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Dream/nightmare-enjoyment survey


I’ve always enjoyed almost all of my dreams, even the scary/disturbing content ones, and I’ve always wondered if that was common or if it was something aberrant. 

That led to me posting this Twitter poll, where I asked “Do you generally enjoy all of your dreams, even the scary ones?” That got 204 responses, and the results were pretty much 50/50. 

That result was interesting to me. so I decided to set up a survey to get more details. My vague thought was maybe there was something correlated to such a 50/50 split in the population (like gender, or political affiliation, or age), and I thought it was possible a simple poll might show something interesting. 

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Dealer’s BMW purposely backs into our car in Portland, Oregon

This was a strange thing that I wanted to document somewhere. This happened on March 5th, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. A couple in a 2011 BMW with dealer plates (dealer: McDonough Motorz) purposefully backed into our 1996 Honda Civic that was parked in front of our house. The video is farther down on this page.

I’m sharing this for three reasons:

  • To entertain you.
  • Maybe we’ll be able to find the people who did this and let them know they’re assholes.
  • We would ideally like to be reimbursed, via the proper insurance channels, for our dented license plate.

Here’s the video. The moment of impact is at 2:04.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME diary, part 2

This is a continuation of my first blog post (multi-entry) about my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia/ME pain/weakness condition, which started two years ago. Figured I'd start a new blog post entry instead of continuing to add a bunch to the long first one.  

March 25, 2017: Alcohol, Hyper-Sensitivity, Gradual vs sudden onset thoughts 

Hunger/alcohol: Haven't had any taste for alcohol/beer for long time. Too much malaise to have much of a hunger for anything generally. Generally feel the malaise of when you have a cold and nothing tastes good. Alcohol/beer generally tastes very bad. Going on 10 day boat vacation recently, it was very depressing that I couldn't even enjoy having drinks, and really barely enjoyed the food. Just sat around on the boat, reading. I did have a few drinks (mostly the fruity ones; those are more palatable) and I still do drink occasionally, but it is more out of a habit and desire for normalcy and for social reasons than enjoyment.

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Computer-simulated worlds as tools for producing exceptional people 

What if we were living in a computer simulation created with the purpose of producing people with specific abilities?

A complex world-simulation would inevitably produce consciousnesses that had specialized gifts and abilities. A simulated world (or many of them) would inevitably produce geniuses of various sorts; scientific geniuses, musical geniuses, very empathetic people, people well-suited to interstellar travel, etc. 

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Trump's divisive post-election speeches, December 2016

I went through one of Trump's recent post-election speeches to find the most divisive statements he made.

Keep in mind that Trump is quite mild in these speeches, compared to his pre-election speeches. Now that he's already won, this is him at his most gentle and presidential. If you went back and did this same parsing of his pre-election speeches, you would find a greater quantity of divisive statements. 

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