Thursday, August 24, 2006

Overblogging, Underblogging, Nonblogging, Unblogging, Antiblogging, Work, Play....AND....Friendship

In all of history, since caveman days, man has gathered around a source of light. There seems to be something in the human chip that searches for a beacon while clustered around some central source of energy, maybe like the Sun as the center of our solar system. We seek some guiding light.

Television, of course, is the modern day fire and hearth. The problems I find with this source are its physical paralyzing of people and the silencing of conversation. An alienation and loneliness. It also dictates when to eat and engage in bodily excretory functions. When the commercials are on.

So when the Internet came into being and brought the beloved blogosphere with its participation and interaction, people went into ecstasy, and the joy shows no signs of diminishing. There is something irresistible about it and without a doubt, for many it is pure unmitigated fun, not to mention the learning and sharing of information. It is new, exciting, and completely nonboring to its devotees.

Now there has been a lot of accusation and guilt around the subject of time spent blogging. The sharp stabbing finger of blame has been sticking out consistently. I'm stumped. I can never understand why this is so important to others. They don't have to do it. The more people enjoy themselves, the better. Less trouble.

Everything has its normal plusses and minuses. Here are some of the things I like.

1.Lack of visual prejudice.

2.Worldwide communication with minimal fuel consumption

3.Freedom of movement. On the telephone or in person, one is locked into the interaction. On the internet, one can go get a popsicle, or take a drive in the car, then come back and respond. So time is completely fractured. When having to respond right away, sometimes people don't really listen as they are thinking of what they are going to say next. On the blogs, people can think for a minute.

4. Better concentration on ideas. Less sensory input to process. 

6. One can refrain from answering at all, come and go at will, and find direct mind to mind communication which increases neural activity and improves hand/eye/thought coordination. A plug into the universal teletype.


If the baby's diapers are sagging, if the plants are brown and dry, and if the kids are ordering pizza every night, you are probably blogging too much. If divorce is being threatened, you are probably not blogging too much. In the end it is entirely up to the individual to decide.

The blogosphere is the goldpiece that came with this political tragedy and it is a gift that will give for who can imagine how long? The wise one enjoys it to his heart's content as long as he chooses. New things are like this. It's as natural as rain.

30 Comments:

Anonymous casey31652 said...

jm, synchronicity abounds. Go check MY blog for this morning. I am quietly snuffling in my office cuz Eve REALLY hurt my feelings.

http://thesims2.ea.com/mysimpage/blog.php?action=del&id=502346&date=2006-08

24/8/06 5:59 AM  
Blogger Neith said...

good morning, casey . . . ouch! It's seems like a matter of perspective to me . . . if you feel your experiences here in cyberspace have helped you find your balance & kept you sane over the past year, well, that's your answer. My S/O barely evens acknowledges the internet exists & will only occasionally ask me to find information for him online. To me, this is one of our great resources in so many ways! jm's post really defines the value of the online experience. Hey, we're old enough & experienced enough to choose what's best for us . . . and even if it isn't . . . it's still our choice.

BTW, I'm going to show my boss some of those nifty plans from the not-so-big house site. That one you like so well is extremely well thought out!!

oh, and that link you posted took me to the log in page . . . the one you gave us awhile back that takes us directly to the blog area of your Sim website works fine.

24/8/06 9:10 AM  
Anonymous casey31652 said...

Not for nothing do we call her "Queen Eve." Her birthday is coming up. August 30, 1948. Forgotten exact time but she has a ton of planets in the 9th and 10th houses.

I'm used to people considering a lot of my obsessions "silly." The Sims2 is silly, soap operas are silly (which I'm not into anymore), la, la, la, everything I think is fun is silly. Frankly, I felt like kicking her out of the car and telling her she could walk to work since I'm so silly. I'm afraid she did hurt my feelings severely.

I always had pen pals when I was growing up and I consider this just a speeded-up kind of pen pal. And I agree totally with everything jm said in this post.

Yes, aren't those houses lovely? Craftsmanship and just the right size.

24/8/06 9:38 AM  
Blogger Neith said...

Not for nothing do we call her "Queen Eve." Her birthday is coming up. August 30, 1948. Forgotten exact time but she has a ton of planets in the 9th and 10th houses.

When you find the rest of her birth data, please post it . . . I'm curious . . cats have nothing on me!!! Like Joe, it's a Scorpio thing, we just like knowing stuff . . . especially things others don't.

Speeded up pen pal sounds about right to me . . . or "write" . .

As you may have noticed, a good night's rest did wonders!! :-) Which is good because it's been a busy day @ work as per usual with moon/mars in my 10th.

24/8/06 1:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Casey, how do I log in? It asks for a no. of my game? Put any No?

24/8/06 2:18 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Hi jm - use the link I pasted below . .

http://tinyurl.com/gj4dn

just your neighborly cosmic postman at work . . . :-)

24/8/06 2:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm going to ignore the exclusion of Pluto as a planet right now for some reason. It's just more of the collective confusion and the SN transit in Virgo that can't get the details straight.

24/8/06 2:36 PM  
Anonymous casey31652 said...

