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practice makes perfect

lister
"Practice Makes... Well, Something":

It's a funny old universe, isn't it? And in this funny old universe, there's an age-old phrase that goes something like this: "Practice makes perfect."

But does it, now? Does it really? I mean, let's face it, if you practice falling off a unicycle, you're just going to get better and better at falling off a unicycle. Not exactly what one might call "perfect."

So what's the deal? Does practice actually make perfect? Well, that depends on what you mean by "perfect." If by "perfect" you mean "better than you were before," then sure, practice can help with that. But if by "perfect" you mean "the absolute best at something, no matter what," well... I wouldn't hold your breath.

Because, let's face it, the universe is full of surprises.

The point is, practice is great and all, but don't expect it to make you perfect. Just expect it to make you... better. Or at least, a little bit better. Or maybe just a tiny bit better. Or maybe not better at all, but at least you tried, right?"

actions speak louder than words

lister
We've all heard the phrase "actions speak louder than words" but what if we were to turn that on its head? After all, in the world of the fantastical and absurd, anything is possible.

Imagine a scenario where words hold more weight than actions. In this world, a person could talk their way into anything from getting out of a speeding ticket to convincing someone they're a world-renowned chef even if they've never cooked a meal in their life.

This might seem like a recipe for chaos but it could also lead to some hilarious situations. For instance, a bumbling fool could be mistaken for a genius simply because they have a way with words.

So, let's embrace the idea that words are mightier than actions. Who knows, it might just lead to a world where the impossible becomes possible and the absurd is the norm.

putting all your eggs in one basket

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Ah the age-old adage that's been passed down from generation to generation warning us against taking too big of a risk. "Putting all your eggs in one basket" they say "you're bound to get burned." But is that really the case? Let's take a closer look at this fowl matter.

Imagine for a moment that you have a basket of eggs. Not just any eggs, mind you. These are rare and prized heirloom eggs, with a unique flavor that's been passed down through the generations. You've worked hard to gather them and now they're all in one basket. So, what do you do? Do you spread them out just to be safe? Or do you take a leap of faith and keep them all together?

If you're anything like me, you'll choose the latter. After all, why would you want to spread your wealth out when you can concentrate it all in one place? The key, of course, is to find the right basket. It must be sturdy, reliable, and most importantly, able to handle the weight of all those eggs.

But what happens if that basket should happen to fail? Well, my friends, that's where the real fun begins. Because when you've got all your eggs in one basket, you're forced to think on your feet. You'll scramble, you'll improvise and, if necessary, you'll fry up an omelet of epic proportions.

In short, putting all your eggs in one basket is a bold and daring move. But it's also one that pays off in the end with a rich and satisfying reward that's well worth the risk. So go ahead, take the leap. And remember, when it comes to life's biggest gambles, sometimes it's best to put all your eggs in one basket.

cry over spilt milk

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Well if you ask me it's a bit of an absurdity. I mean who cries over spilt milk? That's like crying over the fact that the sun rises in the east, it's just a natural occurrence and there's nothing you can do about it.

But for some reason this phrase has become part of our common vernacular. It's used to describe people who are overly emotional about something that has already happened and cannot be changed. And to me, that's just ridiculous. Why would anyone waste their time and energy crying over something that's already done and dusted?

Now I know what you're thinking. "But it's not just about the milk," you say, "It's about the principle of the thing." And to that, I say, "Oh really? And what principle is that?" The principle of "Don't cry over spilt milk?" Because let's be honest, who needs a principle to tell them not to cry over spilt milk? That's like having a principle to not breathe under water, it's just common sense.

And yet here we are, using this phrase to describe people who are in essence being silly. But that's the thing about language, isn't it? It can be used to describe all sorts of absurdities. And this phrase "Cry over spilt milk" is no exception.

So the next time you hear someone say "Don't cry over spilt milk," just remember that it's not a wise principle to live by, it's just a silly saying that's been around for far too long. And if you want to cry over spilt milk, then by all means, go ahead. Because let's face it, sometimes a good cry is exactly what we need.

an elephant in the room

lister
Have you ever been in a room with an elephant? No, not the cute and cuddly kind that you see at the zoo, but the metaphorical elephant. You know, the big, awkward, and uncomfortable situation that everyone is aware of but no one wants to acknowledge or talk about. That, my friend, is what we call "an elephant in the room."

