Re: Stranger

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I don't get it, not really.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:21 PM
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But how does it relate to fuck mountain?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:21 PM
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Wow, that sounds like the worst thing ever.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:23 PM
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Connecting to server...
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
You: I see no random stranger!
Stranger: you're right of course
Stranger: that is because i'm not a stranger :)
You: oh? then you'll be able to tell me what treasure I discovered in 1987 in Armenia
You: since it is a constant feature of my conversation even with strangers.
Stranger: sweet jesus! what the **** did you just CUM for?!?!?!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:23 PM
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I guess I discovered how it relates to fuck mountain. I'm still laughing.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:24 PM
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Oh, I forgot, immediately next: "Your conversational partner has disconnected."


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:25 PM
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Note that it appears to have been started by an 18-year-old.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:26 PM
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I'm scared to try.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:27 PM
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I'm just worried I'd get someone depressed/suicidal and have to talk them out of it.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:27 PM
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That strikes me as unlikely.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:27 PM
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Oh, man. A chat room with a stranger? I've had some good times in chat with people. Not strangers.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:28 PM
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They disconnected before I even said Hi!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:28 PM
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That could change, parsley.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:29 PM
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I was asked if I was a 19 yr old female, then the conversation ended.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:29 PM
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I'm talking to someone from China; should I ask about the secret menu first, or about m/tch?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:29 PM
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Not even strangers want to talk to me!

Stranger: are you ready for me?
You: Depends on what you mean by that.*
Stranger: WRONG ANSWER BUDDY.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

*Granted, dumb response.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:30 PM
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No, that's a good response. Your conversation partner obviously couldn't think on his/her feet.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:31 PM
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Not even strangers want to talk to me!

Try asking if they want to play WordTwist.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:33 PM
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Well, I just tried it, and there were 3 exchanges of verbal parley before disconnect.

I think you have to open with "Hey Baby ..." or something.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:33 PM
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I continue to fail to see the point of this.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:34 PM
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This Chinese person isn't much of a conversationalist, but I'm not exactly holding my end up very well either.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:34 PM
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Although I grant that it does seem to have made for some amusing anecdotes in this thread so far.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:34 PM
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You: wie geht's?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:35 PM
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I'm chatting about the weather. I really am boring.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:36 PM
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I don't want to do this. It's way too much like the bad old days of Compuserve 1995, when I chatted with strangers after my parents went to bed. I suppose maybe it's different now, but the kid who invented it cannot possibly remember the Horror, having been like four at the time.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:36 PM
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This place is a waste of time, really:

Stranger: fuck my pussy
You: Oh, I'd need a device to do that.
Stranger: y would u say that to ur mom
You: Of course not.
Stranger: y would u say that to ur mom

(disconnect)


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:37 PM
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I enjoy this intensely.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:38 PM
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I think I'm chatting with a 14 year old.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:38 PM
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19-year-old boys are easy to freak out.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:38 PM
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27 - Funny, my first thought was "the only way this could be entertaining is if you got someone like W-lfs-n"


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:39 PM
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To Catch a ()


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:39 PM
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Wow, that was a truly terrible conversation.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:39 PM
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No, a 15 year old who would have voted for McCain.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:39 PM
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I don't know why I'm doing this to these people:

Stranger: Horny girl? wanna webcam?
You: naw
Stranger: plz
You: no. Complete sentences?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:39 PM
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I'm amazed at how many people are actually trying it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:40 PM
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God, that last one started off so well:

Stranger: hi
You: hello!
You: hopefully you aren't going to inform me that you're male and sexually aroused, because the last few conversations I've had that started out that way went nowhere fast.
Stranger: haha
Stranger: nope
You: besides, can you think of anything more predictable?
You: excellent.
Stranger: although I am male =P
You: someone's got to be.
You: so, how do you feel about the turkish government's continued silence regarding armenian genocide?
Stranger: dont feel anything about it
You: I guess that's not too uncommon. I confess that I can't really get myself worked up about it very much myself.
You: but at least I made an effort!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:40 PM
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Ok, maybe I'm jaded but won't this end up being 95% sex talk?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:40 PM
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35: There are only like 3600 people on the site. If all of us try, at least two of us are bound to get one another.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:40 PM
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I put on my cloak and wizard hat.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:40 PM
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37: I put on my robe and wizard hat.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:41 PM
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To Catch a ()

I just got asked if I was an online predator.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:41 PM
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essear didn't pwn me 'cause I got it right.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:41 PM
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41: How did you respond?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:42 PM
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You: someone's got to be.

Not true!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:42 PM
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I'm now imitating W-lfs-n


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:43 PM
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You couldn't come close.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:44 PM
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41: How did you respond?

No, of course.

I kind of want to run into W-lfs-n.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:44 PM
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OT: Here's a song I didn't know existed until this weekend.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:46 PM
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Stranger: TESSA? KACIE?
You: no.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:46 PM
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I'd like to run into you too, P.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:47 PM
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You: ☃
Stranger: oh i speak english
Stranger: sorry
You have disconnected.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:47 PM
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What are the ethics of lying on here?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:49 PM
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Ethics?


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:49 PM
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You: ☃
Stranger: KACIE?!
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:49 PM
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There can't be that many people on here, apparently.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:50 PM
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You guys, I'm having a GREAT conversation.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:50 PM
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I would say that lying is OK as long as it improves, instead of ruins, someone's day. So a hilarious lie, yes. Saying your dog died, no.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:50 PM
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56 - do tell..


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:51 PM
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I'm conversing with an insomniac Englishman. BO-RING.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:51 PM
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I'm just making up names for myself.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:51 PM
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He went to work.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:52 PM
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God, another 17 year old. Where are the none-teenagers?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:52 PM
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I am an asshole:

Stranger: bren?
You: duh
You: (geddit?)
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:53 PM
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How long will it take for one of us to chat to another? Statistically speaking, that is?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:55 PM
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Stranger: quiero practicar mi espanol
You: wie geht's?
You: ich will Deutsch üben!
You: this is a disaster.
Stranger: yeah


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:55 PM
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How long will it take for one of us to chat to another?

Only one way to find out.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:56 PM
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I just talked to someone who claimed to be from mexico and then said "sombreros are cool". Also:

Stranger: umm, do you speak a language?
You: no, I just type them


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:56 PM
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Stranger: nosh?
noah
Stranger: NOAH
You: Of course.
You: Ham?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:56 PM
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You: What would you do if I sang out of tune?
Stranger: im bitch
You: Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:57 PM
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Are you guys trying this over and over and over again? Because my third try is this:

You: hello
Stranger: hey wats up>?
You: I've tried this place a few times.
Stranger: wanna suck my hairy nut sack?
You have disconnected.

I don't think even the W-lfs-n magic would work with this.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:58 PM
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You've just got to ignore that stuff. Hold out for the smooth nutsacks.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 10:58 PM
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Perhaps I'm just unusually averse to human contact.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:01 PM
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This hardly counts, teo.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:02 PM
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Oh fuuuuuck. I just walked into an afterschool special. A teenager In Need Of Help but Trying To Get His Life In Order.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:02 PM
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I'm talking about soufflés made out of human hearts with someone who claims they cause orgasms and that he makes them regularly, being a surgeon.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:03 PM
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Stranger: I want to cam with a girl. I have msn and aim.
You: I've been reading about the Popular Front.
Stranger: the what?
You: It was a leftist movement that came to power in 1930s France.
You: It's kind of silly how I came to be reading about it.
Stranger: wow
You: It's because I just bought a perfume.
You: It's called Vacances, by Jean Patou
You: Anyway, it was released in 1936, to celebrate the institution of mandatory vacations in France.
You: What have you been doing today?
Stranger: Haha. Nice.
Stranger: I've been extremely close to caming with someone. Sadly, it wouldn't work,.
Stranger: And I mowed.
You: Mowing is hard work! Congratulations.
You: And, sorry, what is "caming"?
Stranger: camming.
Stranger: i forgot the other m. It's like webcam sex.
You: Oh. Sorry it wouldn't work. Why not?
Stranger: aim broke down both times i tried.
You: Oh, how irritating. Isn't there a more reliable service you could use?
You: I mean, what a terrible time for AIM to break down!
Stranger: Nope, she didn't have msn. which i prefer.
You: Well, I guess you should be more discriminating then, and decline to cam with women who don't have MSN.
Stranger: Haha, no way.
Stranger: I'll take what i can get.
You: I suppose that's necessary.
Stranger: very.
You: Out of curiosity, how do you find women to cam with? Are they people you know in real life, or do you meet them on services like this one? Because that seems like it would be difficult.
Stranger: Like this. It's tough.
You: I can imagine.
You: Well, I don't want to hold you up. I'm sure there are women on this service with MSN, even.
Stranger: nah, it';s okay. I have another page open
You: Oh, good. Any luck so far?
Stranger: nope, none. everyone is disconnecting.
Stranger: you wouldn't be that type would you?
You have disconnected.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:03 PM
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That's a good conversation.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:04 PM
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This hardly counts, teo.

I dunno, the idea of it really freaks me out for some reason.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:05 PM
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You: the heart is a smooth muscle.
Stranger: hello
You: hi.
Stranger: i didnt know that
You: yeah, it's true
You: it looks really weird when you cut through it
You: plus it gives it a strange texture to chew
Stranger: but awesommme in souffle
You: that's a new one on me.
Stranger: so good it can give you orgasms
Stranger: its true
Stranger: only human heart
You: heart soufflé?
Stranger: of course
You: human heart soufflé can give one orgasms
You: I dunno, isn't there an easier way to achieve orgasm?
You: I mean,
You: first of all,
You: it's hard to make a soufflé.
Stranger: the other ...smooth muscle
Stranger: im a good cook
You: and that's *before* you take the trouble to locate a human heart
You: granted, they're all around us
You: but they're a bitch to extract
Stranger: nahh im a surgeon, i get that shit rolllin in every day
You: don't you have to, like, put them back?
Stranger: nahh
You: shit, son
You: you're sitting on a goldmine
Stranger: the staff enjoys heart souffle sundays
You: right, well, who wouldn't. all those orgasms.
You: cleanup must be a hassle.
Stranger: yeah, but i got a cleanup crew
Stranger: they're all blind so they just think sauce exploded all over the counters
You: do they get souffles as well?
Stranger: they get some tastes
You: you have a blind cleanup crew.
Stranger: yes
You: I'm sorry, but that's just completely ridiculous.
You: I mean really. that is beyond the bounds of credibility.
You: I've been straight with you.
You: Don't lie to me.
You have disconnected.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:05 PM
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Stranger: yo
You: greetings stranger!
Stranger: were u from
You: felicitations and congratulations!
You: felicitations, for I wish to be able to macarize all
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

I didn't even get to explain why I was congratulating him or her.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:07 PM
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I am actually having a good conversation.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:08 PM
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Aw. I think I started to find someone to, like, date or something. Then I said I was on the east coast, he said he was on the west coast, then he disconnected. Boo. (What do people think they're doing here?)


