Friday, April 13, 2012
1. I can understand both the exasperated tone of her questioner and the gentle scolding she received from Miss Manners -- I tried meeting people through the Internet back in the day. (Although I did meet some good women that way, I ended up happily married to a friend of a friend.)
That said, and not just based on my own experience, I agree with that personal contacts are generally a better way to screen for and meet romantic prospects.
[Y]ou probably didn't meet jail-breakers, bigamists and indigents that way. For all its creakiness and exasperating inability to gauge attractiveness, the old system was pretty good on character and reputation. No doubt there were ghastly mistakes. In general, however, personal recommendations are probably more reliable than what people say themselves when there are no available witnesses to their misdeeds.Personal contacts simply have greater knowledge of both parties to begin with. This doesn't make the Internet worthless for such a goal, but it does mean that using it effectively will require much more effort.
2. Did you know that "PSEUDOPSEUDOHYPOPARATHYROIDISM contains each vowel at least twice"? Unsurprisingly, medical terminology is a gold mine for such curiosities, but who has time to unearth them? For your amusement, somebody did, and mailed them in to Futility Closet.
3. Might Clint Dempsey end up at Arsenal?
"You want to win things. You want to play Champions League or Europa League."Let me rephrase that question: Will my favorite American footballer end up playing on my favorite English Premier League team? I sure hope so!
This season, Dempsey has played like someone hungry for that next step: someone who has played well enough to merit consideration from the world's best teams. That reality makes signing a new contract with Fulham highly unlikely and impractical. That being the case, if the Cottagers cannot convince Dempsey to sign a new deal, it would be foolish for the club to keep him for one more season and miss out on a sure-fire, eight-figure transfer this summer.
Dempsey nearly made the move a year ago, when Arsenal inquired about his services. After seeing him light up Premier League defenses this year, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Gunners are back in the market for him. [link dropped]
4. Is the choice between maintaining at least a shred of personal privacy and taking advantage of social networking tools a false one? Some folks at Orgeon State seem to think so.
Through browser extensions, Privly allows you to post to social networks and send email without letting those services see "into" your text. Instead, your actual words get encrypted and then routed to Privlys [sic] servers (or an eventual peer-to-peer network). What the social media site "sees" is merely a link that Privly expands in your browser into the full content. Of course, this requires that people who want to see your content also need Privly installed on their machines.I find the notion of changing emails after sending them odd, but this software apparently would allow that as well. (As someone who has had to use emails to resolve honest disputes, I see this inability to rely on data sent over/viewed by Privly to be a major drawback.)