Greg Galcik's
First Real and Heart Warming Review
of
Carolyn's Diary

NExT MeSsaGE

Greg starts...

Look, I'm sorry...my attention span is just too short right now. Your diary looks very interesting, but I can't mentally grasp it at the moment. It's just aggravating me, watching myself want to flip channels, so I'm not going to deal right now.

I'll put it in my list of "to do" links, though, I promise.

Although a scan of it does look interesting. I like to see how other people think. Sometime when I get around to it, I'm going to create an exhibit called "musings" which will be a bunch of stuff that occurs to me here and there. Much less text than yours, and not nearly as personal, but it'll illustrate how I think, anyway.

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and Greg continues

Just wanted to warn you to watch the links in your diary. Some of them don't have the double slash in front, like the Internet Cafe link on Page 2. When clicked, it tries to load http://carolyn.org/www.io.org/~eek. Mm, I think on page 1 you had a link to a fishcam that did the same thing (but I think even the corrected link didn't go anywhere).

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and Greg continues...

Listen--hope you don't mind, but I'm trying to bully my way through your diary, and as I see a problem, I'm going to mail you about it. I'm not organized enough as to put it all in one mail and send it when I'm done, because I'll forget I was doing it. I imagine you'll have a load of email by the time you get to read them. I'll start usiung all the same subject--might as well be "something else"--for stuff like this.

Anyway, on interlude.html, you used the wrong form of "its", I think. It could possibly be interpreted correctly as "it's", but I doubt that was the intention.

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and Greg continues...

The "bluing skies" link on Page 3 (Apr 9) doesn't work.

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and Greg continues...

In general, watch your forms of "its". I'm more lenient on missing apostrophes than arbirary ones, but there's been too mant "its"s where there should have been "it's"s.

Considering you're already laying yourself bare, I'm hoping such mundane criticism won't be met with too much annoyance.

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until...

<most take understanding to indicate condoning.

True, true! Doesn't that stink?

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we all start to wonder if he is...

On Page 4, the ...to be continued... link under Apr 26 refers to a #spaces-cont name on the same page, which doesn't appear to exist.

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the editor from hell?

this bit: --

There is a funny game I've taken up. I ask the quite polite question, "Would you do me a favour?" Emphasis on "me". Pleading tone hinted at on the penultimate syllable. This works wonders.
--

It's funny, because I'm pretty sure I'm relatively immune to this, but even still I would make a value judgement. If my fiancee were to ask me this, emphasis or not, I will invariably say "yes". Most other people, I'll respond "it depends." For a few, I'd say, "what?" sharply.

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But no...

it's 8:52pm here, and I'm still at work, reading. I have to go do some work now (thank you, U.S. Government, for overtime), which means you get a respite from this deluge of mail for a couple hours. This is only meaningful to you, I suppose, if you're connected now and reading them as they come in, and gently handing them off to the wastebasket. Otherwise, pretend there's a pause.

Sorry again if you don't care about these things. I imagine you have more things to worry about than some anonymous person over the Net. Not that I'd know, yet, as I'm only up to May 17th. But since there's around 7 pages, I think, and there's four weeks ahead and four months behind, the imbalance suggests you really did start writing more once you moved.

The "anonymous person" comment was manipulation. Sorry.

damn. wait. listen to me. okay.

fuck. Yeah well FUCK IT. God DAMN that pisses me off. SHIT!

whew. Geez, look what's going on here! Okay. I didn't mean that last line. I needed some reference. Really, I'm literally sitting here shaking my head like I do when I'm trying to keep from falling asleep. I've been reading your stuff so long I just toally absorbed myself into your style. I don't curse much, normally, but you don't seem to curse at all, really, so I needed to break myself out of the loop.

Oh, I hit the "why software companies die" story and immediately linked it from a new feature page ("random") on my site. Cool thing.

Anyway. Wish I understood half of what you're talking about, as related to people in your life. (That is, I get the concepts of the theoretical things you come up with, but when talking about people, you tnd to use pronouns a lot, and it loses me.) I almost want to start asking for explanations, but since the diary's for you and not for me (us), I guess it's really meaninglyess for me to bother asking.

right. Off to work.

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Greg shows his thoughtful side..
WEll hello again.

On Page 5, under "fear"...which is, um...May 21...I think you may have missed a >/font<. The whole entry is -1.

Although it does make it more dramatic.

