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28th-May-2012 11:53 pm
banksy
Teaching is over at UWA. We’re currently doing revision classes for exams in a few weeks, and it’s nice to see that my studying efforts are paying off. Concepts which frustrated me weeks before are now starting to make sense, and questions which I once found difficult now unfold nicely in front of me. I’m amazed at how much the unit has shrunk in size since the beginning of semester, but not that surprised as geology was exactly the same last year.

I sit at the front by myself just as I have for the whole semester, except for the odd straggler to class who takes the nearest available seat, which suits me just fine. The rest of the mature age students take up the rows behind me and then everyone else. My lecturer is throwing up example questions for us to figure out as a group. Confused muttering ensues behind me when he prompts us for a solution. I’ve got the answer figured out in front me, and after a few failed attempts by other students I finally speak up:

“It’s zinc positive two.”



“Sorry?”

"It’s zinc. Positive two.”



“What makes you say that?”

“Because an atom with 30 protons will have an atomic number of 30, making it zinc. Twenty eight electrons makes it blah blah blah..”



I’ve mentioned before that I’m an introvert. There’s a perfectly good reason why I am in general a very shy person who doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. It’s not necessarily a bad thing so to speak, but it does prevent me from confidently reinforcing my knowledge in situations like that by proudly proclaiming I’m right. Similarly I think it also holds me back from participating in a lot of activities that I think I would enjoy.

I’ve been toying with the idea of fursuiting lately, chatting with a few folks about it, tossing around a few ideas of what I’d like to do eventually. I particularly like the common aspect I hear about it being a very liberating experience because of the ‘barrier’ that the suit creates between the wearer and the environment around them. Then I came across this post and I figured yeah, this is something I’d like to try!

And then I read the comments.

And I think cripes, this sounds awful!

It seems to pop up every time I start to talk about suiting. A culture of taboos, Do’s and Do Not’s. And what starts out as a fun curiosity all of a sudden becomes terribly intimidating to contemplate trying. Oddly enough the very thing I want to do in order to feel less self conscious about myself, is making me feel more self conscious about myself!

And so hilariously I contemplate just doing it in private. At which I point I file the idea under ‘Maybe not for me.’
Comments 
29th-May-2012 03:38 am (UTC)
I think when it comes down to suiting, do what you like. I think different people get suits for different reasons. Some get one to "become" their character, others get one to escape from reality and others get one because they like the idea of running around in one, plus there are a bundle of other reasons. How each person reacts in suit, depends on the reasons for wearing it.

There use to be a guy at Underwater World when I was a member, who was all quiet and reserved, then he'd get into the seal suit and you wouldn't have guessed it was the same person. Completely different, it was quite amazing to watch.

I've thought about getting a suit before, figuring out what sort has always been a sticking point for me. I wouldn't want a generic canine for example and I probably wouldn't want one of my characters since I have a very exact image of how they should be in my head which a suit couldn't match. One day, who knows. No idea where I'd wear it though, but that's a minor thing :}
29th-May-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure I'll eventually come around to rationalising it some day.

I've already got an idea of what I'd like to do with it, mixing furry with geology by making a geologist otter that loves rocks (for opening all those clams!) but I guess my recent musings over how disinterested other furries and people in general are in the things that I'm passionate about is causing me to self-sabotage those efforts to a certain degree.
29th-May-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
That reminds me, I'll have to get all the photos of rocks I took for you up somewhere. Not that they'll probably be too good for anything other than making you go, "Aww, I want to see that" :)

Just don't get a suit and be another generic canine. I don't know why, I have see so many generic canines I think I'm over them. That said, I probably wouldn't mind a wolf suit myself, so maybe I'm not the best to comment on such things.
29th-May-2012 08:19 am (UTC)
The good thing about macropscopic structures like that is that you don't need to get up close to make an interpretation. :)

Maybe canines, being the familiar critters that they are in terms of every day interaction, are easier to emulate and emote than other critters?
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