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March 26th, 2011
12:39 am

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Writer's Block: No reservations required

If you could go out to dinner with a character from a current TV show, who would you choose, and why?

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NO.

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March 19th, 2011
02:46 am

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Writer's Block: A super debate

If you could either have the powers of Spider-man or the Green Lantern, which would you choose, and why?

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Both. And I would be the Spider Lantern. But I don't know what I would do with that.

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March 13th, 2011
03:47 am

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Writer's Block: Give me a sign

If your astrological sign has changed, do you think your personality more resembles your current or past sign?

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WHAT.

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January 10th, 2011
12:22 pm

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Writer's Block: As primitive as can be

If you were stranded on an island and could pick one thing to have with you, what would it be, and why?

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Her.

Duh...

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December 30th, 2010
11:54 pm

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Writer's Block: Best movie of the year

What is the best movie of 2010?

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The one that hasn't been made yet. Quick! You've got 24 hours.

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August 16th, 2010
01:39 am

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Idaho!
Y'know, if I could just travel around and watch derby invitationals, I'd be ok with that.

Meanwhile, the next/newest one short of the western regionals is this:

The Spud Town Knock Down!

Featuring Rat City and the Dockyard Derby Dames from Seattle and Tacoma, respectively. Also, looks like some Van B.C. attendance which can only mean the Eves of Destruction (*fans self*)

And this event, as potentially close and easy as it would be - 25 bucks to get in both days! And the price of Idaho hotels! would still be un-doable for the more critical expenses I have before or during September.

FOOEY.

But I really need glasses. and to eat. And stuff.

Sugar mamas with free transpo and hotel rooms need apply.

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June 7th, 2010
04:44 pm

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Poll #1575589 Which one is it?
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8

Howdy Doody!

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Buffalo Bob's boy marionette in the '50's
5 (62.5%)
A jovial 'hello!' to excrement
3 (37.5%)

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May 23rd, 2010
03:11 am

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Writer's Block: Mega Bite

If you could own a restaurant, what type of food would you serve, and what would you call it?

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Oh, simple! I'd have a pizza place, because I like pizza, even though statistically, pizza places are high on the list of Things That Fail. But my restaurant wouldn't fail, because it would be called "No, YOU Shut Up!" and one of the signature pizzas would be called "Why don't you just shut up?" for the name of it, and so when someone orders it, we'd have this running joke and it would NEVER GET OLD. See, the hired help says "May I help you?" and the customer says "Why don't you just shut up?" and the hired help then says "No, YOU Shut Up!"* and then everyone cheers like he got one over on the customer, and high-fives all his buddies, and then they make the pizza and it's the best thing in the world, as far as pizza goes, I mean.

I think the rest of the menu would all be based on coded stimulus/response replies, too. I just don't know what those are yet, because I've taxed myself just trying to type the whole joke exchange above and heck, I may never own this restaurant so it's not like it's important RIGHT NOW.

Sheesh.

Anyhow, given the means to do so, that's what I'd do.



*See, that's the name of the pizza place there. That's what makes this whole thing work, without being a real, heated exchange. It's like magic code!

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May 3rd, 2010
09:12 am

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Writer's Block: Pet central

Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

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LOL!!!!!!!!

LO f-ing L!!!!!!!!

GTFO!!!!!!!!!

LOLOLO9LOLOLOLOLOLL!!!111!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!


*wipes tear*


LOL!!!!!!!

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April 10th, 2010
12:16 pm

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Another album to include in the "10 you could have on the desert island"
I went to the cd release show for Kristen Ward's new cd last night. I suppose I could die happily now.

She switches the band around a little bit over the years, creating some really good variations on a familiar sound. Where some of her songs really work with some tasteful slide guitar, Ty Bailey on that B3 really knows how to replace it and fill the gaps as an alternate. He knows how to play off Gary's guitar and nobody steps on anyone else, but adds to the song with subtleties that you may not notice, but you'd miss them if they weren't there. Like so many other bands in town, hers is a recognizeable mix of the "who's who" in Seattle - the vetrans that have been doing it way back during the limelight of grunge, or quietly being overlooked during that time only to come out and show us what we were missing while everyone was hypnotized by Cobain.

The Hat made rounds upon all heads spontaneously throughout songs - Started on Gary Westlake's head but made it to anyone else's head who was doing a solo, the exchange all going on without missing a beat.

