January 14th, 2004

Jet (Cowboy Bebop)

So...Mars

Am I the only one tired of the Mars pix? I mean, yes, I'm glad to see we got the Spirit Rover there, but I wasn't amazed at that, since we've gotten probes there before. And I'm glad we're getting pictures from Mars, but I'm not all that impressed, because it just shows that what is there is exactly what we thought was there, rocks and red dirt. If they find something cool, then I'm all for pictures of it, and then I'll be interested, but in the meantime, I'm not impressed by red dirt and rocks.

Now, why not drive that bitch over to the Cydonia Region, and check out the pyramids and the 'face'? Perhaps get a closer look at the D&M Pyramid? People have been curious about them since we first saw pix of Mars in the mid-70's, but, oddly, NASA has always had problems when it came to checking them out, or just flat out refused to...with little explanation. Now, I'm all for research, and I know quite well that those boring shots of red dirt and rocks are telling scientists more than we know...I'm not an idiot. Just saying it seems a little convenient that, for all the things that we initially saw on Mars, we sure never see anything now that we get there...and we refuse to go look for anything in the place where we saw it.

I'm not saying there's anything there...I'm saying we won't know if we don't look. And what's the point of going, if not to learn something?
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Minimal Porn

It's porn...and yet, it's ALMOST work safe. Well, it pretty much IS work safe, but with a little imagination, it becomes porn...or vice versa...

Minimal Porn
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Worship Chaos

Friending

What's all this hoopla about friending and un-friending and whatnot? I see so much complaining and whining about it, and I don't see the big deal. I just read some comments in another journal, where someone actually demanded the other person unfriend them, and if they refused, they would "get their IP address and call the cops".

Excuse me?

First off, that's gotta be the dumbest thing I've heard in days. "Hello, Police? Someone has friended me on LJ, and won't unfriend me!" Their rationale seemed to centre around the ideas that they didn't like the person's journal, and didn't like the person reading their journal. Gee, ever heard of a filtered post? Friends Only, that sort of thing? If you post in public, ANYONE can read it, dear. If someone friends you, they still can't read YOUR filtered posts...so who cares? Get over it. I've got at least one or two people on my friends list that I don't particularly like, but so what? I don't read their journal, and I don't add them to my own list.

Like this whole 'reciprocal friend list' deal. People who automatically add you if you add them back, and drop you if you drop them...what's the point there? The point is popularity, and some sense of not wanting someone to friend someone who isn't your friend or something...as if we all know each other. These are the same people that might actually *gasp* go out of their way to friend you, but then harass you, demanding that you add them back..and dropping you if you don't.

On the flip side, you have the "asshole frienders". These are the ones that don't actually care about friends, they just want to annoy people like those in the last paragraphs. These are the ones that go into a community, and friend everyone in it, usually right around the same time that they annoy the community...I guess they get some kinda charge out of the attention. Again, it's no big deal, since you don't have to read them back, or add them back, or even care about their existence...but people go apeshit about it.

Frankly, the whole 'friending' thing is out of hand. Too many people attach too much significance to it. Me, personally, it's like this: friend me if you like, I don't care. You're welcome to read me. When I see a new person has friended me, I will generally check out their LJ, and friend them back just so I can read them for a while. After some time has passed, if I find I pass over that person's posts, I'll take them off my 'read' filter, and if I also find that they never comment to me, I'll probably drop them off my list completely. Nothing personal, just a matter of housecleaning. Even if I don't read you, I may keep the friends link if you comment back to me, since you are obviously reading. My friends list has nothing to do with popularity, or personal feelings, or what-have-you. If I haven't added you back, it's STILL nothing personal, just a matter of the fact that this is MY journal, and I'll set it up in such a way that is convenient to me.

And isn't that the bottom line?
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The owner of a drug store walks in to find a guy leaning heavily against a wall. The owner asks the clerk, "What's with that guy over there by the wall?"

The clerk says, "Well, he came in here this morning to get something for his cough. I couldn't find the cough syrup, so I gave him an entire bottle of laxative."

The owner says, "You idiot! You can't treat a cough with laxatives!"

The clerk says, "Oh yeah? Look at him, he's afraid to cough!"
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