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I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don’t say what it wants to hear.
     —   Karl Kraus
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On This Day In:
2014 Start Today
2013 Fly!!
2012 Greater Love
2011 Before

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If you’re not able to communicate successfully between yourself and yourself, how are you supposed to make it with the strangers outside?
  —  Jules Feiffer
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On This Day In:
2013 Beyond The Strings
2012 Saving The Union
2011 Still And Too Often

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The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
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On This Day In:
2012 Speaking Of Products
2011 Ready To Be Immortal?

 

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The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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On This Day In:
2012 Egotist, n.
2011 Good And Bad

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I read an article once that said that when women have a conversation, they’re communicating on five levels.  They follow the conversation that they’re actually having, the conversation that is specifically being avoided, the tone being applied to the overt conversation, the buried conversation that is being covered only in subtext, and finally the other person’s body language.
That is, on many levels astounding to me.  I mean, that’s like having a freaking superpower.  When I, and most other people with a Y chromosome, have a conversation, we’re having a conversation.  Singular.  We’re paying attention to what is being said, considering that, and replying to it.  All these other conversations that have apparently been going on for the last several thousand years?  I didn’t even know that they EXISTED until I read that stupid article, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
I felt somewhat skeptical about the article’s grounding.  There were probably a lot of women who didn’t communicate on multiple wavelengths at once.  There were probably men who could handle that many just fine.  I just wasn’t one of them.
So, ladies, if you ever have some conversation with your boyfriend or husband or brother or male friend, and you are telling him something perfectly obvious, and he comes away from it utterly clueless?  I know it’s tempting to think to yourself, “The man can’t possibly be that stupid!”
But yes.  Yes, he can.
  —  Harry Dresden
The narrative character in the novel: “Cold Days
Written by: Jim Butcher
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On This Day In:
2012 Enquiries
2011 The Prize: Understanding
2010 Can You Tell My Scanner Works?
Rebecca – The Early Years
James – The Early Years
Brothers By Another Mother

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