Is it time? So many people have been harassing me about not having a Facebook profile that I am starting to feel like my mother at her computer: e-mail is fine, but she dares no more. There are many good reasons why I have avoided Facebook, not the least of which is do I really need another mode of communication? As it is I have a hard enough time keeping up with my e-mails, text messages, and phone calls. And, as someone who enjoys communicating with people - all people, do I have the discipline to put boundaries around my time if Facebook becomes a reality? I doubt it.
Before leaving on Monday I fiddled around with my Mail account on my Mac to figure out how to leave an out-of-office reply on the auto responder. Big mistake. (I am still not completely sure how to do it, so if you know, please write me and tell me.) I ended up setting up a "rule" that inadvertently sent out replies to previous e-mails I have sent folks. Many of you experienced this: you originally sent me an e-mail (most many months ago), I replied to you, and Sunday you got both your original message and my reply back in your inbox. All week I have been responding to folks saying things like, "did you mean to send this to me?" "No," I've written very often, "please accept my apologies."
Here's the warning message I missed on the bottom of the Apple Help page I consulted:
"Carefully consider the rules you create for sending automated replies. If they’re too broad, you can send messages inadvertently or create message loops (replies to replies you sent). If possible, test the rule."
Well, I was trying to "test the rule," but it didn't work out very well and you got replies to replies I sent. Crazy! I guess Mac is not kidding when it warns that we should carefully consider these rules. Mac's supposed to be intuitive. Yeah, it is. But it depends if a human brain is operating the computer on the other end! Anyway, my apologies if your inbox was flooded earlier this week. I didn't mean it. I promise.
Folks, I think I just successfully embedded a video clip in this blog! If N.T. Wright's appearance on the Colbert Report can be seen from below on your computer, then I have accomplished something significant today. I've spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to embed videos here on Typepad and I think I've finally got it! (Don't be a smartie and come telling me how easy this has been the whole jolly time!)
Let's face it. Much of the Internet is the rough and only every so often does one find a genuine diamond. This weekend I found one such diamond, a superb site, and one that I never knew existed until I stumbled onto it off of Youtube. The site is charlierose.com and it is a collection of interviews Charlie Rose has had with a wide range of guests over the years. Rose has one of the greatest jobs around - he gets to interview intriguing people after he has read their book, watched their film, or studied their extraordinary life. If you ask me what an ideal job is I will mention names of people who have that job: Charlie Rose, Larry King, Sir David Frost, Oprah Winfrey, and Terry Gross. Researching people's lives and then sitting around chatting with them is great work, if you can find it.
Please note: I am writing here of decent, respectable talk shows. I like how Mr. Rose puts it: "I believe that there is a place in the spectrum of television for really good conversation, if it is informed, spirited, soulful." Now that is what I'm talking about.
So, I have immediately added this new site to my list of favorites and intend to check back often. You should go there and indulge. For example, click on the interview between Rose and fiction writer John Grisham. It's a fascinating hour and it's free. Then check out all the other writers he has chatted with. As the Aussie's would say, "it's great fun."