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the story of an invisible girl
http://www.xkcd.com/ is delightful!

I love reading about this guy admitting his neuroses to us, then not to his friend. I love discovering that my own physical oddities have other matches in the world.

I'm okay with stepping on cracks or colors, so long as both feet do the same thing. Like if the left heel hits a crack, it is important that my right heel hit soon in the same place. if my normal walking pattern (especially when hindered by keeping pace with friends) doesn't achieve this, then I have to do a quick little half-step to switch my legs, and then my left foot will be evening itself out by hitting all the spots the right foot got.

But I'm not compulsive about these things or anything. It's not as though in college I actually switched which thumb would be hitting the spacebar or anything. Surely in my final year I couldn't have decided that my right thumb had enjoyed years of thumb-spacebaring, and enough was enough. It's just that the left one feels more natural, that's all. There is no deep hidden secret.
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From: writerwench Date: April 20th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just SO me... and I thought it was the sort of nutty OCD thing that only Aspies do! I'm reassured.
ellison From: ellison Date: April 20th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is so me, too, and thought it was an OCD thing too, because I actually do have OCD.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 20th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I play games where my feet have to bisect lines and line up perfectly with them as I walk, or sometimes they have to point directly towards one thing or another. Stepping on cracks has to be balanced, both between feet and symmetrically on my feet (IE if I step on one with a toe one time, I need to hit one with the heel soon).
I'm not obsessive about it, it's just something to do when I'm bored and walking around. Actually it's probably been a few months since I've done that. Probably because I'm rarely in any place that has tiles anymore.
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: April 20th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everything since then is really good, too. I think I looked at that sight once before, but started at the beginning. That seems to have been a mistake.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: April 20th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh... thanks so much for this funny stuff!!

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Titles...

I love the titles of the pictures you get when you hover them.
"The worst part is when sidewalk cracks are out-of-sync with your natural stride."

drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: April 22nd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stepping on cracks...TWICE?! I hope your mom has a good chiropractor! :)
bowmaniac From: bowmaniac Date: April 25th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to reply to this, then I realized it would make a good entry for me on its own, so I didn't But thanks for the inspiration. :)

And I guess I wound up replying anyway, didn't I?
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