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The five-letter F word

Posted 12-06-2011 at 03:26 PM by MrCode
Tags awkward, weird

I know it's been forever since I've posted here, but I figure this is something I really need to get off my chest:
  • It's an English word.
  • You type it by striking three keys once and one key twice.
  • As an adjective, it's harmless. As a noun, it has rather…odd connotations amongst the majority. O_o
  • There are entire websites dedicated to the "fad"/"meme"/"subculture"/"whatever-you-want-to-call-it".*
  • It has moderately to do with this post.

For the love of $DEITY, if you figure this out, please let me explain, because I do not, I repeat, not, follow along with whatever bullsh*t stereotypes you may learn about from a web search for the term (in context).

(* - …and for the record, I prolly wouldn't touch any of them with a 39.5' pole now. I saw a screenshot of one of them once that just drove me away. O_o)
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    Posted 12-06-2011 at 05:40 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Posted 12-06-2011 at 11:10 PM by Aquarius_Girl Aquarius_Girl is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 12:29 PM by Aquarius_Girl (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    @Anisha Kaul

    You're getting warmer towards the middle of your list…
    Posted 12-07-2011 at 02:41 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-07-2011 at 02:44 AM by MrCode
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    Posted 12-07-2011 at 05:16 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Yes. Sí. Да. 可以。

    If 'net lingo literacy is poor here, allow me to quote Urbandictionary on the term (as a noun):

    Possibly the strangest sub-culture in all of geekdom. Furries range from being harmless fans fascinated by anthropomorphic characters and animals¹, to immensely withdrawn or self-abosrbed persons who actually believe, or want to believe, they're eagle-winged fox-like versions of themselves with giant gentalia who wouldn't dare be anything else that could be considered mundane². Furries defy any coventional or unifying definition.
    ¹ is me, ² is the retarded stereotype.

    The impression I've gotten, though, is that even associating yourself with that term is akin to admitting that you're homosexual or anything similarly stigmatized. You say "furry" (in the slang/noun context) and your name in the same goddamn sentence, and you get pinned as a ², automatically, without question.

    Well, I guess this means anyone who regularly visits this blog or the /General forum is never gonna see me the same way again… It sure as hell explains my avatar, doesn't it? I would use something a little more "appropriate" to the subculture (Hammy up there is anthropomorphized, not anthropomorphic), but there are two reasons why I avoid that like the fscking plague: 1) As I mentioned in the post, I wouldn't touch any of those sites with a proverbial 39.5' pole (39 hop traceroute? LOL?), and that includes even a goddamn general image search, due to their associations with definition ², and 2) the moment people see an avatar like that, and are even remotely familiar with what it's supposed to be: ², no questions asked.

    Oh, and by the way, now that the cat is out of the bag:

    b124c64cddf0138dc25314769902d3529a42074e == "Furries."
    My SHA1 hash from The $RANDOM Thread. I used that because the term can also refer to the characters themselves, not just fans of them.
    Posted 12-07-2011 at 03:26 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-07-2011 at 03:36 PM by MrCode (Added Mandarin "Yes." for sh*ts and giggles)
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    I read the Wikipedia article about it. Don't worry, we'll all regard you as a:
    harmless fan fascinated by anthropomorphic characters and animals¹
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 05:07 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    I read the Wikipedia article about it.
    You, sir, are braver than I. I wouldn't even go near that article, for more reasons than one: firstly, I'm afraid of discovering something about myself I don't like (that has to do with that particular thing), and secondly, they probably just tear it down to mechanistic behavioral psychology, and you all should know why I don't like it when people do that… I think my (already pathetic) sense of self-worth would implode upon reading that kind of sh*t.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 05:14 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-08-2011 at 05:16 AM by MrCode
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    Posted 12-08-2011 at 05:24 AM by Aquarius_Girl Aquarius_Girl is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 12:29 PM by Aquarius_Girl (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    Do you have any friends which are actually "true" to you?
    I have absolutely no idea.

    All I know is that I'm afraid that if I told anyone I already know (as in personally) about this whole "thing", I would be looked at as some kind of creep/weirdo for the rest of my life.

