Friday night topic: Our happy eccentricities

I’ve learned a few things about myself over time. I realize they mean that I’m a little different than most folks, but I can live with that. In fact, I’ve come to embrace them.

For instance, I now wear SmartWool socks almost exclusively—even in the summertime, when I just wear the shorter running socks. I also wear American Apparel T-shirts almost all of the time, if I can swing it in the social setting, either as my only shirt in the summer and spring or as an undershirt in the fall and winter. Both of these clothing items just fit me well and feel comfortable.

Once I figured that out, variety in my daily clothing became mainly about colors and prints. Heh.

The thing is, I’m quite happy with that situation. If anything, I wish I’d discovered these strong preferences sooner, so I could have started enjoying these things earlier. This is, I recognize, a personal quirk that affects my appearance, but I’m quite happily reconciled to that fact. Maybe that makes me a geek, but I think that cow left the barn a long time ago.

Now that I’ve told on myself, it’s your turn. What personal quirks or eccentricities do you have? When did you become aware of said quirk? Have you accepted it as a positive thing? If so, why?

Discuss.

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    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    I like to shower twice per day. Once in the morning, but after a morning run (which is rare these days because running is pain), and once just before bed. Nothing like going to bed just after a hot shower.

    Also, I recognize that there are left socks and right socks, and I pair them up appropriately.

    • xii
    • 9 years ago

    I only wear black clothes, never labelled or branded. I always sleep naked, even what it’s -35C outside. I run long distance with hardly more clothes on than that… even at -35C. I rarely feel cold, hungry or sleepy (I have insomnia though).

    I don’t like to touch things in public places, restrooms or have others touch my keyboard, phone, guitars or anything like that – because I’ve once had a bad staphylococcus aureus infection and I don’t trust other people’s hygiene. I’m not obsessed enough about bacteria to be certifiably crazy, but well, it does bother me a bit too much…

    I never go to the hair dresser (though my girlfriend cuts my long hair once a year) or movie theatre.

    I don’t like potato chips, ice cream or pizza.

    I don’t like the feel of paper.

    I can’t stand other people’s music – I go insane if I have to listen to whatever crap others listen to.

    And finally, I want to brutally murder people who blindly believe things and have to inform everybody else about that belief, with that disgusting, hollow, overly certain look in their eyes.

    Apart from that, I’m somewhat normal. πŸ™‚

    • d0g_p00p
    • 9 years ago

    I have worn the same pair of pants since high school. Not the same pair but the same brand and the same size. Dickies in 3 colors. Blue, Black and Beige. 34 waist, 32 long . I cannot for the life of me either grow or gain weight. Even when I lifted weights and worked out for a couple of years, I gained 2 lbs. Granted everything turned to muscle but I am still the same. it makes shopping for pants crazy easy.

    Since I have not grown, shoes size is the exact same. 10.5 every single year since I was 15 (now 36). I still get carded when i buy beer or go out and hang with my friends at a bar. it’s something I did not appreciate when i was younger and wanted to be seen as being “younger” but now I could care less. The only worse part is that when I am hanging out with my mother people think that we are either brother and sister and she has to inform people that I am her son.

    • Tamale
    • 9 years ago

    ha! this thread is excellent.. too bad I’m joining so late.

    weirdest things about me:

    1 – can’t stand dishes in the sink.. I’ll wash every dish/utensil immediately after eating if I can – girl is the opposite.. likes to pile ’em up then load the dishwasher once a week.. such a difficult thing to agree on!!

    2 – sneeze 3 times every morning after showering. no exceptions. doesn’t matter if i’m sick or stuffed up or allergic or whatever. always 3 times, always feel better afterward.

    3 – use keyboard shortcuts in EVERYTHING except gmail.. the place I probably am most often when on the computer… LOL

    4 – I, too buy expensive PC parts but rarely game anymore.. wtf? must be the subconscious fulfilling of something I used to love..

