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height, underwear, my useless web site

Well, I got inspired today and created a community. It's called tall, and it's for people who are, well, tall. I figure it should be quite a hit with the #beos crowd since there's an unusual number of tall people in there. I don't see it every growing to gigantic proportions (npi!), but there are certain topics I'd just like to discuss and there weren't any communities for the vertically gifted out there yet, so I did one. Go me!

In other news, my sister took me out to lunch today and it was very fun. We went to Houlihan's and did our usual routine: spinach artichoke dip, split an entree, split a desert. I must learn to make spinach artichoke dip, even if it won't be like the stuff they have at Houlihan's (which is like totally orgasmic) it still can't be bad. And it's good for you, because it's got spinach! Vitamin A totally rules!

Then we went to victoria's secret because they're having the bin sale (you know, where everybody digs through bins of marked down undies in a most relentless fashion to get good deals and marvel at the weirdness that sometimes ends up in there). I didn't feel much like looking at underwear though because I recently discovered that wal-mart (yes) sells the softest cotton panties for $.88 each, which makes $2.99 look like a really crappy deal. Yes, they fall apart in the dryer, but dammit so do the ones from Victoria's Secret! And who cares if panties fall apart? It means you get to throw them out and buy new ones, and you always feel cool about yourself wearing cute new underwear. I do still buy my bras at VC, but that's only because they've got that one perfect style there that will never go away and fits great so I can (here's the beautiful thing) buy new bras without trying any on. Ah! Because it's my size! Trying on bras totally blows.

And now I am home. Meant to call my bank today, that didn't happen. Meant to apply for some jobs, that didn't happen. But hey, you can't be productive every day. I did work out this morning, so that was fun. I feel stronger. I weighed myself (for no apparent reason, since I'm not really trying to lose wieght) and I weigh the exact same amount I did last week to the pound, so I don't think I gained any muscle. But I'll tell myself I did.

Useless Quiz has taken over spacefem.com in scary ways. I recently installed some pretty advanced tracking scripts so I can see who is going where, and it's so fun, because I can about track people as they visit my web site (I can see you!) I just always have issues when other pages of my site are beating out my index page. Sigh. Okay, but here are the values from the last 48 hours. These aren't unique visitors, they're just hits, but still, damn.

Useless Quiz - 5781 (34%)
Useless Blobs - 4942 (29%)
skip the other quizzes
Index Page - 768 (4 %)

Average number of documents requested by vistor: 2.792

Taking over! It feels good to be getting tons of hits (for me), I just get like this awful identity crisis in that the only parts getting hits are the ones made to make fun of the internet. And I'm not even sure people understand that they're being made fun of here, I think half my visitors just think it's all really, really cute. No one wants insight, intellect or personality, huh? That's culture for ya.

Comments

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alemaleficent
Jun. 14th, 2002 04:16 pm (UTC)
dude, i HATE wal-mart, but you bet im gonna be there for .88c panties!
im an underwear junkie!
khunz
Jun. 14th, 2002 04:27 pm (UTC)
I know where you are coming from
I felt there wasnt enough ppl out there talking about me so I started this
http://www.livejournal.com/community/thefom/
It never worked but I tried
katlynel
Jun. 14th, 2002 04:31 pm (UTC)
Unbelievable, about the quizzes. It's always sad when people don't understand that something is intended as parody, thereby themselves coming to embody the parody unintentionally.

I'm starting to despise quizzes. When I started my LiveJournal I at least thought they were neat -- even though I never posted the results unless they were scarily accurate or super cute -- but now they just strike me as poorly designed, poorly spelled, completely insight-less, and utterly pointless. I mean, who really cares what big cat someone is (a quiz result I posted, but only to see how far such a stupid quiz would spread through my LJ friends! it was scary to see!)? Who really wants to be a menstrual product, a fruit, a pair of underwear, or a Francesca Lia Block book?
spacefem
Jun. 14th, 2002 04:54 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Which kind of makes me feel bad though, because I never post quiz results, but I create them. So does that make me worse somehow?

I think I decided online quizzes were mostly stupid when I wanted to re-code some parts of the Militant Feminist Quiz so I started looking at the source code for some other ones. It was scary, I found out that 30% or so of them were totally random, had nothing to do with the answers you picked. The questions were there for show, but people really did think they were a brazilain tree frog or 56% ghetto! How bogus.
gikiski
Jun. 14th, 2002 05:34 pm (UTC)
Probably the novelty or an interest category tends to spread them. Curiosity and ease of use may be other reasons.

