Saturday May 18, 2013
In the early 1990s, eleven young women studying psychology at the University of Louisville were asked their thoughts about a "cold drink insulator" and how they would like getting one as a gift.
Their response, overall, was what yours probably was just now: "A what? I don't..." (In numbers and on scales from 1 (worst) to 7, the insulator's attractiveness was 3.64 as such and its desirability 3.09 as a gift.)
These characteristics made the "plastic tube designed to hold beverage cans and keep them cold in warm weather" the ideal prop in a study that, of course, involved it as a gift. This, however, is another story. For now, how would you like a Zoho Mail account? It can be free:
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Wednesday May 15, 2013
"I hate a drinker," quipped the Greek in ancient times, "with a good memory."
So, what happened and was said at a symposium — apart from the drinking — had better been forgotten. Facebook may have rather too good a memory, but you can tell it to keep mum about what happens and is emailed, at least beyond the people at your metaphoric symposia:
›› Want to post to Facebook from your mobile or upload a quick photo and video by email? Want to be sure you're not sharing these for all the world and net to see? Here's how to specify your default Facebook privacy settings for posting by email (down to making everything private for your eyes only initially).
Monday May 13, 2013
In 1896, the Swedish botanist Veit Wittrock described a flower found in gardens everywhere today. He did not name it, though.
In 1925, the Austrian botanist Helmut Gams gave the flower a name. He did not describe it, though.
So, for 111 years, the garden pansy did not have a botanic name the way a flower properly should. In 2007, German botanists Johannes D. Nauenburg and Karl Peter Buttler published a typification using the name popular everywhere since Gams, "viola wittrockiana".
Named in whatever manner, garden pansies come in an orange variety, too — and, perhaps, in an email's background; the flowers, in any event, are thoroughly orange:
›› Whether your language is flowery or prosaic, this blooming stationery will give your emails a classy orange touch. (Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express)
Sunday May 12, 2013
Beethoven frequently cut himself while shaving.
"How he got so far as being able to shave himself remains hard to comprehend," noted Ferdinand Ries, a young friend and pupil, "even disregarding the frequent cuts in his cheeks."
Maybe, this is one reason why we often meet Ludwig van Beethoven in the literature unkempt and unshaven, too. If, now, the emails from Google+ seem to grow like the stubbles on a composer's face and scalp, you can shave them cleanly (without much risk for your cheeks):
›› Don't want to receive email notifications for just about everything in Google+? Want to be kept up to date by email about what's going on at Google+? Here's how to selectively enable email notifications in Google+.