There are a few internet cranks I visit fairly often, although I never comment but just lurk. They are not only a guilty pleasure but also a good sanity check. If I find myself drawn in by their arguments or believing what they say, I realize that I am probably being suckered. There is a lot of paranoia out there, blanket condemnation of whole categories of people, assertions of being geniuses, "special" in a good way, being misunderstood and so on. These folks are ludicrously self absorbed and never get it that their assertions are mundane and very often about things everyone experiences, such as competition, rejection, neglect, abuse and so on. Nobody knows the troubles they've seen!!! They adore praise and foolishly accept any amount of it and go ballistic at the slightest criticism. I suspect that they consume a lot of mind-altering substances which have knocked out their critical faculties, leaving them with a rudimentary set of feelings, mostly anger. These are the out and out nutcases, not the people like me and maybe you who occasionally fall off the turnip truck.
I just modified my blogroll, taking off blogs where people have not posted for months. These are bloggers I like, and I wish they would post from time to time, even if only once a month. It's a pity to put effort into a blog and then just drop it altogether, as if blogging were of no value. Facebook is OK but just doesn't cut it for some things, such as extended writing. And there is so much dumb stuff on Facebook.
Some people post only occasionally to their blogs, but they do post often enough so that they are worth keeping track of.
I added this quite fascinating blog out of Alaska today, The Immoral Minority, which I think will interest my readers.
I like links. Blogs that limit themselves to self-produced content can be very good, but to me the essence of blogging is in the linkage to other blogs, news reports, videos and so on. A good example of a blog that uses linkage to the max is Roy Edroso's Alicublog. I took Alicublog off my blogroll, because Edroso indulges himself in racist and sexist rants that are intended to be satirical but which offend me, as do his rather frequent allusions to out-of-it seniors. I do read him from time to time, because he does a good job of tracking the activities of right wing Internet-based whackjobs.
I intend to go to Volcanoes National Park on Sunday and visit the real-life lava display at Halemaumau Crater. I'll take some photos. If and when the current flow into the ocean gets within reasonable walking distance, I'll go there, too. Since I have been able to walk right up to spectacular flows in the past, I'm not eager to hike for miles over lava in the heat and humidity just on the off chance of getting a good view.
Off for a walk-swim! Have a good weekend!