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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 09:26
sofiaviolet: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (zakim bridge)
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Much of this essay annoys me, but I want to reproduce this quote:
But, in the digital world, you get to decide exactly who to be, where to go, and how to behave. This can be problematic if you try to create an entirely new persona (it’s a dishonest and unsustainable representation of yourself), but when wielded skillfully, it can propel the real you to new heights. Rather than create a whole new you, create the best you. Choose the traits you like about yourself, and exemplify them online. Let the less attractive qualities fall by the wayside. Place yourself in a digital environment that will allow you to flourish.

When I focus on creating an improved digital version of me, I find those qualities actually start to carry over into my physical self.
This is actually something I did in my offline life, parallel to beginning and sustaining my online life. I've referred to the name 'Sofia Blackthorne' (which I use in any context where my legal name is not required and where explaining myself won't be absurd) as an aspirational identity, by which I mean: I had an idea of who my ideal Me was, and I continued to develop that ideal self, and I named it so I'd have easier access to it all.

  • [personal profile] oursin: This is for badgerbag
    Because just because I work in An Information Profession, doesn't mean my own information is particularly well-organised, and indeed, most archivists I know have desks and, should they have actual offices, offices, which look as though someone has just gone through tossing everything to find the Sekkrit Planz.
  • Jamaica Plain Patch: Jamaica Plain Man Runs Car-Free Composting Service
    Prices for the service start at $8 for a pick-up every two weeks. (Customers who contract for extended 8 or 16 week pick-ups receive discounts.) Brooks supplies a five-gallon bucket. His clients fill the bucket with biodegradable refuse like kitchen scraps, paper, coffee grounds, and even meat.
  • Nervous Breakdance, Patrick Stump's tumblr
  • Boing Boing: Curvy wood floors use CAD/CAM to minimize wastage
    Bolefloor makes hardwood floors that eschew the wastefulness of straight lines. Instead, they use computerized analysis to calculate puzzle-fit lengths that follow the curves and irregularities of the uncut logs, producing an organic, irregular mosaic that I find much preferable to the straight lines of traditional wood floors.
  • Clarisse Thorn: Sex communication case studies
    The overall moral of the story is this. Even with him, even with this guy, who totally blindsided me with his ability to read me despite the fact that he barely knew me: even with him, I had to be able to talk directly about what I wanted. Our connection was established because I was able to say, “Okay, that bite was a tad gentle, here’s how I really like it, and here’s what not to do with your teeth on me.” All my most extraordinary sexual connections have benefited from everyone involved taking ownership of their desire, and talking about it directly at least a little bit.
  • Boston Skillshare

  • Now to get ready for my interview. It's going to be great but I am still super-nervous, of course.

    Date: 2011-03-15 19:39 (UTC)
    azurelunatic: Abstract.  (bondmates)
    From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
    The aspirational identity is useful. I am one. Not fully intentionally, but there was a new name, and a persona to aspire to, and it just sort of happened.

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