La Espera Desespera

… so let’s quit waiting.

Three years of keeping a journal here at Frozen Truth . com come to a close tonight at midnight. It’s been an incredible, beautiful, terrible, ecstatic, altering period and I’m thankful for everything I’ve experienced. My life as an online journal-keeper goes back over half a decade (beginning with LJ), but starting here marked one of the biggest of many turning points. I can barely recall who I was when I began this journey, and I welcome whatever coming change will transform me. There’s no sense in waiting idly by for the ecstasy of evolution.
I’m setting up some general goals for this next year, making this my substitute new year in a sense. I’m hoping to launch as a separate social networking site that will take the process from brainstorming to, hopefully, an actual social networking service, while exploring the state of social networking on a weekly basis. I’ll also be continuing my identity redefinition and making a schematic for the direction I’ll go in with my life as a whole. It’s a very exciting and challenging time for me, and I’m enjoying it tremendously when I’m not bothered by those lingering doubts of my capacity to make such huge changes in how I live.

Today I discovered that we can find out how the blogosphere is feeling in general, and apparantly, We Feel Fine.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. … Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.
The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

This premise on its own is compelling, but the implementation of this site is phenomenal; the interface is playful, informative, beautiful and intuitive. This is one of the finest crafted sites I’ve come across in a long while, and a facinating study of the world of blogging.

I grew up in a rural community here in Nova Scotia that was half way between two small towns, Truro and New Glasgow. I spent time in Truro occasionally, and one of the highlights of that town was Victoria Park. I have fond memories of the stairs, trails and waterfalls there and was reminded of them when my friend Brian recently shared some enticing photos he took at the park. He has suggested taking a train out there for a weekend sometime and that does sound appealing. I’d like to explore that town again, as monotonous as it felt to me when I would visit it on a monthly basis.

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