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:08 PM
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I just had an actual conversation with someone who purported to be a 16-year-old male in search of women willing to send him naked pictures.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:15 PM
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Did you send him some, nosflow?


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:16 PM
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Also, this makes me feel old.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:17 PM
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No, I didn't.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:18 PM
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WordTwist is maddeningly inconsistent about when it allows shortened forms of words. But still, probably more fun to type at than random teenagers.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:19 PM
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But I did warn him that he should be aware that some people under the age of consent have been prosecuted for sending each other nude photos.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:19 PM
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That was very nice of you, ben.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:20 PM
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How did he respond?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:20 PM
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He seemed pretty blasé about it. I tried to warn him about moralistic fucks, but he didn't seem to care.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:21 PM
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Maybe he was an undercover cop.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:26 PM
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Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:26 PM
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You: shit, son
You: you're sitting on a goldmine

Oh man, you're killing me.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:31 PM
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Omegle gets fairly regularly targeted as a trolling ground by 4chan. Now I kind of want to be the fly on the wall at an unfogged/4chan meetup.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:31 PM
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Someone just asked me "/b/?" and then left when I said no.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:33 PM
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Someone just asked me "/b/?" and then left when I said no.

Same exact thing happened to me.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:34 PM
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Eerie.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:34 PM
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Well, I said, eh? actually.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:35 PM
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Odd, I would expect the 4ch-n/b/ crowd to start with an ebaumsworld reference or THE GAME. Or shoe on head or wizard robe and hat or mudkips or something.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:37 PM
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Really, ebaumsworld? lame.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:37 PM
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Although I did get "NIGGER DICKS" which was most likely a /b/tard.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:37 PM
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Yeah, standard /b/ recognition code is to say they saw the link on ebaumsworld.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:38 PM
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You: felicitations, wayfarer!
Stranger: hi
You: that'll do too, I guess.
Stranger: wat??
You: how I long for the days of long words and longer penises!
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:38 PM
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Oh, ok.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:38 PM
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Stranger: heyy ;)
You: well, hello there
Stranger: well hello to you to how are you on this fine day
Stranger: old'chap
You: ARE YOU CALLING ME OLD
Stranger: deff
Stranger: becuase i know your age
Stranger: and it's OLD
You: Well, it's true. I am pretty old.
Stranger: hahaha oh well what are you going to do
Stranger: your still awesome
Stranger: just old and awesome
You: Awesomely old, perhaps.
Stranger: hmm so old timer are you og the male or female gender
Stranger: *of
You: Ah, it always comes to that eventually, doesn't it?
You: I'm a dude.
Stranger: haahaha i love it.i have to ask it becuase the same thing is done to me
Stranger: i want my revenge
Stranger: if it makes you feel any better i don't care
You: One bleeds as well as the other.
Stranger: haha true.well i will tell you that i am a female
Stranger: and now we are even stranger
You: Heh. This is the first time I've used Omegle.
Stranger: haha this site is addicting
Stranger: and you are going to get some crazy convos
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:39 PM
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Okay, I actually just had an longish exchange with someone, and I'm not thrilled at how it went. Ending remarks:

You: Ahem, so are you returning to Scotland from England soon?
Stranger: In two weeks.
You: A longish visit, then. Business, pleasure? this place is anonymous.
You: By which I mean, you can probably say a little without worry.
Stranger: A bit of both, really.
You: Is it enjoyable? What do you do for enjoyment? Dine, or go to art galleries, or coffee shops, or ..
Stranger: I'm a student at a university in London, so I'm normally here in England instead of Scotland. I follow bands around most of the time, and that's basically my life.
You: Ah! I don't know contemporary bands well at all.
Stranger: I didn't until I did and now I'm halfway to being a drugged out zombie, hence why I'm awake at this hour.
You: If you'd like to disconnect to talk to someone else, that's fine, by the way.
Stranger: When I want to I will, just like I assure you that you will also.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:41 PM
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How are the 40s, Mineshaft? It's my 40th birthday and I am nonplussed. Also somewhat Becks-style.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:42 PM
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Welcome to the greatest generation, ham-love.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:44 PM
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In light of this, I suspect that the people asking immediately "/b/?" and other such things are looking for whoever they'd been talking to.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:44 PM
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How are the 40s, Mineshaft?

Mine have been tiring and peppered with random aches and pains, but I'm only nine months in so maybe they get better.

Happy birthday!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:45 PM
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My 40th birthday is coming up pretty soon. Sooner than I'd like really.

Of course, my 30th birthday is a bit closer still.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:46 PM
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"/b/?" translates to "are you here to shock and offend people, such that it would be a waste of my time to attempt to shock and offend you?"


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:46 PM
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How are the 40s, Mineshaft?

You bought us all malt beverages for your birthday? So thoughtful!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:48 PM
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111: Thanks! Well physically I'm in better condition than I've been in the previous five years, so hopefully I can go 9 months without extra aches and pains. Plus I might take up biking to work.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:48 PM
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You: hi
Stranger: hi
Stranger: from?
You: from Berlin!
Stranger: your name is Berlin? that's weird.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:48 PM
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113: Oh.

Anyway, the 40s are fine. Don't let anybody fool you into thinking you're decrepit all of a sudden. You're obviously not. And in fact, you know a lot of stuff that the younger folks don't yet. There may be aches and pains in various ways, but for god's sake man, you're only 40. It's not like you're 45.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:53 PM
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I can't wait to check back in 5 years.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 08-23-09 11:58 PM
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I'm sure 45 is fine too.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:09 AM
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Connecting to server...
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
Stranger: hi, if u are a girl who is horny we can talk more dirty if u want. im 21, male from the uk, nice to meet u :)
You: Hello
You: how do you find ere ?
Stranger: ok
You: I found with http://www.unfogged.com/archives/week_2009_08_23.html#009989
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: /b/ | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:12 AM
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/b/ omits direct objects from transitive verbs, pass it on.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:15 AM
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Stranger: i love you
You: that fast?
Stranger: love at first letter
You: usually it takes at least a few minutes
You: more like first blank screen
Stranger: haha yes i fell in love
Stranger: with u
You: uh huh
You: I am skeptical
Stranger: do u love me/?
You: Not yet.
Stranger: well how will u fall in love with me?
You: Uh....it's unlikely.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:22 AM
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I'm so hurt.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:23 AM
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I probably should have included the "Your conversational partner has disconnected." directly after "Uh...it's unlikely." for maximum comic effect.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:34 AM
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Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
You: whoops
You: sorry
Stranger: what?
You: nothing
You: anyhow
You: it'll clean right up
Stranger: haha
Stranger: gd one
You have disconnected.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:56 AM
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I just had an actual conversation with someone who purported to be a 16-year-old male in search of women willing to send him naked pictures.

New mouseover.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:59 AM
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You: Hi!
Stranger: so seriously why havent we fucked yet?
You: There are probably lots of reasons.
You: Including that I've never met you
Stranger: like what ? we are both young ,we need to have some fun.
Stranger: ?
Stranger: u have a pic of urself
Stranger: i can c?
You: I have pic of myself, but you cannot c.
Stranger: y? : /
You: Because I don't distribute pictures of myself to total strangers on the internet, dude.
You: :)
Stranger: i'm not a stranger
Stranger: just look behind you
You: Wow, that's kind of an awesomely creepy thing to say.
You: But I looked behind me
You: and there's nothing there but a light switch.
You: Phew!
Stranger: :/
Stranger: i swear he was behind you
Stranger: so can i c a pic plis?
You have disconnected.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:11 AM
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Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
You: What's so boring about American Sign Language?
Stranger: when your mom does it
You have disconnected.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:14 AM
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118: My birthday's next! I mean, now. Would you also check back in 5 years ago, to tell me what that has in store for me?


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:23 AM
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Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
You: It's my birthday, stranger.
Stranger: you must have such a fullfilling life to be spending your birthday on omegle
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Fair point.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:25 AM
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You: Are you a fishmonger?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:32 AM
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That was the whole conversation.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:32 AM
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I'm got four google ads on the sidebar: three for chat rooms, one for a service to help with drug/alcohol dependency.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:35 AM
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bloody hell people leave quick once you make it clear sex isn't happening.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:39 AM
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Stranger: hey
You: Hi
Stranger: 25yr male
You: Oh really?
You: I'm somewhat new to the whole chatroom notion.
Stranger: your first time here?
You: Yes. Followed a link. And you?
Stranger: 2 weeks
Stranger: m/f
You: Enjoy it? nice conversations?
Stranger: no
You: So what's the appeal?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

So is the idea that people actually do webcam sex with people from chatrooms?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:43 AM
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Oh jeez, my dad loves Omegle. He emails me his conversations. If you get someone saying they're from tech support, it's probably him. Say "Hello Clive." He also had someone sending emails for him, claiming that his emails were monitored.

My 12 year old showed it to him. Bloody kids.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:04 AM
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I just had sex on Omegle. But we got cut off before culmination. I'm a little upset, because it's impossible to find the person again. We were in mid-sentence.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:31 AM
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I should say, he was a really nice guy.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:33 AM
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Oh, and it was not webcam sex.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:36 AM
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Fortunately my dad does not seem to be online at the moment.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:40 AM
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I should say, he was a really nice guy.

As far as you know...


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:59 AM
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i recalled two times i had some weird online conversations through skype
didn't try the link here coz do not open links these days, strange
one was someone from antarctica, and a czech who wanted to go to dig holes in my country and i disconnected
next, someone asked me to translate his fiancee's emails from my language, he was suspecting that she's cheating on him and i said do not marry the girl if you do not trust her, you'll do her a favour and you both etc
he said i am kind and good and then disconnected
i was pretty curious about emails but couldn't read them of course


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:14 AM
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Although i just discovered this via some very nice HP fan, so!


