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Sunday, Sunday

(*cue Mamas and Papas Tribute Band filking "Monday, Monday"*)

I should be grading placement tests. But I console myself that I have been virtuous and graded film papers, and EN 101 in-class assignments, and did laundry. I should also be organizing my room, packing for the New England trip, balancing my budget, and working on the solution to the national debt problem.

At the very least I should be reading one of the books I have on loan, or the TV show I taped, or clipping the cat's claws.

Instead I've been tooling around on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

I have lots of thinky-thoughts going on right now--about friends having babies, and friends having cancer, about the thinning of my skin (both the actual [related to the passing years] and the metaphorical), about absent red-headed men, and the spaniel I miss, and the grey cat I long to hold again. About mommy food cooked by Momma, and Daddy's dry humor. About the extremely fertile womb, with no endurance, I was born with. About the sisters and daughters of my heart, and chosen family. And how I miss the time not so long ago when here was a community of many voices, with real things to say, instead of a place where the voices moved to the shallow end of the pool (yes, Mark Zucherberg, I'm talking about you).

But I'm tired, and my eyes hurt right now, so I think I'll just get out the eye drops the ophthalmologist gave me, and head to bed. Tomorrow is time enough to save the world.

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dicea
Nov. 20th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I am consciously adding to the noise end of the signal to noise ratio on FB, but that's because I have nothing positive to say and have decided that every time I want to say something mean I'll post a baby animal picture instead.

It is, I think, honestly the least harmful thing I can do. I'll just save my thinky thoughts for LJ and not let the stream of news, news-gossip, news-prop, and S/I/D wash over me and leave me in its wake.
meirwen
Nov. 21st, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
I've decided that FB has its place, as it is. I just wish there was more signal here. You, unique, and ado are the only still-frequent posters on my list. Makes me sad. BTW, the baby owl made Duchezz squeek at the overpowering cute.
dicea
Nov. 21st, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
I've been pleased about the number of silly fandoms and lol-things that I've cultivated here in LJ because I tend to get at least a few of those each day which make it worth checking in here. I've got about a dozen people whose stuff I read here, only about half of them are people that I've ever met in person.

I _like_ that a lot of the stuff I get on LJ comes from strangers. I feel like I have to care about the people on FB, here I just have to care about what they write about or how well they write it.

Wow, that sounds cold when I reread it, but it's true.

Recently I'm getting in touch with my 'unsubscribe' button on FB and it has improved the tone of my page significantly.

Until then, I'm gonna just post some cute freakin' critters whenever I want to force choke someone.
unique_name_123
Nov. 21st, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)

I too have been unsubscribing and even unfriending on fb. I believe it should take as much or more thought to post as it does to read a post but that is not the case on fb. When one hits the "share" button, perhaps a box should op up that asks "are you sure?"

goodscagirl
Nov. 21st, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)

I reAd here but don't post much because I read from my phone. I hope you have a wonderful week.

retiredmaj
Nov. 21st, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
While I'm equally guilty of wading in the shallow end of that pool, I confess I miss this forum greatly. Hence the reason I still blather on it. I won't give it up, Facebook is the "junk food" of intellectual discourse. Try as I might, one cannot mount a complex argument in their tiny boxes.

I don't know about saving the world, but I have some solutions for the U.S. problems. The trick is getting anyone to listen. ;)
dagonell
Nov. 21st, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
Facebook is for anything I can express in 140 characters or less. Usually, I'm far more verbose than that, hence I post here.

There have BEEN solutions for U.S. problems, the trick as ALWAYS been getting the right people to listen, particularly when it goes against their own unenlightened self-interest, ie short-term gain, long-term loss.

-- Dagonell
hundmathr
Nov. 21st, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've been guilty of the exodus to the superficial facile communication on FB. FB seems to have hoovered up all the silly little memes and the quick status updates that were once here. My wring speed can be described as glacial, the long thoughtful posts always took (and takes) a significant investment of my time to write. In retrospect I was burnt out going into the last job and I just didn't have anything left at the end of the day to give. When I found myself suddenly with all the time I could want to write I too depressed to do so. I started feeling guilty at the backlog of much neglected friends posts on lj that I couldn't catch up. Recently with some prompting from 'dicea I made the effort to come back. I declared f-list bankruptcy and started fresh. Now I find myself paradoxically with plenty of things to think about and say when I really should be focusing on school. No promises here (and the above is not an excuse either), but I miss the community here I would like to make the effort to have a presence here.
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