Some Answers

I’d say that I had a reasoning behind what questions I answer here, but honestly, it’s according to how I feel or how focused I am at the moment I am going through them, so it’s somewhat arbitrary. Despite this, I am giving every question a bit of my time and attention, and they all may inspire future posts or content, they simply won’t be answered here. Especially since the questions take more time to answer than I’m putting in here, once I catch up to the main blog these posts will be more complete as I’ll have fewer questions to go through every week.

How are animals immune to their own venom?
Most aren’t. And venom used for hunting isn’t dangerous if it isn’t in your bloodstream so you can just take it apart or let it pass through your digestion.
I’m having trouble understanding the mechanics of venom resistance and immunity works, so I can’t answer that right now.

From the words, mega, ultra, super, extreme, or other variant hits the hardest? What’s the difference in connotation?
Well, mega originally meant very large, super is of high grade or quality, and ultra means uncompromising. Extreme refers to something being the farthest in a direction, so when you take something to the extreme you are taking it as far as it can go, in modern usage it too has changed but let me try to rank them.
Now, for some reason the phrase Super Mega Ultra has become somewhat popular as a term of exaggeration. That would roughly translate to Good Big And Uncompromised (uncompromisable, we were uncompromising in its creation.) And I will simply order them as in the term, Super no it’s more than just high quality it’s mega, bug larger than life, but more than that, you can’t compromise on it it’s the best its ultra. So that’s my understanding, where would I put extreme? I have no clue, even after my bit of reading so, I’ll move on now.

Should I play with the definition of words more? Are the book title books fun? When can I call something an idea for a book or a movie or a podcast and when is it just a title? How would I measure different levels of completeness for ideas?
I have no clue I’ll think about it.
Why’d I have to say that here? eh, I want to look a certain way. the next question of that post isn’t appearing here but it may get its own post. so would the questions on the post after these pre-posts seem to have a few good ones.

What’s the best way to wake up in the morning? What makes you most efficient later in the day? And what’s the healthiest?
Well, a lot is contested but these things arent:
Wake up at a consistent time, have predictable breakfast options, and have a routine. I can’t find out what exactly makes you efficient later in the day right now, but the first things I mentioned definitely help. What’s healthiest? This is pretty close.

How much time does it take to produce a creative work?
More than you expect creative works are most susceptible to optimism bias, especially how much time we expect it to take. Even if we think we’re being pessimistic and expect it to fail, we expect it to fail quickly.
In other words Hofstadter’s Law.

Could I probably find the answer to most of these in less than twenty minutes?
No, I can’t that’s why the posts contain so few questions, and many of them take more than twenty minutes.

What makes music dark? Is it just our associations? Is it dissonance?
It’s cultural.

Is it bad to be a hypocrite?
Only if you are preaching something in hopes that people will get you to a place where you’ll not actually apply it, or your teaching children who see you as a role model. Oh, don’t be a hypocrite to anyone who see’s you as a role model it can really mess them up.

How much water does someone need to drink in a day?
Depend on the circumstances, temperature, and actions taken over the course of the day.
Do we need to drink less when it’s more humid out?
No, we need to drink more in order to get the minerals we get out of the water, We also need to drink more when it is less humid out because we get dehydrated. Really, anything not in a comfortable range you should probably drink more. It’s hard to drink enough so much that you hurt yourself, well it’s easy if you’re submerged, or are not letting yourself breathe, but otherwise, it’s fine.

Do we sweat more when it is humid out? Why would we sweat more when it is humid out?
Yes, we sweat to cool ourselves, but our bodies decide, it’s hot sweat, And when it’s humid out the water on our bodies evaporate more slowly causing us to be hotter and sweat more.

I answered an average of one question per-pre-post this post, and I’ve spent all the time I’ve allocated for this, a whole lot of reading was done that did not leave me with enough to write down, so here is what you get.
Have a nice weekend

Some Answer Will Come Tomorrow

As a result of my bad time management and lack of focus, I can not finish my answers post tonight. In addition, the sabbath has been coming in earlier, and while I have the time for two posts on Friday, not if I need to complete the answers post as well. and since the sabbath is coming in earlier in the day, I think I’ll take a break from pre-posts on Fridays entirely, that or I will only have a pre-post on Friday and the post-post will be after the Shabbat is out.

For today, I don’t have much time, and my focus is elsewhere, and yet I still feel a need to produce a post. So since my pre-post today was more of a mini normal post, I’ll write tomorrow’s pre-post here.