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:27 AM
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the


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:29 AM
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a czech who wanted to go to dig holes in my country

Currently leading the competition for the most bizarre concept to appear here this month.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:36 AM
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not that bizarre, coz everybody able is digging holes these days, all that copper gold coal uranium etc
we are they say literally the beggars sitting on discovered undsicovered treasures


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:50 AM
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cheers, OFE, i should go now offline


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:50 AM
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I just had sex on Omegle.

You're supposed to post the transcript.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:15 AM
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[Reads thread.]

AWB @ 25: I don't want to do this.

I'm glad I read the thread first, not that I would have used it anyways.

It's way too much like the bad old days of Compuserve 1995, when I chatted with strangers after my parents went to bed.

Are you sure those aren't the ALL CAPS BAD OLD DAYS OF 1983?

I suppose maybe it's different now, but the kid who invented it cannot possibly remember the Horror, having been like four at the time.

There's a reason I've been trying to avoid chat for 20 years. I'm sure it's NOT all different now.

OT: Here's a song I didn't know existed until this weekend.

Heh. I barely remember that song from when I was kid. I bet you didn't this existed either. (Teo might like the opening.) (Actually, he said, is there a decent version of Silver City? Why, yes, there is. With an accordian, even!)

max
['La.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:38 AM
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Are you sure those aren't the ALL CAPS BAD OLD DAYS OF 1983?

So I wondered. '95 is well past the Dawn Of The N00bs.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:19 AM
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Stranger: what's up?
You: this is my first time using this website and i am perplexed.
Stranger: really? kinda simple
You: but bizarre. how long have you been chatting with people today?
Stranger: I just started today but I've been talking to people here for about a month now
Stranger: very interesting people.... some very sexy lol
You: so most people are looking for chat sex?
Stranger: Not really but some do... it's a small number of people that do really
You: are you looking for chat sex?
You: because it seems to me that it would be more effective to visit a website that had the express purpose of helping people meet up for chat sex.
Stranger: Yeah but some of those sites you have to pay.... here it's free
You: i guess that's true. there's always someone looking to make a buck off a boner.
Stranger: True.... mine is included lol
You: boners are the international currency of the internet. you should start an organization called "boners without borders."
You have disconnected.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:42 AM
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This website is hysterical.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:46 AM
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You: i suppose you, too, are looking for chat sex.
Stranger: not
You: oh.
You: well what are you looking for then?
Stranger: friends
You: friends that are older or younger than you?
Stranger: any
You: what if it was an 80-year-old incontinent man in a nursing home?
Stranger: kull if only i con learn 4rm him
You: what is this "kull"
Stranger: ok
You: so what will be the dispositive factor in determining whether we become friends?
Stranger: a friend in need is a friend indeed
You: what are you in need of?
You: because i need some aphorisms STAT
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:50 AM
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Stranger: hey whats your name
You: harold.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:51 AM
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I'm talking with someone from Taiwan, and I don't get the game they're trying to get me to play. Does that mean we're having sex?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:51 AM
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And now China! Must be the hour.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:53 AM
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And now Korea.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:56 AM
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Wow, you got the whole Middle East there, heebie.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:57 AM
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I am having trouble being anything but highly polite. This feels like labored smalltalk. No one wants sex but people are switching between English and their home language.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:59 AM
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bloody hell people leave quick once you make it clear sex isn't happening.

Mouseover text?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:59 AM
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Stranger: 하이
Stranger: hi
You: yikes, I don't speak that first language.
Stranger: 시발아빨리빨리말해
You: or that one.
You: What is it?
Stranger: ㅇㅇ
Stranger: 몇살?
You: Got me.
Stranger: ㅡㅡ
Stranger: -_-
You: Well, I got that one.
Stranger: 왔츄얼네임
You: But not that.
You: I bet it's great, though.
Stranger: beautifull name
You: What language is it?
Stranger: korea
You: Ah. I'm in the US.
Stranger: call
Stranger: wow
Stranger: beautifull
Stranger: beautifull
Stranger: akon
You: Do you speak much English?
Stranger: ok
Stranger: Do you speak much English?
You: Yeah, a lot.
Stranger: ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
You: But not backwards Fs much.
Stranger: are you musinsa?
You: I don't know what that means.
You: Are you?
Stranger: oo
Stranger: 몇살이에요?
You: Yeah... you lost me.
Stranger: 닥치고
Stranger: 어디살어


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:59 AM
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Another Chinese person. This one ended:

Stranger: can you make me horny/
Stranger: ?
You: Oh, probably not.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:03 AM
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If I spoke in backward 'F's would you hold it against me?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:05 AM
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Digitally, of course.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:06 AM
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All right, the novelty is wearing off. I can't get an interesting conversation.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:07 AM
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I can't tell if I think doing this deliberately is more or less weird than the fishbot that does this to unsuspecting people on social networking sites.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:07 AM
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163: They look like my "7"s.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:08 AM
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You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
Stranger: hi
You: Hello random stranger. Are you chatting on company time, too?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Guess he figured there wouldn't be any sex involved if I was at work.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:25 AM
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What is this asl that's so boring that we must be warned off of it?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:27 AM
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Age/sex/location?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:28 AM
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Oh. None of my conversations have been about anything else, but they're right that those are boring.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:30 AM
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You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
Stranger: hi
You: Like my grandpa always said, "Strangers is jest friends ya' ain't met yet." Of course, Grandpa DID suffer from dementia, so who knows?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

I can't get past first base here. Maybe I need to ask if they'd like to finger my pussy or something.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:31 AM
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170. Ah. Yes. I was reading it as adsl for a while, which I found puzzling.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:31 AM
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Was it chicken pox?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:47 AM
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what is this "kull"

Kull of Atlantis, fer sure.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:49 AM
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||
speaking of speaking with strangers, it's near time for me to bid you all adieu, I'm afraid. It has been fun! Events conspire against my staying, though.
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Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:56 AM
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Farewell and good luck, soup. It's been real.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:57 AM
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Thanks teo. I'll be here (geographically) for another month or so but very busy, so doubt I'll have much time to drop by. And then things will get a bit crazy.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:59 AM
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Wait, why? Are you going somewhere without an internet connection?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:59 AM
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Aw, soup! You will be missed.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:00 AM
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|| Wait, why? Are you going somewhere without an internet connection? |>

No, but I'll be shifting back from underproductive to overproductive. So-called `free' time will be at extreme premium compared to now, is the main problem really. Maybe I'll be able to venture back when things settle down a bit, but I don't know that I can count on it slowing down enough.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:04 AM
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Goodbye, soup, and good luck!


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:05 AM
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You'll be a Christmas-Easter Commenter!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:05 AM
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Best of luck, soup.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:27 AM
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Adding my wishes for good luck to the pile, soup biscuit. I hope it's a positive and prosperous change for you.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:34 AM
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Only a thread like this could stay on topic for two hundred comments.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:39 AM
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Good luck, soup. You'll be missed.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:41 AM
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From one carbohydrate-based food product to another, I bid you a fond au revoir,, soup biscuit.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:41 AM
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You people don't know how to chat.

Well, soup might. But now he's gone.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:42 AM
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190: Post some transcripts so we can learn from you, sensei.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:44 AM
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re: 191

He's already a Sifu!


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:45 AM
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148: You're supposed to post the transcript.

Without having read the rest of the thread, uh, sorry, that was too much information as it was.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:49 AM
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Sifu, sensei, sufi, spoon.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:49 AM
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Connecting to server... You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi! A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about! You: lol you again You: how does this keep happening? Stranger: how u know its me You: the thing in the middle You: up top Stranger: u dont know me You: I mean not like really know you You: that's hard You: who really knows somebody You have disconnected.

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On the other hand, my blockquote technique sucks.

Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
You: lol you again
You: how does this keep happening?
Stranger: how u know its me
You: the thing in the middle
You: up top
Stranger: u dont know me
You: I mean not like really know you
You: that's hard
You: who really knows somebody
You have disconnected.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:52 AM
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Good luck with your new endeavour soup. Hope you make it back sometime.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:52 AM
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Soup! Is leaving?!

I'll miss you, man. Best of luck, fortune, happiness, maybe joy.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:54 AM
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Sifu, sensei, sufi, spoon.

Gunter, glieben, glauten, globen.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:54 AM
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Godspeed, soup, and best of luck with the new job.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:57 AM
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199: Do you have something to say, apo?


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:03 AM
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201: Rise up, gather round?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:05 AM
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202: everybody... BREAK DANCE!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:06 AM
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Good luck, soup! Don't take any wooden biscuits!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:09 AM
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Hey, thanks everyone!


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:15 AM
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See you come procrastination time, soup.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:16 AM
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I had a nice chat with a purported 15-year-old girl from Taiwan. Then this:

Connecting to server...
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
A word of advice: "asl" is boring. Please find something more interesting to talk about!
Stranger: hey
You: Hello.
Stranger: where r u from?
You: A human!
You: Well, two humans, technically.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:22 AM
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Go well, soup umfundisi!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:22 AM
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Don't forget us in your times of procrastination, soup, and good luck!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:26 AM
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Vaya con dios, young biscuit.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:28 AM
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Don't take any wooden biscuits!

Wooden biscuits are quite useful for certain construction applications.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:31 AM
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good luck, soup!


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:31 AM
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Suerte, soup! If things simmer down long enough, maybe you can comment as "stew biscuit".


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:35 AM
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Best of soup, luck.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:43 AM
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You: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Stranger: shakespeare Stranger: haha sorry Im kind of a lit nerd.
Stranger: thou art more lovely & more temperate
You: Fine. Had to say something
Stranger: haha
You: Rough winds do break the darling buds of May
Stranger: and summers lease hath all too short a date
You: Nice talking to you dude

Very weird.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:49 AM
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You: Hi.
Stranger: hello
You: These words keep echoing in my head: infundibuliform jowls. infundibuliform jowls. infundibuliform jowls.
Stranger: people will go to great lengths to feel something, anything
You: What do you make of it?
You: I know where they come from, but I don't know where they're going.
Stranger: what? your jowls?
Stranger: lol
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:49 AM
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213: "If things simmer down long enough" s/b "If you get chunky"


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:50 AM
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Stranger: what? your jowls?