    5 – bought a very nice 2007 BMW 328xi that I drive 1 mile each day to a parking garage where it sits for 12 hours.. HA! – I’m noticing a trend.. hmm

    6 – constantly complain about my flab but work in IT and have no intentions of joining a gym or anything crazy like that.. suppose I’m not alone in this one

    7 – absolute hate finding matching socks. i’m jealous for those of you with the guts to standardize on one brand.. i still have socks from college.. i never throw them away.. I always hope I’ll find the missing mate someday..

    8 – i make people set their desktop resolution to their monitor’s resolution every time i help them with their computers.. haha

    9 – i wear the same belt to work every day, but I always alternate whether i loop it from left to right or right to left without fail, for fear of it developing a curve-bias

    10 – i do the belt thing with just about everything.. i’m a middle child so my girl says i always seek to balance everything out.. it’s true.. i’ll use the dull side of a pencil so it gets evenly sharp, use the sharp side of an eraser till it’s an even dome again, i’ll rotate unused dishes in the cabinet so that they all get used more like a queue than a stack, etc… i’m extremely anal about this when i really think about it. in fact, when there’s foam on the rim of a cup of espresso or beer, i’ll spin the cup around and sip a little from each side until it’s uniform.. lol!

    11 – i tweak my mouse sensitivity for any desktop/laptop for a couple months before settling on the ‘perfect value’.. on my ubuntu workstation its currently 2.781.. in half-life death match with my logitech mx500 it was 2.35

    12 – i strive to find the ‘gray area’ in every argument.. probably similar to my #10 – but when it comes to politics, debates, or anything like that I start off by assuming everyone is an extremist and the answer is somewhere in the middle – so far this technique has never failed me and it seems like the world would be a better place if everyone used this technique

    13 – i’m from a 500-person farming community in the middle of nowhere but I hate country music and pretty much always side with the democrats.. ha!

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    A lot of nearing OCD comments in here, but interesting.

    Waiting for someone to mention they store urine in jars and catalog their stool samples.

    A lot of comments that don’t seem all that eccentric either though. People just think because they’re different that they’re extremely eccentric because of it.

      • balzi
      • 9 years ago

      to be fair, Scott did say “quirks or eccentricities”.
      I wonder what the rate is of eccentrics who actually believe they are eccentric (genius), versus not believing it (deluded)

        • Bensam123
        • 9 years ago

        Ah I missed quirks.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    I’m also stuck in the a specific shirt kinda life, mainly in RL polo shirts. They are just super comfy. No girls would go out with me when I wore my plain t-shirts so I can only imagine what Scott’s life is like, especially with AA shirts. I refuse to wear dress shirts, and that noose that everyone calls a tie.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      q[

    • PenGun
    • 9 years ago

    Weights. I lift em’, I’m old but I can rock a tight T. A bit of belly but the shoulders and arms tell the tale.

    I have this theory about personal appearance. There are three main types. The person who knows exactly what they are wearing and what it looks like. Girls mostly. The person who has some idea about colour and tries to look presentable. Then there’s me and many others. Whatever is next in the pile, possibly drawer, is put on and the look is essentially random.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 9 years ago

    Generally, y’all are making me feel SO much better about myself–it’s like therapy without the cost! So for me….

    No eating in my car…no food or drink in my computer room [I work from home for a big company, so my office laptop and two of my machines are in there]…nobody touches my desktop rig but me…I do take supplements–broad-spectrum vitamin, CQ-10, reseveratrol, vitamin E from flax oil and fish oil…since I’m at home all the time I shave once a week…cannot stand eggs in any way, shape, method or form….probably far too many, ah, /[

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 9 years ago

    One of my personal quirks is that when I am shopping in the store (such as a grocery store), I generally do not buy the item at the front of the shelf. I’ll dig behind and get the second or third item behind it. I do this at the computer store too when buying parts!

