krowface: xenomorph in full lotus position (Default)
eat a dick!

Rumour has it I've jumped ship and I'm no longer on speaking terms with Facebook. Absolutely correct.

Facebook and I have been very bad for each other for the past few years, and the level of abuse has gotten so bad it's no longer acceptable. When it stops being fun, stop doing it. Facebook stopped being fun a long time ago. I could probably go on for a long time about why, but then I'd be still talking about Facebook after I left and that's a little lame.

I'm still around, don't worry. I'm just not there. Best way to contact me is through my website. E-mail is the absolutely best way to get my attention. There's a mailing list if you feel like you'd like a monthly/semi-monthly dose of what I'm doing with my life. Daily doses of snark can be had on my twitter.

Thanks everyone! Keep in touch. :D



krowface: xenomorph in full lotus position (Default)
Currently I have a few hundred people talking about me across the country. And in the middle of all of it, I am being celebrated by one group and demonized by another, and both of these groups intersect, and all of it is me being my usual self. Strangely enough, no matter how loud all of this gets, I am shaking my head over all of it, because while I can get about a hundred people talking about me for a thousand miles, I can't sell a coffee mug to feed my kid.

And over all of it, our country is falling apart but I'm a worry.
krowface: xenomorph in full lotus position (Default)
(Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] n3m3sis42)

COME PLAY WITH US!
Join the Friending Frenzy here.

Feeling nostalgic for the olden days, when everyone and their brother had an LJ and your Friends List was always super active?

Granted, we're busier now and wouldn't be able to keep up with a friend's list as active as the ones we had 10 years ago, but it would be nice to find other livejournal users that are still pretty active.

There has to be people out there that need more than 140 characters at a time, right?

To participate, all you have to do is follow these 2 easy steps:

1. Comment below with the following:

- An interesting fact about yourself
- Why you think people would enjoy reading your livejournal
- What new livejournals would you like to find

2. Peruse the comments and add (or ask to add) anyone who seems interesting to you.

Please share this as much as possible. This will only work well if enough people get involved.

krowface: xenomorph in full lotus position (Default)
Introducing the "Shark Scale of Social Interaction"

A: I would actively save you from being eaten by a shark
B: I very much hope you are not eaten by a shark
C: I don't care if you are eaten by a shark
D: I very much hope you are eaten by a shark
F: I am actively trying to get you eaten by a shark

Thanks to Beca for creating this. I look forward to using it on all of my Google+ interactions.
krowface: xenomorph in full lotus position (Default)
I've gotten to the point in my life where I simply cannot handle excess noise and distraction. Don't get me wrong, I like a little diversion every once and a while, but I've suddenly found myself not only flooded, but drowning.

I've been complaining recently about how I never seem to have enough time each day; that I can't find enough hours to be able to do the things I need to do. I find very few moments where I can steal enough mental silence to be able to sit down and focus on being productive. On being an artist. On simply creating.

So who's fault is it? Who's keeping stealing my time away from me? It's my fault. I'm letting it happen.

It started a week or so ago. Facebook stopped e-mailing me notifications. I never know when there's a response to something I do unless I'm actively sitting on facebook. Every morning I would wake up with over 30 e-mails from facebook in my inbox. I would receive more than a hundred more during the course of the day. Yes it only takes me a minute to send out a response... but that's still a minute times 100. That adds up to over two hours a day in which I'm doing nothing more than continuing diversionary conversation being shoved at me.

Once those e-mails stopped, I noticed I had a little more free time. I came to realize that my morning routine had stopped being just a routine. It was an addiction. While repetition was indeed comforting, it created a sort of crutch. Wake up, brew coffee, shower, "quick e-mail check".... suddenly it's in the middle of the afternoon and I haven't done a thing.

In order to grow, we must be willing to challenge our comfort levels.

So the morning e-mail routine ended. I was getting back my life, one minute at a time. Once I realized this what was murdering me minute by minute, I stepped back and made assessments of what else was stealing my time.

Everytime I caught myself not being productive I took my hands off the keyboard, slide my chair back and say, "is this really the most judicious use of my time?"

I erased accounts. Barring that, I had accounts erased for me.

More and more of my personal time was being rescued from mediocrity. I was starting to enjoy it. It was becoming a game. If it did not improve the quality of my life, if it did not help me to learn or grow as an artist or a person, it was to be cut out of my world.

I cast my baleful eye at Myspace. I realized I hadn't even checked it in 2 months. So I killed it. No loss there.

Then I turned to Facebook. 680 friends. Six hundred and eighty goddamned "friends". Can I possibly have that many friends? Am I really that friendly? That likable? That amicable?

I looked at my news feed. I looked at my "who's online" list. I realized something.

Not only was Facebook stealing my time, but it was also constantly angering me. Each day, usual a few times each day, something would come up on my feed that didn't just irritate me. It fucking pissed me off. I kept thinking to myself. Are my friends this stupid? Are they really my friend if they're able to piss me off this much?

No. Wrong. These are not my friends.

So the culling began. 680. Time for wholesale slaughter.

Someone from high school who would've never been caught dead calling me a friend 15 years ago? -delete-
Some random hippy from circuit I would kill if I caught on my couch? -delete-
Some girl who's as much an alt-model as I am a plumber because I flush a toilet once a day? -delete-
From Yorktown? -delete-
Status updates in all caps? -DELETE-
So-And-So liked 28 groups today? -delete-
What's-Her-Nuts can't believe THE SECRET DIRTY MESSAGE IN TOY STORY 3?!?!!? -delete-
Can't stop raving about reality TV? -delete-

Total survivors as of this writing? 450.

Every day I look at facebook, I pay much closer attention to my newsfeed. Instead of getting pissed at people for being stupid, I just remove them from my life. Like my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] damnitnicole once said, "losing friends? i don't call it 'losing the garbage' when i take out the trash".

So yeah... for every rattling can erased, I am less distracted, less irritated, less weighted down.

As the noise is turned down, the music becomes clearer. Thank god. Cuz I'm sick of the headaches.

*And by losing a friend, I mean "convincing me to erase you from my social network."

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