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February 9th, 2011

07:31 am - My True Love is Legion

I never knew that I could be so darned irresistible, but I guess I must be, because women all over the planet are expressing their undying love for me with one voice. In fact, they're sending the same letter. Repeatedly, and from different accounts.

"Hello Dear,"

Oh, do call me "snookums" !

"I saw your profile today in this site (

On which little was to be found but my Yelp and StumbleUpon reviews, but I can see why that would arouse your interest, especially when you came to the Jazz anthology review, because Yiddish has long been known to be the most sensual of languages. "You're an unemployed engineer AND you watch Futurama - and you're not taken?" I know, I know, it amazes me, too.

"and i stopped to take a very good look at it."

Maybe not that good a look.

"I want you to know that i will be interested to know you better because you sounded very sweet in your profile and i will like us to become friends and know each other the more."

You mean, like on my review of the Third Coast of whose service I wrote "but the kindest word that can be honestly applied to the service is 'uneven'; at times, I would use the word 'psychotic'. I still remember the server who was so angry that I'd ask for a spoon to stir my iced coffee with, that he threw it at me, ..." Yes, the love shows through.

"Here is my email address (address deleted) send me an email today please!
Yours forever,

Gosh, I don't know what to say. May I call you Katie Bear?

"(Remember that distance,age or colour does not matter in a real relationship but love matters alot)."


Enough that surely, later on, when one has established an online relationship with this new pen pal, one will surely be willing to send Katie some money to help take care of her poor sick grandfather, or save the family farm, or ... get the picture? Say hello to our old friend, the confidence man, who sees great promise in his fellow man and even greater promise in the anonymity offered him by the Internet, and the hope of consequence free grifting it offers.

"I am waiting for your reply now"

I think you just got it, "Kate".

AFTERMATH, 12:28 Chicago Time: Alas, my love was not true to me, for "she" proclaimed herself to be "yours forever" to many, oh so many users on Mashable, as one can see by visiting her Mashable Profile.

What a surprise. All I can do, now, is go out and drown my sorrows in caffeine, and find solace in the thought that the better man (or woman) has won my Katie's heart. If that is "her" real name.


Posted on my Tribe blog on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9:31 AM and then reposted to Xanga on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 1:15 AM




07:23 am - Post on StumbleUpon

Originally posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 4:00 PM on Tribe, then reposted to Xanga on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 1:06 am, slightly reformatted.


Note: Readers might note that I'm having them on, at least a little. Note the level of symmetry in a highly nonhomogenized field on view, in which the actual patches of color are sizable and not insanely numerous. What are the odds that, by the pure chance that I was pretending to rely on, that in all colors appearing on the screen, the patches would appear in so close to a symmerical manner, as one sees them to be doing when one cuts each picture both along the horizontal and vertical? No, that's not an accident.

But is this art?


07:17 am - Huh?

I've abandoned the notion of making this journal a theatrical blog, having found another purpose for it, a mildly urgent one considering the visible ill health of another provider.

Why is my site review blog named The Void? As I've tried to develop my own style, I think that my use of negative space has been one of the more effective changes that I've put in place, and that thought suggested the name.

This will, in part, be a metablog, on which I comment on what I'm doing on the Void(hence the name) and other review sites.


The comments above originally posted to a blog of mine entitled "Stumbling into the Void" on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 4 pm. My Stumbleupon blog has since been renamed "Practice Sessions", in part, because having the name of one of my blogs being a string within the name of another one of my other blogs seemed kind of lame.

This site has become a temporary resting place of sorts for Stumbling into the Void - let's say it's SITV in beta. Tribe has become extremely unsatisfactory as a host, experiencing far too much downtime and being much too troll friendly, with little functionality as a blogging platform even when it is working. I needed a new place for my posts. The service would have to be one whose feed included the entirety of one's posts, which would seem to eliminate almost every service other than, Blogger and Xanga. This was necessary so I could run my posts on my Tribe profile, without the Tribe profile looking strange. What I wanted was for the profile to look as much as it did before the change, as possible, so much so that one would barely notice that anything had changed at all.

