Open Thread: Topics of conversation

(posted by chris the cynic)

What do you talk about when you’re not here?  What do you like to talk about?  What do you dislike getting suck in conversations about?  Is there anything conversation tends to gravitate toward?

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9 thoughts on “Open Thread: Topics of conversation

  1. froborr July 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Conver…sation..? Oh, you mean that thing that happens at conventions!

    Somehow, my conversations inevitably end up being about food. Doesn’t matter where they start, they end up being about food.

  2. Firedrake July 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Games (RPGs and boardgames), films, books, history, politics, swimming pool maintenance, barbecue grilling techniques… anything, everything, it’s all interesting unless someone’s tried really hard to make it boring.

  3. depizan July 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’d have to say the top topics at my work place are food, fiction, roleplaying and computer games, writing, and history. Often several of the above at once.

  4. froborr July 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    @depizan: I am jealous of your workplace. Although I suppose it’s entirely possible most of my coworkers are interested in all those things. The perils of an all-introvert workplace, I suppose.

  5. depizan July 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    @ froborr,

    The fact that I work in the circulation department of a library may have something to do with it. But I still suspect we lean more nerdy/geeky than many. (Or maybe not, since a visitor from another library district – there to see how we like our software, they’re considering a change – had both Star Trek and Superman “flare” on his name tag lanyard.)

  6. Lonespark July 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I guess we talked about food in the restaurant but otherwise no…

  7. Timothy (TRiG) July 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This being an open thread,

    does anyone know how to get rid of those ads “for male gamers only”? I don’t know what they’re advertising, and I don’t want to.

    TRiG.

  8. depizan July 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    They’re misleadingly advertising a strategy game using stolen art and insinuations of porn.

    Though that still doesn’t answer how to get rid of them

  9. Lonespark July 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Um. I like to talk about stories and characters and worldbuilding and stuff.

    I also like meta about art and society and the ways we engage with art and blah blah blah. Stuff like what Fred does with Left Behind and Ana Mardoll does and all the deconstruction folks, etc.

    I don’t mine if people aren’t into that. But I can’t stand it when people try to say it’s crap and shut it down. And I had a conversation along those lines earlier today. At least I think I did. It’s hard to tell when you haven’t read the piece or comments in question. Bleh. I feel I need a restorative shot of post-colonial feminist media criticism, or something.

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