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There are people around who are bragging about being ignorant.

That's not me.

I have this curiosity bump that makes me google stuff, ask questions, investigate, read up, pay attention, lurk, and absorb information. As a result, even if I'm not an expert in some area, I can listen intelligently when others talk about it. Some people think I'm a lot smarter than I really am because of this.

Do you have a curiosity bump?

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:19:07 PM PST

  •  I guess I have one too, Noddy. Growing up, my (13+ / 0-)

    friends in school often called me "the walking encyclopedia." And in later years, I've had people call me up to answer questions that they could have googled in seconds. When I finally caught on to that, I started giving instructions in how to use the google, so they could do it themselves!

    If you don't like abortion, don't have one! Trust The Women t-shirt from Zazzle.

    by jan4insight on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:13:10 PM PST

  •  one of my favorite fictional characters is (13+ / 0-)

    Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L. Sayers' British detective. He says he was "born noticin'." His curiosity bump leads him (and his readers) all sorts of delightful places.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:28:15 PM PST

  •  nothing good (7+ / 0-)

    about a morning that refuses to get light under a cloud out of which snow continues to fall and clog up every way, cold and frozen everything and why can´t we behave sensibly like the bears and curl up till the light returns and warmth with it? What for all the toil and trouble, freezing our fingers off to enrich some banker somewhere? Medieval men also froze their fingers off but at least they got to periodically hang their exploiters.

  •  Curiosity bump? (7+ / 0-)


    I think I'm more of a magpie of curiosity:  I pack away interesting factoids here and there, stuff that comes in handy for trivia contests (except sports: I totally suck at sports trivia).

    But, y'know, pretty shiny objects factoids attract my attention.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:20:46 PM PST

  •  I'm becoming more curious, as I get more and (6+ / 0-)

    more into the habit of Google.

    Keep in mind,
    I was born in the 1950's,
    so my lifelong habit
    until very recently
    did not include Google.

    But it seems to me,
    the more important habit
    is to put things in perspective,
    look at the big picture,

    I can find so many bits of information,
    but I need to see ratios,
    how many of this,
    compared to how many of that,
    which helps me see the big picture.

    I have no college degree,
    but I feel that I have a talent
    for analyzing the world around me,
    and very few others do,
    so I see the world
    so much differently than most folks.

    I try to tell people,
    in my diaries and comments here,
    but I get very few who agree,
    or even say they understand,
    but disagree.

    As if I'm talking
    over their heads.

  •  "Lint trap." (6+ / 0-)

    That's the nickname one of my coworkers gave me years ago.  I suck up info like a vacuum, it gets stuck somewhere in my head, and I somehow manage to retrieve it later.

    I get lost on the internet,  For me, there is no such thing as a simple search.  One thing leads to another and another until I've almost forgotten what I was looking for in the first place.

    It is COLD in Iowa, 6 above with a wind chill of 13 below.  In a few minutes, I'll start layering the clothes to go out.  Brrrrr............

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:43:43 AM PST

    •  Our wind chill right now (6+ / 0-)

      is in the single digits with a stiff breeze.

      Yesterday, it was near 60.

      Oklahoma - either love it or hate it for the weather.  I fear the summer will be another brutally hot one and am hoping it isn't as hot as Australia got.  Those fires there were scary.  Our summer fires are pretty scary.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:24:43 AM PST

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      •  Although our winter has been cooler, (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Noddy, bigjacbigjacbigjac

        we haven't had as much snow as I'd hoped.  That doesn't bode well for the summer.  We have a big moisture deficit and I was hoping that a few snows, with slow melting in between, would help.  Droughts can be self-perpetuating.  If there is no moisture to evaporate, even favorable conditions won't bring rain.

        As far as love it or hate it, the saying in Iowa is "if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes."  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:19:31 AM PST

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  •  Good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)

    Happy Inauguration Day, and thank goodness for that.

    Gloomy day. Errands and chores today.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:44:06 AM PST

  •  Good morning... (5+ / 0-)

    Not really awake yet, and feeling stiff and sluggish this morning. But I'm here. We got the glass in yesterday, and the leaks around that door sealed off. It's not the prettiest job I've ever done, but I don't think it's going to fall out the next time the wind blows.

    As for curiosity bump... yes, I have two of them, one is 17 and the other is 9, and if I don't ask the questions and stay on top of the answers they're asking me and we're looking things up together.  Seriously though, I was the kid who in 4th grade was reading the encyclopedia just because I wanted to know more. I was doing 'reports' that were never assigned just because I was curious about things and wanted to practice writing. I tried to teach myself Welsh in 6th grade because there were bits of it in a book series I really liked (and this was pre-internet, and finding resources on the Welsh language was NOT easy, I only ever learned little bits of it, but I can pronounce Machynlleth correctly).

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:01:47 AM PST

  •  Good morning! Back from a convention! (5+ / 0-)

    My curiosity bump got me into trouble.

    They took me to the Rosicrucian museum in San Jose, which has a lovely collection of Egyptian artifacts.  Since I can read hieroglyphs, it took 3 full cases of artifacts before I realized that there are LABELS on the cases that say what the artifacts are and identify owners.  Much easier than my laboring through symbols and trying to figure out the pertinent ones.

    Then I found the two gods they'd mislabeled, and marched off to inform them that they'd switched the positions of Harpocrates and Knum in a display case (and gave them the scholarly signifiers ("You do have a case full of Harpocrates images and can compare those with the mislabeled deity.")  And then we asked about the courtyard fountain statue ("No, that isn't Selket.  There's no scorpion on her head" which resulted in the museum staff looking up the details ("Ascending Dawn", an Art Nouveau sculpture topping a fountain composed of tiles of Rosicrucian symbols and bordered by a very nice faux sandstone reproduction of an ancient Egyptian scene involving force feeding geese to fatten them.)

    So, yes.  I'm curious about everything.

    •  I've done that, too (3+ / 0-)

      Gone through a museum with things in the original language and only later discovering there were labels in English...not hieroglyphs, though, because I can only read a few.

      My children went through a strong Egyptian phase, and so I learned some then.  And the ones I know best are the ones that relate to herbs and medicine - I can "read" (read struggle through) the Kahun, Hearst, Ebers, Edwin Smith, Ramesseum,  and Carlsberg Papyri (I haven't gotten access to the others, yet) when studying on my Naturheilverfahren apoteka degree and maintaining my membership in NIMH.

      Since I grew up mostly in Europe and traveled extensively there, I can parse my way through quite a few languages even if I don't speak them. That curiosity bump.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:16:37 AM PST

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  •  What a nice inauguration! (4+ / 0-)

    I so much prefer watching these things on C-Span,  more music and much less chatter.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:04:35 AM PST

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