Monthly Archives: January 2018

More Thoughts on Perfectly Prepared Food

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Hi!

As you may recall, I’m trying something new, with being more intentional about questions and answers. Or something. (You can read the post.) In that post, I was wondering about the potential for making a food… perfectly. Like, it’s your magic talent.

I also started to think of answers, based on costs and wasteage.

Now, I’m thinking about it in terms of preferences. So, there are some tradeoffs here as well. You could, for example, make it so that your Absolutely Favorite Dish Ever always turns out perfectly.

But if it’s your Absolute Favorite Dish Ever To Make, especially if it’s one that you usually make, you run into extra complications. Are you already making it well? If so, would it make sense to magically guarantee you can always make it perfectly? Or should you go with one of the less commonly made ones?

Is it possible that your favorite dish is only your favorite because you can’t make your second-favorite perfectly?

Would you want to risk it?

Also, what if your favorite is different from what most of your friends like. Would you want to make a perfect crowd-pleaser?

And other fun considerations.

Happy thinking!

Grammar Reminders

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Hi!

This is just a reminder that there are several confusing words that sound similar. So, here’s a list, with some definitions.

Your: The possessive form of You. So, if you own something. It’s used in second-person writing, but sometimes gets misused if people are being lazy when typing. (It does NOT mean “you are”.)

You’re: This is the one that means “you are”. There’s nothing possessive about it. Not actually sure why this one gets misused.

Yore: Older word. Meaning older things. Should seldom be used, and hopefully isn’t confused with “You’re” and “your” that much.

If it is, though… I suppose you could say it’s an old mistake.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Questionably Filled Glasses

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So. You know the “glass half full/empty” analogy, and the classifications? (I.e., Optimist: Half full; Pessimist: Half empty).

Well, some add to that: Engineer: The cup is inefficiently designed.

(Or something. I’m not actually an engineer. In case you had any doubts about that…)

Anyway. That got me wondering: What would a truly “efficient” glass look like, then?

Like, clearly it would need to adjust size based on water. So, maybe it would have a glass rim (to help keep shape and let you not spill), and a baloon-ish base that expands with water, but is somehow not breakable?

Of course, given how expensive something like that might be to construct effectively, it really makes you wonder whether it’s actually any more efficient, when costs are considered.

But whatever.

What are your thoughts?

Thoughts on Foods for Thought

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So, I’m building off of my question about food for thought, I realized there are a few nuances to the question that might not be obvious to start.

First, there’s the question of when would you not want brain working at full brainage.

Presumably, you would have wanted it for that previous sentence. Similarly, it presumably did not happen with your most recent sentence.

Meh, whatever.

As I was saying. There are times when you might not want full thinky things to think. Like, right before bed.

So, a warm glass of milk might not be the bestest of all possible ideas.

And next, there’s the consideration of whether you want an excuse for having a particular type of food, or whether you want most value. Like, if only super ridiculously sweetly fantastic sugar cookies with cream-cheese frosting yield my Full Thought Potential, then clearly I would need to have more of them more often.

On the other hand, something common like ice-berg lettuce would possibly increase the frequency of Brainage.

So, what are your thoughts?

…And Another Video

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Hi!

So. Once again, I meant to actually write a post.

And then I found a video that indicates that Birds of Paradise are not only real birds (not just flowers), but also has a wild Bird of Paradise being delightfully obnoxious around a Naturalist. (The caption is something like “Sir David (Something) gets upstaged by a bird”.)/p>

Sound is worth it.

Also, isn’t the bird pretty? AND SO FLUFFY?!?!

(Not quite the sweetest of all birdsong, but lovely feathers!)

Have a lovely day!

Bird interrupts Sir David Attenborough

That time Sir David Attenborough got upstaged by a bird. You'll want your sound on for this. 😂

Posted by BBC on Thursday, December 28, 2017

I was totally not wanting to share a video, but this is TOO COOL.

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Hi!

I had every intention of not sharing any videos this month. And then I came across some awesomeness on Facebook.

It’s like dominoes, but not.

Enjoy!

Awesome Domino Stone Wall

Stone Wall Building Level: 9000!

Posted by Nerdbot on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Food for Thought

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So. This is just a random observation. “Food for thought” is a phrase, right?

I understand that to be the case, yes.

…That was actually supposed to be rhetorical.

Anyway. Yep. And in general, it’s supposed to be the “interesting questions” / whatevers that spin off more thoughts. Which is why it’s food for thought: You’re feeding your thoughts.

But there’s also food that helps you think better. (Like, you kinda need food in order to think. At least sometimes. And if you have a body. You know.)

So, new question: If you could make it so that a particular food always fuels your brain and could literally be “food for thought”, what food would you choose?

Happy Monday!

Second and Third Books Reviewed

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Greetings, readers!

As you may recall, I gave the first book review of the year just a few days ago.

I am pleased to report that I have now finished the series, and enjoyed them. As a reminder, the series is the “Riyria Revelations” by Michael J. Sullivan.

As a minor note: Each of the three “books” actually contains two novels. (In terms of length: Combined, each “set of two” is nowhere near as long as a usual Brandon Sanderson novel, but that may not be saying much.)

But onto the review part.

Pros: 1) The characters remain fun to read. The different characters have noticeably different speaking styles, and the banter is droll. 2) The writing style noticeably improves. Whereas the first part of the first book read more like somebody’s D&D adventure, the later books feel more coherent and well written. Furthermore, some of the plot-twists become a bit less predictable. (Some remain fairly obvious, but others are better done.) Furthermore, the author does a reasonable job for some of the twists and surprises of “show, don’t tell”.

Cons: 1) Some of the plot-twists feel as though they were not initially supposed to be there. A term that is relevant is the idea of “retcon“. Granted, it may not be retcon, as some cases simply did not provide the vital piece of information. However, it still felt that way. 2) Some of the writing jerks about. Time-frames in particular are not entirely clear.

Overall, I enjoyed the series, and will likely invest in the prequels (which were written after the originals series) at some point.

Happy Sunday.