Thursday, December 2, 2010

HEY LADY! My eyes are up here!

Sitting on the metro this morning I kept getting these funny looks from people...... you know, a quick glance followed by an odd grin. I thought maybe something was wrong, my hair, was my fly down.... maybe I had a booger in my nose?


Then all at once I realized they were staring at my chest and instantly I start thinking with humor, you know.... cause I'm a funny guy..... I'm thinking "is this how girls feel? Hmmmm, hey lady, my eyes are up here!" All at once.... the humor ended when I got a high 5 from a dude walking off at his station!

Turns out he really like the red hoodie I was wearing that said in big letters across the front "SUITS SUCK" hahahaha

It was just a few seconds until I realized what I had really done..... on what was otherwise an already suck morning for most people, raining, cold, early morning crammed on a metro car standing there uncomfortably taking their conformist suit wearing bullshit existence to whatever overdressed office they work at to grind out a living doing something they probably wish they could just wear jeans and a t-shirt to do! Hahah

So, just like every other blog post, I end with a quick question...... does this make me an asshole, a slightly offensive comedian or just a guy who doesn't give a shit?



P.S. I know which answer I’d pick! :-p

Monday, September 27, 2010

ROAD RAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!

What is it exactly about the DC Metro area that leads to pretty much of a total lack of intelligence, general slowing of the reflexes and a nearly complete loss of spacial relations and basic motor skills while driving an automobile?! I've decided I'm going to just vent on a regular basis and keep a list of totally ridiculous things shitty drivers in the area do that pisses me off!

1) Stopping at a green light while waiting to make a left turn..... PULL FARTHER UP INTO THE INTERSECTION ASSHOLE!!!!! Give me a god damn fighting chance of making the light!

2) Signaling to turn 3 feet before making a turn! Way to give me some notice fuck-o, how about I come up there a wave to you 2 seconds before punching you in the teeth?!

3) Smart cars

4) Staying in the center lane.... no matter how many other lanes there are. You could be on a highway with 47 lanes both directions in Virgina, and 98.462% of the assholes on the road are all bunched up in the center.... you know, except for the 2 cars in all 46 of the other lanes making it impossible to pass ANYONE!



5) And speaking of passing.... you know, the left lane.... the one on the total opposite side of the road from the right.... ITS CALLED THE PASSING LANE FOR A REASON!!!! If you're not **PASSING** anyone... MOVE OVER!!!!!!

6) Hybrids

7) Campaign stickers nearly 3 administrations AFTER they didn't get elected! Hey asshole, take the sticker off your car, buy a new car, or pick a new fucking set off assholes to support.... but do me a favor, keep your opinions to yourself, I don't need your advice, you obviously pick losers!

8) People who can't merge.... its not called a "pausing lane" nor is it referred to as the "I almost got on ramp" sooooooooo why the fuck are you stopped at the end of it just watching cars fly by like stray dog lost at the end of a runway watching planes take off! Grow some balls, pull up your pants, take the pacifier out of your face and pull the fuck out onto the highway!!

Some people actually drive because they have places to go.... and sure sure, "its the journey, not the destination" and "the ride IS the fun part" yeah yeah yeah, I get it.... I'm a huge road-trip fan.... but I don't get fucking paid to drive to work, I get fucking paid to be there moron.... obviously you don't grasp this concept cause you're still driving the Honda Civic your parents paid for half of when you were 17!
Fuck your Prius, fuck your kids middle school honor roll, fuck the bobble head in your back window, fuck your coexist sticker, fuck your license plate frame with a stupid saying on it, and you know what... fuck you too! Buy a metro ticket and stay off the fuckin road!

(If you've got any great DC idiot driver complaints... you can leave them in the comments section, or send them over to me at blog@casta.no and I'll be happy to add them to the list!)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Love vs. The Road to Nowhere

Have you ever followed friends over to somebodies house and left before they did? Next thing you know you're driving in circles for 2 hours running into dead end roads, cul-de-sacs, and on way streets that seem to start from nowhere.

Is love really any different?

Well, maybe..... with love and relationships, your GPS, your On-Star and your smart phone are all utterly fucking useless.... there aren't even any printed maps.

Maybe somebody Google will get there shit together so "Where's my soul-mate?" gives something a little more useful then the nonsensical drivel that it does now! Google THIS!

