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Sitting at the back of a classroom, having to be ready to help the teacher catch some dumb Javascript mistake at any moment while he's live-coding, I'm too jittery to do nothing but can't do anything too attention-absorbing, either. So, here are some tabs I've had open for a while.


  • Badgers in love comic, because it's adorable. "Offer's open." :-)

  • To my friends on the spectrum: covers the basic idea that if people ask you what you're doing, the meta-question is whether they can join you. In fact, a straight-up answer will turn people off. I've found this to be less true in adulthood, possibly because people are more into their chosen hobbies by now, and a lot of extreme activities aren't easily or safely joinable. But when I was younger I sure could have used this article.

  • Geeks, MOPs and Sociopaths -- about the typical rise and evolution and fall of subcultures. This was presented to me on FB, and rang dreadfully true to me in the context of the Boston acroyoga scene. Clearly I was a Geek there, and I could name some of the Sociopaths. I quote: Fanatics do all the organizational work, initially just on behalf of geeks: out of generosity, and to enjoy a geeky subsociety. They put on events, build websites, tape up publicity fliers, and deal with accountants. And then the "mops", or normal people, show up, and then... Fanatics may be generous, but they signed up to support geeks, not mops. Then the subculture dies, unless there's enough value for the sociopaths to show up.

  • Have you tried solving the problem? -- this just gets funnier the more I dip into it. Have you tried tying the problem to a stone altar, extracting its heart, and tossing its body down the stairs?

Date: 2017-07-12 06:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drwex
I adore that badger comic because I am TOTALLY the one on the right. Pygment has remarked multiple times about how peaceable I am, right up until I perceive something as threatening her at which point I get incredibly snarly and hostile.

The spectrum thing is somewhat true for me, but very not true for others on the spectrum; it's not as generally applicable as sometimes made out to be. I think the underlying principle (which Pygment calls "speaking Hintish") is right. But the specific cases are hard(er) to navigate.

The MOPs thing sounds like a lot of sour grapes; I have no cred for claiming hip or (sub)cultural but it doesn't align with my experiences. It also ignores both the cyclical and migratory nature of these things.

I still have the last one open to read but must do Actual Work today...

Date: 2017-07-17 02:52 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the response. I can see that scenes do have some of these problems and they sure do move through cycles.

Date: 2017-07-13 02:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] apfelsingail
Ooh, thanks for posting the subculture piece! I was just telling someone about it. It... resonates... with some of the subcultures I've been involved in. Circus for sure. The burn scene. And from what some friends have said, tribal bellydance.

There is also a fairly natural lifecycle where things are awesome and then people move on, or it becomes so popular it becomes mainstream (ahem- graphic novels and superhero anything), at which point grumpy gatekeepers get incredibly obnoxious. (Sorry, dude, I actually WAS into Gaiman and comics and a lot of other geeky stuff before you were, don't give me a quiz or crap for it, who died and made you god, anyway?) Mostly, I'm fine with stuff becoming more mainstream because it means creators can make a living making the stuff that I like and there is way more of it. So I get to read Squirrel Girl and finally see a decent Wonder Woman movie and enjoy an unabashedly feminist and really fun Supergirl with a budget (season 1 is better than 2, but hey).

Date: 2017-07-16 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeah... I've been following that whole mess. That has got to be so incredibly heartbreaking for Elsie and Serenity.

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