About This Blog
A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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-- Once I've posted something, I will not make substantive changes to the body of the post. Any changes will be noted with an "EDIT" tag at the bottom of the post in question, or will be noted in a subsequent post. Typos, stylistic errors, and link updates will occur, without time limit (though if it's been a while, I'll let you know). If I really really regret a post, it's likely I'll post about cats or something for a while in pennance. You've been warned.
-- If I find something through the efforts of another blogger (in fact, of anyone I can link to), I'll credit them with a link (the style of such a link is pretty much up to my mood, so don't expect consistency in that area).
-- My comment policy is listed below.
I like comments, and I'll keep them activated. HOWEVER, if you want to start a flamewar, go somewhere else. If you want to get me to start arguing with you about Ohio State vs. Michigan, whether Mormons are Christian, how stupid being spoiler free is, or pretty much anything else inflamatory (inflamatory is in the eye of me in this case -- if you don't trust my judgement, too bad), go somewhere else. All links to pornography, all instances of vulgar language, and anything else I don't think is appropriate for my sisters, brother, neice, and nephew to see (ages 1-18), or quite frankly appropriate for ME to see, will be edited as I see fit (probably with links to something else, or alternate words, or what have you). All spam comments, including blatant off-topic self-promotion, will be deleted. If you've been banned, feel free to email me; if you're uncivil, please know that I'm interested in finding out exactly how many people I can add to my killfile without bringing my processer speed to zero, and don't mind using your address in my experiments. I reserve the right to delete and/or ban anyone I want. If you need to say it that badly, go get your own blog. They're free, you know.
A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
This is sad...
And I feel bad for Steven Den Beste. He's one of my favorite online authors, alongside James Lileks (this is opposed to favorite bloggers -- I don't categorize Lileks or Den Beste alongside Glenn Reynolds or Frank J., because they're doing something clearly different, I think). But if I got this kind of email every two days, I'd stop writing, too, I think. And stuff like this is just so unproductive that if I regularly encountered it, I'd probably take a year off of the internet. It's really regrettable that he's taking what amounts to an indefinite leave of absence from writing, because I felt that what he was writing was insightful and informative and also (more importantly) because at one time he really got a lot out of it.
At the same time that I mourn his absence from the online world, though, I also admire his ability to step back and say "no more." Sometimes there are things that take more out of you than they give back, and it can take a lot of guts (and energy) to actually walk away from them. I can say with growing certainty that I stayed at Disneyland about eight months longer than was probably healthy for me or them; the level of bitterness and disenchantment (partially for objectively valid reasons, and partially due to withdrawal) would have been a lot lower if I had quit sooner, and I'd probably be a lot more likely to actually want to step foot inside the Happiest Place on Earth (and spend money on Disney stuff in the future) if I had. At this point the likelihood of me going to Disneyland to enjoy myself is approximately the same as the likelihood of me going to a Southern Baptist Convention anti-Mormon rally for the fellowship and spiritually uplifting feelings. I hope that Den Beste is stepping away early enough that he'll think about writing again, in six months or a year or whatever, and not want to blow up his computer.
And I hope that the work he's already done will stay online, because I thought it was very valuable (and educational). The internet would feel like a less interesting place without his posts.
Meanwhile, as long as the site is up at all, it'll stay on my blog roll. That way when I go through looking for dead sites and URL changes, I'll be able to see if he's come back yet. Hope to see you again soon, Steve. posted by Sarah at 12:17 AM. |