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C J Silverio
Slouching along to the next adventure.
Slouching along to the next adventure.
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I keep forgettting about this place. What's the update? Is Google still failing horribly about pseudonymous access?

Twitter is where I mostly live these days.

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The guy some friends know as "Mr Ceej", some as "Mr Leafie", and some more as "Mr <fannish pseud>", on the topic of my name and his mom's.
I think my Mom's name has been Anne-Marie Anders (birth), Marianne Youngblood (adopted at age 2), Anne Youngblood (her whole life, including many legal documents), Anne Youngblood Zink (after marriage). Also: Jarhead.

My wife's name has been Christine Silverio (birth), Chris Silverio (childhood through grad school), C. J. Silverio (ever since grad school), CeeJ Silverio or Ceej Silverio (when retarded software wants a one-word name), C. J. Silverio or Ceej Silverio interchangeably (after marriage).

My employer sent me a retail discount card for "Mrs. Zink" and we just stare at it. Should I gift it to my mother? Regift it to my sister-in-law? Who by the way is named Christine Zink (after marriage).

Oops. I closed the G+ tab and forgot to open it again for a couple of weeks.

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I did a Turkish get-up today with a barbell. I've done the infamous TGU many times before with kettlebells, with heavier weights than I used today even, but the barbell get-up looks way more bad-ass. It's an old-time strongman trick, all about raw strength and not bodybuilding. The barbell TGU will definitely -impress- intimidate the boys.

I had been doing power clean skill drills with a very light weight (32#, light enough that I could just use arm strength to snap the bar up and practice the catch motion approximately 1 million times), and I thought, huh, that's light enough that I should be able to do a get-up with it. And lo! I did. And it was fun.

Here's a video of a guy doing one with lots more weight.

My Fitbit arrived this morning. I'm looking forward to recording a lot of "intense effort" sexual activity at puzzling times of the day in a vain attempt to make my life look more interesting than it is.

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Those of you who aren't gamers might not have heard of the RealID incident. Last year Blizzard Entertainment, possibly planning a connection with Facebook, attempted to make its forums and in-game cross-server friend feature use subscribers' real names instead of their handles. Customer reaction was not good and eventually Blizzard backed down in part. In the meantime, people used, um, well, probably Google to dig up lots of information about Blizzard employees from the starting point of just their names. Got kinda messy.

I'm still looking for a definitively readable link on this incident, but in the meantime, here are all the articles WOW Insider wrote about the feature. Reverse chronological order.

Controversy starts here: http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/07/06/official-forum-changes-real-life-names-to-be-displayed/
And ends with Blizzard's capitulation: http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/07/09/mike-morhaime-real-names-will-not-be-required-on-official-forum/

Their motivations were probably similar to Google's. Anonymity and easily-changed names allow a lot of bad behavior people wouldn't indulge in if they had a reputation at stake. Put a real name on a forum troll and he slinks away never to be seen again. But there's that middle ground of the established pseudonym, which has reputation & identity attached to it even though it matches no official passport.

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I wanted to write a bit about barbell complexes here, because they're fun and maybe there's some chance I could coax one of you into trying them next time you go to the gym. What I ended up writing had a bunch of links to articles & videos in it, which G+ is terrible with. So I posted on Tumblr instead.

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And the chilling effect has begun. This is from a gaming acquaintance (not a guild mate, but a Wow blogger I sometimes read). Once again, it's the threat to pre-existing Gmail accounts that is the problem.

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Key insight in this article:

"The big deal is that we are having an identity related clash of values, I think, between two very different kinds of heavily engaged online people:

• Integrated Identity: These are people who live online and offline with the same personality (including the Technorati because in fact their unified identity is their bread and butter), and
• Separate Identities: people who keep their online and offline worlds quite separate, not for duplicitous reasons but because they are in many ways two people; the online person and the offline person."
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