Nice.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:57 AM
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218: y would u say that to ur mom?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:01 AM
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Most of these transcripts show how weird you guys are, and don't really say anything about Omegle or the people on it.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:03 AM
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220: ARE YOU CALLING ME OLD


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:06 AM
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220: There's no need to get defensive about your omegle habit, rob.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:11 AM
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215 is pretty swell.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:14 AM
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223: You're saying you like OFE's boots?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:17 AM
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220: What kind of transcript would show how not-weird we are?

My transcripts are not weird, thank you very much.

Hmph.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:18 AM
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My transcripts are not weird, thank you very much.

There's a way to prove that, p.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:21 AM
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My transcripts are not weird, thank you very much.

You've withheld probative evidence, do adverse inference must obtain.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:23 AM
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It's true, parsley, your conversations reflect how normal people act in these situations, including especially the sex.

I was mostly thinking of Nose-Flow, apostropher, and OFE. But we already knew about all of them.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:23 AM
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227: "do" s/b "so"


Posted by: pp | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:23 AM
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Stranger: Spring brother is true man
You: I'm inclined to agree, although I don't really know what that means.
Stranger: This is the famous!
You: What about Winter brother?
You: The infamous?
Stranger: yes
You: I'm glad we could agree.
You have disconnected.


Posted by: piminnowcheez | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:25 AM
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You: I dreamt last night that I was taken to task over my fondness for toast
Stranger: awsome
You: I'm not even that fond of toast.
Stranger: i like toast
You: me too
You: but not, like, abnormally so.
You: I'm not some kind of WEIRDO
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

I really did have a toast-fondness-related dream.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:29 AM
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226: I posted the shorter ones, which were admittedly weird, but not on my end! Not the long one, which was not weird. I did overshare about that -- apologies.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:29 AM
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It should really be "conversation partner", not "conversational partner".

I didn't post transcripts of several quite ordinary, nonsexual, boring conversations I had.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:31 AM
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231: Nattering on about toast again, neb? FFS.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:31 AM
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It should really be "conversation partner", not "conversational partner".

Perhaps it's aspirational instead of descriptive.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:32 AM
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neb has done this, like, 30 goddamn times.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:33 AM
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My ordinary conversations were all with people in Asia practicing their English. The 15yo girl in Taiwan, when asked if in Taiwan the most common spoken language was Cantonese, Mandarin, or something else, was quick to correct me "nonononono. we speak Taiwanese and Chinese".

And she didn't even know a M/tch.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:33 AM
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237: I've never set foot on that capitalist running dog hellhole of an island.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:35 AM
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She just didn't want to point out that you were ignorant of Shanghainese.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:35 AM
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238: Your description of it evinces a suspicious familiarity...


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:37 AM
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So it is just like unfogged?


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:37 AM
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238: Only I can go to China, pinko.


Posted by: OPINIONATED RICHARD NIXON | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:38 AM
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It's Emerson who went to Taiwan.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:40 AM
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"nonononono. we speak Taiwanese and Chinese"

Does Chinese there mean "Mandarin"?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:42 AM
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Wikipedia reports that most Taiwanese speak standard Mandarin and a varient of Fujianese commonly called "Taiwanese". You add the fact that it is easy to equate Chinese and Mandarin, and the report from Stanley's young interlocutor appears correct.


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244: My understanding of the situation is that it does. And "Taiwanese" refers to the other variety of Chinese in common use there, which is the same as that spoken on the nearby mainland.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:43 AM
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It's almost like you guys don't want to talk about omegle. (Which, by the way, what the hell is that supposed to mean, "omegle"?)


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:46 AM
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What more is there to say?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:47 AM
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247: Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:49 AM
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what the hell is that supposed to mean, "omegle"?

It seems to be a portmanteau of omega, smegma and boggle. Which makes sense in a way.


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161 is sorta funny.


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251: Racist.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:51 AM
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250: You're not supposed to talk about that. Omergà, you know.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:53 AM
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what the hell is that supposed to mean, "omegle"?

Anagram of "ogle me", obvs.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:54 AM
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252: 레칫투 아니야


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:55 AM
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Anagram of "ogle me", obvs.

That being, of course, the one thing you cannot do via Omegle.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:56 AM
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It's almost like you guys don't want to talk about omegle.

I've already walked away from Omegle.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:56 AM
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257: You're one of those ones, huh?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:57 AM
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257: I admit that aside from the smegma resonance, that's the one that keeps cropping up for me. All wrong.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:59 AM
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a/s/l?
Oh! Me girl.


Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:02 PM
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I did overshare about that -- apologies.

Not yet you haven't.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:02 PM
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It's true! Omegle is powered by the misery of a small child. Also, Soylent Green is now lower in fatty cholesterols.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:03 PM
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Careful what you wish for, apo.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:04 PM
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Actually, it's from "OMEGLE", an acronym for "Oh my empathic god-like entity!"

Basically it's "OMG!" for those who are "spiritual" instead of "religious".


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:08 PM
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Don't let M/tch put the wool over your eyes, folks. It's quite clear that it's the Spanish term "El gEmo" spelled backwards.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:12 PM
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265: Put the other one, Stanley.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:13 PM
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D'oh!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:18 PM
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261, 263: Hey, now. I've already said I shouldn't have said anything, but at the time my jaw had dropped: huh? hello, hello? For what it's worth, I was taken by surprise. A nice guy. Economist, though. We shan't tell Emerson.


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Were mutual profits maximized?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:27 PM
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Oh, I feel the invisible hand! I'm becoming pareto optimal!


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:32 PM
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I was taken by surprise.

"You just did what to my what?"


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:32 PM
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Clearly, this is my own failure of imagination. But the concept of chat "sex" is utterly lost on me.

"Mmmm. Now I'm running my hand along your thigh..."

"No. No, you're really not."


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:32 PM
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Not the long one, which was not weird.

Sure.

The complete lack of context with an interlocutor seems like it should be disorienting, but this place shouldn't be civil or interesting ever, so who knows.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:32 PM
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It's really not the done thing to take women by surprise.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:32 PM
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How many mouse orgasms equal one parsimon orgasm?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:33 PM
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"You just did what to my what?"

Monetized your assets.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:33 PM
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I don't really speak that language.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:34 PM
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I wonder if his laffer curved.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:34 PM
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277 to 269.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:34 PM
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273: but this place shouldn't be civil or interesting ever, so who knows.

lw, are you talking about this place, unfogged? I don't understand this comment. Have I been uncivil or uninteresting? (I have no doubt I've been uninteresting many times, but I don't understand this, here and now.)


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:38 PM
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Have I been uncivil or uninteresting?

No comment.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:44 PM
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See, 281 is uncivil.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:46 PM
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282: With all due respect, so is your mother.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:49 PM
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I meant that a bunch of pseudonymous mostly-strangers posting publicly without an organizing theme sounds to me like a disaster, never interesting, rarely civil. I do not understand why it ever works, whether the hidden real-life connections are an essential stabilizer or what. Deficit is in my understaning, probably. I did not intend to say something pissy indirectly, at all. I prefer direct insult, delivered in person-- I just leave when I don't care for things here.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:51 PM
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I prefer direct insult, delivered in person

Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:53 PM
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284: Okay, thanks for the explanation.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:54 PM
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285: Not yet, but he's on his way to your place of business as we speak.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:54 PM
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Oh, also, the slang "coin slot" applicable to a gal's pleasant plumbers crack is popular on flickr.

Derivation of the microeconomics joke is left as an exercise.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:55 PM
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I think we should google the convos posted here and see if they've all gone up on other messageboards also: this way we can prove if
i: every board has its own w-lfs-n and its own parenthetical and its own parsimon and its own tierce de lolz and so on, and
ii: they are all talking to one another via omegle
iii: then going back to their respective boards and pokin fun at mirror images of themselves


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:56 PM
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You know, 2 should really read "Great. Start 'em young, not really".


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:58 PM
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289: Be the change you wish to see on the web, tdl.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 12:59 PM
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Neb's mirror image has google-delinked, toastwise.


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:04 PM
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281: No comment.

You know, Motch, enough is enough. My preference is that we just stay out of each other's way here.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:27 PM
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293: Lighten up, parsimon.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:40 PM
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294: Then cut it out with the random potshots every now and again. Please.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:45 PM
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Then cut it out with the random potshots every now and again. Please.

I know you're not new here...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:46 PM
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(296 said with some understanding for the temptation to take the little digs to heart and to wound easily, mind you.)


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:48 PM
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297: It's actually the flare of anger I feel at it. I prefer to minimize that. I'm off for a while.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 1:58 PM
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Stranger: hey
You: Hello.
Stranger: m or f?
You: Mighty Morphing Power Ranger!
You: Politics?
Stranger: TYRANASAURS
You: Triceratops!
You: Would be a good name for a cat.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:01 PM
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298: The mere implication that you have at times been uncivil or uninteresting here on Unfogged makes you that angry? Okay.

But you realize that I would have said the exact same thing to pretty much anyone who asked "Have I been uncivil or uninteresting?"?

Both because pretty much everyone has at one point or another, and because lw in 273 was talking about Unfogged, not about you personally, so it seemed doubly silly to ask such a question.

Anyways, you really needn't take it personally.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:06 PM
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Tastes differ, of course, but "Triceratops" as the name for a cat? I think not.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:09 PM
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It seemed like a personal attack to me.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:09 PM
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You: Hello
Stranger: Good afternoon
You: How did you hear about this site?
Stranger: you may not like my answert
Stranger: *answer
You: Uh-oh, are you a police officer?
Stranger: w-what?
Stranger: uh... n-no. I'm not.
You: Oh, good. I don't like the police very much.
You: They've never done me any good.
Stranger: :P
You: Quite.
You: WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO TO PROVE IM HUMAN STOP
Stranger: i... have no idea.
You: Yeah, it's tough. On the internet, no one knows you're a dog.
Stranger: ha, thats the best part of it
Stranger: they all ASSUME your human
Stranger: thats where you get them
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:09 PM
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This is fun! Now we have instant comment threads, all ready to go without hardly thinking about it. Chat is pernicious though, so I'm only going to do it until I need glasses.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:09 PM
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301: But you could call it "Tops" for short! That would be so cute.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:11 PM
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302: Now why on earth would I attack you personally, ned?

