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In which I resist licking people because I have some scruples - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 19th, 2013

09:39 am - In which I resist licking people because I have some scruples

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You know those innocuous little 'like' buttons that are popping up everywhere on sites? I'm starting to think it's time I took a stand against them by refusing to use them. I mean, I could be all IT'S LAZY! but actually what bugs me about it is that so many bloody sites have it linked to Facebook, which seems to have its claws in so much of the internet these days that I kind of avoid it on principle. I hate monopolies. And if it's not a Facebook one, they make you sign up to the site. Or you can 'comment with Twitter' which means you have to let the site have access to your account. No thanks to all of the above.

Call me a luddite or a curmudgeon or some other archaic word that means 'whinging fucking moaner' but I'm not sure I'm keen on the way that social media sites and actual media sites have coalesced into this amoebic entity that means the hip site is connected to the thigh site* and it doesn't work properly if you don't give both of them all your info. It's probably convenient if you are registered to both, but it also feels like I'm being railroaded into joining the borg. Get off my damn lawn!


This morning, siobhan63 mentioned being sat next to on the bus by a man who had a scent of cloves or some similar spice. I left a comment along the lines of "I would find it difficult to resist licking such a man."

Because, you know, it's true. I love the smell of cloves, and I love the smell of men. In combination? OM NOM NOM NOM. Just saying.

I think it's something to do with being a supertaster. By the way, I think the name supertaster smells just like Special Snowflake, so I try not to use it and mostly just say "I have extra taste buds". But anyway, smell and taste are connected, and I've also got a pretty strong sense of smell. This is awesome, most of the time, and makes up a large part of how I experience the world, especially given how crap my eyes have been for most of my life, and that I'm about half deaf.

What it means is that I can smell people's individual scents reasonably well. And it seems, unlike a lot of people, I don't find human smells offensive. I mean yes, unwashed smells, but not a good healthy head of fresh sweat. I like that smell - on others as well as on myself. I have been known to deliberately stick my nose in Dr Wheel's armpit because I like the way he smells. It smells the most strongly of him, and he smells good. Almost like food, you know? Not in the overtones, but in those (oh god this sounds wanky) deeper notes that you feel more in the back of your nose and tongue - there's that warm, rich scent that is similar to cooking pies or the butter in biscuits. He has this scent in spades and I could sniff it all day.

Yes, I am well aware that if I actually tried to sniff it all day, he would think I was weird. He probably already does, come to think of it, but I am going to assume that he likes weird because he hasn't yet run away screaming, even when I've sniffed his armpits.

Also, there are some people who smell wrong. I remember being able to smell when one of my colleagues had cancer, which was.. I didn't know it was cancer until later, but I could tell she smelled wrong. And one of my exes also smelled ... just.. off - not in an offensive way as in "go have a shower oh god damnit", but just wrong, wrong in a way that doesn't wash off, wrong enough so that if things were getting up close and personal, it put me off getting any more up close and personal. But how do you say to someone "I'm sorry, you just smell wrong."?

Anyway, so yes I probably can smell your personal smell if I'm within a couple of feet of you. If I've ever had my nose anywhere near your armpit I can probably detect your personal smell from a group of other people. And it's not anything to worry about, because I like the smell of people. I will try to avoid sticking my nose in your armpit in public, mmk?

But if you start smelling of cloves as well, all bets are off.


I can't be the only one who's like this, surely? But again, it's one of those things that society has deemed unmentionable. We are all supposed to smell like soap and perfume, but I prefer the smell of people, and while clean is good, scentless is just weird. And Lynx should probably be banned for the sake of my olfactory cells and those of anyone who shares a bus with the wearer, mmk? Armpits - they smell better than Lynx! (don't book me for your ad campaign)

So there was a 5.6ish earthquake in Wellington this morning. It was a biggie, a longie and a rollie. It was the first time I've actually got under my desk for one, but the rollyness of it saved there from being any real damage. Of course Twitter went nuts for 10 minutes. Award for best tweet goes to Happy with:

"I walk in the office door and everyone jumps under their desks. Did I forget to put pants on this morning?"

Because in Wellington, we take earthquakes really seriously. Yup.

*Yes I know that amoebas don't have bones. I reserve the right to butcher metaphors indiscriminately because it's Friday.

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From:kehleyr
Date:July 18th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
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But if you start smelling of cloves as well, all bets are off. *giggles*

Your title for this entry made me giggle :-).
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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
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My Mum learned me good. ;-)
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From:pombagira
Date:July 18th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
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i can smell individuals to, when i was a teen and mum and i were the same size and had a bunch of homemade t shirts that were the same, it was how i told the tshirts apart when i was folding the washing.. by smell.. err

so nope you aint werid.. well no more than me!!

*grins*

and yes that was quite the rock and rolling earthquake, but the boxes are all good hooray..

:)
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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Even the collection of weird fluffy things that has congregated on top of my filing cabinet seems unscathed:



I did not put any of these things there. They just sort of appeared over time. It's a thing.

(actually it wouldn't surprise me if you were a supertaster as well, given your sensitivity to some smells and food tastes)

Edited at 2013-07-18 10:01 pm (UTC)
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 19th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
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Ha, that's a thing on my boss's desk too. Also, toys that make weird noises.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 19th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
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cool weird fluffy things wheee

and yes i might be one of those supertasters.. *ponders this*
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 18th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I do know that my libido is closely connected to my sense of smell. If a guy doesn't have the right personal smell, then it doesn't matter how awesome he is in any other department - personality, physique, whatever - it just aint gonna work for me.

