Why do we put off what we “want” to do?

I find life interesting. That is why I like this site so much. I was on a call talking about ewe and about good wethers. There are few places that you can talk about animal “wifery” in between the politics. (Or is the word now animal “parentry”?)

Okay, I am putting off the subject that I really want to write about. I really want to write about it but the other thing seemed more interesting. And the main subject might require work. Can we talk about bellwethers for a while?

Back to life. We seem to live in two temporal worlds. We are in the now and the preparing for the future. Our wants conflict. What we want now is different than what we want in the future. That is a poor way to put it. Our wants now conflict with the wants in the future. For example if we want to be slim we can’t eat anything we want now. But people do and still say they want to be slim. Can one really be honest and say you want something while one is doing the opposite of the things to get it?

Getting to the title, it seems we like to put off things that are productive. We wait as if more time makes things better. Deadlines are our lifelines to get some things done. They force us often to do things we want to do but would rather put off. Good people know when they are saying I want X in the future means I give up Y in the present. They order their wants. Do you do this? How do you handle wants?

Hey, I am at the end of my post. That wasn’t too painful, was it?

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Colors

I was making up some memory notes for my Chinese character review. I started out with a black ink pen and then thought this is two boring. It will put me to sleep. I then decided to get use some pens with different color ink that I have. It makes a world of difference.

Colors are such and aid to viewing things quickly and easily. They are processed fast in our brains. Just think of a traffic signal. Isn’t it great that we have a red, yellow, and green to give us the stop, caution, and go. It can be seen in a distance and understood. Words could be confused.

How often do you use color for sorting or making notes? If you do how do use the colors? Do you ever use different color post-its or paper? Have you ever thought of using colors in this way?

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How is this possible?

The Cuvier’s beaked whale spend on average two minutes at the surface between dives but can do the following.

From this article.

The new data showed the whales’ deepest dives extend more than 4,500 feet beneath the ocean surface. Deep dives can last two to three hours. The whales dive continuously, with deep dives followed by a few shorter dives, averaging 1,000 feet.

Now I consider that some serious holding of one’s breath. That is some serious pressure. How does not the water get into things? Is blubber really that good at dealing with pressure? Do they close their eyes?

H/T Instapundit.com

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Who are you?

How do you see yourself or how do you identify yourself?

Does your race matter to you? If so why? If not why?

Are you your job?

Or you your family?

Or you your religion?

Are you defined by your sexual orientation?

I live in a culture that makes me stick out. I am the foreigner or the American. I don’t think of that as prejudice as much as the easiest way to define me. That comes with stereotypes both good and bad. (We all have to deal with those who we get grouped with.)

I think groups that have an ax to grind focus more on their group identity than those who don’t. They are looking for solutions to problems and it is easy to see that problem as not accepting whatever group they are part of. How much of this is true is another thing? They say even paranoid people have enemies.

I think society is on a pendulum at times. It swings between two extremes. Or I think Luther said this, “A person falls off a horse on the right then gets on it to fall on the left.” That is to say in fixing problems people create new ones. Specifically, feeling good about your identity is good as long as it is not used to make others feel bad.

The question that plagues us is when does a behavior become an identity. Or when can we say a behavior is bad and needs to be changed? What has been happening is people change the definition to fit what they like. “I am a poached egg.” is looked at as “Good, follow who you are.” rather than “You need help.”

Just to have some fun, should we have a census form for Ratburg? What should be on the form?

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Car Sharing in Japan

Sorry this is all in Japanese. I think even in Japanese one can follow the logic of the system. This is the way young people use cars now. The video has the car rental from about $2 an hour per 15 minutes. (Oops! I should have double check this.) There are 30 types of cars to choose from.

  1. Make a Reservation
  2. Pick up a car.
    1. Use a card to open the car door
    2. Get the car key from the glove box
  3. Go to a gas station or a car wash if needed. The gas or car wash is charged to the rental company.
  4. If you need to, you can extend your rental time by selecting extension on the car’s GPS system.
  5. Return the car.
  6. If you forget something in the car you can open the car’s door just one more time to get it out. (I guess they only allow for one forget.)
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Gov. Ralph Northam

I have to admit I enjoy when people who trash people get trashed. Ralph Northam was vicious against Ed Gillespie. Now he is reaping what he sowed.

The Left doesn’t quite get it. They are putting in rules that are more apt to destroy them than the Right. They have walk-in closets full of skeletons.

Personally, I could careless if someone for fun dresses up for a party. No big deal. It is a sight gag and not what is in their heart.

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