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  • my second favourite guitar chord (favourite is eMinor)
  • stands for “eat” on a compass rose (full acronym: Never Eat Shredded Wheat)
  • can be used as either a monopthong or dipthong, depending on the wordEgyptian hieroglyph, according to Wikipedia (and if an r is involved)
  • can pre-empt a word to make it electronical. For instance: e-mail, e-telegram, e-just-call-your-friend.
  • vitamin better known as tocopherols. In some circles.
  • the square of C multiplied by M
  • a fundamental subatomic particle, of the negative variety
  • orbital eccentricity. This use made the list only because it has “eccentricity” in its synonym.
  • 14 in hexadecimal. This use made the list because it has “Hexadecimal” in its explanation.
  • plays some good eels music. I recommend Daisies of the Galaxy.
  • for when you want to perform differential and integral calculus with exponential functions and logarithms. (aka 2.718)
  • means that everyone can play this video game!
  • first letter of a postal code, to signify New Brunswick
  • a coat hanger. Just look at it: e is begging for you to hang something off that tail.
  • drug to cure your brain from not-looking-like-Swiss-cheese-itis (Yes, but can it make your brain taste like Swiss cheese?)
  • a gender-neutral way to say “he” or “she” without being annoyingly grammatically incorrect and referring to an individual in the plural. Not that I’m opinionated when it comes to people abusing grammar, or anything.
  • as the title of a piece of Flash Fiction. For instance:

Janet wanted to see a good throw-down. She threw the uses of e into a cage and waited for them to fight for supremacy. Much to her chagrin, the definitions wanted to play nice and comb each other’s hair. She was having none of it. She had a Brass Trophy and a sponsorship deal for the winner already set up. She tried to provoke a fight, punching the musical note and pointing at East, even smashing the heads of the vitamin and drug together, but nothing was happening. When the e’s started holding hands and singing kumbaya, she finally gave up. Bought herself a box of o’s.

(Bad luck there, too. All she got was subliminal messages in her cereal and hugs without kisses. And a Big Fat Nothing.)

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If you don’t have a job, do you not have an identity? If you break up with your partner, does that change who you are?

Too often we identify our sense of self with our job, the letters after our name, our lifestyle, or what kind of a car we drive. And no place brings that out more than when we meet new people.

Quick: What’s the first question you ask someone at a cocktail party?

Exactly.

Here I propose some new questions to launch an interesting conversation with someone you’ve just met. Not to mention, some good questions to ask yourself.

  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • What’s the biggest change in your world that you’re currently working on?
  • What artistic medium would you be most unable to live without?
  • If your life mission is to change the way people think about some aspect of living, what would that be?
  • What are your super powers?
  • What tiny quirky things do you do that bring you the most pleasure/amusement?
  • What do you like to think about?
  • What childhood issues are strong enough in your memory that you would fight to prevent for the next generation?
  • What topic do you know much too much about, that you don’t often admit to people?
  • Which part of yourself/your personality do you most want to be known for?
  • What are your last thoughts before you fall asleep at night?

Permitted

  • Cough
  • Sneeze
  • Hiccup
  • Inhale/Exhale
  • Yawn
  • Pick Ears
  • Scratch Most Places
  • Sniff
  • Gasp
  • Shake Hands
  • Adjust Clothes

Discouraged

  • Burp
  • Fart
  • Vomit
  • Yawn Loudly
  • Pick Nose
  • Scratch Private Places
  • Sniff Someone
  • Hurt Someone
  • Slap Someone’s Behind
  • Adjust Underclothes

Ambiguous

  • Blow Nose
  • Pick Belly Button
  • Cross-Gender Cheek-Kiss

And for today’s post… a double-lister

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Why I want to be Religious

  • I love rituals.
  • I love being around people who all take the same thing seriously.
  • What’s the name of that guy with that dilemma that if it’s all true and we don’t follow it, we’re doomed?
  • I need the legally binding excuse to take a day off.
  • An acceptable environment to ponder all those Big Questions.
  • Thousands of years of history and tradition and really smart people who have been everywhere and through everything and are sharing their knowledge with me, free of charge, and with a free meal to boot.

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Why I Don’t Want to be Religious

  • Too restricting.
  • The things I can do are great, but more numerous are the things I can’t do and the people I alienate.
  • I tend to fall into self-righteousness.
  • I don’t necessarily agree with all the conclusions, though I do appreciate the opportunity to ask and discuss.
  • While it is good for me to gain boundaries and such, I don’t want to cut myself off from so much of life’s bounty and travel (while I’m still too lazy and cheap to deal with mountains of logistics).
  • I want to follow things when and how I feel like it, but without the guilt involved in not (wanting to) follow everything as prescribed.
  • My priority is family and community and being a better person – and is not dealing with the logistics of how to follow everything just so, and avoiding technology even if it means avoiding family.

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In conclusion, I’m going to do my own thing or I’m going to go crazy. (Not that I’m not already crazy anyway.) I keep being drawn to efforts like Rebooters, Sabbath Manifesto, and Jewish Renewal. Being able to think about these issues without worrying about someone else’s rules frees me up to come up with so many other creative and meaningful ways to connect with humanity and the Divine.

The next challenge is for me to continue to actively improve myself and pursue greater meaning and connection and cultural identity, however I choose to live my life. Meaning: Don’t give up on all those great things even if I choose not to follow this well-lit and well-travelled path.

  • Nanotechnology. Need I say more?
  • I saw Terminator 2 at a young age.
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Most scarily: technology that can reproduce itself.
  • People are too reliant on it.
  • People don’t communicate with each other enough without it.
  • It is smarter than us.
  • Faster.
  • Stronger.
  • It can do more.
  • It can outphase us humans.
  • What is there that we can do, that technology can’t do, that is objectively and arguably a good thing?
  • It advances at such a quick pace that I can’t even catch up.
  • The world was better before things like twitter.
  • It is so annoying to have a conversation interrupted by a cell phone, yet I can’t stop doing it.
  • The machines will eat your brains.
  • I like that it’s in Canada.
  • I feel uncomfortable by its massive size.
  • I’m a fan of our public transportation.
  • I’m not a fan of the regularly rising price of public transportation.
  • It’s cool how much film and tv is created here.
  • It’s lame how often Toronto has to “act” like some other city.
  • Why don’t we have enough culture uniquely our own?
  • Why do Torontonians care more about Hollywood cultures and celebrity obsession than locally created art?
  • Too many money-oriented, old-school uptight people who DO NOT LIKE CHANGE. (ex. some weird artsy girl trying to impose her standards on their boring worlds.)
  • Lots and lots of cool people. (I’m sorry for my kvetching; if you’re reading this, I probably love you.)
  • Sooo many diverse neighbourhoods, it’s awesome.
  • Not enough connectedness between the hundreds of different cultures, languages and neighbourhoods.
  • Could use more Lauren.

Lists

Posted on: February 19, 2010

Lists I want to write

Weird Feelings About Toronto
Plans for my next birthday party
Why I’m afraid of Technology
Rules of Polite Society
Why I’m Awesome
Other Lists I Should Write
Things I Love
Things that are Weaksauce (like above list-title)
Why I Still Say Weaksauce
Things that Make Me Comfortable/Uncomfortable
Why I Don’t Want to be Religious
Why I Want to be Religious

Which list should I write in my next post?


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