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Pet peeves
In lieu of a report on the wedding reception (it went well), a quick bit of random snarkage ...:

THREE RANDOM THINGS I REALLY DISLIKE THAT MOST PEOPLE APPARENTLY DON'T, AND THAT'S OK, BECAUSE EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINIONS

1) "What's up?" (and variants) </b>as a throwaway greeting.</b> "What's up?" as conversation is fine. But most people don't use it that way. People use it in all sorts of contexts when no answer is expected, or even possible -- such as when as you're passing someone on the street, not even breaking stride.

"How's it going?", etc., can be a pain, too, but at least can be knocked out with a one-word answer. "What's up?" requires a sentence.

2) Dragon boobies in furry pr0n. Now, I realize that "Dragons don't have mammaries!" is a silly science-nazi fallacy based on an arrogant assumption that everything in the universe fits neatly inside our Earth taxonomy. But! I feel well within my rights as an opinionated* old** bastard*** to say, I simply don't find scaly breasts sexy. I guess I'm a purist.

IMHO, if what turns you on about dragons/draconids/anthrodracs includes jiggle, it's not the dragon that's turning you on. There's nothing wrong with breasts -- they're quite sexy. But when I want to see boobies, I go stare at mammalian furries (and try not to stand too close to the science nazis).

3) Chocolate. I prefer the taste of carob. I know, I'm a freak.

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* True.
** Possibly true depending on definitions.
*** Not true.


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3-2-06: Edited #1 for clarity.

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From:circuit_four
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I could really spar with you over #2 -- keep in mind I'm dating someone for whom femininity and mythical/monster themes are irrevocably intertwined. But only if you're in the mood for a good-natured nitpicky battle of geek logic. :) It would be purely for sport!
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From:baxil
Date:March 2nd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
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Amusingly enough, it was very specifically this thread in your journal that was the reminder for me to add that to the post. (I came across the thread far too late to contribute in any timely fashion; I brought it up here instead, and judging by the Comment Explosion, the repetition worked out.)

Hey, a good-natured picking of nits sounds like fun -- it would be awesome to actually spar for once in Internet debate.

Just keep in mind that I'm starting out the match deep in a lunge, and rather off-balance at that; it would be sporting to keep your ripostes gentle until I regather my footing from the self-contradictory thrust of "no boobies=nazis; no boobies=right". ];=8)
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From:mithent
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I don't think #1 is so common over here; I'd expect someone just to say "Hi" if passing.

#2 I agree with.. sure, there's nothing wrong with people drawing such things, but they don't quite sit with me. Mammalian characteristics do often become projected onto any non-mammal species in such contexts.

#3, well.. I'd try carob if I ever saw any, ever!
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From:firestrike
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Re. #2: What about lobsters? Would the representation of breasts on a crustacean raise your hackles or is this an ire reserved for those who project mammalian features onto dragons?
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From:baxil
Date:March 2nd, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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If you can actually find me some mammary-endowed crustacean pr0n, I'm willing to give it an honest evaluation. ;-)
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From:cloakable
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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1: Yes, that is annoying, I dislike slang anyway (well, most slang - I'm not totaly pure :P)

2: Indeed. Though porn of that type is bloody difficult to find :(

3: Blasphemy! Chocolate easiest destress I know of. Mmmm... all those endorphins, rioting in my brain.

Though, I do have one pet peve that applies here:

1: Typing ALL IN CAPS. I know this is your journal, but please, have mercy on my poor eyes.
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From:emerald_scales
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
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dragon porn hard to find? you're kidding, right?
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From:emerald_scales
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Thankyou Bax,

Female dragons don't have boobies (although some might - think about how some land mammals do while water mammals don't) :)
I'd like to add though, to others that seem to think that dragons are inherently egg-layers: some dragon species do have live birth. Dragons do are not reptiles nor mammals, or amphibians. We are dragons. A different classification of critter that follow a different set of "rules" :)
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From:elynne
Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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Eeeeeh depends on what kind of dragon you're talking about. Rasha's species generally lay eggs, but they're shapeshifty, so you can't really go by anything they do as a "standard". Terrans give live birth, but that's because they - intentionally engineered themselves that way, quite a ways back; if they're in dire circumstances, they can lay an "egg" instead of give a live birth, which increases the mother's chances of survival. I do know they aren't mammals, though - definitely no mammaries, or anything like. Terrans are closer to birds than anything else, as far as I've been able to tell.
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From:toksyuryel
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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lmao at that icon XD Is that a giant lump of cheese or something?
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From:puropis
Date:March 1st, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I share your irritation with #1, though it's not "What's up?" that I usually hear used that way but "How are you?". Questions really only work when you're going to be near someone long enough for them to answer and reciprocate and when the other person doesn't have things xe's supposed to be saying besides an answer to the question.

