Thursday, July 14, 2005

Be prepared!

Just came across an online guide to blogging safely. Have discovered that I have flouted all rules of safe blogging, especially by giving away name of organisation I work for etc. Hell, and my url is actually part of my name! The guide tells me I haven't made myself anonymous enough. Am shaking in my boots now.

Given my track record for indiscretion and landing myself in several hot water situations (though only in Real Life, yet) through over-enthusiasm and general lack of paranoia about what-will-people-think, I have a sinking feeling this may also come back to haunt me one day.

On a more serious note, not having to check over your shoulders constantly was what blogging was all about initially, wasn't it? It's frightening how the system catches up with us subversive elements of society. Whatever happened to a little old-fashioned system-bashing? Died in the London underground, I suspect.

P.S. This is slightly out of the above context, but just discovered something that's so terribly ironic I had to tell someone. The spell check on the posting field of doesn't recognise the word 'blogging' and wants to replace it with flogging! On BLOGGER.COM!


At July 14, 2005 4:47 PM, Blogger Meenmekh said...,10987,650732,00.html.
You might like to read this and stop "shaking in your boots".

And London underground, me thinks, was about system bashing. "They" sounded out loud and clear against the Big Bros. (Not in any way supporting whatever "they" did.)

At July 14, 2005 5:00 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

I so don't know where fatuous comment about London underground came from. I can see it has nothing to do with anything I was trying to say, as you, with unfailing logic and wisdom, have pointed out. Humble apologies.

At July 14, 2005 6:35 PM, Anonymous AB said...

Hey you know how it can land you in hot waters. You don't need an online guide for that do you?:)

At July 17, 2005 10:31 PM, Blogger the still dancer said...

*fiddles around with telescopic sight on assault rifle* "now I've got you, shr******. muahahha muahaaahaaahaaa." ummmm.....intriguing article on vippassanaa by the way. :))

At July 18, 2005 3:09 PM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Mr./Ms. Bagchi, you might solve a lot of your existential problems by coming home to Calcutta.

I'm a trifle intrigued by a person who can bring together the peacable Arka and an assault rifle (with telescopic sights, yet. Presumably he means a Heckler & Kosch .357, which is a specialised sniper rifle)


At July 18, 2005 4:05 PM, Blogger the still dancer said...

stop being a pedant. Oh, sorry, you are one, so can't stop being one I suppose :))
It's Ms. read the grafitti.

At July 18, 2005 4:33 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

Kaashyapeya: Stop making fun of my work, in the course of which I have to occasionally do stories on vipassana and suchlike. It's what I do for my bread and butter and clothes from Westside, ok?

J.A.P: I really don't know what I did to offend the good Kaashyapeya. You'll have to ask him.

At July 18, 2005 4:58 PM, Blogger the still dancer said...

Is is vipassana then? could never keep track of the p's and s's and n's. much tougher than mississippi.
I completely empathise. i do the same occassionally. not for a living, though. solution: join the samnaa's editorial team- it'll automatically put paid to all those exorbitant westside bills.
The assault rifle was in response to the "shaking in my boots" bit, not because of any offense taken.
*the good kaashyapeya smiles his benign, buddha smile*


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