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What is a person and what are we doing with our lives?

I just got round to watching 'Her', which projects some of our current engagements with technology into a believable not-so-distant future where flesh and blood people can and do fall in love with computer operating systems that have the ability to evolve. SPOILER ALERT Along the way, the film brilliantly explores the nature of personhood, especially when Theodore's (the main character) relationship with 'Samantha' (his operating system) is slighted by his soon-to-be ex-wife. That insult becomes a turning point for Theodore as he begins to question, essentially, the personhood status of Samantha. It's a brilliant, probing, film - which I watched the day after watching Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror: White Christmas, which similarly projected into a technological near-future where people themselves can be 'blocked' in 'real life'.

As it happens, I have also been getting to the end of the rather beautiful A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gr…

My Pretty Rose Tree

A flower was offered to me, Such a flower as May never bore; But I said, ‘I’ve a pretty rose tree,’ And I passed the sweet flower o’er.
Then I went to my pretty rose tree,
To tend her by day and by night; But my rose turned away with jealousy, And her thorns were my only delight.

And could I understand what I'd done wrong? Could I hell. I was 'good'. I hadn't sinned, I hadn't strayed from the path of the righteous - I'd done nothing wrong. And yet. My pretty rose tree turned away from me. Why? All I want is my pretty rose tree, I want no other. Why has she spurned me now?

Looking back, I suppose my head was turned by that sweet flower's offer. Actually, I secretly smile to myself even now thinking about it. Oh, the possibilities, the delights, the ecstasy, the filth, the passion - sweet, juicy forbidden fruits...

My pretty rose tree can't see my thoughts, though. She can't see what I'm thinking. Can she? Can she? Did she see something in my ma…

Bubble Prioritizing

I've recently finessed my personal productivity system after providing a series of trainings for Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive - as part of which I re-read David Allen's pretty amazing GTD system
In terms of Allen's steps, using Todoist, I have captured all of my stuff, processed what it means, organised it all, I have weekly reflections and I'm seriously getting things done. However, I realised that I'm still  not so good at prioritising my daily list or my next actions list, so I had a look round and rediscovered priority grids that I'd tried before, but which, to me, felt a bit clunky. And, then I discovered this post from - part of which I've reposted wholesale. I hope it's okay to do this, but I didn't think I could add anything and I thought it was worth sharing. 
The difficulty of putting one task in front of another in order of importance is the question of what criteria you use to decide, what is the context, what are th…