In the evening, I spent a long time reading Cialdini. I read pages 118 to 209. I didn’t have enough left in the tank to read the final 25 pages or so.
Frankly, I’m disappointed in the book. Cialdini didn’t have enough for a book, so he padded it out. Pre-Suasion has about 50 pages of new ideas. The rest is just filler. He runs back through his original principles of influence and adds an additional principle. But he didn’t have a book. I’d give it 6.5/10.
C lost her story – yet again. This time, it was for yelling at E. E was singing and C wanted her to stop. We’re trying to teach her better ways to manage her emotions.
In the end, C lost nothing. The Girls didn’t go down until after 8 p.m. And they decided to have a slumber party. It was so late that there were no stories.
In the category of fun reading, I enjoyed a page one article that the Wall Street Journal had on ways that hotel guests use to re-program thermostats in their rooms. The hotels are programming thermostats to run at specified temperatures. Guests are not allowed to reset the thermostats to the temperatures that they desire. (Sometimes the uncomfortable room temps are because of errors on the hotels’ parts; sometimes they are a deliberate policy).
A whole network has emerged online in which hotel guests trade secrets on how to bypass the controls used by the hotels so that the guests can reset the room thermostats at the guests’ desired levels.