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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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Scrabble has two B’s.

Fabulous has one B.

The makers of Scrabulous went with one; I used two when I blogged about it recently. Since then, Scrabbulous! has been my most active post and that incorrectly spelled non-word has been my most common search engine hit. So in the hopes of getting even more totally random traffic through the halls of Logomanikos (and maybe a couple more challengers on Facebook), I just thought I’d post this strategically-tagged bit of a nothing post. If you’d like to play, click here or leave a comment if it’s not clear how.

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When I first heard a that you could play Scrabble through Facebook, I carefully avoided it. Once before I tried out Scrabble on the internet and found what a temptation it could be to be a major time sucker. While I can play a solitaire game against the computer in about 10 minutes, playing a full game against a real person typically takes over an hour. Plus I had a weird text exchange with some stranger in an online game room – creeped me out a bit. But two weeks ago, I caved in and tried Scrabbulous, and suddenly like throwing a light switch, the whole online social networking thing made more sense to me. What a marvelous thing – I can have games going with 5 to 10 people at once (or much more if I let it get totally out of hand), all of whom I know. I log in once a day and check my Scrabble boards, just like I check my email, playing on any that are my turn and perhaps sending a quick text chat message. In that same 10 minutes that I was losing to “Maven”, I can now have a quick recreational connection with several friends all round the world. Like anything “virtual” I suppose, it’s not quite as satisfying as the real thing and games may take months to play, but it’s still a beautiful thing. So don’t worry, if I challenge you, it won’t take hours of your time. At least not all at once! Wanna play?

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