Funny = One-Night Stand

So a chicken crosses the road...
A study performed at the University of Stirling found that women prefer funny men, but only for a night.  A group of students was asked to answer a random question.  Then, another group of students was asked to rate the responses based on humor and attractiveness.  Finally, the responses were rated on relationship potential.  Responses that were considered humorous were also rated best for a one-night stand, but worst for a long-term relationship.  Participants of the study stated that humor was attractive but seemed to convey a lack of commitment.

I'm not sure how ground breaking this research is.  In fact, I think it's pretty much common knowledge that women prefer funny men.  Heck, I think just about anybody would prefer to socialize with somebody that's upbeat and humorous over somebody sulking in the corner.  However, it is interesting that women seem to view humor as negative in the long run (apparently, the reason for all those joyless marriages). This seems to imply a lose-lose situation. Well, at least for those people looking for a long-term relationship.  Easy to connect with the opposite sex with humor, but comes off as sleazy; hard to connect without humor, but conveys trustworthiness.

But wait, I think I have the solution.  Simply use humor to break the ice, then quickly show your serious, thoughtful side while still occasionally peppering in some humorous comments until eventually all the humor is gone.  Give them the ole' bait and switch (but I suppose, judging by all the relationships I've ever witnessed, this tactic is common knowledge as well...).  Either way, humor seems to be much more of an asset than a liability.  After all, the first step to finding a place to stay is getting your foot in the door.

Your Boss Just Got a lot Nosier

I long ago accepted the fact that, due to the growing age of technology, I would unwillingly have to give up some level of basic privacy.  If that's the price I have to pay to enjoy some of mankind's greatest achievements; things like YouTube, then so be it.  But I always assumed there would be a line.  A line where people and companies would stop and think "maybe this is going a little too far".  I suppose I was a little naive in that belief.

Printed books are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  When it comes to reading, more and more people are turning to digital media.  A new technology being developed by CourseSmart is currently being tested at nine U.S. colleges.  The company provides digital books to students as well as a little added bonus to the professors.  The newly developed software actually monitors how often and even what sections of the books are being viewed.  So, essentially, professors can see which students are slacking off and which ones are actually studying.  Furthermore, the possibilities don't end there.  Research is in progress to see how the technology could be adapted to the work place.  Think you can blow off reading the latest expense report, think again?  With software like this, you're boss would know you haven't even took a peak at it.

Being a college student, I know how lazy students can be.  But going to these lengths to monitor what students are doing is a little ridiculous.  It's ultimately the students decision to study or not.  Some people are just naturally gifted in certain subjects and can easily ace a class without even having to crack open the book.  Should students like that be penalized and forced to waste time reading a textbook?  Furthermore, the idea of workplace applications is even more disconcerting.  We've all had those bosses that love to micro-manage.  For them, this has to be a dream come true.  It unsettling though, how much of a nightmare technology like this could turn out to be for the rest of us.