there are some things that kind of make me sad. just some reflections. (no, i’m not feeling down or anything.)
1. dead blogs without a goodbye 😦
blogs are weird things. on one hand, you can make it so intensely personal that you create a private blog, with an audience of one. it’s basically an online diary where you can put down the craziest of thoughts and no one will see it. you can have a members-only blog where only the select members can read what you write, and maybe comment and post articles (if you allow it); that’d be a semi-private blog. or you can leave it wide open, and the blog becomes a tool for social interaction through the exchange of comments; this would be a public blog. if, after considering the many levels of access, a blogger decides to make the blog public, it’s a bid sad to see the blog die from inactivity. i mean, the reader has to invest time, energy, and emotion into reading a blog; after a period of such investment, the reader may start to feel connected to the writer in a more than superficial way. (a good example is the blog hyperbole and a half, where the writer allie brosh routinely gets 3-5 million hits per month. her readers definitely feel connected to her.) after you have this intellectual and/or emotional connection (especially if you have exchanged comments with the blog writer), imagine all of a sudden the blog stops dead in its tracks. no explanation. not even a goodbye. it kind of bums you out. i really enjoyed ms. rousey’s blog; through it she was funny, genuine, open, and gracious to her fans. but now the blog has been inactive since august of 2010, without a goodbye. that kind of makes me sad.
2. ethical confusion
as most of you know now, azb’s forum members started a thread on ms. cycak and her recent shenanigans. i tried to follow it loosely, but there were just way too many comments so i basically gave up. however, a number of posters opined that the incident was basically omg’s fault for not posting the money. granted they may have a point pragmatically speaking, but what they should have done was to condemn the actual culprit—the person who welshed the bet. first and foremost, ms. cycak was the person who started the whole mess. she initiated the bet, then she ran out of the bet. somehow, those that blamed omg failed to see this simple fact and act as if ms. cycak did nothing wrong. well, she did do something wrong. this lack of ethical clarity makes me sad. if i were unkind, i would apply the label revisionist. you don’t want to know what revisionists did. (okay, maybe i’m getting a little mad as well.)
3. shady people in pool
it’s a tragedy that pool is surrounded by shady people, from your lowly pool hustler up to pirates like trudeau. i wish they’d leave pool alone.
4. hardheaded players who never improve even after years of practice
hardheadedness makes me sad. some players can learn so much more if they just open their minds a little and see what’s possible. guys like ck, ufo, and ob can do so much more if they just stepped out of their boxes a little . . .
on a lighter note, i really enjoy this recipe by paula deen.
1 single leaf of spinach
18 pounds of unsalted butter
2 pounds of salted butter (to reduce salt intake)
29 pounds of brown butter
77 pounds of good white french butter
70 pounds of garlic infused butter
39 pounds of truffle infused butter
one single granule of pecan (y’all!)
fortunately, pool is its own best therapy. i already feel better after a couple of games. 🙂 now back to more pool.