Being a list of habits I’ve acquired on this websiteAfter a cut, b/c I’ve no idea how…

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Being a list of habits I’ve acquired on this website

After a cut, b/c I’ve no idea how long it will be but prob. too long.

  1. If I haven’t seen the show or movie or read the book or whatever I’m unlikely to like or (especially) to reblog. But if I do I’ll usually cop to not having seen it in the tags.
  2. I, a dude, try not to amplify stereotypically dude things. By that I mean, overtly sexist stuff that objectifies women or is coded male-gaze-y. I realize not all of Tumblr is this way, but the parts of it I hang out in tend to be feminist, and I appreciate that and want to help it stay that way. I feel odd mentioning it, b/c it sounds like I expect a cookie or something. I don’t. I’m just glad to have the chance to exist in this space and learn from my betters.
  3. I’ve mentioned this before: I try not to (exactly) repeat myself, in the sense that once I’ve reblogged a post I’m not allowed to reblog it again (which I can keep track of b/c I always like if I reblog, so if the heart is filled in I know I’ve seen the post before, and probably already reblogged it). Exceptions: Things that have acquired new content (e.g., compelling commentary); things I love enough that after a year or two has gone by and I see it again I can’t help myself.
  4. I usually, but not always, keep up with my dash. It depends how obsessive I’m being and if I have deadlines IRL that get in the way. I do always keep up with my notifications. Since I leave a lot of replies (thank you Tumblr for bringing that back) it bugs me to think that by not keeping up with my dash I could miss a mutual replying to a reply. But if you reblog something and add to it or if you @ me, hoo boy you can rest assured I will see it within a few hours if I’m awake.
  5. I’m bad at tagging. I’ll tag for droll (or at least dad-humorous) commentary, and I try to use a consistent tag when I fall off the deep end with some fandom that I suspect followers might not want to have take over their dash, so you can use Tumblr Savior (does that still exist?) or XKit or whatever the current hotness is for filtering out stuff you don’t want to see.
  6. I try not to be creepy. One of my known failure modes is getting caught up in something and wanting to share it, and thinking the people I’m following and interacting with are as excited as I am about the chance to squee collectively about whatever it is I’m excited about. And since one of the ways I do that is to geekishly obsess over tiny details, it sometimes happens that I blow right past normal amounts of that and make people think uh, who is this person and what is their problem? I think I’ve become somewhat better about that, but it’s something I work on.
  7. I think about the stuff I see in my dash, about the people behind it, a lot. I read the tags. I build mental profiles (probably wildly inaccurate ones) of the people I follow. When you mention troubles in your life I fret about it, about what I can and should say, about how and whether I can be helpful. I know it’s weird and parasocial. But I think of the people I follow as a kind of community. Yes; it doesn’t work the same as a community in physical space. There are limits and barriers (though also a weird kind of adjacency) that don’t exist with offline friendships. But whatever the relationship we have is, it’s real for me.

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flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy replied to your post “um you don’t have to answer this if you…

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy
replied to your post
“um you don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to but… who are…”

ye but it’s all lies.

Oh yeah. Important addendum: See tumblr URL.

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um you don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to but… who are you? like generally, how old are you and what do you do or whatever. your profile is very enigmatic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

I guess I could update the profile to say more. It used to say more.

If you’re willing to dig back far enough there’s actually a fair amount of biographical material in the blog. I like to joke that I have an extensive online biography in the form of tumblr tags. It’s not a very good joke. Dad humor.

I’m older than roughly 85% of tumblr’s users, and am possessed of all major forms of privilege (straight/white/cis/male), so there’s that. As mentioned above, I’m a dad, twice over. Both of them are nominally adult at this point. I’ve been married to the same woman since I was 21. I had no business lucking into a marriage that would last 33 years (and counting), but you know; better to be lucky than good.

In terms of things about me that I *don’t* often mention here, let’s see… I work as a software engineer. I’m an atheist, but try not to be a dick about it. I’m prone to bouts of melancholy and awkward embarrassment.

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Hi Lies, i like your posts and youre a good dude. Ok thanks bye!

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

That is super kind of you. Thanks!

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I was tagged by @teddybearofdeath. Thank you for feeding my vanity! :-)Last movie you watched:…

Monday, November 21st, 2016

I was tagged by @teddybearofdeath. Thank you for feeding my vanity! :-)

Last movie you watched: Arrival. It is the bomb diggety. You should go see it. Everyone should go see it.

Last song you listened to: “Open Your Eyes” by School of Seven Bells. I’ve been listening to SVIIB pretty much nonstop for the last few weeks. I think it’s helping.

