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  2. Pseudonym

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Oh dear, I gave in to an evening nap, trying to sleep tonight is going to be fun. :S When it was super hot a couple of weeks ago I bought a maxi dress, I've always wanted one, thinking something loose, flowing and easy to throw on would be just the ticket on days it was too hot to move. It fits me perfectly, rare since I'm so short, but the back is quite open, a loose lace up. I'm not sure whether to wear it with a bralet, which would be fully on show, or just go braless. I'm paranoid about being braless even though I'm small chested enough to pull it off easily. The fabric is crepey and lined so it shouldn't show any nips... don't know why I'm so wary, just conditioned into it? Anyone else paranoid about this kind of thing?
  3. Arcadia

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Isn't that what they say about all of us?
  4. Pseudonym

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    I'm glad I live in a country where we don't have too many native scary animals. If we had mountain lions, bears etc I don't think I'd have the guts to go hiking at all. In comparison, even with our evil cows, our little island is very tame. There were a lot of adder bites recently, I'd like to see an adder, but they seem to get treated without much hoo-ha. I love this little snakey (an Indonesian autumn adder) could he look anymore like a dragon?! A dragon hatchling maybe. This photo seems to be online in loads if different colours so I'm not sure which one is the original. Have you guys seem that horrifying video of a giant huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of a guys fridge? It just popped up again when I was looking for adder pics. Why, whhhhhy?!
  5. T.o.b.y

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I tried that one and it said I was "avoidant". I agree that I have avoidant traits but I highly doubt I have a full-blown personality disorder. As for Sherlock, I agree - not a psychopath. But again, he exhibits some traits belonging to that spectrum.
  6. HerlockSholmes

    The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons.

    I’ve just ordered it, thanks for the review Wilson.👍
  7. I think most of Europe has some kind of "right to roam" law (I know they have really permissive ones in Scandinavia, for instance), simply because there are so many people and only so much land - in Austria it's called Wegefreiheit (only found German links, sorry), "freedom of ways", and basically says that if it's a forest or a mountain, whoever owns it can only keep you out if they have a legal reason (like, trees are newly planted or there's acute danger of forest fires). So while lowland pastures are fenced in and you can't cross without special permission, many cows still get sent to alpine pastures in summer, and since this is also the season that sees the most mountain hiking, accidents occur regularly, including fatal ones every now and then. Cows are big and can have an attitude, especially with calves around, and public opinion seems to be that they got just as much of a right to enjoy the mountain air as the tourists, so it's mostly seen as one of the alpine risks, much like avalanches in winter (who rack up a death toll with regularity, too).
  8. Pseudonym

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Just the thought makes me feel queasy. 😮
  9. Pseudonym

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    Unusually placid cow. Maybe it was deaf and didn't know you were there!
  10. Carol the Dabbler

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    Poor cow! Minding its own business, and some idiot keeps screaming right in its ear. Not really calling you an idiot, by the way. It was that senior member who was the idiot. But the cow didn't know that.
  11. Carol the Dabbler

    Introverts, how is your day?

    I agree about snot. When I was in school, the person I mostly hung out with, due to similar interests, was a boy with a perpetually snotty nose. Not just runny, snotty. I enjoyed chatting with him at lunch, but couldn't eat while looking at his snotty nose. So I invented an invisible friend who always sat across from me.
  12. Van Buren Supernova

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    The cows that I met are mostly peaceful and mind their own business. I was in orientation to a natural outdoor organization, and one of the process of new member was enduring one week living in the wild doing multiple activities and survival stuffs. On the last night, we needed to walk alone through the jungle, cross the river, up and down the hills, in darkness, after deprived from food for three days (except things you could find in the wild), carrying a backpack weighted approximately 20kg, and we had to pass through a lot of posts. Post means 'seniors', each of them would give you a task, question, test, and almost all of them required us to give an '20s'. 20s as in 20 push-ups with backpack on the dirt or whatever ground we were in. Sometimes they required 3 X 20s. These seniors were every member who wanted to participate. We had a lot of them 'torturing' us during the week, but the finale night was always the most interesting one, and some seniors were idiots who were not really active in the organization, only wanted to exercise their power on newbies when they had the chance. I encountered two of these, although I don't consider other's task as easy but personally think these two tasks are quite ridiculous and dangerous. One was sitting three-quarter submerged in the river, with all attires and backpack and had to hear this person preached about stupid stuff for half an hour at least (I think more). It was midnight and cold. We crossed the river, we swam etc so being wet and dirty are not a problem for me, but staying still half submerged is, because it wouldn't be good to your system. Luckily after all those exercises and crazy stuffs we did, we had developed somewhat super stamina and immunity that at least me and my team mates were fine, but I heard there were many others who fell sick. Although I'm not sure they were subjected to the same task because the seniors might assign specific task for each person, and I was one one of five other girls among maybe fifty of new members. So for sure, they remember each of us, at least the girls. For me, I found that I was always given extra tasks like I had to scale the cliffs for both boys and girls while nobody else was required too (although it was disclosed later that they purposely picked me for good reason). Anyway, the other stupid task was, (it took me too long to get to this eh ) was, screaming on the ear of a cow. Yes, that idiot senior asked me to scream very closely, on top of my lung, to a cow, next it its face, on the ear. I guess I was too tired and no longer cared to think, I just did that. Three times, but each time I prepared to run, and I planned to run straight to that senior. I only needed to outrun him and kind of wish it would attack, but it wasn't. Gah, sorry for the long story. Got carried away.... Eta: 'scream' as in reporting, like those military sort; name, team etc etc.
  13. Pseudonym

