narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (legum)
In addendum to this really:

  • That stiff, downwards angled hand tactic still doesn’t hide the fact that a limp handshake is still a limp handshake. I don’t understand why people do it.
  • I really need to be careful of which Starbucks I go to because today is the second time that I’ve had a different branch to my regular one be confused about my order and then proceed to get it wrong.
  • I’m discovering that I can introduce the topic of tobacco into just about any conversation and today found myself giving cigar recommendations.
  • In pop culture observations for the morning I’m fairly sure that there was a Gothic Lolita of some type on the train today.
  • Post celebratory cigar earlier I do suspect that my tobacco tolerance is dropping again quite possibly because I haven’t been smoking shisha or Belomorkanal for a little while now.
  • Also: Mika.
  • Sometimes I even amuse myself when talk turns to marketing tactics.
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    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (dutiful)
    After a few rounds of this recently I’m honestly starting to wonder if schools don’t teach children to read the damn question anymore. One of the basic things I was taught when it came to exams was that I ought to read the question as many times as I needed to make sure that I understood what it was asking, and if I wasn’t sure that I needed to ask an invidulator for help. I even recall being told to read the question at least twice slowly to make sure I understood what it was asking so that I didn’t make the mistake of answering what I thought was being asked only to discover much later, probably just before time ran out, that I’d misread the question and that the answer I’d given wouldn’t be applicable.

    Alongside this I’ve also been recently coming across statements, usually of specific facts, that are entirely irrelevant to the discussion. They’re always complete non sequiturs though they usually have some casual relationship to what’s going on; the most recent example being equivalent to having a discussion about the character of Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and having someone interject with a list of places Swan Lake has been performed. Do people honestly think that sort of thing is relevant? Is it due to some burning urge to contribute with something, anything regardless of how tenuous a connection there is? Quality not quantity, children. If you throw up every line of text that features a key word, regardless of the context of said key word in each case, then nobody will ever be able to figure out what you’re actually saying.

    I really have to wonder: has reading comprehension, the ability to sift data and being articulate gone out of fashion these days?
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    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (pathway)
    Prompted by this [livejournal.com profile] bad_rpers_suck post I have to say that I’ve never understood this RP buddies = actual friends theory. I can understand becoming friends with the people you RP with, I can understand joining an RP because your friends are involved in it, I can even understand that perhaps many people do genuinely ‘want to meet new people’ and other such stock tripe that gets put on UCAS applications but that still doesn’t make friendship an instantaneous occurrence.

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    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (reading)
    - If you cannot explain your point even in vast swathes of words you are simply inarticulate. If you can only make your point in vast swathes of words then you’re not all that articulate either.
    - If your argument results in creating a different impression to the one you had been seeking the onus is on you to rearticulate your argument or settle for being misunderstood.
    - If you have to tell your audience that you possess a certain character trait in the course of your argument that they have not noticed in you themselves, you probably don’t actually possess it.
    - Regardless of the impression you create you cannot dictate your audience’s reaction. And in fact attempting to do so is more likely to do your cause harm than good.
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    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (reading)
    "Niceness is a decision, a strategy of social interaction; it is not a character trait."

    - De Becker, G. 1997: The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signs that Protect us from Violence. p. 67. New York: Dell Publishing.
    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (phantasmagoric)
    Gauged in something of a degrees of repetition fashion the general trend seems to be as follows:
    Step 1 – the joke is actually funny.
    Step 2 – it’s getting a tad old.
    Step 3 – the response to your telling it is either, being ignored outright or shrugs of indifference.
    Step 4 – people actively tell you to stop.
    Step 5 – people start to get distinctly uncomfortable when you start taking.

    All of which applies to many things beyond bad joke renditions and may in fact already have a similar framework outlined in the Promethean sourcebook in regards to disquiet.

    Bette Davis centenary The Telegraph
    Which sports a wonderful image from The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, which is one of those marvellous films along with The Prisoner of Zenda that I’ve always adored.
    The Cure: Ghouls who refused to die The Telegraph

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    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (bemusement)
    Following on from a comment I made in reply to [livejournal.com profile] madame_parker and to accompany my breakfast this afternoon, since it’s a little too early for Vodkir cocktails (vodka, cassis and lemonade for anyone who’s interested), said comment made me wonder; just why is it so hard to say sorry?


    “While friends and lovers mourn your silly grave; I have other uses for you, darling” )
    narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (魔道士)
    Now, I’ve ranted about this before but it’s really seems about time for an update on the matter so I shall somewhat extend my original complaint.

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