But IS It Procrastination? IS It, Though? #MondayRecommends #NailArt

Today’s recommendation comes via the magnificent Marta Pelrine Bacon, author, artist, memoirist, teacher, and all things wonderful.

She recommends those who want to put off doing something productive to visit neal.fun. She specifically linked to his Absurd Trolley Problems,* which I worked to the bitter end. But IS it procrastination, when you get the chance to explore many iterations of comparative life values AND each solution you choose is accompanied by the percent of respondents who agreed or disagreed with you? I think not.

Personally, I like his Who Was Alive? program. Enter a year and see what famous people were alive and what their ages were in that year. I find it intriguing, for instance, that Lewis Carroll and Agatha Christie were alive in 1897. She was five, and he died that year. There’s a story prompt for you!

The weather this week is hot, but not monstrous. Last week was monstrous, and my nails reflect that.

The blue base coat is Sally Hansen Pure Vegan’s Crystal Blue and the red base polish is Maniology’s Fireside. The blue stamping polish is Maniology’s Turquoise. The gold stamping polish is Born Pretty’s In Fire. The sun was done with red Sharpie and In Fire. The kind of orangey overstamp on my bird finger is orange Sharpie and In Fire. If you want to know how to do Sharpie stamping, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do a quick demonstration in a future post.

*In case you’re unfamiliar with The Trolley Problem: A trolley is headed toward five people. By throwing a switch, you can divert the trolley to a track where it will strike and kill one person. Do you allow what’s already happening to happen, or do you take action and, BY YOUR ACTION, doom a person to certain death?

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: As I said above, Agatha Christie as a five-year-old meets Lewis Carroll, and he dies the same year.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “But IS It Procrastination? IS It, Though? #MondayRecommends #NailArt

  1. Dan Antion

    August 1, 2022 at 8:47am

    The Trolley Problem…I never liked thinking about that. Nice nails.

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  2. acflory

    August 1, 2022 at 6:28pm

    Many years ago, the one the kept me awake at night was: you’re in a boat with your child and the school friend of that child. The boat starts to sink and you can only save one child. Which will it be? I’d just had the Offspring and was forced to realise that I’d do anything, ANYTHING to save /my/ child. -shudder- I hate these moral dilemma thought experiments.

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      Marian Allen

      August 2, 2022 at 10:57am

      That’s why Sophie’s Choice was so harrowing. Charlie and I were talking about interpersonal relationships, but we agreed that if we ever had to choose between the other of us or the kids, we each wanted the other to choose the kids.

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      • acflory

        August 2, 2022 at 6:32pm

        Yes. Once kids are involved somehow there is no choice. And yes, I saw Sophie’s Choice once and couldn’t bear to ever watch it again.

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