Posts tagged with "idea" - Faerye Net 2009-10-22T22:58:41+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Shaking hands is illogical 2009-10-22T22:58:41+00:00 2009-10-22T23:14:15+00:00 <p>I&#8217;m going to the <a href="" target="links">World Fantasy Convention</a> in San Jose this month. I&#8217;m excited. My mom isn&#8217;t though, because she&#8217;s worried about her offspring traveling and picking up <a href="" target="links">the dread H1N1</a>. While I try to allay her influenza fears as much as I can in general, I can see her point here. One of the main things you do at conventions is meet people. And here in America, when we meet, we mostwise shake hands.</p> <p>I&#8217;ve seen some people try to sidestep the handshake this year, but it&#8217;s difficult. You have to explain why you don&#8217;t want to shake, and some people take it personally. You&#8217;re basically deleting a major social ritual that communicates goodwill. It&#8217;s in the fabric of our culture, and it&#8217;s hard to rip out.</p> <p>That&#8217;s where my idea comes in.</p> <center><img src="" width="413" height="413" alt="a hand performing the Vulcan salute" title="Live Long and Prosper this Flu Season" /></center> <p>You see, at science fiction conventions, people share far more than a single culture. Even if you hate <em>Star Trek</em>, if you&#8217;re at a sci-fi con, you&#8217;re going to understand the gesture and its meaning. It fills the void left by handshaking. It doesn&#8217;t insult the recipient &#8212; most of us would love to live long and prosper &#8212; and hey, if you&#8217;re worried someone will think you&#8217;re a geek, you&#8217;re in the wrong place.</p> <p>I&#8217;d love to go to World Fantasy and Orycon this year and see people keeping their hands germ-free and their greetings classic and cordial, so if you think this is a good idea, please pass it along!</p> <p>Here are some tools you can use:</p> <p>Images (as seen above, all .png format)</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="images">Small image</a> (207 pixels square, 19K)</li> <li><a href="" target="images">Medium-sized image</a> (413 pixels square, 50K)</li> <li><a href="" target="images">Large image</a> (825 pixels square, 146K)</li> </ul> <p>Flyers (.pdf format, image plus &#8220;Shaking hands is illogical.&#8221;)</p> <ul> <li><a href="/media/flusalute1sheet.pdf">One 8.5&quot; x 11&quot; flyer</a></li> <li><a href="/media/flusalute2sheet.pdf">Two flyers on one 8.5&quot; x 11&quot; sheet</a></li> </ul> <p><font size=1>Feel free to use these images and flyers under <a href="" target="links">Creative Commons Noncommercial-Share Alike</a>. Please link back here if you post derivative works online. (If you make a pin, flyer, or other offline derivative work, you don&#8217;t have to mess it up with my info. I&#8217;ll live!) Thanks to my dad for his photograph, and his hand.</font></p> <p>Live long and prosper this flu season!</p> Graceful exit 2008-07-28T08:03:10+00:00 2008-07-28T08:05:36+00:00 <blockquote>A long time ago we used to be friends,<br /> but I haven&#8217;t thought of you lately at all&#8230;<br /> <strong>-<a href="" target="links">The Dandy Warhols</a></strong></blockquote> <p>I&#8217;m back on <a href="" target="links">the friend thing</a>.</p> <p>If social networking had a cheesy 50&#8217;s film strip, the narrator would say, &#8220;Never again will you have to wonder what happened to that guy from math class. Never again will you lose track of that one <em>really cool girl.</em>&#8221; It&#8217;s an excellent theory &#8211; as we diffuse across countries and hop oceans, friendships can be preserved, connections strengthened despite distance. You can reconnect with people you thought you&#8217;d lost.</p> <p>But on the other hand&#8230;do you still like each other? You remember drifting out of friendships during high school as your interests and personality changed. How much more have you changed since then? If you still click, that&#8217;s amazing. But maybe that one <em>really cool girl</em> from high school doesn&#8217;t like me anymore. Maybe your drinking buddy from college has changed religions and given up on pop culture. It&#8217;s hard to rule out until you&#8217;ve had a good look at each other&#8217;s Facebook profiles, or until you realize you&#8217;ve been &#8216;networked&#8217; for six months and realizing you haven&#8217;t a word to say. And then there are the people you meet, the new friends, who you don&#8217;t end up seeing again. You move, they transfer schools or break up with your friend, and there they sit on your &#8220;Friend&#8221; list, someone you met twice and liked. Forever.</p> <p>When I am thirty, how many <a href="" target="links">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="links">goodreads</a>, or <a href="" target="links">Jyte</a> &#8220;friends&#8221; will I have, and how many of them will really want me on their list? But on the other hand, who wants to &#8220;defriend&#8221; someone on Facebook, thus transforming the world&#8217;s most passive communication device into something a bit passive-aggressive?</p> <p>I propose a tapering mechanism. If someone doesn&#8217;t look at my profile, click &#8216;more&#8217; on my book reviews, or otherwise exchange digital high-fives with me for six months, let me fade off their list. Maybe the system can warn them first, ask them quietly if they really want me to go. Not with a plonk but a whisper, I will fall off their friends list, off their updates and off their radar. And if they ever wonder, &#8220;What is up with that weird Felicity girl, anyway?&#8221; they can search for me anytime. They can read my blog, shrug, and move on. We aren&#8217;t friends anymore, and that&#8217;s okay.</p> Should I put it on my Christmas list? 2006-11-06T20:52:37+00:00 2008-06-08T12:27:48+00:00 <p>I want a car-horn that plays the scary beasty-noise from <em>Lost</em>. Then I will honk when people in black clothes run out in front of my car in the rain. Run, fools! The jungle is angry!</p>