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I'm awfully sorry I cannot spend as much time on the site as I would like to. I neglected two of my currently four subjects in university ever since the new semester began and now I badly need to catch up.
I'll also be disconnected for all of the weekend when I will be... well, I'm actually not sure I want to tell you what I'm doing this weekend. It might be social suicide of some sorts.
Next week I will have more time to reply to all the wonderful posts that you gathered here in the meantime. Until then my mind is at ease because I have the best co-admin in the universe looking over the site.
Yesterday I discovered the only supermarket in close proximity of where I live is a shop the size of a football field full of Russian products.
Drinks, sweets, meat, you name it. Not a single brand I've ever seen before, all labelled in neat, Cyrillic letters.
It's like a dimensional gate into St. Petersburg. Pure weirdness.
Cited from Clay Shirky, Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality:
A new social system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and cliquishness of the existing systems. Then, as the new system grows, problems of scale set in. Not everyone can participate in every conversation. Not everyone gets to be heard. Some core group seems more connected than the rest of us, and so on.
Nothing to add.
Back from a one week trip through a couple of German cities, we're being greeted by a world set aflame. Amazing how easy it still is to blind out the news when you're on the road.
I'm going to have to sort through the news and get a grip on my feelings. Currently it's all cynism and bewildered apathy like for so many.