Tomorrow’s color is #284b99 if you have deuteranomaly (by definition the most common type of color blindness) then this is the same as today’s color.

A Complaint + Three Questions:

Why is focus a limited resource? Why can’t I just switch between ideas and subjects without a loss of efficiency? Why is my brain so tired?

Why do I feel the need to identify with one side or the other? Why do I enjoy games of skill more when I and identify with one side over the other? Is that why learning history bores so many people? stories are told and things happen but there isn’t anyone to latch on too. (well if it bores so many people but it bores kids at school and kids who have fun in some of their other classes. To many it’s considered especially boring.)

Exploring an idea:

This was originally a continuation of my three questions but it got out of hand. It’s an interesting exploration though, I may give it it’s own post when I learn more.

Why don’t we care about the big stuff happening in the world? And if we do care why do we do so little about it? In 2019 3.47 Billion USD were spent on lobbying in the USA there are prominently 331,002,651 people in the USA if every person spent a dollar a year on lobbying they could almost match that spent by big companies and the rich. But if every Democrat, or every Republican, spent one dollar a month in the USA they could change the way the country looked. Now Gary Johnson the Libertarian candidate in 2016 got 4,489,233 million votes, so if everyone who voted for him spent 850$ a year they would beat that. Now, 850$ a year isn’t a small amount of money and lobbying is more complicated than it sounds. But even relatively small movements can have a significant impact on government.

And when people say vote with your wallet, they normally refer to what products you spend money on, don’t buy from someone who is trying to cheat you, don’t support these predatory monetization practices, even if you trust yourself to not fall for their tricks… but that’s not my point right now, large groups of people can have significant power on government just by voting with their wallets. But if only one person is willing to spend their money nothing will happen. unless that person has tons of money.

I would have trouble trusting a group which would take my money and lobby on my behalf, I would be suspicious, that’s a lot of money there where is it going.
So what about petitions, people sign petitions when they want to change but would they sign their money as well? If when a petition is presented before the house of representatives, there would also be a pool of money to help make the content of the petition happen? in this case, should we have an individual spending limit, everyone who signs must spend no more and no less than 5$?

But now we’re getting closer to the idea, of selcetive taxes, where people pool their money for government or production projects. An idea with potentially mindnumbing consequences. If people pay to fix their own town roads, they wouldn’t need a government comity to get it done. If all highway users payed 10$ a year selctive highway tax, would we need a centrilized power to sort the money?
Well, I’m not sure, and it’s ten minutes to midnight, so I’ll consider this radical idea at a later date.

Pre-Post? 39

Today’s post began as a pre-post, but I found it interesting enough to finish and post in it’s current form.

Today’s color is #6e319f

I seem to be incredibly preoccupied this morning, that or I’m very self-conscious. Because I have written three questions and have erased them because they were stupid. Now some would say there are no stupid questions. My response to that is that the questions were misleading, in their presentation, there were incorrect assumptions, and if someone tried to answer them they would oversimplify a complicated issue.
Unless the person answering them is skilled at teaching. For good teachers would illuminate my ignorance and the question would become unnecessary.

Yet I have asked such questions before and I shall ask them again. These questions shall either be explained in the answer post or passed over. Well, if I recognize them for what they are, the teacher may say there are no stupid questions because they know how to answer them. So you can say that a stupid question is either a question asked in the wrong place or time, or a question asked to the wrong person. And this is the definition I shall use until I find a better one.

The wrong person to ask a question is a person who will give you a complete answer where none exists. Well, among other things, a person who will answer your questions but not correct your wrong assumptions or a false understanding of the topic, despite giving you a true answer. There to did you ask the wrong person, but in that case, it is more often the wrong place or time, as in a different place your question would be answered sufficiently.

So, are there wrong questions or just wrong answers? Well, stupid isn’t wrong. But people are complicated and it’s hard to tell. All I have left to say at the moment is be careful when asking the internet. And have a nice day.

You Can Skip This If You Want To…

…This isn’t much of a post. (at least by my internal defenition.)

Corn does not follow spirals well, I don’t want to look into the math of the species of goat horn I’m trying to replicate, and it would take me many months to learn what I need to do what I want, and the little bit of programming needed to apply it the way I wan to. So I’m giving up on it, instead, I shall make a pun in English and a pun in Latin, well only if I put in the extra Latin, otherwise what would have been a pun will be a small stylistic choice. Or maybe I’ll just remove it, but I think it will make the image better, I should have an outline tomorrow, but tomorrow night I also have the next Answers post tomorrow. So you’ll probably see the simple design on Friday.

