Entry: a BBS for the rest of the world 11/24/2004

I hate browsing my Friendster bulletin board.

There was a time when I actually enjoyed doing it. Of course, who wouldn't be enticed on reading twenty-question type posts? With the idea of discovering the private little somethings of our friends, such as their first kiss? (or what underwear they're wearing right now, but that's another matter well anyway lets move along shall we:)

See the thing is nowadays the bulletin board is not just filled with twenty-question type posts. Its also home to chain-email reruns, single line me-toos (What's your favorite flavor? Erin: chocolate. Adam: vanilla. Hans: Chocolate. Sometimes mixed with vanilla, Boris: whatever bla bla bla bla.....), and whatnots. And think what happens when your friend list numbers in the hundreds, and you receive twenty-questions over and over again. (And again. And again. And again. And.. well you did get the picture, didn't you:).

But as much as I hate drudging through the bulletin board, sometimes once in a while you discover among all those twenty-question posts jewels such as this one below. It makes it all almost worth it. Almost.

Well I guess the Friendster social network site was designed originally as a contact facilitator. But now its turned into a full fledged metro-culture trend. There's the system, we use it as we can, finding new purposes and stuffs.

I suppose there must be a better way to use Friendster's bulletin board. But whatever that way must be, it must evolve naturally into its own subsection of Netiquette. Until then, I guess there's no harm in posting random bulletin boards:)

From: Ruli
Date: November 23, 2004 7:14 PM
Subject: Something for the mind..Ladies and gentlemen..GEORGE CARLIN!

A wonderful Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

George Carlin

But as a final thought, there are actually lots of Friendster users that complain after receiving this kind of bulletin. Or something heavier, such as a treatise on the betterment of creative free will. Perhaps these kind of bulletin boards fits in better as a blog article. But then again, this is a free Internet:)

Or, at least it still is, barely....


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