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    The topic question: what mundane task do you enjoy doing? was inspired by a friend of mine. We were having breakfast at a café a few weeks ago when I pointed out that he could peel his hard-boiled egg quicker if he rolled it around in his hands and cracked the shell into many little bits first. He found my suggestion annoying, and said that he enjoyed peeling eggs, and went right on for the next five minutes (in the time I could have peeled and eaten two already) peeling his egg, and really did seemed pleased with his efforts and - himself.

    This whole protracted operation reminded me
    of a conversation with another friend who says he loves ironing. To quote: "Prayer, meditation, you can keep them, give me ironing. Nothing is more soothing to me."

    Go figure!

    Really, I mean it. What is the meaning of enjoying everyday tasks? - specific everyday tasks more than others-

    To me an egg shell is a necessary inconvenience (keeps me from having to scramble eggs). I just want the thing off and I want my morning protein.

    Ironing?

    The only, and I do mean the only, other thing I know about ironing is I remember seeing a cartoon in a raunchy magazine in which a bored woman is ironing and daydreaming about sex. In the next panel she is having sex and daydreaming about her ironing.

    Oh, and we mustn't touch irons, sweety, because they're very very hot! (Mommy said)

    Anyhoo...I guess my mundane task of choice is flea-picking.

    I sit cross-legged on the floor, pull up a dog and go through its fur picking out fleas, ticks and other bugs and dropping them in a cap-full of oil - where they suffocate and can never plague canine-kind again. If they're the big juicy blood-filled fleas, I let Fido eat them.

    I have learned from this that a dog's front teeth (the non-canine ones -pun unavoidable-) are especially adapted to delousing and flea-catching, and moreover that dog's blood is wine red - an almost purple color- much darker than human blood. I wonder why that is.

    Yes, I find this task very satisfying and soothing. You'd think dogs would appreciate it, but mostly they seem glad to get away in the end (I can do this for over half an hour at a sitting). Well, loyalty is there strong suit, not gratitude.

    So what do you like doing?


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    I like hanging laundry on an out door clothes line.
    I also like washing windows if they aren't too high.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Whistling while I walk.
    I don't hold with this current fashion of advocating multi-tasking skills. It is clearly an attack on those of us who find single tasking a challenge.
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    I doubt he can actually whistle. Chewing gum maybe.

    I don't like mundane tasks but I know people who enjoy hoovering. They almost bring the house down.
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    Gentlemen: the key word here is 'task'. Whistling and sleeping are enjoyable, bu they are not work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    Gentlemen: the key word here is 'task'. Whistling and sleeping are enjoyable, bu they are not work.
    Ever try whistling while you walk?
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    The prep work for some cooking definitely fits the description of 'mundane' even though the eventual outcome is enjoyable. When the weather is unpleasant, I enjoy turning my hand to the culinary arts and I happily slice, dice, mince, saute and stir, knead, shape, parboil or bake until the mood passes. Then I portion and freeze the excess and clean up the kitchen.

    Pizzelle cookies are labor intensive. Last year, I baked and individually wrapped cookies for everyone who works at our store, about 55 people.



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    I enjoy splitting firewood, it is a good way to take out aggression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
    I enjoy splitting firewood, it is a good way to take out aggression.
    That reminds me that I also quite enjoy making kindling.
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    I also like sharpening pencils, especially if you can get the point super sharp and it doesn't keep breaking off in the grinder thingie, or come out with the wood still on one side of the point. Then I like putting them in a jar and admiring them.
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    It was a long time ago but each year in late July I used to enjoy loading bails of hay onto the truck. Tough work that lasted all day long. Oh, and feeding the cows too.

    I can't think of any mundane tasks that I enjoy nowadays. What happend to my life?
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    I'm with Falcon, wood splitting is a great mindless task. As young men my brothers and I would pick out the narlyest, twisted chunk of wood, we would take turns with our axes to see who was the most skilled axeman. The weather was cool in the autumn, and it seemed like we could go on forever.
    Today I enjoy most any task that requires at least some level of physical exertion, like chasing fleas with a hot iron, in a room full of pitbulls
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    Walking our dog.

    It is also my favorite form of exercise.

    In addition to exercise, it helps you to get to know people in the neighborhood.
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    Mundane tasks are boring.

    I Enjoy scuba diving, drinking wine, and talking bullsh*t. Not all together, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgoti View Post
    It was a long time ago but each year in late July I used to enjoy loading bails of hay onto the truck. Tough work that lasted all day long. Oh, and feeding the cows too.

    I can't think of any mundane tasks that I enjoy nowadays. What happened to my life?
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    Walking our dog.

