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Style over Substance (Durable Medical Equipment)
Death, Will, and the Girl
So we're still feeling sick although I think we're starting to get a little better, but I went to make a bowl of cream of rice or well a mug of it I guess, because that's warm food that's easy to eat, sounds good. Well I microwaved it and it beeped like it was done and then I opened the microwave to find the food had escaped the mug??? Like there was the mug, mostly empty, and all the food had just gone like kthbbbt out of the mug and was sitting on the spinny thing in the microwave like hi, your mug can not contain my power!!!
So I just had to wash the mug and the microwave spinny thing and there goes all the food down the sink drain and I need to try this again and cover the mug so the food doesn't escape, I didn't know cream of rice had such a rebellious spirit to it. :P
( The Politics: why this argument doesn't make sense, even under its own logic. )
( The Facts: twenty-plus years of non-DID multiples using 'system.' )
Namely: we will be deleting our Facebook, and drastically cutting down our tumblr time (if not ending it entirely).
But my reasons for it aren't the same as theirs. Biff just doesn't like the Internet in general, and Mac noticed that it wasn't making us happy. Rogan has said he finds internet stuff increasingly overwhelming, and I think I know why: the newer generation of social media sites are designed for constant interaction.
We grew up in an older Internet time, where you weren't expected to be online every day. You could take a break for a week, and quickly catch up, no problem! Forums, DeviantArt, Livejournal, all of these sites are (or were) not intended to be used multiple times a day, every day. (Unless you're a HARDCORE user.) The sites were also designed for specific things: to make posts, or put up art. They weren't expected to be everything for everyone, and while DeviantArt had forums and chatrooms, you could do perfectly fine without them. (And I don't think the chatrooms were there when we first joined.)
However, as time has gone on and more folks are on the Internet more often, these sites have changed their design philosophy. Instead of being made for folks to interact maybe a few times a week, they're now made to be posted on multiple times a day for long stretches. They're also more generalized. For instance, Facebook was originally intended for folks applying for college, or in college; now it's used to organize offline events and work engagements, catch up with people from your past, and have heated political arguments. It has groups, events, chats, games, individual pages, all with very questionable security and ethics, and they sell the information for profit.
I don't think it's paranoid to say that a site like Facebook designs itself to be as omnipresent as possible so they can get as much information (and therefore as much profit) as they can from their users! But I can say that it makes the site not a lot of fun to be on, for us anyway. Even the nicest site in the world would get overwhelming and tiresome when you're encouraged to be there all the time! And by trying to be everything for everyone, their designs tend to fall apart, because they're trying to do so many things at the same time. So it becomes awfully byzantine (in the case of Facebook) or just plain incoherent and broken (like tumblr)!
Arguments and conflict happen on every website. But when a site is designed to be used all the time, the rate of interaction as high as possible, then it means that instead of seeing conflict maybe once a month, you see it all the time, and that's its own kind of draining! On the whole, I think that we are just not able to keep up with sites like that, and that it's bad for our health to try.
In other words, it's time to refocus our online energy to websites that are designed for fewer, more specific interactions! Therefore, I personally vote in agreement for deleting our Facebook, continuing our low/no tumblr usage, and refocusing our attention on sites like Dreamwidth.
Also there's a sale going for about nine more hours, so snatch one on the cheap!
--Sneak and Mori
- The con went very well. The entire trip cost us less than thirty dollars, thanks to Rogan selling well. Huzzah!
- We took all the photographs we needed of our childhood neighborhood, and I daresay we are now prepared for future comics set there. Well done, dears! (However, we did not get to visit Candle Cave. That's all right, Biff got a good hike, and regardless, we went in presuming it would be a bonus, not a given.)
- We got to see some people of our past, including a couple high school friends, and Dr. Drag. (Dr. Drag was our first therapist, though we have not had that sort of relationship in years. She has mentions on this blog, probably buried under the 'therapy' tag.) Their generosity allowed us to make this trip, and we are very grateful.
- Rogan finished Alter Boys In Love, but due to the printer's website being broken on Mozilla and some truly peculiar requests regarding our formatting, we have not managed to finish the order. We hope to complete that today.
- Due to the intense work schedule, and the emotional challenge of returning to our hometown, Rogan has been worn out. He will not be fronting for a bit, and Mori, Biff, Sneak, and I will manage things until he has rested up.
Thank you for your patience!