An epiphany hit me as I was browsing an online dating site. There are all these women's profiles and they show that they are online. You refresh the browser and some stay and some go. In a way, it's a metaphor of life - people coming and going in and out of one's perception. It's a funny sort of dance. Julie commented about leaving a mark
, but isn't that what a blog is about - leaving one's mark? Look, I was here.
IRC, chat, gtalk, etc. is like a life dance. People come, people go. The same effect is seen for dating sites, but then maybe, they are a bit of both dancing and leaving a mark. Online dating sites are certainly a snapshot in time, a period in one's life where you are looking for companionship. The usual thing when I think of snapshots is shipwrecks. Time capsules are a recent phenomenon I'm guessing, a bit more sophisticated than carving one's name in a rock or a piece of wood. A silent shout that I was here. I think I prefer the etherealness of dancing electrons and magnetic fields. They are more fleeting than life. A perfect metaphor in a fashion.