    It is also my favorite form of exercise.

    In addition to exercise, it helps you to get to know people in the neighborhood.
    Ah. Now we're getting somewhere! When I started this topic and posted it in Behavior and Psychology I didn't know how right I was! Thanks to the Internet many of us are missing out more and more on the some simpler pleasures in life. Some of us have just moved on, and it has nothing to do with spending so much time on computers, but think of DianeG's response. She likes to sharpen pencils, and maybe she still does it occasionally, but I don't think so because she couldn't even remember to call it a pencil sharpener. She reminded me that I too love to sharpen pencils, but when was the last time I even did it? Was it this century!?

    Not only does my 'mundane' topic have everything to do with behavior and psychology, it also relates to newuser's topic Virtual reality vs reality. Currently in that thread we are chatting about technology breaks and the need to get away from computers and such more. Just show to go ya!

    Yet, I am no psychologist. Does anyone else care to comment on what is emerging from my original question?
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    There is one mundane task that I really hate. Gathering up objects that have to be collected.

    Each time you go back to the pile and make the same calculation "Do I pick up as much as possible and reduce the amount of journeys or do I take a comfortable amount and get the job done more slowly?"

    I cannot switch off I have to repeat the calculation each time and the the loads can also be very fiddly (eg picking up branches or tools) .

    Cleaning up generally is also mind numbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    There is one mundane task that I really hate. Gathering up objects that have to be collected.

    Each time you go back to the pile and make the same calculation "Do I pick up as much as possible and reduce the amount of journeys or do I take a comfortable amount and get the job done more slowly?"

    I cannot switch off I have to repeat the calculation each time and the the loads can also be very fiddly (eg picking up branches or tools) .

    Cleaning up generally is also mind numbing.
    That is probably one of my most hated tasks as well. I always error on the side of trying to carry too much at once. The thing that irritates me, is that no matter how much I carry it almost always seems like I end up having to make a second trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    Some of us have just moved on, and it has nothing to do with spending so much time on computers, but think of DianeG's response. She likes to sharpen pencils, and maybe she still does it occasionally, but I don't think so because she couldn't even remember to call it a pencil sharpener. She reminded me that I too love to sharpen pencils, but when was the last time I even did it? Was it this century!?
    lol! I was referring to that part of the sharpener that you can see when you remove the metal covering off to empty it, on the ones that you crank by hand and are nailed to the wall. But no, I don't sharpen as many pencils as I used to, except for sketching.
    I was in a school not long ago and there wasn't a single crank pencil sharpener in any of the rooms. The kids all use the little plastic sharpeners, if they use them at all. It saddened me. But I don't think pencils will ever completely disappear. There's something so perfect and pleasing about their design.

    In addition to mundane tasks, you could probably compile a list of tasks that no one ever does any more because something is obsolete. I remember after my mom would wax the floors you could run and slide all the way down the hallway or across the kitchen in your socks. It also smelled good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeG View Post
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    Some of us have just moved on, and it has nothing to do with spending so much time on computers, but think of DianeG's response. She likes to sharpen pencils, and maybe she still does it occasionally, but I don't think so because she couldn't even remember to call it a pencil sharpener. She reminded me that I too love to sharpen pencils, but when was the last time I even did it? Was it this century!?
    lol! I was referring to that part of the sharpener that you can see when you remove the metal covering off to empty it, on the ones that you crank by hand and are nailed to the wall. But no, I don't sharpen as many pencils as I used to, except for sketching.
    I was in a school not long ago and there wasn't a single crank pencil sharpener in any of the rooms. The kids all use the little plastic sharpeners, if they use them at all. It saddened me. But I don't think pencils will ever completely disappear. There's something so perfect and pleasing about their design.

    In addition to mundane tasks, you could probably compile a list of tasks that no one ever does any more because something is obsolete. I remember after my mom would wax the floors you could run and slide all the way down the hallway or across the kitchen in your socks. It also smelled good.
    I've always used a mechanical pencil. They outlast a regular wooden pencil and this one is metal so it is recyclable whenever it stops working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    Some of us have just moved on, and it has nothing to do with spending so much time on computers, but think of DianeG's response. She likes to sharpen pencils, and maybe she still does it occasionally, but I don't think so because she couldn't even remember to call it a pencil sharpener. She reminded me that I too love to sharpen pencils, but when was the last time I even did it? Was it this century!?
    lol! I was referring to that part of the sharpener that you can see when you remove the metal covering off to empty it, on the ones that you crank by hand and are nailed to the wall. But no, I don't sharpen as many pencils as I used to, except for sketching.
    I was in a school not long ago and there wasn't a single crank pencil sharpener in any of the rooms. The kids all use the little plastic sharpeners, if they use them at all. It saddened me. But I don't think pencils will ever completely disappear. There's something so perfect and pleasing about their design.

