Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Day 50

Being the tech-savvy hermit pig that I am, I have now added a Clustr Map on the left sidebar of this page so that my (very few...) faithful readers and I can find out where my (very few...) visitors are from! Credits to my tech-savvy sister (::snort::) ( wait, did I do that out loud? ;P) for opening up this whole new Clustr world to me (Read: blame her if you have a problem with it).

So beware; Big Brother is watching (very few of...) you! Mwahahaha...

Well... at least Big Sister is watching (very few of...) you. (Mwahahaha)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Day 49

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Queek queek...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Day 48

Someone commented on yesterday's post! After being online for 47 days, my presence has finally been acknowledged. Thank You to my anonymous commentor!

Now if you are still reading this blog and would be willing to indulge me further, can you let me know what part of the world you're in and how you came across this blog? Thanks in advance!

So..... Time for me to figure out the next steps for this experiment. Originally, I was only looking to see how long I'd have to be here before someone responed to me. Given that my commentor remained anonymous, I can't really say that my online alter ego really knows someone else, or is actually known by anyone. But perhaps this is an inherent flaw in my experiment -- I have purposely kept my own personal information (other than my location in the world) out of this forum, so it would be silly of me to expect that a commentor would divulge his/her own true identity (What, did you really think that I was actually a guinea pig or a hermit crab? Sorry to burst your bubble if I did. Kinda hard to type with that one oversized claw, you know... And if I was a guinea pig, my posts would be little more than "queek queek queek queek queek...") If my intention was to see how long it would take for someone to actually get to know me through nothing except this blog, I'd be here for quite a bit longer -- it takes a lifetime to get to know someone in person as is, so I can't expect that it would take any less time whilst only communicating through a mechanical box and an LCD screen.

The real question then can't really ever be answered though any measure of blogging and commenting -- that is, what do we need to know about a person and what do we need them to know about us before we consider them an acquaintance? What then would we need from a friend?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Day 47

Just watched The Forbidden Kingdom this afternoon, and I'll have to say I enjoyed it very much. Critics have said it's a watered down kung fu movie (more of a "wire-fu" movie, actually), but I don't think it lost anything by focussing less on the kung fu and more on the story (something that seems lacking in many big budget, mostly special effects-heavy movies these days). I particularly liked how several Chinese legends were referenced directly and indirectly, especially that of the Monkey King -- one of my favorite fairy tales as a child. Additionally, I was very impressed with both Jackie Chan and Jet Li -- even at the ages of 54 and 45 respectively, they can still bring it. After watching Rush Hour 3, I had thought that Jackie Chan was perhaps losing some of his speed and agility, given that his typical amazing feats of, shall we say, contortionist kung fu were absent for most of the movie, and that his character used firearms much more than I've ever seen in any prior movies (I will have to add though, that there is much more gunplay in his American movies than any of his Hong Kong movies). However, both Chan and Li (didn't he "retire" last year??) appeared to be in top form during a very entertaining fight sequence inside a temple.

My only complaint: A soda and popcorn cost me $10.75. Seriously, you've got to be kidding me...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Day 46

Doot doot de doot...

It's hot out here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Day 41

Random 1 (or 2) liners day!

If Stephen Colbert ran for president, I'm ashamed to say that I'd vote for him. Not that I really believe he would be a good president; just that I don't really believe any of the people running would be better presidents...

Why is it that the people who fear death the most are also the people most likely to engage in activities that will hasten its arrival?

"Eighth" is much easier to spell forwards than backwards. ...but not that much easier seeing as I misspelled it the first time I typed this post...

Hooray for homemade guacamole!

"Transformers" the movie: simultaneously better than I expected and worse than I expected. And Shia LaBeouf is rather annoying.

I haven't watched an episode of Lost in almost a week. That's some considerable restraint right there.

That is all. Good night.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Day 37

Yeah, it’s been a while, but I can’t think of anything significant to say…

TV shows on DVD are great. You can watch a program without commercial interruption, and you have immediate access to the next episode should you need to find out what happens next right away. No waiting for next week or waiting for next season to see cliff-hanger conclusions like those poor people watching on TV.


OK, that still wasn’t significant, but you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Day 31

One month! So far, no acknowledgement. Maybe some views, but no direct contact from readers.

I should probably say something profound, but I can't think of anything right now...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Day 30


That aside, the highlight of my day today was going to Borders and finding a secret that someone had slipped inside a Post Secret book. I almost bought the book so that I could keep that reader-added secret. Actually the added secret was already the second secret placed into that particular book -- the person who wrote this secret stated her intent to mail the previous secret off to the actual Post Secret address, then added a secret of her own. I almost wrote a secret to hide in one of the books as well. I don't know how common it is for bookstore browsers to hide secrets in the books, but I find the gesture poignant.

All of us who follow the Post Secret phenomenon ( probably either ran across it unintentionally (I first noticed the first book a couple years back while browsing a since-closed bookstore) or were introduced to it by someone else who did. Certainly we are all different people, but I wonder what we have in common that makes the project speak to us. Maybe it's simply that we all recognize that we have secrets ourselves and wish that someone would ask us about them. More likely, we keep things secret that we wish were not so, but fear the repercussions of discovery, yet the still small voice of truth refuses to let us keep silent. Perhaps we don't really want these things to remain secret, but don't trust that anyone we know would understand them, so we reveal them to strangers in the hopes that someone out there will understand. I don't know.

I also don't know how mainstream the movement has become, though, since the books seem to sell pretty well. Maybe the only thing we really have in common is that we're all just nosey...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Day 27

Well, that's interesting... Apparently someone has visited my profile page, however someone has yet to comment on any of the posts. So that either means that people are reading this and not acknowledging that fact, or something inside Blogger is messing with the hit counts, or someone is only browsing the profiles and not reading the posts at all. Hmmm...

If you are reading, please comment and let me know when you first ran across my little corner of the institution.

It should be interesting to see how my writing changes based on the knowledge that someone has been here, and that someone is possibly reading this right now. Since the experiment was to see how long it would take before someone acknowledged my presence, it's hard to say whether or not this is actually an event of note. But at least I know I've been noticed by someone over the weekend. Hmmm indeed...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Day 24

I watched the movie "Seraphim Falls" today, since I was at home sick again. It's like if Jim Jarmusch remade "The Outlaw Josie Wales." Seriously.