20 February 2004
Submitted by eve on Sat, 02/21/2004 - 2:00am. Beautiful
"You look nicer."
"Yeah, I don't wear the contacts much."
"No. I mean you look like a nicer person."
--Two guys talking at Thalassa
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Other "nice" nots
Posted by Intelligirly on Mon, 03/01/2004 - 3:24pm.
Don't forget that "nice" is the default compliment.

Can't think of anything to say about a person? Haven't gotten to know them well enough or at all, or think they're shy? Teachers looking at what you write? Go with "nice"--it says it all. Politely implies the lack of personality you're trying to describe. Don't look deeply--just go with "Nice!"


I love Mike!
Don't cross the invisible line!
Posted by Mike on Thu, 02/26/2004 - 7:17am.
Somebody needs to tell that guy that he doesn't want to look too much nicer or he'll end up being thought of as... y'know... "nice."

(*shudder*) Aieee! Not the flashbacks! Nooooooo!
The perils of being "nice."
Posted by Mike on Mon, 03/01/2004 - 2:40pm.
For one thing, "nice" has a very high correlation with "gullible" in most people's minds. Prepare for a deluge of insanely unreasonable demands and suggestions brought to you by morons who think that you're a sheep waiting to be fleeced.

Also, the fact that you don't spend every second shoving your opinion down other people's throats apparently means that you don't have one, so brace yourself for a lifetime of ridiculous and unsolicited advice from know-nothing blowhards.

Now consider the ethical side of being nice: keeping your word, treating people as you'd want to be treated, giving people the benefit of the doubt and so forth. Did you ever stop to think about the fact that being the most trustworthy person in all of your dealings basically means that you are guaranteed to be the one who gets screwed over and/or betrayed the course of your daily relationships? Dealing with less scrupulous people just ups your chances of being stabbed in the back, and hey, 99% of your world is less scrupulous, isn't it? Heh. Good luck with that.

Oh, and don't come away thinking that your pious life is some sort of exemplar to others. Jerks don't feel remorse and weasels aren't big on introspection.

Basically, you're a lot better off avoiding niceness like the plague.

</unsolicited advice from...>
You learn well, Grasshopper.
Posted by paul on Tue, 03/02/2004 - 8:14pm.
I find that there are times when it is best to be an utter asshole, but the best default for me seems to be the ability to say really harsh and shocking things with a gentle smile, so they don't know if I'm joking or not. On the one hand they hear you say something really unexpected and nasty, but on the other hand you're not looking or acting threatening or aggressive, so the words don't match... and they come away puzzled and wary. Kind of a warning shot across the bow, as it were.

Good times...
So Mike, you'd always go "Foe
Posted by umrguy on Mon, 03/01/2004 - 8:49pm.
So Mike, you'd always go "Foe" then on the game show? :D

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
Hell Yeah!
Posted by Apple on Mon, 03/01/2004 - 9:22pm.
On this show, I'd always go foe! Never trust anyone!
You know, that's why I got married. *grin*
It's important to know which
Posted by That Weird Chick on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 8:11am.
It's important to know which accessories add to the Maniacal Villain look...
Yeah, nothing worse than pick
Posted by PGS on Wed, 02/25/2004 - 10:40am.
Yeah, nothing worse than picking out just the right cape and then having it clash with your cane.
Posted by Apple on Wed, 02/25/2004 - 11:04am.
Having your perfect cape clash with your tights.

Um oops
Posted by lord barton on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 1:29pm.
I read that as the "Milli Vanilli" look. THAT sure changed things a little...
Heh. I can see that.
Posted by paul on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 6:00am.
Some people just look stern and mean when they wear glasses. Apparently I'm one of them as well...

*does the First Post victory dance*
The Look
Posted by daen on Wed, 02/25/2004 - 12:30pm.
I'm told I look like a librarian when I wear glasses.

Maybe it's the vaguely cat's-eye frames.

Then again, maybe it's the fact that I work in a library.

Everything you've heard about librarians is correct... except for the parts about "glasses," "buns," and "boring."
Posted by tim on Thu, 02/26/2004 - 6:24am.
Everything you've heard about librarians is correct... except for the parts about "glasses," "buns," and "boring."
I dunno daenykins...you wear glasses, you aren't boring, and there's nothing wrong with your buns
: )
--" The torture never stops"--
Posted by daen on Thu, 02/26/2004 - 9:53am.
Why, thank you, Timothy.
And yes, I can renew those overdue books for you.

You will still have to pay the accrued fines.

As always, you can pay cash at the front circulation desk, or you may pay me directly, in chocolate.

*smiles seraphically*
*goes back into full "stealth librarian" mode to hunt down the next miscreant.*
Posted by Matt on Mon, 03/01/2004 - 10:01pm.
Among my Black friends, paying someone in chocolate has an entirely different connotation.

Posted by Mike on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 1:20pm.
So was he wearing the contacts at the time of the quote, or not wearing them?

"You look nicer" sounds like such a backhanded compliment. Not that I've ever gotten a compliment from another guy anyway.
Posted by Desert Fox on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 4:13pm.
I agree. I'd have been tempted to respond with something like "Ha! That's what *you* think!" followed by a smack upside the head.


"Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit." -- Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto
Change the glasses?
Posted by hypoxic on Mon, 02/23/2004 - 7:37am.
maybe its the glasses and you need to change the frames.
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