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Tact Filters I came up with this idea several years ago in a conversation with a friend at MIT, who was regularly finding herself upset by other people who worked in her lab. The analogy worked so well in helping her to understand her co-workers that I decided to write it up and put it on the web. I've gotten quite a few email messages since then from other people who have also found it helpful. All people have a "tact filter", which applies tact in one direction to everything that passes through it. Most "normal people" have the tact filter positioned to apply tact in the outgoing direction. Thus whatever normal people say gets the appropriate amount of tact applied to it before they say it. Most underrated songs by the most overrated artists. Songs for when you’re stuck in the friend zone… Requested by Big Teddy Bear · Compiled by BFFE Man, do I know the feeling. 01. The Magnetic Fields - “I’m Sorry I Love You” (69 Love Songs) 02.

100+ Things to Know If You're Going to Italy My friends often ask me for support in travel preparation when they plan to go to Italy. In fact, I think it’s a great idea- go to a country prepared to experience it at the fullest! I enjoy learning about the little idiosyncrasies that make a visit to a new country so interesting, the small traditions, the interesting customs… so, I thought I’d give you a cheat-sheet for Italy. If you’d like a personalized crash-course on Italian culture before your trip, please contact me at vanessa at Italyinsf dot com. I would be happy to schedule a time to help you out with your trip organization as well as give you some useful tips about culture and traditions!

Bruges, Belgium: under the spell of the Middle Ages Part of Margaret’s palace has survived, and in the present Dukes’ Palace hotel the tower – though not the pelican – is still there and plain to see. Just a brief walk up the Geldmunstraat in the great square, the Markt, is the building from which Margaret watched the tournament in her honour. Most of the tiny centre of Bruges has preserved the architecture and atmosphere of the past to an amazing degree. Small wonder that, throughout this winter, the city and its environs are playing host to the cast and crew of The White Queen, the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s Wars of the Roses novel (among other things, the neo-Gothic town hall on the Markt offers the television crew a stand-in for Westminster Palace).

How To… Embed This Infographic <a href= ‎"><img src=" title="10 How Tos" alt="How To Infographic" border="0" class="nopin" /></a><br />Source: <a href=' title='Interesting Facts'><a href=' title='Interesting Facts'>Today I Found Out</a></a> 1) How to drastically increase the life of your shaving razor Before or after you shave (I prefer before so that the blades are dry), place your jeans on a hard flat surface; then run the razor up the pant legs about 10-15 times quickly; then repeat running it down the pant legs 10-15 times quickly. No need to press that hard, but a little pressure is necessary. necessary. In both instances, you want to point the top of the razor in the direction you are rubbing the shaver on the pants.

Pokemon Infographic: Real Life, Creepier Than Ever [Pic] Don’t pull out your pokeballs yet, my fellow geeks, since many of these pokemon may be repulsive. While the animals may be repugnant, the Pokemon infographic is awesome in that some poor soul took hours of time to search the anals of the ecosystem and find these creatures to use for the real life pokemon infographic. Thank you, anonymous guy who is a web search master, has probably never left his house, and likes dill pickles. Also, Metapod? You can eat dirt, because you ruined me in nearly every single Pokemon game, and you look even lamer as a real pokemon.

How Lock Picking Works" Most people carry five to 10 keys with them whenever they go out. On your key ring you might have several keys for the house, one or two more for the car and a few for the office or a friend's house. Your key ring is a clear demonstration of just how ubiquitous lock technology is: You probably interact with locks dozens of times every week. The main reason we use locks everywhere is that they provide us with a sense of security. Nightvision: Europe after dark Nightvision, the work of Luke Shepard, is described as "a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe". It is the culmination of his three-month journey across the continent, to 36 cities in 21 different countries. The video strings together thousands of photographs and "aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks." Included are the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building in Berlin, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, The Shard and the Houses of Parliament in London, Rome's Trevi Fountain and Colosseum, The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Each has been photographed over a long period of time, so that the final video shows pedestrians and vehicles coming and going, lights being switched on and off, and even the hands of Big Ben spinning round at a rate of knots.

Campania Aside from one archaeological site and one small coastal part of Campania, it tends to be a region visitors avoid because of stories they’ve heard – and I think that’s too bad, considering how much Campania has to offer. Campania is located on the western coast of Italy, just north of the part where the toe of the boot starts curling out. It’s the 2nd most populated region in the country (behind Lombardy), and home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country – Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.

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Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You Image from Flickr by Lazurite This is not particularly relevant to the post, but I’m getting an awful lot of comments telling me, often a little snarkily, “it’s ‘THAT’ not ‘WHICH’”. The “don’t use which for restrictive clauses” rule comes (as far as I can tell) from Strunk and White. Plenty of authors, including Austen, have used “which” exactly as I use it in the title. It’s very commonly used like this here in England, so I’m guessing my comments are coming from US readers.

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