    In addition to mundane tasks, you could probably compile a list of tasks that no one ever does any more because something is obsolete. I remember after my mom would wax the floors you could run and slide all the way down the hallway or across the kitchen in your socks. It also smelled good.
    Have you head this apocryphal tale? The astronauts found that the pens they brought along to space did not function properly in zero-G. They could not check off their checklists or do any writing for any reason at all. So NASA allocated ten million dollars to develop a pen that would work in space. When that failed that allocated $20,000,000 more. Finally they had a pen that could work in space. The Russian cosmonauts used pencils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    Have you head this apocryphal tale? The astronauts found that the pens they brought along to space did not function properly in zero-G. They could not check off their checklists or do any writing for any reason at all. So NASA allocated ten million dollars to develop a pen that would work in space. When that failed that allocated $20,000,000 more. Finally they had a pen that could work in space. The Russian cosmonauts used pencils.
    Some such tales are true. This one is wholly false.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
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    Have you head this apocryphal tale? The astronauts found that the pens they brought along to space did not function properly in zero-G. They could not check off their checklists or do any writing for any reason at all. So NASA allocated ten million dollars to develop a pen that would work in space. When that failed that allocated $20,000,000 more. Finally they had a pen that could work in space. The Russian cosmonauts used pencils.
    Some such tales are true. This one is wholly false.
    Check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post


    I've always used a mechanical pencil. They outlast a regular wooden pencil and this one is metal so it is recyclable whenever it stops working.
    They have a certain appeal but I'd always press too hard and the lead constantly broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeG View Post
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    I've always used a mechanical pencil. They outlast a regular wooden pencil and this one is metal so it is recyclable whenever it stops working.
    They have a certain appeal but I'd always press too hard and the lead constantly broke.
    Have you tried any of the new ones? If not give a few a try before buying and also don't forget that you are older now and can control your force pushing down allot better than before. Another thing don't push out to much lead when adjusting the length of the lead.
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    Whenever I get angry, I tend to enjoy cleaning any part of the house. It keeps my anger at bay. I also like to walk our dog most of the time.
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    I enjoy the simple act of walking - I walk on average about 10km a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    I enjoy the simple act of walking - I walk on average about 10km a day.

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    Someone described my avatar that way. It looks Australian aboriginal to me, but in fact its a Chinese creation. You and I can read Gan Su Ren, but we're in a minority, at least on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 甘肃人 View Post
    You and I can read Gan Su Ren, but we're in a minority, at least on this forum.
    Yup I have always had an interest in the East-Asian languages and cultures, so many years ago I taught myself some basic 普通话, and also a little bit of classical Chinese. Later on I had the opportunity to live and work in 深圳 for a year, so it came in very handy ! Unfortunately I didn't keep at it afterwards, so I forgot most of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
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    You and I can read Gan Su Ren, but we're in a minority, at least on this forum.
    Yup I have always had an interest in the East-Asian languages and cultures, so many years ago I taught myself some basic 普通话, and also a little bit of classical Chinese. Later on I had the opportunity to live and work in 深圳 for a year, so it came in very handy ! Unfortunately I didn't keep at it afterwards, so I forgot most of it
    You're dead wrong there, skipper. You haven't forgotten one thing. I got fairly fluent in Japanese back in the 1980s. I thought I had forgotten it after I moved away, but then I was on a visa run to Osaka from Seoul in 2006. On the train into town from the airport I couldn't help but try to read all the signs the best I could, and when my bags were in a lady's way to an empty seat, I said, 'Excuse me,' (sumimasen) without even thinking about it although my head was full of Korean. The hotel I had booked was in a section of town, and a train station called called Dobutsu-en mae-ni. I puzzled over the phrase as I dropped off to sleep that night.I couldn't remember what 'dobutsu' meant, but I knew there was one in front of me. Thought I'd check online when I could find a free connection. The next morning, without asking anyone, I set forth from the hotel to look for the zoo. I woke up knowing that I had spent the night at 'In-Front-Of-Zoo' station. Sure enough, I came to the city zoo in a few minutes. I had never been in Osaka before. By the afternoon I was asking directions to various places from train station staff and chatting with Japanese people in the hotel restaurant.
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    Sitting under a macadamia nut tree with a brick and a hammer and cracking nuts for hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I enjoy gardening, cooking, and walking. It's the little things.
    Excellent. Just don't attest all three at the same time please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsus View Post
    Sitting under a macadamia nut tree with a brick and a hammer and cracking nuts for hours.
    Another Hawaiian then? Do you know, Babe? In my part of the world it's walnuts that do it for us. I am told over in Kyrgyzstan they have walnut forests in the mountains and their walnuts are the best in the world.

