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    • All of the topics on Cake are organized into 16 distinct categories. Each category has a most popular topic, based on the number of people who have followed it. People do 👻 Cake, so what was popular may no longer be the case.

      I am curious as to what topics are of interest to you, so take a look at the below list and then reply with the five or six topics that interest you most. You can certainly reply with more—and I’d love it if there’s a story to share behind why one of your topics is a passion—but I’m trying not to be greedy with my ask.

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      Which of these popular topics is of interest to you?

      • Camping

      • science fiction

      • books

      • writing

      • science news

      • artificial intelligence

      • art

      • startups

      • cycling

      • design

      • user experience

      • documentaries

      • humor

      • fashion

      • healthy meals

      • video games

      • fitness

      • DIY

      • Netflix

      • guitars

      • weird news

      • Elon Musk

      • Ethics

      • California

      • relationships

      • religion

      • gratitude

      • basketball

      • maps

    • • Camping

      • science fiction

      • books

      • writing

      • science news

      • artificial intelligence

      • art

      • startups

      • design

      • user experience

      • documentaries

      • humor

      • DIY

      • Ethics

    • Camping

      • science fiction

      • books

      • science news (as opposed to “weird news,” I suppose?)

      • art

      • documentaries 

      • humor

      • healthy meals

      • weird news (seems like that’s all there is these days...)

      • Ethics (interested, but seems like a perfect subject for TL;DR posts)

      • gratitude (I did not know this was a category?!)

      • basketball 

      • maps

      I am really hoping we get a good thread going on the NBA’s return-to-play stuff soon (paging @slamdunk406) 🏀

    • I did not know you were a fan of science fiction. Movies, books, or both? (I have a Ray Bradbury short story collection that I hope to read a bit this weekend.)

      Most of the topics on your list I can imagine meaningful conversations with high engagement.

      But what exactly would you talk about if the conversation was on art? Do you understand the language of art to speak fluently in it? I’m a “look, neat colors” primitive reaction to art kinda guy, so my lack of education limits my understanding of what you envision a conversation on art would look like.

      Same question, what would you talk about if the conversation was on maps? Do you collect them? Have you participated in road rallies—I’ve only done them in a car since you really need a navigator paying attention to the map and the road while you drive.

    • But what exactly would you talk about if the conversation was on art? Do you understand the language of art to speak fluently in it? I’m a “look, neat colors” primitive reaction to art kinda guy, so my lack of education limits my understanding of what you envision a conversation on art would look like.

      This is a bit of a trick question. I ran a university art gallery, taught college-level Art History and Art Appreciation, and mentored graduate students in Art Administration, so I know all about art. But I am not one of those artsy-fartsy culture elitists. I think of Art as a second language. It speaks for itself. When I go into a museum, I rarely look at the placards next to the art because there is usually some foolish commentary trying to tell me what I should think about the piece on the wall. Ugh. So obviously, I’m not likely to start up a great Cake conversation about art. Heh.

      My idea of a great “conversation” about art is for people to just post images they love and leave them for others to ponder.

      As for maps—you pose a great question. I have participated in some road rallies but never as a competitor. I think my interest in maps stems from a general sense of wanting to know “the big picture.” It’s always been interesting to me to look at historical maps of places where my ancestors have lived—so interesting to see where they lived in various towns, what kinds of shops were nearby, how they got supplies they needed, etc. Maps can teach us so many things...

    • I read everything, almost. It is easier to say what stuff I probably would not care much about:

      • Camping
      • writing
      • humor
      • fashion
      • healthy meals
      • video games
      • fitness
      • guitars
      • weird news
      • Elon Musk
      • Ethics
      • relationships
      • religion
      • gratitude
      • basketball
      • maps

    • Whatever happened to B&W Wednesdays???

      Books - reading, fiction, and non

      Science Fiction - text or video, if of high quality in either venue.

      Camping - off road travel and wandering across the landscape in general 4WD or not

      Humor is almost always good

      Art - old and new

      Landscape photography wildlife photography celestial photography funny photography - and more

      Artficial intelligence that is smarter than a 5 year old

      Elon Musk and his proposed excursion to Mars

      Science News

      Wierd News - Wierd Science News - Darwin's Law etc

      DIY

      maps

      The eventual waning of pandemics - and the race to treat them