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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Everyone is Here, Everyone is Gone

I'll be honest. This blog doesn't get an eighth of the readers it did in its heyday. Though I am fine with this and think I write for different reasons now anyway, I would like to explore an element relating to my decreased patronage.
A major reason for a decrease in readers is that I went more than two years without significantly posting. Another is that I am obviously not as prolific entrywise in comparison to earlier times. I think the main reason is because of one missing link.
Shortly after I quit blogging, and shortly before I got married, I took down the Nicsperiment link on Facebook. At the time, Facebook was still accessible to college students and recent graduates only. Unless you had a college e-mail address, you could not create an account. Obviously this is not the case now. Four years ago, my classmates, friends, and relatives my age had easy access to the Nicsperiment because there was a link to and description of it at the top of my then often-used Facebook page. People I wanted to share my opinions with came from there in droves. I know this from their comments on this blog and their comments to me in the ever decreasing real-world. I also know this because Internet software told me so.
Anyway, four years later Facebook is not just for college students and recent graduates. It is for everyone. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. I am Facebook friends with my parents' friends. I certainly do not want my parents' friends to read this. I don't even want my own parents, God bless them, to read this. So I am certainly not linking back to Facebook.
Also, you are now googled when you apply for a job. Old friends used to find my blog all the time by googling me to see what I had been up to. Because of the first sentence in this paragraph, my name is most certainly not attached to this blog anymore.
All aspects of the Internet world are becoming less private, the sense of frontier and freedom it holds less existant.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Being an Expecting Dad is Weird/Parental Assimilation

I was about to start posting about how weird it is to be an expecting dad, but the guy who sits next to me at work just had a seizure. I called 911, we propped him up, and he is at the emergency room now, awake and okay. Craziness.
Anyway, being an expecting dad is weird because, like what just happened here 10 minutes ago, things are pretty much out of your hands. You can treat your wife well, you can read books on everything, and most importantly, you can pray, but that is it. The whole thing is in God's hands, and you just have to trust Him that everything is okay. Having a baby is definitely a faith builder, and that aspect makes me even more thankful that the whole thing is happening.
Every morning I wake up an hour early and jog. I love it. It makes me feel great. I started doing it when I started this new job last fall because here I pretty much never move my body. The funny thing about running in the morning is there is no one else running in the morning. Most mornings I see no one. One morning I saw three people and I thought the sky was falling. In the afternoons, though, the sidewalks are packed. After a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is run. I am exhausted. I don't get why that is when everyone else wants to exercise. Maybe I am slowly picking up my parents early-rise, crash in the evening habits. Strange.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Paper Death

I just got back from a wonderfully relaxing vacation to Grand Isle. Okay, it only lasted two days, but it was lovely. Before I left I had a conversation with some friends on the death of the newspaper. This topic makes me very sad, but apparently no one I know cares.
I know it kills trees and all, but I love having the printed word before me. Plus, it smells so good. I don't like staring at a computer screen. Many people blame the Internet for the newspaper's demise, but I will now point the finger at something else:
Cable news networks.
Fox News, CNN, MSNBC.
All of them.
Maybe I think Fox News sucks the worst.
They all suck, though.
When I got home last night, I watched about three hours of TV. Give me a break, I was tired. Every time I flipped by a cable news channel the same story occupied the top half of the screen: JON AND KATE OVER? The most important news item for the majority of the night was whether or not a reality TV couple is going to break up. This is not news. This is not important to the rest of the world. This is none of our business. Many people prefer to leave their televisions on these channels than to leave them turned off. Meanwhile, newspapers all across the nation are going out of business. I think it is way easier to sit at home and watch mind-numbing stories for hours than to actually thumb through a paper and engage your mind with what is going on in the world. Maybe we are all too tired.