But seriously, why do you think it seemed like a personal attack as opposed to what normally goes on around here?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:12 PM
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It seemed like a personal attack to me

Oooh! Are we voting? I vote that it seemed more like the obligatory and inevitable response to a pretty easy set-up.

And rather tame given the forum.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:15 PM
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Now, the way I was communicating with the very pleasant Verizon customer service representatives might could be conceived of as seeming personal (though I did included my obligatory "I know you aren't personally responsible"). Even more personal was the patronizing, "ma'am, I can't help you if you are going to yell." Yeah, well. Your three predecessors couldn't help me when I was being nice, so at least this way I feel a little better.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:18 PM
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But you could call it "Tops" for short!

In The Land before Time (endless series of) cartoons, the triceratops is called Sarah. Or maybe Cera. Also, I've watched entirely more children's television than a grown man should ever have to.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:21 PM
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305: Fair point.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:23 PM
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Also, I've watched entirely more children's television than a grown man should ever have to.

And then he had kids . . . .


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:24 PM
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309: Hey! There's a dissertation idea for neb: The Land Before Being and Time: Towards a Doer Doing or something.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:25 PM
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Avatar is excellent. The plasticene-looking show that just started is disgusting, I did not at all care for the Amish-mocking. Hate Chowder, dislike Flapjack. My kid likes old Max Fleischer, yay.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:26 PM
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For my part, it hurt that nobody lashed out at me. I suppose I would have had to have commented to elicit the desired reaction. But if people really cared, they would have skipped straight to the abuse. This place used to be so much better -- before I started commenting, I mean.


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Also, I've watched entirely more children's television than a grown man should ever have to.

So you watch Barney while you're kids are watching LotR? That's just weird, man.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:28 PM
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Love Avatar, too. Know the plasticene one of which you speak as well -- obnoxious, plus lots of smutty innuendo not befitting a children's show.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:29 PM
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314: I lashed out at you in my heart, Ari.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:29 PM
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I think neb is going to play some Benji and the Palsies on his show tomorrow. They've got a line-dance song that's quite a sight to see.


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This is the most SWPL concern ever, and after seeing some of the accounts here of run ins with police, I feel ridiculous asking about this, but here goes.

If you want to skip the rest, my question is basically: there was a collision which resulted in no damage that I noticed, and a citation for "failure to maintain a safe distance". Do I need to contact my insurance company, and is there anything else I should or shouldn't do?

I was driving up the freeway and signaled to change lanes so I could make my exit. There was about two car lengths of space, so it would have been close, but the other person sped up so I couldn't get in, and gave me the finger. Shrug. I slowed down and get in immediately behind them. They then slammed on the brakes. I did, too. But, I stupidly merged in too close, and couldn't slow down enough to avoid tapping their car. There was no visible damage, so I didn't think much of it until I got to the offramp, and the other driver slowed to a stop, swerving to block whichever lane I switched to, so I couldn't get by, and they got out of their car and started yelling, pointing at me, etc. This was at the light right before the offramp; cars were going by at 50+ mph, and this apparently crazy person looked really pissed off, so I escaped as soon as there's a gap in the other lane that I could squeeze into. Afterwards, I called the police, and got a citation for my trouble (which wasn't not too bad, since I could have been written up for having an expired emissions inspection sticker).

So, well, umm, yeah. The two things that worry me. The first that the officer warned me that I should contact my insurance company, since the other person was mad, and was definitely going to file a claim (for what, I can't imagine). What do I tell my insurance company when I talk to them? I actually called up my insurance company, but my cell connection is terrible here, so I couldn't really understand what my agent was saying. I said I'd stop by after work to ask in person, but it sounded like I didn't need to do anything if I wasn't filing a claim.

The other thing I'm worried about is that the other person was blatantly lying. We have red light cameras, and there's one at the offramp, but if they don't record when no one's running a red light, then it's just my word against the other person's. I wasn't in the same location as the other driver, so only heard what the officer relayed to me. I didn't get cited for any of those things, so does that mean I can stop worrying about that?

Also, I have this form I need to fill out and mail in the next ten days, and there's a section for describing what happened. Should I put in a detailed description, or write as little as possible?

Is there any chance that going to court will be useful? Apparently, I can either pay my ticket in the next month, or show up to court and try to get a lesser violation? The Internet says that if you get a speeding ticket, you can usually go to court and get off without any points (if you have a clean record, which I do). I'm guessing that will be impossible to do in this case since there was actually a collision, and the citation has the cute little 'collision' box checked, no?

Sorry, I know I'm being ridiculous, but the worst trouble I've ever been in is detention, once, in seventh grade, so the combination of getting a ticket and being hassled by this crazy person is freaking me out for no good reason.
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Posted by: W.H. Taft | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:32 PM
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There's no need to take this personally, ari, but you're a horrible and degenerate person.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:33 PM
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317, 320: Thank you.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:35 PM
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309: Or maybe Cera.
Michael Cera Tops -- The Shoegazing Dinosaur!


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:36 PM
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319: I have no useful advice, but Christ, that other driver is an asshole.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:37 PM
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309: the triceratops is called Sarah. Or maybe Cera.

Hah! I never made that connection* (God are those movies the most execrable, cloying crap).

*I don't think the animal name thing resonates with me, I was also very late in getting how "Roo" completed "Kanga" in Winnie-the-Pooh.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:37 PM
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Yes, Avatar is awesome. I was terribly confused by the trailer for the movie version, though, until I realized that James Cameron's Avatar has nothing to do with the show, and the (first installment of the) movie treatment of the show will be called The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:37 PM
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Michael Cera Topsiders: the preppie shoegazing dinosaur!


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The thing I hate about kid-show innuendo is this: There is an equation between an economy of attention and interpersonal attraction. That is, there is a near-universal depiction of a low-status pursuer and a high-status pursued, who rebuffs an appeal for affection in a "hilariously" humiliating way, for the benefit of the audience and sometimes for the benefit of other characters in the fiction. Status is usually depicted in the crudest, stupidest way possible in bad TV, with irony for a cloak of decency.

This is more toxic than country music or latino grind videos, IMO.

My insurance experience is that if there is no claim, the insurance company does nothing (maybe make some phone calls, recordkeeping purposes). Since you have no claim against anyone, I say do nothing. If they need your version, they'll call you.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:42 PM
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As far as the citation, if there's no one in court to testify that you did anything wrong, can they really convict? I'd be inclined to show up, say "the guy cut me off and I slammed on his breaks" (as you described), and I don't think I'm guilty of anything. This is not legal advice. I don't actually know how this stuff works.

Also, I hope you're not in Chicago. That other driver sounds alot like my dad...


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219: IANAL, but I'm a bit confused by your account. You left the scene of the accident, but you didn't get cited for that? You might want to check the laws in your state. My understanding is that some places rear-ending someone is always your fault, and in some places it could be reckless driving on the part of the person in front of you. If the asshole car did a sudden and unnecessary stop to punish you for wanting to merge, or whatever, then that's the sort of thing you insurance co might want to know about in order to contest their claim (one can presume that they called the cops so that they could make said claim). I reckon same goes for contesting the charge.


Posted by: Jimmy Pongo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 2:51 PM
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The officer that showed up warned me that I shouldn't have driven off, and that I could have been cited (and even jailed) for that.

This was in TX, in case that matters.


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This was in TX, in case that matters.

I'll bet it was heebie who cut you off!


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I'd pay the ticket, and not worry about fighting unless there's a screwy insurance claim. The problem with fighting the ticket is that you did hit the guy, you were very close, and you did drive off -- all things that make it look presumptively like your fault. All the extenuating stuff is judgment calls that you don't have witnesses for.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:14 PM
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Also, I have this form I need to fill out and mail in the next ten days, and there's a section for describing what happened. Should I put in a detailed description, or write as little as possible?

I would write a detailed description. Explain the circumstances, that you left the scene because of the aggressive actions of the other driver, and make sure you mention that you called the police as it is a defense against the other guy trying to claim you attempted a hit and run. If you didn't see any damage, put that in writing as well.

Is there any chance that going to court will be useful?

Probably not. He didn't swerve into you. By your own admission you were too close to him, and that's what the cite is for.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:18 PM
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SoupB is a responsible being
WHT, i think you are so lucky to avoid a more serious accident so worrying about anything that would come up next is kinda like tempting the fate, no?
sorry, i mean just something like don't worry, everything perhaps will be okay


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:19 PM
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As far as the citation, if there's no one in court to testify that you did anything wrong, can they really convict? I'd be inclined to show up, say "the guy cut me off and I slammed on his breaks" (as you described), and I don't think I'm guilty of anything.

Taft's pretty much hosed on this. Technically you're supposed to maintain certain distances in the case that you can stop if the car in front of you has to suddenly brake for a hazard or something. If you end up hitting the guy in front the presumption is going to be that you weren't maintaining the proper distance.


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IANAL but I think you definitely should notify your insurance company. Otherwise when the other driver claims whiplash and sues for a million dollars the insurance company might not be responsible for defending you.


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:33 PM
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Chowder is horrible. Unfortunately, my son really likes it.


Posted by: Lemmy Caution | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:34 PM
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I'd be willing to take a run at the argument that what really makes the distance too close here is the other driver's successful attempt to cause an accident. The notion that the trailing driver is at fault is surely just a presumption, and ought to be rebuttable. IANATL, of course.

The right answer, though, is to be armed. In what seems to be becoming a dominant view, you've have been totally justified popping the guy for his conduct after the accident, and you'd get the NRA to pay your legal bills. Again, IANATL.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:50 PM
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The right answer, though, is to be armed.

Assimilating quickly into western culture, I see.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:54 PM
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Fucking fire nation lawyers suck.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:56 PM
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The notion that the trailing driver is at fault is surely just a presumption, and ought to be rebuttable.

Should be rebuttable, but without witnesses, how's he going to show it? (Also, from talking about slipping into a two-car-length space, I'd bet he was too close. Normal, ordinary too close, but if you're too close and something goes wrong, even if it's absolutely the other guy's fault, that seems to justify a ticket. The other guy should get a bigger ticket, of course.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 3:57 PM
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Should I put in a detailed description, or write as little as possible?

