Thanks for all the comments on the last post! Its weird, when I really think I have a “meh” post, everyone seems to think its deep or whatever. That’s not to say I didn’t put any thought in it, but I just didn’t think it was that special when I wrote it. But a lot of things in life happen like that I guess….
Anyhow, its funny how I truly feel I have developed “friends” over the blogosphere. I was talking to someone I know in real life about a blog friend of mine. I said something like “o my friend did this….” and she asked who it was and where she lived. Then she realized I was talking about a blogger. She immediately said, “You can’t call that a ‘friend’, you’ve never met her!”.
True, but in this day and age with social outlet’s like facebook and twitter, I suppose even the term “friend” can be vague. But honestly, I feel the blogs are probably the most genuine ways to form friendships vis the internet.
I have many gripes about facebook. I’m probably a facebook outcast because I check it maybe once a month. Actually, I devised a list of some of my facebook annoyances:
-People ‘poke’ you. In real life I do not want people that I haven’t seen for four years walking up to me and ‘poking’ me. This is odd behavior, right? Facebook would be a lot better if it had a ‘Kick’ or ‘Punch Me’ button.
-Everyone knows what I am up t0. Does my carpool buddies from my elementary school really need to know what I’m doing?
-I kind of dont care about the useless information: Do I need to be notified if 5 of my friends join “Crikey! A Steve Irwin memorial group”? Or that two of them left “Rachel Ray is Hot”? Or if one of my friends from high school is friending new people THAT I DON’T KNOW at her college? Do I need to be alerted every time a relationship splits up? Don’t you think that if I cared, I would go check myself?
– Facebook is promotes a faux social life: Facebook is billed as a social network. But, if by social, you mean something akin to a party where everyone exchanges pleasantries and laughs politely without ever really saying anything, then I suppose it is. All facebook really does is manipulate people’s ability to feel connected even though they aren’t.
– Facebook makes me look dull: Ok, I may not have a high-powered enviable social life, but since I rarely go on facebook, I look like a dull, boring person. When I look at people’s profiles, pictures, friends, reading about their weekends, what they are up to, it leaves me feeling that my life is not nearly as exciting as other people’s. And it might not be, but even blogs can’t really portray our lives accurately. Sure I can snap some pretty photos of some oatmeal and the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains at sunset and post them on my blog. But does that suggest “I’m exciting” . Not really. Plus, I’m not looking to brag about how exciting my food and life are. I don’t need someone to think my life is exciting and frankly, I don’t care if yours is either.
-The past haunts you: Sure, sometimes its interesting when I discover my grade school best friend has a baby or whatever, but how annoying is it when people from the past suddenly want to be friends again. People from the past are exactly that, people from the past. If I wanted to “stay in touch” with them, I wouldn’t have “lost touch” with them.
– Data is not safe: once you put something on facebook, its no longer yours and I find it very difficult to delete things on there. Plus, how does one delete an account! It’s so easy to delete a blog and have privacy settings, but facebook is different story. Even if I dont tag myself in unflattering pictures of myself, who’s to say that a future boss (or grandparent) won’t stumble upon it one day. Facebook is pretty much the end of privacy.
-Its ugly and confusing: the facebook layout seems to get a “facelift” like every week! And its not even pretty, its a bit of an eyesore.
Of course, facebook does have some positive attributes, otherwise it wouldn’t be as popular as it is. I have a twitter account, but to be honest, its mainly so I can enter some of those blog giveaways. Hey, I’m in my twenties and a Jew, I will take advantage of every giveaway, even if that means getting a twitter account. Plus, I follow some hilarious comedians that always have a one liner that make me smile. But all in all, I know a fan of “twitface”.
Today I decided to play around a little bit with some herbs so I made a rosemary corn crepe. Heres what’s inside:
-1/8 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp rosemary
-1 tsp basil
-2 tbs corn flour (or any kind of flour)
-1 tbs water (or milk)
blend with a mixer/whisk or blender. Pour on a hot, greased pan about one minute on each side. It makes enough for one serving, so double the recipe if you have company or want this as your main meal. I stuffed it with some smoked turkey and avocado. A weird invention but a yummy one.