Self Awareness

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It's been so long since I posted that my to-blog list is on the verge of self-awareness, as prefigured in this SMBC comic:

The mouseover title: "I'm just saying, meeting all my deadlines at this point may be a form of murder."

The aftercomic:


  1. John from Cincinnati said,

    May 2, 2021 @ 4:12 pm

    I'm reaching for something language-related here, and I pick the use of repeated written vowels to represent extended spoken vowel sounds. Some repeated written vowels work for me, some work in a specific context, but others always trip me up. "I LIIIVE" certainly suggests an extended short "I" sound, except that "Saturday Night LIIIVE" spelled the same way suggests an extended long "I" sound. The one that always bothers me is "NOOOOO", which to me wants to be pronounced as "NEW". Oh, and then there's "AUGHHH", which I read as an extension of the initial "AW" sound and not of a terminal extended throat clearing. Dialect is difficult!

  2. JPL said,

    May 2, 2021 @ 5:32 pm

    I did laugh at the joke, but it's a long way from the dawn of life to the achievement of self-awareness. But in any case, btw, what event marks the transition between the physical and the biological levels of analysis? And what are the conditions that make possible, for a living being, the phenomenon called "self-awareness"? (Texts, computers, programs, etc. lack the essential property of the biological level, since the artist may have been thinking of things like parallel distributed processing, or whatever the latest is.) (PS Also, reference in NL is not just a connection or correspondence, as one might be led to believe from the Tarskian model.)

    [(myl) The point of the joke seems to be the construction of a moral argument for procrastination… The fact that the philosophical presuppositions are so shoddy is part of the psychological framework of the joke.]

  3. Jerry Packard said,

    May 2, 2021 @ 7:28 pm

    Red Bull gives you wiiings.

  4. JPL said,

    May 2, 2021 @ 8:36 pm


    Yes, I laughed because it resonated with my life as a guilt-filled procrastinator haunted by a massive to do list that typically I find difficult to keep track of or even recall. I think I'll try this excuse (like the mouseover title) on all those (like family members) who for some reason have expectations of me. What I wrote down above was like the next thing that came to my mind, after I said, "Hey wait a minute …"

  5. KeithB said,

    May 3, 2021 @ 8:40 am

    I don't see how any procrastinator worth his salt can even have a to-do list.

  6. Robert Coren said,

    May 3, 2021 @ 9:31 am

    @KeithB: I would say that the to-do list is all but essential for the procrastinator. Putting things on the list is the perfect way to put off actually doing them.

  7. Rick B said,

    May 3, 2021 @ 7:44 pm

    It takes the procrastinator (and everyone else) a noticeable amount of cognition to keep from forgetting all those to-do items. Writing them down frees up that cognition for more productive pursuits (like reading LLog, or reading self-help material about how to stop procrastinating).

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