Brain Pings

April 7, 2008 at 12:40 pm 3 comments

Random thoughts on a dreary day in Forest Hills:

  • Can a blog, any blog, foster a feeling of community?
  • Are people mostly interested in which restaurants are opening and closing? The stats for Splitting Hairs in Forest Hills show far more hits for posts about Bonfire Grill and other restaurants than for anything else.
  • The decimation of older houses in Forest Hills, replaced by faux-fortresses—it’s not how they look that bothers me but how destructive they are to the environment. The thinking I imagine behind them (“I got my own house, my castle, and all else be damned”) infuriates me. I wish Sundance would rebroadcast Garbage Warrior. It’s the antidote to the brick beasts taking over the Cord Myer district; instead of sadness and anger, you glimpse hope and wonder.
  • Melinda Katz is pregnant, and in a nontraditional way. We need people to approach things outside of the box, to see today’s problems as what we’re going to be passing down to our children. Could this be the event that places Katz outside of the box?
  • Something is terribly wrong when sending your child to school leaves you with pangs of anxiety not about what your child is learning but how (and why) he or she is learning it. How to live with the constant tests?
  • I’ve seen it, right here in Forest Hills: an 8-year-old girl who doesn’t know from Disney princesses, “mani-pedis,” and conspiring with her friends to exclude other girls. What a relief; I thought the only way to accomplish that was by living in isolation.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne  |  April 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    A well done blog, such as this can be a tool that fosters community. Once upon a time, community just happened. Now, for a host of socio-economic reasons, we need to help it along. As far as I am concerned, community happens one-on-one with your local merchant, at a civic event, with your neighbor down the hall, etc. and it requires not being afraid to make the initial gesture or accept it. This blog poses lot of ideas of things to do and think about, that by their nature facilitate community. Show up at an event that has been posted — even better invite someone you’d like to know better to join you at that event. That is just the tip of the iceberg. That being said, even the most high-minded of us like to know the skinny on the restaurant scene — I don’t know why– we just do.

  • 2. Noemi  |  April 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Did you ever see The Show with Ze Frank? It was a video blog that ran for a year. It would be impossible to deny that it created community. Granted it was video, but I don’t think any of the elments that created community were dependent on that medium. Check it out here:

  • 3. karbeth  |  April 9, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I hit an error page a few times. Not sure if it’s the site itself or me. Curious to find out what made that site work, i.e. how it created community.


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