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Things part 17

Things are improving. I have tracked down all my parcels to their various depots and acquired them all, thanks to various wonderful people. All my new storage units got delivered from Ikea yesterday. (pooka_joe - "You bought lots of space? Brilliant.") I now have a bookcase/ display unit thing that's 1.5m by 1.5m by, oh, 40cm or something, and I think it's going to take up my whole room. Also a DVD rack, and a wooden chest/ bench/ ottoman type thing.

There is no work to do today. I don't know whether to just ask for yet more leave and go home...there's no point in being here, and I could play my shiny new PS2. Yes, that sounds like a plan, actually! Might just take tomorrow off too and start my holiday early.

I should be able to get back on the internet from home when I go back, cos the wonderful Mr Fox established for us last night that the problem is...da-DAH...that I put in the wrong username and/or password when I hooked spiderpixie's computer up to the router. I think I know what the right username is now, having checked the ISP's website, and I just have to hope I was right about the password in the first place.

Yeah, I should so go home. I have a PS2. I have Inkspell to read. I have the first series of CSI, and some other cheap DVDs. We have the finale of Lost taped from last night. What am I still doing here???

PS: Here are links to more interesting LJ entries than this. theferrett posted the other day about geeks and social interaction, noticeably about the problem some geeks seem to have with noticing when the other person is Not At All Interested in whatever they're raving about. In the comments, people justified it by claiming a relationship between geekiness and autism or Aspergers. zoethe has a lovely rant at them, which I fully agree with, about people deciding they have a "syndrome" rather than a problem they can work through, and the worrying amounts of self-diagnosis going around these days. (Autism is popular just now, in the way that MPD and bi-polar disorder used to be.) [Note: I'm not talking about you. Or you, either. I'm not talking about anyone I know.]

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marrog
Jan. 12th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
In the comments, people justified it by claiming a relationship between geekiness and autism or Aspergers.

I'm not going to read the thread 'cause I've talked this out before, but...


people deciding they have a "syndrome" rather than a problem they can work through

Yes. There's a very big difference between being socially retarded and being Aspergers. What I hate most of all is when someone says, "Oh, yeah, I do that. I talk even though no one's interested, then I bitch and moan and whine because no one will sleep with me, and I'll take it out on the world in general by being really mean and bitter. But hey, I'm aware of that." Being aware of a fault doesn't give you a free license to undulge it. Gah!
pickwick
Jan. 12th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, yes! People are so inward-looking these days they seem to think it's enough to recognise their faults, and maybe come up with some childhood trauma excuses about them, rather than fix the goddamn faults (or at least have a go.) The therapy generation, to whom talking about it is an end in itself and not a path to a cure.

Gah, indeed!
luckykaa
Jan. 12th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
I find it a very tedious attitude. People seem to think that once they blame their problems on something they have no control over, they no longer have the problem.

But even if there is a genuine reason for problems, it doesn't actually make a difference. Other people are generally not going to solve these problems for you so it's up to the person being inconvenienced to do so. In this case, the ferret offered advice, but it's up to the nerd to take that advice.
dakegra
Jan. 12th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
ooh, Inkspell looks fabulous!

*adds to pre-birthday amazon wishlist*
pickwick
Jan. 12th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
You have to read Inkheart first, if you haven't already! But they're great, yeah!
dakegra
Jan. 12th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
I note that they say that they are children's books. What kind of age-range are we looking at?
pickwick
Jan. 12th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, probably early teenage I'd say, 11-14. But I'm really bad at guessing these things. They're a little fluffier than His Dark Materials, for instance, but probably too scary for younger kids.
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