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21 April 2007 @ 12:21 pm
Am I Geek-tastic, or just Pathetic?  
Got this one from elanurel. My geek score would be higher if I'd actually read some of the standard Sci-Fi/Fantasy instead of sticking to the stuff I like. ;)

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Today I'm actually writing (feverishly. Hi, Clex!). And our babysitter cancelled again this week, which dampens the spirits quite a bit. Grrr..

Meanwhile, Christopher is distracting me with his excessive enthusiasm for John Madden '07, to the point where I may have to move into another room. He's been having fun with Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 quite a bit too, which allows the park creator a lot of, let us say, homicidal freedoms. There's an animal park component, and you can put predators and prey together. Or predators and guests, which Christopher has done. You can far exceed the torque physics on the roller coaster/flume rides (which is unnerving to watch via the "Coaster Cam," let me tell you), and send rides over volcanoes or dump them out into the swimming people-- when actual people are swimming in it, lots of them. Okay!

You can also observe guests, who are often "Wandering" or "Looking for family" but once was "Becky is in love" (that lasted about 5 seconds-- Becky must have been a pre-teen or something) and today Christopher zeroed in on a guy with an Afro whose thought was "Is somebody watching me?!?"

On the exercise front, I foresee a day of biking in the garage, where I'll be watching Oz, so not too bad. Last weekend I watched a movie, The Crutch, which was about a gay high school student and drama teacher and was fairly compelling. There's a strangely non-judgmental feeling to that relationship (these are the recollections of the student), even though you can see what a negative influence the exposure to drugs and alcohol added.

On Thursday.... I went running again, for the first time since the Disneyland trip that was so hard on my feet. 3.3 miles, and I finished, which is huge. I went on the parkway, for the added spring of running on dirt and not blacktop. I'd hoped for a little rain beforehand to soften it further, but no.

Funny-- when my husband asks about my bicycle rides, the answers are things like "Windy" "Fuzzy" "Squirrels" "Fast!" "I saw quail" "A bunny!" "Hot" or "Lots of idiots."

Ever since the plantar fasciitus almost 3 years, ago, where I've eased back into running again since Thanksgiving, the usual answer is "I finished." And that IS its own answer. It's such a different perspective.



 
 
 
elanurelelanurel on April 21st, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I confess that I have been known to be fairly, um, sadistic when playing The Sims... ("Yes, why don't you go change that light bulb and stand inside the puddle of water...")
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 21st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
("Yes, why don't you go change that light bulb and stand inside the puddle of water...")
And I kind of love when they let you. :0

Hee!
elanurelelanurel on April 21st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I know. I also had this problem where I kept making it so the men would get kidnapped and impregnated by aliens because I thought it was funny having a half-alien town that wasn't the half-alien town in the game.

I'm not a nice Sim person. I won't even talk about building a one by one square around a standing Sim...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 22nd, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
My son keeps setting his Sims on fire. While giggling manically.

He also deliberately puts ghosts in the houses
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 22nd, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
And how is the foot?

My hip is killing me because I decided to make up flat pack furniture.

I foresee a day of biking in the garage, where I'll be watching Oz

I'd watch that heart rate then. You might just explode.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Both feet are on about an even par (they both have plantar fasciitus), with some heel spur pain still. But not that extra pain in the right foot that started up at Disneyland *crosses fingers*.

My hip is killing me because I decided to make up flat pack furniture.
Ouch! The thought of being sidelines at ceilidhs is no fun either-- I'd think that would be one of the highlights of being Scottish! Funny how the Welsh have poetry and lots of singing, but not so much the dancing. Wonder why that is?

I'd watch that heart rate then. You might just explode.
Hee! So far so good, and I'm in the 4th season. One of the most maddening things about these large-ensemble shows, though, is the burning urge to go off and look up people at imdb.com to figure out who the heck they are. Because this usually goes hand-in-hand with an unnamed character, or one whose name is *mumble* or a nickname. And if you figure out the name and look them up, half the time there's no picture to go with the actor. Makes me feel thwarted, somehow.

The Internet was made for people like me, who want to Google up all the answers to their random curious moments. And oh, do I have plenty of those!
monotonygirl: jensen smile playthingsmonotonygirl on April 22nd, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Only 73%? Shouldn't that be higher? Just kidding, hon, my score tops yours, so takes one to know one, I guess. The beauty of it is that scientific studies show that geeks are the happiest people in the world (no, that's not a joke. I read lots of medical journals for my prefession, and there have been studies done of this nature). Geeks genrally don't give a rat's a** what other people think of them, which translates to very high life satisfaction scores. So be proud to be a geek, you're probably very very happy as a result!

I really want to go out and buy a system after reading about you and your son's adventures in gaming. I really want to have a go at Guitar Hero, and this rollercoaster thing sounds amazing! I can see it sucking up a lot of my time, not that that's a bad thing. I could use some new distractions! And good for you that you exercise at all (although frowny face that it causes you pain). I like to sit on my lazy butt; I'm sure I'll pay for that some day. I'm jealous of people like you and my sister who make this a priority for yourselves and your health. Wish I were so motivated, and I should be considering my profession, but my couch would miss me too much ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Only 73%? Shouldn't that be higher?
:D You'd think it would be, except that I've never been able to make it through The Hobbit or LOTR books, nor several of the classic older Sci-Fi novels. That would have raised my score. ;)

And I only use Internet Explorer as a browser, since it's the only one my office supports and even my home computer is an office computer, so why challenge the Operating System, you know?

I really want to have a go at Guitar Hero, and this rollercoaster thing sounds amazing! I can see it sucking up a lot of my time, not that that's a bad thing. I could use some new distractions!
Guitar Hero is just a blast-- and you need just the Playstation 2 and the kit itself. It'll run you under $250, if you bargain-hunt. The "Roller Coaster Tycoon" thing is hilarious-- lots of building things, monitoring your "customers," etc. When Christopher did the Version 2 one, we got, "People are littering in my park!" And then he discovered that he hadn't put in trash cans. But when a few of them littered anyway, he wanted to use the "Claw from the Sky" function to remove them. ;)

I exercise in part because my metabolism is utterly dead, and I don't burn calories (struggling to lose weight constantly). But I'd still do it, just less frequently or for such major session. I got mono my freshman year in college, where going up a single flight of stairs wiped me out. I decided then and there that I never wanted to feel like that again! My perspective might have been a little skewed then, but darn-- that was frustrating!