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Interviewing

I’ve begun the second stage of interviewing for a research project I am working on this semester. Results are interesting, to be true. I’ve also begun a different type of interivewing investigation, the likes of which I haven’t ventured into for quite some time now. More to come.

-MA

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Hello again!

About to start transcribing some fields notes into a journal in a bit, wanted to hop in and see how all was. Well? Good.

Wish I could be a bit more creative, huh? As I said, spring break is killing the juices. Those of the creative variety, that is.

Either way, more interesting things to come. Perhaps this weekend? Perhaps by next break? Stay tuned and find out.

-MA

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Nos vemos, spring break

Parting is such sweet sorrow. It’s been a lovely week- no school worries, barely any work at all, trips to the mountains, a couple of parties (not to mention meeting plenty of new people). It’s been great, spring break 2011, I’ll miss you.

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The Science of Deduction, Part 2

Now, ladies and gents, let me start this part of my multi-sectioned blogging adventure on deduction by stating with this: Most of you, a good 80% of you, are stupid. And I mean hopelessly so. I don’t mean you fail to make good marks in school, whatever level of schooling that may be, that you won’t gain access into a university or college, or that you won’t get a good job one day. I just mean you are, most of you, so mindlessly void of an intelligent thought that most of this won’t make sense to you. I mean that you just don’t think.

Todays topic: psychology. Effectively reading people, and thus making apt deductions about them, requires some knowledge of psychology, the science of how humans think and why they think what they do. It really is almost necessary, I’d say. I, personally, have spent anywhere between two to four years studying it (I went to a great secondary school that offered college level courses on the subject, as well as studying it for a year at college). Now I’m not saying you need to be a professor of clinical psychology, but I am saying you need to know that there are reasons behind behaviors- cultural or social, traumatic or not.

E.g.

There is a young lady who absolutely refuses to look you in the eye as you talk to her. What does that tell us? To most of you normal people, I’m sure you said something like: She’s shy, that’s all! Well, no, shyness is just a nice term the public uses for behaviors that are, at least generally, really more related to a lack of confidence. You went to a coffee shop to talk, she made eye contact with the woman behind the counter, but not you. She has confidence issues with men. That could be from an overall lack of good body image, self confidence, some traumatic event in her childhood, or otherwise.

Next example: You are at a school function, and meet an absolutely stunning young woman. You two start to dance, and things get intimate quick. Remember, you’ve never met this woman before. First reaction from the ordinary people: She a hoe! Not quite, simpletons, not quite. Deduce, deduce. True, her behavior is loose at best, but let’s look deeper- if she is this quick to get intimate with you, that means a) she would do the same with any other man she finds just as attractive as you, b) if she’s that comfortable with being intimate, chances are she started being ‘intimate’ at a young age, which means her definition of any male interaction is what you two are doing at that very moment and nothing more. Once you two stop dancing, go and take a seat. I promise, within a few moments she’ll be all over another guy (and he will have far less scruples than you) and the two will disappear. Let me assure you, she isn’t showing him around her college campus.

Do I think too much? No, my little biddies, you don’t think enough. What’s it like in your heads? To not be me, that is? Must be so relaxing.

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Most Typical Person 2011 NatGeo

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Experiments (updated with results)

Actually in the process of testing some interesting preservation techniques. Maybe one of them will provide some insight into the hows and whys of ancient preservation. Experimental archaeology is a very helpful tool when one wishes to understand the past.

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Procedure and results after 24 hours:

Clearly some of what I applied to these sections of Aloe Vera would lead to a quicker decay rate (what with their being acids and whatnot). Here is the outline of my experiment:

Take five lengths of aloe vera plant, measurements of lengths are arbitrary, and place them on a flat, portable surface. Turn each of them so that their fleshy innards are face up, and place three drops of Salicylic Acid (common in most acne products) on one, three drops of Lemon Juice on another, three drops of an equal mixture of Salicylic Acid and Lemon Juice onto another, cover and rub sea salt into the forth, and leave the fifth as is (this last one will be your control).

Let set for twenty four hours to measure preservation or decay.

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Granted…

Now, hear me out. Please. I am hardly right about everything. Often my deductions lead me down rabbit holes I would never have chosen to go of my own free will. Sadly, that is the nature of the beast. I would use my profession as a way to ease the blow of my often times would-be embarrassing moments of less than brilliantness, however that would be cheap and a disgrace to the very people I am learning my craft from.

Truth be told, I’ve always been a bit rough around the edges. I pick up on the little things that ordinary people don’t, and see no point in hiding the things I pick up on. I have no super power, I just pay attention. Normal people are more concerned with ‘what he will think of my blouse’ or ‘how her ass looks in those jeans’. By the time they’ve had that one thought, I’ve already realized that the girl sitting two seats down from me most likely has an eating disorder judging by her sparse eating, thin hair and fingernails. I’ve also deduced she is left handed.

Granted I don’t say the things I do to upset people. And most of the time, I don’t understand why they are upset that I say them. My offhanded comments are the truth! When did being honest about what one sees become a social death sentence? Oh well. I’m sure if I cared enough, I might do something to change the way I am. Maybe you can’t change who you are? But, more realistically, I just like who I am. And how I act.

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