I'm trying not to comment on much of this content. I have a feeling anything I say would be "don't worry, it'll all be okay"-class stuff. I don't nearly have the background info I'd need to give you any meaningful advice. Besides, who the hell am I? Pfft.

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A few more editorials and..

This is from about a month ago, so I dunno if it's too late, but here goes anyway.

On my MAc with Netscape 1.1.

There's a long, recessed rectangle --ha! okay, I get the point now. okay, sorry.

There's a long, recessed rectangle, part of a starburst-looking bar that is recessed about twice as much, and then a square button extruding from the surface.

Yah, so it must be which illusion makes something look "in" or "out", and I guess it's that which favors the light source being up. I saw a cool picture that took advantage of this: a martini glass with air pouring out of it. It was underwater and the picture was taken upside down, but the background lighting was brighter at the bottom, so when viewed upside down, it looked rightside up.

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he concedes exhaustion! But..

I'll take your writing mode for now. No reason not to give myself over. I'm tired and too disjointed to find my own.

Finally got finished your diary. Maybe the single most annoying thing about it is that there isn't going to be a "the end" (or so we all hope, anyway). Come to think of it, unless an astounding collection of incidents occur, there can't be a "the end" by definition.

Talked to a friend of mine who also likes your diary (eamon@studentservices.com). I told him I was sending you a flurry of mail, mostly corrections. He said he considered doing the same thing, but as he looked at the whole work as a Diary, he liked the raw edges of it. I can see that. But my perfectionistic side won't allow me to agree.

Couldn't believe the "get a life" response. I'm glad you included that. I get that sort of thing occasionally for my site, and that puts it into perspective. I mean, anyone who actiually reads the thing sees you *have* a life. It's mostly there. I mean, somehow I could have accepted that more (er, duh...not like it's my place to accept it anyway, but you know what I mean, hopefully) if he had said the life you live is boring, and you should get a life--but instead he was just talking about the existence of the diary in general. Blah. People can be astounding dunderheads.

Well, now that I've torched the last five or so hours reading your diary (and I didn't even read the sidenotes, for the most part), maybe I'll go read the other guy's diary.

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Greg has a lot more to say then you might have first thought..

Hi. Do you reply to mail? I sent yoiu a whole barrage of stuff, and I didn't get a reply. I saw the "was that right, Greg?" entry, which was cool, but no replies.

I ask this without malice or bitterness, because I imagine you might get a flurry of mail over your diary. I just want to know so I'll know whether I should expect anything.

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I finally respond to his five hours of excitment.
In the message of 11:00  7 Aug 95, Greg Galcik writes:

> Date:          Mon, 07 Aug 95 11:00:33 0000
> From:          Greg Galcik 
> Organization:  zweblo u.f.c.
> To:            clburke@passport.ca
> Subject:       mail

Hi Greg,

Sometimes I do reply. Usually I have foundthat if I reply I get one of two orts of responses: nothing at all back; too much back that didn't much interest me. I have met very few people who like what I write that also intrigue me -- not surprising, I think.

I did very much enjoy your mail last month. It stood out as both interesting in and ofitself, and as an indication that you might be. Thanks for asking again.

I admit now to being even more permanently confused abou "its" and "it's" though. As to the more intereting parts of what you wrote ... that is not so easy for me to recall -- my email isn't presently accessible from where I'm writing a the moment.

I've come to wonder how anyone could respond to all replies without merely using trivial form letters. I cou;ld n't do that to people who write to me. But I do confess to not really enjoying respondiong only t find that the other person doesn't bother continuing.

Hmmm. Well, let's do it this way. What is on your mind these days?!

Carolyn

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A month later, Greg is still very interested..
>Sometimes I do reply.  Usually I have foundthat if I reply I get one
>of two orts of responses: nothing at all back; too much back that
>didn't much interest me.  I have met very few people who like what I
>write that also intrigue me -- not surprising, I think.

True enough.

>I did very much enjoy your mail last month.  It stood out as both
>interesting in and ofitself, and as an indication that you might be.
>Thanks for asking again.

Thanks. Which, unfortunately, already makes me tense. I enjoy being creative, but I have a feeling that, if I had a job that depended on it, I'd crack under the pressure.

>I admit now to being even more permanently confused abou "its" and
>"it's" though.

"Its" is rough, since it's intuitively backwards. (I have a whole area on my web site devoted to it, in fact.) The quick way to remember it is that "it's" is always (and only) a contraction for "it is". Anything else is possessive, and doesn't get the apostrophe.

