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June 13th, 2002

Thinking Places

Where do you do most of your thinking? You know, the ruminating that helps you prioritize and figure out difficult problems… In the car? In the shower? While running?

I find that the car is my preferred location… I seem to come up with the most ideas or work through problems best in the drive to and from work. Of course, this is only if I’m driving without the radio turned on. Unfortunately, I usually have to rely on my memory or hastily scribbled notes since I tend to forget to bring a handheld recorder with me.

The remainder of the day, I try not to think. I try to limit it to a half-hour each day at most, at risk of hurting myself.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 10:37:02 am
I usually think in the shower if I have the time to just stand there and muse. Or it'll be while I'm trying to get to sleep. My brain usually picks that time to decide to get really active, so I have a hard time getting to sleep. Yay, brain!

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 10:59:26 am
I'm with you Rob. My brain doesn't like bedtime either. I often think of the imortal words of Homer Simpson at this time. "Shut up brain or I'll stab you with a Q-Tip."

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 11:06:01 am
I usually come to my best revelations in either my bedroom, or when I am on a couch half-asleep and quickly wake up. For some reason I am in this supernatural zone at that point.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 11:06:49 am
In bed, right before I fall asleep. It's a guarantee all my good ideas turn into nightmares which I will try very hard to forget come morning.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 12:48:26 pm
While driving, and also while grocery shopping.

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday June 13, 2002 -- 10:12:14 pm
I keep pen and paper in the bathroom because I think of all kinds of things while trying to repair sun damage with three layers of moisturizers.

FROM: King Random
DATE: Friday June 14, 2002 -- 10:38:28 pm
Actually, I think the best after reading a very good book, or listening to public radio. I don't know why. Maybe I only think when an issue is brought up and I have to think about it. I don't know.

FROM: fish
DATE: Friday June 14, 2002 -- 10:45:58 pm
i think in my room with a good book and some loud music... it makes some of the oddest ideas, and makes them stick.

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 3:24:34 pm
I'd tend to believe, in my case... it's anywhere I can breathe oxygen to fuel the knoggen of mine. ;-) Yet, there's places I tend to just focus on thinking, sorta' like the whole "my place" idea in Forty Days and Forty Nights. To me that'd be the car, shower/bathroom, a forest preserve or anyplace distant and remote for self-reflection, or my room.

FROM: Scott R.
DATE: Sunday June 16, 2002 -- 7:59:44 pm
When I need to analyze and hurt my head I come here; Creativity is done on the throne; I don't think that I think about actual problems that affect me- not consciously at least- I think I kind of shrug them off and let them fix themselves. That's a real problem for me. Oh well.

FROM: big fat lizard
DATE: Thursday June 20, 2002 -- 12:39:09 am
I think on the throne...mostly at my desk on the pc...I don't try to think too much in the car...because I'm going to think how bad people drive in my town!

DATE: Thursday June 20, 2002 -- 10:53:19 am
Define thinking. My brain used to wander all over the place, but I've gotten it under control. Now it does nothing. Does thinking include coming up with bad ideas or just good ideas? One who comes up with a bad idea can be accused of not thinking, yet didn't thought produce the bad idea, the same process that would produce the good idea? Isn't a good idea really a potential bad idea that is found to work as intended in application? However, where application is theoretical, isn't the difference between a good idea and a bad idea is simply a matter of opinion? What produces the opinion? That seems to be thought. Is an opinion an idea? Ahhh, there's my half hour for the day. Back to mindless labor here at my tech support terminal.

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