I would send your insurance company a description not unlike your second paragraph. There are people who cruise around trying to create just such situations, and then put in claims. Insurance companies are familiar with them.


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300: Thanks, M/tch. I'm touchy today. All's well. I have to go about reserving a rental truck now.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:11 PM
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Mitch and ari are always hostile, and should stop attacking parsimon.

This was at least at the beginning one of the weirdest threads on Unfogged ever. I couldn't believe the Unfoggedetariat was group-trolling a sex chat site, with so little competence or success.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:21 PM
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In Chicago, I once had someone jump in front of my car. He was taken away in an ambulance, and so nearly was I because I was hyperventilating. The EMTs said there was nothing much wrong with the guy except that he said his knee hurt. I was ticketed at the scene, but the ticket was thrown out in court because the guy I hit never showed. He did however hire private investigators and lawyers, etc., but he was never paid a dime by my insurance company. I am not 100% clear on what exactly went down, but it seems that some at least of the witnesses on the scene said that he jumped in front of my (slow moving) car and perhaps had a history of it.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:27 PM
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I was to note ToS's defending P as a very positive sign, but his comment is already gone


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Me, on the phone today serving as a past cow-orker's professional reference; first question:

HR Person: If you could describe [cow-orker] in a single word, what word would you use?

Me: Oh, that's easy. Tiresome.

[awkward pause]

Me: Er, tireless! I meant tireless. Heh. Hrm. Whoops.

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Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:43 PM
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After a Very Bad Week as a manager, I shall be chuckling at 347 for hours.


Posted by: Rah | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 4:53 PM
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Oh, Stanley, Stanley, Stanley... whatever shall we do with you?


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347: I was once being interviewed by the DOD about the suitability of a friend to work for the CIA. I tried to tell a story about the one and only time he had lied to me - in his capacity as a river guide, he told me some truly incredible things which I believed completely because I just couldn't fathom him lying. I managed to turn a charming anecdote into a mess of a story that made him sound pathological because I was nervous. He got the job anyway, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't thanks to me.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:17 PM
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You don't think "This guy is SO believable, he can lie whenever he wants and no one ever suspects...and he does!" sounded like a good recommendation to work for the CIA?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:21 PM
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350: I have a similarly awkward CIA interview story.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:23 PM
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351: He wasn't going to be in that part of the CIA. They were making sure he wasn't going to be selling secrets - I was trying to illustrate his trustworthiness.


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He wasn't going to be in that part of the CIA.

Or so he would have you believe.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 5:36 PM
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354: Don't be silly, teo. I'm sure the CIA has a cupcake-making and puppy-grooming operation, just like ()'s friend says.


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355: He is a computer engineer. I have no doubt that he was prepared to do very evil things to other country's computers, but I'm kind of guessing it didn't involve a lot of face-to-face lying.


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356: countries'


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:00 PM
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Clearly it was malicious software that caused that mistake in Parenth's post.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:07 PM
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You know, I should take to posting swaths of my dissertation here and let it be edited.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:09 PM
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A trojan with the filename puppys-first-bath-cute.exe


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:10 PM
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358: Man, the mental correction is pretty much automatic, which I seem to recall is alleged to be a SWPL thing, except it's totally not.


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I have a problem self-editing, because I read so much badly written stuff in the form of student papers that my mind automatically corrects common errors. I really have to focus to see the typos and such. (Really blatant ones require no help, of course, but frankly I no longer see things like its vs. it's. It's a post-grammar world for me.)


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362: That makes sense. I've noticed the phenomenon as well, with respect to what I read.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:21 PM
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I was trying to illustrate his trustworthiness.

By telling a story in which he fed you a pack of lies?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:22 PM
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bob: This was at least at the beginning one of the weirdest threads on Unfogged ever.

I've seen some weird threads. This is boredom.

I couldn't believe the Unfoggedetariat was group-trolling a sex chat site, with so little competence or success.

Bah. I doubt it's a sex chat site (they have those). No, this Omemrggglogloberle dude had a high concept conception ("What if you were in IM and you never knew who you were talking to?') and of course, people use it it mostly for park-bathroom-style anonymous sex. Look, Mom! No sticky used condoms!

150: So I wondered. '95 is well past the Dawn Of The N00bs.

Compu$Sucks had their own chat system, which was not connected to IRC AFAIK. I know they kept part of the system alive well into the 90's since I had a client who kept subscribing. ('Why are you still paying for that, guy?') My guess is AWB was on that system and not on IRC, and I'd suspect the chat system was even more of a wasteland then than in the 80's.

Di: Clearly, this is my own failure of imagination. But the concept of chat "sex" is utterly lost on me.

Ditto. But I don't think that's a failure of imagination, so much as the lack of anything involving actual sex.

"No. No, you're really not."

Circa mid-80's: [BLANK] REQUESTS PRIVATE CHAT
OK
Them: HEY YOU GAY?
Me: NO I'M NOT. SORRY.
Them: THATS OK I HAVE A BIG COCK
Me: I'M 16.
Them: COOL. SO PLAY WITH MY COCK NOW
Me: I'M SORRY I'M NOT GAY
Them: CMON KID JUST TYPE "I'M TOUCHING YOUR COCK"
Me: I DONT DO SEX CHAT
Them: SURE YOU DONT. JUST TYPE "I'M TOUCHING YOUR DICK"
Me: NOT. GAY.
Them: YOU ACCEPTED CHAT REQUEST
Me: I DIDNT KNOW WHAT YOU WANTED
Them: STOP PLAYING HARD 2 GET. JUST TYPE I'M TOUCHING YOUR DICK.
Me: BYE NOW

All unscrolling at 300 baud.

max
['Nothing changes. Except connection speeds.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:26 PM
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By telling a story in which he fed you a pack of lies?

I know. It was a poor choice. I was nervous! They didn't tell me ahead of time that I was reference, and see how you act when all of a sudden a tired middle-aged man with the build of a linebacker wearing a trench coat in central California thrusts a badge in your face and tells you he has some questions for you from the Department of Defense.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:26 PM
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|| Interesting MJ news. |>


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365: This is boredom.

From my perspective as well, yes, exactly. The chat room thing, well, it's been five or six years, I think, since I last wrote that way, instantly (not anonymously, ever, which is why the omegle thing was curious to me). People do still instant message in our current day, though, don't they?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 6:51 PM
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I really hate IM. Omegle is a different story, though I'm not at all fond of it.


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366: That's funny, Stanley's CIA guy was wearing a trench coat too. Was your guy wearing a black one? Or a tan one because it was California after all? Was it a Burberry? Or like a JC Penney version?


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:00 PM
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Well, oddly, the ToS's remark, now deleted, sort of made sense to me.

G'night.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:01 PM
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The conversation in 365 is amazing.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:04 PM
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People do still instant message in our current day

Indeed, I think Gmail chat is my preferred mode of communication if one can't be in the same room.

Or a tan one because it was California after all?

Tan, and not high-end. He looked like a casting call for a rumpled civil servant.


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The death of IM saddens me. I used to keep in touch with some old friends mostly through IM. They stopped logging on, and we lost touch.


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That doesn't mean that IM has died, essear. Do you write for the NYT all of a sudden?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:15 PM
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But extrapolating personal experiences to wider social trends is fun for everyone, not just NYT writers!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:17 PM
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Does Gchat not count as IM? Because it seems like many of my friends use it. Then again, I've never been on the cutting edge.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:18 PM
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Gchat is a form of instant messaging.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:19 PM
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I wish more of my friends were chatters.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:22 PM
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By many, I really mean, like 4. But that's because I don't actually talk to many people. Out of choice, really. I have friends. I swear.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:28 PM
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I have no friends. Except for you guys.

Awwwwwwwww.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:28 PM
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You could talk to me, (). I'm always interested in talking, about anything or nothing.

For instance, right now I could talk to you about the fact that my laptop's former hard drive is definitively fscked, and not in that good filesystem check way.


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380: By more, I really mean, like 4... I enjoy an occasional FB chat from time to time, but the number of my friends who barely even use email is crazy


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:34 PM
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"Calif", WordTwist? "Calif"?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:35 PM
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How do you people who don't IM keep in touch with your friends?


Posted by: emdash | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:35 PM
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But that's because I don't actually talk to many people. Out of choice, really. I have friends. I swear.

People are totally overrated.


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How do you people who don't IM keep in touch with your friends?

The occasional phone call or email, commenting on their blogs or Facebook status updates, letting each other know when one is in the other's town to meet for lunch.... Lots of ways, really. Except for the people I only talked to on IM. They're lost forever, I think.


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385: Poorly.

I rely mostly on email. The rest of my friends seem to spend alot of time on the phone with one another. I hate talking on the phone.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:37 PM
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How do you people who don't IM keep in touch with your friends?

I'm not a person who doesn't IM but I have kept in touch with people who are by:

(a) exchanging emails
(b) exchanging letters
(c) using the phone
(d) speaking aloud in hearing range


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:38 PM
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I don't IM with emdash but I know that he's the father of twins.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:38 PM
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I'm not much down with the Twitter, but shitmydadsays is cracking me right up.


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See, I like phone calls, with sufficiently close friends, and was really put off once when an old friend I hadn't heard from for a while texted me out of the blue and I called her back. "Um, why are you calling? I sent you a text", she said.


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389(d) is, naturally, a preferred technique. wholly dependent, however, on having people in hearing range.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:40 PM
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The link in 391 is great.


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392: I get her point. Although I will talk endlessly in person (yep, my friends are patient people) I don't like talking on the phone with most people. (There are some exceptions.) Texting is brilliant because it saves me from talking on the phone. Mostly, though, I don't text or call, and avoid using my phone altogether due to the beauty of the internet.

the fact that my laptop's former hard drive is definitively fscked,

That blows, w-lfs-n. My sympathies.


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In order to install the replacement drive I had to take this bizarre little chassis off the first one and put it on the new one. Obviously. But it was secured with decidedly nonstandard screws, which perhaps could have been removed with a properly-sized hex key, had I had one (actually, maybe I do, on my bike! oh well), but (modulo previous parenthetical), I didn't, so I had to loosen them with a god damn pliers.

Why didn't they just use ordinary screws? Fuck you, apple!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:47 PM
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I have no social networking account. I have a blog.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:47 PM
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Also, please don't use my rightly-directioned family name like that.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:47 PM
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IM is the best.

