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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
12:12 pm
[sflawdog]
TIBU: The Perpetual First Date... by lawdog
If you're like me, then meeting and hooking up with members of whichever gender that you prefer to bump uglies with probably wasn't whatever bait that lured you to this website. In my own case, my reasons for the time I spend/waste here number roughly as follows:

1) I no longer enjoy the extreme privilege of writing and editing for my vocation;

2) I have a need to reassure myself that I can still compose compelling/funny/thought-provoking prose, and see that it does still resonate with readers;

3) I need to distract myself from the gravity of the work I perform because I sometimes fear that it will overwhelm me.

That said, I do confess that I enjoy a little banter as well as the next person. I can (and will) be as challenging, flirtatious, confrontational, and silly as the next person. Really. And I don't like to set myself up as somehow superior and above-it-all. I like people. I like to relate to people. And I find real enjoyment in liking, relating to, and, most of all, ENCOURAGING novices and intermediate-level participants in this rather private and internal little craft we share here. I really didn't have a clue that I had any real capacity whatsoever for writing until a few professional writers I'd met along the way gave me (to be sure) a few pointers, but had mostly affirmed that I really did have the knack for this putting-of-words-down-on-the-glowing-bl ank-screen.

Of course, along with the writing comes the revealing of Self.

Many other writers here aren't fettered by the inevitabilty of laying one's soul bare. I WISH I could write fiction. I WISH I could fashion characters worthy of interest and believeable dialogue out of sheer ether. But I haven't shown much interest or capacity for the creation of artificial universes that readers can walk around in, sniff the new car smell, kick the tires, and enjoy test driving.

The truth... my truth... is that I have survived a life that has some compelling elements to it, and I have always found reality to be far more fascinating than fiction. Perhaps this is due to some pathological need for approval. Perhaps it's because my life has grown so cold and remote, and I've grown so cynical as a result, that the only way I can FEEL is to breathe life anew into my journey's more significant passages.

So that's what I've attempted to record here on TIBU. Mostly, it's been rewarding. I mean, just how much can some anonymous reader discount the experiences that have shaped this old lawdog?

Besides, as much as we trade quips and barbs and banter here... just how deep does it really go?

For example, let's say that someone here on TIBU becomes SO enamored of your little screeds that they start SERIOUSLY chatting you up. Well... hey! That's not so bad, is it? Here you are, laying your battered little soul bare in hopes that you might come to know yourself better, and there's someone who likes what they see enough to angle for some further and private internet intimacy with you.

This is EXCITING, isn't it?

Can this be for real?

In a purely cold and analytical read, not so very likely.

Talk is cheap. A random comment on a post is even cheaper. And when someone investigates the clues you might leave in your wake closely enough, we're all accessible via chat and telephone and social networking sites. And an artfully crafted query can always hold the promise of Love... an erotic dart so keen it could even penetrate the crusty defenses of an old curmudgeon like myself.

And why do I mention myself as I construct this theorem?

Because it happened to me. Here. On TIBU.

Damn!

It would have been so much wiser, so much more adult to shield myself better. This isn't MySpace or Facebook or some hookup site. And we've all learned our lessons in places like that. Or not.

The wisest course is to keep it all on the level of a first date: a little reveal, a lot of flashy handwork, and Presto! No-one gets hurt. All they're left with is a glimpse of the perfected self we've fashioned and polished to a dazzling, inpenetrable brilliance.

Except sometimes the offer sounds so good... and don't we all deserve a life filled with Love? Don't we all want to hope there's still some tiny crumb of joy left to be snatched from the ever-advancing jaws of Death?

Perhaps we do. But perhaps we would spare whatever hope we have remaining by guarding it closer, and by keeping it tucked safely behind the personae we choose to create for ourselves.

I reached my hand into a flame. I shouldn't be quite so surprised to feel it burn. It's not the flame that's important, it's the reaching. There's Love still to be found, but to find it you have to remain willing to reach back into that flame every time, no matter how painfully it may sear and burn.

My name is lawdog... and I believe in Love.

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
1:51 am
[j3nny3lf]
Monday, October 29th, 2007
1:43 pm
[j3nny3lf]
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
11:50 pm
[j3nny3lf]
Red Sox Win! Now for the bizarre souvenirs!
Sometimes, marketing just goes a little too far.

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Current Mood: amused
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
5:37 pm
[twilightsun]
3:30 am
[j3nny3lf]
Abortion is bad, mmkay? by J3nny3lf
Abortion is bad, mmkay?

That's my opinion, I'm standing by it. But before you get your panties in a twist and start calling me a right wing nut job who can't seem to keep her opinions out of another woman's ovaries, hear me out.
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Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
1:50 pm
[j3nny3lf]
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
4:53 pm
[j3nny3lf]
4:44 pm
[j3nny3lf]
Collaborative Conspiracy.. or.. how to post your linkage to Digg..
First, put the title of the article and its author's name in the subject line of your LJ post.

Then, put an LJ cut with text in the body of your post, by typing THIS:

<lj-cut text="Here is one sentence from the article...">

Behind the LJ cut, put one paragraph from the article, then link to the actual article, using verbiage such as: Read the rest of "This is my spoo" by J3nny3lf...

If you are unsure how to write a link, it works like this:

<a href="copy and paste the url of your article from TIBU here and make sure you surround it with " marks">Read the rest of "This is my spoo" by J3nny3lf..."</a>

Apparently, LiveJournal does not allow JavaScript (which the Digg button and other buttons use) to be embedded in journal entries, as it poses a security risk to other users. This pisses me off, and we're going to have to figure out a way around this. Maybe I'll have to set up the damn LJ open source code on my own server and we can move this community over there. Anyways, we can manually add our LJ entry links to Digg and Reddit by clicking on the LJ cuts, which brings us to the unique URL for that entry, then entering that URL over on Digg and Reddit and other places we may wish to add it to.

Bbstucco asked: But doesn't that just send Diggers and etc over to LJ. The short answer is yes, it does. But again, we only put a teaser paragraph of our TIBU article here, and then a link to our FULL TIBU article under the LJ cut. People click that, are whisked to TIBU, and blammo, another view.

Current Mood: tired
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