Share Your World For March 30, 2020

It’s another Monday and it’s time to Share Your World! Melanie has the rules and the questions over at your place, in case you’d like to play along.

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? Yes. All three are so good I can’t choose between them.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? Sometimes. Think of the Archie comics: Veronica Lodge is spoiled and pampered, Betty Cooper has to hustle for what she has, but you could give Ronnie Betty’s name and vice versa and it wouldn’t make a difference, except now Betty would be the brat and Ronnie would be the hustler. Ditto Archie and Reggie. Jughead? Jughead’s real name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III… well, maybe in his case. Dilbert Doiley could be Marmaduke Mason (Moose’s real name) and still be a bespectacled nerd, but I don’t think "Dilbert Doiley" would fit Moose. This has gotten really weird…

But while I’m on the subject, how many people name their little girl Ethel anymore?

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong? I think approaching things with the idea that there’s so much that’s right helps you cope more effectively with the things that are wrong, so I think we should start with recognizing the things that are right before attempting to tackle what’s wrong.

Is math something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work? I think math has always been with us in nature, and we just had to discover it. A Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc.) can be seen when you look at the way sunflower seeds are arranged, and the Fibonacci series also leads us to The Golden Ratio. Archimedes’s constant is pi (3.1415926535…) which he found by comparing the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pythagoras came up with his theory about triangles and tuning musical instruments; Kepler charted the movement of the planets. But the seeds in a sunflower would be arranged the same way whether we had Fibonacci or not; the ratio of a circle to its diameter would be the same without Archimedes, and so on. Math helps us model what nature is doing anyway. So I do think that looking at reality mathematically is an accurate representation of how things work.

Gratitude: None of the members of my family (which is big and scattered all over the US) has come down with Covid-19.

And with that… see you in the funny papers!

10 thoughts on “Share Your World For March 30, 2020

  1. Your answers are great and I agree with #1. Can you imagine a man being named Gaylord? I am so thankful for my name every day..I love my name because it is unique in North America. I wish more people looked at the positive more but, maybe, the negative people are the people who find the issues and try to change the world..maybe that negative attitude is needed? Ah math…I love what you wrote but the world would be so different, and not in a good way, if they were like me…I hate math and have no concept of fractions or intergers (is that how one spells it??) and the. There is that whole xy =Yz thing. I’m am so glad you and your family do not have this virus…we are lucky so far too.

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    1. Did you ever see the movie “Meet The Parents” with Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro? Ben plays a guy named Greg Focker, but we learn toward the end that his name is really Gaylord. When everyone finds out, someone asks “you mean you’re a Gay Focker?” Funniest line in the movie, which should tell you what I thought of it.

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    1. You have to count your blessings: I’m not sick, and since I’m not coming in contact with people who are or who could be, there’s a good chance I’ll walk away from this unscathed.

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  2. Thank you John for Sharing Your World! I’m so glad nobody in your large and scattered family has the virus, that is a blessing! Interesting take on the math question – I admit I don’t have a clue about math really. Glad some folks understand it well enough that it’s persevered. I had no idea of Moose or Jughead’s ‘real’ names… BWAHAHAHHA!! That was funny and straight out of the funny papers! 😆

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    1. I looked up Moose’s and Jughead’s names. The whole Archie universe is an interesting place. When we were sick when I was a kid, Mom would bring home comic books, and Archie and the gang were always represented. My brothers didn’t care about them, so I read them.

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