    Once in a blue moon at work, we will order out for pizza and everyone gets to pick what they want for a pizza. I have one co-worker who will order a pizza, but when the pizzas arrive, they are more interested in trying out everyone else’s pizza rather than their own! Quite irritating to me.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      I do the “dig for the one in back” thing sometimes too. But generally only for items where there’s a reason to do so:

      1) Beer. The flavor and aroma of good beer is destroyed by exposure to light. The ones in back are less likely to have that nasty “skunky” character, since they’ve been exposed to less light (unless they’re on the top shelf, in which case you’re pretty much screwed regardless and should consider buying something else from a lower shelf).

      2) Hard drives. This one doesn’t so much apply any more, since all the places I buy hard drives from these days are either online, or keep the hard drives behind the counter. But back in the day, I figured the one in front has potentially been handled (and dropped) by other customers — I’ve /[

    • pot
    • 9 years ago

    I pewp a lot.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Refer to comment #7.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    You know, I didn’t think of Scott as an “American Apparel” sportin’ kinda guy. He looks more like a mid-40’s /[

    • Thresher
    • 9 years ago

    Not sure if it’s eccentric or not, but I have a fascination with language and history. If I meet someone with an accent, one of the first things I do is try to pinpoint the accent and then discuss their country. Most people’s eyes glaze over when I discuss the origins of various languages and how they are interrelated (not just Indo European, but Asian and African as well). Reading about how words changed over time from place to place, I find it all incredibly fascinating.

    But if you want eccentric…

    I am wondering if I have some OCD tendencies. I am a firm believer in empiricism and rationality. I need facts and figures before I will accept things that others take on faith. And yet, I am oddly superstitious, against my better knowledge. I have two cats, a white/orange one and a black one. When I leave the house to go to work in the morning, I have to pet the black one before I leave the house. If I accidentally brush up against the white/orange one, I have to go back and pet the black one. I will not drink Dead Guy Ale. It started out as a joke that I didn’t want to drink anything that make you dead, and now I just can bring myself to drink it for real. Never had one, probably never will. There are others.

    I can’t even take Christianity all that seriously and yet these stupid superstitions are a part of my behavioral patterns every day.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    Wow lots of odd behaviours out there.

    Makes me feel a lot more normal lol

      • crabjokeman
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, “normal” (a.k.a boring). I drink to make people like you more interesting.

    • designerfx
    • 9 years ago

    I absolutely hate debates that avoid logic, and I find it inherently offensive. Not to the level of normal people, but not far off from fist clenching and stuff like that.

    So people like fred phelps and the westboro folks, political arguments that contradict themselves, people who buy into hype, people who deliberately mislead others and derail logical debates, technophobes, luddites, family IT support, people with distinct intolerance, people who act like they are armchair experts to things they don’t know about, internet white knights, all of these folks are capable of making me lose my cool.

    basically, stupid people aggravate me, even if I have some tolerance of it.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      lol

      Don’t stupid people aggrevate everyone??

      and #97, if I wanted to I could be so “normal and boring” you would have to drink a texas mickey to keep sane πŸ˜‰

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        I’m not sure about that, but they can i[

    • sluggo
    • 9 years ago

    When I was a practicing musician and student, I kept a tape recorder by my bed so that I could record the music that came to me in dreams. I’d hear a melody and think “oh, that’s quite nice”. I’d let it go to the end, repeat it a few times, wake myself up and sing it into the tape recorder and then go back to sleep.

    I write investment guides but rarely follow my own advice.

    • crabjokeman
    • 9 years ago

    I like diapers (in a sexual way). I grew up thinking I was a total freak until I started using the internet. Now I realize that I’m a just a normal freak.

    • smilingcrow
    • 9 years ago

    I think the earth is flat and that AMD make good CPUs.
    I only read TR when I have a boner; pants optional.
    I’d rather have a good quality and visually attractive electric guitar in each room than a painting.
    This week I have bought a Custom Carvin DC135T in vintage yellow flamed maple, ebony board & lace sensors and a G&L USA Tribute with a swamp ash body, maple board, SSH (G&L S, Dimarzio H) & white pearloid scratch-plate, but missed out on a Fender Strat Deluxe in natural amber.
    They both play beautifully and are in excellent condition.

