This is a comment CLEARLY not for everyone, but, seriously, don't write to me to tell me what I should or should not post on the page, okay? I'm going to post what I want. Some of the material comes from readers through the college misery email and I put a lot of those up. Some are posted by individual members of the page. Sometimes I put up things for fun, you know, because, like, it's my page. I truly don't need you guidance on any of that.Above, for instance, BurntChrome mentioned a funny meme in an earlier comment. I happened to be sitting at the computer, monitoring the Super Bowl pregame and reading blogs, and so I found it and put it up.That I have done this seems perfectly reasonable to me. BurntChrome was happy I did. I thought it was a funny picture. It doesn't "negate" other posts or ideas published on this page now or earlier.I used to think Fab had thin skin, but I'm starting to get it. Motherfucker, man, I'm on sabbatical!
Let's hear it for the mods who take on all the sh .... uh, hang on. I gotta take this...
Seriously, people, if you like *anything* on the page, just enjoy it, and ignore whatever you don't like. Otherwise, you won't be able to read the stuff you do like (because the page needs a moderator, and complaints burn moderators out, and the supply of people who'd last even one day as RGM -- let alone those willing to try it -- is a lot smaller than you'd think). It seems like all of the above should be obvious by now, but apparently it isn't.
I shouldn't have complained. Nobody made me do this. I fall into periods where I spend more time than I intended and then I get caught up. I cleaned 25 spam comments this morning and was in a shit mood. I didn't want to create drama. Everything's cool.
That's good to hear, but I don't see any harm in complaining now and then -- at least not as long as some people can't figure out on their own that keeping the page up requires effort. It seems to me to be analogous to occasional nagging about socks/wet towels/whatever on the floor: no, individually, none of them are a big deal, but if only one person is picking them up, and everybody else feels free not only to drop things where they choose, but also to exclaim "what a pigsty!" now and then, it gets to be a burden.
Aldous Huxley, in "Brave New World", describes how people are dependent upon soma. We appear to have that nowadays in the form of smartphones.
This is one among several reasons why I don't own one yet. They really do seem to be something approaching addictive.
Dare I hope that we'll soon see a new installment of "Real Goddamned Mail"?
a reader sends this in:“The interesting thing about this particular meme is that these are undergraduate students exchanging phone numbers at the beginning of an astrophysics REU. The student on the left was my advisee and he thinks it’s pretty funny.”