1. The official Sherdog Store is back! Check it out! » Discuss it here! »

It's not only the time you spend, but the number of cycles you spend

Discussion in 'Mayberry Lounge' started by elwani, Jan 13, 2022 at 3:30 AM.

  1. William Huggins Red Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2017
    Messages:
    8,895
    Likes Received:
    4,851
    I heard you can get spare cycles from China......they mostly use cars and motorcycles now.....
     
  2. Fedorgasm Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2008
    Messages:
    20,015
    Likes Received:
    13,613
    This is an interesting thread, TS.

    I wonder if we stopped sherdogging, would we fill that idle time with something else that did the same thing? Games on your phone, fantasy football, chess, even reading books.

    And if you kept your idle thinking time clean, would the people in your life do the same?
     
    elwani and lowlife like this.
  3. Zinger Potato Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2021
    Messages:
    5,284
    Likes Received:
    9,624
    Location:
    Latvia
    Tava aizdomība Tevi neglābs. Agri vai vēlu visi, Tevi ieskaitot, kritīs ceļos varenā Kartupeļa priekšā. Tur neviens neko nevar darīt.

    Tas ir tikai laika jautājums, mans draugs, tici man.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022 at 9:07 AM
    elwani and 12ga. like this.
  4. cooks1 No matter where you go-there you are Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Messages:
    18,576
    Likes Received:
    3,546
    Location:
    St. Augustine, FL
    Interesting perspectives. Funny true story here. My wife humorously flayed me alive the other day when I mentioned something I was discussing on Sherdog.

    Our youngest daughter constantly runs up to us explaining every detail of whatever she just saw on Youtube. Not giving the tiniest of shits about what we might be doing at the time. My wife tolerates it a little better than I do. But it got to the point that we both would start cutting her off and asking her-- "Is this about you and your day or something you saw on Youtube? I'd love to hear about you and your day.'

    A few weeks ago, a few minutes after chiding my daughter for interrupting a work call with yet another Youtube commentary, I told my wife about a humorous conversation I was having on Sherdog. My wife playfully replies back, 'Is this about you and your day, or something you read on Sherdog? I'd love to hear about you and your day?' Touche'

    [​IMG]
     
    elwani and lowlife like this.
  5. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    Probably like most people, I have a difficult time just stopping and then do nothing and think about life, at least not without immense willpower, so yes you’re right, I would probably fill my idle time with something else if not Sherdogging.

    But following this train of thought a little further, then the question becomes which activities one one fills one’s idle time with still leaves enough bandwidth for the mind to wander to thinking about life, if that is so valuable.

    For example, I think it’s unlikely to be video games, because most video games demand so much attention that I actually find them exhausting. I don’t play chess but I think it may also be unlikely for a similar reason, because you’re under an obligation to focus intensely on it out of respect for your opponent. I don’t think it’s TV because it is too effective at occupying your attention through your eyes and encourages a kind of mental apathy.

    Of those activities you listed, I think the only thing that allows your mind to wander is actually reading. This is because it happens at your own pace, does not stimulate any of your senses, and encourages your mind to contemplate. But then it also depends on what you read.

    (EDIT: Also perhaps listening to radio or classical music)
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022 at 9:57 PM
  6. 12ga. Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Messages:
    16,087
    Likes Received:
    2,894
    265? You still in high school? 315 is my conversation threshold.
     
    Otto! likes this.
  7. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    LOL…but seriously, divorce
     
    cooks1 likes this.
  8. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    I think question of reciprocity is also very interesting. So no, I don’t think you can count on it being reciprocated, but the question is does it need to be, and is it unjust that isn’t?

    Does it need to be reciprocated for it to benefit you? I think the answer is no. Even if only you are thinking more about the other person by changing how you occupy your idle time but the other person isn’t, will the quality of your interactions and therefore your relationship still improve? My personal experience is yes. Maybe you’re just leading the conversation more. Of course the interaction can be even better if both people are thinking more about each other.

    Is it unfair that it is not reciprocated? One might think one is making a sacrifice by not occupying one’s time with the most distracting activities, and therefore why isn’t the other person making the same sacrifice. But I would argue you are not making a sacrifice. You are doing this ultimately because you realize that the happiness brought to you from having a better relationship with people in your life outweighs the happiness brought to you from maximizing your own distraction. You are simply making a smarter bargain with your own time for your own benefit.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022 at 6:28 PM
  9. BenderIsGreat Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2020
    Messages:
    651
    Likes Received:
    537
    Not exactly sure ...but the need to constantly check your phone is bad for your brain. I feel lost if I don't have my phone near me. I don't even much on it. I miss the time before phones. Can't really go back once you have something though.
     
    biscuitsbrah and elwani like this.
  10. MeatWagon06 Biting on feints

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    Messages:
    7,387
    Likes Received:
    8,071
    Location:
    GSMNP
    I thought we all came to the conclusion you were in jail for public masturbation.
     
