I Think, Therefore I Scribble (Or: Cogito, Ergo Ducky)

Your Rent A Friend is Listening to The Fall, by Nora Jones.

His mood is… too tired to go chasing pirates.

I think, therefore I am. How about you? Do you think? If not, what makes you think you exist? Oh, I guess if you thought you existed, that would be you thinking. It was a silly question anyway. I guess what I’m getting at is the fact that you’ve probably heard this phrase before: “I think, Therefore I am” (Or, in the original French, “Cogito, Ergo Sum,” and in Pig Latin “Iway inkthay, ereforethay Iway amway.”). But have you ever wondered where it came from? Good thing you have a Rent A Friend like yours truly to clear up the vast mysteries.

Actually “Cogito, Ergo Sum” is Latin, but the guy who made this phrase popular was French. His name was Rene’ Descartes, and he was trying to find a way to reduce philosophy to the most basic of self-evident premises. It doesn’t get any more basic than realizing that you exist. If you need a lot of evidence to believe that you exist, just give up. You’re never going to be anything but a skeptic.
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Your Rent a Friend is listening to the Smoking Popes (again)
His mood is pretty good, even though the coffee hasn’t entirely kicked in

If you’re like me (And even though we’ve just met, I think I can tell that you are) you don’t quickly embrace things that don’t make sense. Like Macs. I know everyone says they’re the greatest thing since shredded cheese, but EVERY TIME I touch one I wind up sitting there saying, “Why isn’t this working?” or “What’s it doing NOW?!?!” and “Does ANYONE know how this thing works?”

So I’m still working on Windows™. Unless I see some reasonable proof that Mac is better than PC, some solid evidence, I’m sticking to PC. I’m glad you have a warm relationship with your Mac. If that works for you, then I’m happy for you. But that’s not for me. If you want me to buy a Mac, you’re going to have to show me some real evidence. Something I can understand which is not only internally consistent, but makes sense of the problems I’ve had in the past and the fact that NO ONE seems to know how to make it work except Stacy, and SHE isn’t around when it starts freaking out. WHY did we even BUY this stupid thing if Stacy is the only person around here who knows how it works?!?!?!  But I digress…

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