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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Like Hide and Seek.

I know you guys think Anand isn't really co-blogging here, that he won't be back. But I can tell he's around because of this little game we play. He doesn't post or anything, but he sneaks into my posts and puts typos in there. He's the only other person with access, so it must be him. Then, when I go back through my old posts and see those typos, I know that he is still involved and paying attention. I change them back, so he knows that I know. It is subtle, but when you've been friends for so long, you come to these unspoken understandings. You don't have to spel everything out.

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Anonymous bryn said...

Unspoken understandings are truly a wonderful part of long term friendships that and the ability to pick up where you left off without pomp or circumstance.

You have a way of getting to the core of subjects, dispensing with the peripheral distractions even in funny posts. That's why I read the blog. I hope you have lots of long term friendships, because they are truly a gift (especially in such a mobile and internetted society)

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I saw "californis" in that one post I knew you must have been really distraught when you wrote it.

Firefox 2 has a nice Word-style misspelling-underlining feature.
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Blog games are definitely an emerging field. Just think of all the crazy stuff we could do in the comments. 20 questions, group haiku, group ascii-art, Guess the Anonymous Commenter...
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Also, as a duly (self-) appointed representative of the internetted society, I have to say that the internet has really helped sustain my long-term friendships. Anyone who thinks of technology as an alienating force is clearly using it wrong.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous bryn said...

Heh, I'm as much of a technology advocate as it gets and there is definite advantage to having email and im and video chat to sustain friendships. But I also see that other activities can replace the time spent on communicating with long term friends. I see people playing world of warcraft instead of calling their friends, or reading blogs instead of emailing their friends (I'm guilty, clearly!). There is nothing inherent about the technology that causes that of course. I merely chose the word "internettted" to describe the current trend towards many acquaintance style friendships with fewer close friendships

This study agrees with you http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Internet_ties.pdf

and this study agrees with my fears
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/16343895.htm
http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2006/06/socialisolation.html

I think the mobile society has more to do with this than the internet. Not growing up next to the same people for many years at a time means those long term friendships have to be found very quickly. Of course the flip side is that by moving around we expose ourselves to more people and thus more likely to meet compatible people.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I saw "californis" in that one post I knew you must have been really distraught when you wrote it.

Anand is such a naughty boy.

8:11 AM  

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