Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lottery Results and Schrödinger's cat

If you instantly know what I mean by the title of this post, I tip my hat to you.  

The Schrödinger's cat paradox is complicated enough, but what does it have to do with the lottery?

Let me explain...

Typically, I buy a ticket for the EuroMillions lottery each draw.  I do a lucky dip so I don't have to commit to playing every time, as I would if I had set numbers (like I do with the regular UK lottery, ugh) and I do it online because it's just easier.

When you win something, you get a super exciting email to say "we have news about your ticket" but it doesn't say any more than that, just that you need to log in and see the message.

This is where Schrödinger and his cat come in.  In that Paradox the scenario you are presented with is that the cat is in a box and effectively, it's both alive and dead at the same time*  

When I get that email from the lottery to say they have a message about my ticket, for the 45 or so seconds it takes me to log in I am both a multi-millionairess who can quite my job and live in the lap of luxury and a girl who needs to get her shit together and go to work because she's cutting it really fine.

It's only when you open the message (or open the box) that you know for sure and so far, it's always been the latter.  The dead, radioactive cat, if you will. 

But maybe one day. Maybe one day the cat will be alive and I'll buy a yacht or something.  

*There's a lot more to it than my crude summary for the purposes of illustrating a point - it's science after all - and I'd recommend the wikipedia page if you want more info.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Perfect / Good

At the beginning of the year I set this blog up, full of good intentions and with a plan to update regularly. That went well, didn't it?

I don't know what it is, but I get some sort of mental block when it comes to writing blog posts.  Much more so than I do with filming videos for YouTube.  That seems to come so naturally to me now (though getting the lighting set up is a bit of a pain).

It might be down to the fact that historically, the blogs I've had that I kept up for the longest were always more personal than subject driven and I'm not really in a position to share some of the life things in detail the way I used to ten years ago. My life now doesn't permit going into too much detail and in reality, I'm somewhat stuck in a rut and so I don't necessarily feel that I have a huge amount of interesting content to share. Add to that the notion that I'm not sure whether the GlossGalore name lends itself well to a more general/lifestyle blog. One the one hand, it reads more like a beauty blog but on the other hand there isn't any reason why "gloss" couldn't apply to the good things in life as a whole, right?

So maybe I'm just getting in my own way.  A case of the perfect getting in the way of the good, perhaps.

Must try harder.