“It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.”—Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
This weekend I met someone who recently moved here from Phoenix. He’s only been here for three weeks, but he’s already met someone and he’s changed his profile photo to include the both of them. They look adorable.
I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life.
Clearly, I am doing something wrong.
I, too, am clearly doing something very wrong.
But isn’t it funny how it’s a lot easier to tell whether someone is in a relationship or not because of social networking? Hell, you don’t even need to look at their relationship status. You can just look at their profile pic, sometimes.
“The screaming fellow with the Bluetooth earpiece may not in fact be connected; he may in fact be screaming to himself, only using technology to conceal his madness from the world.”—Alicublog, “Stalk the Plank”, 22 Jun 2007
The founder of the Alaskan Independence Party was killed in “a plastic-explosives sale gone bad?” Excuse me?
Is that what “hockey moms” are up to in Alaska these days? Hanging with fringe party types who get killed in plastic-explosives deals and turn up wrapped in a tarp and duct tape, dumped in a gravel pit?
“This election shouldn’t even be close, at least among moderates and independents. (The partisan extremes will never budge from their respective positions.) Obama should win in a blowout, except he’s black, and he has a funny, foreign-sounding name. Anyone who thinks race isn’t an issue in this election is deluding him/herself, just as sexism most definitely played a role in Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign. We are not always aware of our own partisan biases and gender/racial prejudices — in fact, we are hard-wired to view ourselves in the most flattering light possible — but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to see past them.”—Jennifer Oulette, from “Physics Politico" on Cocktail Party Physics, 1 Sep 2008
“These are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain. But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”—Barack Obama