thepeopleseason: (Default)
You prefer the three-button blazer.
(black, not blue),
Pockets still sewn shut from the factory
Years ago.

You’ve taken to wearing it without a tie,
Just a pocket square matching your shirt
And a practiced, wide smile.

It’s become something of a rite,
You, dressed in your uniform
(lightly-starched),
Shouting or laughing or listening
To murmurs and echoes of murmurs,
The hollow buzz of conversations
As the wet of condensation
Drips from your cocktail
Onto your jeans or your slacks
Or your shirttail.

Paying no heed to the shock
Of cold, moist discomfort,
You don your plastic, wide smile
To exorcise restraint and recluse.
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
Can you fill this out without lying? You've been tagged, so now you need to answer all the questions HONESTLY. At the end, choose at least 8 people to be tagged. Don't forget to tag me!

To do this, copy this entire message, create a new note, paste these instructions in the body of the note, delete my answers, and type yours. Easy peasy!

Next, tag 8 people (in the right hand corner of the app). Click publish (at the bottom). Have fun! :)

What was the last thing you put in your mouth... )
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?! 'Have you ever kissed someone? Missed someone? Told someone you loved them? Drank alcohol?' 49 questions for the people who are a little older...

What bill do you hate paying the most? )
thepeopleseason: (freakin' duck)
[livejournal.com profile] batnandu: uh. wtf? http://www.hampsterdance.com/
batnandu: it's like they ruined my childhood
batnandu: except i was in grad school
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
This has nothing to do with the new Facebook layout.

Back in 2002, I started this Livejournal, because, as [livejournal.com profile] batnandu suggests, I'm something of an emotional exhibitionist. Drawing compelling content from the dross of my daily life, however, is a Herculean task--were I more dedicated to poetry, short fictions, photos, or videos, I suppose I could have some gems to offer every day. As it stands, I'm that post-modern, neo-geek, sarcastic, hipster-douchebag that only ever drops the occasional grain of wit (I'm guessing this is why Twitter might be so popular) amidst a sea of memes and self-absorbed whining.

So if you go back and look at the succession of posts following that November, 2002 debut (no, really, don't waste your time), you'll find a series of memes and quiz results offered from sites like quizdiva.com, quizilla.com, or okcupid.com. With such a frequency that one of the people who (for some yet-to-be-determined reason) follows this LJ said, "please stop taking quizes, for the love of god."

And yes, I did eventually tire of seeing the insipid things populating my friends page--I even wrote a filter for my friends page to automatically cut them.

So it's with a supreme sense of resignation that I see the latest items scrolling onto my Facebook homepage:
  • "What painting are you?"
  • "Which Great Philosopher are you?"
  • "Where should you be living?"
These are the same kinds of things I stopped posting a long while ago, and it seems that Facebook is just recycling the whole Online Junior High Slambook concept again.

But here's where it's even worse--each application that Facebook approves for its users need approval from each individual user before they allow it to post on that user's page. The quiz application developers, in their idiocy, instead of creating a single quiz framework application to access the user's information, set their quizzes up so that each individual quiz has to ask for access to the user's details. So every Facebook user wanting to take the both the "Where should you be living" quiz and the "Which 80s band are you?" quiz has to approve access for both quizzes individually, when the access required for both is essentially, "Can this application post its crap onto your news feed?"

And all for those unspecific, non-committal gestures at your personality.

FML

Feb. 20th, 2009 05:58 pm
thepeopleseason: (o shrrie)
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: http://www.fmylife.com/sex/88381
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: yeah, that teh suck.
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: bigtime
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: damn
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: I actually commented on this one http://www.fmylife.com/love/87320
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: can you guess my comment?
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: ROFL
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: #2
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: wow.
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: how do you people know me so well?
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: come on
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: your user name was "cockpunch"
[livejournal.com profile] coffeeachiever: of COURSE that's you
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Uncle Patrick's Ball-Punch Theory
Punching someone really, really hard on the balls can potentially flip their breaker switch, ideally resetting their personality to something more manageable.
-- http://tr.im/gCRL
Unfortunately, there's no shortage of test subjects.
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
I just finished Simon Baron-Cohen's The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains and the Truth about Autism, an exploration of the general differences between the way men and women look at the world, and how much our genes and hormones go towards affecting those outlooks.

