wispfox: (curious)
I am finding myself wondering how I would describe myself. Not what I do, although sometimes that is relevent. Not what I would like to be, or have been.

Let me give this a shot )
wispfox: (curious)
I am finding myself wondering how I would describe myself. Not what I do, although sometimes that is relevent. Not what I would like to be, or have been.

Let me give this a shot )
wispfox: (googly eyes)
I am a space alien. This makes me wonder if I should change my 'faq' tag to a 'space alien' tag. And if I have other tags which ought to be space alien tags.

I am also very fond of the book Born on the Wrong Planet, even though I don't yet own it (my mom lent it to me a while ago). And less dramatically familiar to me, Thinking in Pictures (because I don't have a visual memory or spatial awareness, and do _not_ think in pictures. Otherwise, though...)

This space alien post brought to you by another space alien.

And I was very, very, very fond of the space aliens in Sesame Street which were thoroughly startled by the grandfather clock and the phone. They don't beep, but I bet they are why I _do_ randomly start beeping.

Ok, hungry is winning, and there is work to be gone. Food now. Alienness later. Because there is always alienness.
wispfox: (googly eyes)
I am a space alien. This makes me wonder if I should change my 'faq' tag to a 'space alien' tag. And if I have other tags which ought to be space alien tags.

I am also very fond of the book Born on the Wrong Planet, even though I don't yet own it (my mom lent it to me a while ago). And less dramatically familiar to me, Thinking in Pictures (because I don't have a visual memory or spatial awareness, and do _not_ think in pictures. Otherwise, though...)

This space alien post brought to you by another space alien.

And I was very, very, very fond of the space aliens in Sesame Street which were thoroughly startled by the grandfather clock and the phone. They don't beep, but I bet they are why I _do_ randomly start beeping.

Ok, hungry is winning, and there is work to be gone. Food now. Alienness later. Because there is always alienness.
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Any time I am told to do something, without a reason why, I'm nearly certain to decide to _not_ do that thing. (exception being if I can figure out why it's a good idea, but that's rare. Most of what I think are good ideas come from people who tell me why - even if I may not need the explanation - or from the inside of my own head)

This means that most LJ memes (I really do want a word which _isn't_ a perversion of the original meaning...) and email forwards with that wording - even if I might otherwise have considered doing them/passing them along - will instantly be something I refuse to do.

Being asked to do something is unlikely to get that reaction. People assuming that I will be do something will probably also get that reaction (although if it's someone who knows me well, I am likely to try to think about it first, rather than immediately be annoyed by the assumption. Because, well, assumptions can be accurate!). It's especially bad if there is an assumption made and not stated.

I _need_ to know why. It helps me remember things, it helps me want to do things (which in turn makes it likely they will occur, because I am more likely to think of said things), it helps me understand the reason behind things which might otherwise seem senseless. Even 'because I want you to' is better than nothing, although it may not actually help your cause if that's the only reason given. Depends on how much I trust a person, really, and that comes from a combination of how well understood I feel, how well I can read/understand them, and amount of interaction.

And... it helps protect me from the fact that I'm overly credulous, even after lots and lots of effort put into being less so. (my bullshit meter is better than none at all. And I can tailor it for specific people, which also helps. Similar to how I get accustomed to people's way of speaking, so I will spend less time with parser errors, and may unconsciously modify my speech patterns more toward theirs when talking to them)

For most/all of my youth (and still a fair amount now, but certainly less), I _had_ to be told what to do for most things which seemed obvious to most people (there's a reason I like to say that nothing is obvious). Because the people who tended to be the ones to tell me what to do did not take unfair advantage of this and understood the reasons behind it, I am still perfectly willing to take and seek out other people's advice, especially if they have proven themselves to be good at interpreting me. But enough interaction with people who _did_ try to take advantage of this means that without knowing that a person can be trusted, my first instinct _will_ be to refuse.

[why the hell does LJ's spellcheck not know 'proven'?]
wispfox: (Default)
Any time I am told to do something, without a reason why, I'm nearly certain to decide to _not_ do that thing. (exception being if I can figure out why it's a good idea, but that's rare. Most of what I think are good ideas come from people who tell me why - even if I may not need the explanation - or from the inside of my own head)

This means that most LJ memes (I really do want a word which _isn't_ a perversion of the original meaning...) and email forwards with that wording - even if I might otherwise have considered doing them/passing them along - will instantly be something I refuse to do.

Being asked to do something is unlikely to get that reaction. People assuming that I will be do something will probably also get that reaction (although if it's someone who knows me well, I am likely to try to think about it first, rather than immediately be annoyed by the assumption. Because, well, assumptions can be accurate!). It's especially bad if there is an assumption made and not stated.

I _need_ to know why. It helps me remember things, it helps me want to do things (which in turn makes it likely they will occur, because I am more likely to think of said things), it helps me understand the reason behind things which might otherwise seem senseless. Even 'because I want you to' is better than nothing, although it may not actually help your cause if that's the only reason given. Depends on how much I trust a person, really, and that comes from a combination of how well understood I feel, how well I can read/understand them, and amount of interaction.

