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Stuff Mexicans Like #5: Manners

Stuff Mexicans Like

Having and using good manners is perhaps the number one value in Mexican society. This manners business ranks higher in importance in Mexican society than logic, honesty, kindness, bravery, intelligence, or hard work. If I lie, cheat, and steal, but always say “buen provecho” when I see someone eating;“qué te vaya bien” when someone leaves; and “con permiso” when joining and/or leaving a group of people, I am on my way toward Mexican cultural fluency. This instantly puts me in good with Mexicans and assures my quick acceptance.
Maleducadois one of the worst things things one can be in México lindo. Being groserois one of the seven dealy sins. Note that maleducado (poorly educated) has little to do with formal studies or education level and everything to do with your manners or lack thereof. I can be extremely bieneducado/a (well-educated) with a third grade education level. If

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Why Women Don’t Want Macho Men


New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men. Jena Pincott on the science behind attraction and masculinity, and the future for manly men.

A pair of faces from the Face Research Laboratory study to evaluate women’s preferences. The image on the left has more masculine features like thicker eyebrows and a wider jaw.

Sometime within the past year, nearly 4,800 women participated in an experiment at, the online psychology laboratory of the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. They were young women, mostly in their early- to mid-twenties, and all identified their ethnicity as white. Later, researchers at the lab would confirm from IP address data that the participants came from 30 countries including Argentina, Sweden, Russia, Australia and the United States. The women’s country of origin was an important part of the experiment.

After registering on the site…

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How (Not!) To Be Inclusive: Deaf Academic version

Possibilities and Finger Snaps

a) Ask the deaf academic if she is willing to write a grant to cover the cost of her interpreters or CART captioning.

b) Return the deaf academic’s conference registration fees, telling her that she cannot come to your conference because her interpreters are too expensive.

c) Tell the deaf academic that she is welcome to attend and bring her own interpreters/CART captioning, and you won’t charge them registration fees (but she’ll have to pay for their services).

d) Tell the deaf academic that she is welcome to attend and bring her own interpreters/CART captioning, and you will only charge them half-cost registration fees (but she’ll have to pay for their services).

e) Tell the deaf academic (who is a graduate student) that she is welcome, and provide accommodations as requested. Upon her arrival greet her warmly, taking her aside to let her know that she is the most expensive…

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July 12, 2017 · 6:37 pm

Stockett’s publisher quietly corrects Medgar Evers error in the book

A Critical Review of the novel The Help

Covertly and with no acknowledgment of the error regarding Medgar Evers in the hard cover version of the novel, Kathryn Stockett’s publisher has finally corrected this line:

“. . . Afraid they’ll be beaten like Louvenia’s grandson, or, hell, bludgeoned in their front yard like Medgar Evers.”




The latest edition of The Help now reads, at least according to this poster (pay no mind to the typo “beated” it should read “beaten”):

I can’t say which formats were corrected because the poster who wrote the post didn’t say. My guess is the Kindle or ebook editions and the paperback version, since they were released later.

So is this finally the end of it?


Now that they’ve altered the text without offering any explanation (an apology to readers was out of the question, I’m sure) I’m still going to keep bringing it up.

The assumption that he was “shot to death” is a bit misleading…

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Movies With Sign Language or Deaf Culture on Netflix Streaming


So I’ve been learning American Sign Language (ASL) and was looking for a list of movies with sign language on Netflix, but there wasn’t one. So here is my list of the ones I’ve found (available as of 10/09/2012), starting with a few personal recommendations:


The Hammer

This film tells the true story of retired MMA fighter and wrestler Matt “The Hammer” Hammill and his rise to fame. From his childhood to his college wrestling career, this dramatic rendition of his life is a fascinating sports story and a poignant examination of the Deaf experience. A must watch for Deaf and hearing people alike.


Switched at Birth

The groundbreaking ABC Family drama features two young girls who discover they were (as the title may suggest) switched at birth. One of the girls, played by Katie LeClerc, is deaf. Several other characters in the show are deaf and it features a variety…

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Life Lessons from ‘Conan the Barbarian’

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Most of my friends know that one of my all-time favorite movies is Conan the Barbarian. Despite this, I think I’ve probably watched the sequel Conan the Destroyer more often. It’s pretty simple, really- I’ve got to be in the right mood to watch Barbarian, while Destroyer is pretty easy to just pick up when you’re killing some time. There’s no denying that the 80’s were the best era for fantasy flicks; it’s the decade that not only brought us Conan, but Legend, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, Beastmaster and Willow, just to name a few. Good times, good times.

So today I managed to watch Conan the Destroyer for the Lord-only-knows-how-many time, and started thinking about how many life lessons I pulled from these two movies as I was growing up. If you look beyond the obvious stuff (like that whole Crush Your…

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Will POTUS Election Be Decided By House of Reps?


It would be interesting (to say the least) if in this election where a lot of us dislike both major party candidates if neither one hits 270.

What happens then? The House of Representatives chooses the next President, and while Democrats and Republicans will both presumably vote for someone from their party THEY ARE NOT BOUND TO PICK EITHER CLINTON OR TRUMP!!!

So, picture this — what if the Republicans win a majority of the House, and THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS CHOOSE SOMEONE OTHER THAN TRUMP because, as we all know, Trump is not well-liked among them?!?!?!?!

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