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Today is a glorious day. The sun is shining, it's pleasantly warm,… - Ed's journal
sobrique
sobrique
Today is a glorious day. The sun is shining, it's pleasantly warm, and you can just feel the world starting to come alive.
The sun was shining in my room this morning. Sounds such a minor thing, but I really do think that the human psyche is strongly keyed to sunlight. I'm noticing it.
Or maybe it's just because I rather like the idea of hibernating for months. Lurking in my room, in a pile of bedding and only emerging occasionally for pizza deliveries.

A thought crossed my mind though last night. Have you ever noticed how you can tell who it is just in the corridor etc. without being able to see them? Now in my particular case, it's the section of the house just outside my room. I always have a pretty good idea of who's there.

You see, everyone has their own 'signature'. Breathing pattern, walking pattern, and sound to their movements. And if you pay attention to those sorts of cues, then you can tell who it is who's just outside.

I've now got myself a copy of "Roadcraft - the police drivers handbook".
And there's this idea that might be interesting. Find someone, and take turns to critique their driving. Not in the "you're a shit driver" sense (even if I am) but more in the "ride around town a bit, and comment on things that you notice that they don't". I'm sure that those who drive are well aware that they've picked up bad habits - I know I have, but ... well driving is mostly subconcious, so without drawing attention to it, you remain unaware (mostly).
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crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: April 19th, 2004 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
"You see, everyone has their own 'signature'. Breathing pattern, walking pattern, and sound to their movements. And if you pay attention to those sorts of cues, then you can tell who it is who's just outside."

yeah that ones easy. here mum goes clunk clunk clunk..whith a light foot fall, dad has a wider spaced thump, thump, thump with slightly deeper footfall. Puals is kinda thumpy and bouncy. and anna's is quite and fairly unobtrusive.


zaitan From: zaitan Date: April 19th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I had a similar thing happen in the pub a while back. I had just ordered my food and was on my way outside, I noticed someone break away from the bar and also walk outside. My brain worked out who it was, just from the information it had in my peripheral vision. Their shape, approximate hair style and clothes.

We must never underestimate the power of our sub-conscious to do marvelous things with very little data. Underestimating the power of other peoples sub-conscious is a bigger mistake. Like assuming that they have not noticed something when they have.
ewx From: ewx Date: April 19th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

comment on things that you notice that they don't

"Uh, that light was red..."
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 19th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: comment on things that you notice that they don't

Well, I wasn't thinking _quite_ that drastic...
But yeah, that's not a good one to not notice.

But there's things like changing gear whilst manuevering, or letting the steering wheel 'slip', that kind of thing.
ewx From: ewx Date: April 19th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: comment on things that you notice that they don't

I might have been thinking of someone specific there.

My girlfriend was quite good about pointing out occasional faults in my driving when she was learning.

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