    The other thing (i.e. the reason why I mention I'm "afraid of discovering something about myself I don't like") is that sometimes I worry that I do lean towards being a ² at times (though not to the extreme that's described in that Urbandictionary definition)…

    Seriously, so far I'm both amazed and amazingly thankful for the level of tolerance shown so far in this…umm…thread? …dunno what to call it, since it's not in the forums.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 02:46 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-08-2011 at 02:50 PM by MrCode
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    First: I very much doubt if there's such a thing as a "normal" person, if there is I've never met one yet. Everybody is an individual, with their own quirks and foibles. Who has the right to define what is "normal"? Where is "MrAverage"?
    Second: Don't worry too much about what others think about you. Be yourself, don't try to force yourself into being what you think others want you to be.
    End of sermon.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 04:18 PM by brianL brianL is offline
    Updated 12-09-2011 at 04:55 AM by brianL
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    Posted 12-12-2011 at 12:03 AM by Aquarius_Girl Aquarius_Girl is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 12:29 PM by Aquarius_Girl (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    Tolerance? You think liking a particular kind of cartoons is the
    biggest horrific problem one could face in life?
    …thing is, I think it's a bit…more than that. I'd really rather not get into it here, but knowing how you keep telling me I need to "be less shy" or whatever, you'll probably want me to divulge it anyway. Let me put it this way: it all ties in with my existential issues and my ex-spiritual beliefs…kinda. Even I'm not entirely sure how it all fits together.

    I have noticed that you don't take criticism too well.
    I think part of my shyness about this whole thing is because I'm afraid of becoming the proverbial designated internet punching bag, even though I'm sure most LQ members (and people in general, most likely ) are probably more mature than that. Apparently I take sh*t too seriously…xkcd included.

    by true friend I meant someone who can speak up the "truth"
    to you. Someone to whom you can speak the "truth".
    There is one other person who I've "opened up" about this with. He's known here on LQ as "lupusarcanus" (he doesn't seem to post here that often anymore, though, last time I checked :-\ ).

    Well, for the nth time "Get a job". Do "something".
    Take tutions. That'll keep you busy at least.

    Empty mind is a devil's workshop, and I can see the devil toiling
    hard in your mind right now.
    Part of the reason I moved out here from Maryland (notice the location change in my profile) was so that it would (hopefully) be easier for me to do just that…I'm just not sure exactly how to approach it all now that everything's different.

    I'm not asking for advice here, I'm just stating how it is for me.

    Don't know what to do? Start a thread in General about the kind
    of jobs suitable for your skill set.
    …might sound like a nice idea, but I doubt there's much anyone could really say/do to help me out from who knows how far away…

    BTW, I am going to call you "Mr. Furry Code" from now on.
    I sincerely hope you're joking…
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 02:08 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 02:11 AM by MrCode (spelling…derp)
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    Posted 12-12-2011 at 06:10 AM by Aquarius_Girl Aquarius_Girl is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 12:28 PM by Aquarius_Girl (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    If you get to the point when giving someone advice that you feel like you're talking to a brick wall, take a hint...they probably aren't looking for advice =)
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 01:31 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    they probably aren't looking for advice =)
    Honestly, I don't know what it is I'm "looking for".

    To answer Anisha's question of "why do [I] post these blog entries" (before she deleted her post), I suppose it's for two reasons: 1) to "vent", as it were, and 2) because I feel somewhat "safe" here on LQ and the internet. I'm currently living with two step-brothers (both younger than me), and we get along, but it's not like I've told them about any of the stuff I've posted here. I wouldn't dare get into the existential issues with them, because a) they probably wouldn't even understand it, and b) even if they did, they probably wouldn't really care. I have no idea if they even know about the whole geek subculture this blog post is supposed to be about, and to be honest I don't really care to find out.

    I say I feel "safe" here on LQ because most of the regulars here seem like nice, mature people (many of which are older than I am anyways). I have a Facebook account, but I hardly touch it. I just can't really "get into" FB. Well, there's that, and then there's the privacy concerns (though I'm sure I've already "put myself out there" in so many other ways that that's nearly moot ).

    Basically, long story short: I'm 20, currently jobless, a furry neophyte (if I can even be called that), a Linux nerd, and probably a whole host of other "eccentric" qualities. In other words, I'd probably be seen as a loser IRL. You could say I'm going through somewhat of an "identity crisis".
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 04:19 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 04:23 PM by MrCode


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