Last show you watched: The Crown (Netflix). I’m halfway through. It’s a love thing.

Last book you read: I’m currently in the middle of several. 1) The Truelove (US title; it apparently is Clarissa Oakes elsewhere), the 15th book in the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. 2) Thunder Below! by Eugene Fluckey, a mostly true (one likes to think) account of his time in command of the USS Barb, a World War II submarine. 3) Life Traces of the Georgia Coast by icnhnologist Anthony J. Martin.

Last thing you ate: Two soft chicken tacos with pico de gallo salsa from The Spot. Yum.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be: There are so many cool places! Um, I’ll say at anchor in a snug cove in a sailboat I get to pick with rain drumming on the deck and no leaks at all around the cabin ports.

When would you time travel to: Any time at all? For reals? I’d probably want to see dinosaurs.

First thing you would do with lottery money: Hire an investment advisor.

Character you would hang with for a day: Precious Ramotswe.

Time right now: 17:22

I tag @ablator, @anonsally, @pariaritzia, and @shahrzadeonethousandonestories.

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I was tagged by @pastel-and-proud.How old are you?Oh dear. We went right there. I’m 54.Current…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

I was tagged by @pastel-and-proud.

How old are you?

Oh dear. We went right there. I’m 54.

Current job/dream job?

I work as a back-end web developer/programmer for a smallish startup-type company. It’s a pretty wonderful job.

What is a big goal you’re working towards (or have already achieved)?

At one point I had the goal of writing a book and having it published. I succeeded in that, and I’m happy with the result, though the book was not a success in the sense I hoped it would be while I was writing it.

I’d like to write a second book, this one fiction (the first was nonfiction). I’ve completed a first draft, but about half of it is crap. I’m currently working on the second draft, trying to improve the crap/non-crap ratio. We’ll see how that goes.

Another goal I have is helping the coastal community I live in better understand and plan for sea level rise. That one is tricky. The research and planning part is fairly straightforward, but the “getting people to understand and act on that understanding” part is harder, at least for an introvert like me.

What is your aesthetic? 

I like nature.

Do you collect anything?

Lately, Pokémon. Also: knowledge about new-to-me things. Previous new-to-me things I’ve obsessed about long enough to acquire a decent collection of trivial knowledge: Bird identification, competitive sailing, the use of computers as a communication device, (some) movies, (some) music, (some) literature, (some) art.

What is a topic you’re always up to talk about?

The ecology of coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) and its insect associates.

What is a pet peeve of yours?

Incurious people who let an ideological framework blind them to important truths – especially if the ideological framework is one I share, and extra-especially if the person in question is me.

Good advice to give?

Do the dishes right away. It takes exactly as long as if you wait, but you aren’t living with a sinkful of dirty dishes in the meantime.

Recommend three songs.

Radiohead’s song “Silent Spring” (which became “The Numbers” on the album). I really love that first live performance in Paris:

Peter Gabriel’s “Only Us”:

The Blue Nile’s “Family Life”:

I no-pressure only-if-you-want tag @lillybug562, @bcuzboomerangs, and @contesdefee1.

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Also, kudos for being an early enough adopter to get the username “lies”!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

It’s a funny thing, but I actually haven’t been around as long as it appears (at least, not on tumblr). Getting the ‘lies’ tumblr URL was just dumb luck. Someone must have dumped it or had it taken away or something at just the right time such that it was available when I joined the site. It was the first name I tried. Weird, huh?

Owning the lies.com domain name, though: that took getting up pretty early in the morning, so to speak. But these days I mostly just use that as a place to archive my tumblr content against the day yahoo decides they want it all back.

Also kind of funny to me: kids used to bug me all the time to ask if I’d give them the lies tumblr URL. But they’ve stopped doing that. I think they’ve found better things to covet. Good for them.

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Also, kudos for being an early enough adopter to get the username “lies”!

Friday, October 7th, 2016

It’s a funny thing, but I actually haven’t been around as long as it appears (at least, not on tumblr). Getting the ‘lies’ tumblr URL was just dumb luck. Someone must have dumped it or had it taken away or something at just the right time such that it was available when I joined the site. It was the first name I tried. Weird, huh?

Owning the lies.com domain name, though: that took getting up pretty early in the morning, so to speak. But these days I mostly just use that as a place to archive my tumblr content against the day yahoo decides they want it all back.

Also kind of funny to me: kids used to bug me all the time to ask if I’d give them the lies tumblr URL. But they’ve stopped doing that. I think they’ve found better things to covet. Good for them.