Sorry for the minor melancholy moment there..... I'm headed out for another Saturday night quest in the futile pursuit for true love.... who's up for a beer or 9?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I want my F'cking allowance back!

This little rant is probably a result of my stress level, maybe increased frustration from silly drama...... or it could be my intense hatred of being nothing more then a corporate sellout feeding the machine!

Truth is: I totally love my job. I've been a nerd at heart for as long as I can remember and always dreamed of having the job I have now.... granted when I got here, I realized there's even farther I can go. So I've since moved my goals forward to the next step in line and I think there's a pretty good chance that when I get there.... I'll push it one more step forward!


Side note: (and totally cheesy) I saw a poster on a wall of a vendors warehouse when I was on a tour in Chicago for work a few weeks ago... it said "The truly successful are never satisfied" I *love* it..... ok haters, liberals and crunchies... tear me a new one for that, I dare you!


Back on topic though, workin for The Man..... I remember a long time ago I said I'd rather do something i love, and something I really enjoy then work a job I hate all on a quest for money and status. To quote the great Bob Dylan: "Oh, the times they are a changin!" I've started to see things I want, good, bad, materialistic and otherwise.....  I love cars, beer, vacations and motorcycles.... I want to be able to give my wife (who doesn't exist yet) the opportunity to stay home for as long as she wants when we have kids (or work, and I'll stay home, I might LOVE that!).... I want to be able to pay for college if my kids want to go, I want to enjoy my retirement if I ever get there.... and all of it is a LOT easier with MONEY!

Here's the thing though, its so simple to get there... all it takes is hard work. There's only one problem with that though.... I DON'T WANNA!!!!!

I don't wanna have to listen to other people or play by their rules. I don't wanna pay taxes, I don't wanna have to come in on time either! I don't wanna deal with office politics, obnoxious rumors or have to deal with other peoples personal problems!

In truth, I really miss the times where fun was just all there was. Really laugh, really have no cares....no bills, no worries, no rent, no car payments, no mortgage. Like we did when we were kids..... but I love my cars, my trips, my toys and everything else the hard work gets me.... there are time I wish I could just have my fucking allowance back! A few grand a month, you know, just for being around..... that would be one hell of a world huh?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Missed connections?

I'm still not sure how it works.... this whole friendship, love, relationships deal.

I guess what I'm wondering about these days is how a potential "connection" can be so wildly different for two people in the same situation. After working on following my New Years resolution to make on average one new friend a day, I've been led in so many different directions its hard to really understand whats going on.

I decided that maybe just "a new person" wasn't all that would count..... for YEARS I've been known as, well... a bit of a talker.... and yeah, I still am! I just downright can't shut up sometimes! I thought that in addition to meeting totally new people, I could spend some time with acquaintances, drinking buddies, even friends I just haven't really caught up with in a while. Ask them some more questions, let them lead the conversations, and do as much listening, understanding and thinking (in silence) as possible.

At almost 8 and half months into the year I've found 3 things:

1) Meeting new people isn't nearly as hard as you think it is!
2) Once given the chance to speak, you'd be AMAZED how much some people really have to say.
3) Peoples views of the world around them, the same one you're in, can be so incredibly different that it never ceases to amaze me.

Another lesson I seem to be learning over and over again, from both sides of the disaster, is this phenomenon I keep referring to as "missed connections". Not like the one's on Craig's List where you see the beautiful girl from across the street and don't have the balls to go say hi, or the girl of your dreams suddenly appears on the opposite metro platform and, like a scene in a movie, is gone by the time you can run over there.

This is much more of a timing and perception issue. Maybe its because of how simply amazed I am at human nature combined with my picky-ness and total lack of a normal span of attention. (Whoever said everyone grows out of ADD either never really had, or is just crazy!) I've spent a ton of time socializing and working to foster some of these relationships into better friendships with more understanding, more emotion and most importantly more trust. You'd be amazed how attractive it is to just find someone that can speak without interruption and hold my attention for hours at a time. Its rare, refreshing and wonderfully motivating.

Am I kidding myself? Maybe I'm just masking my embarrassment in admitting that I'm 31 years old, single, building a career, life, and future all the while wondering when "that girl" is finally going to show up. I've caught myself really developing serious interest in someone I set out to merely add to my life as a new face, a new story and hopefully after some hours of conversations, drinks and good times.... add some new life lessons and some new great stories along with it.