  11. Otto! Steel Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    29,041
    Likes Received:
    25,544
    Location:
    On my bike, or gone fishing
    I peaked 30 years ago. Gotta take it easy on my old bones!
     
  12. RoyalTS Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2020
    Messages:
    2,330
    Likes Received:
    2,719
    The whole premise was build for a lame letdown.

    You did well listening to your gut.
     
    THEfightsAREfixed likes this.
  13. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    You know, I think this idea of the utility of the idle cycles of your brain may actually be quite useful.

    Like think about a child. Now, the education of children is hyper-competitive. It seems like parents fill every nook and cranny of their children's time with some class. I've always been instinctively against this, but only now with this idea of the utility of idle cycles can I enunciate why.

    It is because some of the deepest insights we have are not gained when we're being explicitly taught or forcing ourselves to think towards some objective, but rather when we let our mind wander onto something when we're relaxed, spending our idle cycles contemplating it. If you fill every moment of your child's life with some explicit input, you're taking away their chance to formulate those deeper thoughts about life which may actually be the important things they need to become a well-adjusted adult.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022 at 6:50 AM
  14. THEfightsAREfixed you can do it

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2018
    Messages:
    8,495
    Likes Received:
    4,672
    Location:
    ???
    [​IMG]
     
    RoyalTS likes this.
  15. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    Another way in which it can be useful is that it makes you reconsider the kind of activity you fill up your idle time with.

    I think the human brain is kind of like a CPU in that it can never stop. Even when a CPU is doing nothing, it has to continue executing a dummy instruction (that is, NOOP). We too can not just sit and do nothing. But if we keep in mind the utility of being able to spend our idle cycles thinking about something important to us, we might very well choose different activities to occupy our idle time than we do now.

    For example, we might then be extra motivated to not choose video games, because that takes up all the cycles. We might be extra motivated not to do social media because that again takes up all the cycles. We might even be motivated to not watch TV.

    But we might be more motivated to read something contemplative, because that leaves plenty of cycles for your mind to wander. We might be more motivated to listen to some peaceful music. We might even do what I think many people who need to think a lot discover, which is just sitting in a moving vehicle helps you think. It's low key stimulation that leaves plenty of cycles. It is a good NOOP.
     
  16. RoyalTS Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2020
    Messages:
    2,330
    Likes Received:
    2,719
    Loooool, man. Fuck classes, fuck overthinking and if your kid wants to eat tree Bark, let him.

    Life is not that complicated, just like cycles.
     
  17. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    LOL Man ir aizdomas, bet mani arī interesē jebkura valoda, kurā “ļ” ir dzimumloceklis

    EDIT:
    Arī LOL pie jūsu trakā vārda dzimumloceklim
     
  18. Zinger Potato Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2021
    Messages:
    5,284
    Likes Received:
    9,624
    Location:
    Latvia
    Dzimums- gender

    loceklis-limb

    Dzimumloceklis- gender limb

    Makes complete sense, but that's a fancy medical term.

    We use the word "Penis" as well, we just pronounce it differently.

    <Fedor23>
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022 at 7:50 AM
    elwani likes this.
  19. Danger Dave Covid cant make it past my 2% alcohol body shield. Double Yellow Card

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2019
    Messages:
    3,236
    Likes Received:
    1,066
    Location:
    Im not from Earth, im from Missouri
    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the great mountainous island of Tremalking. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
     
  20. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2017
    Messages:
    6,372
    Likes Received:
    4,586
    One more way in which this can be useful:

    Suppose there is something important in your life you want to do well in and every once in awhile you want to assess whether you are doing what you need to do well in that thing.

    Based on the above, one question you might ask is how much of your idle cycles have you spent thinking about the thing. The above suggests that this gives a good indication of how well you will do in it, and is a question you might not have thought to ask yourself before.

    Or the same thing but more proactively, to do well in something that is important to you, a good way based on the above is to make sure you’re spending your idle cycles thinking about it in a relaxed kind of way.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022 at 8:17 AM

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.