March 22, 2009

Sunday Surf - OpenLeft

Since today is Sunday, I called my mom. I call her pretty much every Sunday whether she likes it or not. I think she likes it a little bit, but won't admit it, preferring to randomly remind me that I don't need to call so often. Today's topic was my brother and his family visiting for a couple days this past week, since it was Spring Break in Texas. I mentioned that I've been reading things in the paper and on the Internet (did you know Internet is supposed to be capitalized!?!) that are either kinda geeky (Twitter) or political (Obama, AIG, etc.) and I always think, this or that would be something to ask my brother about (yeah, bad grammar, I know...and I always think about bad grammar when also thinking about my mom). Anyway, I called him while he and his family were driving to visit my mom because he said that would be a good time to call (which it would have been except for the road noise, so we hung up). This led my mother to suggest that I go to OpenLeft and I could read his mostly political blog posts along with MANY others.

My mom does not have a computer anymore because she never liked them. She only kept my dad's for about 18 months after he died so that she could check emails until she trained everyone to stop sending email...heh. As you can imagine, it's a bit weird to learn from your non-computing mother that your brother posts somewhere on the Internet. Not that it's a surprise that he posts somewhere, just that SHE was the one to inform me of this fact, instead of say...MY BROTHER...sheesh. After some googling (still not a verb, even though everyone does it) around I found out that he's been posting there for about a year now. I'll never catch up. Oh well, some of it's old political news anyway. I do like the idea of being able to see what his opinion is on various topics though. I say "see" because of course you read blogs with your eyes generally. And I'm not actually an auditory kind of gal, so seeing words makes more sense faster than hearing words. So, if you're a lefty and want to be part of the choir to which is being preached (good grammar sounds so bad), check it out (see link above or to the right in News & References list). If you happen to be one of the random right wingnuts that happen to accidentally visit today, well you can still check it out for an opposing opinion and no one will hear you trying to interrupt the poster by yelling at your screen...heh...except maybe someone who happens to be in the same room with you and your computer.

10 comments:

citizen of the world said...

How odd to discover second-hand that your your brother is blogging.

(a random thng triggered by talk of calling yourmother - I called mine right after I got home from the hospital, and had this conversation:
Mom: "Hi, how are you?" Me: "Okay, I'm a little tired." Mom: "Why?"
Me: "Why what?"
Mom: "Why are you tired?"
Me: Because I just had surgery?

Sheesh.)

TheWeyrd1 said...

Citizen...families are weird...lol I knew that my brother was probably blogging somewhere since he edited a book about blogging and is a professor of mass communication with an emphasis in Internet news and the "new media". I think, I just expected to find out WHERE he blogs from him, or at least his wife...heh. I actually considered that as an academic observing all this that he might not actually want to post blogs or comment on them in an effort to maintain objectivity on the topic...oh well.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

I'd rather die at the hands of a serial killer than have my family find out that I blog. My god, I portray them, as, well, they are. My mother would be horrified.
Still, I love that your bro does his thing without shame! He should drop in on blog from time to time too :)

TheWeyrd1 said...

Jennifer...well since he's an academic with an expertise in "new media" as it's now called, I really did expect that he blogs. Unfortunately, he kind of stays in the area of politics for the most part from what I can tell. My sister in law reads my blog regularly, but I don't think my brother does unless she points something out to him... Of course, I don't usually have much to share about them unless it's like this type of thing...lol

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

What to share about your family is a bit of a conundrum in blogging anyway ;)

Jannie Funster said...

My brother Joe gave up the internet a few years ago and doesn't even have a TV. Harry, the other brother more than makes up for Joe's lack of screen time.

Joe is a hoot - he has learned to play the push button accordion in recent years and often busks on the street. Seriously.

Neither have websites or blogs, but I wish they did.

TheWeyrd1 said...

Jannie...Denver hosts a Buskerfest every summer. Oddly, it usually ends up being on the same weekend as the Pridefest (formerly Gay Pridefest...but due to being VERY inclusive the "gay" label was dropped...heh). And that's been my very brief exposure to buskering...lol

Jannie Funster said...

Those Buskerfests can be wonderful. They have (or at least had, I'm so out of touch,) in in Halifax and busksers came form all aroudn teh globe. I guess they travel everywhere.

I remember one guy had this marionette band and the lead singer was belting out "Iz You Iz Or Iz You Aint' My Baby." Funniest thing I ever saw. Little marionette even smoked and then stomped out his own cigarette.

lynt said...

I can't resist a comment, though a week late. I spend hours obsessing over how to keep my blog from family and work-life folks...

TheWeyrd1 said...

Lynt...I'm not thinking that it's worth hours of your time to obsess on such things. Of course, I'm only concerned about the work folks and they're not aware of my pseudonym, so I don't think they'll find me...