Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Pit Stop

Some of you might have wondered why posts are becoming relatively rare on this blog. From daily updates they turned into every other day updates and now there are even a few days' worth of a break in between posts. Well, there are several levels to explanation for this phenomenon.
First, we have been watching lots of films lately. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it takes time: both for watching as well as reviewing in my reviews blog. Although hardly anyone reads my reviews, they still consume large portions of my blogging time, but at least through them I get to enjoy my films more. By the way, posting photos on Flickr takes a while as well - processing, uploading, writing comments, they're all time consumers.
Second, while I not that long ago I was boasting that I didn't have a cold for over a year, colds are now the order of the day. It seems as though we are doomed to have a monthly cold from now and up until Dylan's immune system sorts itself out, which means that facing the computer while trying to be creative is not the way you want to pass your time. You want to rest, but unlike "the good old days" you can't just abandon everything and go lie down. Recovery, as a result, takes longer and is harder to achieve.
Third, and most importantly, the identity theft of my credit card has been making me come up with questions along the lines of "what is it all for" and "am I digging my own grave here". As I have been saying repeatedly, hardly anyone is really appreciating the effort we're making in order to keep people abreast with the happenings of our lives. I'm talking mainly about the photos we post on Flickr. Most of the day I can't even see those photos (nor can I read my own blog, or just access it for the links I put on it just for my own convenience, to help me find my favorite web pages). I can't stand hearing my family asking for photo prints, and I don't know why I keep telling them again and again that when a photo is on the web they don't need me anymore; they just like the capacity to see that.
On one hand, we could eliminate all pervert exposure danger and all identity theft potential by setting all of our photos to "private", but on the other hand who would see them then? Probably two friends of ours, their cat, and that's it; no one else has bothered creating a Yahoo idea we can register as a Flickr contact. Gone would be the option for putting a line on a Christmas card saying "don't forget to have a look at our photos" (and then getting a comment on how we've grown old since friend X has last seen us).
As far as identity theft is concerned, this blog is really bad. Then again, when you think of the number of people putting their personal info on Facebook, a website known for selling personal info to the highest bidder, who would be stupid enough to waste their time digging for details here?
The reality is that almost everyone I know has some sort of a web presence; it's a sign of the times we live in. We need to live with that, I guess. Not that I can avoid the thought it is too late for me already: I can imagine how my next job interview will go once they Google me up; there's no way I'm getting a job with anyone who is even slightly religiously inclined.
Oh well.

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