Kristen's voice just gets better each time out, and it started out as spectacular, so it's even more of a treat to hear it live. She may have THE prettiest smile in Seattle/northwest/midwest/east coast/usa/europe/the world/the galaxy....

*fans self*

But otherwise, she's got a band of musicians that *really* are musicians. Not just guys who can play instruments. Huge difference there, if you're musical at all. HUGE. A lot of bands just have guys who can play instruments. This is a crowd of musicians.

And so I'm going to the PO box to pick up the new cd, which is probably in there. And to wonder how she'll ever outdo her last one, "Drive Away". Some of the new songs she played last night suggest the new cd, "Charles" might just do that.

If you're looking for new music, look up Kristen's cd Drive Away as a starting point. One of these days the rest of the world is going to hear about her, and then it's gonna get good. Even if she will then be filling arenas instead of clubs, and have "The Machine" surrounding her, and all of that.

Until then, you people outside of Seattle, (or in the city but haven't caught onto her yet) are missing out. A lot.

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March 29th, 2010
08:59 pm

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Writer's Block: Search for intelligent life

Do you believe there is other intelligent life in distant galaxies? If no, why not? If yes, do you believe this is something to be feared and avoided or actively sought out?

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Well, since you phrased it that way, you left the worm can wide open.

Intelligent life compared to what? Humans, as the basis of high intelligence?

Hell, there's algae that floats around since pre-historic times, having more survival instincts and growth ability - but that may not be intelligence. Then again, who are we to say? We're stuck in our own little narrow box of thought about what intelligent life is, based only on what we know, or can assume or even just believe selfishly.

First of all, imagine if you will - *different* intelligence than what we know. What if every star documented or yet unknown, was life, and in any one of them contained far more intelligence than two or three earth equivalents? Just in and of themselves. "How can a gaseous ball of rock be intelligent?" you ask, and you've already proven my point. Your box: get the fuck out of it. Thanks.

Why does intelligence only have to be something we can relate to? And on what terms? With all of the 'advancement' we've done in 50 years over space exploration, we still only know what appears to be laughably little, for the vast amount we have learned. Granted, facts of physics and science that have yet to be unproven or broken either tether us to the idea that nobody else could be smarter or more capable, or have found away around what we can't do (yet). It easily kills the theory of the other galaxied beings that may be out there, because we realize with current travel and age limitations, we can't meet them in our lifetime of what we know exists and how we can only identify with 'life' compared to the earth as we know it. What IF a rock was alive? And intelligent? Suddenly, we're out numbered by the stars, and worse yet, we're the vermin that have no intelligence to them. HA! How's that for a pecking order?

but let's get back to the narrow-minded stuff. Get back in your box. Alien races in starships a galaxy away? Nah. Or if they are, and they conform only to what we know, and only what we can do, they're leaving port right now, and we'll all be dead, 100x over, before they show up even at the fringe of our known universe and have advanced in age we could never acheive to this point merely for the ride. What we can prove or theorize only suggests there's no other intelligent life out there, as long as we refuse to see outside the box and consider (or learn) how other life could be, or is. And if we find that, and can understand it, then we've got a discussion on our hands...

Or something like that.

Carry on.

What if our entire existence and who we are and what we know is merely a nearly microscopic spec of dirt under the fingernail of a small child on the planet they live on who wonders if there's indeed, intelligent life above or beyond them...


Easy, cambler... I can expect you to shoot me down as easily as leave you open-minded on this whole topic. ;) Then again, I know when I'm beat in your arguments, too. (usually right away!)

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March 8th, 2010
11:54 pm

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Writer's Block: Don't tease me bro!

Do you think good-natured teasing often goes too far? Have you ever gotten seriously offended by a joke that crossed the line? Have you been informed that your own teasing hurt someone else's feelings?

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About 20 years ago, one of my college professors (for what that's worth...) said "Humor is really just veiled aggression" and that stuck with me. The more you listen to comedians, the more you'll find them making passive, or even aggressive mockery of a topic. Likewise, when people are doing "good natured teasing", realize that the root of the tease is really something that doesn't sit well with the teaser - and worse yet, they can't find the spine to just come out and be blunt and offensive and call a spade a spade. Pussies. So yes - 'good natured teasing' by its very nature goes too far as it exists. And as we know in the world of "sexual harassment training" you can get away with ANYTHING once, until you're officially told that it's not welcome, and same goes with teasing. At worst, you get your digs in before the left hook comes for your teeth, or at best, the person teased speaks up and puts you in your place, coward, for the attempt at making them feel smaller for you to feel better.

