*yawn* Much to do today, little time to do it.
Portal: I've always wanted to play it, but have never made time for computer games since my Zork days.
Linguistics: the analysis so far is fascinating. I even audited an intro linguistics course in university, oh so many years ago. Regretfully, I never made time to continue.
TdF: I did a lot of bike riding as a yoot
. And while I never would have made it into the big times (or even the medium times), I sometimes wish I had done a bit of competition. You guessed it - no time.
"Gee sford, that's a lot of off-topic rumination for somebody who only has forty-something posts. And please
don't insult our intelligence by making the obvious reply."
But what I *will* say is that many of the things I wish I had made time for are not really that important. Games, academics, athletics - nothing wrong with them. But for me, something's missing. Creativity.
The OTC has inspired such a burst of creativity among the OTTers, that I've been making time to hang here. Not enough time - I've probably only read 20% of the posts - but the manips, the filks, the repartee that I *have* seen ... I love it. Oh, and the hats! (Just this morning I noticed BlueCrab's hat - for some reason it seems so perfect to me.) I may not be a power contributor, but I'm here for the long haul. :-)
Wow, not sure where that outburst came from. (pointer hovers over the cancel button) Awww, screw it. There's no fool like an old fool; I might as well excel at *something*.
Molpy on, Megabeanball:
P.S. - regarding long threads (not that it's a competition), I'll note that whole point of "unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices
" was to, "... have a thread here for random thoughts so that a whole lot of space isn't wasted on pointless threads." (Quoted from first post.) So, in spite of probably having more off-topic diversions than average, I think OTT is the clear topic-based
thread winner within XKCD land, and I suspect is at least a contender for the World Cup (if you exclude topics whose goal became to simply be very long).
Not that it's a competition...
ETA PPS: upon re-reading, I see I sold short gaming, academics, and athletics. Virtually every serious endeavor requires creativity, and it is partly in recognizing that creativity that you gain the most enjoyment. I guess a non-initiant has more trouble identifying creative brilliance in highly-specialized fields, and it is more-obvious in a place like this. So I guess the conclusion is that I'm lazy and want my creativity spoon-fed to me.