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22 March 2005 @ 03:39 pm
LJ right now seems like one of those vast midwestern skies right before a thunderstorm, all heavy angry clouds and an edge of oncoming rain.

Do you think some people friend other people's LJs just to mock or sustain a dislike of them? My default usage assumption is that people friend people they're interested in and have amicable feelings toward; but I bet there are people out there who keep what are essentially slambooks. Maybe they have two LJs, and one is their friendly one, and the other is a slambook and they pass the LJ flist link around snickeringly and say to friends, "Take a look at *these* freaks."

This is really only abstract paranoia. I'm a little edgy today. Cumulative edginess comprising many dumb wee reasons. I think mostly it's that I'm about to start working out again. I have a session at 8:00 p.m. tonight, which I'm rethinking, because I did want to try and get on her schedule this week, but...yeesh.

My chest is all clenchy. I have a headache. My attention wanders.

Tangerines are good.
WesleysGirl: Spike/Weswesleysgirl on March 22nd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)

I understand that kind of paranoia. From what I've heard, it's more that there are people who use filters to post nasty vicious things about others, in 'private' where those being mocked can't see it. On the other hand, I do to some degree believe in karma, so I think that people will eventually get what they deserve, whatever that might be. I can't imagine a) going to all that work of keeping separate filters, as I'm terribly lazy and goodness knows couldn't be bothered, or b) having the time and energy to keep people on my flist as a way of obtaining fuel for the fire.

I don't even like the fire.

Fire bad, tree pretty.
Anna S.: weseliade on March 23rd, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
On the other hand, I do to some degree believe in karma, so I think that people will eventually get what they deserve, whatever that might be.

Yeah. I try to use karma (an Americanized, vaguely superstitious, and amorphous definition of karma, I should say) as a guideline for living and tend to think the same. Which is soothing except when it's me being Bad Karma Girl. (Karma Chameleon?)

Your icon, btw: guh!
laurashapiro on March 23rd, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
You noticed it, too, huh?
Someone got rather hostile in my journal last night, which I find terribly surprising, especially when the conversation is me and a friend wittering on about the artistic choices in Battlestar Galactica.

I am always shocked by people being mean in my journal. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often.

But then I looked around, and it seems like a whole lot of my friends are getting trolled or flamed. I don't know what it is. Something in the water?
Trepkostrepkos on March 23rd, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
"Do you think some people friend other people's LJs just to mock or sustain a dislike of them?"

I suspect there may be a very small percentage who do this...because there are some bad people in every community. But I'm ready to pound on them if you find any! It all seems surprisingly amicable on the whole...

"This is really only abstract paranoia."

Nothing will convince me that the CIA did not follow my partner and myself around Australia during the first Gulf War...

Good luck with your workout. Don't overdo it on the first day.
sisabetsisabet on March 23rd, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
This happened to me today - I think someone I actually *know* has taken it upon themselves to give me helpful advice anonymously in my LJ.

Since they were obnoxious, I got to curse them out, which I would never do otherwise. So that was fun. But now I am worried it is just some anonymous real troll out there who reads my LJ and mocks my TV love. Ack!
Spikewriterspikewriter on March 23rd, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
I just saw that -- I'm missing much since I can't access LJ at work, but the troll's response was totally uncalled for. Your journal, your chance to bitch -- and the troll just illustrated what you were saying.

My reaction is to turn on the IP logger and screen anonymous comments. Not delete them, but screen them.
Halrloprillalar: applesprillalar on March 23rd, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
It would certainly explain why I sometimes get friended by straight boys from Texas/Australia/wherever. :) (I've never been flamed by someone like that, though.)
Barbrahirah on March 23rd, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I've occasionally friended people whom I don't agree with because I think they're articulate spokespeople for their point of view, and that I should be informed about said POV if I want to argue about it. Or because I find them interesting on some other subject than the one we disagree on.

Honestly, if someone keeps a slambook, they've got WAY too much time on their hands. I can't even keep up with the people I like.

Tangerines are good. We had a tangerine tree in the back yard when I was a kid. Every summer and fall we'd be innundated in tangerines, tiny brilliant globes of deep orange so tangy-sweet it's impossible to believe that the ones you buy in grocery stores are the same fruit. We'd pick them off the tree and eat them sun-warmed, a dozen at a time. It was like biting into a lazy summer afternoon all rolled up into one little citrus-scented ball... (lapses into childhood fruit tree nostalgia)
Anna S.: byzantiumeliade on March 23rd, 2005 12:50 am (UTC)
I can't believe I haven't been eating tangerines! I've had such bad luck with oranges for a long time--really dry pulp, no matter where I bought them (though recently I got lucky with a few good navel oranges). But then recently I thought: Hold on. Tangerines. Huh. I mean, I love tangerine as a flavor, but I'd gotten used to thinking of it as, you know, candy or gum. That's so sad, isn't it?