At the time of this writing, has been down for a month, and given earlier announcements of impending bankruptcy, would seem to have entered the dead pool. I already have blogs at Blogger, so by elimination, that leaves us with Xanga, and so here it is - within limits. We still have the issue of the user not being able to choose the name for his own blog, leaving us with the shoddy looking title you see above, if you're viewing this on Xanga: josephdunphy's Xanga Site.

I'm never going to view any site on which I have that kind of unreasonable limitation on my creative freedom as being anything other than a sandbox, as I currently understand the term. I'll play around with the blog a little, probably leaving the original posts here, but when the blog gets going and takes on that personality of its own that I've been speaking of - I'll find a host with more functionality, and move the action over there. This might not be for a while, but eventually, that is what I will do, assuming that I continue on with this blog.

The next two posts will be reposts from my soon to be shut down tribe blog, and then new material will follow.

Posted to Xanga on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 12:41 am



07:13 am - They like me, they really like me ...



How can one not be moved, even if one has been a little preoccupied lately, when one reads something like this?  

"Hey joseph_dunphy - We've missed ya!

We've really missed reading your blog. We've been taking care of all your weblogs, photos, and other posts for you.

Sign back in to relive the memories..."

Sounds good, and no, I haven't been ignoring Xanga. I merely haven't gotten around to Xanga, yet. Sounds like I'm not valuing my membership? Quite the contrary. I'm valuing it enough to be sure to make it meaningful.

A few months ago, not so long ago as it feels, I started looking into social networking sites other than Blogger, and found myself presented with a wealth of resources, each of which I'm exploring as time allows. While I suppose that I could test my readers' patience (assuming I have any of those) by periodically saying "and I'll be blogging here this week, and there the next", I had something much different in mind. I'd like each site I work on to be distinctively its own place, with its own purpose and character, and character is not something that can rush  into existence. I've taken a leisurely pace, allowing each site to define itself over time. Practice Sessions (my StumbleUpon blog) is sort of my online playground, on which I encounter new sites, and maybe not just tell you what I think about them, but play around with and sometimes build on what I see on them, letting myself be taken in unfamiliar directions in the process. Monday Never Comes is where I go to be a Centrist, and Darkroom Without Shadows (my DeviantArt page) easily defines itself, given the nature of the service. But what was my Xanga page about? That I had to think about, and having thought about it, I found that I had some work to do, in the real world, for what I wanted to do to become practical.

I had thought of it as being a place to post and discuss my amateur efforts at art, the journal at DeviantArt being as unsatisfactory for that purpose as it is. (I like the community, but the site offers no feed for our blogs, and doesn't allow us to embed images into the text). I might do some of that, but I'm leaning more toward this becoming an amateur theatrical journal, which is where the real life work comes in - where am I going to find the other players? Where we'd perform is simpler - outside, most likely, when weather permits, stage space being as costly as it is, and many of us being as poor as we are.  But finding those who are interested, with that special condition I set ("that they not be unpleasantly insane") is not easy. There is that awkward moment when the first person shows up, and it's just the two of you, and I have never been very outgoing in general. Getting past that first moment is difficult, and that is what I am working on at the moment.

Aside from that, I'll just see what this place becomes.


Posted to Xanga on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 5:50 PM



07:05 am - Playing over on DeviantArt

Photography or at least something that started out as that. I was having a little fun with an image. (Posted to Xanga on Thursday, December 06, 2007 at 3:50 am)

Forest Light, Smaller Version. Offsite link, opens in new window

Forest Light by ~josephdunphy on deviantART


06:50 am - Dullsville USA

Nothing much, yet. Still at the "registering and setting up my sites" phase. Yes, very dull, I know, but it gets more interesting from here, I promise.

BTW, should I be concerned about the fact that I have no pulse? That's usually not a good sign.

(First posted to Xanga, Friday, November 23, 2007 at 11:11 am)



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