    • sigher
    • 9 years ago

    We don’t mind you wear those socks winter and summer and we don’t mind those t-shirts either, but please.. put on some pants too.

    • darryl
    • 9 years ago

    In my 60 years I’ve lived a mostly responsible life, working and paying taxes, but I have my moments. As a child I was always fascinated by the planes in flight. I started reading about various types, and came to have a keen interest in military combat aircraft. Well I wasn’t Air Force pilot material, but I gave it 4 years. Later on (early 90s) I discovered that I could fly some of those planes on a PC.At first everything was monochromatic renderings installed from floppy discs ( plus special DOS boot floppys to allocate system memory). Now It’s all big honking video cards and and multi-core processors. So my quirky thing is in trying to keep up with rendering technology so I can immerse myself in aerial warfare, flying with friend, and against foes, all online and with a great international flavor. I look forward to spending some serious bucks to build a new PC to handle a combat sim which replicates: the Battle of Britain; World War1 (Snoopy’s war), and the DCS Combat flight series where the A10 is featured. I have a joystick and throttle that has more buttons than the Space Shuttle! Rudder pedals, a nd head-tracking stuff too.
    Well, back to real life, and being responsible.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      I have a fascination with any vehicle that can fly, and I really wish to persue a pilot’s license and possibly a helicopter operating license someday.

      Coinscidently, my neighbor is about 65 and he has a similar fascination that you described, including purchasing flight games and so forth.

        • Bauxite
        • 9 years ago

        I know a few pilots that no longer fly much due to change in job/life etc but must get their flying “fix” by way of sims as often as possible.

        Due to cost/time/whatever they usually only do actual air hours enough to keep their license.

    • satchmobob
    • 9 years ago

    I never wear pants over the weekend. From friday eve after work till monday morn. Bearing in mind I’m from England where pants means underwear… Commando just feels soooo much better.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Whenever I get into a thoughtful mood, I pace in circles and talk to myself. Sometimes I will do this for hours.

    Since I sit in front of a computer most of the day, pacing is probably my main source of exercise.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    8 is my lucky number, and I have a particular attraction to powers of two as well, so whenever I do any focused activity, I apply a multiple of 8 or a power of 2 to it.

    8 sips of water from the tap before I’m done, 64% filter opacity, 72% music volume in a videogame, and so on and so forth.

    • bobboobles
    • 9 years ago

    I’m glad all this talk about SmartWool socks is going on. I’ve been too lazy to see if they still made them. I’ve had three pairs for 7 years… I only wore them a few days a year during the winter! But now, since starting work, I’ve gotta wear boots and would like a few more pairs.

    • Hurstmeister
    • 9 years ago

    I dont know if my issue is an eccentricity or just OCD. But I cant bring myself to delete anything I download. My in house file server is meticulously organized with just over 4TB and I have stacks and stacks of 100 spool CD-R and DVDr discs going as far back as 1997 or 98 when I got my first 2x burner. More recently I’ve been purchasing DVD-DL discs for my obsessive need to keep files. I even still have old floppies and Iomega cartridges full of obsolete useless crap.

    On more than one occasion this has come in handy as I have kept every driver and install I have ever downloaded. I have old Nvidia Detonator drivers, Nforce motherboard drivers, Intel 440BX chipset drivers, ATI and Matrox video drivers. I have old Warez downloads dating back to 1995 IRC days. Old pirated Vivo movies and porn that I had downloaded that were in such terrible quality I dont see how I ever watched them.

    I’m like a hoarder,.. except I hoard software. I couldnt stop even if I wanted to. :/

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      9 TB here. Don’t worry yet, sonny.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Yup, I do that too. Need any of the old Win95/98/NT service packs? I’ve still got ’em.

      BIOS images for motherboards I will probably never use again or gave away years ago? Check.

      Every e-mail I’ve sent and received going back to 1995? Check.

      The ever-increasing density of hard drives makes it way too easy to be a digital pack rat.

      • Thresher
      • 9 years ago

      Don’t feel badly, I am relatively bad about it too. I guess across my computers I have around 8TB of space, about 6 of it is used. I have hundreds of DVDs as well. Lots of them are simply back ups.

