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    This is our home, and we'd like it to be yours as well. A lot of time, energy, and heart have gone into making this place. In fact, archaeological evidence, our calendar, tells us February 8, 2003 is our birthday. Wow!

    Hopefully you'll find its someplace you want to hang your hat and stay a while. Fantasy abounds here and is the key. Some of our earliest community members have their roots in Wotism, and certainly, the Wheel of Time never left our home. But we still have a touch on reality as well.

    So, come in and chat with the locals, be it about the new hot book on the market or the new blockbuster at the corner Cineplex. Or just come in and meet our people. That's what truly makes this humble place a home. We have an incredible cast of characters in our family, so won't you cast your lot with us?

  • Gadgetry and Distractions?

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    “Tis some visitor”, I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door-
    Only this, and nothing more.”
    These words are what start off Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous work. Published well over a century ago (1845 for those that care to know), I remember reading this poem for the first time when I was a teenager. I found the text disjointed and foreign. Hell, I’ll even go as far as to admit that I only paid minor interest in this poem due to a Simpson’s episode. Am I an uncouth heathen? Perhaps, but that’s another article.

    A quirk of literature in general is that it is open to interpretation. And despite what an author may have originally intended, a poem can have a completely different inference and can even draw new meaning. A song can mean something completely different after that first kiss behind the bleachers. And so here we are, 165 years later and rapping at my chamber door has new context.

    In this day and age, everyone is plugged in to some degree or another. We can text, tweet, blog, forum post, instant message, digg, and that’s only mentioning what I did this afternoon. The list is practically endless. Is it a bad thing? Absolutely not, it brings us more options to communicate.

    Only this, and nothing more.

    Is there a problem? Possibly, I find myself spending easily a few hours a day on all of it. I must check my favorite news sites in the mornings, my sports scores, respond to some cheeky text my old roommate sent me, keep up with my email dutifully, read my tweets religiously, and get in a game of Sudoku all while on the train. All at my finger tips, this is … wait for it… awesome! It truly is. But tonight on my way home, my mobile was dead and I was sad and bored. I ended up doing something I do not normally do on the train. I looked up and around the car.

    And there is my raven.

    I left work a bit later than usual, beyond peak commuter traffic. The car was only half full, but most of them were undoubtedly off the clock and heading home as well. With one key difference, their devices all had juice left, and people were texting, talking on the phone, playing games, listen to music and the like. I spent the rest of the ride to my home city thinking of how much time I spend plugged in, doing something. I had to stifle a snicker at the situation.

    Nevermore?

    Doubtful, I need to be plugged in. It’s how I communicate with people who live cross country and beyond the border. This isn’t a preach article to go become a hippy either (if you want to go that route, I hear folkies do it better, just saying).

    This is an open thought, interpret away.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Mike's Avatar
      Mike -
      I have a dream. I have a dream that one day I leave home, without the weight of a phone, gadget or anything. While time and technology have made each new generation smaller en lighter and more advanced, and then bigger to fit all the new stuff in, and then lighter and smaller again, and so on and so on, all I've noticed is that the mental weight of the phone in my pocket has increased to levels that are beyond reason. And that's actively encouraged. I turn on the tv and some commercial tells me that I can't go on holiday without turning the voicemail on on my home phone because I might miss a call. Geez! The horror! We're being mind fucked into thinking we can't do without these kind of gadgets. In fact, when you think about it, I'm surprised the government even allows such levels of life altering mind programming.
      So...
      I have a dream. And I'm working on it. Sometimes when my phone rings, I let it ring because I've got other things to do, even if I don't. Sometimes when my phone rings and it's in the other room, I don't shove everybody out of my way to get to it in time. I've taken a giant leap by turning off voicemail on my cell phone. If I pick up I'm there, if I don't pick up, who knows where I am.
      Now I'm contemplating turning off the texting stuff. If it can be turned off, I don't even know. But it's a huge step and I'm not ready. Not yet. But I'm working on it, and one day I'll be unplugged. One day I'll be free.
    1. Apoc's Avatar
      Apoc -
      I'd welcome a solar flare or something that knocks all this stuff off, all those so dependant on tech will flail and become useless and those that didn't become enslaved by it will inherit the earth...i'd rejoice at that

      Not to say I don't like tech, i just have a mean hatred for those so dependant on it to the point where should they be denied its access they freak out and are clueless how to actually live without it.

      I find these people fairly pathetic, it's like they don't need to learn or remember anything coz it's all at their fingertips and if you mention the horrortale that it may not always be so, it genuinely terrifies them.

      Fck cars let us all ride horses, fck planes let us all sail by boat, fck internet let us all read a book, fck email let us all send letters again, fck cell phones let us all just talk face to face and fck high tech weaponry, let us live by the sword and martial prowess again! And probably most of all, fck this banking system, bring back hard currency.
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