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Some of you (actually, kind of a lot of you) commented on this…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Some of you (actually, kind of a lot of you) commented on this post:

So, courtesy of my big sister, here’s a photo of me from (I think) somewhere around 9th grade, or about midway through my 4 years of non-haircutting. I was dressed up for a wedding; dig that 70′s vibe.

My hair has always grown pretty fast, and I’m pretty sure it ended up at least a few inches longer than this, but it may be that my “waist-long” comment was hyperbole. I remember that by the end if I leaned my head back it could reach my belt, at least, but that might be considered cheating.

Anyway. There it is. Apologies for Trumpian narcissism.

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unacaritafeliz replied to your post:did you have long hair as a teenager??are there pictures??There…

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

are there pictures??

There are two or three that I know of. (Along with being haircut-averse I also was fairly photo-averse during that period.) I just took a quick look on facebook (which seems to be the place that weird old family photos show up tagged with my identity) but no luck.

If I can easily find a physical one I’ll scan and post. Probability isn’t high; I keep my autobiography in the form of tumblr tags mostly because of how disorganized I am in the physical realm.

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Why the secrets?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nothing’s secret. Everything’s out there. It’s not just sharing I believe in; it’s oversharing.

What do you want to know?

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What’s your bio?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

I’ve published it in the form of rambling tags on a series of 11,746 blog posts over the last four years. Maybe you’ve seen it.

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how did u even get a url like lies? were u on tumblr the minute it came into existence? gosh

Friday, April 15th, 2016

I actually have no idea. It was the first one I tried, and was available. And I wasn’t particularly early; Tumblr was created in 2007, but I didn’t join until 2012.

Whoever had it before me must have deleted it, or had it forcibly taken away by the Tumblr gods, and I came along at just the right moment.

Or maybe it’s that from far beneath the mountains it felt the stirring of its master, and so left its former owner to enslave another, more apt to evil.

I’d like to think there was another force at work, a force for good, and that being taken up by a witless middle-aged purveyor of dad humor was something the URL did not intend. But I don’t actually know.

People used to ask me for it, but no one has for a long time now. I wonder why they stopped. I feel unchanged, but maybe they sense a malign influence, a darkening of my bloggish output, and it gives them pause. And honestly, it would be hard for me to give it up at this point. I find it growing on me…

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@propitlikeithot tagged me in the “do a google image search for…

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

@propitlikeithot tagged me in the “do a google image search for your url and post the result” thing.

After a while I stopped digging. But apparently it’s lies all the way down.

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I retired Mr. Burns. Seemed like a good time for a change, and I relate to Jules a lot in that…

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

I retired Mr. Burns. Seemed like a good time for a change, and I relate to Jules a lot in that comic. Hope you like it!

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How I Roll

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

I’ve been through the process of falling into a new fandom enough times now to begin to notice commonalities. Unlikely to be all that interesting to anyone else, so under a cut.

Stage 0: Blissful ignorance.

Stage 1: Huh. What is that Thing?

Stage 2: Double-huh. There it is again.

Stage 3: There sure seem to be a lot of people I follow who love Thing.

Stage 4: In which I check out Thing. Hey. You know what? Thing really is kinda cool. There’s this little part over here, especially, that I like. At this stage I will probably start occasionally Liking posts by mutuals containing Thing.

Stage 5: That part I liked? I really like it. Really really like it. These other parts are pretty cool, too. This is the point at which some tentative reblogging starts to happen, making this the first point where my affinity becomes generally visible. There might also be occasional IRL mentions of Thing to my friends/family.

Stage 6: Screw it. I love it. I love it all. I start seeking out and reblogging stuff from the Thing tags, or that I’ve come across on Twitter or YouTube or somewhere. I also usually start queueing Thing at this point, rather than just reblogging immediately. There are two parts to why I do that: 1) I’m starting to get worried about annoying non-similarly-obsessed followers with the amount of Thing in their dashes, so I want to space it out via my thrice-a-day queue. (I also typically start trying to consistently tag Thing at this point, figuring it might help me hang onto followers who are willing to stick with me but want help stemming the onslaught.) And 2) as I mentioned in another long narcissistic rumination a while back, I think of my queue as being in part a legacy that will continue to dribble out content in the eventually-certain-but-hopefully-not-yet-super-imminent-but-who-knows event of my death, and I’ve decided that I’m okay with the idea of Thing being in the lottery for Last Thing Evar. Friends/family begin to push back on the amount of Thing. “Can we talk about something else, please?”

