Wednesday Weirdness

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:25 AM

From Wednesday Weirdness. Feel free to put your answers in the comments.

1.) Do you think you're approachable?

I think so. I hope so. I don't know, what do y'all think?

2.) Out of the two, would you rather be able to predict things before they happened or be able to read minds whenever you wanted to? Why?

I think I'd go with “predict things before they happened,” that would be really helpful. My suspicion is that reading minds could be relatively unpleasant. Although, I could think of a few times that it would have been useful and still would be. The two would work in tandem nicely.

3.) Have you ever kissed, fooled around or slept with an ex significant other AFTER you were already broken up?

No. Two wouldn't be appropriate even before a breakup unless we're talking marriage here, so certainly not after.

4.) Do you believe dreams are your imagination running wild as you sleep, your subconscious showing you what's really on your mind or something else entirely?

A little of each. I think it certainly is a chance for my imagination to run wild, but it also sometimes seems like dreams will remind me of things that may have been under the surface bothering me but I had not (recently) thought directly about. Freud did get some things right.

Dreams can sometimes be quite painful in that respect.

5.) How often do you use cuss words? Does your use of cuss words vary on your moods or situations?

I don't. I gained somewhat of an amusing reputation in the English program at LU because I would “adjust” certain words if I were reading a part in a play. It was a running joke, of sorts, of which my cohorts in the program would kid me about.

I made a clear distinction though concerning appropriate uses of words. For example, I had no problem with saying the word “damn” when used, say, in Doctor Faustus where the context of damnation. This drew some inquiries during those readings, since the fact that I proceeded with those uses stood out more than that which I omitted. That remains my policy, much as it was C.S. Lewis's, as he notes in a footnote in Mere Christianity (he had received complaints over his usage of the term). Some words, I really don't see any appropriate context for and I simply feel it best not to promote.

I'm really sounding puritanical tonight, aren't I? To be clear, I don't have a burden to suggest what language other people should use. Though I find most people ratchet down their use of expletives when the other does not reciprocate, I won't complain if a person chooses not to around me.

6.) Do you ever purposely lead people on so you can get what you want?

No, only to pull their legs. I enjoy giving people a hard time. :twisted:

7.) When was the last time you did something you told yourself you wouldn't do? What was it?

I told myself I wasn't going to watch On the Record tonight, but when Greta said she had an interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, I couldn't pass it up. I'm a total political news junkie on election years…

I even read the white papers released along side polling data. Yes, I'm a sad case.

8.) If you could​ meet one musician who is no longe​r alive​,​ who would​ it be?

Obviously not Elvis since Elvis lives, right? ;) Right now, I'm thinking Mozart. That's a tough question, though.

Re: Wednesday Weirdness
1. I believe I am most of the time. 2. I would abhor invading privacy, so I'd rather have the Jedi gift. 3. Don't think so; after 30 years of faithful monogamy, it's hard to remember. 4. Dreams are the brain sorting things absorbed during waking times. In the process, there's a whole lot of mixing pushed into the semi-conscious mind, causing dreams. They often are very revealing, if you know what to make of them. I do some dream analysis. 5. I use them literally when my sense of art finds them appropriate, which is almost never. 6. Never. I hate that with a passion. 7. When I changed my mind about it. 8. Guthrie.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Oct 09, 2008 | 12:31 PM

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1) Yes 2) read minds 3) no 4) don't care either way. 5) to myself during hard efforts in sport and such, yes. With friends to make an occasional joke, sure. In anger, never. 6) no 7) training. Ok, I'll only go 30miles on the bike or 4miles on the run. 45 miles later or 6miles later on the run, I'm always glad I did. 8) Mozart or Chopin or Paganni or Bach
Posted by Mark - Oct 09, 2008 | 1:18 PM

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1.) I think so, but I suppose it depends on the circumstance. 2.) Yikes. Not sure I’d like either really. I so much prefer resting in the absolute sovereignty of God. 3.) Nope. As Tim mentioned, that is simply way too inappropriate. Yea, verily, even sinful. 4.) All three. Some things are just random. Some things are being sorted out by your mind. Are divine messages. 5.) Sparingly, and with specific purpose for specific emphasis. 6.) Nope. 7.) I think Paul said it best in Romans 8:15, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” 8.) Do you realize the implication to this question. Either we would have to go where they are or get a glimps of where they are, or vice versa. If the person wasn’t a Follower of Christ in life, all we’d get from them was the scream of agony on the one hand or else their weeping and wailing from the relief on the other. If they were a Follower before death, then we’d either have a vision akin to John’s on Patmos, or they would be removed from Heaven and brought back into this shadowland. I don’t think they’d be very grateful, and definitely disinclined to discuss their earthly music.
Posted by Jason P. Franklin - Oct 09, 2008 | 1:48 PM

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Interesting responses, all around. Jason, I did not think of the implications of #8. Fascinating point. I enjoyed the "yea, verily" as well. ;)
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Oct 11, 2008 | 5:54 AM

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