If you're going to be mean to someone, hell, just get out and say it, and take your lumps for what it creates. At least you'll get the respect of being an out front asshole vs. a spineless passive poker.

Then again, if you're so goddamned uptight and wound up that you can't take being subjected to some jackass who teases you, it's time you got thrown to the wolves a bit and get your skin a little thicker. Nobody likes a basket case that can't even find humor in a situation only because it happened to them once or currently, and they can't see the bigger picture of why it might have some humorous value.

Some of the most morbid humor comes from people trying to cope. Humor is a vehicle for steam. It's an outlet. Usually for tragic stuff like death or hardship or loss. I can respect the people who have the ability to be self-deprecating while not losing sense of who they really are. To see their faults and weaknesses and present it as humor, not as a mask, but as a way to reveal it and let the world laugh at them a bit because they're brave enough to be on the level.

That's my 2 cents. How 'bout you?

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March 7th, 2010
01:23 pm

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Writer's Block: Best book ever!

Is there any book you can read over and over again without ever getting sick of it? Do you discover something new every time you read it?

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The dictionary. HA!

But really... There's only been a couple books I've read multiple times, and I do it because I either do not clearly remember details that made a good story, or I re-read it to see how it comes across now vs. then - after evolution of reading happens via age and experience. Perhaps the first book I've re-read was The Stand, by Stephen King. I read it when it was relatively new when I was a teen. New to Stephen King (having only read a few of his previous books at the time because back then there really were only a few Stephen King books...) and at the time, that was a MONSTER of a book for me. I think it has about 900 pages and I had never really ventured into anything past 3 or 400 pages which were long reads for me. I've read it maybe 3 or 4 times since then, and each time it becomes different - for good and bad reasons. I suddenly am drawing a blank on another book or two I've re-read. If I remember it later, I'll put it in a comment.

Other books I've read over and never gotten sick of and learned stuff from were reference books. Usually computer programming (back in the day) and music theory lately.

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February 27th, 2010
12:11 am

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Writer's Block: Cold turkey tremors

What is the longest, uninterrupted stretch you've stayed offline (without mobile access either)? How soon did you suffer withdrawal pains? Did you find it liberating?

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With a nod to the most clever answer that zinnea gave, I must say that the longest stretch of time I've stayed offline was 27 years, give or take one.

I didn't find any withdrawl pains, nor liberation, because I hadn't been online yet. I never missed what I didn't know. ;)

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February 23rd, 2010
11:36 pm

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Hey, remember a couple years ago, when...
Nintendo made a game console called the "Wii"?

And everyone recoiled in criticism, questioning the game's title and calling it stupid, and dorky, and ill-thought-out?


How come people have embraced it as normal, now? Only because it succeeded? Or, in a decade or few, will it still be the thing we look back on as "that game console with the unfortunate name?"

People are funny.

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February 11th, 2010
11:10 pm

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The new Rob Zombie disc
Ain't so bad in content, but goddamn....the mixing ruins it. The latest trend of the last decade was that flat over-saturated wall of sound that has no personality or texture. And it's painfully evident here. It's vanilla blah for music when it could be so.... inspiring. But it's a flat mess for music that could have some life and variations in tone and texture.

Dear Rob: Please re-mix this the unpopular way: With talent...

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February 9th, 2010
02:19 am

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Hey, sleep... where'd you go? I *need* you before the morning arrives.

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February 7th, 2010
09:29 pm

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Writer's Block: Superbowl madness or sadness?

If you're in the U.S., will you watch all or part of the Superbowl? Do you have a favorite team? If you're not American, what do you think about Superbowl Sunday?

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Superbowl, schmooperbowl. Short of the year the Seahawks got in it (how that happened, I'm still puzzled...) and I watched it over at invisible K's place, I don't really otherwise care one way or the other about the superbowl. It's way to 'overdone' for me. Then again, sometimes I watch it for the way the teams play - by the time you're in the superbowl, there's some crazy shit going on down on the field, and it's a wonder that it takes this sort of event to make the teams play that way, when they could be doing it all season like that, but they don't. Pussies.

