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Thursday, July 21, 2005

What are we coming to?

Mornings at work lately have been spent catching up on current events (read: bored) and this morning, as I was reading the Washington Post, I came across an article that at first shocked me, then kind of intrigued me a little. The article is about this new feature called AIMFight, basically a popularity contest on AIM. You type in your screen name and someone else's, and based on how many people have you on their buddy list and how many they have on theirs, and the same information on the person, the "winner" is supposedly more "popular."

That sounds confusing, doesnt it? Here, read the article first.

OK, now does it make a little sense? Are we really that desperate for popularity? I like the quote about halfway down the first page by Yogi Berra: "anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked." I think that pretty well sums it up. Think about all those girls in high school: for as many "friends" that they had, they had an equal if not larger number of people that truly hated them, often including those they counted as friends. I hate to think that we're trying to put this high school mentality into every day life.

But I am intrigued, and just as I believe human nature is, Ill probably go home tonight and try to figure out how to work it... The problem I see is when people, as they inevitably will, start taking it too seriously. The one kid at the end of the article said it well- "I don't feel the need to judge my social standing," Jackson goes on, "by how many people I talk to, or talk to me, online."

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Long weekends rock... except when they're over

I had a GREAT 4th of July weekend. Just thought Id share. The Ingram Hill concert in Pittsburgh was AWESOME, spending some time with my family was great, I don't get to see enough of them, and the rest of the weekend with Molly and Patricia was awesome. I missed those girls!! We went to a barbecue on Sunday night with their coffee shop friends, then out to Murphy's and the Flying Fish (where drama ensued), and then Sunday we did nothing but watch the West Wing until it was time for the fireworks. I have loved the DC fireworks since I was young, and watching them from the roof of Molly's building was a lot of fun. The drive back went well, I made it in 10 hours, which was about an hour and a half less than I thought it would take. But today it was back to work.... days are gonna be long for a while. 3 more months til back in Norfolk...

Check out my pictures from this weekend!!