>As to the more intereting parts of what you wrote ... that is not so
>easy for me to recall -- my email isn't presently accessible from
>where I'm writing a the moment.

S'ok. I don't remember what I sent, either.

>I've come to wonder how anyone could respond to all replies without
>merely using trivial form letters.  I cou;ld n't do that to people
>who write to me.  But I do confess to not really enjoying
>respondiong only t find that the other person doesn't bother
>continuing.

Um.

Interesting. Ever get in a discussion about something with somebody, and then realize an hour later that you both just have fundamental differences of viewpoint, and there's almost no point to discussing it? I'd get in arguments like that with some sysops of BBS's I used to frequent. There was one I really liked that started going downhill because the sysop started ruling with an iron fist. We started telling him it sucked and that he shouldn't be doing what he was doing. He just responded with, "it's my board and I'll do what I want to," essentially. And he's right, really. It just /seems/ wrong. You want to tell him that how he runs things will affect the quality of the board, and people will leave because of his actions, blah blah. But there's no point, really, because he already knows what he's doing, and he doesn't give a damn.

Anyway. My whole point to this is that I think we probably have a fundamental difference there too, and it may be unfair of me to subject you to it. My email discussions tend to be short and to the point. (Well, /tend/ to be, anyway, not like this behemoth.) Also, there seems to be a point at which an email discussion should end, so I might just not reply. I guess an email discussion is weirder that way since you don't have the usual "this converstion is ending" cues.

My recent limited attention span doesn't help, either. I find I have real difficulty getting through any of aaron's letters. I should get myself on some Ritalin or something.

>Hmmm.  Well, let's do it this way.  What is on your mind these days?!

Well, see...nothing really interesting. Come to think of it, that was one of the things I said in one of my letters--I have the feeling that your reds are much redder than mine. Reading your diary, I get the feeling that there are people out there with much more astounding lives than my own. If this is an effect of your writing ability, or my overactive imagination, or the actual truth, I can't tell. Actually, I appear to be interesting in spurts, but not at a sustained level. My web site, for example, is very interesting (ego! ego! yah yah!), but it's that way because I work on it at interesting times.

Like, for example, right now I can't think of a single interesting thing.

The whole point of my lead-up, though (asking you if you reply to stuff) is because there was something about which I was curious. I'm wondering: do you get plenty of "don't worry, it'll all get better" sort of mail? Or "that Peter, what an asshole" sort of stuff? Or, generally, people telling you how you should be running your life?

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Phew! No wonder SpinnWebe is so exciting and well done.

The
SpinnWebe Odd AwardAnd then, half a year later, after first reviewing my diary for the Point people, Greg honours it and myself with an award from SpinnWebe!

Here's my official award letter sent from Greg this morning (Nov 30 95, 4am):

Your page, index.html, have been awarded a SpinnWebe Feature Honors Award in the Odd category. You can see the Awards page at SpinnWebe Feature Honours Awards. A set of icons to display your award are available in three sizes; the URLs are below. Also below are instructions for letting me know if you don't want to continue getting this sort of mail from me.

About the Awards: Yes, there's plenty of these things. But you'll note the lack of "Of The Day" or "This Month" or such in the description. The sites I choose for the Awards aren't there for their 30-second, flash-in-the-pan popularity. They exist because they have the quality your Award describes, and will most probably have that quality for your site's lifetime.

Why the icon? Let me use a cheesy fishing metaphor to explain:

o The Hook is that I want you to use my linked icon. This is a blatant attempt to increase traffic to my site. You don't see Point being that honest, do you? I plan to add Awards occasionally, and since I want the Awards to maintain a fairly select group, I also plan to remove Awards occasionally to keep the numbers low. Odds are, I'll remove Awards whose pages don't have my icon. Cheap, I know.

o The Bait is that I get pretty good traffic. Last week, I had nearly 180,000 hits from 15,000 different people (which isn't even accurate anyway, since I had about 4,000 hits from AOL, so who knows how many people that really was).

o The Line is...um. I don't know. That metaphor lost its steam pretty quickly.

It's possible that some of you may find your Award insulting, especially the people in the Odd category. Sorry. It's just my opinion. But refer to The Bait, above. Whether I have an odd opinion of your site or not, you can't deny the traffic I can bring you.

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An Equal Opportunity Annoyer. | http://www.thoughtport.com/spinnwebe/
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