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a life of randomness for safety

Tuesday 18 April 2006 - Filed under Uncategorized

I got into the office earlier today so I thought I would drop a post from here before I started my long day of photo manipulation. I left 10 minutes earlier today and got here 25 minutes before my usual time. I was trying to break the pattern of my routine this morning. I think that it is too easy to get stuck in the same pattern in today’s World. One could get their morning commute down to an exact replica of the morning before and the morning before that. I was writing about this a month or two ago. I had noticed that the same lady walked her dog past a certain point at the exact time everyday. Last week I started standing at a different MAX station just to shake things up a bit. It’s funny because my new MAX station is actually closer to where I get off the bus downtown. I’m sure I’m going to start noticing the new patterns soon and will have to look for a new place to wait for the train.

With all this silly fear about identity thieves taking all of your valuable information, don’t you think it might be smart to keep everything random in your life so that the thieves won’t be able to get a hold? Staying out of repeatable patterns makes it more difficult to be traced. I don’t know much about odds or statistics, but aren’t your odds of being in an accident at a certain spot greater if you are at that spot at the same time every morning? I don’t know. I think there’s something to that, but I’m starting to sound nutty this morning. Maybe I’ll do some more research on randomness when I get home this evening. I think it’s important to think about on occasion, being that it is so easy to not think about it and fall into your same patterns.

I’m running out of time. I’ve got to start working.

Holy crap people, the final season of Six Feet Under is kicking our butts. It is so good. I think we only have 3 or 4 episodes left. Man, it is getting so dark and dismal. How is it all going to work out in only 3 more episodes?

2006-04-18  »  Noodle

Talkback x 7

  1. Nitram
    18 April 2006 @ 11:49 am

    I think identity thieves would still find your info regardless of how random one lives his/her life. One would have to void ones existence from this vast universe of a computer world. Living randomly does not hide anything when all anyone has to do is hack into any institution that my have information about you or me and then, BINGO you now own a home entertainment system that you will never see.

    I also think to avoid routine is to avoid the mundane rituals of everyday living to add life to ones experiences not for protection. Because in avoiding the routine of walking the same path to work, the same street to the store, or the same ride to grandmas, could possibily increase the chances of being in an accident.
    While I do not have statistical data at my disposal, I’m inclined to say that randomness might increase the chances of being at the wrong place at the wrong time as opposed to the opposite.
    But no matter what one does to protect themselves, be it routine or randomness, ultimately accidents are occurrances of randomness, thus nothing anyone does can be considered “safe” because “accidents” are accidents.
    I think i’ve written to much, so I’ll part now and contemplate occurrances of routine and randomness.

  2. Noodle
    18 April 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    True. I think identity theft probably couldn’t be avoided by randomness. Unless maybe you paid your bills at different times of the month, changed your passwords at random times, canceled cards randomly, always deposit your out going mail in different boxes. I was typing quickly when I mentioned identity thieves. I was just trying to pick one of the many things that we are told we are supposed to fear now days.

    Could randomness combat the bird flu?

    I’m going to stick with my randomness AVOIDS the wrong place at the wrong time. Sure accidents are accidents (or are they?) The accident we are using as an example IS going to happen at a certain coordinate at a certain time. It would be easier to avoid the time of the accident if you were constantly changing your traveling patterns so as not to hit that coordinate as often.

    I also was wondering that if always changing your pattern actually creates a new pattern of predictability.

  3. Noodle
    18 April 2006 @ 12:50 pm

    Dang it Nitram. Now you got me pondering this random business again.
    Would the experiment be something like a roulette wheel? You put all of your chips on one number and always stay there versus putting your chips on a different number every spin of the roulette wheel.

    Statistically this should be able to be solved, right? Are the odds greater with a hundred spins of the roulette wheel hitting your number by staying or changing your number before each spin?

    This sounds like a equation for someone smarter than me. Maybe someone already has the data?

