I think it’s Snow Madness.

Is it Snow Madness?

(7:24:05 PM) aakins: Check your email
(7:24:13 PM) aakins: Today’s the same as yesterday
(7:24:28 PM) protella: …
(7:24:29 PM) jzamudio: what?
(7:24:38 PM) protella: aaron is living in the “30min ago”
(7:24:57 PM) jzamudio: it’s called rll
(7:24:59 PM) protella: and he’s also getting his todays and tomorrows and yesterdays mixed up
(7:24:59 PM) jzamudio: real life lag
(7:25:01 PM) protella: haha
(7:25:30 PM) protella: snolatency?
(7:25:30 PM) aakins: lol
(7:25:35 PM) aakins: HAHAHAHAHA
(7:25:44 PM) jzamudio: snowpacket loss?
(7:26:00 PM) protella: awe man.. we’re pretty bad… haha
(7:26:04 PM) aakins: ahaahahahaaa
(7:26:59 PM) jzamudio: hmm.. he might be laughing at a joke from this morning. cant’ tell
(7:27:11 PM) protella: hehe
(7:29:13 PM) protella: its like snotrilo lag.. all comes in at once after they fixed his intarwebs… was buffering for 48hours!
(7:29:41 PM) jzamudio: wow you’re really reaching for that one.

Social Networking and the Attenuation of Friendship

Has the intimate personal friendship given way to a digital simulacra of friendship with all the permanence and depth of a 140-character tweet? William Deresiewicz thinks so..

I can’t remember where I first came across the essay Faux Friendship by William Deresiewicz, but I hadn’t set aside the time to read it until just recently. The essay is a bit verbose, but completely worth the read. It has had a serious impact on how I view my interactions with the people I might call friends without really thinking about it. What Deresiewicz’s essay really calls into question is the true value of Social Networks, and therein, I believe, is the truly important message of the article: Social Networks may provide a feeling of friendship, but the value of such relationships, if they can even be called that, is highly questionable.

We live at a time when friendship has become both all and nothing at all. Already the characteristically modern relationship, it has in recent decades become the universal one… – Deresiewicz

For those of you who have no intention of reading the article, allow me to summarize its concepts as best I can. Mr. Deresiewicz is lamenting what he seems to regard as the loss of true Friendship in the information-centric world of the Digital Age. He spends a great deal of time using history and classical literature to illustrate that Friendship, as a social construct, has attenuated in value through the duration of modern history.

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The Lion Roars No Longer..

Ted Kennedy, the Liberal Lion of the Senate, one of the world’s greatest voices for Human Rights, a man who demonstrated for all the capacity for any person to reach beyond their baser nature and better themselves, is gone.

I just got back from LA last night, after a weekend of geeking out at Blizzcon, and hitting Universal Studios and Sea World. I came in to work late today, and at some point just after noon, one of my coworkers casually mentioned that Ted Kennedy had died. I did a double take, and asked if he was sure. Yes, he was.
I came back here, into my office, and began to thread through the news in saddened shock.

Ted Kennedy, the Liberal Lion of the Senate, one of the world’s greatest voices for Human Rights, a Statesman who demonstrated for all the capacity for any person to reach beyond their baser nature and better themselves, is gone. I suspect that history itself will resound with the loss – the fall of a warrior who fought for his principles to his last breath.

I think, that of all the tributes and platitudes that I’ve read today, Vice President Joe Biden’s words are the most powerful, most telling of all. Take a moment to watch & listen:

 
Ted Kennedy is a hero to me- not because of his political or personal accomplishments, but because he worked to ensure that I can some day I can have equal civil and human rights. Ted Kennedy was my champion. He voted against DOMA, voted to include sexual orientation in hate crime laws, voted for an inclusive ENDA, voted for the Ryan White AIDS Care Act, and was working with others to repeal DADT. Few have done as much for the LGBT community as Sen. Kennedy.

I sit here with a lump in my throat this evening, and convey my deepest sympathy to his family, and to this nation – so many of whose citizens probably don’t even realize what they’ve lost.