Archive for the 'Friendship' Category

  • 11.27.07 "Sarcasm for Grown-Ups" is posted in Friendship, Reflections, Relationships
    • For the longest time I looked at sarcasm as a way of life, but the older I get the more I realize we have to be careful with our words and grow up a little.

      I was on a camping trip earlier this year and made a snide remark about a dear friend of mine, one who has been like a sister to me in the last five years. It led to a couple serious conversations and a vastly improved friendship–one with a little bit gentler teasing. And I now doubly understand:

      A similar thing happened to me not too long ago with my sister. I know her intentions were innocuous, but it struck a chord. And now a serious conversation awaits.

      A love for sarcasm was not something that came to me by chance. (more…)

  • 11.26.07 "Lots of photos: DC Tech, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Jazz in the Park, and more…" is posted in Friendship, Photos, Too
    • If you’ve seen me with a camera in the last few months; i.e., if you’ve seen me at all–you’ll probably find your picture in one of these albums.

      Note: This will be the last round of divided photos between Flickr and Coppermine–after this blog post, everything will be uploaded exclusively to Flickr…

      DC Tech Events…

      Halloween Parties at Jack’s, Katie’s, and Old Dominion

      Thanksgiving in Boston

      Boston and Marblehead in September

      The Last Jazz in the Sculpture Garden (and the next dozen or so photos)

  • 9.15.07 "The Depressing Internet and the Refreshing Real World, for a change" is posted in Friendship, Reflections
    • Browsing around the web can be such an echo chamber, reinforcing everything you’re looking for, for better or worse. The addition of social networking has exacerbated the effect–now you can feel as popular or unpopular as you’d like, depending on the variable you’re looking to compare. At 12:30am on this Saturday morning, my glass is decidedly not full. Hopefully in the morning it’ll all be better.

      Even with all our methods of contact and keeping in touch, does it really help us to feel any more a part of a community? Sure, there are more places to participate, but that also means there are more places to feel behind or out of the loop. With all the communities where one can be popular, one can always turn a corner to find a place where they really haven’t made it.

      Both locally and nationally I can always turn to my left and see someone who’s made it big. While I may not be a worthy judge, deep down I still have some opinion about whether or not they deserve it. When it comes to internet popularity the “wisdom of the crowd” is so often merely a litmus test for “pretty good” but rarely accurate enough for “truly the best.” The difference between a hero and a superhero is how many sneezing fans they have, not the existence of superpowers. (more…)

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