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March 2nd, 2006


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12:23 am - omg txt msging
I used to think that text messaging was the stupidest thing in the world, but I'm finding it more and more useful as I become more and more averse to actually talking to other people. This is really kind of embarrassing. I'm not proud of it.

Anyway, I'm discovering that apparently the rest of the world is a little less formal than I am with their messages. This totally understandable and not something I have a problem with because text messages are meant to be terse and to the point -- otherwise you'd send an e-mail or write a note or (God forbid) actually call somebody. Besides, you're typing on that tiny keypad and the word-recognition software built into your phone is only marginally functional and if you're like most Americans you're doing it while you're also balancing an onion bagel and a tall soy latté and your hairdryer while you're parallel parking your SUV...

I don't anticipate parallel parking any SUVs any time soon so I have a bit less to worry about than your average American, but I have been sending a lot of text messages of late. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I brought up SUVs in the first place. Remind me to get rid of that before I post this. Anyway, I'm beginning to notice a worrisome difference between the sort of messages I send, and the sort I receive. Here is a random sampling of typical examples which I've transcribed verbatim:

Messages I've sent to other people:
  • Really? I usually don't like Troma films, but I watch 'em anyway. Never seen Terror Firmer, but I'd like to. Right now I'm watching Doom, which I don't think will be any good.

  • Saw you called. Unfortunately, this is the only night I'm free this week and I need to stay home & do chores. Like seriously, they're important. You have a good night, though, and I'll see you on the weekend at least.

  • Rockin' like Dokken. Are you talking about the ones on the other side of the house, by chance?

  • Oh, what, you need to have your own costume? There's only so much you can do and still be sexy. The whole slutty devil thing is over-used, so my vote is blood-caked catholic schoolgirl with a big knife.

  • Okay... Well, given those options and the fact that it's like, midnight thirty, I'd rather just go to bed (if it's all the same to you). G'nite, and I'll see you on the morrow.

Messages I've received from other people:
  • Ok law off the horse aka heroin

  • k good might 2 u 2

  • im @ bar no need to hury

  • Lol ur crazy. Ur a lier

  • You are probably busy now if not call me i got done with work early


Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Apocalypso -- Man, It's So Loud in Here

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From:sweetconcord
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
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For your preservation of proper english in the face of such rampant spelling errors and internet abbreviation, I thank you from the heart of my bottom.
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 2nd, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
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I concur. Bless you, sir.
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, though... Do you really want to bless me for using words like "rockin'" and "g'nite?"
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 3rd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
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It's better than "lol" & "zomg."
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Where on earth does "zomg" come from? I've seen it before, but I don't understand the Z.

As for "lol," well, I find it annoying but necessary. Half of the complete sentences in any given instant messaging session are witty remarks and jokes, and "lol" is how most people acknowledge these remarks. It's quicker than typing "my, that's quite entertaining" (something I actually say in conversation).
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 4th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)

ZOMGWTFBBQUSA

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The "z" comes from an overenthusiastic strike of the left shift key when typing "OMG!" The typo has unfortunately become intentional common usage like "teh horrorstricken." There are more that annoy me but I'll spare you the list.
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, I your bottom too, Collin.

Wait, hold on a sec. I may not have read your comment correctly.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:March 2nd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
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It's gratifying to craft what you want to say in a concise manner that just fits the allotted message space. For me, it's like writing a 160 character novel (including spaces).
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From:defaultlisa
Date:March 2nd, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
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(Apparently this is true for you as well.)
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Any idea what happens when you exceed the allotted 160 characters? I do it all the time, and it looks like my phone is splitting it up into multiple messages. I wonder if they are displayed as one message, or if they appear separately on the recipient’s phone.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:March 2nd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
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My phones refuses to allow more characters or to split my messages for me. It's strict like that.
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From:phil_bond
Date:March 4th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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My current phone automatically connects messages that need to be sent in parts, but my first phone did not.
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From:seanorange
Date:March 2nd, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Hey, are those bullet points like those multiple choice "draw-a-line-between-the-two-that-are-connected" messages? I love those!

~Sean

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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Uh, no, sorry, but I did consider doing that.
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From:seanorange
Date:March 2nd, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Didn't TMBG do "Man, It's So Loud In Here"? Or did one cover the other? Or is it a remix? Or is it just another song with the same name?

Why are we walking like this?

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
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As a matter of fact TMBG did do a song called Man, It's So Loud In Here. It's on Their album Mink Car, which I consider to be an extremely mediocre effort on their part due mostly to having been recorded over five years with several different producers. The general consensus among other TMBG fans is that it's a solid album with good songs, but to me it sounds like a poorly-assembled compilation album.

Uh, anyway... I've completely failed to answer your question... Apocalypso is a steel drum band I've never heard of, but I found an MP3 of them covering MISLIH on this blog. The only thing more bizzare than TMBG doing dance club music is a steel drum band covering TMBG doing dance club music. Worth checking out. I really like it.
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From:seanorange
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh noes! None of the MP3s are on the server any more. I was kind of afraid of that when I saw it was a Charter hosting site.

Ah well, I can't partake in the awesome, but now I now it's a cover. Awesome.

I DO own Mink Car, btw, and just about every TMBG album (excluding many of the singles) in existence. Still haven't downloaded The Spine Surfs Alone. I should do that tonight and burn it to CD for my trip to Minneapolis.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I'll get you a copy of the song sometime tonight. It's worth checking out, and I'm probably going to buy the album because that's just the sort of thing I do.
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 3rd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Okay, so it's tomorrow, and not last night. Either way, you can download the song here:

http://s38.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3FD0GHS16ETEA2W5ANU34XQ9QJ
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From:seanorange
Date:March 3rd, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Aw man -- I won't be going home, so I can't add it to my "Colin's Music and Other Stuff" CD, but I can at least enjoy it in digital form for the rest of the day.

Thanks! ;)

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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You're very welcome!
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From:laviorli
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
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I love text messages too. :) I send lots of text and fill up all the spaces. *smiles* (well not always) I still like talking to people though.

an SUV cut me off in traffic this morning I hate them.
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From:evil_jim
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Good. Feel your anger. Channel it. Give in to the Dark Side™.
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From:lord_alucard
Date:March 2nd, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)

im @ bar no need to hury

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Glad I could contribute to your list today Colin, it makes me feel special!
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From:sacredspud
Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)

Re: im @ bar no need to hury

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You are special, Tom!
omg txt msging - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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