And as a creator of them, yes you are an evil genius behind the curtain. But, for you it was an exercise in the ability to portray one instead of the desire to actually be one. :D Yes?
lucasmembrane
Jun. 15th, 2002 01:57 am (UTC)
*ponders* ... No, I wouldn't say it makes you worse. There are a great many people who love such quizzes, and by creating one you bring them joy. It essentially boils down to the question of "is it wrong to cater to interests which you do not share?" I can think of several ways in which this question can be answered; if you have no interest in quizzes, but see nothing inherently wrong with them or with an interest in them, then there is no conflict and you should go right on increasing the overall happiness of the world. If, on the other hand, you are actively opposed to the existence of such quizzes (say, for example, you feel that an interest in something meaningless like web quizzes is detrimental or demeaning to an individual), it would be awfully hypocritical to make a quiz of your own. Of course, there's a lot of gray area in between, but it's 2am and I can't define it clearly enough.

And for those of us who don't care much for quizzes (though "What kind of villain are you" was entertaining, if just to read all of the possible results), it is refreshing to see one that is honest about its pointlessness. I might actually post this result. Woohoo!
tinyflamingo
Jun. 14th, 2002 05:23 pm (UTC)
What, you mean I'm really not a Brazilian tree frog????!!!!!! *sobs* But.....I was going to make a career out of that. I mean, I read it on the internet, so it MUST be true, right?

Anyway. Hi, I'm Daae, I added you as a friend and hope you'll do the same for me.

And I too hit up the Victoria's Secret Sale - you can't beat those $15 pajamas that were orig. $45!

spacefem
Jun. 14th, 2002 05:59 pm (UTC)
Of course everything on the internet is true! Heh, I may make that a usericon.

Anyway, I added you back :)
krasota
Jun. 14th, 2002 07:16 pm (UTC)
And I'm not even sure people understand that they're being made fun of here, I think half my visitors just think it's all really, really cute.

hey, anything which combines cuteness, surreality, self-parody embodies me, which is why i actually included *your* quiz's results without the ‹lj-cut› tag. yes, that's evil, but self-parody keeps me sane. (if you lived with explodingcat, you might understand.)

now that the work day is over and i can use the good phone line (rather than the one currently being chewed on by rodents), i'll check out your website. sadly, i'm not tall, though most of the men in the family tower over me. we women are known as "armrests".


brian1789
Jun. 14th, 2002 08:58 pm (UTC)
the only parts getting hits are the ones made to make fun of the internet

Actually, that's really amusing, in a meta-funny sense...
cowsarecool
Jun. 14th, 2002 10:37 pm (UTC)
you know, i think you're absolutely hilarious :D
ex_cerebrate131
Jun. 17th, 2002 03:03 am (UTC)
Quizzes, Including Useless
(which just made it into one of my entries today)

Insight, intellect, and personality, then. I wouldn't say they're not in demand - OK, actually, I *would*, but that's because I'm a through-and-through cynic - but irrespective of that (and I did visit the rest of your site and probably will again), I don't they're the only things in demand, or the only things that *should* be in demand.

Sometimes, you just want a moment's amusement.

Granted, it's probably Not a Good Sign if you have a journal that's entirely, or even mostly quizzes, but the odd one here or there, or (as I usually do) tagged on to the end of another post is harmless enough. And, regarding, "I'm not even sure people understand that they're being made fun of here", I do think it's a bit of a shame if you can laugh at us, but not smile with us, as it were.

Alistair

(But the useless blobs are cute. Dammit.)
karzon
Jun. 17th, 2002 04:55 pm (UTC)
woo!
Don't knock the crazy quizes. They led me to your journal. :-P

Hello!
ciphergoth
Jun. 20th, 2002 05:09 am (UTC)
I try to avoid posting quizzes, but the artwork on the "useless quiz" is strangely appealing. Of course, I went through all the pictures to choose the one I liked best to post in my journal rather than answering any of the questions or anything.

Very nice design on spacefem.com too!
juudes
Jun. 21st, 2002 05:04 am (UTC)
As I mentioned on someone else's comments page (re the snail with the flashlight), it's interesting that 'colourful' is spelt the British way, but the word 'flashlight' is used instead of 'torch'.

For some (anal) value of 'interesting', of course.

Good graphics, though!
spacefem
Jun. 21st, 2002 06:41 am (UTC)
Heh! I hadn't even thought of that... after I visited canada I went on kind of a spurt of throwing in the extra u's with everything. I didn't know the british didn't use flashlights though. Wonder what the canadians do?
juudes
Jun. 21st, 2002 08:30 am (UTC)
after I visited canada I went on kind of a spurt of throwing in the extra u's with everything

I didn't know that the Canadians put in the U's - good for them.

Wonder what the canadians do?

That rhetorical question opens up a wealth of possible retorts, none of which I'm going to make. (Not even to bring moose into the discussion.)
(Anonymous)
Jun. 23rd, 2002 09:58 am (UTC)
u r gay!
No, im only joking!
I wanna ask why u watched MUPPETS at ur age!!
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