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Postby ihope127 » Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

Nevea wrote:
ihope127 wrote:Ah. That's because the tail goes all the way to the other side. b- and d-type are only for when the "stick-outs" stay to one side, and o-type is only for when there are no "stick-outs" at all. Everything else is l-type.


gotcha, but now shouldn't that mean "a" and "e" be included in the l-type since they have a stick out very similar to "g"? lol, sorry for all the questions... just curious :P


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Postby JVM » Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:10 pm UTC

I used to do a checkerboard pattern on the kitchen tiles at my parents house...

A question...

Do you ever lean your head back in a chair and try to figure out how you would walk around on the ceiling if gravity happened to reverse itself (too bad for all those folks outside :)).

Some rooms have interesting ceilings that would be fun to climb on, and sometimes you'd get trapped since there are no windows/doors close enough to the ceiling to escape or climb to the next room from.

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Postby liability » Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:03 pm UTC

@JVM- Yes. I'm doing it now.

My house has a little spiral staircase in it, which looks AWESOME upside down. I'd also use the reduction of gravity to try to remove the penny which we araldited to the ceiling.

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Postby jrod » Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:56 am UTC

JVM wrote:I used to do a checkerboard pattern on the kitchen tiles at my parents house...

A question...

Do you ever lean your head back in a chair and try to figure out how you would walk around on the ceiling if gravity happened to reverse itself (too bad for all those folks outside :)).

Some rooms have interesting ceilings that would be fun to climb on, and sometimes you'd get trapped since there are no windows/doors close enough to the ceiling to escape or climb to the next room from.

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Did you know on drop ceilings you can often push them up and be able to climb over walls. That makes locks useless as a pencil can pull a tile up from the top. I found that out in band class when we did stuff...

Two rooms have always confused me with the reversed gravity. My living room has a fan that would kill anyone unlucky enough to get trapped up there (no string to stop it) and the main entrance at my school is so tall that it has no windows or doors within ten feet of the ceiling.

I do the tile stuff, but it is a pain at my house, the tiles aren't in a grid and have 3 shapes/sizes. That means in one direction you can use 2 types of tiles. The other direction you can only use 1 type and have to jump diagnals every other step which slowly pushes you into a wall.

At schools the tiles are set up with the entire hall bordered in black tiles (safe) and through the center white tiles are rows of color spaced with 3 rows between them. You can step on the colored rows or the outermost tiles on the rows centered between the colored ones. Problems come because the spacing is thrown off at doorways which of a funky diamond 45 degrees off from everything else. You can only step on its corners. The main hall is composed of diamonds in which you can step on the corners or ones in line with the corners.

I do the window cracks/dirt as a sort of mario game, jumping mailboxes black pavement (stay on the dashed lines) and tall grass. I did that even before I played mario so I think the creators of it did the same thing.

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Postby user#471729 » Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:18 pm UTC

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TheOnyx wrote:try to figure out what I might do to figure out who I am if I woke up in whatever location I was in with amnesia .

Thanks a lot, now you've got me doing this.

I'm also constantly analyzing my situation and fantasizing what I would do in the event of some kind of pandemic (when I'm bored sitting on a bench somewhere waiting or whatever). These can range from simple political riots to zombie breakouts to alien takeovers. I start ranking things based on their usefulness as a weapon/survival tool. I eye up people that could possibly be allies, or enemies.

I'm ready for anyshit.


I actually do things like that all the time, too. Invent fantastic/possible/impossible situations that I might get into while out and ways I might get out of them.

My favourite tends to be being dumped into the universe of a book though, and not so much related to where I am or what I'm doing at the time, though I do get those too. I think I read too much when I was younger :/

I do this stuff too. The book universe I usually imagine being dumped in is discworld.

Also, whenever I'm in a place with a lot of buildings, I try to evaluate where might be a good hiding place/sniper spot/escape route etc.

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Postby user#471729 » Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:25 pm UTC

JVM wrote:I used to do a checkerboard pattern on the kitchen tiles at my parents house...

A question...

Do you ever lean your head back in a chair and try to figure out how you would walk around on the ceiling if gravity happened to reverse itself (too bad for all those folks outside :)).

Some rooms have interesting ceilings that would be fun to climb on, and sometimes you'd get trapped since there are no windows/doors close enough to the ceiling to escape or climb to the next room from.

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I do the ceiling walk thing occaisionally and also gravity towards walls scenarios. My favourite: A single deck London bus with gravity towards the front.

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Postby Commander Bob » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:59 pm UTC

In relation to the alt text, I lengthened my running stride for that purpose. I used to have a nice 3/4 pattern going, where I would hit a crack on every fourth step, but then I got faster.