Yeah, I hear the commercials are legendary for their gimmickry, and cost, and the battle for when they can appear as some sort of marketing strategy. I've grown tired of the halftime acts - it's either someone so "American" as a classic or current fad, and they're autotuned or lip synching (high five to Gwen Stefani a few years ago when she was clearly singing live) to some insulting medley of hits or shit. Hell, those 'fans' on the field during halftime are paid actors. The excitement ain't even real! It's bought!

I've never been much of a sports nut, short of my recent re-surgence into roller derby. I like some hydro racing, tennis, figure skating, and that's about it. Televised football has a special place in the dead part of my brain that likes to relax and meditate and just watch the pretty colors on the screen. There's no excitement for it. It's more of a relaxant for me. I'm weird like that.

But also, the thing I hate about the superbowl are the drunk douchebags at the sports bars. Sure, celebrate and have a good time, but stop that stupid frat boy hooting and shit. Jesus Harold Christ, people! Dignity!

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February 6th, 2010
11:33 pm

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Puerco Pibil
Darcy Rant made me do it.




Yup. This will be next on my cooking agenda.

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January 24th, 2010
02:46 am

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LOL @ Chop Suey
For those of you in-town under a rock, or out of town, Chop Suey is a club on Capitol Hill which used to be "The Breakroom" in the 90's, and has since tried to revive itself and be a hep & groovy club. About a year ago, during a hip-hop kiddie show, a shooting happened, and it freaked everyone out.

I tend to avoid the club. There's nothing there for me. Last time I was in it was in 2007, and hated it then, too. I'll go into specifics another time, but it really is just a badly designed room.

But tonight, aside from the venue, I was there to support a local fundraiser and the bands playing. I wish it could have been anywhere else, but sometimes you just gotta deal with it.

I walked in behind a couple of women (rollergirls!) and was immediately told I needed to consent to a pat-down search to proceed.

... WHAT?!

So maybe one shooting made Chop Suey's lawyers say "Golly, let's get paranoid and crazy!" and so they feel like they need to do that. But get this... They were only patting down the men.

The douchebag at the door was serious. But not big enough to enforce it. I said "you just let those women go by without a patdown? What the fuck?" and he said "Well, they're women!" and I said "So it's ok to let THEM bring contraband into the club? Fuck you." He said "Pat down, or go outside." So I smiled and said "go ahead! See what you find!" which was nothing. As soon as I was in the club, so was the legal knife I had on me, too. LOL! Thanks for the pat-down! You missed it!

The lesson here, of course, is: WHEN AT CHOP SUEY, PLEASE LET THE WOMEN CARRY IN ANY WEAPONS OR DRUGS OR CONTRABAND THAT WOULD BE THEORETICALLY FOUND ON THE MEN-FOLK. THE WOMEN ARE NOT SEARCHED, SO THEY ARE THE ONES TO GET THE BAD THINGS IN!

Then again, based on the incompetence of the goon that patted me down, you can probably be a man and get in with 'weapons', too. I did. But it's the principle of the stupidity here. Undertrained kids working the door that don't know what they're doing, but are apparently told to do it (for effect) when they have no procedure, protocol, or awareness of where their rights or laws are. He didn't even tell me what he was searching for, so if he had found the knife, why would that be an item to worry about? Out on the street, it's perfectly legal to carry a blade under 3.5" (over 3.5" is a 'dangerous knife') in the city, but handguns aren't allowed in bars anywhere - so would that have mattered? Or does the shitbag paid to watch the door just make it up as he goes along? Who knows? I sure don't - I invalidated his efforts. I got in with a knife after he patted me down to look for "something" that apparently was a concern. I stood and watched to see him pat down men after me, but let women pass through.

LOL!

Chop Suey, you're a fuck up. And your beer is half a buck more expensive than any other venue in town. Get your shit straight. Thanks!

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January 1st, 2010
12:21 am

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Next on the agenda:
Going to read the Arthur C. Clarke book, "2010" to see what happens ahead of time. I'm clever like that.

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December 31st, 2009
11:02 pm

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The first post - packed with delicious information
Here's the first post you'll see if you come directly to the journal. It's got information and links that may be handy throughout the year.