    I just bought some beauties on the street the other day. I went to the shops and found a nutcracker was more expensive than the amount of nuts I had bought. So I just inserted a butter knife in the seams and opened them that way - also a very enjoyable mundane task. Often I had perfectly intact half shells left over. As soon as I get three that are nearly identical, I will supplement my income and start a shell game down at the bus depot.

    I gather macadamia have no convenient seam? (It still must be very satisfying to smash them open though).
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    Making kale chips is about as mundane as it gets.

    Snip out the tough stems and cut into pieces of similar size.

    Toss with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and olive oil infused with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic puree and a pinch of sea salt.

    Massage the kale until it is well coated on both sides and then spread the pieces on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.

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    Sitting under a macadamia nut tree with a brick and a hammer and cracking nuts for hours.
    Another Hawaiian then? Do you know, Babe? In my part of the world it's walnuts that do it for us. I am told over in Kyrgyzstan they have walnut forests in the mountains and their walnuts are the best in the world.

    I just bought some beauties on the street the other day. I went to the shops and found a nutcracker was more expensive than the amount of nuts I had bought. So I just inserted a butter knife in the seams and opened them that way - also a very enjoyable mundane task. Often I had perfectly intact half shells left over. As soon as I get three that are nearly identical, I will supplement my income and start a shell game down at the bus depot.

    I gather macadamia have no convenient seam? (It still must be very satisfying to smash them open though).
    Australian, actually. Queensland! Where macadamia trees are natively from. No, macadamias do not have a natural seam, and yes, they are incredibly satisfying to smash open.
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    Sitting under a macadamia nut tree with a brick and a hammer and cracking nuts for hours.
    Another Hawaiian then? Do you know, Babe? In my part of the world it's walnuts that do it for us. I am told over in Kyrgyzstan they have walnut forests in the mountains and their walnuts are the best in the world.

    I just bought some beauties on the street the other day. I went to the shops and found a nutcracker was more expensive than the amount of nuts I had bought. So I just inserted a butter knife in the seams and opened them that way - also a very enjoyable mundane task. Often I had perfectly intact half shells left over. As soon as I get three that are nearly identical, I will supplement my income and start a shell game down at the bus depot.

    I gather macadamia have no convenient seam? (It still must be very satisfying to smash them open though).
    Australian, actually. Queensland! Where macadamia trees are natively from. No, macadamias do not have a natural seam, and yes, they are incredibly satisfying to smash open.
    I saw a cartoon panel once. These guys have been lost at sea for months. Through there telescope they see a shore with eucalyptus trees and Foster's cans everywhere. They can't decide if it's Australia or California.
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    Sitting under a macadamia nut tree with a brick and a hammer and cracking nuts for hours.
    Another Hawaiian then? Do you know, Babe? In my part of the world it's walnuts that do it for us. I am told over in Kyrgyzstan they have walnut forests in the mountains and their walnuts are the best in the world.

    I just bought some beauties on the street the other day. I went to the shops and found a nutcracker was more expensive than the amount of nuts I had bought. So I just inserted a butter knife in the seams and opened them that way - also a very enjoyable mundane task. Often I had perfectly intact half shells left over. As soon as I get three that are nearly identical, I will supplement my income and start a shell game down at the bus depot.

    I gather macadamia have no convenient seam? (It still must be very satisfying to smash them open though).
    Australian, actually. Queensland! Where macadamia trees are natively from. No, macadamias do not have a natural seam, and yes, they are incredibly satisfying to smash open.
    I saw a cartoon panel once. These guys have been lost at sea for months. Through there telescope they see a shore with eucalyptus trees and Foster's cans everywhere. They can't decide if it's Australia or California.
    California, definitely. No self-respecting Australian would be caught dead drinking Fosters.
    Back to the topic of mundane tasks, does anybody else pull the ring off the top of drink cans and use it to scratch holes in the empty can and rip the can apart?
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    Reading novels and magazines. I also enjoy hunting coyotes.
    Shlunka, reading is not a mundane task, it's a pleasure, unless you are forced to read 'Hints from Heloise' to you bed-ridden old auntie. You are not the first to list fun stuff on this thread by mistake, so never mind.

