2008-10-20 21:57 (UTC)
2. People on my LJ friends list who never post any more.
I would hang my head in shame, but I have none.
Why would you need to? You post!
(P.S. Have forwarded that last photo post to, like, everyone. Is so awesome.
Right now I am aggravated at grad students who cannot find their own arse with both hands and A MAP. ARGH.
Isn't that all of them? (Maybe I'm just projecting, but I know I couldn't - too sleep-deprived, too insecure, too hopped up on caffeine.)
My life's been crazy, just made a massive post about it actually. Oh and are you on facebook ? I've put my birthday party up there and I'd love you to come !
I'm on Facebook. If you use my Imperial e-mail addy, you should be able to find me straightaway.
It's the geek part, Dear. They're convinced certain races are ethnically incapable of geekery. Ran into this several times in LA with da roomie.
Keep living the dream.
Maybe it's just that my high school was like 60% asian, but the biggest geeks in the house were in fact asian. I knew Chinese geeks, Korean geeks, and Filipino geeks! And we had an absolute bumper crop of Indian and Pakistani geeks. (The Japanese people in my year were all cool kids.)
...now if you want to get into "pathetic nerd", the white guys in my college's anime club who wanted to be Japanese took the biscuit, but that's because there is something so inherently pathetic in longing to be a member of a race on the basis of their dorky cartoon output that it catapaulted them onto a completely different level from, oh, everyone else ever.
Bashing Americans in general is racist. But some people feel that because America is so culturally dominant, it doesn't count in the way that bashing other countries or ethnicities would.
One thing I have learned from interacting with Americans is that the USA is big, there's room there for all sorts of people, and some of them are the smartest, nicest people I know.
But some people feel that because America is so culturally dominant, it doesn't count in the way that bashing other countries or ethnicities would.
Which is fair enough, honestly - that's what you get for being successful imperialists. (See: The British.) It's possible to mock us humorously. It's even possible to mock us humorously to our faces. It's when I can clearly tell that the other person sincerely believes that Americans are always nasty, vile, xenophobic, greedy and culturally insensitive (oh the irony) that I get pissed off.
Peraonally, I've just thrown my teddy in the corner
Good, good. I hope you stamped your feet, too.
Well, we're not LJ friends, but I'm still over here :P
Man, I post only occasionally and comment not-nearly-enough, but I always enjoy your posts.
Also, you definitely look part-Asian to me, dammit. Are these clueless people just... not exposed to Asian or mixed-race people, like, ever?
Totally unrelated, may I pick your brains about cameras sometime?
Are these clueless people just... not exposed to Asian or mixed-race people, like, ever?
You know, this is probably part of it. The population in the UK is over 90% white according to the 2002 census. London is obviously very diverse, with 45% of the total ethnic minority population. There are, however, also quite a few white British people in London who grew up elsewhere (e.g. predominantly white areas of Britain) and who likely aren't familiar with the appearance of mixed-race people.
You may pick my brains about cameras. If you're looking for info on digital cameras, DP review
is my top tip.
still here at LJ. only comment when I have something to say. read many LJs still.
my pet peeve for today is quaint little courtyard hotels that randomly change their requirements for the weekend I was planning to visit to a minimum two night stay, at double the weekday rate, thus forcing me to change my travel dates to a random tuesday and wednesday, and then, upon making the reservation, learn that check-in is at 4 p.m., and check out is at 11 a.m. Which is 17 hours, i.e. not even a full day. bah!
I recommend that you walk out of the lobby muttering about setting the building on fire when you leave.
2) i feel the same way.
3) rude! bursting pregnant, hunched over old, maybe. rude!
5) at home i'm a self-basher. abroad, i'm all...oh no you didnt! i feel the same way about ny. (and yes, i know i'm feeding into the stereotype that ny-ers feel special and separate from the rest of the country. well, sometimes that's true. we are, however, much more accommodating than the average american when it comes to "outsiders."
about the other thing, it's as lame as when someone says something and out of insecurity/passive-aggression/whatnot adds: "just joking." shut up!
Edited at 2008-10-21 01:14 am (UTC)
it's as lame as when someone says something and out of insecurity/passive-aggression/whatnot adds: "just joking." shut up!
It's about as convincing a way of heading off an argument as the old playground standby "dot dot no say-backs".
I love it when people ask me if I'm Chinese. And then when I tell them I'm not, they ask, "are you sure?" It makes me want to say "Yea-ah, I'm shoooah," in my best NJ accent and snap my gum at them.
One day you should feign a major identity crisis and pelt off down the road wailing in despair.
You look of Asian descent to me. It's a very elegant, pretty look too. People are clearly not very observant. But perhaps it's because you're down south where there are so many more non-Caucasian people - the ethnic pool up here in Scotland is rather limited by comparison! There are a lot of people of Indian and Pakistani descent in Glasgow - any other minorities are very much minorities.
I also hate people who skip queues. Especially in cars.
And while we're ranting, I can't stand it when the SNP spout some new and thoroughly embarrassing nationalist propaganda or demand to Westminster and then claim to be speaking for the people on the streets of Scotland. No you're not! Stop embarrassing me! I'm sorry for whatever they say that you may hear. We are not all anti-Britain and anti-England.
I also hate people who skip queues. Especially in cars.
Yes. Especially because that's not just rude, it's bloody dangerous.
No you're not! Stop embarrassing me! I'm sorry for whatever they say that you may hear. We are not all anti-Britain and anti-England.
It boggles my mind a bit how unwilling the SNP politicians are to be moderate in their statements on devolution. I mean, I thought diplomacy was supposed to be the way forward on such issues. Unless you're prepared to back up your words with military action.
The kid who mistakes my taking teasing with a smile for not knowing that I'm being teased. I don't actually remember what it's like to be 14 and absolutely positive that adults have no idea what's going on around them. Which is not to say I was never in that situation, I just don't remember what it's like.
I can't either. Then again, I don't know if I would have had the courage to tease an adult when I was 14. I think I was too well conditioned by familial authority figures to respect all adults.
Ok, I would post more but time isn't a luxury I have anymore. As much as I'd love to, I don't. I didn't leave for Facebook. If anything, I think I'm going to dump it. I've had more people find me I didn't ever want to see again than those long lost friends or people from other places.
As to point #5, I liken the British to fag-bashers. They love to get blowjobs in the bus terminal from men, and then beat the shit outta them for doing it.
I've been pretty lucky with Facebook thus far. Maybe it's because I have no compunctions about pressing the Ignore key on all widgets and friend requests from people I don't know.