This also explains why I tend to go faster on the main street, where the sidewalk tiles are larger.

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Postby awvish » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:52 pm UTC

I have pretty much all the tics listed here (especially the 'getting to the bottom of things by playing tetris--didn't know that was something other people did), but I didn't see one that I do have...

When riding (not driving, then I get 'exemption' for some reason) in a car on a multi-lane road I 'have' to register a different tone for each car that goes by in the opposite direction--the lane furthest from me will be the lowest tone, and it goes up in no particular interval to a higher tone for the next-closest lane, etc.

This makes singing along with the music really awkward, because it's really hard to keep track of all those tones on a really high-traffic road. In San Francisco, for example, I might as well give up (except I can't).

Anyone else have this one?

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Postby ST47 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:21 pm UTC

Sometimes I'll just lay on my back on the couch staring at the ceiling, considering transportation if gravity suddenly decided to reverse. I'd have some issues getting outside, as the ceiling directly before my front door is very high, then I start to consider handholds to use to get down. Also, and I suppose this is common, but the inside doors don't quite reach the ceiling, almost as if you were on a naval ship.

As for funny walking, my kitchen tiles are too small and spaced wrongly, and the rest of the house is hardwood. At school, most of the building is either large tiles which are easy to avoid cracks, or tiny tiles. One part of the building has these weird diamond-shaped arrangements along the hallway, you need to step in the center of those, and you need to do so an equal number of times for each foot, and there's one other part that has small uniform tiles - I have to avoid that area.

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Postby csd » Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:56 am UTC

You seem to know about everything people do... walking on certain tiles, extending the tape measure, tapping on a desk to play a tune...

Sometimes I pretend I'm playing DDR when I see the
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Postby BatmanAoD » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:08 am UTC

I haven't read this whole thread (or even a significant portion of it, sorry), but I searched for "joyce" in it and didn't find it, so I'm assuming this hasn't been brought up yet.

I'm reading James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and it turns out that James Joyce also did that sort of thing. Here's the relevant quote:

James Joyce wrote:...as he marched from home to the school, he read his fate in the incidents of the way, pitting himself against some figure ahead of him and quickening his pace to outstrip it before a certain goal was reached or planting his steps scrupulously in the spaces of the patchwork of the footpath and telling himself that he would be first and not first in the weekly essay. [emphasis added]



This is interesting to me. I wonder how common this is, and whether there is a certain type of people who do it (extra creative people? nerds?).
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Postby 4=5 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:11 am UTC

BatmanAoD wrote:This is interesting to me. I wonder how common this is, and whether there is a certain type of people who do it (extra creative people? nerds?).


yes there is a very specific type of person who does this; people who are still breathing.

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Postby thatblackguy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:34 am UTC

I'd be surprised if it hasn't been pointed out by now. This is one of things that happens to people with OCD.
Some gifted OCD's, whose brains naturally seek out patterns and are better coders/science-y people for it, end up in this situation. Sucks when you're looking for patterns where there are none.
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Postby 4=5 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:13 am UTC

so a fun exercise would be to find the pattern in the primes?

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Postby Otis » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:19 pm UTC

That's interesting that this thread was at the top of the fora when I logged in today since I was just thinking about it the other day when I was walking through the Mandalay Bay casino in Vegas.

I'll tell you what, anyone of you would go insane walking through a vegas casino. They have the strangest patterns on their carpets. I didn't even notice I was walking funny until my wife said something about it. I just kept on doing my thing and told her I had no idea what she was talking about.

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Postby thatblackguy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 2:53 pm UTC

I'm surprised that you haven't told her about the cause, or that she hasn't realised the cause till now.
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Postby BatmanAoD » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:37 pm UTC

thatblackguy wrote:I'd be surprised if it hasn't been pointed out by now. This is one of things that happens to people with OCD.
Some gifted OCD's, whose brains naturally seek out patterns and are better coders/science-y people for it, end up in this situation. Sucks when you're looking for patterns where there are none.


I doubt it. I'm pretty sure I don't have OCD, and the friends I know who also do this don't seem to have OCD either.
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Postby el stubbso » Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:20 am UTC

Armentia wrote:It somewhat disappoints me that he's re-using a topic, but slightly elaborating upon it is never bad.

But on a more positive motion; Anybody ever take into consideration objects, walls, corners, etc? I've developed some weird patterns originating from 'lines' that I can't step on that extend out from walls, tile patterns, whatever really.

