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Share Your World 2018 Week 33

August 19, 2018 21 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


A class you wish you would have taken?
Hmm. Last time I answered this I said “Home Economics”. I’ve changed my mind now, though. When you’re a kid at school I don’t think there’s anything much that’s taught that you can’t learn on your own. I’m trying to remember back to when I was at school and what courses I could have taken.

I think if we move ahead to when I was in Sixth Form (age 16-18), I would have liked to have taken history.

Are you scared of heights?
No, I avoid heights because I’m scared of hurtling to the ground and splattering all over the pavement.

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?
I cook and bake some stuff and it turns out okay. I don’t think that qualifies me to be a cook, though, and definitely not a chef. I always think of “chef” as more of a job title, and I don’t have the necessary qualities, such as being good at cooking and being able to yell and swear at people all day long.

Apropos of nothing, here are some photos from the Japanese Garden in St Mawgan.

Sharing My World 18-05-2020

May 24, 2020 11 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What’s something you really resent paying for?
All types of insurance. I don’t like having to pay “just in case”. Grr. Of course, you’re glad of it if your house burns down or your house unexpectedly explodes.

What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?
Star Trek 5 – The Final Frontier. How could they make something that bad in the midst of the great Star Trek, and actually think it was okay to release and not burn it?

Do you judge people?
I think everyone judges people, whether intentionally or not. The moment you see someone you form an opinion, which will alter over time, but that’s a form of snap judgement.

Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we…”?
…spent long hot summers riding around the place on our bicycles during long hot summers holidays, not a care in the world…

Gratitude – Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. We can all use some good vibes!
A small but significant easing of our lockdown has allowed us to meet one person from outside our household outside, as long as we maintain the 2 metre distance. I went for a couple of walks in the country roads around the village with my friend.

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Sharing My World 11-05-2020

May 17, 2020 19 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Do you have a favourite kind of tree?
Yes, definitely. I’m trying to remember what it’s called. It’s that one with a sort of rough brown bit at the bottom, then it gets narrower as it goes up and sort of branches out into smaller bits. And there are green bits on it higher up.

Hopefully someone can identify it from that description. To summarise – brown at the bottom, branching out, green bits at the top.

What bridges are you happy you burned?
I don’t recall burning any bridges. I like to keep open a way back.

Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?
Ha! No, I seriously doubt it. Nobody can truthfully answer that question until they’re actually in the situation, though.

How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?
I don’t think they have. I’m doing the same things in a different way, that’s all.

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Sharing My World 04-05-2020

May 10, 2020 21 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What can you break even if you don’t touch it?
My first thought was “the heart”. Other people have gone with “a promise”. Apparently there is “a real answer to this”. I wonder if it’s something real rather than an abstract noun.

I, of course, can break many things without touching them due to my Jedi powers.

What’s the most useful thing you own?
My brain. Without it I can’t remember how to use all the other useful things I own.

What’s The Silliest Reason You’ve Ever Gotten Into A Fight With Someone Over?
I can’t remember the last time I got into a “fight”. Probably with my one of my ex’s. You know how that goes, eh? 🙂

If You Were A Snake, How Long Would You Want To Be? No, size does not matter.
Ah, the snake. Universally a symbol of insidious back-stabbing nastiness. Slipping through the grass of life, a word here, a remark there, causing trouble and moving on, slippery, slidey, they cheat, they lie and are never seen, motes of dust, shadows in the night…

Sorry, what was the question again?

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Sharing My World 27-04-2020

May 3, 2020 24 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Do guns protect people or kill people? Or both?
A gun is just a tool, it’s the person pulling the trigger that kills. Technically, there’s very little reason for anyone outside of law enforcement and armed forces to own a gun (aside from pest control). Unfortunately in some countries ownership of guns has propagated so widely that people now buy guns because all the criminals have guns. It’s hard to get back from that.

Is it more important to be respected or liked?
I think I’d rather be liked. And respected. Respected. Liked. Why can’t I have both?

Like and respect me, dammit.

Is having a big ego a negative or positive trait?
I guess it’s a big positive if you’re a powerful business leader, as it’s a cut-throat environment. Unfortunately it doesn’t transfer well from big business to running a country. It just makes you look like a complete prat. Mentioning no names. Ahem.

Depending on your point of view, is death a new beginning?
Well, that’s the question, isn’t it. We’re all agreed that it’s an ending. Whether something else starts, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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Sharing My World 20-04-2020

April 26, 2020 22 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

In your opinion what animal is the most majestic?
Ah, that would be the majestic meerkat. Gaze in wonder as he scurries majestically around the desert, or wherever it is meerkats live. Feel that catch in your throat as he stands majestically on his hind legs, gazing with majestic solemness across the desert landscape, or the landscape of wherever meerkats live.

Truly the king of beasts.