      I went through a couple of years ago and tried to figure out what to throw out and I couldn’t do it. So I tossed out the lot. Average age of the disks was probably 6 or 7 years old (most were CDs).

      • Pettytheft
      • 9 years ago

      Recently I purged a great deal of stuff. Through away spindles of CD-DVD’s, and shift-del a ton of folders. I don’t miss it yet.

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    I suck at remembering people’s names to faces.
    I could *in my dreams* sleep all day every day and be happy doing so. (Yet i have a full time 8-5 job).
    I think my taste in movies/music is better than anyone i meet until they qualify their taste (i assume until they tell me otherwise that they listen to lady gaga).
    I can get very focussed in something, no matter what it is really. I guess this is both a good and a bad thing depending on what i am obsessing over.

      • satchmobob
      • 9 years ago

      I’m exactly the same on your three first quirks!
      Crap with names, could sleep for England and absolutely everyone has crap taste in movies an’ music!

        • h4x0rpenguin
        • 9 years ago

        Holy hand grenades! And here I was thinking I’m all alone!

        I’m terrible with names, faces, birthdays, etc. I once slept for 22 hours straight for no apparent reason, and I hate everyone else’s tastes!

          • Bauxite
          • 9 years ago

          Is this where the faces and names club meets? (with obligatory oversized nametags)

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      I am terrible with names and faces too. At least I think I’ve gotten reasonably good at faking recognition when someone I don’t remember recognizes me first!

    • oldog
    • 9 years ago

    Scott,

    Smart Wool socks and American Apparel are my faves too but I would never give up Ralph Lauren Chinos either.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    I just hate getting a haircut. I guess that’s as eccentric as it gets – going 4 months inbetween haircuts, cycling between normal human and manbeast throughout the year.

      • Hurstmeister
      • 9 years ago

      I’m bad about that. The barber always asks me.. you sure you want that much taken off? Yes,.. I probably wont see you for another 3 – 4 months when my wife threatens to divorce me if I dont get a hair cut. LOL.

      • satchmobob
      • 9 years ago

      Hate having my hair cut with a passion. But since I bought a set of clippers about 7 years ago i just take the whole lot off every month or so!
      I vow never to go to the damn barbers again.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 years ago

        I’ve actually thought about getting some electric clippers, and just buzzing it every so often. The problems with this are twofold:

        1) My wife would object.

        2) Even with my own clippers, I’d still probably let it go months at a time, so I would alternate between a buzz cut and a shaggy aging hippie look.

      • RickyTick
      • 9 years ago

      Just the opposite. I love getting a haircut. Back when I was single (and had money), I got a haircut EVERY week. Now it’s every 2 weeks, without exception.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        I work with a guy who gets his done every other week. You can never tell he’s had anything done, but his hair never changes so it must work.

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Its not that I like or dislike getting a haircut, I just never think about it.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Haircut? What’s that?

      When I was in high school and college, I used to let it grow to shoulder length or even longer. Now that I need to deal with people in the “real world” (and lately even some DOD/Pentagon types), I need to keep it a bit more respectable. I still sometimes let it go ~3 months at a stretch though! πŸ˜€

      • Wirko
      • 9 years ago

      Do you hate how you look with a fresh haircut? (I’m judging by myself, that’s it.)

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        No, I look fine. It’s the same thing every time. Front up over my eyebrows a bit, back at the hairline, sides up over my ears, top short enough to lay down, part on the left. It’s just the PROCESS of getting a haircut that really bothers me.

      • pot
      • 9 years ago

      Do you have a neckbeard too? <3

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        Actually, now that you mention it, yes. I have a full beard that I don’t shape at all. the hairline is about 2 inches from the top of my sternum. I do keep it trimmed right around 1/2″ but I can just do that for free after a shower.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 9 years ago

      Me too. Every 4-6 months here.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      read this post and actually felt bad about my self, my family and surroundings, so I got a haircut during the weekend.. happy as a bird now =)

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    This is way too close to an episode of ‘Big Bang Theory’ for my comfort….

