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2021 questions (52 and 53/365)

February 21

How does the weather affect your mood?


It affects me a bit, but not so severely that it rules my ability to do stuff. It’s not so much the weather that can bring me down - although prolonged grey/rainy periods do make me feel sluggish - it’s the darkness. I use my full spectrum light a lot on winter afternoons. 


 

February 22

What would you change if you knew you could not fail?


Woo, magical thinking! If we’re talking about big-picture global-scale decision-making, I would make worldwide energy production carbon-neutral. I’d also end the massive disparity in wealth distribution.


If we’re talking about me, I would make it so that I stayed fit without ever having to exercise again. I don't object to doing so occasionally for fun, but being obliged to several times a week is a constant source of irritation.

One day it might be feasible for me to take up nightclubbing again and then I can use dancing as my exercise. Old goth lady at the club, yep. Anyone want to come with?



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2021 questions (51/365) + It's A Sin

February 20

What is sure to make you cry?


I shed bucketloads of tears over fiction. “It’s A Sin” (the mini-series on HIV/AIDS in the 1980s in the UK) opened the floodgates with every episode. It’s really good though gearing up to watch it did require summing up a fair bit of emotional resilience.


Real life doesn’t make me cry much. 


More stuff about It's A Sin


I have so many incoherent feels about this Channel 4 miniseries and they are all full of spoilers so they go behind a cut. It's beautiful and devastating and if you have the emotional stamina, I urge you to watch it.


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2021 questions (49 and 50/365) + Fun with Panopto

February 18

What are you most fascinated by at the moment?


Finding ways to prove that we should make STEMM subjects more accessible by actually talking about endemic issues with discriminatory language and culture in higher education and industry while teaching technical topics, not as an afterthought or an optional add-on. 


Space debris and space traffic management.


February 19

What are the three most dominant emotions in your life right now?


Determination, ambition, and mild panic.


Finally, here are the two most recent wonderful misinterpretations that the auto-captioning software on Panopto offered up on my pre-recorded lecture material.

My name: Anthony Anketell [no.]
A phrase: "If all of the subsystems have a bank of horsepower bear," [backup or a spare]

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2021 questions (45 and 46/365) + Pony

February 14 

How has getting older helped you deal with challenges in life?


I’ve become calmer. I get a lot less riled up by things that would have sent me into a rage spiral twenty years ago.


February 15 
When I have a look around my home, it’s very obvious that I…


...need to hoover, again, even if I just did it twelve hours ago.


In other exciting news, someone has washed and brushed the Shaggy Pony, and its coat is once again white(ish)!


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2021 questions (43 and 44/365)

February 12
How would a stranger that met you at a dinner party describe you?


What’s a party? It sounds dangerous. 


Seriously though, I’ve no idea what strangers make of me, and one of the nice things about getting older is that I no longer care.


February 13
How old do you feel?


Most days I feel exactly the same as I have since I reached adulthood. I wake up early and full of energy, I do a load of stuff, I conk out again. I’ve been fortunate with my physical health and have never suffered unduly from periods, joint pain, or acute or chronic illness. My average weight is higher than it was when I was twenty, and I notice it takes me a little longer than it used to for me to recover from a cold or a hangover, but otherwise, going from 18 to my forties has not caused a noticeable difference in my physical being.


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2021 questions (42/365)

February 11
Who would you like to trade lives with for a day and why?


I don’t much fancy living as another human person. I would, however, quite like to spend a day as my cat, sleep for 22 hours, be fussed over when I meowed, and brought my meals on demand.


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2021 questions (39 to 41/365)

February 8

What does it mean to you to be spiritual?


On a personal level, not much. I’m not spiritual.


February 9
Do you believe things happen for a reason?


Is this meant to be an oblique way to ask about belief in god(s)? I have none, so no, I don’t think there is a single all-encompassing reason for things to happen.


February 10
What is your take on making mistakes?


It’s inevitable. I believe the wisest and most difficult course is to learn to deal with it with as much grace, dignity, and forgiveness of yourself and others as you can muster.


RANDOM THOUGHT: Today I was reminded that it takes Neptune 165 years to orbit the Sun. Therefore, there is no chance I will live long enough to witness a full Neptune orbit. Uranus, at 84 years, is an achievable target, but who wants to aim for Uranus?


(I’ll get me coat)


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2021 questions (38/365)

February 7

What places are you really grateful exist?


Everywhere on the planet. We have one planet to live on. One. We do not know enough about space travel, about space survival, about terraforming, about sharing and conserving resources, about being decent, kind human beings to one another to survive anywhere else. Anyone who is not extremely bloody grateful for every scrap of land and water on this good Earth is not paying attention.


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2021 questions (37/365)

February 6

What do you think about hunting?


The answer to this question is going to be highly dependent on geographical location, culture, and socioeconomic positioning. As an affluent person who dwells about a mile from the nearest well-stocked supermarket, I don’t need to do it. I don't have livestock to protect and I wasn't raised in a culture that prized hunting skill or ascribed any religious, spiritual, or symbolic meaning to it. If you’re perfectly capable of surviving and obtaining food without hunting, I can’t see the point of setting out on a walk with the sole purpose of killing an animal simply because you can. I definitely don’t understand trophy-hunting. It’s cruel and wasteful.



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