Mental Sampler 9
I think I just fell a little bit in love with Toronto. They set up a scavenger hunt to take people through all 100 branches of the library system. First of all, 100 branches? Love. Second of all, scavenger hunt? Double love. Third of all, mini passport book? Heart explosion.
A super deep trench has been found in Loch Ness. Josh is sneering at this story because the person who found the trench happens to be a tourist boat captain or something like that. But that’s not the point, science is science! A trench — deep enough for a monster — has been found. I told you Nessie was real!
Am I the only person who feels as if this election has become a giant game of Gotcha! Instead of listening to candidates, carefully weighing their worth or what they would bring to office, it feels as if both sides are more focused on catching inconsistencies, combing through personal history to find any transgression, or being offended.
Take for instance, the recent State of the Union. I loved Obama’s speech. He felt like a human Sorting Hat, reminding us that we don’t have to live our lives in fear, and that working together will actually get us farther than tearing each other apart. Like the Sorting Hat, he never named Voldemort, but we all knew he was speaking about Voldemort while we had our pudding. Amiright?
I hated all the commentary on both sides during and after the speech. I went offline and begged Josh to turn off the television. It was a little disheartening to hear someone saying, “Let’s not pick on each other,” while reading someone making fun of the First Lady’s dress choice or commenting on Paul Ryan’s expression.
Seriously, we have about 10 more months of this.
Mental Floss reported on a new Fitbit-like contraption that tracks your emotions. Do I really need a wrist band to tell me that I’m cranky? Uh… yes.
What I think would be interesting is to have it tell me at the end of the day the break down of my moods. Before I looked at the facts, I would write down how I thought I felt during the day. It would be interesting to see if it matched up. I’m going to guess that it wouldn’t. I think we’re terrible at actually knowing our emotions on a day-to-day basis.