Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not gone yet


No.. I am not gone but I just have some many other things to do these days... I think my desk can attest to it.. and my fascination with fountain pens have yet to abate.....

Monday, October 13, 2008

The new blings





I love them all quite a bit. Going to retire the Pelikans in lieu of these new developments. Off now for I have 2 essays and 3000 words to write before the end of the week. *sigh*

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Email and Lies

Directed from Fountainpen network to New York Times

October 2, 2008, 12:26 pm
E-Mails and Lies

E-mail has become one of the dominant forms of workplace communication, but new research suggests it also may be the most deceptive.

Researchers at Rutgers and DePaul Universities studied how e-mail influenced communication among 48 graduate students. In the study, they told students they had $89. Each student could then divide the money any way he or she liked and give a portion to another person whom they didn’t know.

The students used e-mail or pen and paper to divvy the pot. In describing the amount of money to be divided, students using e-mail lied more than 92 percent of the time. In comparison, about 64 percent of the students using pen and paper lied about the pot size.

Among those students who lied about the size of the pot, the students using pen and paper were more generous. On average, students using e-mail claimed the pot was $56, and they offered the other person $29. Pen-and-paper students said they had $67 to share and offered the other person $34.

“There is a growing concern in the workplace over e-mail communications, and it comes down to trust,” said Liuba Belkin, a co-author of the study and an assistant professor of management at Lehigh University, in a press release. “You’re not afforded the luxury of seeing nonverbal and behavioral cues over e-mail. And in an organizational context, that leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation and, as we saw in our study, intentional deception.”

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in August and reported in a Lehigh University press release.

Researchers noted that something changes when a person puts their fingers on a keyboard, rather than putting something in their own handwriting.

“E-mail communication decreases the amount of trust and cooperation we see in professional group work, and increases the negativity in performance evaluations,” said co-author Terri Kurtzberg of Rutgers. “People seem to feel more justified in acting in self-serving ways when typing as opposed to writing.”

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This morning

Trying quite very hard to shake off the flu, listening to Yoyo Ma's cello playing the dulcet tones of Morriccone's repertoire, trying to finish up on a term paper which is turning into a grand old ranty tanty piece (I most likely come off like a deranged washerwoman thumping hard on her washing board), waiting for a call.

Just waiting.

Off tomorrow to Hongkers to see friends and not do anything. Yes, that will be the aim. To stay away from art and people. Rest for the soul perhaps

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The dearth of text and writings over the last fortnight resulted mainly from the ending of two projects and being sick for the last week or so. Flu will always be my Achilles heel... two days of staring up at the ceiling and feeling my grey matter have been packed in nothing but cotton wool; another three days of trying to make it through before going to seek consultation with the medical professional for the third time this week to get the prescription right. (The first did not understand the extent of my sickness and prescribed me with something I would have given myself on a slightly off day, the second gave me stronger meds but thought it would be better to leave out the antibiotics - boy was he wrong; the third finally caved in and gave me stronger medication and the anti biotic)

Amidst my agony and nasal voice, I did manage to catch a bit of the Biennale at City Hall and South Beach encampment. Hopefully I will be well enough to catch the other sites later on. Of the two sites, I have to say that South Beach seemed to work best - a derelict building but yet the works selected for the space seemed consistent with the theme and edgy enough to allow the audience to be flexible in their interpretation of "wonder" - granted it wasn't such a wonder-ful theme after all.