In addition, depending on how much I like the math, I may create another tool I can add to open source graphic design and/or illustration software (I know the programming is incredibly complicated, but my confidance is justified).
Anyways, if I start actually learning the math in an orginized fasion it shouldn’t impact my posts other than the occasional pre-post question as it will be put into my daily schedule, I’ll start the course next week when find the right one.
But that is for my life outside this blog. (unless interest is shown or it is directly releveant to the subject of a future post.)

I hope within a few weeks, my answer posts will improve to the quality that I can be sure that I am producing at least one thing of value every week, but until then I am learning and experimenting, so they may be slightly inconsistent.

But now it’s late and I still don’t know what to do with this post. I thought maybe I’d write my post on Self Help’s Predatory Monetization Schemes but it would take a few days to put together and even if I could get it in a day, I don’t have the time tonight.

Reading is hard sometimes it takes effort, videos are far easier to consume especially when there are parts you don’t care much about. I feel much better half-listening or tuning something out than I do skipping through things but that last part may just be me.

It seems that making a good video more effort than writing especially if you find that what you are trying to communicate is important. Because regardless of everything else you still need to write a script. Unless you work well script-less, but organizing ideas is hard.
You can tell from how little I do that here.

Have a nice day, and I hope you enjoyed reading this. If you did, if it isn’t it’s okay, it isn’t much of a post.

I Know Not How To Write

Well, try to write a story in a comprehensible manner, stress a bit about not knowing enough about the immune system, read a bit about finding water, then an hour procrastinating and 20 minutes writing and rewriting three sentences. They aren’t even good! It seems I need to practice actually telling a story because then at least I’ll have a consistent voice. Three Sentences and no consistent voice. And yet I am still too much of a coward to post something incomplete or quickly made here. I am willing when it is the nature of the posts, but I don’t know what value I can bring with a badly written story. But what I’m afraid of writing a story I’ll work that out after posting something here.

Altogether I’ve spent almost 2 hours not writing than backtracking than writing than erasing everything, but I have yet to post something today. So here is something.

My father once showed me an article on how writing 30 second take-aways helps us actually remember and learn from what we watch and experience. Now what we take away depends on what the take-aways are, but I’ve begun to implement this technique into my life and am already seeing results.
Now it may just be the placebo effect but according to what I’ve seen I am inclined to believe that the technique (trick? I don’t know what to call it,) works. So here is a list in which I try to come up with five reasons the technique will work

  1. Well you’re writing it down and you may look at it again, it could work as a shorthand that sparks your memory. You write out paragraph X and when someone says a part of it in context of a conversation it brings the video (or whatever you are using the technique to remember) and it’s content back up.
  2. You choose whats important – you designate something as important or as something you will want to bring up again and then your more likely to remember it.
    Would you remember the name of the next person you met if I promised you 1000$ if you still remembered there name at the end of the week?
  3. Your acting on the information – and that makes it relevant.
  4. Repetition helps with memory -and your repeating the important parts to yourself.
  5. Also knowing you will perform this task can cause you to put in more attention and thus learn more.

But I have to say it’s quite the useful technique and when I start a writing course tomorrow (well an online writing course i want to write in English after all) I’ll remember to apply it.

Not to say the technique is as easy as it sounds, and it may take you a bit more time to summarize things it is a learned skill in a way. But I still feel it is worth sharing, and since I couldn’t make much of my own today, it’s whats here.

Goodnight, or have a nice day wherever you are.

Weekend Post

Tomorrow I will write and post a short story about a man trapped on an island.
My father went back to the states to work and while I wanted to make a pre-post post, then a list, then something at least. I couldn’t find it in me to make anything more right now. Or at least to make something I was willing to post.

Today’s color is #1bd1b4

Pre-Post Post 10 (weekend post)

I wanted to make both a pre-post and a normal post today but I realized I had more to do before sabbath came in so I’m doing putting them together. (I also wasted a bit of time playing a stupid game but that was back when I thought I would have enough time, so I have an excuse.)