OTOH, if he does smell right but everything else is wrong, well, I'm getting better at not persisting with those sort of bad decisions.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Heh, yeah, there is that side of it also. ;-)
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From:siobhan63
Date:July 18th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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My husband is sort of like that (about the smell/taste thing) but we sort of blame it on his Aspergers - it's one of his hypersensitivities (the others being lighting, temperature and loud noises). Plus he's also got some form of synesthesia, so that mixes in there too.

Meanwhile I totally agree with you about the social media overflow, even though I'm guilty of it myself on my other blog. But only because I feel I HAVE to include those things otherwise people bitch about the lack thereof. That's why I totally loved that article from The Onion I posted a link to a few days back (http://www.theonion.com/articles/internet-users-demand-less-interactivity,30920/):

"In addition to demanding less interactivity, Internet users requested fewer links and clickable icons connected to social media outlets through which they could email, share, tweet, pin, blog, or re-blog content. Many said that when they did come across something they found interesting or amusing, nine times out of 10 they just wanted to keep it to themselves."

I mean, I know it's the Onion, so not real, but man... it's exactly how I feel.

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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha I could have written that article! ;-)
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From:c_maxx
Date:July 18th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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So- "likee no", "sniffee yes"?

I agree that Facebook and such are way too much along the Enveloping Amoeba lines.

People that complain that the federal government wants to know their tax ID spill all on Fbook. "Don't sweat it, dude, you've already given it all away"...
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 19th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
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I enjoy a good 5.6, it's kinda fun. I wish they could all stay like that or smaller!

Your sense of smell is so interesting. Maybe you could hone it and become some sort of smell guru and tell people what health problems they have!
My daughter smells fantastic. I pretty much never shampoo her hair, so she's got her natural scent. I just love to sniff her any chance I get. I'm trying to pack in as many sniffs as I can before the scent fades away (my son's has, he's 7 and she's 5), or she decides I'm not allowed to sniff her anymore.

I refuse to comment with facebook on websites. Sometimes that means not commenting at all, and man, that just bugs me so much. I have OPINIONS TO SHARE argh!
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From:meathiel
Date:July 19th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
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Are you a dog or a person? ;-) You could maybe make a living of sniffing on people and tell if they are ill or what ... haha ...
In German we have a saying "Ich kann Dich nicht riechen" - which means "I don't like you". (Literally: I don't like your smell).
But I react stronly to smells as well ... (and noise, and lighting, and temperatures) From what siobhan63 said - maybe I'm somewhere on the Asperger's spectrum???


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From:spotsofcolour
Date:July 19th, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
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I concur on the curmudgeon of the 'like' button. I do it on facebook for statuses of people who I am still sort-of friends with but don't speak to that often, and don't want to appear a total stalker creepster by suddenly commenting on everything, but outside of facebook there is no place.

Also, lynx does smell like crap. It will be forever associated for me with 14-year-old boys who have poor hygiene. And who insist on spraying on themselves OVER THEIR CLOTHES. Like, how does that even help?
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From:danjite
Date:July 19th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I have so many blocking extension I don't even see most like buttons!

As for smell... oooh yes. Tres important.

Mine especially.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:July 20th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
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My husband has smell abilities that sound like your own. He is extremely sensitive and it's pretty neat....
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 21st, 2013 07:00 am (UTC)
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Just saw in the news that you had a bigger earthquake! I hope you guys and your house are doing okay.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 21st, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
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Thanks! :-) We are all fine, no deaths or major damage. Unlike Christchurch, Wellington was built with earthquakes in mind and the buildings are built to handle some shaking.

We had a bit of a mess to clean up from stuff falling off shelves, and everyone is a bit jumpy because we've been getting them all weekend, but we're basically fine.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:July 22nd, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear it! We had a bottle of cooking oil fall in an earthquake once, that was a pain.
I hope you have an earthquake free week!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 22nd, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I haven't felt any today, so here's hoping.

Also, bugger having to clean up cooking oil.. *goes to put oil somewhere lower down*
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From:vernacularity
Date:July 22nd, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)

like for like

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i think the main things those "social media" buttons do is signal who you are to the website, even loading them executes scripts linked to the SM site, so bingo there they have it. you visited such and such site. guess whose ads you will now get! so fuck em, I'm with Danjite, block at will. not only ads, it's all part of the online collation, I guess that's the Social Amoeba, except it isn't just the "social" building of your online profile, it is training people to not care, getting people used to the idea it is too big to get around, creating an umbrella of inescapable identifiability by swapping trinkets for your soul. etc.

smallpox infested blankets and mirrors for your kingdom? still happening.
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From:wildilocks
Date:July 30th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
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100% with you on smell - and I have actually described people as smelling wrong - but I think it would be pretty rude to tell someone that to their face, so I've never gone there. But I have told people who's smell I like.. that I like it. I've also found it quite memorable when I've been told positive things about how I smell, so I think it's a bit of an emotional trigger, because it's important to me.

In regards SM "Like" buttons, you have had a couple people mention Adblockers but didn't really explain them - if you see any Like buttons at all, and would rather not, the best thing to do is to install browser extensions which block them - two I use for Chrome are Adblock and Facebook Disconnect. There are similar Extensions for Firefox. If you are stuck in MS hell, then I am not sure how to fix your problem though ;)

And while there's a part of me that wouldn't mind sharing my like for some things/websites with people, mostly, I'd prefer to do this entirely manually rather than click a damn button :P
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