Archive | February, 2008

Absence

This past month my real world life has completely obliterated my virtual one. It is odd because increasingly I feel that the virtual world is more vibrant or at east that more is possible virtually than physically. In the physical world everything takes so much time. I was commuting to a town only twenty miles away to sit at a computer that was similar to the computer where I sit and write in the morning. It took two hours to physically travel there. It would take two hours to return. I have started working at a new job that performs analysis of what is called “consumer generated media” or the blogosphere for companies and people who can afford to pay for the intensive data collection and number crunching required to figure out what people are saying about them online and to do something about it. Generally, this doing something about it is positive. It involves listening and understanding why people are saying the things they are saying. It is odd that it takes so much energy to listen to the blogosphere with its promise of instant, global publication. The trick is that there is so much noise, chatter, and talk. In this explosion of noise, it is difficult to focus. So, it is interesting work. And ironically although I am in virtual space at work, my working place requires me to physically move my body from my town to their town. At least it is only a half-hour away.

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Blog-Style News: The Man Who Couldn’t Blog’s Wisdom – A Boy a Cat and LifeBoat

Matt Briggs's Red Guy
The Man Who Couldn’t Blog has posted some illustrations I drew for his posts. An illustrations looks like this, a post look like this. They are all here.

October 18

Checked the sample locker, and it’s been static for some time. No one cares anymore, like this is it.

Surroundings? It’s gray all over. Walls. Chairs. Bins. Counter. Coffee pot. Coffee har har. Leaves. I bring them in and tape them to the wall. Scotch tape. Gray tape dispenser.

Better for them. No stimulus.

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In other blog-style news, I’ve started to receive great contributions to my blog, A Boy, a Cat, a Lifeboat. I’ve already posted a piece by Brandon Scott Gorrell and will post today a confession by John Olson. In the next couple of weeks work by Claudia Smith and Justin Dobbs. I hope you are interested in sending something in.

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