March 23rd, 2008


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jimbojones
03:56 pm - doubletaking my way through life
I read extremely fast. I never took any speedreading courses, but upon examining the contents of a couple of them later in life, it turns out I just sort of naturally learned to do the same thing they advocate: I read entire words at a glance by shape recognition rather than piecing them together letter-by-letter individually. In fact, I can't look at text without reading it; to see is to process.

While this is a great talent to have in normal circumstances, it does lead to some staggeringly weird impressions when I glance across something with text on it without really looking directly at it: the text pops into my head automatically whether I wanted it or not, but if the glance was really fast, sometimes it will pop in wrong.

Case in point:


what my icemaker really says

what I saw when I looked at it just now


Sometimes I kinda wanna live in the world my brain appears to be trying to fabricate around me. It might be less immediately useful than the real world, but it sure as hell would be an interesting one.


 
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[User Picture] From: starfyer
Date: March 23rd, 2008 - 08:48 pm
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I read really fast too, although I can't remember ever realizing that I got a word wrong outright. I suppose that if I thought there might be cake ice, it would seem a little weird. :)

I read long books on two hour flights. It's an expensive hobby.. makes me really glad for that read and return policy they've got going on these days :)


 
[User Picture] From: electricia
Date: March 23rd, 2008 - 09:51 pm
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I misread things with hilarious results all the time. Some that have stuck in my head - Furry Catamarans (actually Fury) and a particular church in Encinitas, CA is now and forever will be a CATHOLE CHURCH.

I wish I had a ice maker that dispensed cake.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: March 23rd, 2008 - 10:26 pm
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My mom once looked at a billboard that read "the answer lies through meditation" and read it as "the answer lies through medication."

It was considerably funnier at the time it happened, 'cause it was in the early 80's and thus well before, well, FUCKING EVERYONE was on prescribed behavioral mod drugs.


 
[User Picture] From: starfyer
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 12:30 pm
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Ahaha. It took me a while before I realized there was anything different about those two sentences.


 
From: vonpookie
Date: March 23rd, 2008 - 10:50 pm
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Man, I do this all the time. I also have a habit of sending e-mails containing the real/what I saw to Tessa. We're easily amused :)


 
[User Picture] From: wanton_bliss
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 12:12 am
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I wish my fridge had a Cake option... anything would taste better than the plastic-infused ice it spews out.


 
[User Picture] From: clme
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 05:06 pm
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Plus, what if it was a different flavor of cake every time?

Ice cream cake one day, yellow cake the next, angel food the day after that.

Darn. Now I want a cake machine on my fridge.


 
[User Picture] From: clme
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 01:09 am
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I've been known to do things like this myself, for much the same reasons.

Ever get those messages from someone that say "I just read that as: *"?


 
[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 05:04 am
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Shaun and I have had at least a couple IMs to that effect.


 
[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 08:19 pm
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I just read that as: "Shaun and I have had at least a couple of your mothers."


 
[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 09:35 pm
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I'm sorry, what was that? I couldn't concentrate what with the deafening roar of your gayness.


 
[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 09:36 pm
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That was totally uncalled for. My apologies.


 
[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 10:36 pm
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Eat a bowl of ASCII COCKS.


 
[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 10:36 pm
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<3


 
[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: March 24th, 2008 - 10:34 pm
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If banging your mom is gay, I don't want to be straight.


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