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Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy

Subject: E-Cleanse

(geeze, we didn’t post for a month.  How lazy.  I guess I’m just lucky no one cares.)

Tabitha and Billy are fiercely debating something as Ann walks in the door of the 6th Floor, carrying a bag of flour and a box of strawberry Jello.  Sara is on the couch, legs crossed, with her laptop.

What’s up guys? Debating world peace?” Ann asks.

No no, we’re talking about John Mayer and his digital cleanse.”  Tabitha explains.

unplugDigital cleanse?” Ann asks, putting the groceries away.

Don’t ask.” Sara says.  “It’s stupid.”

Mayer’s, as posted on his blog, doing this digital cleanse thing, where he doesn’t use Twitter, texting, etc.” Tabitha says.

Tabitha said maybe she should do it, and I said that the way Mayer describes it is pretty lame, and she should do a more complete cleanse.”  Billy says.

He’s really just saying that people’s lives are defragmented and they need to commit more solid time to interactions.”  Tabitha argues.

“Ooooh, he learned a new computer word and made up some silly blog post to apply it to life.  I thought his music was rock, not emo.”  Sara says.

Ouch, harsh.  What have you got against John Mayer Sara?”  Ann asks.

“Nothing.  I just think the cleanse thing is stupid.  There is nothing wrong with using computers or Twitter or whatever.” Sara says.

I dunno.  I’m tired of feeling like there are a zillion things to check every time I touch a computer, I’m tired of tending my Farmville farm.”  Tabitha says.

I’ll do it with you for a week, but only if it’s a full unplug.  None of this ‘email from real computers, no gossip sites stuff.’  All of it.” Billy says.

Fine.  I think the no-texting thing might be tough though.  Or are we doing no cellphones entirely?”  Tabitha asks.

I don’t know if we can get away with no calls whatsoever.  But no texting seems fair. It’s about being unplugged and not in constant communication all the time.  Try to only use it for emergencies.”  Billy says.

If it’s on me, I’m going to end up using it.  If someone needs to get in touch with us..everyone knows where we work, where we live, etc.  Your phone doesn’t even work at work since you spend most of your time in Subway tunnels anyway.. “ Tabitha reasons.

Good point. Okay, no phones at all then. You going to join us Ann?  I know Sara will just yell at me if I ask.” Billy says.

Umm…nah..I don’t need another excuse to not use the Internet and not blog.  It’s been like a month and all I’ve written is two half posts that had to do with Christmas and shopping that just seem..outdated now.”  Ann says.

Okay.  We start tomorrow when we wake up.  Got that Tabitha?  One week?” Billy asks.

One week.  May all my Farmville crops wither up, etc.”  Tabitha says.

“You guys are insane.”  Sara says, rolling her eyes and retreating to her room.

January 6th, 2010 by Ann in 6th Floor, life
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The Wizard of Meme

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: The Wizard of Meme

So we’ve been tagged by Artful Dodger, in his blog Rants Raves Life and Anything Else That Comes. Instead of just having one of us randomly answer, or trying to do it as a big group, we’ve decided to answer them more round robin style. It calls for eight answers, but we’re going to cheat and make it six.

The first one is ‘six bookish things about us’. Sara likes fantasy books, and just recently started reading the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.”

I’ve only just started, so I can’t say how good they are yet, but they were recommended to me by Ebonmuse at Daylight Atheism. As for Tabitha, she likes to read those trashy romance novels.”

They’re better than you think! It’s a fun read. I don’t see Frank read much, but he is very bookish about his poker. He takes notes and keeps stats on a lot of his playing.”

It’s a game of probability and numbers, and I want to make the right calls. I rarely see Billy read, but when I do it’s always something different. I’ve seem him read things from one of Tabitha’s trashy novels, to books by Issac Asimov.”

I don’t usually read at home, I’ll read on the train after work or when I stop somewhere. I’ll pretty much choose what to read by chance. If I need a book and it’s sitting out, I’ll borrow it. If something catches my eye at the store, I buy it. Scott doesn’t really read, but what he does enjoy are little books that are funny. I know he likes The Meaning of Liff, by Douglas Adams, and those worse case scenario handbooks.”

Yeah, I like to be able to pick up a book, flip to any page and read any part of it. I’ll skip the obvious things about Ann and say that she really likes catalogs. She often flips through catalogs or weekly circulars with her lunch.”

At least I don’t buy a zillion things out of them.” Ann says, while looking at Sara.

Next, ‘6 musical notes’. I don’t know if this counts as musical, but the station Sara always has on the radio is 660AM, WFAN. She listens to sports talk and the crazy callers that have nothing better to do than scream over the radio.”

Tabitha still has a cassette player in her room that she listens to.”

Frank, like most poker players, always has his Ipod on when he’s playing with real people. I was at Atlantic City with him once and picked up his Ipod to see what he was listening to. I was expecting some rock song or something, but he was listening to an audio book of ‘The Hobbit’.”

Well it’s a good book. Billy used to play the violin in high school.”

I was never that good at it though. Scott recently discovered this podcast called For Parody Purposes Only, by Mark Day. He’s got a scottish accent and is actually very funny.”

Yeah, you should all listen to him, whether it’s on youtube, myspace or itunes. Ann likes to sing in the shower, she’s actually pretty good as far as shower singers go.”

What are you listening to me sing for? Stay on your side of the apartment!”

Six things about us, boring plain regular uneventful things. Sara’s father’s name is Mitch. I think Mitch is a funny name. Wasn’t Donna’s father in That 70s Show named Mitch?”

No. Her father was Bob. There was a character named Mitch that went to school with them, played by Seth Green, but I think that was only one episode. I don’t know what you’re thinking of. Tabitha’s in the middle of getting her master’s degree in psychology.”

I certainly am. Frank makes a really good shoofly pie.”

I love that pie. Billy has a sister that joined the circus.”

She’s always been a clown. We’re not very close actually. Scott doesn’t have his driver’s license.”

I’ve lived in Manhattan all my life. Ann’s never seen the Wizard of Oz.”



I’ve got it in my room. We’re watching it now.”

If you insist, I’ll go make some popcorn.”

July 6th, 2007 by Ann in Uncategorized
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