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      • 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