If I was to come across the 'even spaced out single black tile' setup, I would extend lines out from the black tiles, where I can step inside the black tiles, inside the line of tiles, or completely out of line with the tiles, as long as I don't step on the lines I've created in my mind.


when i walk i extend the lines from objects, and have to step inbetween them. eg, horizontally or vertically between 2 black tiles as above, but not opn the tiles or diagonally. stepping on them/the lines really pisses me off.

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Postby zenten » Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:37 pm UTC

I used to be terrified of places like churches and malls (I still get a bit nervous) as a kid, because if gravity were to reverse I'd be killed by the fall.

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Postby BatmanAoD » Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:03 pm UTC

Wouldn't you also be killed (and in a far less instantaneous and far more terrifying way) if you were outside?
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Postby zenten » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:04 pm UTC

BatmanAoD wrote:Wouldn't you also be killed (and in a far less instantaneous and far more terrifying way) if you were outside?


I do get nervous around sky scrappers, but in general perspective doesn't work the same with the sky, so it doesn't look so far away.

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II wrote:I hate to say it guys; I think we're all a little OCD.

In my scenario, everything untouchable is OHGODBURNINGLAVA.


I agree. Sometimes when I'm walking on a sidewalk I make sure my right foot only touches the cracks, and I often look like an idiot if there's a huge slab of concrete where I'm walking.
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Postby cooltiger » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:10 am UTC

oh my goodness! this is so comforting to know im not the only one!
the main things i do are always about even numbers.
-if i walk down the sidewalk, and i half to step on a crack with one foot, then i have a time limit which i have to step on another crack with the opposite foot.
-its the same if there is something in the sidewalk like a telephone pole or fire hydrant.
-when i scroll on my computer, my cursor cannot be on the text, if it is i have to go back and move it, then scroll down again.
-when i chew food, i have to have equal portions on each side of my mouth, and i cant chew one side more that the other.
-if accidentally brush my hand against the wall, then i have brush my other hand against a wall too.
-if im scrolling on my computer and i go to far, i have to scroll up and go the same imaginary distance in that direction too.
-this one is a bit unrelated, but i cant have white on my fingernails. if i see it then i will try to bite it or clip it off, even if its skin thats white.
-also in random events i either think of the worse case senario, but more realistic stuff than zombies. or i think of it turning it to a romance novel. like we had a tornado warning, so i wrote a love story about being in a basement during a tornado. idk
and i never told anyone else anything until about a month ago, and the few people i told all told me i was weird and i should just stop. but if i dont do it, i feel off balanced, i get anxious... its kinda hard to explain.
i always wanted to know why i do these things tho, like if something was different in my brain. i think im going to look into that now!
do you guys really think its a disorder, or do you think it might have to do with something else, like genetics or what?

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Postby gallifrey » Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:18 pm UTC

w007 so im not insane!!? or maybe we all are... i do think about walking on the ceiling it looks so much more interesting than walking on the floor!! the sidewalk by my church drives me insane bcuz my stride is too small to line up and i always end up taking a big leap every few steps so i dont step on the crack... and with the floor tiles.... at school thers not really a good pattern. thers big rectangular areas of white outlined in grey. and the rest of the floor is a lighter grey... and the corners of the outline are missing so that part just matches the outside floor. so i always walk on the grey border and its too big of a step between one border and the next so i usually either jump or only step once between them... and sometimes when i cant walk on the border i walk in the rectangles and i have to take 8 steps in each one no matter how difficult that is....
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Postby illxkcdthat » Tue May 13, 2008 9:22 pm UTC

WOW this is so wierd for me just found xckd and it fits me quite well.

I have always done the sidewalk thing and I guess I didn't realize how many others did it as well.

I think is what shock me more would be the things in the car. Recently that is what I do in cars I will see anything it could be telephone poles street signs street changes (even roadside trash) and I kinda...well I guess hard to describe I guess i kinda clench my jaw...but anyways yah very suprising!


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Postby Fin Archangel » Wed May 14, 2008 2:19 pm UTC

I do this too. And I thought I was the only one.

I imagine there are plasma/LAZORS shooting out of the sides of tiles that are colored differently than the ones around them (i.e. a red tile in beige background) and I avoid stepping in the paths of the aforementioned lazors.

For example:
nnonn n = okay
nnonn o = not okay
ooXoo X = colored tile
nnonn
nnonn


I also avoid stepping on the same sidewalk tile twice.
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Postby enk » Mon May 26, 2008 12:03 am UTC

I saw Unbreakable today.. about one hour into the movie, David and his son are walking in the school yard.