Here, is where it starts to get dangerous. I've found it VERY hard to distinguish between my quest to be a better friend and my never ending parallel quest for the ideal relationship. The question I have left unanswered at this point is: What's so different? What makes a "relationship" so different from a "friendship"? Is it love, faith, physical attraction, comfort, lust, loyalty or respect? Is it that one of those emotions exist in one and not in the other? or is just the level of all of them combined is more in a relationship then a friendship?

If meeting people is easy, finding new friends is too. Its falling in love that seems to be so damn hard. Will I continue to fall for the wrong person at the wrong time?

Hell, if it happens to me, is it happening to them too? Are they *MY* missed connections, or *OUR* missed connections?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Will I ever be famous? Will I ever be rich?

I can't help but think about it sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with my job and I surely love my life. I'm actually in a really good place right now..... but..... sometimes.....

I'm watching TV, the news, seeing a new movie...... and I catch myself wondering, dreaming that little kid dream of being a rock star, being president, being on TV, having people recognize me in the mall. Hell, I'd even be happy to hide from TMZ's cameras and spend valuable time in my day telling the world that whatever Perez Hilton said about me is a lie!

I guess I just wonder sometimes.... Am I the only one? Do other grown adults with jobs, responsibilities and lives actually think about this crap?? I guess we'll just have to see... maybe my blog will resonate with millions and I'll get famous that way. Maybe I'll start reading them and acting them out on YouTube and being the next online star! (yes, that's actually a link to a few of my videos)

All I know for sure is that I've always had this insane desire to make my mark on the world somehow. Be famous, save something, be a rockstar, a newscaster, an actor.... maybe someday I'll figure it all out! Or, maybe I'll just let it go... and grab a nice cold big beer at happy hour, tell my friends about my dreams of being a superstar, and spend a little time a tiny bit un-sober acting like I really could!

Who's comin with me?

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Root of All That's Evil, Typical

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a while though..... talking to people about it in little pieces, maybe even using them a little to help me form what might actually be a complete thought. The crazy part is, sometimes when I think I'm just going to let my mind rest for a bit..... the most random things inspire a new twist, or a new perspective.


"Typical", it really is the root of all that's evil. I even use like a slang term to show disappointment, or recognition of expected failure. Its like if your friend is telling you a story about a hypothetical Filipino guy you both know (who is surely not a real guys I was drinking with pretty much all last week!!) who happened to drop his pants in public.... AGAIN, you respond by saying "typical". Or when you're at the bar with a bunch of your friends, nice guys, jobs, nice cars, funny, treat women with respect.... you know, the kinda guy that you'd let you little sister date.... and the next thing you know, the cute girl one of them has been talking to walks out the front door with your average popped collar, fauxhawk (examples) sporting D-bag who spent the entire night fist pumping to bad techo remixes of 80's songs..... and your friends all look at each after seeing them leave and say.... "Typical"

Those are just the cheeky fun examples too.... it doesn't get ugly until you start with legit real world issues and conflicts: racists, homo-phobics, abusive drunks, ignorant American's who lack the desire to actually educate themselves.... All of them are just quick examples of the worst kind of typical there is: "Typical thinking"

I'm not sure how to stop it from happening, other than to do the best I can every single day to talk to people, learn new things, observe, analyze, and expand my own world. Do the most atypical things I can.

The phrase I've heard most on the subject is that a lot of people are just "a product of their times". It seems like such a cop-out doesn't it? To simply justify and excuse their lack of thinking by saying things like "that's just how they were raised" or "he doesn't know any better, its ok".

Well guess what; it is NOT ok! Take a break from your typical day at your typical job in your typical office and do us all a favor.... meet people, read a newspaper, watch some CNN, do something, anything...... to try to absorb, understand and change.

Then when you're ready to re-enter the world a better person, let me know. I'd be happy to buy you a few drinks and debate life, politics, war, drugs, music or whatever else you can think of and hopefully..... I'll learn a few new things from you!

"Yeah I know there’s got to be another level
Somewhere closer to the other side
And I’m feeling like it’s now or never
Can I break the spell of the typical
The typical, the typical, uh huh"

     -- Mute Math, "Typical"

(amazing song, well worth checking out. link above is to the video for the song on youtube)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Facebook Stalking.... really?!

