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Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006, 10:59 am
My sick desire to be normal

I'm jealous of my brother. He can pass as normal. Why didn't I get the gift of normal? I used to value the benefits of being weird. You meet interesting people. You have experiences worth recording. I'm ready to trade the benefits of being weird for the benefit of feeling normal.

I'm also sick of disagreeing with people all the time. I'm ready to adopt more popular beliefs for the sake of agreeing with people more often.

Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)

Normal's overrated. Imagine being mediocre at everything forever! How depressing.

Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
basilwhite: I'm ashamed that I'm willing to be mediocre to get along with people better.

I'm ashamed that I'm willing to be mediocre to get along with people better. I have this idea that normal people have more friends because they have more in common with the average person. Right now I'd rather be mediocre than lonely.

Of course, I could make an effort to interact with people.

Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
morbidimpishfae: Re: I'm ashamed that I'm willing to be mediocre to get along with people better.

Well, a good blunt head trauma might knock you down to normal...or a few weeks worth of non-stop network television.

Mediocre people are usually just as lonely anyway, superficial friendships don't mean much when you're done bar hopping or whatever and you're home alone on your couch with no one you can really tollerate a long conversation with.

*hug* Hang in there, being lonely sucks.

Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
churchmommy68: Normal is a setting on the dryer

Its no way to live a life. Be true to yoruself Basil my friend. Real friends will love you anyway and you REALLY don't need the rest of the world.

Would love to see your abnormal self if you're going to be in Memphis anytime soon.


Wed, Apr. 12th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: Normal is a setting on the dryer

May 28 - June 5.

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
marimacc: Re: Normal is a setting on the dryer

You are Basil. You are amazingly and wonderfully abnormal. I feel I barely know you, and yet I think you're one of the most unique people I know. Changing yourself isn't going to make people like you more; it might make them like someone you really aren't, but they aren't going to like you. And it would probably cause the friends you have now to stop liking you.

Come with me and H and psu jedi to Shore Leave; you'll be surrounded by your own kind; who will love and accept you for who you are, just as we do.

And I will point out ONE MORE TIME to you that me and H. work right across the street from you; and any time you feel lonely; just come over, or call me and I'll come over, or we'll do lunch or something. I love hanging out with you, so don't think you're imposing. :)

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: Normal is a setting on the dryer

Teaching class. Dammit. I'll ask the boss about shore leave 07.

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
marimacc: Re: Normal is a setting on the dryer

Well......there's always Gen Con; you'll seem perfectly normal there in comparison.

Thu, Apr. 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)

after a night of drinking with my boyfriend's brother being asked if I was pagan bought shots by people I don't know and then asked to move my car... normal sounds kinda nice right now, I would atleast see straight

Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Why be normal ?

Not just a crappy 80's band...So I guess only your brother is normal? I thought all women at 29 were bankrupt, divorced and clamoring to finish college.....

Wed, May. 3rd, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
sequentialscott: Normality

Nobody is normal. I'm thinking of going to Balticon dressed in a business suit. I'm a non-conformist.

BTW - We've met once or twice, I think, but in a usability context. Somehow, I found your site while friend-hopping. shalandar to vikingsparrow to here. You still work for the VA?

Scott McDaniel

Wed, May. 3rd, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
sequentialscott: Re: Normality

Actually, that's shalandara

Thu, May. 4th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: Normality

I mean [info]shalandara

Thu, May. 4th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: Normality

Friended you and [info]shalandar! Still at VA.

Thu, May. 4th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
sequentialscott: Re: Normality

Cool. BTW - Do you have any opinions on the Stephen Colbert performance at the Washington Press Corps dinner? Talk about comedy used as a weapon! There wasn't a lot of laughter in the room, but I don't think he necessarily intended there to be.

I'm doing UI design at NIH these days. I'm also (finally) easing out of the usability evangelism thing. I like the work, but would rather put my energy into other things - comics, gaming, family, etc. - than organize a meeting or write a paper.

Fri, May. 5th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: Normality

There's a book called "The Comedian as Confidence Man." I gave it to Doug Stanhope and he told me he talks about it on the radio. The book is about irony fatigue: if a comedian's comedy achieves social outcomes greater than comedy, the goal of repeating those outcomes can overshadow the goal of making people laugh, and the output isn't as funny anymore, cf., Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Hicks, etc. Colbert had another agenda. That's not necessarily BAD, but it is what it is.

I miss participating in usability evangelism. I couldn't figure out how to quantify my manifesto.