Things that Make You Go "Hmmm"
It's probably just me. But still, of course it makes me wonder. Just now, here at Chez Dyke, a lot of blogs aren't working for me. That is, I can load them, but the comment functions don't seem to be enabled. I'm no intertube expert, I have no idea how this sort of thing happens (or if it is just my old, funky Mac and my unwillingness to "upgrade" to the latest browsing platforms) but I'm always reminded at times like these:
Know the people you "meet" online, and be sure to make contact with them outside of the phone, computer, or other electronic device you usually rely upon. As in, know exactly where your friends live, what they do, where they work, about their lives. Once upon a time, it was normal for Americans to know their neighbors, "in person." Today? I do wonder if that is at all still true.
I'm not trying to be all CT or anything, so much as reminding people that our Revolutionary Technologies of the Future with Flying Cars...well, "we" don't really control all that. And that's on purpose. Any Revolution that relies on the Internets? Doomed, from the start. Just sayin.
I recently had dinner with an internet friend I've known for like, 7 years, but never met in meatspace until this week. He was totally different, and cooler, than I'd guessed from his posts and comments. More support for my theory: there is no substitute for fleshy relations. Heh. Consider this a post which also breaks with the "No Flirting" rule, if it motivates you to post about ways to communicate other than forms like this one. And: give a penny to Lambert, who keeps this site up and running and free of crap and spam, all so you can come and play. You know where the button is, you lazy bastards. ;-)