Now, you might be thinking "What does an elephant have to do with uncomfortable situations?" Well, let me tell you. In ancient times elephants were considered to be sacred animals and were often used in religious ceremonies. They were so big and impressive that when one entered a room, everyone took notice. And just like an elephant in a room, an elephant in a conversation makes its presence known, even if it's not physically there.

So, what do you do when you're faced with an elephant in the room? Do you ignore it and pretend it's not there? Do you confront it head-on and try to resolve the situation? The answer, my friend, is not as straightforward as you might think.

You see, elephants in the room can be tricky creatures. They're often sensitive and can easily be frightened. So, if you approach them too quickly or too aggressively, they might become even more unmanageable. On the other hand, if you ignore them completely, they'll only grow bigger and more uncomfortable.

The best way to deal with an elephant in the room is to approach it with caution, sensitivity, and a good dose of humor. And that's where I come in. As an expert in awkward situations, I've learned that the best way to handle any uncomfortable situation is with a little humor. So, the next time you're faced with an elephant in the room, take a deep breath, relax.

In conclusion, elephants in the room are a fact of life but they don't have to be a source of discomfort. With a little bit of humor and a lot of sensitivity, you can handle any awkward situation with ease. So, go forth and conquer those elephants, my friend, and never forget that a good laugh is the best weapon against discomfort.

rome wasn't built in a day

lister
"Rome wasn't built in a day" is a phrase that has been around for centuries but when it comes to the construction of the ancient city of Rome it may as well have been built in the blink of an eye compared to the amount of time it takes to build a decent cup of tea.

Yes, that's right, I'm talking about the art of tea-making. The perfect cup of tea takes time, effort and patience - much like the building of an ancient city. You have to get the water temperature just right, let the tea steep for the optimal amount of time and add just the right amount of milk and sugar.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Lister, how can you compare the construction of an ancient city to making a cup of tea?" Well, let me tell you, both require a delicate balance of ingredients and timing. One misstep and you could end up with a bitter cup of tea or a collapsing city.

So, let us not forget the true meaning behind the phrase "Rome wasn't built in a day". It's not just about the construction of ancient cities, it's about the finer things in life like a good cup of tea. So, next time you're in the middle of a long, drawn-out tea-making process, remember, great things take time. And if it takes you a little longer to make a decent cup of tea, just think of all the time and effort that went into building the mighty city of Rome.

In conclusion, let us raise a cup of tea to perseverance, patience and the ancient Romans for inspiring us to take our tea-making just as seriously as they took city-building.

