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Friday, 19 May 2006


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0709 - Uhm.

I really don't know what to think...

My friends list has three RSS feeds, two from Google Blog Search and one from Technorati, of weblog posts that link to tronguy.net or have the words Tron Guy in them. I often follow the links from my friends page to the actual post, since both feeds just include a snippet of the actual post, and if I feel like it, I'll leave a comment.

This morning, one appeared on my friends page. I tried following it without actually reading it, and found that the LJ entry it pointed to is friends-locked, and I'm not on the friends list. I started wondering how Technorati had gotten hold of it, but that didn't last long. That curiosity went away when I read the snippet:

... an alarm, and I find, wedged between a box and the wall, his porn stash. I take it out to chuck it (hey, I hate to be a hater, but it's my job), and my eyes focus on something I'd wished could have stayed blurry forever: pages of printed images of The Tron Guy ...

Uhm. Intellectually, I knew that my costume might attract that kind of attention. After all, there is a segment of the spandex fetish community that enjoys full-body coverage, and while my costume doesn't reach that level (there is no hood), it's pretty close. There's a difference between intellectually knowing it's a possibility and really understanding that your picture is someone else's porn.

I really don't know what to think about this...

current mood: [mood icon] confused
current music: The Eagles - Lyin' Eyes

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From:xterminal
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I really don't know what to think about this...

I should think the appropriate reaction would be a combination of flattery and "well, I'm creeped out."
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From:korgmeister
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It might be laughing at your expense. But I'm still laughing :D

Sweet, sweet schaudenfreude.
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From:jmaynard
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Well, I learned a long time ago not to care why people are laughing: even if they're still laughing at me, they're having fun.
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From:korgmeister
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It's really more the situation that I find funny:

Middle-aged sysadmin does some cosplay, ends up in some dude's porn collection.

Lets face it, something like that is always funny when it happens to someone else.
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From:howardtayler
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Often I console myself with the thought that "it could be worse."

I don't recommend that course here, because in imagining how it could possibly be worse, you'll only end up creeping yourself out. ;-)

Let it slide, man. There will eventually be people putting my book in their porn collections, and while no, that's really not what I wanted them to do with it, at some point I have to relinquish any sort of responsibility and just move on.
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From:jmaynard
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Oh, on the grand scale of things, this one's pretty low. Maybe that's why I'm not creeped out by it: there's not enough creepiness there.

Even so, I'm not the one who wrote "pentacle rex" in an online comic... :-)
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From:asymptotic
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After all, there is a segment of the spandex fetish community that enjoys full-body coverage, and while my costume doesn't reach that level (there is no hood), it's pretty close.

Actually, when I first saw your pictures, I just assumed that that's where you were coming from. I say this only to share a random internet stranger's first impression, not to cast any judgment.

I guess when you spend enough time online, you begin to assume that everything you see is the result of a fetish. Or maybe I'm visiting the wrong websites.
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From:jmaynard
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Given the culture of the Internet, it's not an unreasonable assumption; when I posted the pictures, I figured some folks would think that.
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From:cathyr19355
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I'd just write it off to the fact that there's no accounting for what other people will/can make of anything that turns up on the Internet. It's part of the risk you take in using the Internet, that's all.

But then, judging by your last comment, I see that you appreciate this fact.
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From:kristchan
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gosh! He even liked you enough to take the ink to print them!
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From:jmaynard
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I hadn't thought of it that way. Hopefully, he didn't use quite as much ink as I do when I print a headshot to give away: I only get 10 of those out of a $50 set of ink cartridges.

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