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I was asked yesterday if I was done with this blog. The question was predicated by the title of my last post, which I guess I didn’t explain well. Each page in a Navy flight log book ends with a diagonal line through all the blank lines with the words “No Further Entries This Page” (or NFETP) written across it. I was simply reflecting on my final NFETP from August 1998. No, Logomanikos is still alive. I do plan to start writing some more meaningful posts again sometime – soon I hope. Anyway, the question was another reminder of how easy it is to miscommunicate online, and that one should think twice before throwing something on the world wide web for anyone in the world to read if they are so inclined. And with that completely artificial segue…

Two weeks ago, we had a bit of excitement at work when our chapel secretary passed out. We thought it was a heart attack and called 911 (actually 112 here in Europe). He was OK, but left in an ambulance and was taken to the hospital for some tests. (Turned out to be an ulcer.) Then last week, I was lifting weights in the base gym with a couple high school guys when one of them smashed his finger pretty bad – fingertip swelled up, he bled everywhere. I walked him the 200 or so meters over to the fire station to get it looked at, and then waited with him until his dad picked him up. Two unrelated incidents, neither directly involving me, and neither ultimately that serious (though the first was a little scary at the time).

That night, for my daily Facebook status update, I wrote “Steve hopes to end his streak of consecutive weeks interacting with base paramedics at TWO.” I thought it was a good status update: interesting, clever, mysterious – always gotta try to hook some comments, right? Of course no one one asked about it, and life moved on. The next morning, as I arrived at work, the garrison chaplain says: “Hey, your name came up this morning. Something about paramedics at two in the morning?”

What? I was completely puzzled at first; it took a minute or two to connect the dots and figure out what had happened. I realized a colleague with whom I’m friends on Facebook mentioned my status comment in the weekly staff conference call, in the process misinterpreting the word “TWO”, not to mention my ill-expressed tongue-in-cheek intentions. Well, no harm no foul I guess, but it’s pretty interesting how differently information is relayed in this digital world.

So, anyone else have any good stories about crazy untended consequences resulting from communication via the Internet?

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New to Blogging?

Just in case you’ve never read, written or participated in a blog before, here’s some quick info to get you going. Clicking on highlighted word(s) will take you to another website in a new window. The following links are wonderful primers written for absolute beginners (which I was about two months ago):

  • What is a blog? (Great introduction – you can skip the beginning quotes)
  • What is an RSS feed? (How to subscribe, what’s a feed reader, etc.)
  • What if I want to start a blog?

If you’ve never heard of a feed reader (or aggregator) – definitely go to the RSS link above. The video at the bottom of the page is great. It could totally revolutionize the way you use the internet. I’m not kidding. Here’s the reader I use (Google). Here is another great blog about how to do a blog and a list of other such sites.

    As far as I’m concerned, the most important thing you need to know about blogs is that they are a forum for two-way conversation. I hope some of the stuff I write inspires, encourages or entertains people, or just makes them think. But I also write to hear back from others on what I have to say, especially if you have a different take from mine. If you want to leave a comment about any of my posts, just click on the words “No Comment” or “2 Comments” or whatever at the bottom of the post. You can comment anonymously if you want; write down any name you want to – only I will see your email address. You do not have to create a wordpress account or log in to leave a comment.

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    Techies, if you’ve read this far – quit snickering, not everyone is as cyber-savvy as you are.

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