Today’s color is #e6758d

Three Questions:

How much water has to be drunk before it becomes unhealthy? (and I’m not talking about drowning here.) Can we get a good approximation using body mass + biological sex? (men and women need to drink different amounts of water on average, I don’t know why.) Do we need to measure body fat as well? When is it too much effort, and when can we get a sufficient approximation? (I tend to think withing 95% of the proper amount is a sufficient approximation. But I may be overly ambitious.)

What’s the most common governmental system? How should I define a governmental system? is system of government a better term?
What job exists in the highest number of governmental systems? (defining a Governmental system must exist in at least 3 countries with populations of above 100,000 individuals to be considered as such for this question. It’s kinda arbitrary but I’m the one asking and I to draw a line somewhere.)

What was the most popular game ever? What game was played the most over the course of a single year? What board game? What card game? What video game?

10 Idea For Song Names (probably the most meaningless ideas for me to post here but I need to put something down before I get distracted again.)

  1. Drowning In A Kiddy Pool – slightly suicidal, but the song has a nice beat.
  2. Pocket Spices – How to make any scenario interesting
  3. Popcorn Smugglers – A young child’s perspective
  4. Empty Brain – A series of musical transitions pretending to be a song.
  5. Icosahedron – a song about dice not having enough sides
  6. Minor Celebration – taking happy folk songs in a minor key and trying to make a happy pop song out of them.
  7. Vaguely Angelic – recorded in multiple languages, to be listened to in a language you don’t understand.
  8. Big Ideas – 12 ways I could change the world if I wasn’t singing this song
  9. Small Ideas – 12 ways I am improving the world by singing this song
  10. Heroic Monolog – Wow, we are so great we shall defeat the darkness… LA LA laLA We are so great…

A Number Of Answers

I’ve lost my first pre-post so I’m starting from my second and I’m only doing the questions from my pre-post this time there are just too many questions to go through otherwise.

I just got 10 questions in and I already realize how many of these I can’t answer (well give a definite answer to,) with the research I am doing. I’m not sure if that is a good thing, but I think it is.
What questions I choose to answer and what not is simply a matter of answerability. Some of the questions were not meant to have universal answers and for some I simply can’t find the information.

Can we remember exact shades of color enough to recreate them?
Not in our head; I’m still not sure if we can mix paint to recreate a color we’ve seen or using color splotches, but from what I’ve read, probably not.

Does knowing the color name help? Can we recreate names by simulating what computers do?
Well, describing colors when remembering them can help us recreate them more accurately, so maybe.

Why do the color values on a computer only go up to 255? (ff in hexadecimal)
We use hexadecimal because it is somewhat easy to read, it lines up with binary, and you can count up to 255 with only 2 digits. The next ones that line up with binary are base 32, 64, 128, etc, and those are much harder to read. Yes, base 32 goes all the way from 1,2,3…9,A,B…V,W, which is still going in the order of the letters, but I don’t think we remember the alphabet well enough to work with that. So base 16 1,2,3…9,A…F, is what we use.
Oh, and base 16 represents exactly half a byte; that’s probably the real reason. For a full byte, we’d need base 256, and that’s a readability disaster.

How would cursed numbers work?
No clue. I only know that you have to burn the deck if someone smacks a triple 6 in Egyptian Ratscrew.

How would history look if King Louis XVI took a more active role in running his kingdom, at least before the revolution? Would he have been able to change anything, or would he just be swept along?
Long, complicated, and I’m not a historian. Do the research yourself, but the question is open-ended enough that we could probably generate at least 3 different alternate histories from it.
Yes, he would have been able to make a difference, at least in how the revolution turned out.

Why do we want to fit in when we don’t want to be judged the same as others?
Because multiple social and biological systems affect our behaviors and what we want, we can want things that contradict each other, and sometimes we do.

If I know I’m wrong, does that make me right?
I had fun with this one. No, I wasn’t right, but I am right about having been wrong.

If you could make something hurt for half as long, but you would remember it more, would you? In what scenarios, when, and why?
Personal question answer as you will.
I personally would, in most situations. And I’m currently trying to come up with exceptions; I would rather feel the scorpion sting for twice as long than be afraid to walk barefoot, There’s one.

Is the idea of purgatory meant to be comforting; you feel intense, deserved pain, and then you are relieved of your guilt and allowed to go to paradise with the rest?
I don’t want to answer this one. And I can’t because I don’t know if the idea of purgatory was meant to be comforting or if it even was a consideration for those who came up with it.

