
Because weather systems typically move from the west to the east, the red color often tells a story. When the sky is red at sunset, the sun is typically shining on dust particles, which imply that stable, high-pressure air is coming in from the west. A red sky in the morning typically occurs when the sun’s rays are cast on storm clouds moving in from the west.
Does warm water really freeze faster than cold water?
As promised last week, here is the first of two old wives tales that are factual: Hot water can and frequently does freeze faster than colder water. This phenomenon has been discussed for centuries; although, it wasn’t until 1969 that a Tanzanian high school student introduced it to the scientific community. For his troubles, the phenomenon was named the “Mpemba Effect” after the student.
Since then, physicists have verified that hot water often freezes more quickly than cold water. Scientists have not been able to definitively explain why this happens, but a few phenomena are thought to contribute to the effect:
Evaporation—Hot water evaporates faster than cold water and brings away steam (water), thereby reducing the amount of liquid to be cooled. Less ice is created, but it is made at a faster rate. This can only be a partial explanation, however, because studies of completely enclosed containers have also exhibited the Mpemba effect.
Convection—As the water cools, its temperature does not remain uniform throughout. The swirling around of the hotter and cooler sections may contribute to faster cooling.
Dissolved Gases—Hot water holds fewer amounts of dissolved gases than cold water. These gases may prevent convection or change the temperature necessary to freeze the liquid.
Container and Surroundings—The container in which the water is held, as well as the surface or the surroundings in which it is placed, may also affect the cooling process differently at different temperatures.
Interesting fact: Many ice cream makers use warm milk to take advantage of the Mpemba effect.