Category Archives: connecting

Marcelle’s blog

Someone I know referenced me in his blog. Marcelle – remember him?
Right. I never could quite figure out why he was going nuts over the
fact that I’m simply not the kind of person who can arbitrarily become
best friends with people, and certainly our lack of intersect would
make it rather difficult for us to get to know each other. Anyway, he
seems to have dealt with that issue fairly well. His blog is over at
http://www.mistervader.blogspot.com , and is – as he admitted in
e-mail – fairly angsty, although I find it really just more concerned
about things like Otaku Boards (http://www.otakuboards.com), which I’d
visited but haven’t really felt at home in. I am surprisingly less
anime-centric than the stereotypical geek, I suppose.

Missing people

Part of being more social, I guess, is that I begin to miss people. I grow accustomed to their presence. I start looking forward to the next meeting, the next phone call, the next get-together with friends. Anticipation keeps me excited about the weekend.

But it also makes the weekdays harder to bear. Hours pass less quickly. I find myself passing the time with activities that do not engage me fully. Passing the time! How terrible an idea. To live sub-optimally for a number of days, just waiting for a few hours of fun… Whatever happened to the fun I used to find in hacking on some obscure bit of Emacs code or browsing through online documentation? My hours are spoiled by hope.

And when the weekend comes, what then? Hope can so easily turn into expectations, even though I know it is foolish to expect anything. I begin to wonder if things might not be better a different way. I begin to wish I was having a nice, deep conversation – or even a silly one – instead of just passively watching television. I begin to expect, to measure, and once I begin doing so I allow myself to become disappointed.

It does not have to be that way, does it? I should just remind myself that all of this is a nice extra; not essential, not expected, but appreciated whenever it’s there. Still, it is difficult.

True, there is much about this ‘being social’ that I enjoy. I like the conversations and the surprising insights other people have.

I do not need to pretend to be social in order to enjoy my life.

Perhaps I should end the social experiment and return to my normal routines. I miss those Saturdays of learning or coding or simply lazing around; days that were mostly under my control, that did not wait on anyone or anything in order

Advice for social networking services

http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2004/02/my_advice_to_so.html

Social networking diagram

Should be fun to run this on a mailing list, using the References: tag…

- http://www.jibble.org/piespy
http://www.daimi.au.dk/~terryp/pics/emacs-current.png

“Clique Here”

People are using social networking services such as Ryze, LinkedIn, Tribe,
and Friendster to engage in social activities such as dating and making
business contacts. Within companies, social networking could enable
employees to tap resources that may not be apparent to them in daily office …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2004-6/0716f.html#item18

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Networking for Geeks: Finding the Bleeding Edge through del.icio.us

Want to plunge into a field? Here’s how to figure out who the early
adopters are and what you should be reading in order to get on the
bleeding edge.

What are people paying attention to?
del.icio.us tells you what’s the latest and
greatest. Find out which tags match your interests and subscribe to
them.

_Who_ are people paying attention to? Click on the “… and
1487 other people” in del.icio.us link descriptions and you’ll get a
list of all the people who bookmarked something. Take a look at the
people who first picked it up and you’ll get a good idea of who to
watch. Even better: use CollaborativeRank to automatically find the ‘experts’ on a certain tag: people who link to helpful/timely URLs early.
For example, CollaborativeRank lists the following experts on “philippines”: 1. eclair, 2. eastwestinvest, 3. MrShark, 4. alxklo, 5. schee. Check out their bookmarks and inboxes!

Keep an eye out for people who are cited again and again. For example,
productivity posts by Steve Pavlina and
Merlin Mann often ripple through the
blogosphere as they get quoted and commented on. Also look for people
who filter far more information and repost significant items. Add them
to your newsfeed in order to get a news digest of all the other sites out there!

How do _they_ get their news? You’ve found your experts. How do
they get _their_ news? Check their del.icio.us inboxes. If you can
find their websites or e-mail addresses, send them a note asking how
they get their news. Then hook into those sources, if you can. Keep
going until you hit the people making the news in the first place! =)

That’s how you can find the bleeding edge using del.cio.us.

Next in Networking for Geeks: How to Write Fan Mail. ;)