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  • So What Was That About?

    Here I solicited your self-ratings in six areas: Has a presence in a room. Has the ability to influence people. Knows how to lead a group. Makes people feel comfortable. Smiles at people often. Can get along with anyone. I hope you’re wondering what that was about. If you haven’t already shared your answers, please […]

  • Do This For Me

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is Strongly Disagree and 5 is Strongly Agree, please rate how much you agree that each of these six items describes you: Has a presence in a room. Has the ability to influence people. Knows how to lead a group. Makes people feel comfortable. Smiles at […]

  • Some Thoughts on Loops in Interpersonal Relationships

    Continuing our exploration of loops … Some loops are entirely internal. For example, Zeigarnik discovered her effect by observing a waiter who could remember a party’s entire order only until he had served it. He then promptly forgot who had ordered what. The loops I am more interested in are shared between people. Of those, […]

  • Loops, Charisma, and War

    I’ve been thinking about loops. I wrote about loops here, and in the intervening nineteen months I’ve come to a better understanding of them. Loops were called to my attention by the Zeigarnik Effect, which is that our minds will keep paying attention to open loops until the loops are closed. In hypnosis we use […]

  • Follow Up on MGA Garage Door Yelp Laundering

    Brad commented on Spotting Review Yelp Laundering: If you check the WHOIS for MGA (whose physical address on Yelp is an apartment complex) on GoDaddy, the registrant for MGA’s website is “Lior Mi” — at Grand Garage Door’s physical address. So Grand Garage Door and MGA Garage Door are run by the same people. Good […]

  • Spotting Yelp Review Laundering (Houston’s MGA Garage Door)

    The left torsion spring on our garage door broke, so I looked for a replacement part. I called MGA Garage Door in Houston, and was told that they don’t sell parts, but would send out a service guy to give me an estimate. It turns out that the companies advertising “garage door parts” don’t sell […]

  • … I Hate People

    This weekend my kid and I took a machining class, learning the basics of running a milling machine. The instructor, a Greenfield-grade curmudgeon, had several stories of people using his machines incompetently and breaking things. The stories all ended, “and that’s why I hate people.” Last Friday the Vermont Supreme Court in State v. Vanburen held […]

  • Please Explain this Scam

    Every month or so for about the last year I’ve received an email purportedly marketing “estimators,” “estimating services,” or “material take-offs.” Emails have been from: “Luke Shaw” of “International Estimating, LLC,” 14 East, 4th Street, Suite 405, New York City, NY 10012; “David Jackson” of “International Estimating, LLC,” 14 East, New York City, NY; “Jacky […]

  • Are Jury Trials Alive and Well in Texas?

    I wrote on this topic some years ago, here. My sense then was that the slow death of the jury trial in federal criminal cases did not reflect what was happening here in Texas: Closer to earth, where most criminal prosecutions actually take place, the dynamic can be quite different. In our discussion on Twitter, […]

  • The State’s Embarrassing Revenge-Porn Briefs

    (b) A person commits an offense if: (1) without the effective consent of the depicted person, the person intentionally discloses visual material depicting another person with the person’s intimate parts exposed or engaged in sexual conduct; (2) the visual material was obtained by the person or created under circumstances in which the depicted person had […]