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August 22nd, 2011


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08:33 am
There is truly something poisonous in the one-upmanship of our society.

Some examples:

lishd had an amazing portrait of a hawk carved into her side over the course of five hours.
A friend of mine responded by saying that some of her friends get brands done.

I mentioned on facebook that I was in Titusville (the nearest town to Kennedy Space Center) for the final space shuttle launch.
A friend of mine responded with "Wow -- why are you hanging out in Hicktown?"
Another friend responded with "Why did you go out for it? There's only a 30% chance of it launching."

(I was able to have the last laugh in this case -- the probability was downgraded farther and the launch proceeded -- but if you've been reading my journal, you knew that.)

Whenever my video game console collection is discussed, inevitably someone puts forth the question: "Oh yeah? Do you have console X?" where X is a meaningless console like a Dendy or a Game & Watch watch. This usually leads to the rather thrilling continuing thread of conversation of "Oh."

On the occasions where I do happen to have X, they continue their inquisition until one is named that I don't have without any apparent recognition that their attempt at a trump is invalid. I once endured someone asking this question eight times before they gave up and they did not give me opportunity to elucidate at any point. Their response was "Huh."

The art of conversation is not a matter of flapping your lips at one another for an extended period of time. It is about listening, understanding, and responding thoughtfully. In our age of instant gratification, it is most unfortunate that people see a period of time for reflection in the midst of an argument or conversation as an imperfection.

Groucho Marx was quoted as saying "Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don't anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. When you're always trying for a topper you aren't really listening. It ruins communication."

(It seems to me that at some point, I have likely been a hypocrite with respect to this statement, nevertheless I hold that it does not diminish the truth of my sentiment.)

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From:londo
Date:August 22nd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Not that we know each other or anything, but... carved? Can you elaborate, please?
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
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check the latest post on my lj. it's public.
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From:londo
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, okay, so... wow.

That is beautiful and awesome, which is to say, I am awed by it. I spent a good few minutes with an open jaw. Those are some amazingly vivid colors. I'm really, really curious what it will look like in a month or two, but the "fresh" pictures are gorgeous.

I am also somewhat impressed by the pain that must be involved and the freak-drive dedication to art required to do it, and that adds a little to the amazingness of the art itself, but mostly that's just one of the more beautiful things I've seen in a while.
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
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on multiple levels: thank you. :)
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From:londo
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
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The relevant comment no longer exists for me to reply to, but my roommate just IM'd me from the other side of the wall asking me what was so funny.

You are clearly awesome, let me know the next time you're in Boston and I'll... buy you a beer, or whatever.
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
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'cept that i'm straight-edge, so that's not an incredibly inviting offer. X) i was just on the east coast, you know - so clearly it's your turn next.

ps my lj has about 23749237589 other pics of joe's ass if you'd like to further gaze lovingly upon it
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From:londo
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
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*snickers* I don't drink either, but it seems to be the social standard. And, actually, I am in SF for a wedding in a month, and depending on how work goes I may be there for a couple weeks, so... sure.

I'm about as straight as Phil is, but the instant response was still hilarious.
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I ADHERE LESS TO THE SOCIAL STANDARD THAN YOU DO!@#!

there, now we're back on topic.

convince phil to drive up with you. we have a sofa *&* an air mattress.

no one is as straight (read: square) as phil is.
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From:testing4l
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
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You'd have better luck with Jones soda. I'm not sure if she drinks the stuff, but she has used the bottles for time-delayed biological bombs.
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
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i don't drink soda either, but yes, they do very nicely go BANG splat drip
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From:testing4l
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
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This post will probably answer your questions for her.

Also, it contains all the pictures of her boyfriend's ass that anyone could ever want.
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From:londo
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, I don't know. I still don't know how hairy said butt is under all that pant.
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From:testing4l
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
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From:lishd
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
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i was timing how long it would take you to delete that. XD
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From:testing4l
Date:August 22nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
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It would've been faster if I hadn't been in the middle of typing something else.

I should write a bot to delete pictures of Joe from my LJ for the future.

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