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Let me just note, before we get started, this is not the glorious return to blogging i had planned

I have been meaning, for the world’s longest time (not literally, metaphorically, the world’s longest time is actually a very long time – some billion million years or something, and frankly I haven’t been thinking about this that long. Though I have been thinking about other things for that long. Where I left the nail clippers, for example. Why my almost-six-month-old-son already has a drawer full of single socks with no matching sock to be found anywhere, that kind of thing) to make a list of the fake internet sites that TV shows make up in order not to get in legal trouble with the real internet sites that they’re referencing.

They must have a terrible time thinking up these things. After all, most of the truly awful website names ahve already been taken by real, actual websites, so they need to come up with something utterly and completely terrible before it is unique enough to be unique and safe from legal threats.

These things mainly tend to be in american crime dramas that are “ripped from the headlines”. And the more that the internet (and social media in particular) features in every kind of crime – and every other aspect of life – the more they occur, and they worse they get, and the more I love them.

The one that made me think of it tonight:

Friend Agenda – a facebook clone site. [CSI: Crime Scene Investigation].

I just wanted to make this place as somewhere that I can add all the others that I’ve been meaning to make a note of. FacePlace. YouFace. FaceBranch. Another Youniverse. NameFrame. Vidtrope. FaceUnion. And I will come back and make a note of these properly as soon as I confirm which show they’re from and when they were used. This is mainly a placemarker for that.

In the meantime, hello, and I am coming back to blogging. Or at least that’s what the three open windows with various posts about various things tell me. I have been very, very sad about neglecting my boat. And don’t even get me started on how I haven’t changed my backdrop on the blog since I left san francisco. You know what I need? A version of the original 2001 artwork with the big boat towing a little boat. I’ll get onto that.

  1. Welcome back. And ooh I have another one for you – ‘FaceFriend’ from IT Crowd. You’re welcome. Again. As in ‘welcome back’.

    I think I might need some breakfast….

    Comment by Mrs Jones — 10 July, 2012 11:28 pm

  2. Please don’t change the backdrop. My child loves bridges, and boats, more than anything in the world, and the only way I can pacify/ignore him while I’m internetting is to let him look at this page from time to time.

    On the other hand, having you back blogging more means I’ll have more opportunity to have this page open and make him happy.

    Welcome back. I started blogging regularly at around 6 months. I think I was maybe getting more sleep at that point. Or going more mental and needing an outlet.

    Comment by Beth — 12 July, 2012 6:55 am

  3. Start him early on odd socks. Why do socks need to match? That’s my big life question.

    Comment by Bridget — 16 July, 2012 1:57 pm

  4. Yes, start him early on odd socks, he might start a trend for babies, you can even do odd bright colours and call it colour-block socks.

    Comment by guyana gyal — 20 July, 2012 4:56 am

  5. Wasn’t it ‘Friendface’ on the IT crowd? There should also be a collection of all the times video games are made up for the CSIs of the world…there was a great ‘baby neglect’ story on law and order, I believe, which featured a couple playing a game that looked halfway between the 1992 Sonic the Hedgehog and Bloons, and they raved about it like it was Lord of the Rings…very funny.

    Also, hello.

    Comment by Stuart — 16 August, 2012 7:53 pm

  6. Hey there, i love this post, made me think of my favourite altered name; it was on sunset beach back when I was at uni some 14 years ago (oh wow, 14 years, that sounds like ages!), anyway… It was in a scene when a characters girlfriend had slipped him a certain little blue pill, and then he got stuck in a lift with his ex wife whilst feeling the effects (the story lines really were something else) and the pill was called ‘niagra’ – genius!!

    Comment by Em — 18 September, 2012 1:41 pm

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