    Introverts, how is your day?

    The thing that grosses me out the most about public pools is people blowing their noses and globs of snot floating on the surface. The two things I have the most trouble coping with are snot and sleep in the eyes. Bleurgh. My sister in law once wanted me to kiss my nephew good bye and when I looked at him his nose was running. I was nearly sick.
  14. Pseudonym

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    I'm convinced I have schizoid personality disorder, since I hit pretty much all the markers. Just did a personality test and it came out as 'very high' on there. 'Borderline' came out as high, but I don't think that fits me at all. 'Dependent' came out as very low, lol! http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv
  15. Pseudonym

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Hmmm, I only scored two on that checklist.
  16. Pseudonym

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    When he does it it's very brief and honestly, if Molly didn't fancy him, not very believable. It's like when he charms his way into that woman's flat in TBB, it's two sentences, I don't think he has the interest to maintain it for long. I think everyone adjusts their behaviour (and occasionally appearance) in some way to get the result they want, I don't think that's psychopathy, it's just human nature.
  17. Van Buren Supernova

    Introverts, how is your day?

    Yes, imagine the hygiene, people being so close to you, the skin, ughhh byekk, the water must be freaking warm and who would bet some people or kids couldn't get out on time to relieve their bladders? What I can't understand, this is considered recreation, people pay and willingly go there. I don't think it's impossible for them to find somewhere else. Beach, or a tub of water at home or just lay motionless on the floor (it helps me when I need to cool down XD) Any other recreational thing beats this. I did that two Fridays ago and regretted it all the way. All because we are having very bad times at office and the remaining of us tried to hang on together, so I agreed on their invitations. Mostly I regret it because I think they would have a better time without me. I suppose XD. Hope yours turn out well, or someone cancels.
  18. Van Buren Supernova

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Uhm... I scored 13, and definitely on on marital or one-night stand thingy I think Sherlock does that when he wants and needs something. To Molly in TBB for example. I actually think I do that as well, to get what I want. But for me, it would be very specific need and purpose, and only on strangers when I only need to have contact one or two times. A lot of things like administrative, those nitty gritty unpleasant stuffs when you really rely on subjectivity of the other person, I tend to turn this on to make my life easier, and it works. This applies to area when the other person can make your life hellish without breaking the law. For example, there was a time when I got into trouble through immigration to another country. Apparently they didn't like my nose, I didn't dress well and too tired to look pleasant (back then I worked seven days a week). They held me in the 'interrogation' room, questioned everything that I had, demanding to know every single things I did or would do and asked me to submit a letter from relative staying there to make sure I wouldn't be a bum or murderer in the country. The week after, I showed up with nicer attire, went through the same line, gesture at the right time and she didn't even remember me nor need my letter and was even pleasant to me. Same thing with work, some difficult people with authority to certain place, for example, warehouse or research lab, could make your life a living hell if they decide they don't like you, eventhough they are supposed to help you, but with the right tune, above the original purpose, I was also invited to secretive classified area and classified event and scoop. However, I limit this to things I need and consider harmless, again, to make my life easier, and to somewhat strangers. For people I know, there is no way I could maintain it or being sincere, therefore they almost never see that side of me, well unless, we are in something together and there is a need for that. Like another example, when our destination airport was closed and flight was cancelled. We had connecting flight and activity on very tight schedule. With some maneuver, right person and right timing, I was able to get into the next earliest flight available where we could still keep our schedule and we were on the way to complimentary hotel while the rest of the passengers were still yelling at the representatives. Persistence and stubbornness are not something unusual to people I know, and that is how I normally do things, but they were surprised when I use 'pleasant and attentive' card. I also like to make people sing like a canary and it seems easier for me to dig secrets when I need to. While it contributes and could be one of the traits, I don't think it's psychopathy though, unless it's combined with the destructive ones to form a destructive behavior, or is it psychopathy when you justify that it's not?
  19. Pseudonym

    The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    Take a taser with you! 😆 As long as you're wary and try to skirt around cow fields you'd probably be okay.
  20. Pseudonym

    Introverts, how is your day?

