Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Nightmare

I have a recurring nightmare in which no one cares about the great Roman generals, or the misapplied abuse being heaped on Prince Harry, and my poor little blog is read only by the same four or five people who endlessly war with one another through comments under an extensive web of nommes de guerre.

Then I realize that I am awake and it is not a dream.

9 comments:

Tony "nanute" Daniel said...

Fred:
You should not have posted the "Please God, Save Us From The Kindly People." War broke out, and if anyone is paying attention, there are at least 15 additional nommes de guerre open for the taking.

Anonymous said...

Yep Fred, your blog's become an internet bathroom wall, thanks to the likes of nutjobs like the crippleman. Use your mighty censor cleanser on that crap; why are you so selective in whom you deem deserving of deletion? And don't say you never delete anything.

Rory Cripps said...

Well Jeez Mr. Fred! I've been complaining about the nomme de guerre thing throughout the past few months! I confess to being a newcomer to the blog world. In fact my first blog posting was to your blog. I've subsequently looked at a number of various blogs for comparison purposes and it appears that your blog is relatively mild and even-tempered in comparison to most of the blogs that I've seen. Indeed you come off as an absolute genius, through your postings, relative to the crap that most other blog-hosts post. With the exception of your blog (and mine such as it is and which I haven't even looked at for weeks)I have not posted to any other blogs and I probably never will. What is the point of posting anything to the typical blog when virtually all of those that post comments post their comments under the cover of "anonymous" and either don't leave a trace as to their identity or use nommes de querre? I've always been of the opinion that many (if not most) Americans live their lives in constant fear of what others might think of them if they were to reveal their true thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, i.e., what will my neighbors think, what will my co-workers think, what will my boss think, if they Google my name and read my postings? They'll probably think that I'm weird, I don't fit in, and perhaps that I'm in need of psychological help and I'll probably get fired from my job as a result of my postings! Meanwhile, all the ignorant punks and cowards that read the postings of the non-anonymous poster are often in tacit agreement(or at least in sympathy with) the poster's thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. About the only positive thing that I can say about anonymous bloggers is that they bring to light the vile, putrid, decadent--and above all cowardly--nature of the present-day American mind-set....

fred c said...

Long ago I got a tattoo and I put it right on the (inside) of my right forearm. Why hide it? Since then a couple of tough guys and one genuine hipster have told me, good, put it where we can see it.

I feel the same way about "anonymous." For me, I'll just put my name out there. Maybe I'm crazy, or maybe I feel safe because I am very, very far away.

Tony Daniel said...

I don't have a problem with anonymous and nommes de guerre posting per se. I do have a problem with sock puppetry.

Some people are concerned for their safety, job security and other considerations. In this day and age of warrantless wiretaps, eavesdropping and the like, wanting to remain under the radar is understandable. My understanding is that a good hacker can trackback even the best anonymous posters.

If I have caused any ill feelings by posting as nanute, please accept my apology. I should have made my identity a bit more transparent.

Anonymous said...

And one more thing: Anonymous is what's known in the blog world as a troll. You are not supposed to feed them!

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding, Fred? If it weren't for the siilly little tempests in a teapot, your blog wouldn't get any comments at all!

-Ed

Rory Cripps said...

"Anonymous" (of Jan. 19, 2009, 10:46 A.M.): Was that you that associated my name (Rory Cripps) with the name Calvin? My middle name is, in fact, Calvin. How did you know that Rory Cripps and Calvin are one in the same? I can only speculate that it required some digging, on your part, to tie the two names together. Moreover, your digging leads me to the conclusion that you are stalking me in one form or another. And moreover, your digging leads me to believe that you are the person that recently attempted to hack into my computer and infect my computer with various viruses. I find it very curious indeed that until the time that I became aware of your existence (and you of mine),the security software, running on my computer (which is continuously updated) never informed me of any security problems or malware/virus threats. I'd like nothing better than for you to demonstrate to me that I'm off-base in my above implications and that you're really as hip (and Oh-so-together and slick)as you think you are.

With the above said, however, the word "Yep" does not conform to your writing style . . . but it does conform to the "writing style" of another individual, HA! The following is an example of how a single word can foil someone's anonymity: I worked for a company years ago (back in the day of text-pagers), and every so often I and my co-workers would receive a text-page stating the following: "You're going to get everything that's comming to you!" Not a bad sentence on first blush . . . but the dumb fuck didn't realize that he often included the one mis-spelled word, contained in the above statement, on his paper-work and in his memos.

fred c said...

Someone has suggested that I should delete more comments that are merely annoying. I do delete a comment occassionally, but I let in anything that I find at all interesting.