Aug 09

Socially Inept

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There’s not a whole lot to say anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I love talking – give me intelligent conversation about something I take an interest in, and I can probably talk for a while before I start to lose interest. Usually it’s just the small talk I have an issue with.

Ahh yes, the small talk. That subject which most of us who are socially inept choose to ignore almost completely, while at the same time struggling to comprehend exactly what it is and how it works.

And I suppose that’s the thing – for many of us geeks and nerds alike, small talk just doesn’t. It’s not that we’re inherently bad at it, it’s just that it’s made all the more awkward for us who spend more time online than girls spend in the bathroom.

I suppose when it comes down to it, i don’t really care what the weather is like. I really could not care less about the weather.

I also find I hard to hold a conversation with someone who doesn’t actually add anything of value to the conversation – if I’m not getting anything from you in return, I’m sure as hell not going to volunteer much in the first place. This’ll usually lead to a stagnant conversation.

Don’t event get me started on conversations with the opposite sex. You might think it’s hilarious when we get tongue-tied in front of an incredibly attractive blonde, or the cutest brunette you’ve ever laid eyes on, but I can tell you right now it’s not actually that funny. More embarassing than anything else, but again, I struggle to find a reason for why it happens in the first place – there’s no real reason why it happens, it just does. Realistically the attractive blonde or cute brunette isn’t different to you in any other way; they still have two eyes, one nose, two ears and so on – you can start to see where this is going, yeah?


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May 11

There’s this joke among geeks…

It goes along the lines of a [proud] geek wearing a t-shirt that says something along the lines of “Keep out of direct sunlight“, or “The sun is trying to kill me!” – with the latter being modeled by Jawapro/Headless Moron at a recent 18th – congrats Martin.

Obviously, the joke plays on the fact that geeks are usually people that stay indoors for long periods of time, don’t have a varied social life, and all that kind of stuff.

The thing is – geeks are people too! Just like that little old lady walking across the street, like those bogans who are very clearly stoned and walking in the middle of the road of a busy highway, and exactly like those people who serve you at the Coles checkout, they all deserve your respect like any other people you might come across in the street. Oh, well maybe not the bogans…

The point is, you can’t go around abusing people just because they look different to you, smell different, taste different, talk different, or can’t sing as well as you can. What you’ve got to realise is that you’re unique, but the problem is that everyone else is as well… Until you accept the fact that people are different to you, you won’t be able to stop judging them over the most petty things you can possibly think of – how they talk, how they walk, how they look everyday at school, the list goes on…

The fact that you’re reading this post right now is testament to the ingenuity of the human race, regardless of colour, race, religion, monetary status, or any other method that we size each other up by, and yet strive so hard to achieve.

The fact of the matter is – we’re all different, so you better get used to it. The sooner, the better!

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