I have a problem with CrimeSpace. It’s too much fun: offers up too many thought-provoking forums, too many opportunities to connect with people I already know and like or might have a great deal in common with.

Unlike FaceBook, where I check in every day at least once, CrimeSpace demands I be sharp and on my game. It’s not in my nature to just slouch around and hang out: if something interesting is going on, I want to take part. And there are so many great discussions going on here all the time. So many interesting people it would be fun and even enriching to exchange thoughts with. (Unlike on FaceBook where you can get away with just hucking a virtual snowball and maybe taking a quiz involving pop princesses or 80s hair bands.)

So, OK: I really don’t spend much time here on CrimeSpace. Not as much as I’d like. And even though you might catch me on FaceBook -- gone in 30 secods -- poking someone or swilling virtual drinks, I’d much rather be here, debating minutiae or bandying semantics.

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Comment by Mari Sloan on January 7, 2008 at 1:54am
Speaking of still alive, has anyone else seen the Peter Frampton in the insurance company commercial? wa wa, wa wa wa wa wa wa wa....
Comment by Linda L. Richards on January 6, 2008 at 4:41pm
What's an auto-copyedit? (Or is it some guy with a mullet, a beer and a red pencil behind one ear?)
Comment by Clea Simon on January 6, 2008 at 1:42pm
how about an auto-copyedit, too? I could definitely use that...
Comment by Mari Sloan on January 6, 2008 at 12:31pm
You do it! You've been here longer. I'm a big chicken!
:-) Mari
(Stalker-chicken)
Comment by Linda L. Richards on January 6, 2008 at 11:57am
Oooh, Mari! I'm the same kind of wimp: spellcheck would rock. And for all the same reasons: who wants to look like a dolt if it's not necessary!

Though I'm not sure Daniel will actually have reason to read this post: maybe we should petition him on his page? (Read that: stalking for spellcheck.)
Comment by Mari Sloan on January 6, 2008 at 4:29am
CrimeSpace definitely requires that you be on your toes. Is it possible to add spellcheck, Daniel, or am I just being a wimp? I'm still suffering from misspelling champagne in another reply, and just being too far gone at the time to correct it. AKKKKK! With so many accomplished, heavy-hitters onboard, busy, intelligent people making time to do things right, I feel an obligation to not be lazy.

Let's face it, there is an intimidation factor here. Who wants to send off a quick post and appear an idiot in front of the sharp people that CrimeSpace attracts? I have just met people here that REALLY appeal to me and I will probably do more reading than responding for a while.

:-) Mari
Comment by Clea Simon on December 18, 2007 at 9:46am
And, yeah, I saw them all because that was the gig. But for listening - well, when they were doing their thing, Husker Du, the Replacements, X, etc., were all out there making glorious noise.
Comment by Clea Simon on December 18, 2007 at 9:45am
Hey, did you catch George Michael's cameo on the finale of "Extras"? (He did a cool self-mocking bit, cruising for sex and smoking pot.) But yeah, I was doing the rock crit thing in those days... Flock of Haircuts, Haircut 100, Ratt, you name it. Bon Jovi, well, what else they gonna do? Jon is too old to be the pretty boy in chick flicks anymore.
Comment by Linda L. Richards on December 18, 2007 at 9:41am
Ah: rocker chick weighs in on the hair band thing. Figures.

And, actually, to be honest, the whole hair band thing always put me off pretty much. Scary. Remember glam rock? (Bon Jovi has been touring in my part of the world lately. My butt nearly fell out of my chair at that. Can you believe they're still alive???)
Comment by Clea Simon on December 18, 2007 at 9:35am
ah... butt in the chair here, but clearly I'm not writing... fun post. Got a problem with '80s hair bands?

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