Blog Crush: Part II

Following up on my blog crush post.

The Internet is a much bigger place than just the blogosphere. My previous comments were solely about blogs and strictly within the definition of “blog crush” provided in the qotd, not any of the many other forms of communication offered by the Internet. I have made lots of companions and even several friends over the Internet. I currenly have more companions and friends from online sources than offline sources (though I am currently working harder to create offline, local relationships).

Its a Straw Man Argument to characterize my lack of enthusiasm about making friends through blogs as because I am not open or trusting.

From the definition of acquaintance:

1. Acquaintance, associate, companion, friend refer to a person with whom one is in contact. An acquaintance is someone recognized by sight or someone known, though not intimately: a casual acquaintance. An associate is a person who is often in one’s company, usually because of some work, enterprise, or pursuit in common: a business associate. A companion is a person who shares one’s activities, fate, or condition: a traveling companion; companion in despair. A friend is a person with whom one is on intimate terms and for whom one feels a warm affection: a trusted friend. 3. familiarity, awareness.

I don’t share the intimate details of my life in blogs. Of course, I don’t share the intimate details of my life with anyone other than a handful of people. From the dozens of personal blogs I’ve read (leaves out the newsies, techies, etc), almost all do the same as I in leaving out the intimate details. Other than George, I don’t think the rest of you care very much for the details of some woman sticking her tongue down my throat, the details of who I find physically attractive, or even for whom I am going to vote. This lack of intimacy on everyone’s part is what prevents the creation of friendships from solely the use of blogs.

So what about warm affection? A good test, I think, would be to suddenly read in the blog post that a friend and family member wrote the blogger died. How would I feel? Would I cry over the loss? Would I want to go to that person’s funeral? With Bernie or George, I would really feel the loss and at least shed a tear. Prema, Porsche, and Briana would get a least some thinking about the great memories for a long time combined with feeling of loss. The others? I would feel a little bad, but I would not be devestated. Sorry, Gina.

Certainly, I have been called a Vulcan or even named Tuvok. My interpretation of what is a friend probably is much stricter than most would use. However, I am very open to making friends online. One can always use another friend.

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Vox Hunt: I’ll Never Forget This

Show us an unforgettable memory from 2006.  

Minutes after arriving back home in Valdosta from a 3 day trip to Arkansas for a funeral, my good friend Cat called to tell me she, Dusty, and Sharon were in town for the weekend. They wanted to get together for lunch and go out later.

It was a great weekend.

This picture was taken at CJ's Pub and Pool. Two of the three have the hots for the photographer and posed to make him insanely jealous. However, it got me a kick ass picture. 🙂

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QotD: My Vox Blog Crush

Who's your 'blog crush' on Vox?

The problem with most is that it gives one an excuse to shirk responsibility. Unless it means, non-hostile, I don't have any intentions of making friends in the blogging world. There isn't the desire to develop real friendships. I have a problem wanting to be friends with people I've only met online. The medium is too impersonal do develop affection for another person.

Blogs do open up a view to others we probably would never otherwise see about them. However, I suspect others, like me, use principles of public relations to put an attractive face forward. Otherwise, current or future friends, family, or even employers may look at our work and deem us a bad people. So, having a "blog crush" would be like having an interactive celebrity crush.

I'd rather have a crush on a real person. That said, my blog is… (Sorry, its not that easy for you, George!)

My response to the comments about making friends online. I didn't really explain my opinion very well here. Also, other response doesn't quite feel perfect either.

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

NPR : ‘Star Wars’ Celebrated in the Tournament of Roses Parade:

The 501st Legion will be marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. That would be an international legion of Star Wars fans. This year, George Lucas is the grand marshal of the parade. The Star Wars director is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of movie. Fans had to audition to be in the parade. They dressed as stormtroopers, Jedi and, of course, Darth Vader.

Fake + Kidnapping = Bad Idea

Woman fakes kidnapping to avoid work – Yahoo! News:

A 21-year-old German woman who did not feel like going to work at a fast food restaurant sent her parents a text message saying she had been kidnapped.

Police in the Bavarian town of Straubing said Wednesday they had launched a massive search throughout the region for the woman who disappeared on December 23 but turned up unscathed the following morning, saying the kidnapper had set her free.

A spokesman said the woman was questioned over the Christmas holiday and admitted she made up the story because she owed a colleague 25 euros ($32.9) and did not have the money to pay her debt. She now faces a fine of up to 1,000 euros.

She did this to avoid paying 25 euros. So what is she going to do for the fine of 1,000 euros, fake her own death? I mean, I feel like I would like to skip work at times. If I owed a coworker 3 times my hourly wage and didn’t have it, then I probably would be thinking about how to get out of it. However, faking a kidnapping seems like a really bad idea.

Unplugged for the Holidays

How to spend a long holiday weekend – Lifehacker:

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, most likely you’ve got the day off this coming Monday. I hope you’ll spend it doing as little as possible.

Forget the email, the IM, the RSS feeds, the Google searches, what Wikipedia has to say about the origins of Christmas, installing that latest Firefox update or running a defrag. Unplug and enjoy. You made it through another year and you’re wiser, more experienced and best of all – you’re alive. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, spend some good quality face time with the people you love, and have a very merry happy festive unplugged weekend. We know we will. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us here at Lifehacker.

LOL, I unplugged for Thanksgiving (more because I didn’t bring a charger for the lappy) back at home. It was near withdrawl! Yikes. So I haven’t for Christmas. 😛 I’m spending quality time with the family. They are on their computers too!