Tag: Internet

Weekend Roundup II

“The day I made that statement, about the inventing the internet, I was tired because I’d been up all night inventing the Camcorder.”
– Al Gore

In linkstorm apology form.

Haven’t done one of these in a while, but I feel as if I’ve been neglecting you, possums, so here’s some of the latest from around the web – my corner and otherwise.  If you have any pretty, cool, or interesting things to share, post them in the comments and share with the other minions.

Janssen has an equally fabulous and talented sister, Merrick, who has a kinda rockin’ sense of style.  See here for the reason why I must now head to another state to find an  H&M in an effort to recreate her outfit.  Also, check out some of her recent commissioned art for a local haunt – it’s nouveau Art Nouveau, brilliant!

Speaking of fashion, watch this charming video and enjoy.

The news that I am a history nerd will surely shock no one here, right?  Check out an article on the Smithsonian’s website on attempts to save the Taj Mahal.

Decision fatigue…another term to add to my ever expanding vocabulary of ways to describe my (and some of my nearest and dearest’s) problems and neuroses.

Tom and Lorenzo are back to blogging about their original muse, Project Runway, as well as the ups and down (and crashing failures) of the fashion world.  I want desperately for them to be my gay best friends and help dress me on my more blah days.

Since we’re in a London mood these days, here’s a fun Facebook group that shows off the city and allows insiders to give you tips and hints of where to go.  There are also pictures of random things that group members find all over the city, like the Daleks!

In related news, J. and I bought the new series of Doctor Who and made through it like bandits in two days.  We’re now waiting less than patiently for the next part of the series to conclude – and avoiding any friends, forums, or internet types that will tell us what’s happening against our will.  As River Song says, “Spoilers!”  (Someday I WILL have BBC America and this idiotic year long lagtime will be no more!)

Drat.  It’s true.  I’ve been working out steadily for a couple of weeks now.  I ache constantly and in some strange places – especially when I let J. tell me what sort of exercises to do and wake up the next morning unable to walk – but I’m determined to stick with it.

And because I’m a habitual self destructive-ist, I’ve got a hankering for this recipe with summer peaches and nectarines.  Which wouldn’t be so bad except that I’m sure I’m capable of downing one all by myself in one go.

One of the truly loveliest of my lovely friends, Marie, dropped by with her husband unexpectedly yesterday and we managed to squeeze in a visit that probably cut into the time they should have been spending at a wedding reception, but I was too selfish to let her off easily!  The flying visit had only one cloud over it, that she informed me that They (whoever They are) are remaking one of my most favorite campy films, Clue!  This is unacceptable.  No one could possibly recreate the hilarious Madeline Kahn moment, “Flames…on the side of my face…”

We’re not the only ones relocating to Europe, Margot’s sister Pinto and her husband are heading to Germany.  Also there will be future exciting news on Margot herself, stay tuned.

Small Dog Takes You ‘Round the Internets

“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others are not; and that the two kinds are mostly oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.”
– Christopher Morely

Truthfully, my loves, nothing interesting has happened since the Anti-Harassment Seminar.  I’ve been wracking my brains for something to entertain you with but, alas, I’m coming up short.  Accept, instead, this humble offering of some of the things Google Reader has saved my sanity with this stupidly dull Friday afternoon.  Enjoy!

Fabulous friend Lauren – who writes a blog about buying and updating a “little farmhouse in the big city, which you should totally be reading – writes a post about water for Blog Action Day

Bobby Pin Blog – vintage style prettiness

Dress, Design, Decor – just what it sounds like

Fabulous friend Janssen reviews everything worth reading and occasionally expands your world with recipes, stories, and even photos of her completely lovable little daughter.

Need to chuckle?  Check out the sometimes silly, sometimes chic headgear of those crazy Aussies going to the races.

Do you love history?!  And I’m assuming you do, since we’re friends.  It would be a shame to lose you…anyway, check out The History Blog – with a new story everyday about something from the past being dragged into the present.  Estate sales at Chatsworth, shipwrecks being raised, or (recently) a lost Vivaldi manuscript turning up in Scotland.

Do you love medieval history?  Or at least funny tales, quips, and snarky tales of saints and sinners complete with Monty Python-esqe commentary and improbably illuminated manuscripts?  Read here.

Get thee to a nunnery!  Here’s a blog written by the sisters of a Stateside convent that will make you feel that the contemplative life might me more busy than you could handle.

Noble Pig – one of the best food blogs I’ve ever found, I inevitably start drooling on my keyboard whenever they post a new recipe.

And finally!   Every once and a while something comes into your life, usually through the efforts of a very good friend, that you had no idea existed but now that you do, you can’t live without:

My father used to retreat to his armchair sometimes and read Calvin and Hobbes comics by himself.  And within minutes this quiet but incessant giggle would be heard tiptoeing its way round the house.  It makes my mother and I crack up every time we hear it.  And, ladies and gentlemen, I have found my personal equivelent (although for me, it’s more like side splitting, lung busting bouts of uproarious laughter that must make the neighbors hate me).  Behold!  Hyperbole And A Half!

