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Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen Fun Questions for Your Perusal and Pleasure (August 14, 2018)

Do you pay your bills by direct deposits or by check or money order?

Is there too much change today?  Are the most important or key things changing in the right direction?

What is your most recent blog post on?  Link, please (No way are we going to believe you that’s what you post is on — we’re checking your post out for ourselves).

Winds, strings, percussion — which is your favorite group of instruments?

Most days, would you rather spend a few minutes petting a cat or eating ice cream?

Usually, do you bounce out of bed — or drag yourself out of it?

7 thoughts on “Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen Fun Questions for Your Perusal and Pleasure (August 14, 2018)”

  1. BILLS: This process has been a lot simpler since I moved in with my current roommate; I just hand him a big check and he takes care of most of the rest. Thank god in her heaven for friendly INTJs.

    CHANGE: I have no idea what would constitute too much or too little change; I am pretty sure constant change is one of those few assurances in life. Nature may abhor a vaccuum, but she seems to have it in for stability either. Mary Catherine Bates once observed that standing still is an illusion; physiologically, standing still constitutes a constant storm of neural activity and muscular adjustments, one reason why it takes children so long to learn how to do it. Life is similar. There is no such thing as staying the same, and trying to do so is secretly just as stressful and laborious as trying to change. As another example, any depressive can tell you how tired they feel after a day of… sitting around.

    So I’d be more worried about whether the changes that happen are good or bad than whether they are correct in number.

    BLOG: Unchanged since the last time you asked. I am an Ent blogger. But I have some very promising drafts?

    SECTION: My heart belongs to the strings, though I was quite the brass fan in my younger days. But the cello is what I put on these days when I am going about the house or trying to work.

    CHOICES: Cat, for sure. I don’t eat much dessert, no sweet tooth to speak of and my waistline doesn’t need the help anyway. Whereas the cat starts chewing on me if she thinks I haven’t been petting her enough.

    BED: Bounce? I fairly spring out of bed. This morning insomniac always thinks of something completely and totally urgent that needs to be done. I have literally fainted from exiting my bed too vigorously in the AM.

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    1. Fainted? Now that is indeed to quick!

      I think you’re right about change. But yours is very much a modern perspective on it. As you know, go back a few hundred years ago and suddenly there’s precious little change. Things drag on in some cases for centuries or even millennia.

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      1. Speaking as a sometime archaeologist here, I am not sure that is as true as people think it is. Time passing and the generalizing impact of historiography make it seem like there are only big arcs of time in the past. But there have always been changes and innovations. New material culture, new political realities, new religious ideas, they change by the decade and always have. We weave the story of them into our material remains, even if there is no one left who can interpret it all. It’s the temporal version of fundamental attribution bias; the past is “far away”, so it is harder for us to see those who lived there as having as much agency and complication as ourselves, preferring to portray them in broad trends and generalizations. But if you were living in, say, 13th century Utah, or 5th century Mongolia, it would not have occurred to you to describe society or politics as unchanging.

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      2. It’s easier for me to see your point in absolute terms than in relative terms. I’m under the impression that 500 or more years ago, there was less change than there is today — although in absolute terms, there might have been some change (especially for the nobles). How old is the iphone? How long did tights endure as a form of dress during the European middle ages? PCs have been around two thirds of my life — but only two thirds. Contrast with the 25,000 years during which the style of painting caves went all but unchanged from Spain to Russia.

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  2. Direct deposit! I barely have to think about mail anymore, it’s wonderful. I shirk every responsibility I can.

    There is MORE change today. I feel like the evolution/de-evolution of our society is sped up by technology. But ultimately we all go in circles so I’m not particularly concerned. What happens happens.

    Oddly related to what you said about being unable to share wisdom — of course you already read this. https://freshhell590830799.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/haibun-2/

    Strings or percussion, I can’t decide!

    Ohh, that’s tough. I get plenty of cat petting so I’ll have to say ice cream just to change it up.

    I draaaaag myself out of bed. This morning I was staring blearily at the table where I was preparing my lunch. My necklace spontaneously fell off and hit the floor. I bent to pick it up and my belt popped off and fell to the floor. I had to get dressed all over again.

    What about you?

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    1. Necklace, belt — how terrible to have to dress twice when half asleep both times.

      I combine bouncing from bed most days with not really waking up for a good half hour to hour afterwards. Before I’m fully awake though, I sometimes get an idea or two for a post, so there’s that.

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  3. Do you pay your bills by direct deposits or by check or money order? – Direct deposits.

    Is there too much change today? Are the most important or key things changing in the right direction? – Yes, but i don’t see it as a bad thing. Much prefer it to stagnation. Also there is nothing i can do about change, when it happens it happens. It’s always good to change in the right direction, though due to humans being..anomalous, in that they are both predictable and unpredictable, that would be a hard thing to do. Like landing on a good die.

    What is your most recent blog post on? Link, please (No way are we going to believe you that’s what you post is on — we’re checking your post out for ourselves). – I haven’t made any blog posts. I suppose i’m not courageous enough to put my thoughts and opinions into full throttle.

    Winds, strings, percussion — which is your favorite group of instruments? – I love all of them, though there is a tie between winds and string instruments. Fine its wind instruments 😀

    Most days, would you rather spend a few minutes petting a cat or eating ice cream? – Petting a cat would be preferable to eating ice cream. On most days.

    Usually, do you bounce out of bed — or drag yourself out of it? – Depends how much sleep i’ve had. I drag myself out of bed more than i bounce of it these days.

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