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 9 years ago

    Back in high school, I ate the same lunch just about every day for three years. I had an apple, a bag of pretzels, and some cold french toast. I called it “cinnamon toast lunch.”

      • ShadowTiger
      • 9 years ago

      I ate: fresh chocolate chip cookies, a bag of chips (usually cheetos) and a can of soda ($2.50) almost every day at lunch.

      Sometimes I would eat a chocolate donut and french fries… which is a heavenly combination.

      Ah highschool… (these habits extended back to elementary)

      My middle school had fresh cinnamon buns, I used to get 2 cinnamon buns and a bottle of water every day for 2 years. Every time tasted as good as the last, but after about a year and half I couldn’t even finish 1 cinnamon bun no matter how hungry i was. I guess my body got sick of em.

        • Johnny5
        • 9 years ago

        During the week I wake up and eat cereal. Then I eat two packs of spicy beef Mr. Noodles. Then usually I will have three peanut-butter sandwiches, occasionally switching it up. When I get home I’ll have leftovers from family dinner. I figure in a typical week I eat 12 packs of spicy beef noodles, and 12 peanut-butter sandwiches. I take multivitamins to get my vitamins and minerals, btw.

    • fantastic
    • 9 years ago

    I eat lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I don’t like to dress up and “go out”. To me, The Olive Garden is too fancy.

      • Blazex
      • 9 years ago

      yea, i seem to eat peanut butter and jelly nearly every day for lunch since forever, it’s kind of awesome when you think about it… πŸ™‚
      matter of fact i was about to get up and go make some pb&j

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    I make up a lot of songs, often about our cats.

      • balzi
      • 9 years ago

      I’d like to dob in a mate of mine here – he also sings songs.. but he’ll take a popular tune and change the words on-the-fly so it’s all about potatoes.
      I don’t know why it’s always potatoes because he’s actually potato intolerant.

      weird!

      as for me, probably my knowledge/trivia hording (hordeing?) is my quirk I’ve learned to live with. I always like to know how things work, like to know where things are.. I always derail someone’s story asking questions like “Where is that?”, “How old were you?”, “oh, so this is after the War?”, etc.
      It’s probably frustrating for everyone else, but I struggle to notice if I’m being annoying ’cause I just want to know more.

    • Jambe
    • 9 years ago

    I’m a guy whose hair reaches almost to his waist. It’s usually in a ponytail. I don’t know if that qualifies as eccentric, but it makes me markedly different than the vast majority of men. My hair has been long since the fourth grade or so. I’ve always liked it. Ladies have complimented me for it, which is nice, and my romantic life is interesting. So it’s positive, I guess.

    Tangentially, this trend of skinny jeans is odd. There’s no room in there for your dangly bits. It’s Levi’s 569 or Lee Loose Fit Straight Legs for me. The Levi’s are more durable but the Lee stuff feels better.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Endlessly posting on TR is certainly one of my quirks. I’m on TR like normal losers are on Facebook.

    I don’t like clothes with graphics or logos on them and usually I prefer solid colors and try to avoid geometric designs and stuff.

    I love video cards and processors but I’m not much of a gamer or power user. Half the time I feel like good hardware is wasted on me, the other half of the time I feel like I need more powerful hardware.

    I don’t like dull pencils. Pencils should be sharpened frequently.

    I don’t like blue pens – black please – and not ball point but the roller ball type (what’s the difference?).

    I always think it would be cool to live a partying life, but almost every time I’m at a party, I just want to go home and chill.

    I’m slightly high strung; I talk just a little bit too much; I’m just I little too nosy.

    The only sunglasses that I have ever thought to look good in are the safety glasses that Home Depot sells for about $6, but I probably don’t look good in them, I probably just look really cheap.

    But are any of these really all that eccentric? Doesn’t really seem like it.

