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Sunday, July 10th, 2005
7:39 pm
[fossilapostle]
A Sophick moment
(It just dawned on me that I never actually joined this group, officially...)

I had what I feel is a defining sophick moment today. I'd like to know how many of you would agree.

During Sunday dinner, I like to listen to From the Top on NPR, which is a radio show that features immensely talented young people performing incredible pieces of classical music.

This Sunday was no different as far as the music went, but our meal was something we don't normally have at home - crab legs. My mother-in-law brought them home from work today, so we boiled them up and melted some butter to have us a crab feast.

Because we don't normally have crabs at home, however, we discovered we didn't have any crab crackers. We tried cracking them open barehanded, but it wasn't working. So, I introduced a new eating utensil to the table: a pair of pliers.

They were completely clean, never used before, and I washed them very well before I started shuckin' shells with 'em. But that was definitely the first time in my 38 years I'd ever used pliers for eating.

So, I think the formula here would be (CRABS * PLIERS) + CLASSICAL MUSIC = SOPHICK. Let me know if my math checks out.

- DocAwk
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
7:49 pm
[enzeru]
Ain't technology keen?
I was OH so daring and took two library books across the country with me, putting them through the peril of checked baggage and the like. They were due today, but ha! This is the millennium! Online renewal, ho!

I am such a damn yokel, that this genuinely makes me happy. Who would believe I'm actually reading Dostoyevsky when I'm all, "Look maw, wut the thinky box did, a-hyuk!"?

Is there anything currently commonplace in the world of science that still has you, dear reader, at all awestruck?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
2:46 am
[ravieslave]
Though I didn't live in a small rural town, I have somehow managed to find myself back in Oklahoma City more than any other metropolis in the US.

Hi. I'm Michelle. I score imaginary movies in my head. Sometimes, I unleash these musical endeavors upon the unwitting ears of the masses. I write Sci-Fi novels sans spacecrafts and love triangles. I want a race of people who are somewhere in between Star Wars' Dark Side and Dark City's tuning. I study for the MCAT on my off time. I am married to Crispin Glover's cerebral cortex. I live in Oklahoma.

That's about it.
Thursday, April 14th, 2005
6:15 pm
[enzeru]
Cross-post from my own LJ.
In the linked article, The Long Emergency refers to what will happen when oil reserves inevitably fail us, which is sooner than most people think. This part caught my eye:

America is in a special predicament due to a set of unfortunate choices we made as a society in the twentieth century. Perhaps the worst was to let our towns and cities rot away and to replace them with suburbia, which had the additional side effect of trashing a lot of the best farmland in America. Suburbia will come to be regarded as the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world. It has a tragic destiny. The psychology of previous investment suggests that we will defend our drive-in utopia long after it has become a terrible liability.

Before long, the suburbs will fail us in practical terms. We made the ongoing development of housing subdivisions, highway strips, fried-food shacks and shopping malls the basis of our economy, and when we have to stop making more of those things, the bottom will fall out.

The circumstances of the Long Emergency will require us to downscale and re-scale virtually everything we do and how we do it, from the kind of communities we physically inhabit to the way we grow our food to the way we work and trade the products of our work. Our lives will become profoundly and intensely local. Daily life will be far less about mobility and much more about staying where you are. Anything organized on the large scale, whether it is government or a corporate business enterprise such as Wal-Mart, will wither as the cheap energy props that support bigness fall away. The turbulence of the Long Emergency will produce a lot of economic losers, and many of these will be members of an angry and aggrieved former middle class.


Y'know, my mom used to say, whenever I caught social flak for being in 4-H, that should nationwide disaster strike and society collapses back to the agrarian level, we'd stand a chance of surviving while all the snotty preppie kids would have to kiss my ass to get a chicken for dinner and avoid starvation during nuclear winter.

I always treated her theory like a joke, cuz c'mon... but now I'm not so sure. And now that I'm over holding high school grudges, I'm not exactly relishing its likelihood. Then again, what do y'all think is the best and/or worst case scenario here? Are we better prepared than your average citizen to deal with losing lots of conveniences? I know I've gotten lazy over the years, but I could probably deal.

Current Mood: worried
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
8:15 am
[biomekanic]
Lit-riture
So, has anyone found any writings that seem to embody the 'sophick' experience?
IMO, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude seems the closest in my experience.
Anyone else have any works they'd like to add?
7:56 am
[biomekanic]
Who I be
Source material: biomekanic, there you go.
You can also find me at:
Reef central
PNWMAS - Pacific NorthWest Marine Aquarium Society
PNWMAS at The Reef Tank
under the user ID biomekanic.
I used to hang out at Wet Web Media, but it lost its homey feeling, I was known there as P-F. It's a long story.
I had a short incarnation as Namshub, but Namshub didn't last long.

