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Friday Five


From Friday5.org:

What everyday task is more difficult for you than it should be?
Yardwork. The most common practice seems to be to hire someone else to do it but I do it myself. Also, I don't use chemical weedkillers and I do the weeding by hand.

What everyday task do you usually put off for as long as possible?
It used to be cleaning the bathtub, until I discovered that baking soda works well for this. I tend to put off sorting out the mail basket until it really needs that.

What everyday task do you perform especially well?
Grocery restocking runs and couponing.

What everyday task has most recently been added to your every day?
Can't think of anything recently. Started syncing SQLite databases of geocache data to my phone almost daily a while ago for the GDAK app.

What everyday task makes the least sense to you?
Everything has to make sense or I'd have stopped doing that long ago.


From thefridayfive:

1) What religion, spirituality, or belief system were you raised in?
Buddhism.

2) Do you subscribe to the same belief system now? If not, what do you believe/identify with now?
Not completely but I think there is something to the Second Noble Truth. (In short: desire causes suffering)

3) Is belonging to an organized religious community important to you? Why nor why not?
No, I stay away from those.

4) Have you read any holy texts? (Of your faith or another). Have they had/do they have any impact on your worldview? In what way?
I've read the Holy Bible but that was required for Literature class in college.

5) Do you participate in any spiritual rituals? (Eg: prayer, religious services, nonsecular holidays, etc).
No, I don't.


From Friday5.org:

What non-food items are in your refrigerator or freezer?
Thermometers.

What non-book items are on your bookshelves?
Lots of things: coin banks, notepads, office supplies.

What song or album in your music collection doesn’t fit in with your usual tastes?
The Christmas music collection with 99 MP3s. It was a free download from Amazon MP3.

What item in your wardrobe really doesn’t match anything else?
I have one set of formal jacket, pants, and tie, which I never use.

What scar on your body did you receive in the unlikeliest of ways?
Oh, I think it was pretty likely, actually. Fell on my head once.


From thefridayfive:

What is your response to Philippa Foot's infamous trolley problem? (For those who don't know, the problem is thus: "A trolley (or train, if you prefer) is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. Should you flip the switch or do nothing?") Why should/why shouldn't you flip the switch?
Probably would do nothing since I haven't figured out the legal consequences of pursuing an action that kills that one person even if it saves five.

What if the only way to stop the trolley from killing five people would be to physically push someone into its path? Should you push that person or leave them be? Why/why not?
Same as the previous question.

What if the person on the other track is a child? Should you flip the switch or do nothing? What if you had to physically push the child instead of flipping a switch? Why/why not?
Same as the first question.

A sailor builds a ship and names it Vessel of Theseus. He takes it on a long voyage and along the way, he is forced to repair it with new parts at every port. By the time he reaches home again, not a single piece of the original ship remains attached. Having lost all its original pieces, is it still the same ship? Why or why not?
Yes, it is still the Vessel of Theseus. I actually did replace almost every part in my previous car, including part of the frame after an accident. At no point did any repair change the title.

What if the original pieces of the Vessel of Theseus were then gathered up and used to build another ship, christened Hobbes' Way? Which ship (if either) is the original Vessel? Why?
The Vessel of Theseus is still the Vessel of Theseus. Ship parts alone are not a ship. The name and continuity of that name alone distinguish one floating heap of parts from another.
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