You could talk to me, (). I'm always interested in talking, about anything or nothing.

"I have nothing to say and I am saying it."


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398: Sorry!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:49 PM
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In twenty years, every Unfogged commenter will have had his/her name censored from the archives.


Posted by: paranoid android | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:51 PM
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uosɟ1oʍ uǝq


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:53 PM
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Great, now everyone in the antipodes knows my name.


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How do you people who don't IM keep in touch with your friends?

Facebook. Without Facebook I would be in touch with zero people, other than those I see on a regular basis in my daily life.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:57 PM
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389(d) is, naturally, a preferred technique. wholly dependent, however, on having people in hearing range.

And yet you failed to show for the Chicago meetup. Hmph.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 7:59 PM
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403. Only at sɹǝǝɥɔ.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:19 PM
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¡ɯɹou


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:22 PM
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I don't IM with emdash

And yet, there you are in my IM "friends" list.

I really hate talking on the phone, so IM or email are definitely my preferred methods of communication. I guess Facebook is a big help, too. If we ever saw our friends in person any more, I'd be more than happy to speak aloud with them. Anyone want to come over and visit?


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366: see how you act when all of a sudden a tired middle-aged man with the build of a linebacker wearing a trench coat in central California thrusts a badge in your face and tells you he has some questions for you from the Department of Defense.

I see now how to get people to talk to me!

368: The chat room thing, well, it's been five or six years, I think, since I last wrote that way, instantly (not anonymously, ever, which is why the omegle thing was curious to me). People do still instant message in our current day, though, don't they?

Sure. That's what I mean: chat == IRC == IM == web chat. If you don't know the other person and you're male, the odds are surprisingly high in chat that they are: a) a horny gay guy, b) a quote bored housewife unquote who will ask if you are gay if you decline 'her' advances, c) a transvestite or transsexual who will often be very solicitous when asking for TEH HOT W3T 69. So public chatrooms and the like seem to be basically populated by people who want anonymous non-sex.

I don't get the appeal of anonymous non-sex. I tend to react to it like it's a 419 spam.

Dear Sir or MADAM,
I am writing to yoou today as the 36DD-24-36 blonde blue-eyed daughter of the former COLONIAL GOVERNOR of RHODESIA SOUTH AFRICA. I Like Long Walks On The Beach And Candlelit Dinners. I am a Former Beauty Queen and just inherited A Million Dollars.
Unfortunately, My Husband No Longer Pleases Me as He Only Likes HOT JUNGLE SEX WITH BLACKS. He leaves me ALL DAY with YOUNG BLACK SERVANTS who do not know how to please a WHITE WOMAN. I am writing to you and asking for your help in GETTING OFF. Please Do Not Be Gay. Only you can save MY HORNY PUSSY.
Please forward your chat address and your bank account details so that I may PAY YOU 10,000$ US dollars to SUCK YOUR HAIRNY NUTSACK. Please Help!
Hornily Yours,
BOOPSIE
'Um, gee, that's ho... hrmm. You're going to steal my money, aren't you?'

max
['But anonyminity is a big kink for some people.']


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If you don't know the other person and you're male, female the odds are surprisingly high in chat that they will solicit internet sex from you.


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Yeah, given that you're assigned each other randomly, how can your gender influence what the other party is likely to do?


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411 - I think it has to do with particle entanglement, iykwim.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:31 PM
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405: Yes, yes. I know. Blame the kid! I wanted to go, really! (And yes, I do guilt trip easily.)


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:31 PM
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What is this IM stuff? You youngsters are always on about yourselves, aren't you? Back in the day we used talk and we liked it.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:38 PM
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I am bemused to see that chat has apparently not changed since AOL circa 1993.

On a totally separate note, apparently the New York Times is once again campaigning to be liked by conservatives. I just cannot understand that impulse. They're not gonna like you. Give it up.

MONTEZUMA, Ga. -- Until Thursday evening, nothing in Bob Collier's 62 years had stirred in him the slightest desire to take a stand -- about anything -- in public. [...] But on Thursday, Mr. Collier drove more than an hour down Route 19 to attend a health care forum [...] Mr. Collier rose to take the microphone and firmly, but courteously, urged Mr. Bishop to oppose the health care legislation being written in Washington.
[...]The Colliers are committed conservatives who have voted Republican in presidential elections since 1980. They receive much of their information from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh's radio program and Matt Drudge's Web site. But they said their direct experience with the health care system had persuaded them of the need for change.
When Ms. Collier's breast cancer was diagnosed three years ago, Mr. Collier's employer-provided insurance paid for her office visits, a biopsy and three surgeries. But the insurer covered only a small fraction of her radiation treatments, which it considered experimental, leaving the Colliers with a $63,000 bill. To their great relief, the charge was later written off by Emory Healthcare, whose doctors had recommended the regimen. [...] Furthermore, Mr. Collier recognizes that were he to lose the job he has held for 39 years, his wife's pre-existing condition might well make her uninsurable.
"We've got to do something about those people who can't get insurance," he said. "There has to be a safety net there. But I don't want that safety net to catch too many people."
That is the crux of the issue to the Colliers, who describe themselves as middle class. Since President Obama's inauguration, their frustration has compounded as the administration expanded the federal government's reach, seemingly every week. The final straw, they said, was the Democratic proposal to create a new public health plan, which they are convinced will evolve into a nationalized insurance system.

And the reporter abdicates all responsibility for a reality check. Obama is expanding the federal government's reach every week? What the hell did they think was going on from 2000-2008?

[...]"Here comes this new guy in town," he said, "and he wants to centralize everything. He wants to take over the car companies. He wants to take over the banks. Now he wants to take over health care. It's a power grab, and if he gets this, there's no turning it around."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but we actually haven't nationalized the banks, right? Once again, no reality check from the reporter about actual events or actual proposals. Who is this guy? I don't recognize his byline.

If everyone is covered, Mr. Collier said, supply and demand will dictate that some must wait for their care.

I guess this makes sense in a worldview that says "The only reason I'm getting prompt healthcare now is because lots of other people are being kept away from it."


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413: We saw Josh just this past Sunday and he was a broken man, di, all due to your failure to show in Chicago.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:39 PM
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415: Omelas: Love It or Leave It!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:42 PM
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I used talk once, actually.


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Just walk away, eh, M/tch?


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417: Way to violate the sanctity of off-blog communication, M/tch. Now my shame is out there for all to see.


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407: Norm!

Talcott Parsons walks into a saloon ...


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:46 PM
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Now my shame is out there for all to see.

Hott!


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Dear god that was the worst flight of my life. Fuck you, Ferrous Duke Airport, you suck. Or rather, the air approach sucks (blows) when it is turbulent.

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Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:50 PM
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which airport?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:53 PM
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The air approach is lucky it's pretty.


Posted by: wispa | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:55 PM
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Yeah, that airport is famous for the crosswind landings.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 8:57 PM
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Keir, you might be interested in the Phoenix game Friday week if you're still going to be around then. There will definitely still be tickets available.


Posted by: wispa | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:03 PM
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Indeed, I think Gmail chat is my preferred mode of communication if one can't be in the same room.

It irks me that several of my friends with whom I would previously have coordinated via e-mail now try to use gmail chat instead.

It just always feels like an interruption. I think chat is appropriate for trying to resolve a question in real time, but for a message like, "I saw a cool band last night" I would much prefer an e-mail.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:08 PM
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Friday week? I am here! I can go! I am happy!


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:10 PM
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I don't get the appeal of anonymous non-sex

It's about role-playing illegal, immoral, or inconvenient sexual fantasies. Let me put it this way: I can't really ask the mother of my children to put on some awesome boots and pretend to be Condi Rice so I can ******** her.


Posted by: Barack Obama | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:14 PM
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Wellington. Phoenix play football of the soccerish variety.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:17 PM
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431 for Ned in 424.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:18 PM
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Hmm. If I was anal about privacy, I might start referring to as M. Ney Airport, etc.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:20 PM
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neb: Yeah, given that you're assigned each other randomly, how can your gender influence what the other party is likely to do?

I am absolutely certain women get hit on more than men on chat. I am also saying that unless the 'gay guys' are really just 'guys' who will do other guys if there are no women around (which would explain prison rape, I suppose), men, or young men tend to get the same treatment. *I* did, anyways.

That doesn't mean there aren't 100k people online in the US right now doing that very exact thing. I don't know what the problem with real sex is, excepting maybe getting busted in a public bathroom?

415: MONTEZUMA, Ga. -- Until Thursday evening, nothing in Bob Collier's 62 years had stirred in him the slightest desire to take a stand -- about anything -- in public.

Georgia. That pretty much explains everything.

But I don't want that safety net to catch too many people."

Bolding it was the correct move. I translate that as, 'Don't let those good for nothing niggers steal my health care.'

Anyways, the NYT is in New York, and Rich People are Very Concerned about this sort of thing, so the NYT thought they'd address the issue.

Meanwhile:

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday will nominate Ben S. Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, administration officials said.
Well, well, well. And then he'll yank back the excess reserves at some point never having allowed them into the system, oppose regulation of the banks, and refuse to inflate. That is to say, will help elect a R majority in 2010.

Hello, Great Depression, my old friend.

And then, the R majority will refuse to bail out the banks again, and tah-dah we have a replay of the collapse of the Bank of the United States. Come 2011, we'll have replayed the entire Great Depression script essentially word for word for essentially identical reasons, and the results will be exactly the same. Except we will have no potential candidates for President with better than a room temperature IQ who might also be sane.

It's official: Obama is a fool.

max
['This should be ugly.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:20 PM
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Not, of course that I am at this point; it's a wee bit too late.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:21 PM
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I would previously have coordinated via e-mail now try to use gmail chat instead.

There are ways around this. You can block, you can be invisible, you can use status messages, or you could just tell them!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:26 PM
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433: Oops, sorry, uoʇbuı11ǝʍ.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:28 PM
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Keir, I won't link to any videos of crosswind/turbulent landings at Old Guard Airport. But this one in Lisbon is similar to the worst videos at your local.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 9:47 PM
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It's official: Obama is a fool.

I may not be around, but somebody else can check Obama's net worth ten years from now. A fool os only one possibility.