What seemingly innocent question makes you think “It’s a trap!”?
“Does my bum look big in this? If you love me, you’ll be honest…”

What weird potato chip flavour that doesn’t exist would you like to try?
Surely every possible flavour of crisp has been already produced by now? There’s some weird stuff out there. I found a site listing some weird flavours, including squid, cucumber and cinnamon and sugar (erk!). However, it’s an American site as it also listed, as being really “out-there” from across the pond (ie. here), prawn cocktail crisps. I grew up on prawn cocktail crisps!

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Sharing My World 13-04-2020

April 19, 2020 20 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What do you do to get rid of stress?
I charge around virtual worlds on my PS4, slaughtering people. It’s okay, they deserve it. I don’t kill innocent villagers. Well, not on purpose, sometimes an badly-aimed arrow takes ones out.

I also read and watch TV.

In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife?
Hmm, I’m thinking the usual tech and so on, but what if there’s no electricity in the afterlife? Maybe I’m better off going unencumbered. A new start once I’m dead, so to speak.

What’s the opposite of a koala?
That would be the anti-koala. Made completely of antimatter (and courtesy of Lightroom’s Tone Curve), when this guy meets a regular koala they self-annihilate!

What’s the creepiest tech out there?
Those robots that look like humans. Shudder!

What method are you using to find your smile right now?
Remember those computer games I play? I have a new strategy! Shoot an enemy from long range with a fire arrow. Once he’s on fire, all his mates run out to put out the flames, making themselves easy targets. Then you set them on fire too.


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Sharing My World 06-04-2020

April 12, 2020 28 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?
Because that mistake may be our last (dum dum DUM).

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?
Because when I eat ice cream I feel good, but when I smash my toe into a large immovable object I feel bad.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?
Whenever I see an American film or TV and there’s a pedestrian in the road, the oncoming bus or lorry honks its horn and then just crashes right over them.

In real life, instead of wasting time honking their horn I have discovered that the oncoming traffic uses their brakes instead.

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching? Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly? If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?
Someone is always watching…

Is this hypothetical? When the roads were really really quiet as the lockdown came into force I had to hypothetically go to work one more day to collect stuff I needed to work from home. I definitely never hypothetically quickly nipped over 100mph just to try it once and see what it was like.

Hypothetically, it turns out that when your Fiesta’s top speed is over 140mph, 100mph feels the same as 70mph (the actual speed limit).


[draliman’s legal team has this to say: This never happened. This blog is fiction and no laws were broken heretofore notwithstanding hereafter and in perpetuity veni vidi vici QED. And if the onboard computer says different, it’s a lying bastard.]

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?
Well, working 10 hours a day as usual, only from home. I’m going for a daily walk in my lunch break.

I made more pizza dough.

And I’ll be eating this Easter egg later, which unexpectedly arrived by courier from the management team at work.

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Sharing My World 30-03-2020

April 5, 2020 23 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favourite? 
None of those is really eaten for breakfast over here as far as I know. How about a full English breakfast instead?

And no, this is not my usual breakfast. I’d be dead by now.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?
No. If my surname was “Butcher” would I have become a butcher (or a serial killer)? No! For many names it was originally the other way round, I imagine. Jed the village carpenter became Jed Carpenter for short.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

By which I mean, it’s good to look on the bright side, but if you ignore all the negatives, you’ll go bankrupt. Or potentially catch something nasty and die, especially at the moment.

Is maths something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?
We invented maths to formalise and understand the world.

Take “zero”. That’s a recent “invention” (around the turn of BCE to CE, then developed in the early centuries of CE). Though the concept of “nothing” was always understood of course, we INVENTED zero in order to express it.

As for the second question, yes, of course. That’s how computers create such realistic images, how they recognise images and so on.

GRATITUDE – What are you grateful for right now?
My cheese arrived! Often at the moment the shops only have processed squares unless you hit it lucky and I’m not eating that shit so I ordered some online. It arrived on Thursday, here it is!

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Sharing My World 23-03-2020

March 29, 2020 24 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?
I’ll assume the average is “5”, and go for “5”. I was punished when I was naughty so I learned right from wrong, but not when it was a complete accident. Like the time I was swinging a golf club in the front garden, let go and it smashed through the neighbour’s bedroom window.

I’d probably have got a reward if I’d managed to hit the neighbour too. Nasty person.

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?
Hmm. One man’s waste of time is another’s hobby. Some would say playing PS4 was a waste of time. I wouldn’t.

Do They Bury People With Their Braces On? (“braces” as in the teeth ones, not the ones to keep your trousers up).
I expect they pull them out and rework them for the next person on the dentist list. Waste not, want not!

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?
Have you ever tried to stack and store hundreds of round boxes? Actually, have you ever seen a round box (outside of hats)? That’s why, then. There aren’t any round boxes.

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