I used to work as a cashier during the summer, and few things were more annoying to me than someone who would greet me with "Hi. How are you?" or "How are you?" because I felt the need to answer the question so that I didn't appear to be ignoring the customer and to ask them back so I didn't seem rude. I already had way too many things I was supposed to be saying (especially when someone only had a couple items), and it would keep me from asking important things, like whether they wanted any gift receipts, at the beginning when I knew I always asked, sometimes resulting in things not getting asked when they should have because it completely disrupted my routine and sometimes just resulting in a bunch of questions all strung together in close succession while the poor customer was waiting on me to just hit the total button already.
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From:baxil
Date:March 2nd, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
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Huh! That's an interesting perspective. I have to admit that, as a customer, the "How are you?" (or equivalent) from the checkout person at the cash register was one of the few uses that didn't bug me.

After all, it's not like I'm going anywhere until the stuff's all rung up, so at least the inquiry is sincere, or as sincere as small talk gets. Your take puts quite a different spin on it.
From:changelingjane
Date:March 1st, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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#1 - Heh, I never even thought of that!

#2 - I can like them either way. I guess I'm not that picky :) I'm more interested in the style and how well drawn/composed the picture is. Then again, I'm an artist...

#3 - Yeah, you are a freak! *giggles*
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From:taral
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Around here they ask "How are you?" in the same way. Passing in the corridor. With no time to answer. Frustrating.
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From:gavinfox
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I find the idea of the *smooth* scaly dragon-breasts sexy... and, yea, I find dragons without breasts sexy too...

Now... here's the question...

How often do you find anthro reptile/lizard/snake/dragon porn that has a proper cloaca?

:)
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From:emerald_scales
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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How often do you find anthro reptile/lizard/snake/dragon porn that has a proper cloaca?

Actually, I've come across quite a bit recently...
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From:natetg
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
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1. Do you really think that all questions are asked to elicit responses? Why is it that you single out 'what's up' as a bothersome familiar rhetorical question? Perhaps other familiar examples such as "howdy" or "how's it hangin'" are equally irritating? Have you considered the possibility that you're applying your editorial zeal inappropriately?

2. Why is it that I now have to ask whether the scale mail bikini stuff bothers you as well?

3. Funny, I don't recall that you had any objection to brownies.
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From:baxil
Date:March 2nd, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
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1. You're right, "What's up" wasn't meant to be singled out; it's a stand-in for a full class of rhetorical-question greetings. I'll add a disclaimer to the original post accordingly.

As for whether R-Q greetings are in and of themselves bad ... I certainly think so, but as the post says, others' opinions may vary, and this isn't meant to be an attack on anyone who disagrees with me.

2. It would bother me a lot more if I had to wear it without appropriate padding! Metal clothing really chews up bare skin.*

... Not that I speak from experience.**

3. I have been known to eat chocolate when offered. (Generally in the absence of more-palatable-to-me alternatives.) I don't think chocolate would be much of a pet peeve if the rest of the world weren't so wild about it.
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From:ounceofreason
Date:March 1st, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
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You know, I suspect the science-nazi objection to dragon porn goes way beyond the boobies.
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From:arethinn
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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#3. O.O What's next, you're going to tell us you're a dragon or something?!
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From:baxil
Date:March 2nd, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
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Heavens, no! After all, I'm giving up telling the truth for Lent.***
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From:toksyuryel
Date:March 1st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
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(1) never bothered me, but that's probably because I was brought up with it. I'll be careful not to use it around you^^

(2) I agree when the dragon depicted is actually feral, which unfortunately hardly ever is the case (we need more good pics of feral dwaggies dammitaru!). When they are anthro the whole point is that you're projecting dragon characteristics onto a human form, thus the presense of breasts on females would be mandatory. I personaly don't really care much for anthro, unfortunately it makes up about 90% of all that's out there so there's really not much choice.

(3) Never tried carob, heard it didn't really taste good. I'll give it a try if I ever find some. Though I don't eat chocolate anyway, because it has caffine in it and I'm trying to stay 100% caffine-free :)

In closing, *offers you a snuggle* ^^
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