Othewise good predictions. Berbanke is very bad news, and the support of him by DeLong and Krugman and Thoma...well I am generous, and think them blinded by theory.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:12 PM
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Remember Bernanke on his knees begging Pelosi to save the world? The full crash had to occur on Obama's watch, with an adequate lag so people would forget Bush. But Bernanke does plan a crash.

DeLong was Ben's roommate, and Krugman kniws him from Princeton. You can't be friends with Republicans. They pet their dogs, hug their kids, and will kill millions of strangers for pocket change.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:21 PM
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Remember Bernanke on his knees begging Pelosi to save the world?

FTR, that was Paulson, not Bernanke.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:25 PM
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Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:27 PM
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When the shit hits the fan, I'll be playing my recorder for big, big money. And I'll kill millions of strangers -- with sweet melodies.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:27 PM
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Twitter is such a useful tool. I follow 1 real person, two talking cats, and now shitmydadsays.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:27 PM
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nosflow, what's your position on kombucha?


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:28 PM
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442:Correction noted

Bernanke was right beside Paulson, giving full support, every moment.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:28 PM
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I don't have one and I'd like to keep it that way.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:28 PM
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Are you sure about that? It tastes like sweet tarts and ass, with essence of Roquefort and vindaloo.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:32 PM
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and it's filled with healthy bacterium, so I think you should get one installed right away.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 10:40 PM
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Obama's books have probably been pretty good for his net worth, politics aside (except to the extent that his campaign was the best-funded book tour ever made).


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-24-09 11:56 PM
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I don't think Bernanke should be reappointed, but Krugman, Thoma, et al support him because he really did take the steps necessary to avert the Great Depression II. It's not a compelling argument (bunches of other people would have known what to do, including Yellen), but it's not nothing. Any number people, including multiple Nobel-Prize-winning economists, would have fucked it up.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 12:31 AM
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Well, well, well. And then he'll yank back the excess reserves at some point never having allowed them into the system, oppose regulation of the banks, and refuse to inflate. That is to say, will help elect a R majority in 2010. Hello, Great Depression, my old friend.

Max, you know he's called "Helicopter Ben" because he said he would rather drop hundred dollar bills onto Main Street from choppers than let a deflationary spiral take hold, right?


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 5:15 AM
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451: I don't think Bernanke should be reappointed

You are not dumb.

but Krugman, Thoma, et al support him because he really did take the steps necessary to avert the Great Depression II. It's not a compelling argument (bunches of other people would have known what to do, including Yellen), but it's not nothing. Any number people, including multiple Nobel-Prize-winning economists, would have fucked it up.

Which is the problem, perhaps. However, see Kimmel and Short.

Generally speaking when a commander has a disaster on his (or her) watch, even if he is obviously not at fault, you still move him into a different position, at the latest when his assignment ends. Because a person gets into that kind of situation because of bad luck or incompetence. If it's bad luck, there's no sense in risking more bad luck; if it's actually incompetence (even incompetence that looks like bad luck) they need to be removed anyways. No one is ever going to be sure until the person gets shifted around, and the person in that situation is going to try and prove themselves, which is risking another different catastrophe. Keeping someone in place in this situation is bad for everyone, including the person involved.

bob: The full crash had to occur on Obama's watch, with an adequate lag so people would forget Bush.

I'm giving you credit, bob, for being previously correct. That is, that Obama is/was going to be a tool. Meaning we have apparently replaced the idiot with a spine with a fool with no spine. But then I thought (and said) that the 2008 Dem field looked weak and it still looks like the leadership cadres of the Democratic party are vacant of people capable of doing something that isn't Broderite. With a tendency to fuck up even the Broderite playes.

DeLong was Ben's roommate, and Krugman kniws him from Princeton. You can't be friends with Republicans.

I figure the econ/finance establishment is protecting their own. 'Heckuva job, Bennie!' That's the human tendency, which has been taken to ridiculous extremes amoungst the elite during the current decade.

But Bernanke does plan a crash.

I doubt that. I think Walt is correct that Bernanke has gone just far enough to avoid a collapse of the big banks. Which makes the markets happy, and that is the process which is setting policy at the Fed. Whatever the markets want, the markets get. If that leads to people starving in the street, so be it.

Bernanke still appears to fixated on the banking credit channel collapse theory, which, given that the banks aren't lending, the small banks continue to collapse, world trade has collapsed (world trade was supposed to save us - not so much), the economy has shrunk and threatens to shrink more, complete with mass unemployment, then I'd say that his theory sucks. If his theory is correct, then he isn't implementing policy correctly. Full stop.

In any event, Obama appears to be attempting to get Bernanke on his side for the 2012 election, much like Clinton got Greenspan on his side for 1996. A choice that was also supposed to help get the establishment off Clinton's ass. (Greenspan worked real hard to get the Elder Bush reelected in 1988, and then left his hanging out to dry in 1992, then turned on the spigots for 1996, and then went neutral for 2000. Then he worked real hard to help George Bush get his policies implemented, and helped reelect Bush in 2004. Apparently Obama is thinking Bernanke will continue the Maestro's policies in that respect.)

I don't see how, since Bernanke is clearly working hard to appease inflation hawks while keeping interest rates low, and recapitalizing the banks. And doing absolutely nothing helpful for the real economy. Meanwhile, normally sensible people have lost their minds (Warren Buffet) and are worried about inflation, since they think Bernanke unleashed that trillion dollar addition to the monetary base, which he did not as he was at recent pains to make clear. It was only a thumb on the big bank balance sheets.

That means the consensus policy will be to continue, that is, balanced budgets, or more balanced budgets, anyways, a hard dollar and free rein for the banks, and not too much government help for anybody else, which is basically the Andrew Carnagie Mellon strategy. It took 3 years to finally crush the bad out of the system, and the system was certainly a lot smaller when FDR was elected.

Bernanke doesn't have to plan a crash - he can accomplish it simply by continuing as he has.

max
['We're short an FDR here.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 5:26 AM
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How do you people who don't IM keep in touch with your friends?

What do you think pubs are for?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 6:33 AM
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DeLong was Ben's roommate

Bernake is seven years old than DeLong and attended a different undergraduate university. You're presumably thinking about Larry Summers, who would likely replace Bernake if the latter is not reappointed.


Posted by: Commenter-in-exile | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 7:16 AM
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Actually, scratch that, they attended the same undergraduate university.


Posted by: Commenter-in-exile | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 7:17 AM
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So who would be a good Fed chairman? Bernie Sanders?


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 7:35 AM
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FTR, that was Paulson, not Bernanke.

Don't confuse bob with facts, otto. His belief system is largely impervious to them.

Applies equally to 455.

[Kombucha] tastes like sweet tarts and ass, with essence of Roquefort and vindaloo.

It contains significant quantities of butyric acid, the chemical responsible for the characteristic odor of vomit.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 7:50 AM
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Don't confuse bob with facts, otto. His belief system is largely impervious to them.

As are all belief systems. The crazy ones are those who think they are computers with big swinging dicks.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 9:33 AM
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Not that it really matters, but was Andrei Schleifer who was DeLong's roommate, not Bernanke or Summers. Summers was DeLong's adviser.


Posted by: bizzah | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 9:42 AM
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457: So who would be a good Fed chairman? Bernie Sanders?

Since there's a lot of external constraints people are attempting to impose, I will skip over Yellen and reach down to the front bench that's already in the WH (no, not Larry) and say Cristina Romer. (And if she doesn't want it, you tell her she really does.)

max
['Hey, I read the papers.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 6:17 PM
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Well, I'd prefer Stiglitz, or even better Warren Mosler or L Randall Wray.

The good and bad thing about Post-Keynesians is that they really admit a need to coordinate fiscal policy with monetary policy.

The Neo-Keynesians like Romer (and BdL and Krugman) give lip service to fiscal but at heart are monetarists. They would all prefer redistributive taxes, but if they can't get them, will use the monetary tools to maintain stable growth without inflation. It can be done, but with the now well-understood costs of rising inequality, bubbles, and financial crises. This is the Greenspan doctrine.

I honestly don't myself know another way. It may be a matter of higher short rates and lower long rates, which I think goes back to Adam Smith. I would of course accept much higher inflation. The Fed says that they are committed to a little inflation, maybe all the way up to fucking 2 1/2 percent. Shudder.

(Yes, I know inflation supoosedly increases long rates. The shit is complicated.)


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 6:50 PM
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Incidentally, the commenters at Thoma's are terrific. Especially Bruce Wilder.

Bernanke actually didn't do a decent job of QE. We didn't need the fiscal stimulus if "Helicopter Ben" had lived up to to his nickname. He cut loose just enough money to help the banks, but the banks just keep on speculating and the money hasn't gotten to Main Street.

Felix Salmon

Warner Chilcott is paying $3.1 billion to buy the drugs business of Procter & Gamble...But in fact, the banks are providing not half, not 75%, not even 95% of the total -- they're putting up a whopping 129% of the acquisition price....The leads on this deal are JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Barclays, and Morgan Stanley

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 08-25-09 7:06 PM
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462: This is the Greenspan doctrine.

Romer's argument was that inflation cured the Depression, not the New Deal. Given that Bernanke is clearly an inflation hawk and has absolutely no intention of providing liquidity to the real economy, having Romer at the Fed would be an improvement, since the Fed ISN'T responsible for fiscal policy. She also isn't Bernanke, which would also be an improvement.

463: Bernanke actually didn't do a decent job of QE. We didn't need the fiscal stimulus if "Helicopter Ben" had lived up to to his nickname. He cut loose just enough money to help the banks, but the banks just keep on speculating and the money hasn't gotten to Main Street.

He didn't really do QE at all. The original 150 billion add to the monetary base was way back there. The 1 trillion base add after that went in in such a way as to be able to be jerked right back out, that is, it doesn't affect anything but the banks in question, avoiding inflation. The other QE is buying the junk paper from the banks, which goes only to the banks, who aren't lending. No one is borrowing anyways, because the large corps are still moving off commercial paper and into cash, much like consumers, actually.

From any reasonable perspective, he didn't do QE at all, he just said he was doing QE. A-ha. Clever. Well, half-clever.

but the banks just keep on speculating

The Fed funded a market rally on their credit card. How nice of them. The real economy is starved for funds. The freight train is just around the corner.

max
['You shouldn't be so optimistic bob.']

p.s. Which post at Thoma's?


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