It just felt so wrong when they were stepping on the lines in the hopscotch grid!!
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Postby Goolulusaurs » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:58 am UTC

Sometimes when there is a little smug on the windshield I try to match it up with other stuff of the same color in the background by moving my head so I can't see it. Its the easiest when the smudge is on my glasses because I can just move my head around a bit :D

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Postby JET73L » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:52 pm UTC

I hate, hate, hate when they have a sidewalk where the squares are betwen 2.5 and 5 inches of my natural stride (like the ones on my campus), becaus eI have to readjusty my stride every 2 or 3 steps, and I can;t just step over the crack half a step early. As for the coloured tiles... I've fortunately never wncountered the 3 white, 3 white, 2 white one black, repeat pattern, but I have been places with multicoloured tile paterns, and I can usually handle it by, if the tiles are too small, stepping on corners where the tiles are a similar group of colours, either all four tiles, or the diagonals.

@goolulusaurs: I do the same thing. With my classes, U usually just clean them several times a day until eventually one of the lenes wears through or the wire frame breaks, and if something is really stuck to the lens I try to clean it until the lens pops out (wire frame glasses).

As for when people are supposedly playing hopscotch (or, my personal demon, DDR) on television or in movies, I can;t stand when they don;t actually land int he squares. YOU CAN:T WIN AT DDR IF YOU DON:T STEP ON THE ARROWS!
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Postby carls » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:12 am UTC

I've always walked in a way where I construct rules for where walking is okay and where it isn't. Regular stuff is: no walking on lines, _NO_ WALKING ON LINES!, no walking on unevenly coloured floortiles, no uneven number of floortiles per step. If I somehow MUST break these "rules" I must then do so consistently as to somehow keep the pattern I'm walking in.

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Postby ConMan » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:05 am UTC

I tend to avoid cracks, but I also prefer to step on the same "type" of ground (same substance, colour, etc.) in multiples of two steps, even better if it's a number with a large power of two as a divisor (so 6 is good, but 12 is better, and 16 is awesome). I do the same thing with stairwells - I try to learn how to take them so that I maximise b in a*2^b for the number of steps I make.
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Postby scarletmanuka » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:01 am UTC

BatmanAoD wrote:I'm pretty sure I don't have OCD, and the friends I know who also do this don't seem to have OCD either.


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Postby JET73L » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:32 am UTC

This is awful. I finaly managed to stabilize my walking habint in the path to the library, anf the paths between the buildings in which my classes are, but I have started walking through the arrt building. The original tiles in the art building are a different colour than the replacement tiles. EVIL!

Although, it would be interesting (and possibly more fit for the Make Life Weirder thread) to chalk your walking patterns on all the sidewalks on campus/near yur school/near your home, and see who folows them (like writing Step Here where you can step, Keep Off Tile on tiles where you can't place your feet, and marking different patterns to bypass or utilize cracks in the sidewalk).
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Postby Delta_50 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:56 pm UTC

I have to do the same thing with the tiles, but I also have to stay in step with the person infront of me. (Damn marching band) Also to make it worse our school has a circular hallway but lays the tiles in a square and also dose a messed up square pattern that makes it almost impossible to line anything up without zig zaging. In addition I attempt to make sure that my feel line up with the grain of the tile. I must look crazy during class changes...



Also I happen to have this thing i do when eating m&m's or skittles. I have to chew an even amount on both sides of my mouth of every color.

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Postby 4835016 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:17 pm UTC

The walkway between two buildings at our college has four types of squares; green, red, red-green, and green-red. However, how they've placed these four colors seems to have to relation to one another. There is no pattern! How can I walk on multicolored tiles if there's no pattern?!
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Postby cherryfizwiz » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:38 am UTC

The commons at school have a black and white checkerboard floor with huge squares. I only step on black, so i either take weirdly huge strides or walk in a zigzag. Either way looks funny. Haha.

Also, I once debated with a friend who asked "which is better to step on: black or white?"
I said black, of course, and he chose white.

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Postby Exenon » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:28 am UTC

4835016 wrote:The walkway between two buildings at our college has four types of squares; green, red, red-green, and green-red. However, how they've placed these four colors seems to have to relation to one another. There is no pattern! How can I walk on multicolored tiles if there's no pattern?!


That could be the ultimate challenge ! Find a pattern where there is none !! :mrgreen:
I know it is difficult ! I hav a similar non-existant pattern in my school. Sometimes, i'm so deeply concentrated on finding a pattern, that i go in a completely wrong direction... :roll:
These are terrible floors... its really IS difficult to live with them ! :mrgreen:
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Re: "Floor Tiles" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:00 am UTC

My solution to this problem is to make sure I am reading an interesting book. Then my remaining peripheral vision is committed to obstacle avoidance and it's as if I've turned the terrain detail off in the display options.


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