Here's one that probably strikes near and dear to your hearts..... Facebook stalking!!! Here you were thinking stalking meant following someone around, showing up at the same places, asking their friends about them, if you're serious about it maybe some black military face paint and old camo pants....... hell, maybe in the digital age it meant hacking their e-mail, or trying to read their text messages, but yet again the socially incompetent and mildly insecure have managed to fine yet another way to be a complete nuisance!

This finally hit strike 3 for me... so out with it:

Strike 1) My attempts to finally pull together any semblance of what would be a normal relationship with yet another one of my infamous ex's: The Anti-Christ Jump to just a few months ago. I went to the Dominican Republic for Tuff and Jazz's wedding and took the Anti-Christ as my date, and other than fighting a bit toward the end and me basically telling her to be out of my room and on a plane by the time I got back that night... things were going well! hahaha (we're passionate people, what can I say?!)

We're back in the US, we realize just how much fun we really had on vacation together and, we decided "we just need to spend some more time face to face" Sounds like a good plan, right? Riiiiight.... This until I get a random text message one day, totally out of the blue that says: "Maybe we shouldn't see each other anymore" and I'm thinking "WTF?!" So a nearly 2 hour text message conversation followed by a solid 3 hours on the phone reveals that the Anti-Christ doesn't think *I'M* ready for a relationship because she "see's the way I act on facebook" and I'm "surely not at a point in my life where I'm ready for an adult relationship"!!! Apparently, in no particular order, I have too many friends, I have too much fun, I take pictures with too many people, and there's obviously no room in my life for anyone new. (666 and I have known each other since 1st grade, not sure how's she's new, but whatever)

Now I bet you're asking yourself.... "How could this possibly get any better?!!?"

Here is where I leave you my friends.... to tune in another day for Strikes 2 and 3, entitled "Facebook Stalking, Strike 2 - Co-workers who can't take a joke" and to round out the trilogy of online buffoonery "Facebook Stalking, Strike 3 - What do you mean we've never met in person but you have other guy friends!?"

Bottom line for me here is, like in many of the posts back and forth in the last few weeks about social networking, public image, and of course.... judging other people..... I just learned that lesson again the hard way. If you're going to put something on facebook, take pictures of you being a little crazy with your friends, have potential girlfriends/fb's look at your profile when you don't expect..... You are 100% surely going to be judged for it, whether you like it or not! You just have to be tough enough to really not give a shit. Either that, or watch what you post cause the Facebook Stalkers are def looking!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Social Media - The Clash, The Pimps and The Consumers

So myself and a few others have managed to wrap ourselves up in discussions lately regarding social media, its dress code, interest groups, uses, and the people that use, create, innovate and otherwise shape how we'll all digest the random rambling of our closest group a few million friends and loved ones on Twitter, Facebook and others.

If you're just jumping into the conversation let me start with a quick over of the homework you'll need to read to prepare for today's lesson. It all started with a friend of mine @allusagirl re-tweeting a link to a blog from @mikeschaffer entitled "Social Media, Put Some Damn Pants On". (read here first) It was this blog that stirred my semi-pigheaded and slightly over the top ranting reply which I antagonistically entitled "Social Media, Take Your Damn Pants Off!". Finally, we're arrived at this morning when Mike wrote another blog called "A Social Media Culture Clash?" in which he discusses the differing aspects of social media for 2 groups he calls the "Techies" and the "Marketers" and poses a few questions:

Do you see a split in social media? How can we unite all sides of the industry?  Can we all work together…or are the philosophical differences just too great to overcome?
 Here's where it starts to get difficult for me. As much as I'd love to respond to the people encouraging me to give my opinion on his questions; I just don't think its possible. Instead, I pose a separate question and I'll even arrogantly answer myself! :-P

Do we even WANT to unite both sides? and "both" is that the right term, are there only 2 sides? I tend to thing there's a lot more. Make no mistake, I 100% completely agree with Mike that there is a bit of an online battle going on and its transitioned from online country to country slowly eating up and marring the shiny pure finish of every new technology and platform that's out there. Hell, even social media's reason for being is a debate depending solely on perspective.


Social media sites and their owners want to sell ad space, users want to post 2,482 pictures of their friends, vendors and businesses want us to buy their products...... there are artists looking to become stars, single people looking for love (in all the wrong places), employers looking for their next million dollar baby.... and of course, the newest addition to the fight marketing and PR firms... the "pimps" of the whorish social media world. The group that's always trying to see you something, trying to get you to look their way... they've tried direct marketing, telemarketing, pop up adds, e-mail campaigns, buying Google listing, and now social media is simply the new battleground for them to wage war on consumers.