And... it helps protect me from the fact that I'm overly credulous, even after lots and lots of effort put into being less so. (my bullshit meter is better than none at all. And I can tailor it for specific people, which also helps. Similar to how I get accustomed to people's way of speaking, so I will spend less time with parser errors, and may unconsciously modify my speech patterns more toward theirs when talking to them)

For most/all of my youth (and still a fair amount now, but certainly less), I _had_ to be told what to do for most things which seemed obvious to most people (there's a reason I like to say that nothing is obvious). Because the people who tended to be the ones to tell me what to do did not take unfair advantage of this and understood the reasons behind it, I am still perfectly willing to take and seek out other people's advice, especially if they have proven themselves to be good at interpreting me. But enough interaction with people who _did_ try to take advantage of this means that without knowing that a person can be trusted, my first instinct _will_ be to refuse.

[why the hell does LJ's spellcheck not know 'proven'?]
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I never fail to find it fascinating that, even though most of my life (childhood and teen years, at least), I was a morning person, the fact that the vast majority of my social circle, and all the people I've ever dated, are evening/night people, has modified that.

This means that I'm no longer entirely a morning person, even though I do still tend to get up much earlier in the summer when there's light than in the winter when there isn't. But then, in the summer, I need less sleep, there's less dark (and, therefore, sleepy) time, and I can get away with it.

Otherwise, I'd never _see_ the people whose company I enjoy, because our schedules wouldn't coincide even when I have the social energy for interaction. At least, not for very long. Even as it is, I'm frequently up earlier (and in bed earlier, although less so in the summer) than other people I've tended to share living space with (and I'm not even up as early as I used to be!). Might be why I'm generally self-entertainable, actually.
wispfox: (Default)
I never fail to find it fascinating that, even though most of my life (childhood and teen years, at least), I was a morning person, the fact that the vast majority of my social circle, and all the people I've ever dated, are evening/night people, has modified that.

This means that I'm no longer entirely a morning person, even though I do still tend to get up much earlier in the summer when there's light than in the winter when there isn't. But then, in the summer, I need less sleep, there's less dark (and, therefore, sleepy) time, and I can get away with it.

Otherwise, I'd never _see_ the people whose company I enjoy, because our schedules wouldn't coincide even when I have the social energy for interaction. At least, not for very long. Even as it is, I'm frequently up earlier (and in bed earlier, although less so in the summer) than other people I've tended to share living space with (and I'm not even up as early as I used to be!). Might be why I'm generally self-entertainable, actually.
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There is one nearly certain way to make me instantly hate a movie, book, or television show. (Nearly certain because if there are enough other positive factors, I might wait it out)

Have intentionally awkward situations as a form of entertainment. I'm fine with it to show character development (although it'll still make me uncomfortable), as long as the characters actually _do_ develop.

I _hate_ movies, TV, books where the characters make me feel the need to (or actually do it) yell at them every five seconds to stop being stupid about something, and say or do [foo] already!

I completely cannot understand this as a form of entertainment, but apparently it's a popular enough one that my disliking it as strongly as I do confuses people.

Yeah. This is really intended as an FYI, actually. I'm not really of the opinion that anyone would be able to explain it to me and have me actually comprehend it. :)

edit: I note, incidentally, that I am ok with, and can be amused by, things which come across to me as making fun of the genre. That said, though, my tolerance for movies and TV is low enough that such is fairly unlikely to be watched by me unless someone else suggests it.

edit edit: I may or may not be ok with movies that make fun of other genres that I can't deal with. Like... horror movies, TV series, or books which are intended to make people jumpy are _not_ good. Even, sometimes, if they are intended to make fun of such things.
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There is one nearly certain way to make me instantly hate a movie, book, or television show. (Nearly certain because if there are enough other positive factors, I might wait it out)

Have intentionally awkward situations as a form of entertainment. I'm fine with it to show character development (although it'll still make me uncomfortable), as long as the characters actually _do_ develop.

I _hate_ movies, TV, books where the characters make me feel the need to (or actually do it) yell at them every five seconds to stop being stupid about something, and say or do [foo] already!

I completely cannot understand this as a form of entertainment, but apparently it's a popular enough one that my disliking it as strongly as I do confuses people.

Yeah. This is really intended as an FYI, actually. I'm not really of the opinion that anyone would be able to explain it to me and have me actually comprehend it. :)

edit: I note, incidentally, that I am ok with, and can be amused by, things which come across to me as making fun of the genre. That said, though, my tolerance for movies and TV is low enough that such is fairly unlikely to be watched by me unless someone else suggests it.

edit edit: I may or may not be ok with movies that make fun of other genres that I can't deal with. Like... horror movies, TV series, or books which are intended to make people jumpy are _not_ good. Even, sometimes, if they are intended to make fun of such things.
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I'm being all organized and attempting to keep track of my food preferences somewhere useful for pointing people to it. I will add to it as I remember things (and/or people remind me), and am putting it into my "me FAQ" memories category.

food preferences )
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I'm being all organized and attempting to keep track of my food preferences somewhere useful for pointing people to it. I will add to it as I remember things (and/or people remind me), and am putting it into my "me FAQ" memories category.

food preferences )

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