Share Your World 9-24-2018

A few weeks ago I decided to try SYW and I decided to try again today.  Why not ?  Share Your World (SYW) is now being hosted by Melanie over at Sparks from a Combustible Mind, and today’s SYW is here.

Here are this week’s questions:

If you drink coffee, how do you like it best?  Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black? If you don’t drink coffee, how has that beverage impacted YOUR world?

I drink hot coffee with a little sugar (half a spoonful) and a dash of half-and-half.  When I get a coffee at Starbucks and they ask me, “Room for cream?”, I always answer, “Just a bit,” I hold my thumb and forefinger very close to show what I mean, “I like the idea of cream better than the cream itself.”  Some of them get it, but some leave 1/3 of the cup empty.  I like a very strong dark roast.

In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?

What is “our age”?  Melanie answered this question as it meaning the last century or century and a half.  I’m going to keep it more to the last 25 years.  I am also going to take “greatest invention” as the one that has had the greatest impact on the world, not necessarily the best impact.

The winner is the cell phone, hands down.  Cell phones have been around more than 25 years, so I will say the pocket-able cell phone that can reach the Internet (not necessarily the smart phone).

Think of every time you have used your mobile/cell in the last week.  Every time.  Think of the last couple of times you or a loved one traveled.  Think of emergencies you’ve had where it was simply a matter of reaching someone via cell.  No think of a time when they didn’t exist.  The world was completely different.

Nothing has come close to changing people’s actual lifestyle than a mobile phone.

Global warming?  Reality or myth?

Funny question.  Almost 100% of the world’s scientist agree that it is real.  The few who don’t work for companies that are causing it.  Most of the people who “don’t believe it” (I think they really do) are politicians who make huge amounts of money from the companies causing it.  Even the oil companies now say it is real, it is just the politicians that they pay to set policy that are deniers.  As with most things, follow the money…

The science behind global warming is not controversial (outside of politics) and has a firmer foundation than much of the science that runs our technology.  There has been a lot of research on it, and the arguments in scientific circles are about magnitude and time frame, that is, how much by a given date, and what will be the effects.  Not “if”, but “when”.

I say, if you don’t believe this science that has been researched and proven more than any science ever, then you should give up all technology that is tied to science.  If science isn’t real, then all of this technology based on it must run by black magic, i.e., the devil.  So if you use computers, cell phones, the Internet, any car less than 30 years old, aircraft, etc., etc., well, it is evil and you should give it up immediately!  Go join the Amish or something.

Are you an explorer or more a home body?

In many ways I am more of an explorer.  Yes, I can be a homebody, and often I am, but I do like to do new things, see new things, explore new places.  I am cautious and haven’t been anywhere too exotic, but then again, I have been to quite a few “non-exotic” places ;)

What were you grateful for this week? 

Ah, there is a lot, isn’t there?  I’ll be boring and say my parents.  I had several phone calls this week, more than usual, I had top stop and think how lucky I am that they are still around, active and mentally capable.

 

13 thoughts on “Share Your World 9-24-2018

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Trent. I don’t know how you feel about “corrective” feedback. Myself, I’d love to think everything I share was flaw-free, but reality often decries itself and I’d prefer to know even after a story goes public. One of the beauties I appreciate about blogging is that I can open any past post and quickly correct things like the above: ” Think of emergencies you’ve had where it was simply a matter of reaching someone via cell. No think of a time when they didn’t exist.” where I think you intended the second sentence to read, “Now think of…”

    I’m also always amused at how fast I can see things like this in someone else’s writing while I can struggle for months, even years to purge all such errors from my own.

    Finally, if you would prefer no such feedback, just say so and it will not be misunderstood as anything other than a preference. If you would like me to point these few typos out but would prefer them not show up as a comment, you are welcome to grab my email from my blog->About section and send me an email address, or just say so in reply.

    I enjoy your writing and hope to remain a welcome reader who does not cast unwanted feedback around carelessly. You know you’re a great writer. It’s why so many of us keep coming back for more.

    Regards

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I will admit that I write and post these blog posts pretty rapidly and often make mistakes. I have no issues with people pointing them out. I might get a chance to change it any time soon (I hope to eventually) but that doesn’t mean i don’t appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

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  2. dawnkinster

    Never drank coffee….my dad told me when I was a teenager that I’d start drinking it in college. Didn’t happen, though I did start drinking OTHER stuff. :) The only way I like coffee is as in coffee ice cream. Which I guess is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of cream. Never been to a Starbucks cause they don’t sell ice cream.

    You are probably right about the invention revolution in our time being the cell phone. Though I was in library school in 2006-08 and we discussed a lot about the burgeoning information technology being as important to civilization as the industrial revolution was in it’s time. I suppose the explosion of information and the ability to access it is all tied into the cell phone as the device to do it all.

    Global warming is for sure true. Anyone thinking otherwise is fooling themselves for their own benefit.

    And grateful? I’m grateful to live in this country even with all it’s troubles. Glad you have your parents too…and that you recognize how lucky you are.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I only occasionally drank coffee until my mid (late?) 30s. For a while after that I only drank coffee from a few specific coffee shops. It took buying an old fashioned peculator to get me addicted…

      There is a huge information boom. Computers and the Internet have changed our lives quite a bit. I still think the biggest day to day,e very day living changes I experienced in my life were cell phone related.

      Agreed global warming.

      There are some great countries out there, but I am spoiled by the US and would say “me too”.

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  3. Melanie B Cee

    Such diverse answers to that “invention” question. Thanks for your thoughts on the cell phone. You’re absolutely correct…it has changed the world. Some of us older fogies don’t think so much of how it’s changed, but the fact that one doesn’t have to be stranded if one’s car breaks down, or if one is lost etc etc are the best things IMHO about cell phones. Everyone being able to ‘reach out and touch me” 24/7 (which is why I turn my own cell off at about 7 pm at night) is one of the worst.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree with the best and worst. Or perhaps the worst until you go beyond just the phone service. I’m not sure if it is true any more, but for a while, for young people, a person texting takes precedence over people they are actually with and it was considered the worst rudeness you could commit to not stop your conversation and ignore the people if a text came in. Then with smart phones, people’s addiction to social media is awful. (I turn my cell off at 9.)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Ah, yes. I did mention it in another comment, and since I am being lazy, I will just copy and paste: “I’m not sure if it is true any more, but for a while, for young people, a person texting takes precedence over people they are actually with and it was considered the worst rudeness you could commit to not stop your conversation and ignore the people if a text came in. Then with smart phones, people’s addiction to social media is awful.” Although in ways people are more connected than ever, in other ways they are much more disconnected…

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