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A Completely Un-Funny Post About The Future of Online Memorials

Today I intend to beat a dead horse, pun intended. It’s not news any more that when people pass away in the age of social networking, their online presence lingers, leaving behind virtual footprints which can still be observed by friends, family or whoever. By this point in time, almost all of us have had people in our lives who have died while their online footprints continue to exist. Facebook responded to this in 2009 and currently offers users the opportunity to memorialize loved ones, essentially leaving profiles intact but preventing information from popping up unexpectedly in news feeds or suggestions. It is both cryptic and somehow appropriate to allow the profiles of deceased users to remain online so that friends and family can share messages of remembrance to honor the dearly departed. I’ll let Katie Couric elaborate more concisely:


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Oh Alex…

This clip was posted on Youtube 4 years ago but I never saw it and I’m guessing you didn’t either. Prepare to have your childhood and adulthood memories destroyed in less than 2 minutes.

Source: A hilarious Cracked article with more of the same.

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An Open Letter to the Anonymous Facebook Friend Who Deleted Me Recently

Dear anonymous un-friend,

I don’t know what to say. To be honest, I was shocked when I came online today to discover that my stable of Facebook friends had dropped from 387 to 386. This isn’t the first time this has happened nor will it be the last, but in spite of that I decided to take the time to write to you. So please, bear with me now as I unleash my heart and soul upon the world.

This emoticon represents the current status of my soul right now.

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Review: Grimm and American Horror Story

Today I’ve decided to blog about two new shows in the Fall lineup because I like to watch TV… a lot. Frankly It’s tough for the average person to find time to watch every new show and continue with the regulars unless you’re retired, morbidly obese, incredibly lazy or simply unemployed.

Or those whose souls have been stolen by World of Warcraft...

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Resurfacing

The weight of the world temporarily crushed my spirit this Fall with all the goings-on and stuff but I’m going to try being more proactive in my blogging. I read an article on Cracked this morning which I found both amusing and insightful. It basically discusses the ways in which the next generation is boned and condemned to low-paying jobs, unemployment, living lives of social awkwardness and general misery unless they remain connected to their devices. I felt a bit down after that but a friend sent me the following video which cheered me up considerably. It is possibly the best thing I’ve seen online in a while, so much so that it inspired me to write a quick blog post this morning. Enjoy!

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An Homage to TV Badassery

A friend of mine was talking to me about some of his favorite TV moments the other day and it got me thinking about my own. There are many shows I love, watch and share with people for many different reasons. I enjoy comedies (Community, Louie, 30 Rock), dramas (Mad Men, The Wire, Deadwood) and everything in between (Carnivale, Breaking Bad, Dexter). But there’s one thing about shows that resonate with me on a deeper level than most elements and that is a character who defies the rules, looks his enemy in the eye and then kicks him in the balls without blinking. So here for you now are just some of my favorite moments in TV badassery.

Jack Bauer killing his enemy using the only gift God gave him: legs stronger than the mighty oak.

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Thoughts on A Game of Thrones (sometimes known as A Song of Ice and Fire)

Let’s face it, hardcore George R. R. Martin fans (as well as the man himself) may secretly long in their heart of hearts for the world to refer to the series as A Song of Ice and Fire and may relish those rare opportunities to put on their best comic book guy voices when they hear someone refer to it as the ‘Game of Thrones’ series/books in order to correct them with an “ *ahem* actually Game of Thrones is merely the first book. The series to which you refer is known as A Song of Ice and Fire, tee hee!” However, that will never happen. Marketing wizards put the nail in that coffin over a decade ago with the release of the first Game of Thrones merchandise.

I think the Starks got the only cool family motto. The Lannister words sound more like something you might hear at a gay-stereotype rally. EDIT: Just to be clear, I'm talking about "hear me roar" and not "A Lannister always pays his debts." 😀

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