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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Coyotes

We need a better model for human behavior. We have 'proper' behavior, the way civilized folks are supposed to conduct themselves in public, and we have a whole raft of psychos and wackos. The behavior of the later can make for some entertaining stories, but since they are relatively rare, and their behavior is so unpredictable, any knowledge you have about them is not going to very helpful in your day-to-day life.

I'm thinking we need a catalog of personality modules. I have noticed that some people have features of their personality that are very similar to a relative's, and not necessarily their parents, which means there is likely a genetic component.

We are a little better with physical traits. We can measure a person's height, weight, girth, shoe size, color of their eyes, length of their ear lobes and any number of other physical characteristics. But we could be doing better. Can a person snap their fingers? Spread their fingers like Mr. Spock from Star Trek? Wink with either eye? I fail on the first two, but I can wink okay. Some people can't. These are simple, and trivial, but I am sure there are numerous other physical tests whose results might be enlightening.

Personality 'modules' might be a little harder to qualify. Then again, psychologists may have already done this, but they are just not sharing their catalog with the rest of us. Or maybe I just don't circulate in those circles.

Coyotes
We had some coyotes prowling around the neighborhood a few months back, but I haven't heard of any sightings lately. It occurred to me that coyotes are kind of like grazers. They will come through an area and pick up the low hanging fruit, so to speak, and then move on. Once they've snapped up the unwary and/or disabled, there is no point in hanging around. Everyone else will have gotten wise to their presence and the pickings will be much slimmer. Better to move on to new pastures, new pastures with a new crop of unwary mice.


The Grifters (1990) Official Trailer - John Cusack, Annette Bening Movie HD

They are kind of like grifters that way. Grifters are always on the move and always looking for a new mark. Marks are few and far between, and you don't want to be seen in same area where a con was recently pulled. Someone might get wise and then things might get a little uncomfortable.


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