Oct 24, 2014
commented on This Is America
@12 my thoughts exactly. Good job everyone. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see such swift and effective action from the bystanders.
Sep 25, 2014
commented on Painful Experiences Create Social Bonds
They should probably control for task difficulty as well. I suspect that more difficult group tasks increase group cohesion -- whether the difficulty is due to pain or other factors.
Feb 5, 2014
commented on Savage Love
I don't think either of you, including Dan, understood RING's real problem. Did you get the part the part where his girlfriend refused the coin toss? That was because she doesn't want to marry him even if she wins the coin toss! That's the real issue here -- if he now says "okay, whatever, if this bullshit ritual is so important to you, sure, what the hell, as Dan said" -- she will say "Sorry, that's not good enough -- marriage has *meaning* to me, and I won't marry you until I'm sure that it has at least some meaning to you as well!"
That's the problem -- it's not whether they marry or no, it's that they have radically differing views about something that the girlfriend considers quite important! There is no compromise, alas.
Jan 18, 2014
commented on A Douche In the Life
The commercial is so badly made that I struggle to believe it was made in good faith. It's as if someone deliberately tried to do everything to piss of the most people.
But I'm shocked at the negative sentiment to the *product* (and by proxy to Google Glass, to which it is superficially similar). Seriously, guys?
Does anyone remember how everyone used to HATE people with mobile phones when they first came out? When they were a status symbol? It's funny how I heard the same laments about how mobile phones enable stalking etc. Actually, makes perfect sense because these glasses do much less than your phone does right now -- the only difference is that you don't have to take it out of the pocket.
Jul 6, 2011
commented on Savage Love
And Dan's advice was ridiculous. "I need more time"??? After living together for 10 years? I suspect Dan was being sarcastic. "I need more time" now almost universally means "I don't want to marry you". What you should be having is a discussion -- with your girlfriend. I realize that you're afraid of it, but it will get worse if you postpone it.
And: you're not an asshole. My partner of 9.5 years and I don't want to get married mainly for the same reason you cited. We think it's a very strong reason. So, you're not alone.