Oh, I know we're trying to avoid politics here, but this is just plain funny:

http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/shop/html/weasel_poll_results_2005.html

I need funny. And "WEASEL" is a perjorative I use a lot. Especially when watching "24".

24/8/06 2:39 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Thanks neith. Still didn't find it.

Anyhoo, the people who come at us are personifications of voices inside of us and it all comes back to the natal chart.
The guilt around blogging is common, but the source of the guilt is individual. And sometimes confrontations have nothing to do with the content of the quarrel.

If people really feel they are blogging too much, they will know. If it's time to cut back, they'll know. Things change and many will go on to other things naturally.

The guilt remains though. It just hooks someplace else. We always feel guity about ourselves and somehow we push on despite it.

So someone attacking could be pointing out a fact, or inspiring you to keep doing what you're doing and not let others hurt you over things you're doing that don't hurt them. This one main source of confusion in relationships. Your blogging probably only concerns yourself.

The Moon/Mars in Scorpio in the 7th will automatically bring emotional hurts. It's designed this way to get you, casey, to the lesson of detachment indicated by your 11th placements, the best part of your chart, and the ruler of your ASC. And to learn the relaxation and self centeredness of Taurus. Like my Taurus aunt says, "Who cares what they think?"

Uranus is headed for your Sun and this will be a fantastic time to separate and find real emotional independence. The prelude will probably be more of these confrontations as Jupiter finishes in Scorpio. Jup is headed for your Mars in the 7th now squaring your Pluto, so expect power struggles with heavy emotinal content. It all makes sense and comes from your center.

It's not about the blogging. It's the deeper issues. And teeth are indicative of self determination, hence the probs.

Your Merc/Jup in Aries is in the 12th. Hard to get at the rage, but it trines Pluto in the 5th and can find expression. It can block direct confrontation though. How to deal with the attackers is part of your puzzle with mars in the 7th.

24/8/06 2:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Politics is OK!

Just the victim shriek of agony is more than my nerves can take.

24/8/06 3:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And the absolute certainty that we are going to be enslaved by the elite, and some massive oppressive crackdown is portended by the spirits. That one tries my patience. Who the hell knows what's happening?

24/8/06 3:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Dilbert's head is a riot!

24/8/06 3:04 PM  
Anonymous casey31652 said...

sorry, jm, that site's links are wierd sometimes:

http://thesims2.ea.com/mysimpage/blog.php?user_id=709569

This took me there even though I am not logged in.

24/8/06 3:10 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

jm . . . oh yah, look on the left hand side of the page for Aug 2006 . . . :-)

24/8/06 3:28 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Well.

Everybody is unique, and some have a love of fantasy...virtual reality. Television has shut down the picture making part of the brain and now it is leaping to life in virtual reality where we are creating again. People who criticise probably feel left out.

What's better, a virtual gun or a real gun? No gun is best, but think about it.

"You're so pathetic." And went off about how cyber-friends are silly

To her they are silly. She probably has a hard time loosening up.

Here are some advantages to a cyber dinner party.

1.No one gets fat.
2. People from all over the country can get together cost free and instantly, no fuel consumed, and no image making through clothes and make-up required. Thus....FREEDOM!
3. No drunken puking or quarrels.
4. It's pure fantasy and fun and hurts absolutely no one.
5.Saves money on a Sat night looking for something that doesn't exist.
6.It's silly.

You know, she knows, I know, everyone knows that there is no difference between cyber people and flesh and blood people. They are all real. It's unbelieveable that others are so upset about it to the point of personal insult.

Why have people taken to cyberspace so naturally if society for 'real' is that great? Hasn't the political experience proven otherwise? Aren't we looking for peace, cooperation, and good times? Aren't we struggling to learn how to achieve these thing any way possible? What exactly are people afraid of? Death and destruction AND friends in cyberspace?

For me, I have an over acute sense of smell and hearing, and this often interferes with communication. Overpowers. So cyberspace is made for me. The silence is delicious. Others are different.

We are now investigating collectively the line between fantasy and reality and there is nothing Eve can do about it. It would probably help to let go and get involved herself. She's probably end up loving it.

24/8/06 3:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The truth of the matter is that real experience is very very often slightly disappointing to everyone, after all the effort and expectation. We plan all week for a get together, create false excitement, and end up usually let down, though not always.

Nothing really wrong here. Fact of life.
But there is a part of the psyche that still believes in paradise, perfection, etc., and nothing can shut this function down. Probably the best thing to do is invite it into the whole picture and let pure fantasy take its place at the table.

My gripe is that the need for fantasy has been taken up by violent movies primarily. So now our reality is war and blood, and so is our fantasy. And TV certainly is mostly violent.

This is not my cup of tea. We need balance.

24/8/06 3:37 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The thing I wish folks would do is to take a look at why they prefer violence and fear. Then inject more fear into those around them.

Which is better? To watch a war in the Middle East or lightening bugs in the mind. We have a powerful fantasy part of the psyche for good reason. Why would anyone want to separate someone from their dreams? What bothers them so much?

With all the Uranus/Neptune going on, reality is begging the collective to look at an alternative.

