WOTD 1/4/18 – Cuckoo (ALE)

Cuckoo (adj) – deficient in sense or intelligence : silly

I learned that you can go cuckoo for things other than Coco Puffs when Nintendo announced Inklings would be in the new Smash Bros.

Rectitude (n) – moral integrity : righteousness

People who claim to have a strong rectitude usually don’t because good people don’t have to tell others that they are good.

Parlous (adj) – full of danger or risk

Jumping into the online space with any opinion is a parlous venture, but being met with constructive criticism can only be beneficial.

You’re Not Doing Enough

I know I am the only one reading this blog, so I can’t exactly say that I let my readership down by not sticking to my schedule already, but Friday has clearly gone and passed and I have not uploaded an academic entry. So, even if no one else can be disappointed, I feel disappointed in myself. In the theme of today’s word of the day, I had grandiose plans and I faltered in trying to live up to them. I think the title of today’s blog entry is a pervasive thought among many people. It’s not even something that other people will tell you. Telling people about your activities and current plans might actually be met with completely neutral reactions, but for those of you who have “anxiety-vision” (C), these get misconstrued as judging or pitying looks which exemplify the phrase, “You’re not doing enough.” It’s a constant refrain in our minds because we are exposed to seeing so many successful people who manage to do everything they want and more which exacerbates our feelings of worthlessness.

An idea I’ve come across in reading some of Sherry Turkle’s works is that in modern times people have conflated being fulfilled in one’s life with being busy. Now, in my opinion it does seem that the most successful people are the ones who take on a multitude of projects and have strong time management skills, so there are clearly rewards that can be reaped from hard work. However, it’s important to keep in mind that taking on more than we can handle to try to jumpstart our lives is not a recipe for success. Start small and keep expectations grounded and with diligence, I think success is inevitable.

[FR]

P.S. Shameless plug, but I plan on streaming on Twitch for some Splatoon 2 gameplay (Ranked or Salmon Rush) this Sunday. I’m pretty balls at the game, but I love the mechanics and aesthetic which motivates me to keep playing. I’ll planning on sometime between 12-3pm EST for those interested.

WOTD 27/3/18 – Grandiose (and late entries)

Grandiose (adj) – impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur

Lofty or grandiose goals may be daunting to chase after first, so it is important to begin with a good plan.

Bravado (n) – blustering swaggering conduct

Putting on a bravado about spicy food is usually accompanied by a fragile ego as well as a burnt tongue.

Thimblerig (v) – to cheat by trickery

To say that major lending firms thimblerigged the housing market truly minimizes their actions in destabilizing the economy.

Vanward (adj) – located in the vanguard

Vanward soldiers have the most difficult position to maintain in battle as they are the first to meet the enemy.

 

Personality is Fixed?

It’s very fitting that my first real blog post is going up later than my intended schedule, but that’s probably one aspect of myself that I think will be very hard to change. Today (or rather yesterday), I wanted to discuss an idea that until a few years ago I had a completely rigid view on, specifically, the phrase, “I think I’m the person I will be for the rest of my life.” Basing off my own personal and anecdotal experience, I feel that this is a conclusion that younger people come to (not to say I’m some old fogey). I thought this in high school and even after I had developed myself a little bit more in college, I still believed it. I can say now that I don’t believe it anymore since I have undergone a few more shifts since. What seems to be lacking in the reasoning leading up to this is wisdom.

Wisdom distinguishes itself from knowledge in that it’s earned only through existence and struggle. It can only be found through experiencing life and exposing oneself to many different perspectives. Wisdom humbles a person as it allows someone to not only come to appreciate their blessings in their current state, but in the best cases it fosters an innate self-motivation to recognize one’s faults in a constructive way and act upon overcoming them. As for myself, one way I’m trying to improve is to become a better communicator which is just one reason, I’ve taken to writing a blog. Writing forces you to carefully consider your point and in my opinion, a good writer is able to tell you the same point in myriad ways. I hope the real takeaway from this entry is that I think people should avoid believing they have reached their best self. Everyone can strive to be better, and that we should truly be glad anytime we are presented with an opportunity to change.

[FR]