Bits of May: How To Look Smart And Alienate People
Last week, I was accused of being “smart”. I felt a bit guilty about it, because I didn’t even come up with the technique which gives that impression.
The trick, you see, is not to know a lot or be able to think in complex ways, but to focus on obscure stuff that can be easily brought into everyday conversation, so when you’re (for example) chit-chatting about how groceries are getting more and more expensive these days and everyone else is saying things like, “Yes, I went to buy bananas last week and I nearly fell over when I saw the price tag!” you can pipe up with, “I’ve always wondered how life would be if we traded commodities using a system like that of the ancient Incas.” You won’t have to know very much of this stuff, either, because people will quickly stop trying to talk to you.
In your newly-spare time, you can do things on the internet! I’ll start you off with a roundup of online things from May, and you can fill me in on anything I missed, on account of I don’t seem to have quite alienated everyone I know yet.
- With three whole likes instead of the usual just-one-from-Sue (thanks Sue), it’s the #RandomLimerick Of The Month on google+.
- Singapore school holidays (aka The Font Of Uncontrolled Excitement) are upon us, so it’s no surprise my Singapore Pinterest Board saw the most activity in May, with holiday-friendly pins for kids at the top. I’ve collected posts on local events as well as favourite attractions.
- I exist! I proved it to Summer of Rich Summer Daze when her family swung through Singapore en-route to a four-month-long European driving holiday, which she’ll be documenting on her blog. But I can’t prove our meeting existed, because apparently I only took pictures of my lime juice:
You, and other Awesome Things:
- One of my favourite posts of the month was from Sue (again) on blossoming as you age. It left me looking forward to having the kids all grown up in ways which are completely unconnected to the usual reasons. Not that we want to rush the nice stuff.
- Did you know there’s such a thing as digital painting? Well I didn’t, but now I do and it’s beautiful.
- In the same month, Stupid Ugly Foreigner explained why horrifying personal calamity is a necessary ingredient in travel, and as if to prove him right, Kirstie of the Family Adventure Project described what to do if stuck indefinitely in a lift with your children.
- Video: guy bikes across Scotland. Like a boss. A bike-riding wu-xia ninja boss, on a bike.
What awesomeness did I miss? Leave a link in the comments and catch me up. I’ll share it with anyone I come across who’s ostracised themselves by following the methods at the start of this post.