June 4th, 2006

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Isn't the internet great? Instantaneous communication!

You know what? The instantaneous part is optional. You do not actually have to reply to things the moment you read them -- either on websites or in e-mail. And more to the point, I don't have to, either. This is apparently a point I need to make as an lj policy: I do not guarantee that I will read my e-mail or my lj comments within a given time-frame, and if I do, I do not guarantee that I will respond right away.

And if I do not respond right away, it doesn't mean that I love you, hate you, agree with you, disagree with you...etc. etc. until you get the point. It means that I'm taking awhile to see if I have something to say on the subject and, if so, what it is and how I'm going to say it. It may mean that, while I know what I think and even how to phrase it, I feel more like doing other things. I am allowed to feel more like doing other things.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy a lot of lj interactions, and I enjoy e-mail. But I also enjoy getting enough sleep at night, going for a walk, reading a book or watching a movie without popping upstairs every five minutes, spending time with the other mammals in my life. I'll bet you do, too, and I give you a blanket permission: even in the midst of a big discussion, whether it's heated or not, you may step away from the computer and continue with the rest of your life.
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A dozen different things at once

The proper response to a false dichotomy is to either ignore it or to challenge it directly, not to buy into it. If someone says to you, "Mind or body?" you should not spend your time trying to decide which is better. If someone says to you, "Black or white?", you are allowed to say, "Both, please, and also grey, green, blue, purple, red, brown, and orange with little gold sparklies in it."

If you are now thinking, "I know which one topic she means here!", you are now wrong. Because false dichotomies are the bane of my last month or so. I wish I was talking about just one. Or just two. Or just five. In fact, in general, if I don't name you, I don't mean you-and-just-you. In most cases, I don't mean you at all.
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Lj break

I know I just posted, and I will read the comments to that and other entries and comments, and I will read my friendspage.

But not today, and not tomorrow, and possibly not the next day.

timprov just checked me for concussion or other pupil oddness. I put this on a filtered post before, but I'm saying it now: I fell again yesterday, and now I'm having blue sparklies in my field of vision.

I am feeling pretty deeply crappy in a hard-to-define way. I am feeling weirdly weak, and I am feeling very inappropriately tired again, and I am slightly dizzy all the time.

I think it's a good idea for me to narrow the scope of my planned activities for a couple of days, and lj is not making the cut right now.

E-mail is a decent way to reach me, but I have no idea how much upright computer time I will have, and how much of it I will choose to spend e-mailing is anybody's guess.

We are going to have dinner soon, so if you're one of the people who might want to call, please don't freak out if you don't get us.

Please don't freak out in general. I'll be fine, and if I'm not, we'll let you know.