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quarter to 5 in the morning : sleep deprivation's taking me interesting places

Posted on 2002.03.06 at 04:59
Mood: weirdweird
Music: local area network - weeio
i've decided that something that really pisses me off is when someone prefaces something you don't want to hear with "i know you don't want to hear this, but".

i used to date a girl that did that incessantly.

"i know you hate hearing about the veritable arsenal of cock i stuffed myself with before i was with you, but this one time..."

why not just say the whole sentence?

"i know you hate hearing about this subject but my need to run my fucking mouth is more important to me than your need for happiness so shut your pie hole while i tell this story."

don't do that. it's crap. & no, this is not directed at anyone (& least of all *you*), it's just 5 in the morning and i'm laying a stream of consciousness onto the keyboard because my mental bladder has been full for a while.

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another thing about the sims that makes me insanely jealous: they get to just hop into a car and vanish from "reality" for their entire work shift. someone needs to pay me a few bills a day to disappear. i can do that shit.

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when the hell are they gonna figure out how to snarf up that 90% of the brainspace that the average human never uses, like the dnetc client does with CPU cycles?

and moreover, if you *could* do that- jack yourself in and go braindead for 8 hours while your "processor time" gets "outsourced"- would you?

my initial reaction was "no"- but after consideration, i changed my mind, thinking of that excellent episode of 3rdRock where sally becomes a waitress... her thoughts on employment (paraphrased):

"the people of this planet have this wierd habit of trading their time for money.
it's kinda like taking out a mortgage on your life."

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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2002-03-06 05:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: DUDE!

fucking email me, andrew :P
jonathan
subversiveseed at 2002-03-06 06:22 (UTC) (Link)
I think maybe that in your thinking about the whole "i know you don't want to hear about this but..." business you privilege your immediate emotional reaction at the expense of the speaker's intention. By starting out a sentence with "I know you don't want to hear this but..." someone is apologizing for hurting you in advance and is actually demonstrating a good deal of concern for your feelings. The speaker, before bringing this up, has made the judgement that there's some value in relating the anecdote that is greater than the pain it's going to cause you (whether this judgement is a correct one is a wholly different story) and that they don't intend to cause you pain and they're sorry they're going to.

this is not to say that in a great many instances the relative importance of telling the story versus not bringing up painful memories is grossly misjudged, but it's hardly fair to fault someone for the care they do display about your feelings.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2002-03-06 07:55 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, fuck that.

saying you care while doing something that shows you clearly don't isn't good enough for me.

i realize, that as a rhetoric major, words are very important to you, but actions still speak with more volume and clarity.
sorry. ;)

The speaker, before bringing this up, has made the judgement that there's some value in relating the anecdote that is greater than the pain it's going to cause

that, right there, is credit being given where it isn't necessarily deserved. imo, people consider the affects of their words and actions far less than you think.
Lynn
alceria at 2002-03-06 07:32 (UTC) (Link)
You're funny Jason. :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2002-03-08 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
more so when i haven't slept for a day, apparently =)
betternewthings at 2002-03-06 09:22 (UTC) (Link)

sure, i'll outsource my brain

but only if after they unplug me, i'll be able to say "I KNOW KUNG FU!"
Colonel Angus
scosol at 2002-03-06 12:45 (UTC) (Link)

Hahahahah

> "i know you hate hearing about the veritable arsenal of cock i stuffed myself with before i was with you, but this one time..."

You definitely have a way with words sometimes :)

It's kinda fun architecting sentences so that their bitter irony strikes to the core.
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