    Probably the most eccentric thing about me is that I prefer breadth to depth when it comes to things like knowledge and experience, which makes it hard for me to become an expert at any one thing, and will probably make career advancement a challenge. Time will tell.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      q[

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        Wow, you’re worse than I am. I made a pledge to myself when I got my HD 4850 that I would spend at least as much money on games as I spent on the card and that was a challenge since I only buy games on sale, almost always on sale for less than $15.

        Speaking of which, I’m off to play some Metro 2033. It look terrific on the Radeon 5770 my brother gave to me on “High” at 1600×1200 and it plays terrific too. I only had to turn of advanced dof and tessellation and I consider neither of those a loss. I don’t like dof and I played a bit with the tessellation on and could tell the difference at all. I had to /[

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah, the 4850 got all of one game… Fallout 3.

          Then when I got a new build and the 4870, I finally caved in to Steam, and now I have about 100 games in my library (although to be fair, a lot of those were episodic games/bundles).

          ‘Course, graduating my Masters gave me a *lot* more free time, as well as freeing up my PC from running Monte Carlo/FEA/numerical calculations 24/7.

            • plasticplate
            • 9 years ago

            nice… masters? where and in what field?

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      I’m kind of the same about the partying thing. I just don’t like being out and around a lot of people in a loud dark place. I don’t drink at all, so theres really no point.

      I can’t have any ‘badges’ on my iPhone apps. No unread emails, missed calls, voice mails, anything with the indicator on, it drives me NUTS.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      I loved your description of yourself, it made me smile!

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      q[

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        I would love to get out of architecture and into software.

          • just brew it!
          • 9 years ago

          Any chance you can ease your way into that at your present job? Something like taking the initiative to create a simple Intranet app that will make everyone’s job easier? Even if you don’t get any extra compensation for it up front, it’ll be good experience and looks great on a resume.

    • Kharnellius
    • 9 years ago

    Recently, I found I sleep much better if I wear a t-shirt (specifically hanes tagless). No socks, though.

      • this_rock
      • 9 years ago

      I have recently made the same discovery; that being said, it is kinda strange…

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t really have too many weird things I do. I’m moderate in about everything. my wife thinks it’s weird to post on some “weirdo internet forum, that’s probably full of sexual predators”, other than that, IDK

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      She doesn’t know you’re the pre… meh, that’s probably a joke in bad taste, never mind.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      same thing mate! wife wonders if I have an affair with someone here or something, as chrome shows TR is my 2nd most typed url.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Maybe we’re just an Internet forum, and *you’re* the weirdo!

      J/K… I think. πŸ˜€

      And sexual predators? Here?!?? You’ve gotta be kidding. Your wife has a rather stereotypical view of what Internet forums are like. (Well OK, we had that whack-job cyberstalker dude from Pakistan a few years ago, and the “Kurzweil singularity” loony who supposedly had himself castrated… but only two in ~10 years ain’t bad… and neither of them qualified as “predators” IMO, they were just lunatics!)

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        If one was a sexual predator, frequenting a site like TechReport would be a horribly inefficient use of time.

        … Then again, I guess it depends on the preferences of said predator.

          • just brew it!
          • 9 years ago

          It is pretty unusual to hear of geeky middle-aged males being targeted… I guess I’m safe!

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      –but to be fair, amongst the other “weirdo internet forum, that’s probably full of sexual predators” /[

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        is that a compliment.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t throw away computer parts, no matter how old or broken, but I suspect that is not very eccentric for this crowd.

      • Starfalcon
      • 9 years ago

      I know how that goes, I don’t keep broken stuff…but I do have a metric ton of old school computer parts. Never met an old computer I could say no to lol. I figure I will open up a museum in my old age to show off all my old stuff. /hug my BP6, dual cellys rule.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 years ago

        The problem with a lot of broken stuff is, I go “I could probably fix this!”

          • FuturePastNow
          • 9 years ago

          More like, “This dead old laptop still has a screen and a keyboard that I could sell on eBay” but the odds of that happening are… slim. Or, “This Pentium 75 just needs a new AT power supply” and it could be used for… something.

