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Nov. 12th, 2003

Making the rounds (but happily not approriate to ME!):
Mom Finds Out About Blog
"Come to think of it, why do I sometimes write about what I ate for dinner?" Widmar asked.

Last night I had 8 blissful hours of sleep, interrupted by a very vivid dream that giant locusty swarms of insects were plaguing the earth. It started while I was at work, and these teams of guys were running around sending electrical charges to the tops of buildings trying to kill the bugs. When they sent the charge up the building where I work, these enormous 4-foot-long flies that had been hanging out at the top fell to the ground with giant thumps. Most of the other bugs were small.

I was so happy to find low acid OJ, but not so happy to find that it still upsets my stomach.



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Nov. 12th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC)
Funny, my mom reads my LJ, but only at the public level, so I tend to write very hierarchically. My impressionistic and funny (but not the mean-spirited funny) stuff goes in public, my confessional, challenging, or critical stuff tends to stay friends, my really deep "what the hell is wrong with me?" stuff goes private, and anything I write that uses the words "fuck," "cock," or "he was beggin' for more" goes into the vivid filter, which singles out dirty-minded and discreet folks. I've got a nofamily filter, too, but I don't use it a lot because I'm still a bit leery of entries escaping and causing epidemics of emergency psychotherapy among those people who share a lot of DNA with me.
Nov. 12th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
Yup, that's about exactly how I break it up too. The public posts are things I wouldn't care if my mom, my little brother, my boss and all my students decided to read. It really amazes me how many other people don't seem to take this into account... public on the web is REALLY REALLY public.
Nov. 12th, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC)
I always think it's kind of amusing and/or sad when people can't feel like their mom and/or dad can't be involved in their everyday lives; my parents have a livejournal. I tell them all kinds of stuff. Not sex stuff, though, I finally learned over the past few years that most people don't want to hear about one's sex life.

Most of the time, though, it seems like I have alot fewer family to worry about. Parents, grandmother who probably can't turn the computer on let alone find a web page, Uncle who might care but not enough to read regularly, everyone else seems so distant.

I think it's cool that your mom reads your LJ. Do you ever wish she would keep one, and talk about what's on her mind, so that you could read it?
Nov. 12th, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
er, that second can't should be a can. dur.
Nov. 13th, 2003 05:08 am (UTC)
I keep trying to talk my mom into starting one, but she's not particularly keen on writing publically. My sister, spleenless, my brother, happyrock, and my sis-in-law, bluebonnet are all plugged-in, though not as verbose as me. I think my dad would love to be on LJ, but he's waiting on the LJ/Oujia board interface to come on the market, being dead and all. Sometimes the close connections are a pain, particularly when, say, you have a fuckin' wild-ass torch burning for a friend who's also an LJ friend, or when you want to bitch about the usual family atrocities, but most of the time, it's lovely. For a while, the joke among my siblings was that we were Borg, part of the Wall family hive-mind collective, but the reality was a little sweeter than the TV show.
Nov. 13th, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
Actually snidegrll prodded us into starting a journal and it has been kind of nice. We are flattered that she likes us to read and once in a while respond to hers. As for people's sex lives there is a real mixed bag to deal with. We would just as soon not know about someone's sex life but at the same time we'd get very concerned if people didn't have one. So like most people we will just ignore the issue. She is right about the diminishing family and probably most people have the same situation. Our family has gotten down to the three of us and Gramma.
Nov. 17th, 2003 06:00 am (UTC)
Re: Family
It's funny though, most of my friends have these huge families with crazy siblings and cousins all over the dang place. Their experience is a little alien to me.
Nov. 12th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm willing to drink to the fact that my mother doesn't own or want a computer.

Nov. 12th, 2003 10:31 am (UTC)
Good thing my mother is computer blind. I mean, she goes beyond illiterate. Though she's not as bad as the woman I had to explain the mouse to at UW. Dude, she couldn't understand the connection between moving the physical mouse around and the motion of the arrow on the screen. I didn't even bother trying to show her husband (these are both very famous, incredibly smart, and fairly old mathematicians, by the way). He's a lost cause. One of his friends goes through his email for him and prints out the messages he might want to read.

Not illiterate, but kinda bizarre was the woman who used the mouse upside down. Not like a track ball, like rotated 180 degrees around the vertical axis. Confused the hell out of me.
Nov. 12th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
my mom is quite possibly more computer-literate than i am, at least in some areas. my mom also has the sense to know there are things about me she'd rather not be aware of. >;) if she were ever to read my journal (which is pretty much friends-only at this point, although i haven't bothered to lock up old entries) i guarantee you i'd never hear about it.
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Nov. 17th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC)
i fear change! but dick clark drinks it so it must be good.
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