“Hi, good morning. So, the problem is that every afternoon I have cuts. There are cuts. The internet works, and then it doesn’t, and then it does again. Every two minutes. It falls and then returns. The red light blinks. Blinks? It is like this for one hour in the afternoon, every afternoon. I called the last week and they told me if the problem was not resulted, uh, uh, resolved in 72 hours, I should call again. Also, can you please speak slowly? I obviously don’t speak Spanish well.”
“Of course, no problem. Do you speak English?”
“Okay. I speak some English, but we will talk in Spanish [...]
Talking with other people in a friendly way can make it easier to solve common problems, a new University of Michigan study shows. But conversations that are competitive in tone, rather than cooperative, have no cognitive benefits.
What do you mean competitive conversations?
We weren't quite done with Friday's "who knows?!" dialogue about the best way to link to books on our (or your) website, and we asked Emily Gould to stop by and clarify a few things.
Nicole: Hi Emily, we've been talking about that thing you wrote, in case you wanted to flesh anything out.
Emily: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to respond! I'm kicking myself now for not explicitly explaining, in that post, why I don't think it's a good thing when sites like The Hairpin participate in the Amazon Affiliates program. It's not at all because I don't approve of making money — wow, do I [...]
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Midge: SO. Ken, we met on an internet dating site. We liked each other's profiles, exchanged a couple messages, and then met up … the next day? Later that same day? I don't remember, but I do remember remembering that a friend had told me online dating only works when the people meet up right away, presumably to avoid creating email-driven (and therefore inaccurate) ideas of the other person. Anyway, so we met up at that outside bar/restaurant place. Does this match up with how you remember it?
Ken: Definitely the same day. I remember [...]
Nicole: Hm. How much do we actually make from Amazon Affiliates? Because I've gotten some nudges from readers (and there's also this thing Emily Gould wrote) about the merits of linking to Goodreads instead (or a better option if it arises). I really love Amazon, and I find it very convenient, so this is just thinking out loud about possibilities … any thoughts?
Edith: This part in Emily's piece stuck out to me:
A lot of literary sites always link to Amazon because by doing this they get some amount of money via the Amazon Affiliates program. I believe that these sites should reevaluate their business models.
She doesn't [...]