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when i moved across the country from Pennsylvania to Oregon, when i moved again from Oregon to Louisana, it didn't take me too long to adapt in the sense of familiarity with my surroundings. In New Orleans there are surely times when i take a step back and i'm thinking, "holy shit i live here" and everything that that implies and i still have no sense of direction in this strange horseshoe of a city, but when i think about my apartment, the path i take to tulane, my surroundings at tulane, my routine at Harrah's, the concept of neutral grounds on major streets, &c., it feels second-nature as if i've been dealing with them for a year rather than just three months.

and in the past few days, it's occured to me that i think this sense of adaptability is one reason why it's generally difficult for me to maintain a high standard of cleanliness when it comes to certain things. An easy example is clothing in my bedroom. Sometimes i drop my clothes on the floor instead of putting them into the hamper out of general laziness or thoughtlessness, and sometimes this can build up to the point where there's a scattering of clothes on my floor. At some point, that scattering of clothing on the floor becomes invisible to me - i walk around and over it naturally and with the same sense of permenance that i walk around a piece of furniture. It's only when i make a conscious effort to actually Look At The Ground that i notice, "wow, my floor is full of clothes."

But the example that brings this to light more is what is currently occuring in my kitchen because on my kitchen floor there are two boxes and a crate. The crate housed my liquor before i put them up in above the cabinets, one of the boxes has some remnants of what i had unpacked, and the last box is full of plates and cups in it that i have yet to unpack and put away into cabinets.

And these objects aren't up against the kitchen wall or out of the way, these are in random places on the kitchen floor. one of the boxes is kind of in the middle of the floor. i walk around it all the time. Yet i don't ever notice it. My eyes pass over these things every now and again but acknowledge it in the same way that i acknowledge, again, permanent furniture. looking at it without registering its presence.

And the other day i actually Looked at the crate that's been sitting there for a couple of months on the floor in the same spot, and before my brain had full time to register, i was surprised to see it there, like a "oh, that's where that is" sort of moment that lsated for a second or two before it occured to me that it's been there all along.

i'm not sure if there are any deeper implications surrounding that or not, but i thought it was an interesting sort of self-discovery.

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technomouse
Dec. 9th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
i do exatly that THANK YOU
its nice to know i am not alone !
eldoles
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kurt and I are the same way. Every so often we both come out of the "fog" and go, "Holy shit...we're living like pigs."
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lifeofmendel
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

i'm also the sort that can't put papers into piles or else i'll forget what i have to do. it has to be all spread out.

and i walk around in the dark a lot too, i just have good night vision. :)
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lifeofmendel
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
hehe.

i'll organize in that way with virtual folders. my computer file system is a little rough around the edges, but generally not bad. it bothers me to have a cluttered desktop.

but in real life? i have a file cabinet for things that i never touch, but bills and music and current to-dos and such need to be scattered at least a little or else i'll forget about them.
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kosmickalyx
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
lj to facebook
hey can you help me out? how do I get my lj posts to show up on facebook? i have been trying to figure it out and I must be really slow, cuz I can't figure it out. ~M~
lifeofmendel
Dec. 11th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
it depends on how you want to do it. do you want your LJ entries to post to facebook also, or do you just want the fact that you posted something to LJ to appear as a "i posted something to LJ" on your wall?
kosmickalyx
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
as an I posted something to LJ, like the way your entries post on facebook, they link to the LJ entry I think. . . .
lifeofmendel
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
go to your settings page on LJ. should be:

http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/

in there, checkbox the spot towards the bottom where it says "facebook: prompt me to share public entries"

note that this will only work if you're logged into facebook all the time, and will only work for public entries that are written directly in LJ (as opposed to using an external client). After you get done writing the entry, a box should appear in the lower right hand corner in fb style that tells you that it sent the information to fb. Then you can go on to fb and approve it.

If you don't write entries in the LJ interface, there are applications on fb that you can add that can feed that information to fb as a status as well. i'm not as familiar with those to know what works well. do a search on facebook for "blog feed" and poke around.
kosmickalyx
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
Okay it looks like I figured it out and it works. . . thanks for the tutorial.

Man you sure are missin' a good winter storm. . . .

What do you prefer snow or hurricanes?? Silly question I know.
lifeofmendel
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
somehow i never got notification for this comment or i skimmed over it.

i have to say that my first hurricane experience was a pretty great one because it was all new and stuff, but i'm sure that i'll get sick of it after a while. :)
shandrew
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
In addition to what lifeofmendel already said, you may also need to turn on the beacon function in facebook.

Go to Settings->Privacy->Applications and make sure the "Don't allow Beacon websites to post stories to my profile" is unchecked (ooh, double negatives, awful UI design)

If you run adblocking software, you'll want to disable it for http://www.livejournal.com/update.bml or do something else to make sure the facebook beacon is not blocked.

Finally, you have to wait a couple seconds after posting while the beacon loads and the little pop up appears at the bottom of the window. If you don't wait for this and close the window after posting, it won't post to facebook.

It took me a while to figure this out on my own; apparently i am too old for the internet.
kosmickalyx
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: lj to facebook
Thanks for your help I figured it out. . . .very cool!
marseille
Dec. 11th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
The familiar easily becomes invisible.
I once moved and lost my scissors, which apparently remained "packed" until I moved again 3 years later, and they reappeared.
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