Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So it begins

I guess this blog thing is not going away anytime soon.  At least not until someone gets around to creating a telepathic social network.  I often wonder how the blogging, Facebooking and social networking of today is any different than what Douglas Adams had to say about telepathy:
The Belcebron people used to cause great resentment and insecurity
amongst neighboring races by being one of the most enlightened,
accomplished, and above all quiet civilizations in the Galaxy.
As a punishment for this behaviour, which was held to be offensively self
righteous and provocative, a Galactic Tribunal inflicted on them that most
cruel of all social diseases, telepathy. Consequently, in order to prevent
themselves broadcasting every slightest thought that crossed their minds to
anyone within a five mile radius
, they now have to talk very loudly and
continuously about the weather, their little aches and pains, the match this
afternoon and what a noisy place Kakrafoon had suddenly become.
How is that so different from the inane postings I get so often on Facebook?  I have had to block many of my friends because I became so tired of, "Oh day please be good to me", and bring me a pony and raisins.  Some of these so called friends would post near a dozen similar useless things a day.  Sounds very similar to what Adams describes.  So all that being said; here I sit starting a blog.  My apologies to the universe at large.

I am not setting out this textual adventure simply to add more mindlessness to the cyber world at large.  I do this to force an expansion of my social mindset.  I am not the most social of creatures.  No, in fact I am downright misanthropic.  I however wish to change that.  From my earliest of years I have always wished to write but have always had an indefinable fear of sharing my writings.  Over the years, the many many years, this fear has led to the complete cessation in any writing attempts.  I feel that it is time to kill that fear.

This past weekend a friend "dragged" me to the Life The Universe and Everything symposium (See, another Douglas Adams tie in,) for writing.  I have been to several of them before... Twenty years before.  It was a wonderful experience.  Three days of spending time with average people that just enjoy the freedom of writing has again awoken in me that desire to tell stories.  So I have once again begun to let mind wander to new worlds, imagine new people, and discover new stories.  These tales may never be published but this time around I am determined to at least share them with others.

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