I was reading my social media yesterday, as one does, and was struck by the number of people calling the seasons.
As Meg Fairfax Fielding said, “OMG! It just turned into fall!”
Australia on the other side, exhorts summer to get a firmer grip and hoist herself up over the warmed cliff.
Here in California we have a cooler few days, but without the signals from other climates I doubt I’d be calling fall. Probably just deadhead some more roses, absentmindedly. Maybe notice that the sun angled off my cheekbones with a little less force.
It’s one of the most striking aspects of the Internet, how information layers over that which we already know, altering what and how we notice. On the other hand, if the Internet only gave us more information about the familiar, I venture to say it would have remained a curiosity. It’s the thrill of the new that makes it so compelling. New words from our Internet friends, new news, or new concepts.
So here are my two favorite new concepts from the last Internet hour, each wholly unrelated to the other.
- What 200 Calories Looks Like, via the always useful As Time Goes By from Ronni Bennett
- Guys With Fancy Lady Hair, via the always brilliant @kidchamp, who is if possible even better on Twitter than on her blog
Oh, and one more. Not a concept, only proof that even those of us who don’t care for poetry in general may love it in specific. I found this beautiful, and the title as memorable as Mary Oliver’s line, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Try To Praise The Mutilated World, via our dear Miss Whistle.
And with that my friends of the Internet, we find we do indeed live in a time of the World Wide Web. We are our own spiders, serving tea on gold-tooled china to sweet beloved flies. Inventing conceits, channeling summer in Australia, poking flowers into our Mormon Prom Hair. Embrace the random and the known, of both is life made. Have a lovely weekend.