Now I'm all down with the tangerine love.
daddy's not done talkingros_fod on March 23rd, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
I knew a girl in college whose name was, unfortunately, Mackensie Drayton. It seems made up, that's how silly it is. And the thing was that she hated her name, both her first and her last and didn't want to be called Mac or Macky or Kensie or Dray or any other derivatives of her two names. So we were all, well, what's your middle name?, 'cause some people do that - go by their middle names when they don't like their first one. And she got this funny look on her face.

It ends up that her parents, perhaps clued in to the fact that she might not be thrilled with Mackensie, decided to let her choose her own middle name, so that would always be an option. Well, they waited until she was six years old. And then they asked her, Mackensie, what would you like your middle name to be? and little Mackensie, six years old, said, Tangerine.
Anna S.eliade on March 23rd, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Heeeeeeee. Lesson learned: six years old is too young to choose your name. *g* You have to do it when you're adult, like in that Delaney novel, umm...Triton? Something like that.
(no subject) - ros_fod on March 23rd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
witlingwitling on March 23rd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
Do the workout. Do it.

This PSA brought to you by me, who did the workout despite really not wanting to, and who does not regret it.
Anna S.eliade on March 24th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
I tried to listen to your wise words! But failed. I decided I couldn't hack 8:00 p.m. But I did work out last night. And slept like a stunned, freshly cut log.
(no subject) - witling on March 25th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eliade on March 25th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
rachelrachelmap on March 23rd, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
Friend the journals of people you find irritating just so you can maintain a state of irritation toward them? It had never occurred to me before, but I suppose some people do that. It seems like a waste of time to me, though. Really, if you want to find something to jeer at, it's so much easier to join mock_the_stupid of fandom_wank, and the idiocy is delivered straight to you; pre-sifted and with a built-in group of people who'll jeer right along with you.
JaneDavitt: gilespunishbysophiajanedavitt on March 23rd, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
LJ right now seems like one of those vast midwestern skies right before a thunderstorm, all heavy angry clouds and an edge of oncoming rain.

Does it? I thought it was fairly peaceful right now ::nibbles lip nervously:;

And, yes, I'm sure there's the odd bit of deviousness going on so people can place spies in enemy camps but eh, too much like hard work and so very weird.

And if anyone on my f-list is there to do that (which I really doubt) they're having to wade through a lot of dull stuff for nothing because when I kerfuffle it's all in public.

Serve 'em right mind you.

Tangerines are Christmas. The smell of them takes me right back because as a child in England that was the only time we had them in the shops.
kassrachel on March 23rd, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Hm. Not sure what's going on across lj in general, but I actually had a pleasant surprise today; somebody I don't know commented that she's glad she friended me, which apparently she did about 3 weeks ago. ::shrug:: I can't figure out why she's psyched, honestly; the last couple of days I've just been wittering about my birthday, which I would have figured wouldn't be very interesting unless you already know me! But hey, whatever, random compliments are nice. :-)
Basingstoke: the sap is bloodbasingstoke on March 23rd, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
Tangerines are delicious but dangerous! Watch your back! They're all lurking to strike.
Trepkostrepkos on March 23rd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
"In with the redcurrants!"
(no subject) - eliade on March 23rd, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
julia_herejulia_here on March 23rd, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
I got some new variety of tangerine at Top this week- pretty good, but not as good as the real ones with leaves that come at Christmas. There used to be Algerian tangerines at the high stalls at Pike Place until the end of February that were the best things on the planet...

Abstract Paranoia exceeding mine: for that I must congratulate you. Of course I have reached the zen state, after being insulted/assaulted/disgusted/bored stiff by flamers and other varieties of online jackals that when you come right down to it they're about as pathetic as it's possible to get and not worth worrying about.

Of course when I was getting my inbox flooded by antivaccine and antivivisection emails, it was hard to keep that level of balance.

Julia, of course i have indigenous teenagers to keep irritation levels at the maximum, so what would I know?

beautifulstarsbeautifulstars on March 23rd, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
i think that energy, generally, lately is 'off' somehow. everyone i know is just a little jarred.
rubywisprubywisp on March 23rd, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
I'm sure there are people out there who read the LJs of people who annoy them. Why, is beyond me, but I do believe it happens, yes.

Me, I think my days are too short as it is, and I choose to fill my spaces with the people and things I love and which entertain/amuse/interest/awe me.

Like you. :) ::smooch::