Baron-Cohen suggests... )

Revenge

Dec. 9th, 2008 11:51 am
thepeopleseason: (Default)
or "Why You Shouldn't Be an Asshole to People You Don't Know."

On Saturday morning... (long) )
thepeopleseason: (Default)
If you want a truly original Halloween costume, do the following:
  • Dress up in Sarah Palin clothes.
  • Put on Joker makeup.
  • Talk in a high-pitched, gravelly-voiced Alaskan-nee-Midwestern accent.
  • When people ask you who you're supposed to be, answer "I'm 2008's two most over-done Halloween costumes."
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From the various Myers-Briggs tests that I've taken both online and in the meatspace, I've come to know myself as an INFP (although from time to time, I'll migrate to INTP when I'm especially analytic on a given subject). In this article, I found the following passages:
The fourth type of introvert in the smallest minority group is the INFP, the Healer. Healers make up just 1% of men and 2% of women on the planet.
And further down...
Don’t try to change [your introvert] into an extrovert. This is the ultimate stressor. It can lead to long term loss of Spirit, low self esteem, depression and health conditions associated with long term stress. Some of the signs to watch for have been indicated for each type: excessive eating, drinking or exercise, compulsive self criticism and perfectionism, feeling “unreal” or “lost” in time and space, disassociating from the body, speechless paralysis and cries for help such as “get away” or “leave me alone”.
This sentiment is echoed throughout many of the articles found under when trolling del.icio.us for links about introverts/introversion--introverts are the way they are, do not try to change them into extroverts, leave them alone.

Now granted, this article specifically targets parents of introverted children, and while I can respect the intent, the fact remains that as someone who is deeply introverted, I must live, work, and love in the extroverts' world, and excessive amounts of "leave me alone" has left me ill-prepared to operate in certain relationships which require more extroversion of me.

[Note: which is not to say that parents, friends, and significant others should attempt to extrovert their introverts at will. The eagerness extroverts throw into their social interactions (especially when, speaking from experience, they're trying to pull an introvert out of their solitude) is at times too much.]

Unless I'm willing to accept the notion that introverts should only have relationships with other introverts, I must reject the advice that introverts should not have some acclimatization to the needs of an exceedingly social society.

If, reading this as an extrovert, you find yourself thinking of an introvert that could be more social, remember--moderation is the key. In my case, I tend to feel more comfortable with either a smaller gathering for an extended period of time or a shorter get-together with a larger group of people. As I've gotten to know more people well, the social stress that results from my introversion falls.
thepeopleseason: (Default)
bug-ger the ques-tion

Pronunciation: ˈbu̇-gər thə ˈkwes-chən
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English bougre heretic, from Anglo-French bugre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally, Bulgarian; from the association of Bulgaria with the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy

To misuse a word or phrase so prevalently that the incorrect/inaccurate meaning becomes linguistically valid.

"When you say, 'That literally blew my mind,' you're trying to bugger the question."

See also: ma-la-prop-en-si-ty, dinosaur comics on logical fallacies.
thepeopleseason: (scalawag)
Merriam-Webster President John Morse said "w00t" reflected the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words.

"People look for self-evident numeral-letter substitutions: 0 for O; 3 for E; 7 for T; and 4 for A," he said. "This is simply a different and more efficient way of representing the alphabetical character."
-- from "w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary
While I'm rather amused that Merriam-Webster chose "w00t" as word of the year (granted, some two to four years after it really became vernacular for anyone who spent any amount of time online), to suggest that l33t5p34]< and "w00t" in particular is a result of numeric keyboard inefficiencies just indicates how badly Merriam-Webster is stuck in the 20th Century (and don't even get me started on their website).
thepeopleseason: (Default)
From Single Female Seeking Same-Race Male:
The researchers found that most women speed daters said yes (meaning they’d like to see a man again after the four-minute speed date) less often to men of another race than they did to men of their own race. Here’s how much less interested they were in the other races, as compared with their enthusiasm for men of their own race:
African-American women said yes about 30 percent less often to Hispanic men; about 45 percent less often to white men; about 65 percent less often to Asian men.