list of hobbies

lister
general hobbies

3D printing
Acroyoga
Acting
Aerial silk
Airbrushing
Amateur radio
Animation
Aquascaping
Art
Astrology
Babysitting
Baking
Basketball
Baton twirling
Beatboxing
Beer tasting
Binge-watching
Blogging
Board/tabletop games
Book discussion clubs
Book restoration
Bowling
Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Breadmaking
Bullet journaling
Calligraphy
Candle making
Candy making
Car fixing & building
Card games
Cardistry
Ceramics
Chatting
Cheesemaking
Chess
Cleaning
Clothesmaking
Coffee roasting
Collecting
Coloring
Communication
Community activism
Computer programming
Confectionery
Conlanging
Construction
Cooking
Cosplaying
Couch surfing
Couponing
Craft
Creative writing
Crocheting
Cross-stitch
Crossword puzzles
Cryptography
Cue sports
Dance
Decorating
Digital arts
Dining
Diorama
Distro Hopping
Diving
Djembe
DJing
Do it yourself
Drama
Drawing
Drink mixing
Electronic games
Electronics
Embroidery
Engraving
Entertaining
Experimenting
Fantasy sports
Fashion
Fashion design
Feng shui decorating
Filmmaking
Fingerpainting
Fishfarming
Fishkeeping
Flower arranging
Fly tying
Foreign language learning
Furniture building
Gaming
Genealogy
Gingerbread house making
Giving advice
Glassblowing
Gardening
Gongfu tea
Graphic design
Gunsmithing
Gymnastics
Hacking
Hardware
Herp keeping
Home improvement
Homebrewing
Houseplant care
Hula hooping
Humor
Hydroponics
Ice skating
Inventing
Jewelry making
Jigsaw puzzles
Journaling
Juggling
Karaoke
Karate
Kendama
Knife making
Knitting
Knot tying
Kombucha brewing
Kung fu
Lace making
Lapidary
Leather crafting
Lego building
Livestreaming
Listening to music
Listening to podcasts
Lock picking
Machining
Macrame
Magic
Makeup
Manga
Massaging
Mazes
Mechanics
Meditation
Memory training
Metalworking
Miniature art
Minimalism
Model building
Model engineering
Music
Nail art
Needlepoint
Origami
Painting
Palmistry
Pen Spinning
Performance
Pet
Pet adoption & fostering
Pet sitting
Philately
Photography
Pilates
Planning
Plastic art
Playing musical instruments
Poetry
Poi
Pole dancing
Postcrossing
Pottery
Powerlifting
Practical jokes
Pressed flower craft
Proofreading and editing
Proverbs
Public speaking
Puppetry
Puzzles
Pyrography
Quilling
Quilting
Quizzes
Radio-controlled model playing
Rail transport modeling
Rapping
Reading
Recipe creation
Refinishing
Reiki
Reviewing Gadgets
Robot combat
Rubik's Cube
Scrapbooking
Scuba Diving
Sculpting
Sewing
Shoemaking
Singing
Sketching
Skipping rope
Slot car
Soapmaking
Social media
Spreadsheets
Sleeping
Stamp collecting
Stand-up comedy
Storytelling
Stripping
Sudoku
Table tennis playing
Talking
Tapestry
Tarot
Tatebanko
Tattooing
Taxidermy
Telling jokes
Thrifting
Upcycling
Video editing
Video game developing
Video gaming
Video making
VR Gaming
Wargaming
Watch making
Watching documentaries
Watching movies
Watching television
Wax sealing
Waxing
Weaving
Webtooning
Weight training
Welding
Whisky
Whittling
Wikipedia editing
Wine tasting
Winemaking
Witchcraft
Wood carving
Woodworking
Word searches
Worldbuilding
Writing
Writing music
Yo-yoing
Yoga
Zumba


Outdoors and Sports

Air sports
Airsoft
Amateur geology
Amusement park visiting
Archery
Auto detailing
Automobilism
Astronomy
Backpacking
Badminton
BASE jumping
Baseball
Basketball
Beachcombing
Beekeeping
Birdwatching
Blacksmithing
BMX
Board sports
Bodybuilding
Bonsai
Butterfly watching
Bus riding
Camping
Canoeing
Canyoning
Car riding
Car tuning
Caving
City trip
Climbing
Composting
Croquet
Cycling
Dandyism
Dog training
Dog walking
Dowsing
Driving
Farming
Fishing
Flag football
Flower growing
Flying
Flying disc
Flying model planes
Foraging
Fossicking
Freestyle football
Fruit picking
Gardening
Geocaching
Ghost hunting


Collection hobbies


Educational hobbies


Competitive hobbies


Observation hobbies






to be continued

list of all isms

lister
a
absolutism
absurdism
academicism
accidentalism
acosmism
adamitism
adevism
adiaphorism
adoptionism
aestheticism
agapism
agathism
agnosticism
anarchism
animism
annihilationism
anthropomorphism
anthropotheism
antidisestablishmentarianism
antilapsarianism
antinomianism
antipedobaptism
apocalypticism
asceticism
aspheterism
atheism
atomism
autosoterism
autotheism


b
bitheism
bonism
bullionism


c
capitalism
casualism
catabaptism
catastrophism
collectivism
collegialism
communism
conceptualism
conservatism
constructivism
cosmism
cosmotheism


to be continued
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