News & updates:
Late last year, I started filtering and locking this journal down a lot more. If you're one of the silent readers, and you feel like you've been seeing less posts than expected, I might have mistakenly left you out of any filters or locked posts. Let me know. Most of you are in on the good stuff. That being said, my adding of friends and access will be a little more scrutinous now. Sometimes it takes me a week or two while I read your journal to see what's what. No offense if I don't add you, please. I'm low drama and good about keeping it that way.

2009 book list
here's where I'll be posting the list of what I'm reading this year, on a monthly measurement. I love reading, but I have less time for it in recent years. The previous year's list is HERE.

here are the books I've read this year...Collapse )
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Here's where various links to various things will be

World's favorite musical device:
http://www.musicovery.com/

Things that taunt me:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3L1Y06007TACO

Harmonica porn:
If you ever wanted to get on my good side, or make up for getting on my bad side, you'll want to ponder merch from here:
http://www.seydelusa.com
In the "1847 classic" or "1847 silver" categories. Nearly any key will do. But ask me if you really want to hit home. ;)

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December 23rd, 2009
11:08 pm

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Writer's Block: Like mobile for chocolate

If you had to give up either chocolate or your mobile phone forever, which would you sacrifice?

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Eh, I could take or leave either of 'em, really. Chocolate is dandy but I really don't know that I have any need for it. Mobile phones are handy, but I eat more chocolate than I actually use my phone, and I don't eat very much chocolate.

I suppose, with what mobile phones have turned into, I could get more mileage if I got a modern one, and had that sort of budget and eyesight and social interaction to justify it. I'm just not much of an electronic organizer kind of guy and hate the compromise of the postage stamp sized computer for the ease and power of the bigger ones. Granted, as a city dwellin' public transpo takin' dork a mobile phone has more use in urban travel, navigation and information with selfish solo communication over the need to ever pick it up to call someone via voice. And I'm still really not interested in substituting that for the text equivalent.

Now, wouldn't this question be tricky if there were such a thing as a chocolate mobile phone (excepting that Verizon Wireless branded joke a few years ago...)?

When the industry gets a no credit check plan that isn't pay as you go and no contract or high priced phones without contract plan that includes high speed broadband and a few dozen voice hours per month for like, 30 bucks, I'll sign up for that. Until then, there's always chocolate.

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December 18th, 2009
08:54 am

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Curious trend in communication
Does anyone else notice that online - and perhaps even offline - in REAL MEATSPACE!(tm) anymore, that conversations or exchanges on a topic tend to be only about 2 responses deep? What I mean by that is:

Person 1: (conversational statement or question)Blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Person 2: (response) Blah blah blah blah. (close ended in nature, or possibly one more)
Person 1: (response) Blah blah blah blah. Blah. (either close ended or open ended)

and then it's over.

In other words, what I see more and more (and maybe it's just me? Do people avoid talking/responding to me?) is that people, in general - whether strangers or acquaintances, are actively trying to prevent talking. Like they want to get a response out to your question or statement, but if you push beyond that, you've said too much or dragged it on. I've noticed people even become visibly uncomfortable in trying to avoid further conversation, or to actually be blatant about the loud closed ending to a conversation when there might've been (or actually was) more to say to complete the thought or topic.

Part of it can be the missing of conversational cues, or even person 1 persisting on where there is no further topic, of course. But even when there isn't, it seems people are afraid to simply casually talk anymore. What they say must be a clever quip to create a reaction (for their own ego) but with no substance, or a quick question or statement that they only intended to ever get a fast or single response from for their own information.

Am I living in a strange bubble? Am I just stuck in that mythical 'Seattle Freeze' that the media (and unfortunately, everyone else. Oops. See? Even I did it) goes on about? Are people really insecure and incapable of free-flowing or open-ended conversation anymore? Maybe I'm just surrounded by non-talkers year in and year out. I've met few people who can be conversational, or as the years go by, less and less of them. It's common enough for the youngsters to be afraid to talk because they automatically believe they'll feel foolish or feel uncomfortable for social interaction, so they avoid it outright or eventually learn to communicate, but what's with people generally not wanting to speak?

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December 11th, 2009
09:25 am

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Yup...
Probably gonna need one:

http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/12/dnn_2009_holiday_gift_guide?page=0,12

I need that next level irony.

For those of you link paranoid, it's all work safe 'n shit. But you knew that by the ability to see what the link is and where the link goes.

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