A Sunday Open Thread: Where Y'all At (Online Edition)

I think my newborn daughter understands the concept of Sunday morning: after a diaper change, she's lampin' in her crib and the time I expected to spend on baby maintenance has turned into surfing time.

I'm wondering what my fellow blinkers do online when they're not here. Flickr? MySpace? Digg? iLike? (It ocurred to me to wonder after I got all excited about running across an "rpeterson928" on Flickr who, it turns out, is not our Robert.) The truth will eventually out, so why not give us some links to your web community presence(s) in the comments below? (And if you don't want us looking at your photos or myspace profile, how about just telling us how you use the social web?)


This is my social web :)

I don't do, flickr or myspace or any of the other social sites. This is it for me. Don't y'all feel honored?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I got started blogging and searching the web

with a MySpace account my son insisted I should start. Don't have a lot of friends on it, just family members....and Howard Dean. Then I started looking at the different communities online. I had been ready to change party affiliation to Uni because I thought the Dems weren't representing me any longer. At first I blogged on the DNC's Kicking Ass blog, but that got old fast. I wanted more, to be able to do something. To make a difference, to feel that I was in control of my life and my politics.

That's when I found BlueNC! The Southern Dem posted about a project she was putting together, interviewing every progressive candidate in NC. I WAS HOOKED! I felt again like I had control and a purpose in my life. I realized that the truth about our political landscape was being scewed by the MSM and the only way to find the truth was to search for it.

I know I've said it before and I probably will say it many more times, but I am so grateful for BlueNC and all the "Blinkers" (?) here. I feel the power again, and like John Edwards said yesterday at the rally, it's in me and you.

I go occasionally over to the DNC website, but don't do much posting there now. I do very little maintenance to my MySpace site. Most of my blogging time is here, where I feel that I am part of a marvelous community of movers and shakers. Because of you SD and all the other regulars here, I was given a blog at the Pilot newspaper. Most of what I bring there are the issues we talk about here. In the end it's the great friends I have made here that enpowered me and gave me back my feeling of purpose......Thank You!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.


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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


I'm only 30, and I'm 20 years too old for MySpace ;)

I have an account on Vox and a livejournal, which I update far more often but don't share with the world. I read at Pandagon, and I've gotten back into Plastic recently.

I'm an internets junkie ;)

True enough.

I checked LJ for any communities about JE '08, and there's ... one. With 3 members and one post. About 45 or so communities interested in the key phrase 'john edwards,' with some holdovers from '04.

I wonder if it's possible to get interest drummed up over there.

BTW, if you want me to post/link stuff (videos etc) on Vox, let me know. They have a really easy way to link YouTube &c. It's sort of like MySpace for the over-25 set.

Wow, I didn't know about vox or plastic

Thanks. I spend too much time at Flickr, and I've got me one of them iLike accounts. (I'm working my way through a bunch of stuff I never got around to listening to before, so please refrain from judging me on my recent plays.)

I've got a dKos account, but mostly I use it for recommending Robert and Anglico's posts.

Oh, and, of course, BlueNC requires that I spend a fair amount of time with the good people over at Drupal.org. :)

I spend more time here than anywhere else....

...but even though I am probably 25 years too old for Myspace, I have an account. At first it was just to keep an eye on my teen age son, but I wound up actually connecting with an old friend from college I hadn't heard from in 20 years.

I do a lot of private writing as well, and oddly enough, I use a pen, and a notebook for that. Can you imagine?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Yes, would you like to see my stack of notebooks?

I can write on my computer, but there are times when holding a pen in my hand inspires me.

(aside to my husband) No, honey....not when I'm writing checks. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

social networks

I don't have any on or off-line. I comment on Daily Kos and know some people there(from attending Yearly Kos)and on Street Prophets. I would like to connect with people with more skills than I have(which is almost anybody including my precociously smart seven year old son)so I could post photos and learn to do simple podcasts. (If anyone is interested in that?)

I like to come to BlueNC to see what is happening locally, and just because you are friendly smart folks(a couple of whom I have met in real life). I am also in a writing group through daily kos, to work on my fiction writing.