Have a lovely weekend, piglets!

In Which C. Debates the Wisdom of Copying Sav’s Awesomness

“You can watch this while I find someone who will perform a marriage ceremony between a crazed fan and a celebrity teen hostage. To the Internet!”
– The Fairly Odd Parents

Savvy just did something which, considered in light of current societal attitudes and the fact that a movie title The Social Network was just released, is quite brave.  She deleted her Facebook.  Apparently it took hours of dogged, single-minded determination and clicking, but she did it.


"Honestly, C., had you no life at all?!" "I'm SORRY!"


I confess, I’ve toyed with the idea myself.  Truthfully, the hours I’ve spent on that ridiculous thing will shame me when we’re all dead and get to watch the Big Movie of our lives.

However, I have a qualm.  Surprisingly I do use Facebook for its original intent: to keep track of people.  Having trucked over the world, keeping in touch with people can be a chore.  It’s the same reason why I’ve never changed my Hotmail address: I got it when I was 12 or 13 and across the years have given it out to friends/contacts/employers in multiple countries.  It’s the only way I keep in touch with a whole army of correspondents, I couldn’t do something so stupid as to change it simply because Gmail is en vogue (yes, yes, and better, yes I heard you).

Frankly, though, as the years have gone by, I’ve winnowed down my own social network quite a bit.  Scarlett, Peregrine, Jane, and Venice are far off, but I still communicate with them regularly.  Margot, Marie, Tink, and Angel, though busy, are still nearby.  The majority of people I see everyday… I see everyday: Hennessy, Wise, Susie, Sav, and Vodka, as well as the traffic clerks.  I regularly bump into Sadie on campus and we often get together with my whole godfamily to play, usually at least once a month.  And now that my parents live on the same continent as I do, keeping in touch with them has never been easier.

So…what do I really use Facebook for?

Honestly, the occasional glimpse into long gone friends’ lives (once every six months), to keep in touch with Gio as he heads off into his first year of adventure at university (daily), and to play stupid games (also daily, shamefully). In other words, with very few exceptions, nothing really valuable.

I don’t know if I have the moral fortitude to completely go cold turkey as the indomitable Sav did…but I am thinking that I really need to start weaning myself off it.


And how many of these behaviors/tendencies have you displayed recently?


Make your voices heard, minions!  Have you ever rethought your relationship with your techie relationships?  How many people would simply vanish from your life if you ditched Facebook, Twitter, and whatever bastard cousin of theirs has popped up recently?  And would you miss these people if they melted away?  How much of your life would disappear, and how much of it would you get back if you tuned out?  Weigh in.

From the Frying Dumb Into the Stupid

“De mal en pire.”
– French saying

Dear World At Large,

Allow me to disabuse you of a seemingly common notion: the internet is not anonymous.  No really, it’s not.  Yes, there are steps you can take to protect your identity and privacy, but anyone who really wants to figure out who is posting those trollish comments at the bottom of a youtube video probably can.

From a police perspective, this anonymity myth is particularly funny.  We’ve had instances with theft that we’ve traced from Craiglist, and abuse of animal carcasses (not as kinky as it sounds) that we’ve tracked from Facebook. The bottom line is, if you do something wrong and then publish photos, accounts, or step-by-step instructions somewhere online, it is really easy to find you and punish you.

So, when a kid shared on Twitter that he was jumping curbs in his car to park in visitor and handicapped parking, it was the work of a mere moment to look up his name on the campus directory, see what car he drove, and slap a ticket on it.  And when he came in huffing and puffing about why he’d got a ticket because “he hadn’t done anything wrong,” it was immensely satisfying to tilt a computer screen at him to display his own confession, broadcast for all creation to see, and watch him turn 12 shades of red.

Truth is, dear World At Large, if you really are so silly as to tell everyone what you’ve done and where you are, do expect someone to show up and hold you accountable.  Because someone probably will.  And if you are really so narcissistic that you have to share every detail of your life, even your petty criminality with us, you have much larger issues to deal with.

Yours with love,

Is There a Doctor In The (Sorority) House?!

“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
– Voltaire

I will publicly  scorn those who play Farmville and whatever the latest Vampire obsessed game is on Facebook, but I am far more guilty than they.  For I, it must be confessed, play…Sorority Life.

(Yes, yes.  Shame.  Plenty of shame.  Let’s move on, shall we?)

However I think that, despite the obligatory shame spiral, I’m still allowed to be a bit snobbish about the fact that I in no way confuse Facebook and its games with real life.

For example yesterday, after I got home and checked my email, I logged into Facebook and Sorority Life, and sitting pretty at the top of the message board was: “My kid is sick!  Is there an R(egistered) N(urse) on the feed?!”

Asclepius facepalms. As does Hippocrates and Galen. Major, major fail.