One of the best things I find on weblogs are little mind exercises. Sometimes they're just humorous little lists of what interests a person, sometimes online quizzes concerning what weapon you prefer for war or to repel a zombie attack (neither of which are still active, unfortunately.) Admit it, though, most of us find these things at worst amusing, and at best engaging.
One of the websites I link to makes me feel ... kinda dirty. The guy who runs it has an extremely outdated idea of how relationships work, the roles of gender (and I'm being nice in calling his opinions outdated), and he has no fricking idea in hell what the Democratic Party in America has stood for in the past, or the direction that it's moving in for the future. In fact, I'm so un-impressed with his ideas that I call him a "political and cultural moron".
But the guy has good, no ... terrific, mind games. One that has fascinated me for months is this:
He posits that it is the year 1804, and like Lewis and Clark, you are tasked with the arduous journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Coast, and back again. But here's the difference: you travel alone and you are allowed weaponry from modern times. Here's the rules. You can take one handgun and one long gun, and a total of 800 rounds of ammunition ... that's total. You have a basic kit, with axe and small saw, but you are also allowed a knife (the kind to be decided by you). So, the question is what would you arm yourself with? I would add, what path would you take?
That's a great way to stretch your cranium, wouldn't you agree? But wait ... there's more! Justin posed a list today that I've had a great deal of fun with. I've read, before, the contention that most great music follows the rule of threes: three tempos, three refrains, and three pitches. To me, Justin's writing tends in that direction; three subjects, three thesis, and three conclusions melded into one terrific statement of post. So, it's kind of natural that he would posit this:
There are songs that exist that no stereo built is loud enough to play adequately. He posts his list of the top 10 such songs. In comments, I post my list of the top 13 (why break tradition now?) You need to git right on over there and post your list. Now! Shoo, go do it!.