  4. Nitram
    18 April 2006 @ 2:43 pm

    If we are to look at traveling patterns, routine could potentially decrease the potental accident because of the familiarity one would develope with the route he/she takes. But…if one then throws randomness of routes in to the equaltion, the potental for an accident could increase, due to the unfamiliarity of routes chosen.

    I’m going to revise now. Although randomness could avoid the “wrong place at wrong time” scenario. Unfamiliarity due to randomness could cause an accident, thus increasing the potential for being at the wrong place at the wrong time caused through unfamiliarity of a route.

    I do not agree with accidents happening at a certain coordinate at a certain time, because accidents (to me) occur randomly, not at a set time or coordinate (that is like saying there is a predetermined destiny for accidents and people). So how do two random events meet? by accidents due to unfamiliraity caused by randomness.

    Therefore I going to stick with, accidents will happen at random times with no set pattern and no set coordinate. Regardless, if one lives in a routine or randomness, accidents will happen, but I think randomness would increase the chance of an accident because of the “unknown” variable.

    The roulette question would require me to examine my thoughts, I will get to this question when I get home after I think about it on the max.

  5. Noodle
    19 April 2006 @ 8:32 am

    I think traveling patterns sort of but really I think what I was thinking about was the importance of randomness in ones morning commute. It would be commute patterns not travel patterns.

    I also think that “accidents” is too harsh of a word in this discussion. Perhaps we should say “events”.

    For discussion lets say this commute would be sometime between 7 am and 9 am Monday through Friday.

    If you are driving a car 100% of the time during your commute you have 100% chance that a car event could happen during your commute.

    If you rode the bus half of the time during your commute you would only have a 50% of a car event happening during your commute.

    If you road your bike to work some of the days of the commute your chances are 33.3% of having a car event.

    My math is reaching the end of it’s ability but you could also reduce your car event percentage by only commuting 4 days instead of 5.

    If you never drove a car to work then your percentage of a car event would be 0. Alright yes, it would be possible to have a car event come from someone else driving their car into you.

    So that takes care of car events. Now we would have to deal with the other events that would come your way by adding more modes of transportation. You have 0% possibility of a bus event if you drive you car 100% of the time. You would have to figure in the event percentages of each mode of transport you added. If you rode a bike, took the bus, and drove your car equal amounts during your Monday through Friday commute you would have 33.3% chance of a car event, 33.3% chance of a bike event, 33.3% of a bus event.

    Uh oh. I guess fate does play a part here. You really can’t avoid events 100% of the time can you? I have just noticed that by adding all of those different modes of transport that the possibility of a percentage is now created where as it is possible to have ALL 3 events during one Monday through Friday commute!

    That’s all I have to say about that for now.
    I think trying to have more of a random existence, though it might not be safe 100% of the time, you do have more chances for adventure than you would with a hum drum daily repetitive routine.

  6. Nitram
    19 April 2006 @ 9:59 am

    I will write quickly, I have to get to class soon.

    My friend, you are right about the word “accident.” I was pondering the word last night and it’s multiple uses and whether it was hindering our discussion yesterday. Thus I should clarify what I meant when I was using the word “accident.”

    Accidents or “events” as we are calling them now, were to be used to represent all types of accidents or events, good or bad, happy or sad, wrong place wrong time, right place right time.

    I also agree with your percentages, but in the over all commute, whether we look at traveling patterns or commute patterns, unfamiliraity caused by randomness increases “events” to occur, regardless of what kind of transportation one takes in the morning. I will try to think of a percentage table to further explain what I am saying.

    Therefore randomness increases the “unknown” variable and the chances of events occur, good or bad. Which as you say is not 100% safe but “you do have (more chances) for adventure than you would with a hum drum daily repetitive routine.” YESSSS radomness doe not equal safe. but randomness=more new things for one to experience.
    I think we are in agreement

    But what do we do about those darn identity thieves?

  7. Nitram
    19 April 2006 @ 10:02 am

    By the way great topic for “My Three Heads”