Ratings of Things in my Apartment


Floor – It stops things from falling to lower floors. Parts of it are shiny. 8/10

Windows – They allow the looking at of stuff outside. Much more interesting than blank walls. Often dirty. 9/10

Blank Walls – They are kind of boring, but separate different areas from each other, which is important. 6/10

Decorated Walls – Nicer to look at and still usefully divide things. 8/10

Bed – A better place to sleep than most others. 7.2/10

Ceiling – Like the floor, but for the person above me. Except that this is the highest floor, so not really. Less shiny, but also blocks rain. 8/10

This will probably be continued.


Another thought-provoking spam


“It’s between those two places that the most remarkable, creative ideas are found. Like flying in an airplane, or using a phone that can connect to the Internet wirelessly, or being able to change the course of history with just a few words.”

This one has even more subtlety and possible meaning than most of the blog spam I receive (which is usually highly meaningful already). It my even be beyond my intellectual abilities to make sense of it.

Between which two places do they mean? The comment was in response to o post about automatic reminders, so I guess it must be the place of being reminded to do something and the place of being reminded to not do something.

In my case, the reminder to “blog nothing” was definitely more effective in motivating me to blog something. I wonder if I made a new reminder “between those two places” I could do even better. I think I’ll try that.

The examples of “the most remarkable, creative ideas” are also unexpected and therefore remarkable. Is flying a plane or using a phone really that creative? I’ve never really thought about this question, but this spammer believes it to be so, so I will continue pondering it.

The last example, “being able to change the course of history with just a few words,” I mostly understand. The ideas that change history are inarguably remarkable and creative. Is it the words or the ability to change history with them that matters, though? I think it must be both.

CfPUiSL: The Fishbox


Welcome to Jandley’s Fork. It’s a rural town too small and insignificant to have any need for a real tour guide, so you’ll have to do with me. You can call me Sturjmond if you like. Otherwise, don’t.

While things of interest to visitors rarely happen here in the Fork, things do happen. Recently, things have been happening because of (or just nearby) a certain glass box. This box is completely full of water and contains a fish, which might be why folks call it the Fishbox.

It has no openings, so many have wondered just how the fish got in there and how it can live with no food or water replacement. It just floats there, happy as a fish and no one knows how or why. I, an amateur tour guide, do not think it is my place to speculate on the matter. I’ll leave that to the oceanographers and since Jandley’s Fork is 7,000 kilojimbles inland, there aren’t any.  So that, along with the Fishbox’s improbably light weight, will remain a mystery.

Concept for Possible Use in Something Later: Sloth People

The Sloth People are not actually related to sloths or people, but are so named because they act somewhat like both.  Like sloths, they spend much of their time eating, climbing, and sleeping in trees.  Like humans, they have the capacity for communicating verbally.  They think mostly about the daily needs of their slothful lives, but in all the time they spend resting, much deep philosophical pondering occurs.  Such big ideas are expressed via complicated metaphors involving food and sleep.
Useful phrases for travelers:
I like this tree.
Uh yit anch
I = uh
like = yit
tree = anch
this = no equivilent; specified only by context
Are you tired?
Eh phtu hi
you = eh
tired = phtu
? = hi
We should sleep in that tree
Uheh phtut anch ya
We = I and You = uheh
sleep = verb form of tired = phtut
In/at/[location] = ya
I don’t like this food.
Uh moyit ulch
negation = mo
food = ulch
Don’t eat that!
Eh mo-ulcht ulch bin
eat = verb form of food = ulcht
! = bin
You don’t like when I sleep on the food, do you?
Eh moyit uh phtut ulch ya hi
I hate when you sleep on the food!
Uh moyit eh phtut ulch ya bin
This is my tree!
Anch eh-anch bin