- Biology Teacher: So the sperm is surrounded with glucose
- student: you mean semen is like sugar?
- Biology Teacher: yeah basically
- me: doesn't taste like-
- Biology Teacher:
- Biology Teacher:
- me: whoops
“PC is a old gay, who wears traditional and formal. Mac is a young gay, who looks modern and informal. On the other side, Mac is lighter than PC, because the old gay is fatter than young gay. In conclusion, APPLE used this form of comparison to show the benefits of Mac.”
Well, OK, maybe not totally destroying it, just making it unnecessary to rely on friends, libraries, books, notes, and other forms of “transactive memory” (external systems), thanks to the rise of Internet search engines, Wikipedia, and other Internet tools.
So says Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow, co-author of an article in Science Express.
“Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things,” she said. “Our brains rely on the Internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member or co-worker. We remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found.”
I was doing some Christmas shopping with a relative today who, despite her normal friendly demeanor, was acting pretty bitchy today. The most annoying part of it being how passive aggressive about it she was. The defining moment was when a salesman at a department store had said, “I’m not sure what the discounts on these are but if you bring them up to the register I scan the prices for you,” and my relative responded under her brief, “Gee, that’s very unhelpful.”
Well gee, I can’t help but be annoyed by her attitude. Ironically, the holiday seasons seem to be a stressful time of year for people. At least in the United States, our capitalistic tendencies simultaneously bring out the best and worst in us. Exchanging gifts seems to put a smile on all our faces (provided that we bought the right gifts in the first place). However, the prep work involved seems to have the opposite effect, whether we are pepper spraying people on Black Friday or making passive aggressive remarks to the good folks working at retail stores.
Here’s something to keep in mind for the holidays. Please be nice to the people who work at retail stores and other locations that dispense holiday gifts and supplies. These people work long, hard hours at jobs where they have to deal with BS on a daily basis. Little comments can make or break somebody’s day. A simple smile and “thank you” really does go far! :)