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August 11th, 2006

gettin visual on sighted dudes @ 11:18 am

And yet another hot day hits us here in the Arkansas Ozarks. And it's finals day too. I listened to the scanner today and there were no less than two casualties related to exam stress; one with a panic attack and one with a seizure. Makes me glad I didn't have any and won't be having any for a while I hope. I thought I'd have a pretty easy semester until I went into the director of the grad department in the Chem e section. Asked him if he needed any TA's for computer methods. I don't remember if I wrote any when I TA'ed this class, but it was a lot of work. We had twelve students, with two ta's and grading took a while to complete. I stupidly volunteered to be the TA thinking that it would be the same situation. Not the case apparently. I'm the only TA for the class, and there are forty people plus in it. This means I get to do drills, grade papers, and deal with scared students who are trying to fix their sick computer programs. Oh well, goes with the territory of being a nice guy, what can I say.

I'm heading to lunch today with the person of whose paper I'm reading over. I haven't talked to him in a long time, so should e cool. Amrut is the person who I'm meeting with, and he was the first person to have taught me statics, so we definitely go back pretty far.

I still have lots to do today, and being that I didn't do my laundry, it's status is starting to be about as code red as Heathrow Airport. I have lots of shirts, but I'm to my last pair of socks, and when we're there, well, you get the picture. ;(

This reminds me. I'm trying to work on my nonvisual skills. Apparently in social circles, if you hang out with only sighted people, you must not only be yourself but also try (at least I think you shoudl try) to show some visual things. I'm waiting for my friend Denise to come back next. She's going to coach me on the subject, and the first topic on our slate will be (a) learning how to wink. According to dictionary.com a wink is defined as
1. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
2. To signal or express by winking.
and the noun, the important part of that definition actually
b. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
and
4. A gleam or twinkle.

For some odd reason, I'm having issues leaving one eye open whilst closing the other rapidly. I guess if I want to hint something by using a wink, I better get crackin on the eye control.

I don't think I need to work on the following:

  • smiling

  • grimmacing

  • frowning

  • sticking my tongue out


Things I need to work on:

  • Gazing

  • the smirk


I think I'm going to have a problem with the gazing thing, but one must start small I guess. If anyone can think of other nonvisual facial features I need to learn, let me know; I'd love to know. They say my eyes look normal and most people can't tell right away that I am blind, let's use that fact to our advantage and get visual on the sighted freaks of the world. They'll never know. Or will they?
 
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From:sunnyblue
Date:August 12th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
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Hey man, glad you are alive and well. Mickey and I were wondering about you just the other day. I meant to call you, but, yeah, you know.

On this winking thing. Good that you are going to be working on some of those things. But, if you do indeed learn how to properly wink, please do be sure that you are actually facing the person you are trying to wink at. I'm just trying to keep you from (a) accidentally winking at some obnoxious person who then will stalk you because she thinks you were winking at her, (b) getting killed by girl you are trying to wink at if she thinks that you are winking at someone else, (c) accidentally hitting on the cafeteria lady with moles and hair on her chin who will later spit in your food when she learns that you actually do not have a crush on her, (d) getting hit over the head with an over-large purse or backpack for winking at some random chick who is not appreciative, and (e) winking at another dude.

Haha, so if you need any other advice that will leave you paranoid in social situations, you gots my number. :)
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From:djner
Date:August 12th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, that would be a good thing, facing the winkee as it may. Now once I gradate to gazing, that could be an even more scary thing to gaze at the wrong person. I'm still considering screwing the whole thing and opening up a hermitage, and that way I wouldn't have to deal with all of this crap. Life is great isn't it? Whatever ;).

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