March 3rd, 2002

Owl Side

Smithsonian Wanderings

...admittedly turned out slightly differently than planned. However, this resulted in me spending much more time wandering with my parents, cracking really bad jokes, and waltzing with my father in front of the fountains at the National Gallery.

Things noticed:

1) The Dutch know how to really paint alive.
2) Every sculpture seemed to bear more than a passing resemblance to this one sculpted blob called Lunar Bird. It got to a point that my father and I would walk around a hunk of bronze, look thoughtfully, and declare, "It's Lunar Bird!" in unison. I told my mom she ought to add a final multiple choice question for her field trip kids:

How many sculptures look like Lunar Bird?

a) All of them.
b) Too many.
c) Far too many.
d) Everything in the world now looks like Lunar Bird - Gah! Run away, run away!
e) All of the above.


Odds are she won't include it. But it's a nice thought.
Owl Side

Vague Wonderings

I was just told that I "note too much". (this, in response to me saying "duly noted" to a particular comment)

Is that possible? I didn't think it was. I always believed that the more information you collect, the more informed an opinion you can have. Is it possible to collect too much information? Maybe that particular observation was a reference to remembering things or "reading into" things or some such. That, I can see an argument for.

But in regards remembering things (and dwelling on them, per se), if you don't note the new information coming in, how would you change your opinion?

And in regards "reading into" things, why is that synonymous with "noting"? It seems these are separate - intake of information and drawing (possibly spurious, as per connotation) conclusions.

Unless it overloads your attention span, how could you "note too much"?
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