Example non-segue I might use:
So, who wants a carbon tax?
I like rankings and ratings ballots.
Non-gerrymandered redistricting, anyone?
Should we be subsidizing clean renewable energy or taxing legacy energy?
In a certain light, even monetary policy could be interesting.
The more I think about this, the more I think it could work. In a debate, who are we? He's not the guy setting the agenda and I'm following, he's the guy spouting nonsense and I'm too cool for that and talking about something interesting instead.
I seem to have done that with USB flash doohickies. On my desk now are 3 1GB and 2 8GB things.
One was temporarily lost, two were forgotten, and then one was bought last week because I thought I was running low.
Oh well, like jars of peanut butter, they don't go bad and eventually they'll come in handy.
I just thought of a short explanation that feels mostly true.
Blues: these are people I share a fun awesome passion with.
Arisia: these are my people.
At dance events my connections with people often don't stray far outside of dancing. At Arisia I found people who I could dance with and do acro with and talk about favorite scifi with and talk about lame libertarianism in fiction with and a dozen other things. And while I know a few people who fit all of those things, there's also a great diversity of people who fit a few or several of those things. I get it all. It's great.
At the end of the dance workshop weekend, I noticed the demographic. Mostly young 20s-30s fit dancers. I expected and got a much wider set of shapes and sizes and ages of people at Arisia, and it was good! It was interesting! Of course, part of the variety was due to costuming. :-) I think I made someone happy by recognizing their semi-obscure costume as a Galifrean time lord.
This was my first year getting a room at the con hotel. It definitely improved my experience. Previously I had to subway or bicycle home around midnight or 1am every night, and back the next morning, always missing very late things or slightly early things. This time I was good and got to sleep around 1am Friday night and got up in time for 9am yoga in the morning. As I got dragged to more and more interesting nocturnal activities I wound up staying up till 4am and 6am.
Now I'm home and I can again eat food that is neither disgusting nor disgustingly priced. The best food all weekend was at the reception for my favorite vegan newlyweds. That was also a beautiful thing, but another story.
Yay megadose of geek culture and nifty new people (made some new local friends). If I am very good I'll find a way to sleep 10 hours tonight. Uf.
Huh, yeah. Nothing begets hoarding like scarcity. Thus, perhaps bounty is a good facilitator to simplicity. It's safe to have a few, good things if you are confident that you'll be able to get those good things and not have to hang onto or settle for lesser things. (Thinking of my local simplicity guru, flexigon)
I was never really happy with the rule that you should date someone at least as old as (((your age) / 2) + 7) /* pictured here in green, also the upper bound (((your age) - 7) * 2) */. I didn't like that it collapsed at 14 (and I was aware of both dating and math at that age, so this was a problem). So I worked out something with logarithms, observing that relative ages weren't such a big deal as you got older and logarithms would achieve that kind of scaling. So, I worked out that a possibly reasonable dating age range was 2^(log2(your age) ± 0.5) /* pictured here in blue */. The lower bound on that works out to x/sqrt(2) and the upper bound simplifies to x*sqrt(2), and of course other slopes could be chosen.
After staring at this graph a while, I've become more a fan of the traditional method and the offset. Having tighter limits in the sensitive years from 14 to 24 might actually be a good idea, and expanding wider later is fine too.
(Thinking about this too much prompted by random discussion of this rule of thumb Saturday night.)
This may be partially true, but for the other part I should probably try to not be a jerk about it.
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and I don't have to look very far to see examples that make me think humbly that I have a lot more improvement yet I could do.