You Are Crap Blocked
I recently watched the incredibly epic documentary on the Pirate Bay founders and one particular scene in a court hearing caught my attention.
Lawyer: How did you meet Fredrik (co-founder) and Gottfrid (co-founder)?
Peter Sunde (co-founder): I don’t remember, but I assume it was in a chat room on the internet.
Lawyer: When was the first time you met IRL?
Peter Sunde: We don’t use the expression IRL. We say AFK. But that’s another issue. But, I don’t remember that either.
District Court Judge: Got to know each other IRL? What is that?
Lawyer: In Real Life.
Peter Sunde: We don’t like that expression. We say AFK - Away From Keyboard. We think that the internet is for real.
I can’t find a better way to put it than that last quote. The internet is for real. Regardless of whether this is a good or bad thing, anything you do online will have repercussions in real life.
The people from real life will have greater access to you, discuss your online activities in greater detail, and constantly plot their next moves. Any amount of good the world can come up with, there will always be a small minority who ruin it for others. The same goes with the Internet.
The problem is that Facebook, for example, thinks that friends = Facebook and Facebook = friends. If this were ever true, I wouldn’t be writing this post. In a scenario such as this, I think it is easy for people to take advantage of us and put us in unwarranted situations. Insignificant people need to remain that - insignificant.
Since completely giving up on social networking is a lost cause, making our experience on the interwebs more worthwhile is the least we can do. Luckily enough, you can act on damage control. Blocking is a virtue. Blocking is righteous. Do it. Do it for the slightest reason. Blocking is not anti-social. In fact, it’s the opposite. You’ll love the feeling.
For long, I have had ambivalent feelings towards social media. Knowing that I do gain some professional good from it, learning to live and adapt with it is the best way to go.
The people that spend their days spreading negativity will amount to fuck all. I guarantee you that.
Follow up post to Anonymity Is Killing The Internet.
Story Of My Life
Once upon a time, I wanted to be different. They wanted me to be like everybody else. When I became like everybody else, they wanted me to be different. The end.
Tell Me Something New
I always run away from books that everyone reads and movies that everybody’s watching.
Almost always, I prefer picking my niche interests and try to learn more about them. You may not find anyone to talk to or interact with regarding those topics on a daily basis; but in the long run, someone will take notice and that allows you to form an instant connection with people who share the same interests and have a deep-rooted passion for something that you have. Those are the kinds of people I aim to meet in my life.
I also feel a sense of attachment or belonging to those interests. For example, I feel closer to the characters from books and movies that are personal to me. In turn, I gain so much more because I feel more involved in them.
There’s a strict upper limit on how interesting people who thrive on mainstream content can be. Most conversations drain me out, because it seems like I’m listening to the headlines on a news channel or reading the home page of a website. Midway through the conversation, you can see right through them, because all they’ve done is gleaned over the surface of whatever content they’ve been fed on their smartphones and social media.
If you are patient enough and willing to widen your horizon, you’ll find people who are capable of enriching your life.
2013 French Open picks
Djokovic over Goffin, Dodig over Pella
Al. Kuznetsov over Pouille, Dimitrov over Falla
Tursunov over Dolgopolov, Tomic over Hanescu
Lu over Bolelli, Kohlschreiber over Vesely
Haas over Rufin, Garcia-Lopez over Sock
Harrison over An. Kuznetsov, Isner over Berlocq
Andujar over Youzhny, Reister over Delbonis
Verdasco over Gicquel, Tipsarevic over Mahut
Nadal over Brands, Klizan over Russel
Rosol over Riba, Fognini over Beck
Paire over Baghdatis, Kubot over Texeira
Giraldo over Zemlja, Nishikori over Levine
Wawrinka over De Bakker, Zeballos over Pospisil
Haase over De Schepper, Janowicz over Ramos
F. Mayer over Istomin, Davydenko over Serra
Williams over Przysiezny, Gasquet over Stakhovsky
Berdych over Monfils, Gulbis over Dutra Silva
Melzer over Sjisling, Robredo over Zopp
Seppi over L. Mayer, Kavcic over Duckworth
Roger-Vasselin over Alund, Almagro over Haider-Maurer
Raonic over Malisse, Llodra over Darcis
Donskoy over Struff, Anderson over Marchenko
Granollers over Lopez, Soeda over Sousa
Montanes over Johnson, Ferrer over Matosevic
Tsonga over Bedene, Niemenen over Mathieu
Bautista Agut over Muller, Chardy over Becker
Monaco over Gimeno-Traver, Troicki over Blake
Stepanek over Kyrgios, Cilic over Petzschner
Simon over Hewitt, Mannarino over Cuevas
Hajek over Kudla, Querrey over Lacko
Benneteau over Berankis, Kamke over Lorenzi
Devvarman over Munoz-De La Nava, Federer over Carreno-Busta
Djokovic over Dodig
Dimitrov over Kuznetsov
Tursunov over Tomic
Kohlschreiber over Lu
Haas over Garcia-Lopez
Isner over Harrison
Andujar over Reister
Verdasco over Tipsarevic
Nadal over Klizan
Fognini over Rosol
Paire over Kubot
Nishikori over Giraldo
Wawrinka over Zeballos
Janowicz over Haase
F. Mayer over Davydenko
Gasquet over Williams
Gulbis over Berdych
Robredo over Melzer
Seppi over Kavcic
Almagro over Roger-Vasselin
Raonic over Llodra
Anderson over Donskoy
Granollers over Soeda
Ferrer over Montanes
Tsonga over Niemenen
Chardy over Bautista Agut
Monaco over Troicki
Cilic over Stepanek
Simon over Mannarino
Querrey over Hajek
Benneteau over Kamke
Federer over Devvarman
Djokovic over Dimitrov
Kohlschreiber over Tursunov
Haas over Isner
Andujar over Verdasco
Nadal over Fognini
Paire over Nishikori
Wawrinka over Janowicz
Gasquet over F. Mayer
Gulbis over Robredo
Almagro over Seppi
Anderson over Raonic
Ferrer over Granollers
Tsonga over Chardy
Monaco over Cilic
Simon over Querrey
Federer over Benneteau
Djokovic over Kohlscreiber
Haas over Andujar
Nadal over Paire
Gasquet over Wawrinka
Gulbis over Almagro
Ferrer over Anderson
Tsonga over Monaco
Federer over Simon
Djokovic over Haas
Nadal over Gasquet
Ferrer over Gulbis
Federer over Tsonga
Nadal over Djokovic
Ferrer over Federer
Nadal over Ferrer
Sleeper: Gulbis, Andujar
Toughest Road: Berdych, Tipsarevic