December 22nd, 2003


Christmas contact and pernickety polls

((Hello. I made a serious point, but did so in what I realised 40 minutes later to have been a wildly inappropriate tone. Luckily, nobody has yet taken offence. Let me try rewriting it at a later time.))

It's sappy, but it's serious. Let's also do some polls. The answers to these are all grey-scale relative "kinda-sorta" in truth, but I'm going to "cap" the Law of the Excluded Middle on "yo' ass" in an "is you is or is you ain't my baby"-type scenario, not least in an attempt to see where people do draw the lines. Ignore communities and syndicated feeds; assume all questions are asked explicitly without regard to any factors which are not explicitly mentioned. You can always μ in the comments to unask badly-formed questions; the comments explaining the lines drawn are often as interesting as the decisions themselves. All info in confidence.

Poll #223568 The Yes And No Poll

Do you consider yourself to have many Friends?


Do you regard yourself as generally open about the identity of your worst fear?


Do you consider at least 5% of your Friends to be the people you would like to be yourself?


Ignoring practicalities and existing partnerships, in a series of unrelated one-shot thought experiments, would you like to try to form a romantic relationship with more than 10% of your Friends?


Have you ever had a mental image of a Friend and not been able to immediately recall their username, on more than two occasions?


Unrelated, geekycool: I had a Crystal-Dome-from-The Crystal Maze dream last night; today, I discovered that EasyJet are running a Crystal-Dome-like "grab tickets from the wind machine" promotion in Euston Gardens, central London tomorrow. London folk, go have fun there for me. Unrelated two: first snow!
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    White Town - "Theme For A Mid-Afternoon Game Show"
tarrant (cap: TP)

If you can't be good, hey, be lucky

It's remarkably frequent that when I promise (either to the world or to myself) that I'm going to do something particular in my next post, events overtake me and I end up postponing the promised post for something which crops up in the short-term.

Extremely cool: The Luck Factor, a study of people who self-define as lucky or unlucky and an analysis of the factors which may drive it. The BBC article has a neat executive summary.

There are two reasons why I am particularly impresed. The first is that the book and the associated movement is clear about what it doesn't claim to the same extent as what it does; specifically, that the four tips won't - can't - make you luckier, but that they will help your positivity and the way in which you reflect upon the events that have happened so that you recognise the ways in which you were lucky. The second is that the four tips to improve your luck - all good common sense - are distributed freely to all. So here they are:
Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.

Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches

Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune

Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.

Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good

Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.
So perhaps more "A Slightly Scientific Practical Guide to Optimism" than a study of luck, but that's by no means a bad thing.

The last lucky thing I did was going to visit fruufoo yesterday evening to cheer an evening up; the course of the evening gave me a good opportunity to get a secret off my chest that I've been hiding for years, which I had never told anyone vocally before and had only told one person by e-mail. So perhaps I really will feel confident enough to talk about it to more people in person or on LiveJournal soon.
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    best game show opening sequence yet: Luuuuuucky Numbers!

Here's to you, Mr. Rigby-Jones

Today is zorac's 28th birthday. I'd like to be able to contrast zorac's 28th on the 22nd with leiabelle's 22nd, but she was born on the 29th. I don't blame leiabelle for being a day out, I blame zorac for being a year too young.

I shared a two-bedroom set with zorac for a year at university; accordingly, I know a great deal about him. Accordingly, this makes me uniquely well-placed to pay tribute to him on his birthday. Collapse )

Also accordingly, I am in a uniquely well-placed position to... shall we say, dish the dirt upon him as an extra gift for his birthday. Collapse )
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    "Wannabe" - The Spice Girls