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Postby Mr Erratic on Tue Jun 12, 2001 12:15 am

LOL<P>I'll vote for any comic that can use the word Ubergoober and make it work! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif">
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Postby Mr Erratic on Tue Jun 12, 2001 2:24 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Somebody Strange:
<B>While the tally system does count every vote per day, some recent ballot-stuffing has caused them to boot you off the list if you get too many votes from one IP address... so please vote only once per day,</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>So since our Internet gateway uses Network Address Translation (to the outside world it looks like our whole company shares one IP address) I probably shouldn't attempt to get all my co-workers to vote too.<P>I wonder if they handle the dynamic IP addressing from dial-up ISPs very well.
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Postby Somebody Strange on Tue Jun 12, 2001 7:27 am

Hey, folks. You'll probably notice that there's a place on the home page where you can vote for me in the Keenspace Top 99. They recently reset all totals to zero due to a computing glitch, which means all the votes you'd previously placed, as I know some of you have, don't count.<P>Right now, a mere 5 votes puts me in 46th place. That's a little sad for both the list, and for me. Please vote for me -- it's a little link under the ad in the upper right corner of the home page, <A HREF="http://viciouslies.keenspace.com" TARGET=_blank>here</A>. While the tally system does count every vote per day, some recent ballot-stuffing has caused them to boot you off the list if you get too many votes from one IP address... so please vote only once per day, but still -- please vote once per day! Make a neurotic happy!<P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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Postby Pronto# on Wed Jun 13, 2001 3:40 am

Ok, I voted for ya. (Sympathy vote? Hmm, you be the judge.)<P>Just answer one little question. Is it possible to make a neurotic happy?
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Postby Somebody Strange on Thu Jun 14, 2001 12:26 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lummox JR:
<B>I believe I actually <EM>did</EM> have ADHD, and grew out of it. It was simply called "hyperactivity" at the time, though.<P>Curiously, our family seems to turn out a number of borderline OCD cases--something you couldn't call OCD, really, but seems a little unusual just the same. When I was a kid I'd have this need to balance sensations left and right, was weird about some textures, etc. This kind of thing, however, seems to be fairly common and goes away more as we age; no idea why it happens.<P>Lummox JR<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Actually, Lummox, if I remember correctly, your mother still has left-right balance issues, no? I know I certainly do.<P>And I learned that (1) mild cases of OCD can work in conjunction with (2) mild cases of depression, which can work in conjunction with (3) blood sugar problems, which are clearly hereditary. And the left-right balance and texture thing are related, although I can't recall in which medical/psychological magazine I read that. In fact, if you feel like asking J.Y. from Boston, I believe her son exhibits the texture thing pretty strongly as a feature of his hyperactivity. She told me about it once, and I recognized it in myself -- stiff tags in my shirt are grounds for me going completely postal, ripping off the shirt, and tearing, cutting, or chewing off the tag.<P>From a conversation I had "off the record" with a professional, you could <i>technially</i> say I am obsessive-compulsive, but <i>not</i> that I have obsessive-compulsive disorder. The difference is merely that the tendencies toward obsessive-compulsive behavior do not cause disorder -- they do not interfere with my daily life. I have learned to adjust.<P>When I was a teen, I'd have a disturbing image enter my head that I could not get rid of. I would picture a small jagged rock stuck in my mouth, and I would <i>know</i> that my teeth would shatter on it. Because of the frequency and duration of this thought, and the fact that I knew it was completely illogical, it was <i>technically</i> an obsession. The corresponding compulsion (the act that makes things "better") was to force myself to imagine the (nonexistent) rock was a marshmallow. This worked for a few weeks, but then the marshmallow had a hidden rock in it, and I was back to the imagined pain that should never have existed in the first place. I had to change the hidden rock to a liquid, kind of like what used to be in Chewels chewing gum. That "solved" it.<P>I still show some of the behaviors. I count things a lot, for example, and I <i>have to</i> push down the buttons on soft drinks from fast food places, and I <i>have to</i> have my computer desktop arranged a certain way. But it doesn't <i>interfere</i>, so I'm "okay". I seldom if ever talk about it, because I have a tendency to be hypochondriac, and people assume I'm just being neurotic again. Overall, it's really a moot point -- I <i>am</i> neurotic, and the rest doesn't interfere, so why bother bringing it up? (Answer: I like to talk.)<P>--Strange/Dave<P><P>------------------
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Postby Lummox JR on Thu Jun 14, 2001 12:36 am

My own compulsions tend to be things that surface every few months in different ways, particularly in eye blinks. They go away after a month or two without my giving them much thought. That hasn't really changed much since I was a kid.<P>Lummox JR<P>------------------
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Postby Captain Kool-Aid on Thu Jun 14, 2001 2:45 am

You're at 23 right now.<P>
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Postby Somebody Strange on Thu Jun 14, 2001 6:02 am