What if cyberspace were leading to collective growth? Wouldn't those trying to stop it be remiss?

The blog lovers could be completely mistaken, but we don't know that yet.

In the end it's merely the rational parts of our own selves that calls the imagination silly.

In other words....#$%* 'em! Like I said more eloquently all last week.

24/8/06 3:52 PM  
Blogger jm said...

One more little fact.

Since time immemorial people have gone into altered dimensions...often...alcohol usually being the way.
Cyberspace is a way to do this without damage to the body, wreckage to the car, and physical harm to others. That's a start.

In time it will lose its luster and people will combine activities. It's just way too soon to judge.

24/8/06 4:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Also, the dinner party is not RSVP. Everyone is free to not come.

24/8/06 4:36 PM  
Anonymous casey31652 said...

Ha! I'm feeling clever because I've got Eve's chart in my Photobucket. And DANG! I forgot she has no planets below the horizon except Uranus which is conjunct her seventh:

http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i259/casey31652/?action=view¤t=Eves_chart.gif&refPage=&imgAnch=imgAnch1

Now let's see if this works.

24/8/06 5:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Casey, you are hilarious! A dedicated people person!

24/8/06 5:04 PM  
Anonymous casey31652 said...

Yes, that seems to work and I have enabled visitors. Those other pics are just avatars on other sites.

and I agree with you 100% about the blogging.

I'm looking for people who are on my wavelength. This is not easy to find in my current circles...there is a fine line between some new age fads and interesting discussions of cool stuff. (and I know I'm being judgmental myself here, but the mushroom fad of several Xmas's ago was SILLY.) I know I came here because I was feeling the loss of my cyber-friend B91. Few things have hit me as hard as her death. But I found with you guys a great camaraderie that fills that void. Lively and interesting. How can THAT be silly?

24/8/06 5:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Everything above the horizon. Meaning out in the real world. EXCEPT....North Node in the 4th...the internal world of imagination that she can't access. Of course she wants into the cyber party.

Add to this Moon/Venus square Neptune...female idealism. Wanting the girls to be unreal goddesses, including herself.

Mars/Neptune at the top of the chart. A destiny of transcendence, idealism, and fantasy.

Saturn/Pluto in Leo in the 8th. Creative power blocked.

Easy to see. She should come to the party.

24/8/06 5:16 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I love silly! That's obvious. I always see the absurdity of life.

I'm looking for people who are on my wavelength. This is not easy to find in my current circles

That's not ever easy anywhere. We find them where we can and when I do, I am totally grateful and would never do something as ridiculous as to walk away from it.

In cyberspace as in the other dimension we are always looking for companionship. It's so simple.

24/8/06 5:20 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Plus you have a Merc/Jupiter conjunction. You need people who talk A LOT and can keep with your verbiage.

I have a Moon/Jup conj. and my whole life is exaggerated.

24/8/06 5:24 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Next thing you know, there will be "Women Who Blog Too Much."

But I'm guilty. While reading through the postings here and elsewhere, I forgot that I had pasta boiling on the stove. It got pretty mushy.

And anyway, I came home early from work with a screaming headache and should be in bed with ice on my head, not in front of a computer screen.

Yep, gotta have that daily fix. . .

P.S. I feel a bit self-conscious about the photo here. But the alternative is not to post. . . oh dear, what's a Pisces Moon to do?

24/8/06 7:21 PM  
Anonymous tseka said...

Pat! definately post! hang out here relax mabye the headache is just stress and being here among we who appreciate you is just the right medicine. What's wrong with the picture? i love looking at those tulips.
here's a hug and as Juno says a smoochie, hope you feel better soon.

24/8/06 8:00 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Thanks, Tseka. A former neighbor took that photo of me in her living room. The tulips on her coffee table just accidentally ended up in the background. Even the light was accidental. It was an overcast day (typical Seattle) but the instant she clicked the shutter, a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds and came through her sliding glass doors.

I only feel self-conscious because it seems like a big ego thing to have a photo with every comment. Even Neith's lovely graphic isn't of her personally, but of her alter-ego. Because I have that photo on my profile on my blog, it automatically turns up here. So if I want to post on JM's blog, I have to look like an ego-maniac.

Which, of course, is mortifying to a Pisces Moon, even when it's in the First House :-)

24/8/06 9:26 PM  
Blogger jm said...

PAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My life is complete! I'm so happy! And I think the photo is wonderful. Completely charming and gives me pleasure to see it on my blog.

Women who blog too much is it! It's hilarious. All the agony over talking.
But mushy spaghetti could be a sign of overblogging!

What's a Pisces Moon to do?

That explains perfectly a Pisces Moon.

I'm absolutly delighted to see you here Pat. And thank god its's just a headache.

24/8/06 9:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

So if I want to post on JM's blog, I have to look like an ego-maniac.

This is exactly what I need. I am trying to learn how to be the perfect egomaniac and I need all the help I can get.

The photo is so intriguing. The Cancer round sensitive look is there but the all-knowing sort of sardonic Aquarius is also there.
If a ray of sunshine enters just as the click comes, you have every right to believe in your ego!

24/8/06 9:36 PM  

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