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If You Work At Home, How Do You Call In Sick?

December 3, 2008

The short answer is:  You don’t. You just keep plugging away if it’s at all possible to sit upright. Still have this nagging cold and a toothache I failed to mention, because that’s just too much information. Well, there it is anyway.

So today, not really feeling as fully present as I’d need to be to get into the studio, I’m using this time to do some extra hours of networking online. Which brings me to LinkedIn.  I’ve been on that site forever, but never really got going on it until my son was here over Thanksgiving. He convinced me it’s the best social networking site for grownups. You can use your real name and don’t have to always feel like you’re going to be stalked or hacked or spammed. It truly is a site for professionals. I recommend it. I’m also on Twitter, but am still trying to figure out why. Am I the last to comprehend its magical powers?

Another thing I’m doing is looking for additional galleries, and that’s where the web is helpful as well.

I hope you’re enjoying your day, and that it’s more creative than mine.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2008 3:05 pm

    Hi Martha, this is off-topic but do you know if Dina (from Deepwater Journal) is ok? She hasn’t posted in a long time.

  2. December 3, 2008 4:33 pm

    I hope that you start feeling better soon. Get that tooth taken care of! One of the best times for me was when I had the last of my teeth pulled. I broke my front teeth off, years ago, opening packages with my teeth! Before then, I had perfect teeth with no problems. By the time the dentist could get to me, teeth had shifted and I went through years of temporary fixes. You don’t want to go through that. But, one good thing is, no more toothaches! Dealing with that awful glue stuff isn’t too fun, though.
    I wonder about Twitter, too. Haven’t joined any of those social networking sites, yet. I’m busy enough, now, I think.
    Good luck in finding new galleries!

  3. December 3, 2008 5:33 pm

    Dina is just fine, Pam! She’s just taking a little break from blogging, but busy with a whole bunch of other stuff. (Dina? Are you listening??)

    Cecelia, I am not too happy with all the dentist experiences I’ve had. This tooth has had two bone grafts, neither of which took, and now I’m probably out a thousand bucks or more just for that one. So yeah, getting them all pulled is sounding more and more appealing.

  4. December 3, 2008 5:41 pm

    Sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well. I have had so much work done on my teeth in the past few years, I can FEEL ya!

    Regarding social networking sites:
    OMG! I abandoned my MySpace page a long time ago. That site is so idiotic to me (I think I am too grown up.) Then Facebook came along. I was not interested. I think TWITTER is totally weird. I think it was developed for people with no lives and too much time on their hands.

    I have dabbled in the idea of doing LinkedIn but I don’t really see the point. I am all over the web. I just can’t imagine I would make any great connections on a site like that. I don’t know. Still thinking.

    Get well!!

  5. December 3, 2008 5:57 pm

    Sheree, I’m with you on the MySpace issue. I ditched it too. LinkedIn is different from all the rest in that it is for professional networking. I’ve found that there are some art consultants and galleries on that site. So we’ll see.

    They’re starting to talk about Twitter all over the news media, and they all use it. But I still don’t get it. Maybe somebody can enlighten us.

  6. December 3, 2008 10:54 pm

    Martha – Sorry for taking up so much space in your reply space. I posted this link and excerpt recently on my facebook page. It’s specifically about the point of twitter. I thought it was really interesting. Good luck with the tooth ache!

    Clive Thompson recently wrote an interesting article in the NYT about Facebook and other online social networking tools. He offers a good explanation of what the whole point of all this is. The key grafs for me are –

    Brave New World of Digital Intimacy

    For many people — particularly anyone over the age of 30 — the idea of describing your blow-by-blow activities in such detail is absurd. Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutiae? And conversely, how much of their trivia can you absorb? The growth of ambient intimacy can seem like modern narcissism taken to a new, supermetabolic extreme — the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world. Twitter, in particular, has been the subject of nearly relentless scorn since it went online. “Who really cares what I am doing, every hour of the day?” wondered Alex Beam, a Boston Globe columnist, in an essay about Twitter last month. “Even I don’t care.”

    Indeed, many of the people I interviewed, who are among the most avid users of these “awareness” tools, admit that at first they couldn’t figure out why anybody would want to do this. Ben Haley, a 39-year-old documentation specialist for a software firm who lives in Seattle, told me that when he first heard about Twitter last year from an early-adopter friend who used it, his first reaction was that it seemed silly. But a few of his friends decided to give it a try, and they urged him to sign up, too.

    Each day, Haley logged on to his account, and his friends’ updates would appear as a long page of one- or two-line notes. He would check and recheck the account several times a day, or even several times an hour. The updates were indeed pretty banal. One friend would post about starting to feel sick; one posted random thoughts like “I really hate it when people clip their nails on the bus”; another Twittered whenever she made a sandwich — and she made a sandwich every day. Each so-called tweet was so brief as to be virtually meaningless.

    But as the days went by, something changed. Haley discovered that he was beginning to sense the rhythms of his friends’ lives in a way he never had before. When one friend got sick with a virulent fever, he could tell by her Twitter updates when she was getting worse and the instant she finally turned the corner. He could see when friends were heading into hellish days at work or when they’d scored a big success. Even the daily catalog of sandwiches became oddly mesmerizing, a sort of metronomic click that he grew accustomed to seeing pop up in the middle of each day.

    This is the paradox of ambient awareness. Each little update — each individual bit of social information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting. This was never before possible, because in the real world, no friend would bother to call you up and detail the sandwiches she was eating. The ambient information becomes like “a type of E.S.P.,” as Haley described it to me, an invisible dimension floating over everyday life.

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