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16 October 2005 @ 04:13 pm
Waste Of A Few Minutes  
So, I've been futzing around with OkCupid (yes, the site that is the origin of a large number of the quizzes that float around here on LJ). Why? Because I was tired and bored at work, was taking one of the quizzes, and got sucked in (the other option was playing angband all night to stay awake. Or watching DVDs. Which I almost did, actually, but the thing about watching DVDs so much at work is that you get tired of it. Or at least I do, despite the delicious Zatoichi goodness I've been watching lately).

Anyway, I'm actually rather fascinated with the site, in rather the same way that I'm fascinated with Friendster (I mean, a fairly cool concept, reasonably cool to play with for long, time-wasting stretches -- but ultimately I get bored with it after a while, and then pretty much ignore it, as it doesn't really have any practical use for me). In this case, I spent a fair amount of time amusing myself with the quizzes, and generally screwing around on the site. I'm actually rather fascinated with the matching system it has (yes, it's more or less primarily an online dating site, if the name didn't make it obvious), and I can see some rather obvious flaws with it, but it's clever nonetheless, and presumably better than what other online dating sites have (although I don't actually know that with any certainly. I don't plan on paying any money to any of them to find out, either. Or, really, bothering to find out even if it didn't cost me any money).

Of course, I was rather amused to find out that most of my "nearby" top matches live in Boulder, with the balance in or about Denver. Not a single one lives in Colorado Springs. I don't find this particularly surprising, as I can't imagine anyone remotely like me staying in Colorado Springs for very long (I didn't -- not to say that I don't have any friends there, but the friends I do have there are nothing whatsoever like me).

For the record, my, er, dating type is apparently the Slow Dancer. I don't particularly mind it, except for the awful name. Gack.
In the mood: boredbored
Eric: pinky boyseattleotaku on October 17th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
"Slow Dancer" myself, too. Interestingy, one of the people I matched up with well was already a friend I had a thing for and settled ("Platonic is a good thing, too.") before ever signing up. Still, I keep getting "matches" on opposite ends of certain spectrums than me, too.

But lately I'm just there for the wacky quizes; the person I'm twitterpated with in the Realm of Reality isn't there.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 17th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
Er, twitterpated?

I understand there used to be a "bad matches" option. A shame it's gone, that would have been pretty entertaining.

Anyway, if you want, I'd friend you there (or on Friendster) if you give me your ID or whatever you need for that in email (douglas@triggs.org works as well as any -- and actually, this is an open offer to anybody that's reading this. Not that this offer is actually of any particular worth, but on the good side, it also doesn't expire. :)
Eric: avid readerseattleotaku on October 17th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Old-school Disney (Bambi) ref.:
Friend Owl: (About two birds futtering around) Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you're walking on air. And then you know what? You're knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!

I probably missed the 'bad matches' choice too... but with my in-person quietness, I'm sure the latest 'sexsearch' ad up top would be that link for me. ^_^'

And sure... found you there (I've got the same username there, too). My profile (yawn) could use some snarkiness now and then. Heh.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 18th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Ah. Thanks for the description.

As for the "sexsearch" ad, I suspect that's a good way to get your computer infested with something, and if you were serious about it, I imagine you could catch something, too. :(

As for finding me... Obviously, privacy isn't exactly my number one priority: I don't bother hiding. :)
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 18th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Heh, now I know what you look like.

And we are unsurprisingly compatible. :) I do think it overstates compatibility a little on there, though.