    The real reason I am replying is to ask how can coyote hunting be mundane? Aren't they terribly clever? it must be very challenging work. Do you really hunt coyotes or are you pulling our leg?
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    Probably not what is meant by mundane, but I enjoy learning things. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet hunting down various odd facts. Occasionally I study for a professional certifications, of which I have accumulated quite a few. I interact with people who are studying for the same exams, and they seem all stressed about it, which puzzles me, because I enjoy learning the stuff I need to know to pass these exams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhanegan View Post
    Probably not what is meant by mundane, but I enjoy learning things. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet hunting down various odd facts. Occasionally I study for a professional certifications, of which I have accumulated quite a few. I interact with people who are studying for the same exams, and they seem all stressed about it, which puzzles me, because I enjoy learning the stuff I need to know to pass these exams.
    Yes, hunting down odd facts wouldn't qualify as mundane. You're just entertaining yourself, and that's all right. So what professional certificationshave you studied for? Do you always achieve certification? How hard was it? How long did some of them take? Did you have to spend much money? Have you made any money from it?

    Off my topic, I know, but it's interesting!
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    Mostly computer networking certifications. CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, Network+. Also the A+ computer repair certification.

    I started doing these with a college course (actually a four course series) aimed at passing CCNA. The others I have got through mainly by buying books and study guides from amazon, studying them for several months, then taking the exam. My A+ study was much facilitated by years of experience repairing, upgrading, and building my own computers. The CCNP required more hands on experience than I could get through books, a very helpful friend let me use a home router lab he had set up for the purposes of studying for his own exam.

    Most of these exams cost about $100 U.S. to take. I typically have spent about $100 more in study materials for them. The CCNA certification has helped me get a job. The others I originally worked on hoping to get better jobs, but have been out of the job market since 2007 for family reasons. Now I largely pursue them just to stave off boredom. Eventually I will probably return to the job market and use them for resume padding.
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    Thanks, Dan. Good to know, and I think computer repair may just qualify as mundane, yet satisfying, which is the topic.
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    Dusting furniture.
    And I like furnishing dust! More than a coincidence?
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    Doing the dishes, cleaning the litter box and vacuuming. Oddly enough, I find these tasks cathartic in their own ways, because they require no intellectual energy. I spend a lot of intellectual and emotional energy at a day job, all week long. It's nice to do a mundane, boring task because it doesn't demand much from me.
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    I likewise have a number of physical tasks, indoors and out, that are repetitive but not onerous because they provide me with exercise and interest.

    The horses are always entertaining and engaging to be around and I continually find small new ways to work with and challenge them.

    Domestic tasks provide opportunity to learn new recipes and time saving hacks in all venues of home ownership.
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    Figuring out F=MA for random things, like "how hard must I throw a water bottle to knock over a bus?"
    and "How much damage will a marble do at Mach 2?" take ridiculous extremes and get results.
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    Figuring out F=MA for random things, like "how hard must I throw a water bottle to knock over a bus?
    Probably wouldn't work: the bottle itself is frangible and, thrown hard enough to actually have the required impact force, would more than likely shatter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Probably wouldn't work: the bottle itself is frangible and, thrown hard enough to actually have the required impact force, would more than likely shatter.
    Well yeah, but with enough force, it doesn't matter. It shatters, but it still knocks over the bus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Summer View Post
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    Probably wouldn't work: the bottle itself is frangible and, thrown hard enough to actually have the required impact force, would more than likely shatter.
    Well yeah, but with enough force, it doesn't matter. It shatters, but it still knocks over the bus.
    Unless most of the applied force is used up in doing the shattering.
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    Darn. I didn't think of that



    Fine. I throw it at 50% c. Deal with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Summer View Post
    Fine. I throw it at 50% c. Deal with it.
    And have it vaporise in mid air due to atmospheric friction1.


    1 Oh wait: spherical bus in a vacuum, right?
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    Fine. I throw it at 50% c. Deal with it.
    And have it vaporise in mid air due to atmospheric friction1.


    1 Oh wait: spherical bus in a vacuum, right?
    Lol, whatever floats your goat. You are impossible Dywyddyr. And just in case ,no I don't mean that literally
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    [QUOTE=PhDemon;608785]I don't like mundane chores... I stick with Jo Brand who said, if there is a job around the house that needs doing, check your pants. If you have a penis it can probably wait
    Cool. I had to look up Jo Brand.
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    Reading technical papers on fossil insects, and then writing wiki articles on said insects just because I can https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:K...ticles_created
    A very informative link. I will have a closer look when I have more time.
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    On occasion I'll go outside and flog the peasants. It makes a break for me and gives the foremen a rest (not that the latter is a good reason to do it).
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    on occasion i'll go outside and flog the peasants. It makes a break for me and gives the foremen a rest (not that the latter is a good reason to do it).
    grabbing the feathers you lost in the flogging...
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