I was born in Maine, and stayed there a year, making me officially, a Maniac.
I was raised in (very) South Central PA, about 15 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line near East Berlin, PA. Not to far from Gettysburg.

I think 'provincial' has a level of sophistication above most of my classmates.

I attended Shippensburg University, going through 4 majors before embarking on an Interdisciplinary Arts degree - I took Magritte paintings and used them as the basis for short stories/novellas. I minored in Anthro, and would have dual majored if possible. My degree set me up pretty well for a graduate program. Someday, I'd like to go back and get an advanced degree. I don't write as much as I should, and I miss editing.
About 7 months after graduating, I moved from York, PA to Denver and discovered that deep at heart, I'm a big city guy. About 9 years later I got transferred to Roseburg, OR. It reminded me far to much of where I grew up, and I jumped at the chance to transfer again, this time to Eugene.
As much as I miss Denver, I know I'll never be able to move back, health reasons prevent it, as well, the city I knew is gone, it's grown far bigger than when I was there and so many of the things that made it special are gone. It's a city eating itself, and it's not pretty.

By day, I do telecommunications engineering (small world, eh Chadu?), by night, I exit poll the Covenant forces, and occassionally give out advice on reef keeping.
7:54 am
[biomekanic]
I want to know...
who that karjack is, I bet she has book learnin' and all.
9:29 am
[chadu]
Who I Be
Chad Underkoffler, legended in song and story.

Source Material
Info Page: http://www.livejournal.com/users/chadu/info/
Website: http://www.geocities.com/chadu/ (don't neglect http://www.geocities.com/chadu/abrage.html )
Company Website: http://www.atomicsockmonkey.com/

Short Form
I was raised in southwestern PA, in a little town called Canonsburg. It's about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, and is smalltown USA/semi-rural -- can't really be counted as a suburb of da Burgh.

The best word I can use to describe the area is "provincial."

Went to Penn State, University Park, for college. Moved back home for a year after college (dear lord). Fled to DC when opportunity presented itself. Have lived in the Washington Metro area since. Got my graduate degree from Johns Hopkins.

I'm a telecommunications standards editor by day, and a freelance writer by night. You can check out my Publications from one of the geocities pages noted above and my company website. I have no doubt that my experience growing up in a small town had a tremendous impact on my game Dead Inside.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, February 28th, 2005
10:14 pm
[enzeru]
Okay, rules.
Frankly, writing rules is boring, and if we're all as smart and advanced as we think we are, we shouldn't need them here. But I can foresee at least a few flare-ups happening, because they seem to regardless of a community's focus. To wit:

Politics. All my personal Friends on this comm are liberally-inclined, and I happen to be significantly liberal myself. However, I know from experience that conservatism does not preclude intelligence (our current administration and studies that show a correlation between higher education and increasingly liberal politics notwithstanding). I won't ban someone solely for being more right-wing than the rest of us, if they are genuinely bright and not out to troll--that would just make us smelly old elitists, now wouldn't it? If you're going to debate, try to say something original on a topic rather than parrot party lines, and that goes for all affiliations. There are thousands of political communities for spewing bile out there; I'd prefer running a place where the emphasis is on finding common ground, not being Hatfields and McCoys.

Religion. Ehh... repeat the above, replacing all political terms with religious ones. Yeah, I'm lazy, what's it to ya?

That's all I got. If anyone's still here, great. Start talking, dammit. Everyone make a post to introduce themselves, since I don't know half of you.

Current Mood: bitchy
Sunday, February 20th, 2005
2:52 am
[enzeru]
Goldang ol' innernet ah tell you whut...
Hi! This is your founder enzeru typing, over a newly installed dial-up connection--so much for the sophistication implicit in our community name. Anyway, welcome to sophicks! I started this comm. with the notion that there are lots of bright folks living in small rural towns that may only have potential contact with other smart small-town types via the internet--they probably feel especially alienated, as I know I did, because most urban and suburban outsiders write off rural parts as emitting fatal stupid waves and only hazard going there for assorted tourist traps. My co-moderator biomekanic wrote an impassioned post in this vein (reposted as the first entry here) which inspired me to use what little clout I have as a chronic blogger and found this comm. as a refuge for folks like us: well-read, educated, intelligent hicks. There's no elegant way to hybridize the terms "geek" and "hick", so I did the unforgivable and made a pun out of "sophic". I'm surprised karjack hasn't smote me for it.

I am in the process of writing up a rules list, hopefully a short one. Ideally this space will be for sharing and comparing experiences, discussing potential positive social changes and spreading awareness, presenting to the world at large that the simple life doesn't necessarily make one simple-minded. I have never moderated a community before, so I'm open to suggestions for a basic rules layout.

Thanks for joining! I think this could prove to be an interesting cyber-social experiment.

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
12:47 pm
[biomekanic]
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