Fandango’s Provocative Question #191


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

There was a time in my life when I was a voracious reader. Yes, reader, not eater. I was never a voracious eater. But I digress. My point is, in the days before the internet, before WordPress, before Facebook and Twitter and TikTok and YouTube and binge-watching on Netflix; in the days before having the world at you fingertips with newsfeeds on mobile phones, before…well you get my drift…I used to devour between three and five books a week. Mostly novels.

But these days, I don’t read books much anymore. Maybe I read three to five books a year, not three to five a week. But I don’t think I’m that unusual in that regard. Or maybe I am, which brings me to this week’s provocative question.

With all of the distractions mentioned above, do you read books as much nowadays as you used to ten, twenty, or thirty years ago? Why or why not?

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Blogging Insights — Distractions

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is unattributed, but given the quote, it’s a little ironic because I’m sure it’s something Tanya got on the internet. Here’s the quote:

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.”

It’s no wonder this quote is unattributed. It’s an awful quote. I hate it when people quote percentages for qualitative factors that are impossible to measure quantitatively. Where did the 3% number come from? Are there only two attributes that make someone a good writer: talent and the ability to avoid being distracted by the internet? Must be, according to this quote, because 3% plus 97% adds up to 100%, leaving no room for any other attributes for making a good writer.

Im not a professional or even a “serious” writer. Im a retiree who enjoys writing, and blogging gives me that opportunity to exercise my mind, express myself in writing, and have fun. It also enables me to interact with people around the world. And what enables this? The internet!

I rely on the internet. It’s where I can find interesting, timely subject matter for my blog, as well as photos, music videos, quotes. It provides a wealth of information so I can research my topics that I post about. And is accessible through the internet.

I do agree that being a good writer (and a good blogger) does take talent, but it takes a lot of other attributes, including leveraging the internet as needed.

And Then There’s This

I saw this on the internet and I didn’t know if this was true. Could people really be this bad at understanding fractions?

So I Googled it. Sure enough, this actually is true. Here’s the validation from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

This is yet another reason why it’s fruitless to argue with people online.

Wants and Needs

I’m combining two Jim Adams prompts today. The first one, Jim’s Thursday Inspiration post yesterday gave us the word “want.” Then today, via Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Friday Faithfuls challenge, Jim has asked us to write about the smart devices that we have, or the ones that we would like to own, or any story that involves smart devices.

Alrighty then, let’s do this. Jim defines smart devices as items that connect to the internet, which can be controlled from your smartphone via a companion app. He defines connected devices as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

I have a lot of smart/connected devices. Obviously my most prized smart device is my iPhone. I also have a smart TV, two Nest smart thermostats, a smart Ring camera over my garage, a Nest smart doorbell camera, a Roku smart streaming stick, and a Google Nest Home Hub. My refrigerator, oven, and microwave are WiFi-connected and my electric car is smarter than your average car. And, of course, my laptop is connected to the internet. I also have a mesh WiFi system that offers speedy WiFi in every room in my house.

Do I need all of these smart devices? No, I don’t. The only one I really need is my iPhone because it’s my constant companion and I do almost everything, including blogging, on my iPhone. I upgrade my iPhone every two years, not because I need to, but because I want to. And since my iPhone 12 is going to be two years old this fall, I want to upgrade to the iPhone 14 when it is introduced later this year. Because I want to.

My laptop is six years old now, making it about 100 in human years. I was thinking that I need to get a new one, but I don’t really want to get one because I hardly ever use it.

As to my other smart devices, I use my smart TV, my Roku streaming stick, my Nest smart thermostats and doorbell camera, and my Ring garage camera almost every day. Conversely, I’ve never used any of the so-called smart features of my refrigerator, oven, and microwave. Google Nest Home Hub is always on and is probably watching our every move and recording everything we say. But we use it to monitor our dog when we are out of the house. So it comes in handy.

Bottom line, I don’t need all of these smart devices, but I do depend upon my smartphone and I am planning to upgrade to the iPhone 14 when it’s available. Not because I need it, but because…

Share Your World — 06/18/2022

Melanie is back with another edition of Share Your World.

In one sentence, how would you sum up the internet?

Two sides of the same coin, with one side representing good, the other representing evil.

Is true beauty subjective or objective?

Subjective. As in one person’s junk is another’s treasure or one person’s floor is another’s ceiling.

How many chickens would it take to kill an elephant?

That depends upon whether they’re caged or are free-range. And whether or not the elephant was on the other side of the road when the chickens crossed it.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self do first?

Start crying and wondering why me?

What’s an aspect of your personality that you’re grateful for?

My sense of humor. I laugh a lot. Well, I used to before Trump, COVID, the Supreme Court became part of the far-right wing of the Republican Party, and my country started turning into the Republic of Gilead from “The Handmaid’s Tail.” Now my sense of humor is being sorely tested.