to take a look at the apartment I’m planning to move into this morning, and the lady asked me, “What is it you want in your future home?” “Little noise, lots of sunshine, and a walk-in closet,” I said, and I was immediately amazed by how true it was, for my home and for my life :) 5 years ago
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I got a set of tires with 85,000 miles warranty. I guess that’s the furthest ahead in time I have ever thought about :) a little sad… I know5 years ago
it scares me when I pay attention to the things I normally say. Regular everyday conversations carry way more information than necessary, really! 5 years ago
in the rightmost lane of the highway in heavy traffic made me wonder:
Close to the exits I get the benefit of moving faster (outflow of the cars), does it make me obligated/inclined to stay in the same lane close to merges (where it’s slower) too? (Even for no reason other than the lane being MY lane)
Equivalently, does it make sense if someone sticks to something (traditions, life style, set of beliefs, approaches, practices, etc) because at some point it helped him/her to progress faster, even though at this very instance it’s clearly not the most efficient way? 6 years ago
into a mild discussion with a friend of mine a while ago on what the source of wrong decisions is. He says it’s intentionally favoring the immediate small benefit over long-term or eventual larger benefit (for instance, pushing the snooze button and waking up late). I pitched the idea (rather optimistically, he believes) that it’s lack of knowledge; in other words, we pick the option that at the moment seems to be more benefitial (which later in light of further information turns out to be wrong).
I guess the former model is more intuitively plausible (and it also agrees with the concept of “sin” in religions). I’ll spend some time observing and assessing them. Any thoughts? 6 years ago
On a two lane road:
stay on the right lane and don’t mind blocking the right-turn-on-red traffic, or go to the left lane and risk getting stuck behind the yielding left-turn traffic. 7 years ago
Get a haircut, or don’t (I don’t like to cut my hair; untidy fuzzy hair is more…honest, in my case). Had my hair cut, anyway.
Afternoon, a teenage boy (not more than 14), a little girl, and an elderly overweight woman with hands on hip all standing next to an average-looking sedan; a man trying to fix something on the car. Me, rushing to get a haircut. Pass invisibly from the other side of the street, or stop and ask if you can help. Took the former.
10:00pm, finish up the paper or go to AtL’s for dinner and a movie. Took the latter.
Midnight, stay for the movie to end or go back to school to be on time for the reserved time-slot (3-hour job). Took the latter. 7 years ago
I’m going to record some of the decisions one makes on a normal day. I guess it is agreed that we are pretty much formed by the decisions we make. But is there anything essential about decision making itself? One thing that I would like to know is how important it is to make conscious decisions. Is it okay if one makes it a habit to decide upon a determined set of beliefs? How much energy and attention should it take to re-evaluate the beliefs? Does it matter at all? Have you thought about the extremely chaotic view of a constantly evolving world formed by each and every decision?
I understand that the pattern I’ll be forming here will highly depend on my own viewpoint, and most likely it won’t be conclusive. But I’ll play the game for the fun of it, regardless. 7 years ago