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December 4th, 2002
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The Masked Euchre Player
As a vocabulary lesson, I donned my balaclava at the Diesel yesterday after work. I kept it on the whole rest of the time I was there, through the game of Euchre. It was nice not being expected to talk, since I had this thing covering my mouth. I had thoughts later about being some sort of quirky guy who always wears a balaclava. I could develop some kind of reputation. People wouldn't know the state of my beard. I would be expected to talk much less, so I could act like an observer more, quitely looking at the world through my balaclava. I could shock people by showing up somewhere without it. I could meet new people who wouldn't know me without my balaclava, so I cold pass incognito by just not wearing it.

My last trip to the RMV to cancel the registration on the Dodge was so easy (I got to go into the express line, total time in the RMV was about 90 seconds) that I was able to convince theora to go there today to try to figure out some stuff that isn't addressed on the Web site because it's not usual. So, I'm going with her at lunch today, out into the cold to the RMV next to the Chinatown stop on the Orange line (Orange Line? orange line?).

I brought my leftover chicken from Saturday with me to work to eat today, and I'll probably dig into that pretty soon instead of paying $4.00 for a bagel and a soy shake. I hope the water filter thing is fixed, since the chicken is really salty. The water in those throughout the building was apparently yellow yesterday. I didn't hear if they got it fixed or not.

Saturday, thanks to prodding by a certain someone, I spent some time in a coffee shop writing journal type stuff by hand, stuff just for me. I learned (or probably rediscovered) several things. First, I really like writing just for me. Since I know who I am, it is a lot easier for me to be completely open and honest with myself than it is to be that way with other people. I will admit things to myself in writing that I never would in public. However, since I tend to think best by communicating, whether speaking to someone or writing, those things don't necessarily get processed as thouroughly as they should if I don't write them down. So writing stuff just for myself is a good thing. Second, I discovered that my brain works a lot faster than my pen. I'll be halfway through a sentence and already be thinking about the next sentence, or having meta-thoughts about the current sentence, wondering if I should rewrite it, etc. Third, my writing gets really messy after just a short while, in part due to me just being messy, and in part due to trying to hurry my pen to keep up with my brain. Fourth, my hand really starts hurting after just a couple of pages.

So, I decided to try to start making private LiveJournal entries. In a little overa year on LiveJournal, yesterday was my very first private entry. I did one just to sort of try to get used to writing a private entry. Then I did another one with more substance. I guess I've gotten used to it already, since my first impulse this morning after getting into work and checking my email was to write a private entry. So, I hope this will help me process things more, figure myself out more, become a better person. And, as a side benefit, it should help give my future self an idea of what I'm like, who I am, so he can see how far he's come, what changes he's made, since my memory isn't very good for that sort of thing.

Of course, I'm just waiting for the time that I forget to mark a private entry private, and then it'll be like Harriet's notebook being discovered.

Oh, and, as I'm picking the userpic to use with this (I always do that last), I am reminded that I should make a balaclava userpic. I think I can definitely replace the Sierpinski gasket one. I'll have to remember when I have my camera and anothe rperson to take the picture.

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From:redbird
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:07 am (UTC)

separate username?

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You could always create an account just for the private entries, and set it up so that everything you post to that is private.
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:14 am (UTC)

Re: separate username?

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Hmm, that hadn't occurred to me. Thanks for the idea, but I don't think I'll do that. I think I like the idea of having everything in one place. We'll see how it goes, I guess.
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From:magid
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:24 am (UTC)

Re: separate username?

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Or you could get in the habit of choosing public/friends/private at the beginning, after writing a subject or something, then double-check it as you choose a userpic at the end.
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:30 am (UTC)

Re: separate username?

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That's what I'm doing, actually. I just know that I'll mess it up some time.
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From:magid
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:51 am (UTC)

Re: privacy, Harriet notebook

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I've forgotten to mark things private a couple of times, just quickly edited the post to be private. Dunno if anyone saw them, but it was few minutes before I changed status, not a big deal.

(At least forgetting to mark one post private is not as bad as a whole Harriet notebook being found...)
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From:surrealestate
Date:December 4th, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)

Re: privacy, Harriet notebook

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That's why I keep myself on my friends list. I post and immediately refresh the page to make sure it looks right in terms of picture, protecteness, formatting, etc. Since I post friends-only so rarely, I tend to forget to set it when I do mean to. This way, I notice immediately and can fix it.
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From:hrafn
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:43 am (UTC)

Pictures

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There already exist 4 photos of you wearing the balaclava, though you might want something a little less like a mugshot . . .
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 06:55 am (UTC)

Re: Pictures

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Oh yeah, I forgot about those. Mugshot is actually the look I was going for. Can you send those to me or just put them on the computer at home?
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From:hrafn
Date:December 4th, 2002 08:15 am (UTC)

Re: Pictures

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Yes.

Oh - you probably want to know which, right? They will soon (end of day tomorrow) be in my folder on the computer, in with the other portfolio stuff.
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From:cthulhia
Date:December 4th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC)

note to self:

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must not sneak up on you at your cube anymore. you may be writing a private entry.
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 07:04 am (UTC)

Re: note to self:

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But can you resist the temptation? I mean, I could be writing about you!
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From:cthulhia
Date:December 4th, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)

really?

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anything good?
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 07:18 am (UTC)

Re: really?

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*evil laugh*
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From:bitty
Date:December 4th, 2002 08:10 am (UTC)

anything good?

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are you implying that there is anything good to write about you?

*duck*
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From:cthulhia
Date:December 4th, 2002 08:30 am (UTC)

one can hope

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but, I am the devil and all, so, probably nothing good to say.
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From:magid
Date:December 4th, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)

Sierpinski gasket

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Why do you not call it Sierpinski triangle, since the user pic is of a triangle?
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From:queue
Date:December 4th, 2002 09:03 am (UTC)

Re: Sierpinski gasket

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Um, because the name of the object is a Sierpinski gasket.
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From:treacle_well
Date:December 4th, 2002 10:35 am (UTC)

Re: Sierpinski gasket

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Oh that's what you were talking about.

I concur that it was appropriate to call it by its name, even if it did confuse at least one of us.
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