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Hey guys. I’m glad to be posting more frequently, I suppose it means I have more to say. ;D

Again, nothing spectacular to say. I’ve just been trying to go around, making myself a little more productive this summer. I started playing KOL again, to kind of kill time (I know, not very productive, but eh!) in between other stuff. I’ve been doing a lot of reddit-ing, and keeping myself excited for the new FFXIV (FF14, for you roman numerically-challenged). Rumor has it that it’s going to be an MMO from the same world as FFXI, which I played for over 2 years. I’m kinda pumped about that.

OH OH. I’ve also finished and am-up-to-date on Order of the Stick.

And, as a preliminary disclaimer, this post is mostly about NYC public transportation. To be specific, it’s about buses (as you may have noticed from the title above). I apologize to any of you non-NYC dwellers and non-bus takers who may not understand the full depth of this post.

Currently Listening To: Dancing Through Life (Wicked)
Currently Drinking: Nada
Currently Reading: Pandora Hearts
Current Mood: Relaxing
A Site You Should Look At

I like to think of myself as an “expert” of sorts when it comes to public transportation. So I just wanted to share some observations I had while sitting on a bus (the 88 to Queens Center Mall and various others). It’s not so much a complaint on people that ride public transportation (although I have plenty of those), as it is just general notes.

People ALWAYS choose to sit next to a female over a male if both of them are strangers (perhaps not always so much as 90 percent of the time). I thought this was interesting simply because the female could always be louder or more annoying, but the person will still chose to sit there. If two seats are empty, and they are next to two people of different gender, a transit-user will choose the woman, even if the woman is loudly listening to music, or loudly talking on the phone.

People also tend to scavage for a seat next to someone who is ethnically similar. For example, a woman was asian attempted to sit next to me before the hispanic woman (although I was way in the back of the bus).

And now that we’ve decided people choose their bus seats based on gender and race (for as much as we hate and refuse to admit it, they actually matter), let’s talk about age. I noticed muself doing this when I was getting on another bus. People tend to choose seats next to younger males and older women. When I was presented with two perfectly fine seats that vertically opposed each other, I ended up sitting next to the seat with the younger man next to me. This rule doesn’t apply to males. Younger males usually stand (even with empty seats), or sit next to anyone of youth, preferably female.

Besides this, older females tend to switch seats more quickly than any other demographic group.

The bathroom etiquette of skipping a urinal also applies to buses (although I’m sure many of you caught this). Skipping seats is very popular on the back of the bus. In the newer hybrids, which are lined differently, the single seats are always chosen, then one person fills one seat of the double seats, and the skipping seat pattern can be seen in the back.

A great way for avoiding someone sitting next to you is to make some sort of malicious eye contact. I always tend to glance up when the bus stops (usually an implication of “oh hai, a red light” or a bus stop). When someone steps on the bus and I’d much rather not have them sit next to me, I try to shoot them a “under the brow glare/stare.” Of course, this only really works when they’re scavenging for seats, which means you should be sitting in the front of the bus.

Another great trick to use is to put something on that chair. Remember the Asian lady I was talking about? She had clearly started making a motion towards me when she noticed I had a bag on my seat. Some people find that asking for someone else to remove their bag can be rude and awkward. Of course, it’s really quite rare that the the bag-owner will say no, but that extra effort is usually not worth it if there is another seat that is just as readily avaliable. This doesn’t work if you’re the last seat (clearly), since standing is always somehow infinitely worse than sitting.

People love avoiding young, roudy groups that sit in the back. This is because of the very obvious fact that most of these kinds of groups tend to be very loud, or are generally disruptive.

When men and women stand on a bus and don’t have to, the reasons they do so are generally different. Men stand because it’s easier to lean on something, or it looks more awesome. Women stand because there is a man occuping a seat next to any avaliable one. I’ve seen women stand up after a man comes and sits down next to her.

Women are also more likely to change seats, anad use the handles supplied, whereas men are more likely to try and stand sans-support or by leaning against something.

Men are more likely to move into the stairwell area of a bus, but women are more likely to demand people move back in a crowded bus. These are to areas that should be in semi-high demand once a bus starts getting crowded simply because there are fewer people in the area, but people like to stay in the front of the bus. Usually, when a man notices that, he goes as far as the stairwell and stops, but women usually get a little more pushy and verbal to get to the very back, which gives far more breathing space. This always reminds me of the buses that have an obscenely crowded front-part, but a practically empty back bus. For me, this always happens on the 58. For out-of-city-ers (or people who have never used the 58), the 58 is the bus that takes me to Flushing, which is the mini/residential/second-Chinatown of New York City. It has a high HIGH population of Asian people, and most early-morning weekend buses are filled with Asian folks that rush to Flushing to get their kids to cram schools or music lessons (and while their kids go do that, they meet with other mothers who sent their kids to cram school over a cup of tea). I find that this bus, the 58 is a very populat bus to see the frontal overload effect, simply because many of them refuse to sit in the back, or they like to stare at the non-Asians who get on the 58 to go to Flushing.

