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...some lighter fare, about kitties and about social dynamics.

First, the kitties. My kitties love John Woo movies!

Every animal that exists is bequeathed by God with a unique gift. Human beings are bequeathed with an amazing hubris that tells us we're the chosen of God, for example, as a sort of "sorry, my bad" for the whole hairless-ape thing we've got going on. Dogs are gifted with boundless, enthusiastic optimism to compensate for the eating-off-the-floor thing.

But cats have the greatest gift of all. Cats are granted a special and limited immunity from the law of gravity.

Three nights ago, S was over late, and the kitties were feeling frisky. In a beautiful and stirring tribute to the Great Director, the two of them faced off against the vast expanse of the living room hallway, then charged each other in a stirring reenactment of that scene in "Mission: Impossible" with the motorcycles. About three feet apart, they both leaped high into the air, and collided with all four paws outstretched several feet off the ground, whereupon they fell heavily to earth in a ball of savage mock fury.

The performance was somewhat marred by the fact that they were both purring madly, but it was amazing nonetheless. I'd give the right arm of a crippled child with leukemia for a photograph, as long as it was a reasonably patient child who wasn't using the arm for anything and liked cats and John Woo.

In other, and also amusing, news, I recently left a post about transhumanism on one of the Macintosh technical forums I read. I've been a member of this particular technical forum for many years, and I'm usually quite prolific. Another member of the forum told me that there was a conversation on transhumanism on a different forum he belonged to, and did I mind if he quoted me? I said no, not at all, and he sent me a URL to that other forum.

I went over, took a peek, and discovered that I have a fan obsessed freak. She used to use the Mac technical forum, disappeared around three years ago...

...apparently because of me. Seems I'd posted a comment in a conversation about using digital cameras with a Mac, and she'd said "Oh, a fellow photographer!" and visited my Web site, and read my polyamory pages, and, well...

"Creep" figured prominently in her comments on the other forum. "Depraved sexual appetities," too. And other, even less flattering things.

She quit using the Mac technical forum because she couldn't bear to use a message board I belonged to, and has over the past three years spent a great deal of time and energy talking about me on this other forum. For the sake of curiousity, I did a search on that other forum for my name. Thirty hits, in all, representing messages about me this woman has left.

In the most unkindest cut of all, she said something about how she can't understand how I get all these women, because she's seen pictures of me and I'm "sure not easy on the eyes."

"Depraved sexual appetites," that's cool. "Sick pervert?" Hey, it's a dirty job but someone has to do it. "Dedicating an entire Web site" to my "unnatural perversions and lusts?" Well, hey, it's something to do on a Saturday afternoon. But "not easy on the eyes?" Man, that just hurts. :)

Y'know, the funny thing is, I barely even noticed when she stopped posting on the Mac forums, and I don't think I've ever actually had a conversation with her. The emotional energy she's invested in me is kind of flattering, in a peculiar way, but damn...


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Aug. 26th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Wow - so you actually have proof of an anti-fan? I've never gotten past merely suspecting I have one... - ZM
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Couple of 'em, actually. One of whom used to post anonymously and send me emails on a regular basis, telling me exactly what kind of monster I am. :) Hven't heard from her in a while, though.
Aug. 27th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hven't heard from her in a while, though.
And you won't. She refused to join the AntiFranklin group, so we had to dispose of her.

It's not like you're in danger of running out of enemies anytime soon! ;-)
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, you know, I was wondering about that. :)

Hey, now that gives me a great idea! I can take over the world much more easily if I put the people ont he AntiFranklin group to work dealing with my adversaries...
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

I dont see anything wrong with "depraved sexual appetites", what other kind are there? and you are not a sick pervert, you are a perfectly normal pervert. She obviously doesn't use the internet much, it's full of sites dedicated to unnatural perversion's and lust. and i for one want to see them all. i cant say if you're easy on the eyes or not because i dont see in you in that way, mike might be though, but he's just weird
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm, a perfectly normal pervert...yeah, yeah, I can get to like that. :)
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
actually, you probably qualify as a provert
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
WOW just WOW

I wonder why you are so lucky to be the one chosen?

Aug. 26th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Being unconventional threatens people; I think it's that simple.
Aug. 26th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hey, didn't you read his post about luck? He's not lucky; he's worked very hard and made some very difficult choices in order to be this despised by a person he doesn't even know.

And I for one say that he should be recognized for putting in all that time and effort.

Aug. 26th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
BWAH! :)
Aug. 26th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I add you to my friends list? I like the cut of your jib, sirrah!
Aug. 26th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard!
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
ain't people weird? and the laughable fact about it is that SHE thinks YOU're weird!

crazy world, gotta love that.
Aug. 27th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
Look out, Fonzie! It's Tom Hanks!
Aug. 27th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)

I'm guessing at some point she'll come out as kinky and poly. I can't think of another more likely explanation for her behaviour.

Thanks for the kitty story btw, glad to hear they're making themselves at home.
Aug. 29th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
I found you through your home site, on which I found a lot of interesting, informative, and useful information.

I've added you to my friend's list and invite you to do the same with me, if you'd like.

Aug. 29th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard!
Sep. 11th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
I'd like to have more unnatural preeverts on my flist, so I've added you to class up the joint.
Sep. 11th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard!
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