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Networks of Invisible Men

This evening, I started thinking about my situation on the internet (as if I could have a situation “on” the internet; there may be plenty of chairs online, but you can’t sit on any of them). My internet adventures have brought me into contact with many people and brought many more people into contact with me. On one hand, it’s somewhat unnerving to think thousands of eyes are seeing things I posted – some of which would probably be nice to go and erase. But since many people don’t go digging through internet records unless their actually trying to dig up dirt on people, it has become easier to rewrite one’s appearance on the net. On the other hand, thousands of people actually care to see what I’ve posted online. I’ve become a member of various forums and miscellaneous websites, and I have blogs several people follow. What would happen if I just “left”?

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Why I Am Chronological Dot

About four years ago around this time, I found myself becoming more of a fan of anime. I went around looking for a place to meet other people online, hang out, and talk about it (amongst other things). I ended up joining a forum where I would spend a couple years, but the important part was just starting out, just taking a step into the unknown (*cue original Star Trek music*). How did I want to present myself to people. I had never joined a forum for its own sake (usually it was because I wanted something else the website had). I wanted to be humble, a mild individual, someone with a respectable opinion. (Me? Humble? What?) After all, that’s how I saw myself with real people (who am I kidding), though that says nothing about how stoutly -to say it ambiguously- I presented my opinion.

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Being Creepy on the Internet

No, I’m not talking about intentionally stalking someone you like – although it can include that – I’m talking about well-meaning individuals accidentally making themselves look… creepy. It’s not like they are intentionally trying to be threatening, it’s that they go about entering a person’s internet societal bubble so-to-speak in an unusual manner. They might do this for various reasons – perhaps they are too impatient to make contact over an extended period of time or perhaps they are just trying to draw attention to themselves. Whatever their reason, they just don’t rub off well. Salesmen can’t get away with it either, but at least salesmen who we come into contact with physically are in a zone where such activity is more or less anticipated and thus it doesn’t scare us away as easily.

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Blast from the Past – LEGO website in 1996

Remember the days when websites were pages of just solid, repeated backgrounds with buttons that were cheap gif images. You know – back when gif images were cool. Think back, before the days of CSS 2, back when you still had to type in “www.” at the front of the URL, back when people knew NetZero existed, back when “You’ve got mail” could be trademarked by AOL, WAY back, when the internet was young and I was just a wee lad playing with Legos.

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Mint Lockup

Currently, I’m having an issue with Linux Mint: it locks up on me randomly. But like every person with a computer problem, my problem isn’t exactly like those experienced by anyone else. It’s like this guy: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/linux-mint-locking-up-904906/
but the solution maybe found here:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=86750&start=100

Basically, the desktop GUI locks up. The mouse still works. I can select different things. I typically have 3 new desktops open when it happens but not always. The programs I had open keep working but not the ones I just recently opened. I happen to be running the OS off an external hard drive, but I doubt that’s the issue. The forum above (with the supposed solution) says its the Gnome desktop, the GUI environment control. Makes sense. If I find the solution, I’ll post it here.