When it comes to pressing the button to signal a stop, there are generally 2 types of people: people who love to lbe the first person to press the button, and people who try to wait until someone presses the button. There are few people who press the button in the middle of the ride. This might be because the former group wants to be sure the stop is pressed or is worried that the driver will miss the stop while the latter group is just embarassed (you’ll find that a lot of people get embarassed on the bus).

At this point, I decided to hop off the bus and stop with my silly bus observations, but I’ll be sure to pull in some more. I ride the bus a lot, so don’t be suprised if something comes in soon. Ciao!

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Hey everyone out there in the blogosphere. I hope ya’ll are doing okay. I’ve been pretty busy, despite the summer laziness that is slowly setting into me. There’s cons to attend, cosplay to be done, and work to just complete. Besides that, I’ve just have had a lot of personal crap jump on top of me.

But besides that, good news! I attended the MOCCA (Museum Of Comic and Cartoon Art) Art Festival, where I got to meet the artists/creators of various comics and webcomics, such as Dinosaur Comics, A Softer World, Questionable Content, and Wondermark. My favorite meet, by far, was with xkcd creator, Randall Munroe (whom I got to take a picture with *squeals*). I’ve been a big fan of xkcd for a while now (I think some of you guys know that I transcribe for the comic), so it was an honor to meet him.

Besides that, nothing juicy has been really going on in my life. I’ve been trying to find inspiration for my blog, so I’ve been trying to write when something immedietely catches my attention. Recently, that has been while I’m on public transportation. I have a couple entries saved on my blackberry, so I’ll slowly post them here. I feel that a lot can be seen about a person while they’re “on the go.” It also seems just like one of those “missed encounters” incidents, where you’ll never really see the people around you again.

In any case, tons of interesting things happen on public transportation. You just have to look for them. Plus, it’s also a great way to find out things that piss you off. And with my handy dandy (notebook) blackberry, I can easily blog about it as it’s going on in front of me.

Also, my brother is a growing comic artist who draws “Sharpie the Awesome Dawg.” The Sharpie staff consists of him, Kawarazu and I, so I think you should go take a look.

Currently Listening To: Happily Never After (Pussycat Dolls)
Currently Drinking: Sprite
Currently Watching: Nadda
Currently Reading: Pandora Hearts
Current Mood: *yawn*
Picture of the Now

I was on the train recently (playing no other game except FF Tactics Advanced 2… typical), when a couple students hopped on the train and sat behind me. Between my moves, I was able to gather bits and pieces of their conversation, which was about their mutual dislike about the book “Twilight.”

I am very used to people bashing the book, but I still get rather aggravated about it. It’s not because I don’t like the book (Many of you may recall that I, too, did not enjoy reading the book), but because they are bitching and moaning about a book because OTHER people are bitching and moaning about a book.

Twilight, for example, is notorious for being “a badly written book that’s aimed at a prepubescent female group that squeal over shiny, sexy, immortal vampires.” Even Twilight-readers are aware of how the book is seen by others. However, if that’s the only reason you’ve been complaining about Twilight is because you’ve heard it’s a “badly written book about vampires,” you should NOT be complaining about them.

At least complain about something you know JUST A BIT ABOUT so you can hold some credibility. You don’t see me criticizing juggling stuff, because I have no clue how to juggle properly, and I know none of my arguments in that subject would have any credibility.

Back to Twilight. A book about vampires is not always a bad book. “Oh no, vampires are popular. They must be bad.” Twilight is not “a stain on modern literature” because it’s about fucking vampires. It’s because it’s full of contradictions with a plot that has more holes than Swiss cheese. If one simply did a little research, said person could EASILY find information. I’m not demanding that people finish reading/playing/using/watching any *insert-object-here* they are about to complain about. But at least do a little research on it before you bitch and moan.

I think it’s unfair that any writer/book, including Stephanie Meyers and Twilight, is bashed for their work by people who don’t know anything about said book other than maybe the name of the main character. This applies to movies, music, plays, technology… just about anything you can use to waste time. Like people who bitch about FFXI without having done any research on it. Or people who bash on Naruto without having even seen a good 5 minutes of it. You never know, it may end up being your guilty pleasure.

Yes, you do always have a “right” to open your mouth. But don’t expect to be right when you know abso-fucking-lutely nothing about the subject in question. It makes you look like a fool. And chances are, I’ll be in the seat behind you, inches away from choking you.

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