Is it possible to make a neurotic happy? Good question, Pronto.<P>To answer that, a short, true tale.<P>For years, I wondered if there was something wrong with me. I was a bit of a hypochondriac; after doing research on cancer for a school project, I became fairly certain I had it (just an example). I didn't. I had such huge periods of emotional distress that I was sure I was clinically depressed. Turns out that technically I wasn't. And every time I found out that whatever my problem was didn't count as "serious," it seemed to aggravate the problem. I <i>wanted</i> there to be something wrong so that I could focus on the problem and maybe figure out how to fix it. As it was, I only had a tenuous sense that something "wasn't right". Once I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia, which can cause feelings of uneasiness as well as a lot of other psychological oddities, things seemed to snap into focus. But I had developed a habit of psychological hypochondria.<P>Since then, I've steadily checked research to find out if I might have ADHD or OCD, or even official pyromania (note: a few symptoms of each, but not enough to "actually have the problem"). The ultimate diagnosis: I'm just neurotic.<P>I came across a quote from Marcel Proust: "Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces."<P>You'd think my first reaction would be, "Wow -- maybe I can do something great!"<P>Nope. It was "I bet I'm not neurotic <i>enough</i>." My wife said that was a self-disproving statement.<P>Yes, it is possible to make <i>me</i> happy. But I'm likely to overanalyze it and need another fix sometime thereafter. Right now, I'm <i>very</i> happy, and in a few days I'll post the reason.<P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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Postby Lummox JR on Thu Jun 14, 2001 7:57 am

I believe I actually <EM>did</EM> have ADHD, and grew out of it. It was simply called "hyperactivity" at the time, though.<P>Curiously, our family seems to turn out a number of borderline OCD cases--something you couldn't call OCD, really, but seems a little unusual just the same. When I was a kid I'd have this need to balance sensations left and right, was weird about some textures, etc. This kind of thing, however, seems to be fairly common and goes away more as we age; no idea why it happens.<P>Lummox JR<P>------------------
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Postby Pronto# on Fri Jun 15, 2001 2:16 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Somebody Strange:
<B> (Answer: I like to talk.)<P>--Strange/Dave
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Hmmm, I hadn't noticed that. I'll watch for it in the future.<P>I think I like it here. I'm the most "normal" person in this crowd. <P>Yes, I am making fun of you. No, I am not laughing at you. I have problems similar. I have to admit in a peeing contest you all have me beat flat. But I understand what you're saying and what you go thru and I can empathize.
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Postby Toddandpenguin on Fri Jun 15, 2001 3:59 am

I REEEEAAAALLLLLYYYYYY wish you hadn't brought up teeth related OCD. Now you have triggered a previously forgotten compulsion. Damn, now I am gonna start chewing on my key again! <P>ARghhh....make it stop.<P>~dave<P>------------------
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Postby Somebody Strange on Fri Jun 15, 2001 6:12 am

Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.<P>That's going to hurt me for days, ~dave.<P>I literally just had to take my keys out of my pocket and put them elsewhere.<P>Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.<P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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Postby Chris Purcell on Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:47 am

I have a tendency to do things in groups of four, or five, or powers thereof. Small things, mind, like tapping my fingers or glancing at something. Also, other weird things involving patterns on the ground and walking that I'm not even going to mention in case anyone here suddenly has to start <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/frown.gif"><P>Also, I get sporadically manic about certain textures rubbing together - sometimes just the <I>idea</I> of, say, a rubber rubbing on carpet makes me feel physically sick.<P>Ah, well. Life isn't everything. And, since it doesn't affect my ability to function, I guess I'm just weird like everyone else <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P>Chris/Kritter
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Postby Somebody Strange on Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:41 am

I almost forgot where you were from.<P>That's an eraser over there, isn't it? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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Postby Chris Purcell on Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:56 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Somebody Strange:
<B>I almost forgot where you were from.<P>That's an eraser over there, isn't it? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>What? Where? ::grabs plasma cannon::<P>::thinks::<P>Ooops, wrong board. errr...What are your weapons policies like, Strange? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P>Doesn't my colo<I>u</I>r give away my origins? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>Chris/Kritter
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Postby Somebody Strange on Fri Jun 15, 2001 11:17 am

Well, you may have noticed that I've never brought any of my own weapons into Schlock Mercenary's boards.<P>I only own one sword and one knife, both of which are seriously deadly weapons if falling from a great height directly down onto an exposed head. (Actually, if wielded properly, the knife would probably cut pretty well. The sword would bruise.)<P>My policy for weapons here is that they must make you look cool, and they must only be used in cool ways.<P>If you've ever done tabletop role playing, I heartily suggest "Extreme Vengeance" by Archangel. It will explain my weapons policy far better than I ever could. If you can't find out anything about it, let me know, and I'll go into greater detail.<P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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