Tag Archive | internet

Retrograde, Schmetrograde

Those who know me will vouch for my excessive organization skills and attention to detail. And yet, last week I don’t think a day went by when I didn’t send my husband a text along the lines of, “I forgot deodorant today”, “I left my lunch in the fridge today”, “I forgot to shave the 80 pound gorilla”.

Why complain about something that’s good?

For all the times I hear someone (and occasionally ‘someone’ is me) wishing we weren’t so connected to the internet there are far more times when I appreciate it and what it does for me. I am able to keep in more frequent touch with loved ones, like my cousin Erin in Canada, who is celebrating her birthday today. (Happy Birthday, Erin!) We keep in touch more often but we speak in person even less than we did before. International calls are expensive and it’s easier to converse on facebook sometimes. I feel guilty about using social media and the internet to keep in touch but then again, I am keeping in touch.

Maybe they should call it Internet Rage

If our politicians won’t be role models to us, let’s be role models to them. If someone doesn’t agree with your point of view, that’s okay. Agree to disagree. It doesn’t make the other person a dangerous right wing/left wing nutjob. I promise. Let all the hot button topics stop being hot buttons – the Iraq war, abortion, gay marriage, vaccinations – the list goes on and on – and let the person who holds each point of view be a fellow human with their own point of view.

And if you think that’s a stupid idea then just go ahead and unfriend me, jerk.

When Life was Simpler

Things weren’t perfect, though. Conor was between jobs and we didn’t have much money. Our early forays into home ownership had proven fruitless because we couldn’t afford so much as a fixer upper in the middle of Compton (whereas now we can afford a nice 3 bedroom in the heart of Compton with minimal bullet hole damage. Yay, us!) We hadn’t yet figured out the whole ‘when are we going to breed’ question to our mutual satisfaction and Conor kept nagging me about getting cats, which I was opposed to because I thought I’d end up having to do all the work of taking care of them.

I saw it on the news – it must be true!

I like to know what’s going on in the world as much as the next Earth dweller but my problem with the proliferation of media outlets is that it has caused the media to stop lose it’s objectivity.

The Great No-TV Experiment

The more technology advances the more it seems to isolate us from each other, even as it connects us. I’d say that’s even true of social networking. Even though I now know what you’re snacking on at your desk and all about your dog’s digestive health I may not have seen you in person in a year or more, despite our living in the same town.

Holy hot button issue, Batman!

To discriminate against the cultural center’s building in that location and against the people who practice the Muslim faith makes us guilty of the very crimes we’ve traveled halfway across the world and mortgaged our financial future for many generations to fight in Iraq – religious intolerance. Does that make sense to you?