We started throwing out your junk mail, not listing our phone numbers, we added pop-up blockers to just about every web browers written or used by anyone with over a 5th grade education, we labeled your Google listing as "Sponsored", we invented "SPAM filtering" to catch your e-mails, and of course.... we've even come up with web browser extensions like adblock plus to hide you silly little ad boxes on just about any site we visit.

What's left, well.... looks like Twitter is still neutral uncontrolled ground! Have you ever tweeted about how much you hate All State, or how much you REALLY love M&M's and next thing you know you're being followed by @esurance or being invited to vote on color choices by @mmsgreen?! That's them, the jackals of the social media animal planet.... wait for you to show your weakness, and pounce!

So I guess for now, the battle wages on..... we create new ways to share our lives and keep in touch, and they keep finding ways to jump in and try to sell us something with it!

To answer the most important question from Mike's blog "Can we all work together?"..... No. Its always been us against them, and as long as we have money to spend, and they have things to sell us..... the suit wearing pimps of the marketing world will always find ways to put it in front of us.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Social Media, Take Your Damn Pants Off!

Ranting
And that overpriced Macy's tie, your wanna-be french cuffed Hugo Boss button down shirt, and while you're at it... you can probably ditch the sunglasses, stop dangling the keys to your BMW M3 with the personalized plates "PR DBAG" and go back to your ineffective marketing firm.

(P.S. dress pants with pleats make you're ass look fat! everyone knows that! To quote the amazing George Carlin "fat ass docker pants)

Explanation
You might be wondering what exactly would cause a normally reserved, laid back, and fun loving guy like me to go on such a rant? hahahaha Well, this time it was in response to a blog post by Mike Schaffer entitled "Social Media, Put Some Damn Pants On!" I suggest reading it if you have the time, but I'll paraphrase myself. He's basically saying that at a conference here in DC basically about Twitter being used for marketing purposes that he was "embarrassed" by what he explained as a few of the presenter being "dress[ed] like slovenly slobs" and urged them to join the ranks of the appropriately dressed "marketing professionals" who had on suits, ties, and professional attire. He went on to say that he "had trouble taking them seriously" because of it. Also, he asked a few questions at the end of his post:

"Am I overreacting?  Is dress code really all that important in our industry?  And if so, what should the standard be?"

You guys ready for this one? ..... YES, you're overreacting..... here's a tip: TWITTER AND FACEBOOK AREN'T FOR YOU! THEY'RE FOR 'US' THAT'S WHY YOU'RE USING THEM GENIUS!!!**

(**Note pointed out by a friend.... "us" means the entire user base of twitter, facebook and other social media sites... not "us - the nerds" not "us - the marketing people" and sure not "us - the vendors")

As for a dress code being important in your industry.... I don't have a damn clue, and really I'd say most of the general population doesn't give a shit if you'd like to wear expensive clothes, spend too much time getting ready in the morning and waste more money on dry cleaning and experimenting with new hair products!

Have you ever heard that phrase "When in Rome"? I means when in Rome, does as the Romans do.... if you're in someone elses house and they take their shoes off when they're on the new carpet... well guess what, I'm a wage earning, Audi driving, vacation taking, college drop-out, DMB fan with a solid salary and a taste for nice cars, new toys, fine furniture, good food and obscenely expensive watches....... you know what I don't like.... Suits, ties, fancy pants, ridiculous shoes, bullshit handshaking, ivy league grads and d-bag's with a bullshit smile on their face trying to sell me something.

I'm a nerd, and I don't wear pants! If you and your marketing buddies don't think your customers want my money, that's fine... there's plenty of people out there who do. Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google Buzz, etc.... that's MY house, so my not so fellow Roman... TAKE YOUR F'ING PANTS OFF IN MY HOUSE! You want to sell me something, convince me your candidate is the right one, get me to make a donation, log on and give you my credit card number for whatever it is you're "marketing" for.... look like me, talk like me, understand me.... and I'll respect you and ultimately trust you a lot more.

Questions and Followup
I guess I have a set of my own questions to pose..... What do you WANT to wear to work? What are you most comfortable in? Should customers/clients/buyers judge you by what you're wearing, or is it all irrelevant because twitter, facebook, myspace and all other online adds simply don't bear the faces and outfits of the people who wrote, paid for and distributed them?