Stage 7: Pretty much OOC/Trash of the Thing. While I still might struggle not to overwhelm the non-obsessed, my heart isn’t in it. If you’re Thing-averse, probably best that we part ways now rather than trying to keep a bad relationship alive. I start following people because they’re a compelling source of Thing. I cast around for ways to devote more time to Thing, like making gifsets and writing overlong meta. Friends/family: “Hey, can I tell you this really interesting thing I saw today about–” “No.”

Stage 8: I’ve calmed down somewhat. I will still reblog the occasional Thing content, but let’s be honest; I’ve probably seen and reblogged most of it already. Since I make it a rule to always Like something before reblogging it, and then only to very rarely reblog something a second time if I’ve already Liked it once, there isn’t much Thing left to reblog. Occasional nostalgic Thing reblogs/posts. Friends/family: Thank god.

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btw, I was wrong. It wasn’t a Vandenberg launch. It was a missile launch from a navy sub off the coast. Sorry to spread disinformation!

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Haha you are just living up to your username then…

For a while it seemed like there were multiple official explanations, and when there are options, it’s kinda like… why not pick aliens! It’s the most fun one. Until the evil alien overlords exert their power over us and the dystopian future is nigh.

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It’s Thursday for one more minute, so here’s a TBT to the last…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

It’s Thursday for one more minute, so here’s a TBT to the last lies.com podcast, Inaudible Man. (If the above audio link doesn’t work you can try downloading or streaming it from here.)

Between May 2005 and July 2009 I recorded 30 podcasts, posting them to my lies.com blog. It was a goofy experiment. The first 20 were mostly just stream-of-consciousness rambling. You probably shouldn’t bother listening to them.

Starting with #21, though, I did something different. Hardly anyone was listening anyway, and I was interested in the idea of remix culture and giving works new context, so I started doing that: remixing other people’s work, repackaging bits from other podcasts and radio shows (TAL was a favorite) and music. I scrupulously credited everything I used, but I’m guessing that at least some of the rights-holders involved would have viewed it as a horrible transgression, except that, again, nobody was listening, so I was able to just do my thing.

It was fun. Those last 10 podcasts are some of my favorite things I’ve ever put online, even if they weren’t quite legal, or even mine, technically. This is the last one I did, covering election day 2008 and the new president’s first press conference.

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schwarmerei1: fuckyeahisawthat: schwarmerei1: flamethrowing-hu…

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

schwarmerei1:

fuckyeahisawthat:

schwarmerei1:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

lies:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

dispatchesfromthewasteland:

When it’s winter in the wasteland and you’re trying to stay warm via aerobics from circa 1985 while sand wranglers sweep around you.

Whaaaat :D :D

That’s so cool. So, it’s between takes, and they’re working on that section fairly early on in the fight when the Dag is about to toss the boltcutters to Furiosa. And I’m guessing the sweeping is to remove the tracks and divots from the previous take, and the exercise isn’t so much to keep warm for comfort (because from the shadows it looks like the sun is fairly high), but to keep everyone looking and sounding like they’re in the middle of a continuous fight (panting, sweating) rather than like they just took a five-minute break.

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Good point! Look at Hardy on the right there, what’s he doing, sparring?

Also Hoult just having a lie-down :P Seems like you’re right, lies!

I like the fact that we’re now performing analysis on the footage between takes…

This is from one of the BTS feaurettes. They’re talking about how it was really cold the first few weeks they were shooting and how they were all freezing shooting this scene where they have to be soaking wet. They were all wearing jackets and thermal blankets between takes. Luckily models are badasses.

IIRC Riley got hypothermia shooting this scene…but yes, models are used to shooting swimwear in winter while splashing around a beach, pretending to be warm, and not complaining.

It’s lucky I’m just plain wrong so often. It takes the pressure off in terms of trying to live up to the URL.

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thisguyknowswhatimtalkingabout: lies: flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy…

Friday, August 14th, 2015

thisguyknowswhatimtalkingabout:

lies:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

dispatchesfromthewasteland:

When it’s winter in the wasteland and you’re trying to stay warm via aerobics from circa 1985 while sand wranglers sweep around you.

Whaaaat :D :D

That’s so cool. So, it’s between takes, and they’re working on that section fairly early on in the fight when the Dag is about to toss the boltcutters to Furiosa. And I’m guessing the sweeping is to remove the tracks and divots from the previous take, and the exercise isn’t so much to keep warm for comfort (because from the shadows it looks like the sun is fairly high), but to keep everyone looking and sounding like they’re in the middle of a continuous fight (panting, sweating) rather than like they just took a five-minute break.

This information was written by a user with the name lies and I’m not sure I should accept this as fact.

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