Why did the Christians come up with it?
It’s religious history I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

And who was the first believer in such a concept? (aka who were the first believers in purgatory.)
I don’t know how to find the answer to this, and I don’t think we have sufficient historical knowledge. But someone may have figured that out, but I can’t find them. (well, in the five minutes I checked, if I can’t find a lead, I’ll move on I have a lot of questions to go through.)

What’s the deal with twenty-sided dice? Is their really a five percent chance to fail at any task, was any research or thought put into that?
I can’t find answers to this. I need to do actual research and not just copy the research of others. Or you can do it if you’re interested.
Was it for the sake of humor?
It does add an element of chance, which can make games interesting. If you’re wondering what game I am referring to, d20’s are usually used in D&D and other role-playing games.

Why is water so important?
It’s liquid at room temperature and can be solid or gas within our environment, it’s a universal solvent, and water can carry things into and out of cells.

How does the human body process water?
Well, it’s absorbed through the small intestine than complicated things happen, and I don’t understand it that well yet.

Do we process water at different speeds depending on our thirst?
I’m having trouble finding answers for this one, but I want to know. But I don’t understand water digestion processing that well. how much and how recently we ate impacts water digestion speed. But the answer to this question I cannot find.

Not answering Pre-Post 7 here, you’ll have to see for yourself. it was from back when the pre-posts were attempts at building a habit, and I was giving myself limited time to complete them so the creative lines got cut short. And ignore the math in binary part. I have an outline of a syllabus, but I keep on finding better things to do. Well other things to do, it’s a lot of work.

Pre-Posts 8 through 10 aren’t answerable, or if they are it’s way too much work for what I’m doing here. So I’m skipping them.

It seems I’ll be doing this in 5 parts as I have already spent quite a bit of time on this. I working on a pace of more than a week’s worth of questions for one of these so that I can catch up to my current pre-posts and make one of these at the end of every week, summarizing the questions from that week.

See you next Thursday for the next part.

10 Benefits To Holding Strong Opinions (but don’t stick to them too strongly)

6 Benefits To Holding Strong Opinions (but don’t stick to them too strongly)

  1. Fun Conversations
  2. You’ll research and be more aware of the issues at hand
  3. You’ll be proven wrong and gain more practice in changing your mind (hopefully, or maybe you’re a one in a million)
  4. You become more interested, or at the very least invested.
  5. You seek out people to agree with – more social connections.
  6. You seek out people to argue with – more social connections (but don’t be too aggressive in defense of your opinions that’s risky)
  7. Opinions Can Be Antidepressants – you have something you want to change something your working towards, a group you belong too, or a group you’re the only one who can start.
  8. You have a reasons to follow what is happening somewhere in the world
  9. Opinions can provide goals to work towards
  10. Your opinions can’t be challenged if you don’t have any. And having your opinions challenged is good for your brain.

This took me 40 minutes to make this. HOW? I ended it with the words Good For Your Brain. GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN. Wel that’s as good as I’m coming up with now so I’ll move on with my day.

Have a nice day.

Pre-Post 31

Today’s color is #289217

Three Questions + Three Creative Lines:

What is the most frequently asked question in the English language? What is the most frequently asked question overall (please translate it into a language I can speak)? What is it the most frequently sought after tidbit of information? What’s the most sought after hidden mystery of the universe?
What is the value of asking these questions? (What is the value of asking these questions? {What is the value of asking these questions[What is the value of asking these questions?…

Ideas reproduce like any living organism often disappointed in their children. And if you go enough generations forward most would be completely unrecognizable.
Though some traits remain.

How many words should I write today? 5,000 I shall write a story or a portion of a story that is at least 5000 words long. Because at this point if I don’t write something today I’ll never get to writing at all. In addition to that I intend to write an exceptional blog post, but whatever I can get out between 3 and 4 pm will have to suffice.

Are lines expressing an intent to be creative make a line creative in and of themselves? Why have I not seen the phrase In and of themselves written anywhere but it still is what comes to me in these scenarios? Probably because it’s a lot of words.

What figures of speech have fallen out of favor because of a difficulty in writing them down? Have any? is it possible to trace a relationship between the usage of a figure of speech when it is rarely used in text?

And I looked into the sky and saw no stars. A beauty lost not to necessity but to laziness. There is no time of night when the sky truly becomes visible we must light up the night even when all are asleep. For it seems that as a species we fear the dark.