          On the “stuff that still works” front, I’ve got a box full of 10Mb ISA network cards. Another box full of modems ranging from 9600 baud to 56k. Another box of PCI and AGP graphics cards. It’s all garbage, and yet it isn’t.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Heh… I’ve managed to part with the old RLL drives, the serial CRT terminals, the DECWriter hardcopy terminal, the full-height 5-1/4″ floppy drives, and a few other odds and ends. But you’ll pry the old IMSAI and the crawlspace full of other random hardware dating back 30+ years from my cold dead hands!

      Starfalcon has my old Pentium Pro and K6-III+ systems. (Hey if you’re reading this, how are they doing? Are they well? Do they ever miss their daddy? :D)

      In retrospect, I kind of regret getting rid of the old XT, 286 and 386 boxes.

      Oh, and I’ve got a nearly complete (missing only the first year or two) collection of BYTE magazine in the crawlspace too!

        • Starfalcon
        • 9 years ago

        Hey JBI, they are both doing well, had them both running in the last 6 months…they said to say hi πŸ™‚ Plus your Ppro system has a brother, got another system that is exactly the same lol.

      • Thresher
      • 9 years ago

      I should show you my office closet.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 9 years ago

        You could show him your office closet. Show him how big it is by walking into it… and then you could, you know, walk out of it. The closet, that is.

        //just sayin’

        /// just kiddin’ πŸ˜‰

    • RickyTick
    • 9 years ago

    I never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. I alternate between 3 different pair. One pair is over 7 years old and another is 5. They are in great shape and don’t smell at all. Habit I picked up in boot camp many years ago.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    I collect multiples of things that I like.

    For example, I own 8 copies of the book “Earth” by David Brin. I worry that, if I don’t have that many, I will wear one copy out by reading it so often and then won’t be able to read it anymore in my old age (since it will have gone out of print).

    • not@home
    • 9 years ago

    I would have to say that my biggest quirk is that I do not let anyone touch anything in my car. They are allowed to touch the door handles, seat, and seatbelt and that is it. I have pulled over and made people who do not follow these rules get out and walk.

      • Trymor
      • 9 years ago

      I here ya. Seek therapy, seriously.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Hmm… OCD much?

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    Smartwool rocks! I need to buy more, I’m down to 2 pairs.

    • weedacres
    • 9 years ago

    I love the SmartWool socks as well but can’t find them in our rural area. Where’s a good place to get them at a reasonable price?

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      just buy online. It’s either that or I have to shell out ungodly money at gander mountain.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      I just got 4 pair from shoebuy . com, but it was on a haloween sale and everything was 25% off.

      I only wear smartwool now, they are worth every penny. They seem to last longer than socks I’ve had previously alsog{<...<}g

    • Cyril
    • 9 years ago

    I usually don’t wear pants.

    Since I started working from home, I’ve become used to spending the day in my boxer shorts. I only wear pants when going outside, and for that reason, I own fewer pairs than I probably should. When I do wear pants, I alternate between American Eagle straight-cut jeans and Levi’s 501s.

    • Dissonance
    • 9 years ago

    Columbia cargo shorts
    Levis 569 jeans
    New Balance 106x running shoes
    Sidi cycling shoes

    Oh, and most of my wardrobe comes from Mountain Equipment Co-op. That’s a whole other realm of geeky.

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Total night owl. Could happily go to bed at 5am and get up at 2pm every day.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, same here. My wife does not like that though!

      I’ve often thought that I’d be happier with a ~30 hour day. Stay up longer, but still get enough sleep! Where’s that extraterrestrial planet with a slower rotation rate when you need it???

      • The Stench
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, it’s so irritating, the Sun; makes all the other people want to follow it around like it’s some big deal, or something.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    American Apparel was having some accounting trouble recently. I stocked up on their shirts, then. You might want to consider it too, or else you’ll be out of awesome shirts if they go under.

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago

    Actually, I’m wearing a pair of SmartWool socks right now. I, like you, wear them year round alternating height with the seasons and other clothes that I’m wearing. They’re fantastic socks.

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