    I agreed to meet an old school friend after work for coffee on Friday. Wish I hadn't.
  21. Pseudonym

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    There’s an annoying amount of disagreement out there as to whether psychopaths and sociopaths are the same thing. The main difference, for those who believe there is one, seems to be related to a charming, magnetic personality - which Sherlock doesn’t generally bother to attempt. Moriarty, on the other hand, can probably charm the birds out of the trees when he wants to. But yes, I agree that Sherlock isn’t one, I think he just uses it to keep people at bay.
  22. Carol the Dabbler

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Most of the articles in that link-fest say there's little if any difference between the two terms. They also say that psychopaths tend to have little interest in hurting people, so perhaps the stereotype of the psychopathic serial killer comes from sensationalistic novels rather than from life. But I agree, I don't think Sherlock is either. Oddly enough, my favorite example of a real-life sociopath only scored something like 21. Maybe I didn't understand some of the questions -- 'cause if he ain't a sociopath, then the term has no meaning.
  23. Arcadia

    Introverts, how is your day?

    In our house, that would be a bat. Holee sweet ….. no no no no no!!!!!! The crowd is bad enough, but in a crowd IN WATER???? Aaaiiiiiieeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. Arcadia

    Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Well, that certainly hits all the clichés! I think I ranked about an 8 on that thing. (And no, I'm not saying which ones I scored on!) I placed Sherlock somewhere under 20 … of course, I'm assuming that he's faking it when he pretends not to care about people. 😁 At any rate, hadn't he already established that he's not a psychopath, but a high functioning sociopath? I seem to remember something about that.....
  25. Carol the Dabbler

    The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons.

    Wow, that's quite a thorough review, Wilson! I had never heard of the book before. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
  26. Dominican Holmes

    The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons.

    Hello everyone, This is my first time writing a post apart from the one introducing myself. In my introduction post, I talked about this amazing book and it surprised me that it was not that famous here. Ignoring if anyone wrote about it, I decided to write a short post. I also attempt to practice my English writing skills since I am an English second language learner ( Here Hoping that our amazing friend Hikari will read and give me some feedback). Without going around too much I introduce you to the Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons. In my opinion, the book is long and catchy. Every page or two there will be something that will make you keep reading. The plot is complex I do not recommend any deduction while reading the book because you are going to be disappointed and impressed at the same time. The book is also full of fun facts which personally I enjoy them a lot. The writer majestically uses several United States figures at the time ( Theodore (Teddy or the Kid) Roosevelt, Henry Adams, US Senator Cabot Lodge, John Hay, Mark Twain, even President Cleveland, etc) which caught my attention also. SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS, I STRONGLY SUGGEST TO LOOK FOR THEIR PICTURES TO HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF THEIR LOOKS. The book weirdly and by coincidence connects both main characters Sherlock Holmes and famous writer Henry James. I also appreciated the fact that both character's lives were narrated separately several times developing in-depth both characters. Here Henry James is struggling with his writings and decides to chase his so dreamed fortune as a play-writer for the British Theatres, Holmes Struggles with his identity as the World's First and Foremost Consulting Detective and the fictional character created by Dr. Watson. Regarding Holmes, the author makes use of his observation and deduction skills but not as often as we all love to see. The book introduces a new character, Lucan Adler, and Prof. James Moriarty (this is big my friends, very big) as the two main nemeses. Of course, The Woman has to be in the book, to write such a big novel and not using the gorgeous Irene Adler would have been an unforgivable sin. The book also alters several pieces from the life of Sherlock Holmes which traditionalist Holmesians are not going to enjoy. But, I still encourage people to read it since it is something different and very interesting. For real Holmesians, you might get mad at the writer with the changes that he made to the original book, but there is nothing to worry about since we just simply have to go back to our Holmesian Canon (the fun part of reading). It is a very descriptive book. For second language learners, I suggest being ready to use the dictionary several times and probably look for the words online. A modern book that is written in the style of the old Victorian novels, What can go wrong? I found that the book was more descriptive than what I'm used to reading by Conan Doyle (Probably the part that I hated the most. Since I love to go straight to the point as soon as possible). If interested or not in the book I wrote this to inform the members of this blog about the existence of this book. As I mentioned before, traditionalist Holmesians probably will get mad but there is nothing wrong with changes. As a millennial and probably the only thing that I'm proud of about my generation are the changes that we encourage our society to make. I do recommend the book since it will be unforgettable being beside these two figures during this adventure. Dominican Holmes Military Arts and Science Full-time Student.
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