’09 March

I have renounced my personal MySpace and Facebook pages. After hours and hours of setting them up with cool graphics, layouts, videos, recordings etc., I simply shut them down.

I liken Facebook, in particular, to viewing your neighbors through a high powered telescope from the window of your high rise apartment. Even worse, inviting your neighbors to view you through a high powered telescope as you cavort openly in front of your window. It’s a proverbial slippery slope turning all of us that partake into voyuers and exhibitionists.

In the process of shutting down both of my pages I had to answer a series of questions as to why I had made the decision to remove myself from this virtual social scene. Someone in charge must see it for what it actually is. They give you the option of checking “too much drama”.

If you are unfamiliar with MySpace and Facebook I double dog dare you to try it out. You don’t have to stay. Just go on and sit quietly for a couple of weeks and watch as they find you. That strange girl that you roomed with at basketball camp, the teacher that always looked at you funny, the guy you went to the prom with, the guy you really wanted to go to the prom with…

If you are already familiar with MySpace and Facebook – shouldn’t you be spending more time on your scales?

If you were one of my MySpace or Facebook friends you’re just going to have to go back to the old fashioned way of communicating with me: composing messages on your keyboard or blackberry, transmitting them from your terminal to be regenerated at my terminal when I log in.

I will however continue to exhibit our products, luthiers and cheery staff on the Weed Patch MySpace page for all your voyueristic needs. http://www.myspace.com/weedpatchmusic

I get a lot of emails about my rambles everytime I send out this monthly newsletter. Some of you heartedly agreed with my February stance on Monkey Mind. Many didn’t understand it at all. For those who didn’t understand it at all I will leave you with a snippet of something I wrote last week.

As always, thanks for supporting our little store – keep the fret side up – Kara

If you look up ‘Wikipedia’ on Wikipedia, follow the blue wikipedia hyperlinks then google the information you find at the end of those hyperlinks you will discover the following of which, no surprise to me, I find fasinating.

Jimmy Wales considers himself the sole founder of wikipedia. Time magazine named him in its 2006 list of the world’s most influential people, and he looks a lot like Kevin Costner. Larry Sanger is listed on the wikipedia site as wikipedia’s co-founder. Sanger is a prominent critic of Wikipedia, arguing that despite the project’s merits, the encyclopedia lacks credibility due to, among other things, its lack of respect for expertise. Larry Sanger holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Ohio State University, and he looks a lot like one of my banjo students.

What I find most fasinating is this: I got out of bed at 5:15 to write about addictions and God. In one hour I have learned how to spell Kevin Costner’s last name, how old Larry Sanger was when he moved to Anchorage, Alaska and that there is a troubling controversy around the founding of wikipedia.