People draw lines. They do it all the time. There are certain boundaries we will not cross. Broadly speaking, we don't kill each other because of the consequences (feeling freaking terrible is a consequence). Here are some lines I realised I'd unconsciously drawn with regards to being a geek:
I'm not going to play Magic at competitive events. Now, I'm good enough to win Prereleases with the right cardpool and a bit of luck so it's not a question of whether or not I'd do well, it's just something that very obviously says to me that I'm not playing for the fun of it anymore (and I'll admit I probably would enjoy it, especially if I did well). I'd have to build a competetive deck which would be a bit costly too and I'd have to learn how to pilot it and its matchups and sideboarding strategies and things. All these are ways to make a game I really enjoy unfun for me.
I'm not going to cosplay as anything or anyone. For the benefit of people who have no clue what I'm talking about (i.e. my dad. Hey dad! Hope you guys are enjoying your holiday!), cosplaying is like fancy dress but for anime or videogame characters. It's got its casual people and its obsessives like everything else. Weirder varients include crossplay (dressing as characters of the opposite sex), seifuku cosplay (dressing up as characters and having sex) and people who think of themselves as otakukin (the literal reincarnations of anime characters). No, I'm not making this up, sorry if any of you had your rosy views of the world shattered. The weirder stuff and the more obsessive people are what's putting me off this. That and the fact that I'm not pretty enough to play any of the characters I'd like to.
I'm not going to buy more geeky t-shirts than I can possibly wear. I think that one's fairly self-explanatory. This will save me cash and wardrobe space (I seem to barely have enough hangers at any given time as it is).
So, those are my lines. There are lots of others, as I'm sure some of you know but I'll talk to you about those another time. In the meantime, may I meet a girl like Rei who likes me like a girl like Asuka likes me. Did that even make sense?
I have decided to compile a short list (but probably not a shortlist) of animals suitable for use in a Ubuntu kernel release candidate thing:
The Breezy Baboon
The Breezy Boar
The Breezy Bluebird
The Breezy Blowfish
The Breezy Brown's Camel (N.B. this one may not be real)
The Breezy Bacterium
Equally alliterative animals can be found elsewhere with a small amount of thought. This has been a public service announcement on behalf of wedge.
Right, so living in the 'House of Geek' I have become used to random things from the internet being used in day to day conversation and so know about things like this which obviously scare me mightily. When Dave told me he was getting into his roflcopter, I was disconcerted to say the least. Fortunately, I got the reference (being very up-to-date on my interweb culture) unlike some of the other housemates whose head(s) it may have wooshed over.
What else? Well we finally have internet access and I've been frantically catching up on security updates and patches for all my favourite things which is good. Other than that, there isn't a great deal going on and I seem to have started to lose contact with my housemates (not unexpectedly) I guess we'll get together reasonably often in the SUCS room if nowhere else.