my friend cenobyte wanted a
story today for her blog. here's
what i contributed:
johnny felt like propping open his eyelids with
toothpicks. the sun had gone down hours before,
yet he was still sitting there. tap, tap, tap,
click. tap, tap, tap, click.
while the rest of the world had gone home for the
thanksgiving long weekend, johnny was enraptured
by the little squiggles that steadily grew across
his screen. even the cheerful cleaning lady's
arrival to empty his trash can failed to sway him
from his stupor. tap, tap, tap, click. tap, tap,
around half past two, johnny finally looked away,
surprised at the fury of the arctic winds hammering
on his window. he leaned back to crack his knuckles
behind his neck. with a weary exhale, he scooted
forward to reach for the ergonomic beast that laired
atop his desk.
thirty seconds later, his hovering index finger
finally gave in to gravity. click. he thought
about making a run for it then, but johnny knew
that he was finished. the sirens had already
begun blaring in the distance.
i've enjoyed my plunge into facebook, especially
the chance to play scrabulous asynchronously. at
less than 20 facebook friends, i can still check
out everyone's profile daily. however, i shudder
at the thought of trying to track hundreds of
friends, many of whom are busy sending facebook
chain mails and videos to each other.
also, thanks to slaw.ca, i was really spooked
out by a new image editing technique called
carving. instead of re-sizing an image
strictly dimensionally, this new software will
allow users to easily remove or extend areas of
a photo to the point where you can make someone
or something disappear with little loss of image
coherence or hideous artefacts. the youtube
video is 4 minutes long.