Champagne-cork-RFID, a new way to amplify narcissism

May 25th, 2015

Behold Mumms’ champagne-cork-RFID narcissism amplifier. This promotional video from, by, and for champagne-maker G.H. Mumm, shows how an RFID [radio frequency identification] chip, coupled to a corked champaign bottle, can be used to trigger a spotlight and attention to shine on the restaurant table at which  the bottle of champaign is being opened, thus drawing attention to the persons who are at that table:

Tips for persons applying for a job with Indian Railways

May 24th, 2015

The RDSO — the Indian Railways’ Research Development and Standards Organization — offers tips for persons who will be taking their job application tests. These tips, offered by RDSO’s Psycho Technical Directorate, include two that may be obvious to some applicants:

  • If you wear glasses or a hearing aid, be sure to take them with you.

  • Do not try to copy the answers of your neighbor as his question booklet may be different from you.

The Psycho Technical Directorate has a logo that may intrigue art historians:


Hedges on the view of gardens residents

May 24th, 2015

Can Hedges help define the view of gardens residents? Yes. Here is a report in which Hedges does exactly that:

Co-operative Rehousing: The View of Portland Gardens Residents,” T.A. David and Alan Hedges, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, 1988.

BONUS: How Hedges and Hedges trimmed the American dream about land

BONUS (possibly unrelated): A shrubbery:

How Hedges and Hedges trimmed the American dream about land

May 23rd, 2015

Can Hedges trim a book? Yes, yes. Here is a book trimmed by Hedges and Hedges:

Land and Imagination: The Rural Dream in America, by Philip Rosenberg (Author), Elaine Hedges (Editor), William Hedges (Editor) Hayden, 1980.

BONUS: Hedges on the view of gardens residents

BONUS (possibly unrelated): A shrubbery:

Conscientiousness with Fellatio as a Mate-Retention Activity

May 22nd, 2015

Conscientiousness and aggreeableness are key to whether women are able to keep up a relationship with a mate, if fellatio is involved, suggests this new study:

selaWomen’s mate retention behaviors, personality traits, and fellatio,” Yael Sela [pictured here, above], Todd K. Shackelford [pictured here, below], Michael N. Pham, Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 85, October 2015, pp. 187–191. The authors, at Oakland University, Rochester, Minnesota, in report:

“Women perform oral sex on their male partner (i.e., fellatio) as part of a Benefit-Provisioning mate retention strategy, and women’s personality predicts their interest in, and time spent, performing fellatio. We explored whether women’s mate retention behavior mediates the relationship between their personality traits and their performance of fellatio in a long-term romantic relationship.shackleford Women (n = 401) reported their personality traits, the frequency with which they performed mate retention behaviors during the past month, and their interest in and the time they spent performing fellatio on their partner during their most recent sexual encounter. The results indicate that women higher in Conscientiousness spend more time performing fellatio on their partner, and this relationship is mediated by their Benefit-Provisioning mate retention. Women higher in Agreeableness report greater interest in performing fellatio on their partner…. The current research is the first to investigate the relationship between women’s personality traits and oral sex behaviors…”

Here’s further, graphic detail from the study: