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[#] Thu Dec 01 2016 12:22:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Maybe we need to improve the Turing Test and apply it at the beginning of every conversation with every person we meet.

Of course, even without that, some people are the biological equivalent of a pop-up ad.

[#] Thu Dec 01 2016 15:09:58 EST from Shazam

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I think it goes way beyond pretending to be adult or pretending to be smart. I suspect many people interact with the real world for a limited time only, in little bursts, and spend the rest of the time hiding in fantasies in their own minds. We are all only pretending to be connected to reality. But if you do it enough times, at the right times, you get away with it. 

But then, imagine we didn't do that. If we all actually live IN reality, 24 hours a day. Ok, we can still sleep. But 24-hours-minus-sleeping-hours a day. We could be so productive, all the time. We could gain in skills and knowledge all the time, all the little "free-time" bits we get or take for ourselves, we could put to use.  Anyone read Better by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth? He was like a Super Hero in my mind, because he did that. 

So now I'm thinking, we don't have to actually stop disconnecting from reality, we just have to connect to it more. And by more, I mean, more than the average Joe around you. Then, by comparison, you could be.. something.. good. I don't know, but it seems like a great idea.  Except that I hate reality, especially compared to the little world I've built in my head. 

[#] Fri Dec 02 2016 07:26:33 EST from fleeb

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I spend a good chunk of my reality in kind of a made up place, but I'm maybe more aware of it than many people.

When I get into a really good coding frenzy, my world is an imaginary place of data structures and bits flying around, etc. I see how these things existing in this reality shove data in one end and poot out data along some other end, maybe causing other stuff to happen in the meantime.

But, eventually, I return to reality. I see the world around me, and do my best to understand it. I know I'll color my perception of the world with my own perspectives, as we all generally do. I try to sometimes view the world from other people's perspective, so I hav a better idea where they're going with something, so maybe between the two of us, we can get to our respective destinations intact.

I figure, if physics is generally relative, and requires a frame of reference, maybe reality works that way as well.

[#] Thu Dec 08 2016 16:00:12 EST from Shazam

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The real world, not an objective thing we have to interact with regularly, but a subjective construct of human perception?  

[#] Thu Dec 08 2016 16:29:18 EST from the_mgt

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Exactly. An age old question: Is the world the cause and experience the consequence? Or is experience the cause and the world is the consequence? And what does your answer say about you and your relation to the world around you?

[#] Mon Dec 19 2016 13:58:45 EST from Ladyhawke

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The universe is virtual reality and we are all illusions.....

[#] Thu Dec 29 2016 14:00:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I almost went outside today.

[#] Sun Feb 12 2017 14:08:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm glad I'm not a famous Ancient Greek. They're always getting their arms cut off before someone dedicates a statue to them.

[#] Mon Feb 13 2017 12:39:59 EST from Ladyhawke

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[#] Thu Feb 16 2017 13:27:50 EST from fleeb

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The Romans dearmed the Greeks quite a while ago.

[#] Sun Feb 26 2017 08:14:32 EST from zooer

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Did we ever see the inside of the professor's hut?
We saw Gilligan and the Skipper's hut, we saw Maryann and Ginger's hut, we saw the Howell's hut.  The professor apparently didn't have to share, did we ever see the inside of his hut? 

[#] Mon Feb 27 2017 10:02:17 EST from fleeb

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Now I'm curious.

[#] Thu Mar 09 2017 20:52:43 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Gilligan and Skipper went home every night. They did a good job keeping the others convinced that they were stranded on the island. Their actual motive was to keep the Howells out of touch while they drained the bank accounts.
And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling Globetrotters.

[#] Thu Mar 09 2017 20:58:24 EST from zooer

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I discussed this with a friend, he said the professor had his own hut with a laboratory in it.

[#] Mon Mar 20 2017 07:32:21 EDT from fleeb

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Given my current experiences with condominium repair, I'm inclined to believe a modern day version of Gilligan's Island is happening right now to me.

[#] Thu Apr 06 2017 13:24:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I actually went to a physical bank branch today. Haven't been to one for years. Unfortunately, my mother sent me a check to reimburse the cost of something I purchased on her behalf. When my mother signs a check, without fail, the descender on one character of her signature crosses over the account number on the check, and the smartphone app that I use to deposit checks can't read the account number.

First world problems, I know. But I had to get in my car and physically drive to a bank!

The deposit slips are multilingual now. The teller was confused because I crossed out anything that was written in a language I don't understand.
My signature and my account number are going on that piece of paper. I'm not signing something I can't read.

I need to have a talk with my mother about the way she signs checks. Or maybe introduce her to PayPal.

[#] Sun Apr 09 2017 19:48:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Right now I am in Chicago. The only reason I came to Chicago is to leave Chicago. (Connecting flights.)

As the plane was descending I looked out over the thousands of acres of crappy housing and thought, why would anyone willingly live here?

[#] Sun Apr 09 2017 21:10:20 EDT from zooer

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I ask myself that about NY state all the time.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2017 01:20:34 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Sorta funny IG. I was in Chicago on the 7th for the same reason.. Changing planes.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2017 10:51:36 EDT from Haven

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Sun Apr 09 2017 21:10:20 EDT from zooer

I ask myself that about NY state all the time.

I ask that same question all the time too.  I also ask it of California as well.   

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