White women said yes about 30 percent less often to black or Hispanic men, and about 65 percent less often to Asian men.

Hispanic women said yes about 20 percent less often to black or white men, and 50 percent less often to Asian men.

Asian women didn’t discriminate much by race (except for showing a very slight preference for Asian men over black or Hispanic men).
... The researchers, after controlling for all other attributes (height, weight, attractiveness, etc.), calculated how much extra income (relative to the income of the average online male dater, $62,500) a man would need to overcome the racial barrier. Here are some of the estimates (there weren’t enough data to do all the interracial permutations) of how much each extra income a man would need to be equally appealing to a woman as would a man of her own race:
... For equal success with a white woman, an African-American needs to earn an additional $154,000; a Hispanic man needs $77,000; an Asian needs $247,000.
To all the women who chose to share some emotional- (or latex-) filled moments with me, a sudden and belated appreciation is due.
thepeopleseason: (snowman)
Yesterday, Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and the writer behind Toy Story and Astonishing X-Men, posted a long treatise on how the various societies and cultures throughout the world treat women. The subject is disturbing to say the least, and it may make you cry or recoil in horror simply from reading its description.

But it's one of those things that everyone, no matter their sense of propriety, should think about.

Because it took me a few tries yesterday to pull up the post, and because I've seen various people comment that they haven't seen or couldn't load the post, I'm going to reproduce the entire thing here (Go straight to the post, however, for some discussion about it). Let's Watch A Girl... )
thepeopleseason: (Default)
I know you think pretty much anything is fair game, especially if it's sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or spicy. But, please, for the love of all that is umami, stop putting ingredients that kill into things that are meant to go into people's mouths.
thepeopleseason: (orange wedge)
I know that Emergency Broadcasts are important, and I've even tolerated your stupid interrupt-the-program-when-you-test-the-system-during-primetime-programming test procedure.

But tonight, I watched you completely interrupt the penultimate episode of this season of Supernatural some five minutes from the ending, thereby completely obscuring the action from when spoiler ) to when spoiler ), rendering my watching of said program incomplete and unenjoyable, for the broadcast of an emergency notice of a child abduction which contained no discernable details other than it was in the state of Georgia.

In short, you suck donkey balls.
thepeopleseason: (bride with white hair)
I have no daughter, so there a small blessing here when I point you to the Consumerist's link to a story about a six-year old's desire to get her non-American Girl doll's hair styled at the American Girl salon.

What's the small blessing?

Well, if I were the father of said six-year old, I would have very calmly walked up to the store clerk and the other women berating my child and stabbed them all in the face.
thepeopleseason: (freakin' duck)
So last night, I ended up hitting a local bar for their Guitar Hero competition. Having played very little actual Guitar Hero II, I didn't sign up to compete, my primary reason for being there was to meet up with El Guapo, his brother [livejournal.com profile] skander, and his other brother who to the best of my knowledge has no sort of blog. I get there somewhat earlier than the rest of the gang and mill about the bar while I wait for the Guapos. At one point one of the competitors walks up to me and asks, "Did you play at the competition at the Independent a long time ago?"

When I reply in the affirmative, he responds: "Dude, you're the reason that I play Guitar Hero!"

I'm not sure what to think of that.


Listening to the morning radio, I learned that the general contractor assigned to do roadwork on I-20 near Atlanta may be fined for exceeding the early-morning time alloted to blocking a lane on the interstate and causing a disproportionate amount of gridlock. Coupled with the recent news that Turner Broadcasting will likely pay some two million dollars for the media and police disruption of Boston as a result of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force viral marketing campaign, it occurs to me that if we're going to make people pay for screwing up traffic, then the purveyors of the Big Dig probably owe the city a pretty penny.


And finally, from [livejournal.com profile] countessmary: Bold the series that you've seen for 3 or more episodes. Underline the series that you know for sure (or that you've seen them complete). If you want, add three more series (keep it in alphabetic order).

I added Beauty and the Geek, Cupid, and Psych.

big list of television series )

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