P.S. Mike, is that a picture of you on your Twitter page wearing a button down shirt top 2 buttons open, jeans and your hands in your pockets? and wait wait wait... is your Twitter icon a red t-shirt with yellow letters that say "Proud to be Awesome"... who's presenting what image now?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Techonology of My Diet

Have you ever wondered how a geek would go on a diet? Well.... I can't say for how they'd all do it, but... I'm surely a geek and this is how I'm going about it! :-P

So for those of you that have known me for a while you'll remember when I was even heavier than I am now... pushing 300 pounds. Long story short, I went to the doc for a physical and she basically told me (after we had become friends and go out drinking together a few times).... "you're fat, its unattractive and its killing you"... DAMN! That's one way to go about it... pretty damn convincing too!

That same night I started my diet, lost a ton of weight, but... ultimately let my diet slide while I was dating The Nightmare. Between the stress of my relationship, all the traveling I was doing and working on getting a new job at work.... I reverted right back to my old ways and started gaining weight back. Add to that my trips for Tuff and Jazz's wedding, some bachelor parties, Dummer's wedding, trips to NYC and visiting other rights.... I had gained almost half the weight back.

So here we are at the present day and I've had enough. New clothes I bought during the last diet don't fit again, I'm back to being overtired, irritable, always hungry and of course.... I'm not lookin to hot either. This past Monday was enough for me, I'm back on my diet. Keeping it pretty simple, I ordered a bunch of food from NutriSystem... all prepackaged, most of it healthy, easy to keep track of my calorie intake and what types of things I'm eating.... and I even found a little calorie counter application from my Droid from FatSecret.com. It keeps a daily log of everything you eat with all the nutrition information, helps track your weight and gives you reports on how you're doing.

So basically between the online order for the food, the app I downloaded for my Droid, and tracking my progress in online graphs and charts.... I'm hoping my geek-ness which love for the bar code scanner built into the FatSecret app, and my desire to fit into all my clothes, be healthier and more attractive... this time I'll stick to it a little better!

Lets see what happens!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Personalized Plate Fail

Ok here we go. I took this picture of a car in front of me on the way to work this morning.... as if personalized plates aren't bad enough (Moon Twinkle, yes I know you love boys with personalized plates).... can you see whats in the picture to right here?! Its not a "MD" plate, or a "VET" plate, not even an "EMS" of "VF" (volunteer fire)..... no no, its an "NHL" plate!!!

That the f'kin f'ck!? Are we to think that Alex Ovechkin is driving an 2005 Accord to work?! Or is it safe to assume that this putz actually thinks being a hockey fan somehow needs to recognized legally by the Virgina Department of Motor Vehicles!?

What's the point here? Do you get special parking somewhere? Maybe your Accord doubles as a Zamboni? Do you hope to get out of ticket because or it? Was a donation made in your name to an organization to help NHL players who suffer from frostbite or extreme splinters from their hockey sticks??

At least actually get personalized plates not just those ridiculous numbers.... maybe something like "CAPSFAN" or maybe "CAPSRUL".... you could even get creative with the whole thing and go with "IBLOALX"..... I'd still make fun of you, but jeez man.... but in some effort!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Welcome to the Revolution

I can't say for sure exactly when it'll be here..... but I have this feeling as time goes on that we're passing the point of no return.

It actually started a little while back while I was dating The Nightmare (who shall remain nameless, as will almost all other mentions of friends, foes, family and ex's! hahaha) and my cousin Piano Man was in town. We had a late night discussion after he was at a conference at Georgetown all morning about social media. We talked about how pure it is right now, how powerful it is, how many people it reaches and of course how accessible it is. Yet, I couldn't help this feeling.... like I knew eventually it would turn on us. We've come to trust it, I've heard stories time and time again from friends in the academic world (which I rejected and run from a long time ago) that students cite wikipedia in papers, find websites that they can't seem to verify, make references to youtube videos.....

Are you ready for it.... as this things occur more and more, as new kids find them, read them, watch them, trust them... we get closer to the horrific phrase all us nerds make fun of.... "It must be true, I read on the Internet!"

There are some many follow ups to this blog, I wish I had started writing about them much earlier when they were actually happening. I will however follow up them up later and fill you in on the conversations I've had since then with Piano Man, Jersey, a few of the members of Club Brown, and of course my own single minded, sometimes not well thought out, but guaranteed to be unedited ideas of my own.