Well a journal subject might as well be honest.
3 things I've learned about myself recently: (protip: you
're gonna fill this out next!)
Recently Learned Fact #1.
I am an extrovert. Now, when I say this to somebody, they kinda do one of these:
and say "well, OBVIOUSLY you are" - but I had no idea. I figure as a computer-head who spends half his life on
, I did not qualify. But my wonderful friend Leelor
gave me this definition a little while ago: (which might be horribly scientifically inaccurate but whooo carrres) Extroversion is where you GET energy from interacting with people, and introversion is where it actually drains energy to do it.
I only figured it out when I went to New York for the first proper time recently (cooooool city you guys have there!). I made a bunch of wonderful friends that I'll talk about here in my journal soon. Speaking of saying 'soon'...
Recently Learned Fact #2.
I am mega impressionable. I am basically megaman. Megaman's default mode doesn't do much, but when he absorbs another robot's powers, he can do some pretty cool stuff. The truth is: that's pretty common among us human-folk too. Most of the time we try to borrow other people's good habits, but a few bad ones can creep in. So I have a bad habit to talk about...
In my case, the bad habit that I absorbed was tentativeness
. I won't say whom I absorbed it from.
But I will say, while it taught me a lot of patience and caution, I've become way over-careful. I've even stopped writing journals here because I always want the next one I write to be the perrrfect journal
. Same goes for a lot of my projects. Decorating my home, making drawings, writing messages to people I haven't spoken to in ages -- all victims of a deadly form of procrastination I call perfectionistic tentativeness.
Now, am I effectively blaming someone else for a bad habit I have? Yes.
Because that's the easiest way for me to mentally shunt it out. (byyye!)
Recently Learned Fact #3.
I really enjoy Improv! Those who don't know: Improv, Improvisation, Improvisational Comedy -- it has many names -- but the idea is that you're on a stage, with another person-or-many-people, being told something as terrifyingly unspecific as "You guys are scientists, go!" -- and a cohesive scene then has to be totally made up, while making sense, with all the players trying desperately to stay on the same page as each other, all while escalating the story to something that will grip the audience.
The most surprising thing I learned was that there's no comedy really involved. The audience laughter is ~meant~ to come from the sheer ridiculousness of the situation that all of these people on stage are taking so seriously.
And it's true. Some of the funniest things I have ever seen have been happening in a little classroom in the Groundlings school
. My marvelous friend spyed
did me the great favor of recommending I try it out. I had never done anything like it. And it's great! If you're anywhere near Hollywood and even slightly interested you should definitely do it. And if nowhere near, find out if there's something like it near you! And please NOTE ME if you're on the fence or wondering about it, I got all the answers.
It's a pity that it's one of the few artforms that, by definition, has no written or tangible equivalent that could actually be submitted to DA. Please tell me I'm wrong about that if you have any ideas, because it would be reeeally fun.
Actually I just realized I am totally 100% wrong about what I just said. And I'm not going back up to edit.
I almost forgot entirely about this gem:
Guess Who Is Coming To DinnerACT IV
[Scene IIA. The castle's Kitchen.]
Enter Kitchen Servants
Helene: Ah, pass those carrots now Charles.
Charles: [passes] Carrots..
Helene: Did you here what Hamlet did to Ophelia? Tossed her aside. Let tis be a lesson to you Marie.
Dunk: Yeah, you learn from this, Marie.
Marie: I thank you for your counsel, but assure you, dear Helene,
Helene: No, those are the beets. Dalvedo don't whack the meat so hard!
Marie: that Dunk would never play me such a turn.
Dalvedo: (whacks the beets)
Dunk : Damnly straight. I am a man of good nature... Charles... where did you put the carrots?
Helene: Seen many a play like that, ruffians play mad and get away with it. A girls honor is gone then and then it's the nunnery!
Charles: They've been passed- keep thee up. Aye Helene- 'tis true.
Marie: My honor requires no such habit.
Helene: As it is with all your playings eh, Dalvedo. Who is the filly for you now? I should warn her.
Dalvedo: ach, i'm through with fillies.
Dunk: Passed? ... Passed, you sa
...this was some of Contemplicity
's finest getting on #marshmellows on DA's IRC network and doing a live improv scene. ...I was not good at it back then.
But this was a stellar idea. I wanna do this again. We should get on dAmn
and doo eet. Who's up for it? limnersphere partikl utro oddlyaromatic - round 2?
OK, your turn!
Write a journal (or a comment right here) of 3 things you recently learned about yourself. It can be anything! It can be 1 sentence each if you like. Then @mention me so I can see it!
I'm not gonna "tag" anyone, I'm just asking YOU, if you enjoyed any of the above, to pass on the same enjoyment to me and to your readers. Dooo iiit.
Who's doing it already?
3 Things About MeI was only implicitly "tagged" in pachunka's journal, and I thought I might give it a go because I was curious to see what I could come up with. I think I know a lot about myself. I spend a lot of time with me. Let's see.
Recently Learned Fact #1:
Ah! (I thought of one!) This is either depressing or cool, depending on how glasses with 50% water look to you, but I do things a lot faster if they are gamified! I recently discovered http://habitrpg.com/ and it's gone a long way in getting me to do things that were previously on my To-Do List for wayyyy too long.
I usually shut down around Christmas time with gifts and wrapping and parties and cookie-eating and gingerbread-house-making and also crafted-gift-for-family-making that I'm a total Lay-Z-Bones for, like, months afterwards. No more, with HabitRPG! I've been folding laundry like it gives me EXP points! (It does.)
Then I've put thin
3 things about meHi great people! I regret that I haven't told you anything about myself in a long time. I'd like to open the conversation with you so I let pachunka's recent journal by this same title, as well as this one by LaurenKitsune, inspire me to also share 3 things I learned about myself recently
I need to be nice to myself
As a child, I was a dreamer (just ask my primary school teachers...), but I also have a practical problem solving mindset. Perhaps that’s something I learned as a boy scout when I was a teenager. Present me with a new problem and my first intuition is to try and think of solutions. This may sound obvious - if there’s a problem, you’ll want to solve it, right? Bu