New friendly bloggers

Turns out a couple of friends have been quietly blogging.

First, Doug, who is the mutual friend who introduced me & Terri, and in whose wedding party I wore a kilt, has a blog. Encourage him to post. It’s good for him.

Second, Cheri, whom Terri met a couple of jobs ago, and whom we see all too seldom since she moved to the West coast, has a great, great blog going at Parlancer.

Third, Jenn, a college friend, is blogging here, and I’ve gotta say, reading her blog pretty much approximates having a conversation with her, which is a Good Thing.

And actually there are some other people, but I don’t know if I should out them or not.

And, for what it’s worth, I’ve found most of them on Facebook. It seems like sometime in the last 6 months, absolutely everybody I have ever known (or am related to) in my whole life suddenly appeared on Facebook. I don’t love it, I don’t have any special objection to it (I am not a privacy nut, I crossed that bridge a long time ago), but it doesn’t make my eyes bleed like MySpace, and now that everybody I have ever known (or am related to) in my whole life is on it, it’s kind of interesting to keep superficial tabs on everybody. It’s kind of like using finger on the VAX back in the day to see what everybody is up to. Don’t take offense, though, if I don’t accept your invitation to the green patch where your zombie vampire hatchling plays scrabble with my good karma, it’s not personal, I just need to draw the line somewhere.

10 thoughts on “New friendly bloggers”

  1. I’m not on facebook, though I guess I might get around to it this summer, but I do occasionally post to a blog which includes my school papers, if you ever need some thrills. It’s called The Heart on My Sleeve, and it has a picture of a heart on my sleeve. Hmphf.: http://www.nichim.wordpress.com

  2. Oh, cool!

    Hey, I should make you a copy of the Borges lectures on CD that Terri got me for my birthday last year. He gave them at Harvard sometime in the 60′s. There are 5 lectures; one’s about words and metaphor, one’s about translation. Seems very up your alley. Hearing his voice alone alone is worth the price of admission; the cadences of his speech, his diction, his pauses as he grasps for the perfect English word. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/features/bortcd/

  3. Does this mean I need to force a win in our Scrabble game? I’d hate to bum out the innocent byplayers, but if you’ve decided you want out….

  4. I didn’t know there was Borges on tape! I’ve got to check that out. Just the other day I was wondering what his voice sounded like.

  5. Trixie, no, I just feel guilt because I constantly forget to play scrablulous. Don’t hesitate to harass me to take my turn– I don’t mean to hold it up, it just gets lost in the shuffle.

    Marco, yes, there is indeed audio of Borges, and the lectures are great. I’ll make you a copy too. You can get a quick hit with some audio samples at the link above.

  6. Thanks Ezra! I was reading some of Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries (which Borges was crazy about) and I kept wondering if he read them in English or in translation. I imagined Borges practicing his pronounciation reading the stories out loud in his Argentinean accent.

    Speaking of Borges, I found this the other day on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/JORGE-LUIS-BORGES-aleph-pins-buttons-badge-set-x5_W0QQitemZ320261706708QQihZ011QQcategoryZ66465QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  7. I think one of his parents was English, so I believe he was biligual, even if the being-in-Argentina thing meant he favored Spanish.

  8. Hearing his voice really makes me like him more than I have done reading his work (admire, oh yes, but like, not so much) possibly because he sounds so nicely like Astor Piazzola.

  9. For the record, I resisted the green patch application until I figured out that it is one of those “click to save” dealies–in this case, the rain forests get some help.

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