- As I have mentioned in passing a few times, I have
It's usually not a big issue.
The compulsive part mostly manifests itself as stupid quirks, like the
way I can't buy a hazelnut Ritter Sport without checking that there's a
hazelnut in each corner, though a year ago I had a very, very bad March
and the stress made it flare up in a big way, such that I would get stuck
repeating words or phrases.
The obsessive part is a bigger problem, though.
My apartment is too small for me to realistically have a cat, but I do
sometimes look at the local shelters' available cats to see which ones I
might get if I were in the market for one.
Recently I was doing that, and saw that some of the cats were marked
That got me thinking, and then abruptly I looked at the clock and realized
that I'd spent a solid fifteen minutes dwelling on a scenario in which I
went to get a cat and the shelter people demanded that I take one of the
*URGENT* ones and I said I wanted a different one and the shelter people
said that in so doing I was condeming the *URGENT* ones to a needless
death and etc. and etc.
- Another manifestation: I went to dinner with about twenty people in
the narrative gaming community.
When it came time to pay, people were passing around the check holder and
throwing in the amount the owed, and when it got to me, I couldn't pass it
onward without organizing the money first.
- I got a multi-volume collection of obscure '80s music to listen to on
my daily run.
Suddenly a lot of inside jokes in high school make a lot more sense!
- I see that apparently Major League Baseball is experimenting with
some new rules designed to speed up the game: batters needing to keep a
foot in the batter's box, stuff like that.
It seems to me that if you really want to speed up baseball, and make it
more exciting, there's a simple solution.
If a team completes its half of an inning on offense and is still behind,
it comes to bat again.
And it goes again and again until it is no longer behind.
If a team plays offense nine times and is still behind, the game is
Not only would this get most games over with a lot faster, but it would
eliminate those terrible half-innings when a team is already up 14 to 2
but still has to bat even though striking out and going home is a more
appealing prospect than scoring more meaningless runs.
- You may have heard of
Tetris effect, wherein after playing
Tetris for a while you start to see the interlocking
shapes in your shower tiles or even in your dreams.
It's more general than that; I've probably mentioned that after playing
Europa Universalis I found myself automatically moving to
click the pause button every time I wanted to take time out from my life
to write an email.
Recently I've been playing a bit of Lemmings, and
urgh — I haven't dreamed about the Lemmings themselves, but I
had to take a break after too many dreams about building stairways and
- Talking Points Memo:
No, no, no! If there's only one comment, then you have to make sure that the program prints the word "Comment" — that's "Comment", singular! Why can't you be more like the Deseret News?
- It was brought to my attention that this month the New
York Times launched an NCAA tournament pool using precisely the system
I created and published five
years ago (and eventually coded up in PHP).
I guess next month I can look forward to
"Wikipedia Brown by
- Life with anhedonia: someone on my Facebook list posted a link to
video of a dog trying and failing to catch a variety of food items in
I found it mildly entertaining.
Which is why I was surprised to hear myself cackling for a solid minute
and feel myself shaking with laughter.
I didn't experience the amusement that went with that physiological
reaction — whatever part of my brain was delighted by the sight
of a donut bouncing off a dog in slow motion, it was not the part where my
"Okay, we can afford three signs. What should we put on them?"
"Obviously, PIANOS on the top one. Then we should also put RENTALS and REPAIRS."
"And that makes three. Great, that was easy!"
"No, wait! RENTALS and REPAIRS should be on the same sign."
"Uh, all right. Then what goes on the third sign?"
"Oh, just put PIANOS again."