This is the 400th post written on Rilaly.com since May 2009. That’s almost 100 posts a year, and if you knew of this blog’s inauspicious beginning, you’d know that’s quite an accomplishment. To celebrate this milestone, I will do my first jig in the comfort of my home, or the first jig I do in relation to Rilaly.com anyway. I will make mean faces when I do it, and I may even slap my ass a couple times. This is not to be misconstrued as sexual in any manner. This is purely celebratory. You’re welcome to join me, even if we’re not dancing simultaneously.Political columnist George Will says that he does not reflect on his career. I do. He states that he is always looking forward. I’ve met a number of people that have accomplished far more than I have, and when I’ve congratulated them on their list, they usually shrug it off and qualify it in some manner. While I wish I had their list, there does seem to be a part of them that hasn’t enjoyed the process. Although my list may be comparatively meager, especially when stacked up against Will’s, I enjoy reflecting before I move forward.
“We do not live in the past, but the past in us.” (U.B. Phillips)
My favorite posts are those I’ve written that are not related to current events. I’ve written political posts, news-related, music, and sports related posts. I’ve really tried to limit the latter two categories, as I don’t want this to be a place solely for music and sports. If I started down that road, that might be all I write about. So, on the rare occasions when I’ve written about them, I’ve tried to do so in a creative manner.
When I get a number of ideas that all lock into place, under the general heading of psychology, but more specifically listed under a “strange things that we do” category, I approach the keyboard with adrenaline. I think normal people can understand a lot about themselves by studying the strange. and sometimes aberrant, creatures that surround us. Psychology, as a whole, intrigues me, but the “look at this Escher painting and tell me what you see, and that will tell you a lot about perception” line of psychology is just boring to me. The “why do you stop at a stop sign, why does a dog salivate when it hears a bell, and why do we call a table a table” broader questions of psychology and conditioning bore me. I’d much rather study why some people are sexually attracted to balloons in the The Balloonophilia Conflict. How, or why, did a division occur in the balloonophilia universe, between poppers and non-poppers, and is there anything in this particular story that says anything about us? These are a few of my favorite things.
Why do some people try to box us in to who they think we should be based on who they are, and their limits, perhaps it has something to do with the Thief’s Mentality. How are we attracted to one another, perhaps it has more to do with our natural, biological scents than those colognes and perfumes we buy: Every Girl’s Crazy About a Faint Whiff of Urine. What happens when we’re afraid, and what happens when we’re not respectfully afraid enough in a given situation? Fear Bradycardia and the Normalcy Bias. These stories do not necessarily have tie-ins, as a sports, music, or political post would have, and the fact that I’ve received compliments on them tells me that they’re just well written. The following is a top ten list of those most popular, according to readers, of these 400 posts. Some of them have tie-ins, but they contain a loose connection that could be said to be more psychological rather than a straight news story. I love top ten lists, and I’ve been dying to write my own, so here it is. Enjoy!
- Indigo Children
- Let Your Freak Flag Fly
- Thief’s Mentality
- The Balloonophilia Conflict
- Every Girl’s Crazy About a Faint Whiff of Urine
- Fear Bradycardia and the Normalcy Bias
- I Hate Guitar Solos
- The Psychology of Being a Super Fan in Sports
- Kinesthetic Learning in Sports
- Charles Bukowski hates Mickey Mouse
I must admit I was a little surprised that the Indigo Children post did so well. I guess it had more of a tie-in than I thought, but I’ve found that you can never predict these things. The others were not a surprise to me, as I knew when I wrote them that they were quality posts.
The following is a top fifteen list, listed in chronological by the number of hits they’ve received, of the posts that I believe have been largely, and in my opinion criminally, ignored. I was going to write another top ten list, but that would’ve meant excluding two of my favorite posts Mechanical Animals and Would you eat something someone cared about? I honestly think that the top five listed here are some of the best posts I’ve ever written, and I would include Nobody Cares About You and Eat your meat! How can you show appreciation for life, if you won’t eat your meat? It’s really tough for me to say that one of my babies is better than another, but this is a condensed list of my favorites.
- He Used to Have a Mohawk
- Chances are you’re a lot like me and my life with alcohol
- Oh! Our Electromagnetic Minds
- You Don’t Bring me Flowers Anymore!
- Groundhogs, Led Zeppelin, and our Existential Existence
- Building the Better, Happier Person
- The Mythology of You
- Nobody Cares About You
- Eat your meat! How can you show appreciation for life, if you won’t eat your meat?
- The Wicked Flames of the Weird
- Food Glorious Food
- Mechanical Animals
- Do the Apophenia
- Details, Details, Details
- Would you eat something someone cared about?