Thursday, April 26, 2012

Return to Mishpocheh

From Saturday to this morning I spent 5 days without a FaceBook account. During that time the people asking me where my account was and why I had deleted it totalled, wait for it, zero. This tells me several things.

First, it tells me that most people are tired of the constant boring updates, the "friends" we really don't even know, the connections that go from boring to annoying when people occasionally let their real selves out. Second, it tells me that most of my 350 friends had unsubscribed from my updates just as I had done from theirs. Third, it tells me that most of the people I actually keep up with on FB are the same people I keep up with in other phases of life. You know, real human interaction like e-mail and text messages. And fourth, this means I'm not as awesome as my "It's not my fault I'm awesome" t-shirt made me believe.

My FB break started as a 24 hour experiment. I was tired of a news feed full of "like this page so my baby can win a gift certificate" and "come buy my shit" and "come see my improv group perform in an alley behind the old, greasy Jess'". The straw though was when I felt my wife was being assaulted with Internet Guilt Bits because we expressed a lack of excitement about the baby registry. Basically, I just needed a break from what had become white noise. The other impetus for all this, and equally important, is that I didn't want to take the time to delete friends (waffling the whole way) and clean up my timeline.

Once the 24 hours was up, I told Kacey that 48 hours might be even better. That's when she joined me. My break, with a 2 minute login to download my FB data, became about 110 hours, culminating in a new account and a fresh start. More importantly this new account has a different name, tougher privacy settings, and an in-your-face attitude that the internet may not be quite ready for.

That brings to another main issue. I'm a FB addict. There, I said it. I log in 5-6 times an hour, nearly every hour I'm awake. I don't play games and I go through phases where I comment on a lot of updates, and others where I only lurk. But for some reason I go to that stupid page over and over. So with this new account my goal is to login less, only add people I'm interested in reading about, and generally be a better captain of my digital life. I'm slowly going to add people back in, the whole time checking myself to make sure I don't fall into old habits. It will be a place for me and my mishpocheh to communicate. So if you read this, and you have decided to block me or unsubscribe from me, no hard feelings. Just let me know so I can delete you. There's no need to pretend further in an already warped, pretend online world.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I like to workout to non traditional workout songs. I'm not good at telling beforehand if I will like a song once I'm out walking. Eventually I just realize that some songs I never skip and keep putting in new mixes.

Workout Song of the Day:

Dan Black - Symphonies

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nerding Up

Disclaimer: I'm typing this post on my iPad. Apparently in some circles that makes me evil. I'm also watching Terra Nova on the Xbox in the background. The Xbox sits near an Apple TV, and once I am able to join the Republic Wireless beta I will have an Android phone. I have neither cable nor brand loyalty. That's how we roll in this house.

I used to painstakingly track my daily steps in Google Docs. I quit after a few months at JMU when my pedometer broke. Recently, Rabia got me back into tracking steps, so I went a little overboard. Yesterday I created a brand new doc that tracks daily steps. And it tracks my total for the week. And my daily average. And what my daily average would be if I didn't take anymore steps that week. And how many steps I need for the rest of the week to average 5000 a day. And how many I need the rest of the week to average 10000 a day. Whew. Will any of this help me take more steps? I hope so. Since I injured my back again two weeks ago, I've been slowly increasing my activity. Next week my goal is 6000 steps a day. Hopefully my super nerdy doc will help!