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tuesday has never been quite so exciting
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During a break outside, two girls one cup curiosity suddenly manifested in the conversation beside me; my knee-jerk reaction of "Oh my God don't look" suddenly led to meme jokes.

Now, here's the thing--being part of and recognizing internet culture does not, as a rule, lead to understanding how much it's invaded my vocabulary until everyone except one guy (whom earlier this year I'd heard talking about DragonCon) had gone and I realized I hadn't spoken a word of understandable English in about fifteen minutes.

However, this is unexplored territory. As much as IRL names are sacrosanct trusts on the internetz, it occurred to me the same holds true for online names IRL, which is an entirely different kind of privacy issue.

There's also the fact I suspect he's SASS or at least a 4chan lurker; he also could be conservative. I'm not sure which one bothers me more. However, did point him toward the NYTimes article on internet trolls which he didn't seem to know about, so this argues maybe not so much.

Anyone who is going to be watching the returns and wants to chat, I'll be around after 9 PM CST for group obsessing.

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There'll be a bunch of us fandom types in an AIM chat room at that point. Ping me on AIM: folkfolkfolkfolk if you'd like to join in.

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Sure! Ping me on folkfolkfolkfolk

I'll be around, but not I think on the computer. But maybe I'll remember to make sure that my Blackberry hasn't kicked me off AIM again...

it is a little infectious, isn't it? And not just "internet culture" monolithically - many of my friends who would get a 4chan or icanhaz reference, don't always know what I'm talking about, meme-wise - and vice versa (they certainly knew what rickrolling was before I did.)

realized yesterday, about fifteen minutes after I'd done it, that calling my friend Mike "the prettiest princess" in our group of friends might not mean the same thing to him that it does to me. :) Luckily he and his wife agreed that it was an appropriate descriptor, even if they didn't have this image in mind.

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