Just want to wish everyone a happy New Year(although I do more celebrating for Chinese New Year so I guess I will wish you one again in February!).I am not sure what will be happy in 2007, since things are fubar'd like I have never seen(and I am over 50 and have seen a lot!)and yet, I hold out some hope that the "era of lost marbles" is coming to an end.

living in the era of lost marbles

Someone used that on Daily Kos(I think it a front page diary by Devilstower, who organized our writing group). I feel like that sums up just about everything of the last few years. People have just been mentally impaired, and some of that is clearing now, but not nearly enough.


I used to chat on MSN, and then I discovered blogs... military, aging... and experienced a resurgence of political awareness. I tend to be silent in groups, but this blogging thing is empowering.

My Story...

For a number of years I had a web site which I inventively titled "www.GeorgePence.com." It's gone now, and what I posted there was quite a lot different than what I post here. It was a sequence of vignettes from daily life: the engaging people I met, moments of humor or sadness and the occasional miracle all of us experience, but then so easily overlook.

I maintained that site for several years and through it I was introduced to people all over the world. I met a woman in Kenya whose twin daughters suffered from lupus, the niece of Brazil's president looking for romance, a mother in Australia with a "transgendered" daughter fighting to win social acceptance for people whose sexuality was "extraordinary," a professor of physics at the University of Moscow so flattened by the Yeltsin economy that he and his family had moved into his office, a woman in Johannesburg who collected day old bread and distributed it to AIDS orphans, a widow in Cairo whose husband co-piloted an airliner that crashed off of Long Island sound, an advertising executive in Mexico City trying to reconcile his lack of faith with an inconvenient moment on the way to work when Jesus tried to sell him a bouquet flowers... and on, and on, and on, and on....

It was a rich experience, but also time consuming. I was investing at least a day a week in writing a story that specialized in self revelation. I also spent untold hours every week responding to e-mail. When I moved to North Carolina I allowed the effort to lapse. It was a decision that I now regard with a mixture of relief and regret.

Since then I've put my toe into one on-line community or another. My last fitful experience was blogging at MySpace. I posted a few entries there, some political, most not, but I haven't updated since August. Frankly, building that initial circle of on-line associations made subsequent attempts at on-line socializing seem a bit pale.

I've always been politically liberal and passionate about those beliefs. It's also true that I love to write and BlueNC allows me to scratch that itch. One great advantage is that I get to meet so many great and wonderful people while sharing essays about politics, a subject that doesn't cut to the bone and cost a pound of flesh.

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Where I'm At -

I hang out at a writer's forum.

We let our fingers do the talking. ;)

I found BlueNC through a friend there by following a link through a link through a link...and ta da...here I am. Amazing stuff those web links.

Writers forums

I used to do that a lot when I thought it would help me get my novel finished and published. Then BlueNC came along and most of my writing energy got diverted.

I'm still plugging away though. Bird by bird.

Glad you found us Unique

You've been registered with us for 4 weeks now, is this your first time posting? I don't remember seeing you here before.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I've Been Around

but I'm the Queen of Lurkdom.

I don't usually say much til I get to know people. (then I won't shut up)

I've been a registered Democrat since I've been old enough to vote. Can I stay?

We're a big tent and all are welcomed...

don't mind me, I'm just nosey! :)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

NOOOO Stormbear, you want to move to San Francisco?

NC needs tree-hugging, bed wetting liberals like you, SFO already has enough!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Yeah... most of my clients are in the Bay Area...

And my job will soon open an office in San Francisco at which point I will move back.

I was in SF when I was hired for my current job and I will go back in the next 12-24 months if all goes well. There are simply not enough economic activity in NC to grow a new ad agency at the speed the owners want without outside sales offices.

As long as Bush doesn't block NC IPs from Left Coasters, I will still be here.

Town Called Dobson - Daily Political Cartoon: Not all is red in rural America!

Edwards won this poll hands down

Some of you may remember when I asked for your votes on Keith Shirley's Progressive 2008 poll. At that time, Edwards was 1% behind Obama. Well, we were all smoking on this one. The final result was Edwards 30%/Obama 21% and everybody else further back. This poll was taken before the announcement and although I don't know how long he runs it, it is for several weeks. Yipee!
Keith Shirley's Progressive 2008 poll

Did I say I'm for Edwards?