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A reply

Archiving it here: my reply to a question about feeling guilty for enjoying works of entertainment made by 'bad' people, or with disturbing elements. Anyone who knows me reasonably well will probably be able to predict exactly what I had to say about that. :) Collapse )
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The mutable personality

Reading this and other short articles on this site, all documenting experiments in human psychology. Some of these have counter-intuitive results (or at least counter-popular-wisdom) regarding how external situations and other people's expectations influence our behavior, no matter how much we think it's internally driven or a matter of inherent 'character'. All of this is reinforcing ideas I'm working with in fiction... which is why I was Googling for it in the first place, natch! Check the links at the end of the page for the other articles if you're interested.

http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/12/when-situations-not-personality-dictate-our-behaviour.php
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Sucks/doesn't suck

Things which suck:

Losing my best solid metal utility knife this week.
Buying a cheapo off-brand knife as a replacement two days ago, then discovering that the piece of crap is virtually impossible to assemble. Note to self: do not attempt to save money by purchasing two-buck utility knives when it's practically going to cost you that much in gas just to return it to the store for a refund.
Crawling under the house on my belly for 30 minutes this morning in the dirt, rocks and cobwebs to check for subterranean termite tunnels.

Things which do not suck:

Finding no termite tunnels whatsoever in the crawl space. (No mummified murder victims either.)
Finding, propped up against one of the joist piers deep under the house, a solid metal utility knife of a good make and putting it in my shirt pocket.
Replacing the rusty blade in that knife with a new one (hey, it was there for probably fifteen years) and discovering it still works perfectly.
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Friends-only commenting

Sorry about this, but there have been so many spam posts in this journal lately that I am having to set comments to friends-only to avoid being snowed under by porn links in Cyrillic languages. Arrgh.

*Experimentally returning comments to registered users only, to see if that's sufficient. Maybe I was getting spammed because of inactivity? Or just because.
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Happy bicentennial birthday, Mexico

And many more. :)

I wish I'd had the sand to whip up something good involving tortillas and all those chiles growing in my garden, but the full set of braces newly installed on my teeth are making it hard to think about eating almost anything that involves chewing, so tapioca pudding was the majority of my dinner. Though I did make that with Mexican sugar...