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Random Thoughts for August 12th 
12th-Aug-2008 11:04 am
Misc - paper butterflies
In an effort to update my journal with something besides "I'm sooooo bussssssy..."

I am on Facebook but I virtually never go there (I don't even have time to play on LJ!), except when someone I know in real life friends me. Today? I was friended by my aunt. My AUNT. I'd really like to leave a message on her wall to the effect of, "Wow...Facebook really is mainstream if even the old people are doing it." However, she's also a cop, and I don't know if I feel like risking getting my ass kicked.

Also, I discovered a site called Garfield Minus Garfield.  If you haven't seen this, it's a guy who takes Garfield comics, takes Garfield out of them leaving just Jon, and posts them.  It's actually often rather existential and disturbing, but fascinating to look at.  Just in case you don't believe me, here are some strips...













Comments 
12th-Aug-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Garfield minus Garfield is hilarious and heartbreaking.

Dude, friend your aunt. DUDE, FRIEND ME.
12th-Aug-2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ooooh...I will have to do so.

In fact...I have done so.

I am a total slacker with Facebook. I've never actually searched for anyone before. And I get tons of requests to do things and join things from some real life friends but never get around to it.
12th-Aug-2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you take Garfield out of the picture and you realize Jon has issues.

I rarely go on Facebook either. Once in awhile when I know some big thing is being organized and I don't want to miss any information...too much family is hunting me down (aunts, uncles) which means lots of limited profile access :-)
12th-Aug-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Without my doing it intentionally, it's kind of sorted out that LJ is all people I only know online, and Facebook is almost completely people I know in real life. Which is fine, since I don't want to worry about filtering real-life people off some posts I don't want them to know about, and like most LJers I don't publicize my real name since you never know when someone who seems nice will turn out to be crazypants. But it's easier to just text my real-life friends, so I never bother logging onto Facebook to send them messages.

The strange thing is getting friended out of the blue by old high school or college friends. So far everyone who's done that has been someone I have fond memories of, but I'm never sure if they're actually interested in getting back in touch or just bored late at night and friending everyone they vaguely remember. The friendships I've made online have involved plenty of chatting and communication, so it's kind of an odd feeling.
12th-Aug-2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I do the exact same thing as you: Facebook are people I actually know in RL and livejournal are all my online friends...and it's pretty much for the same reasons as you.

On the one hand it's been cool getting reaquainted with old high school (even elementary school!) friends, but for the most part a lot of them just sit on my friends list. They're not people I still hang out with so there was the initial "hey! how's it going?!" and then nada...because everyone's moved on with their lives. Of course now my family keeps popping up with friend requests and that's just odd because there are some things I just don't want my family to be fully aware of (as in, mind your own business!).
12th-Aug-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
"Moving on with their lives" is a good description. There's one person in particular who I was pretty good friends with in college, but aside from a phone call about 18 months after we graduated, I haven't interacted with them since graduation. And now, years later, they've friended me. So part of me wants to send them a tentative message to see if the friendship would start up again, but part thinks, "If you had something in common besides college, you'd have stayed friends afterwards, so just let it lie."
12th-Aug-2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
I came to that point of realizing that it wasn't necessary to be friends like we once were. I'm good with a casual "how's it going, what are you up to now?" but I no longer feel the need to make it anything more than what it is. Like you I figure if we were meant to be friends it would have happened...or will happen...but otherwise let's all move on.
12th-Aug-2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
I freaking love Garfield Minus Garfield! Can't remember how I found it originally, but it's ~*~genius~*~.
12th-Aug-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I think maybe someone told me about it before, because I felt a bit of deja vu when I first started reading it, but then I just started clicking hypnotically through the entire blog without stopping. I'm glad that Jim Davis gets what this guy is doing and doesn't have an issue with it, as I would hate to see something like this go away.

I should have created a tag called "things I desperately wish I'd been cool enough to think of" for this entry.
12th-Aug-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ahahah! Garfield without Garfield is so wonderful. Thanks for passing on! :D

As for Facebook, I had to do a project at work that was along the lines of exploring setting up a Fortune 500 company with a Facebook page and now my Facebook account is littered with all of my coworkers, bosses and upper management. If I ever wanted to use my facebook account, that urge is officially quenched now.
12th-Aug-2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it totally wonderful? (Kinda disturbing, but wonderful nonetheless.)

That kind of thing is another reason I'm reluctant to do much in Facebook. I know that people have to be your friends to see what's on there, so it limits co-workers or potential bosses from seeing everything you do. But I'd find it hard to refuse a friend request from a co-worker or real life acquaintaince for fear of offending them...so it's best to just keep it simple over there. There was a kerfuffle amongst some of my friends recently and they were cautioning each other not to make allusions to it on Facebook and I thought, yeah, I'm glad not to have that worry!
12th-Aug-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
My mom recently joined Facebook so that she could look at some pictures from the wedding of the son of an old friend of hers. She was beyond confused, didn't friend me and never got to look at the pictures. I was quite relieved. ^_^

Garfield minus Garfield is a brilliant idea. I should go browsing through the site, rather than just looking at what other people show me.
12th-Aug-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. I don't know what I'd do if my mother wanted to friend me, on any website. She'd probably have the same result if she tried Facebook, though - she's very intelligent, but completely lacks any intuition about computer programs because she only uses them when forced to for work. I was shocked that my aunt friended me because she's the same way.

Was someone else talking about GmG recently? I kind of felt some deja vu when I first started browsing it, but I don't recall ever seeing it before. It really is amazing, though.
13th-Aug-2008 12:21 am (UTC)
There was a post on my f-list about GMG a while back... I want to say it was nineinchfail, but I could be mistaken...
12th-Aug-2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I had a similar experience last week, when my dad friended me on facebook. I friended him back, then immediately thought better of it and blocked him from seeing all my photos.

Something tells me he doesn't want to see his "little girl" dressed up as Black Canary for Halloween...
12th-Aug-2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
My kind of sleazy uncle tried to friend me on Facebook which is awkward to say the least.
Your post makes me miss Garfield.
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