your applause is all backwards

September 16, 2003
I'm kind of interested in body language, and what stays the same and what varies between different cultures. I was thinking about getting a book called "Gestures:The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World", when I saw this sample page on Amazon. At the bottom, it claims that "Incidentally, you can detect whether a person is right-handed or left-handed by observing the way they applaud. A right-handed person will slap that hand down into and on top of the left palm; a left-handed person will make the left hand dominant." Now, this is is not true for me (a right-hander) or Mo (who's always been a bit sinister.) How about all of you?

Quote of the Moment
I have never loved anyone for love's sake, except, perhaps, Josephine--a little.

Write Like An Egyptian
Put your name--or anything else, without numbers or puncuation--into hieroglyphics. I think I accidetnally stole a wheel card thing that did the same conversion from elementary school. Too bad "kirk" looks so boring in those letters.