Saturday, August 06, 2005

You're never alone. Not here.

(I can use the spoken word part of a song as a lyric. It's my darn blog.)

The great thing about the Internet is how it proves, over and over, that you're not all that weird. Or more to the point, that there are other people out there about the same level of weird as you.

This is also the scary thing about the Internet.

Whatever your interests, habits, quirks, tendencies, beliefs... there's somebody out there on the Internet who shares them. And writes about them. And has new, different, sometimes better, sometimes inspirational ideas about them.

Like I said... scary.

It's important to belong to a group. It's important to know that we're not alone out here, that, after a fashion, we're not all that unique. Humans are, and need to be, social animals. We need to see ourselves reflected in each other. I love the feeling of discovering that someone else is a passionate but uninformed baseball fan, or a beer geek, or a Top 10 List junkie, especially when these things are outside my frame of reference for a person. I love being surprised by this.

And so, my latest surprise. Wil Wheaton and I think similar thoughts in our kitchens...

Wheaton, you brilliant bastard.

Hands up if you've done this.

No?

Hands up if you're going to.

Thought so.

I, myself, am going home by way of the store.

3 Comments:

Blogger Reggiemonster said...

I did this. Only once, after a particularly grueling 8:30am philosophy final at college. The exam was four questions, you had to write about one of them. I didn't understand three and the last one was exactly the topic on which I had written my final paper. Combined, they were worth 60% of my grade. I either passed the class or failed it based on that topic. Afterwards, two of us celebrated the end of the hell with a can of Beast beer and a cinnamon donut from the cafeteria.

I passed the class. Ironically, I remember the kind of beer I was drinking at 10:30 in the morning, but couldn't tell you what that final question was. I ask you, which was the more phiosophical moment?

2:57 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger GrigorPDX said...

[hand]

Mmm ... Arrogant Bastard ...

3:02 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

I did once have diet pepsi and a half dozen donuts at 5 AM (post prom) - does this count? :-)

4:50 PM, August 07, 2005  

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