Through my online travels I’ve ended up meeting and getting to know a lot of people in digital space. Most of these people I would have never met otherwise and due to the nature of the online relationship I know more about them than many people I do know in meat-space.
So it’s a weird feeling thinking of someone as a friend that honestly I’ve never actually met in meat-space. I’ve got plenty of them, including a bunch I have also met in meat-space, but the saddest most helpless feeling is seeing one of my friends in trouble, with not a damn thing I can do. Especially when it drags on in a manner that doesn’t seem to end.
As another one of my friends said:
She’s going to be just fine. I mean really, whose side do you want to be on? Tam’s or cancer’s?
I betting on Tam.
Jennifer is right, Tam will be fine. It did however remind me of something that has been discussed before. The wonder that is the internet and the expansion and alterations to the boundaries of our “tribes”.
There are many who wouldn’t have moved into my circle of friends if it hadn’t been for this invention known as the internet. It’s nice having it here though because even in the middle of this whole mess I’m reminded of why I love this community and why I’m so glad to be a part of it.
Go give Tam some words of support. One of these day’s I’ll finally get to meet her, I’ve got some other friends who have met her and have had nothing but nice things to say about her personality in meat-space.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.