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03 August 2003 @ 12:43 am
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Spam email often comes with complete gibberish or porn for subject lines, but as I translated one into English, I realized that I had just gotten a spam entitled (more or less), "lucrative rat racing can be fun, but really, why be so broke?"

I never mentioned that a couple of weeks ago, a very forward (and of course, superbly caked) Mary Kay saleslady came through my line at Value City. Apparently, my skin is so bad, she suggested a free facial right there and then in front of another customer! Though I put her off for awhile, I could not delay her forever. Yesterday, I had a "hand pampering" session, a "lip pampering" session, got to wash my face with Mary Kay products, and was given pink makeup to apply for that "barely there" look that I prefer. Woot?

I thought it was a rather pathetic waste of time (as I had no intentions of buying anything and was not impressed by the products anyway). I know how to apply makeup and what features to emphasize, but I have my reasons for not doing so on a daily basis, which I have probably discussed before. Can't remember, so ... er ... let me try to summarize.

Laziness. I have better things to do with my time than spend fifteen, twenty minutes making myself "beautiful" for a world with twisted standards.

Honesty. This face is what I am - flawed. Makeup is used to disguise flaws and enhance features, creating a visual illusion, an attempted perfection. If someone loved that appearance, they would not be loving that I truly am.

Associations. I associate makeup with the art of performance - and though I perform every day in one way or another, makeup is reserved for those special on-stage or in-costume occasions. Is a Cinderella Night so special if you pull one every day?

Disgust. I dislike the visual air-brushed standards promoted by the fashion industry and the media (though of course I probably conform to them one way or another). Why go to effort to meet "standards" I disagree with?

I find the Gaia thread "You are an anime newbie IF ..." fairly insulting, and it's definitely not a good reflection on the "wisdom" of the "more educated" anime fans out there. It more or less showcases the results that attitude problems, arrogance, and egos on all sides give.

Pride sucks. The divisions people create in order to compare and level themselves against others suck. I don't mind evaluating where one stands in relation to others, but when one starts drawing lines in the dirt, I get annoyed. It's not just in anime fandom, and this really is a nice example that even the "subculture" has the same problems as the mainstream which it tries to separate itself from. I want to say, "anime fans, get over your goddamned ego." Anime fandom is forever changing, and we've been going through radical changes in the recent decades - get with the program!

I find most of the people of Gaia downright idiotic. As soon as I get my kimono there (blasted hell of 7k left to go), I'm gone. The conclusion that pops into my head is that regardless of shared interests, most people aren't worth your breath. Find those who are, and be loyal.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: rain
One Who Wanders: darkabiona on August 2nd, 2003 11:11 pm (UTC)
Suddenly I feel as though I have been cruel.
Silvermasksilvermask on August 2nd, 2003 11:53 pm (UTC)
Dude, those people *are* idiotic o_o Particularly that thread. I'm very tempted to sign up for the express purpose of posting a snarky rude post to that thread about stupid elitist anime fans. I expect it would fit right in.
I miss AGV now T.T
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!shippo on August 3rd, 2003 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm tempted to sign up so I can get one of those kawaii avatars with fox ears and a tail. Of course, I'd have to gain points to "buy" them, but I can always get points by... trolling!

It's always amazed me of the sheer number of anime fans that go out of their way to exclude people that are new to the fandom. Yeah, some of the "newbies" in the fandom are annoying, but "veteran" otaku tend to be far more annoying. I didn't leave inuyasha because of newbies posting stupid things; I left because of the "veterans*" whining about it.

* Some of which claimed to have been into Inuyasha since it was in manga — I read a bit of the manga before the television series came out, but I didn't let it get to my head — but I'd venture to say the majority of the "veteran" otaku had only been into the series a month or two longer than the "n00bs" from Cartoon Network.
One Who Wanders: blahabiona on August 3rd, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Unfortunately the fox ears and tail are "rares," so unless you found someone willing to sell the set that they got, you'd better be lucky. XP
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!: Determined Rex (by Kitsune_Rei)shippo on August 3rd, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
unless you found someone willing to sell the set that they got, you'd better be lucky
Or do a whole lot of trolling. Or, if there's a chance of "finding" something on each page load, I could just write a little something to "surf" for me.
One Who Wanders: amusedabiona on August 3rd, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC)
They do watch for people trying to be sneaky like that. : P
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One Who Wanders: emptyabiona on August 3rd, 2003 09:59 am (UTC)
It's supposedly like a role-playing community, but in reality the basic structure is no different from any other online community. You can just earn "gold" to customize your avatar.
Giang (yang): Diamondscometeoraine on August 3rd, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
I too agree with the money issue. Cosmetics have to be so expensive and a pain to endure its caking-ness on your face.

I have irregular break-outs all the time and even though my face is scar-ridden and worse than a bee-hive, I would rather have my face as it is now than to try to cover up the flaws.

I joined Gaia a while ago, but didn't continue because there's a certain air of arrogance to the community. Besides, it takes too long for a page to load and there are too many people. It's intimidating.

On the anime newbie thread, I disagree with most of the points made about anime newbies. I have been an anime fans for the past eight years already and I still don't know what in the world a "Yaoi" (did I even spell that right?) is. Just because you're interested in animes doesn't mean you have to learn Japanese. And what in the world does calling Serena "Serena" has anything to do with being a newbie. These people are sick and I wish I have the spite/evilness to troll the place.
Elizabeth: pissedtsukitty on August 3rd, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
That thread is complete idiocy. Why do people still feel the need to create these kinds of threads? Anime gets more and more popular every year and I am damned sure that many of these people have only been real fan-atics for only a few years.

You know what makes a person a newbie? Someone who says "it's japanese?" That's all. If you know more then that then you can be considered intermediate because it's practically impossible to be deamed "advanced" or "elite" since so many people consider themselves that. I think for the most part MOST anime fans and elitist are just moderate or intermediary anyway.

My friend and I have become suddenly obsessed with anime again and we watch it alllllll the freakin' time now, but damn that doesn't mean we have status or whatever. It just means we have no life and prefer anime over stupid Hollywood movies at the moment.

I did join Gaia though, love the avatars~!
SD: Hao // Spirit of Firesado_nishi on August 6th, 2003 04:26 pm (UTC)
I totally agree about the makeup comments. I never wear makeup, and while I can wow people when I do, it's like... It would suck if people liked it so much that they frown when they see me without makeup. But overall it's just cause I'm so damn lazy... I like waking up in the morning and taking less than 15 minutes to get ready before heading out to work. XD Sleep is good, damnit!
(unmuted): i see in the dark through colored lensesdoublesketch on August 8th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC)
lucrative rat racing.
One Who Wanders: composedabiona on August 11th, 2003 07:58 am (UTC)
It must be a relative term.