tomemos

October 27, 2003

Now It Can Be Told

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 10:16 pm

The first time I heard what e-mail was, I was totally non-plussed. So, like, you tie up your phone line, in order to send someone a message? Why don’t you just call the person and say whatever it was you were going to tell them? What’s the point?

I came around and got a Hotmail account in 1998, by which time even the cartoonists who made bad puns from the phrase “information superhighway” were writing HTML code in their spare time. Within three months I was hooked, forwarding “If Microsoft made cars” e-mails with the best of them. But did I learn from my Johnny-Come-Late-ism? No. Since then, I’ve managed to be bemused by such oddball devices as the CD burner, the digital camera, the DVD player, and the cellular phone. My finger is clearly not on the pulse (or tone) of consumer electronics; the last gizmo I correctly recognized as genius was the Nintendo Entertainment System. I always come around eventually–I own all of the above objects–but not before proving how little vision I have.

So it is with blogs. When I first heard about them, people called them “online journals”–except me; I called them “a stupid idea.” An ONLINE journal? An OPEN diary? It just seemed like a scheme for letting people exercise their egotism–and God knows nothing like that has ever made any money.

I’ve had about three and a half years to appreciate them since then, and it’s time for me to squeeze onto the bandwagon (or caboose). The main reasons are simple: 1) it seems like a really good way to let my friends know what I’m up to, and 2) I like to read my own writing. If I’m feeling intellectual, I might admit that I’ve had plenty of time to be fascinated by blogs on a societal level: the way they combine a monologue with a message board, creating bodiless, time-delayed discussions and arguments, so that almost every blog entry is simultaneously narcissistic (look at what I think!) and democratic (what do you guys think of that?). It’s the kind of thing Roland Barthes would be really interested in, especially if he needed to keep in touch with his long-distance friends. (By the way, I reserve the right to wax pretentious like this every few entries. I’ve earned it by living in Orange County.)

So, welcome, everyone, to the fifth-from-the-last blog in the world. I’ll give you all a couple days to soak up the above wisdom, then I’ll post a super-long entry about what I’ve been up to in the five weeks since I’ve gotten here. After that, one to two entries a week should be about right. Mostly I’ll just talk about what I’m up to, maybe mix it up with a little scintillating commentary or links to funny websites. I’ll play it by ear. Thanks for coming, and I hope you keep coming back.

–Tom

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12 Comments

  1. First comment ever! Woooo!

    I figured out a few days ago that my new laptop has a cd burner. I was completely oblivious to owning one. Now i have to start burning cds.

    Additionally, don’t assume the people who leapt onto the technology bandwagon did so out of hope for the future. As i recall, i got my first e-mail account to talk to guys in high school i wanted to be friends with, and got the livejournal account and AIM name both to impress women. Well, i haven’t heard from the guys in four years, one woman’s a buddy but i seldom hear from her, and the other woman hates me. Yay technology!

    –BWJ

    Comment by Brian — October 27, 2003 @ 11:51 pm

  2. god damnit, Brian beat me to ‘first post’ glory! I’ll get you next entry, Gadget… next entrrrry!!!!

    Comment by angel23 — October 28, 2003 @ 1:11 am

  3. Hah! I’ll take pride in my state of third note-age-ness! What’s so impressive about getting the first note anyway? Showing up in time to leave the *third* note takes finesse!

    It just seemed like a scheme for letting people exercise their egotism–and God knows nothing like that has ever made any money.

    A few words: Michael Moore, Arnold Schwartzenegger (whose name I cannot spell), most artists/writers…

    I admit freely: I have a blog because emailing all my friends takes too much time. Hah! I’m being lazy AND egotistical!

    *does the happy “Tom has a blog! How neat! I’ve always been sorry I haven’t spent more time talking to him!” dance*

    Comment by Fae — October 28, 2003 @ 5:13 am

  4. since we’re counting, i’m fourth. and the only possible significance is that four is one of my favorite numbers. so, uhm, … THERE!

    Comment by ariela — October 28, 2003 @ 6:36 am

  5. I’m pretty sure that last night I dreamt about a giant creature destroying major cities.

    Oh, wait, this isn’t *my* blog.

    Comment by kindle — October 28, 2003 @ 7:42 am

  6. Yay Tom! Now the world can be like, “Damn, that Tom. His blog may be late in coming, but it sure is clever.” Or something. Whatever, it is RHPS week and I am exhausted. Well, I’m off to die now. *huggles*
    Note: comments will normally be wittier than this. If not, you can sentence me to death by jello.

    Comment by Cimorene — October 28, 2003 @ 7:47 am

  7. Woo! First person to post for the second time! Woo!

    Uh… a claw is a claw, and no one has seen a talking claw, NObody has seen a talking claw, unless, unless that claw, is the famous, the FAMOUS, unless that claw, is the famous…

    Mr Klaw! Mr. Dental Klaw!

    Enjoying the comments? Aren’t you glad you did this?

    –BWJ

    Comment by Brian — October 28, 2003 @ 3:44 pm

  8. As for the egotism thing–totally. If you’ll refer to my blog, you’ll see that its subtitle is “where hubris meets grandiosity.” Where else can you be all ego? The blog is the perfect forum for that. Now go out an embrace it!

    Comment by AM — October 28, 2003 @ 3:47 pm

  9. Since we’re all discussing this, I posted the first note on his test entry, which was the first entry ever. So, technically, I was the first one. πŸ™‚

    Comment by julie — October 28, 2003 @ 9:59 pm

  10. Once again, it seems that Tom has figured out a way to avoid emailing all of his friends individually. First, when he was in the UK, he sent these giants mass emails that often were 10 or 15K. Now I’m not that sure what a K is, but I know that 15 is a lot of them. Now, he’s figured out that he can post these blog deals and escale individualism again. I just hope the K’s are still there.

    Comment by Bret — October 29, 2003 @ 3:41 pm

  11. K means a thousand. Tom writes things that are ten or fifteen THOUSAND! That’s how much he loves us.

    Comment by julie — October 29, 2003 @ 6:47 pm

  12. You guys got e-mails while he was in England?

    –BWJ

    Comment by Brian — October 29, 2003 @ 7:48 pm


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