Posts Tagged: communication

Illustrated Outgoing Texts: Chapter 1


Cosmo's "Hottest Texts to Send a Guy," Edited

"Fire off one of these very naughty 160-or-fewer-characters messages and your man will drop whatever he's doing to come see you."

At work having very NSFW thoughts about throwing you down on my desk …

At my physical therapy appt having very NSFPT thoughts about throwing you down! I wish you were injured, too. I feel like you've been distant since the accident. 


See if you can decipher this abbreviation: OMG IWUIM

See if you can decipher this abbreviation: OMG IWUIM


No guesses?

It means Oh My God I Want Uterine Infection Meds 



Those Little Notes

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I was staying at a friend's house once, and because someone else was using the bathroom to which I'd been designated, my host offered to let me use his. So I walked through his bedroom and did that. (Side note: isn't it always exciting to be in the real bathroom? With everything in its natural state — clothes in the places they were tossed, prescriptions out, mysterious salves … out, the temptation to open the medicine cabinet very, very great, but you're a respectful and perfect guest, and would never — it's almost like a tiny safari [...]


The Scrotum of a Righteous Man

I have no idea how I ended up in possession of the soundtrack to the TV show Friends. I was never a particular fan of the series, nor was I passionate about any of the artists featured on the disc. The best I can figure is that it either came from a well-meaning relative wanting to appeal to my hip, teenage sensibilities, or I had found it in the bargain bin at the local record store, and couldn’t resist a seemingly good deal. Truth be told, if the latter were the case, it was a pretty good deal. I actually enjoyed the album. Lou Reed, KD Lang, R.E.M., Grant [...]


Gmail Chains

Talia: Hey guys!  Looked out the window and noticed there’s a baby hanging off a branch in the big oak tree.  Can someone take care of this?  Thanks!

Sean: fyi i can’t do this but best of luck.

Will: I have to do this weird bowling thing but it should be done by 11.

Talia: Hmm OK.  Baby looks pretty upset…

Will: ohhhh ok.  But anyway I should be able to come by 11!

Rose: Hey!  So my sister is visiting with my little nephew so I’m already dealing with a baby, so if someone else could deal with this I would prefer not to.  But if not, [...]


Whale Either Genuinely Angry or Playfully Disbelieving

"The whale was recognized as the source of the speech-like sounds when a diver surfaced outside this whale’s enclosure and asked 'Who told me to get out?' Our observations led us to conclude the 'out' which was repeated several times came from [the white whale named] NOC."

Update: Now with audio.

Previously: Whale Radio.


Coworking From Afar

This post is sponsored by Skype. It's time to say more and stay human. It's time for Skype.

Jane and Edith don't live on the same coast. But they work together. A lot. So they emailed back and forth about the different ways they communicate. Edith: SO. We work on this website together, but you're in LA and I'm in New York. What would we do without instant messaging, a.k.a. the greatest and most important thing ever invented? I wonder what our total chat word count would be. "[Big number]." "Wow that's pretty high!" Okay maybe I scratched that brief itch. Do you like chatting with [...]


Reading Between The Texts: Sexting, Sort Of. (?)

The Texts

B: Dinner this week? Him: I didnt think i would hear from you again.. haha, Im availble early next week B: You need to have more self-confidence boy! Him: haha

The Analysis

K: Haha. You called him ‘boy.’ B: Guys love that. I think. K: The few times I’ve been called ‘lady’ I liked it so much it was almost a problem, so I can see that. Although maybe the reverse is ‘sir’ and in this case it’s more like you are like his stern but ultimately kindhearted grandmother. Or maybe it is really cool and he was like “whoa.” Anywayyy, what happened after? B: Nothing. [...]


Being a Communication Ninja

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Before we get into the really good advice about managing your more-difficult interpersonal relationships, an obvious caveat: end your most difficult interpersonal relationships. You can't always do it, of course. Sometimes you love them, sometimes they're family, sometimes they work next to you, and you have to keep them in your life. So, let's proceed with that understanding: this person is there to stay, so we're going to make it work. Oh, and, ideally, you've already tried to be honest with them about your issues and nothing has changed.

The Fundamental Fake-Out: Pretend you already have [...]


Old* People Obsessed With Talking Out Loud

We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.

Another day, another popular piece about the lonely sterility of the internet versus the good old days. This one's by Sherry Turkle for the New York Times, and she ends it with a half-hearted call for "conversational Thursdays" (casual Fridays' socially inept little sister), among other proposed solutions. It's a nice piece, like the Atlantic one [...]