It's hard to say which subjects one to more derision -- being a contestant on a reality TV show, or failing miserably as a contestant on a reality TV show. As far as losing on national television in front of millions of people goes, I have special expertise.
I should not have been thinking about hockey at my dear friend's father's funeral. However, on May 4, 2014, at age 44, I publicly declared myself a New York Rangers fan, and today, I still can't remember what else I used to think about.
These fan mementos aren't of the zany variety displayed so often at the sporting event. Rather, they represent competing political persuasions regarding the Persian motherland and for what they want Iran's jerseys to signify.
I'm not trying to put down the fangirl/fanboy community at all. I just think people who enjoy putting other people down for not knowing about something as deeply as they do need to take a look in the mirror.
As an ode to magical girl characters the world round, Toronto-based animator and comic artist MK Harris organized an artistic collaboration (aka collab) encouraging fellow artists to choose a magical girl character and illustrate the character in their own style.
My hope is that as technology grows so will our acknowledgement that we have to help our youngest users to balance their online and offline relationships. So that everyone, young and old, will have a friend they have actually met.
I am humbled. A note from a stranger whose life I have influenced means as much, if not more, than the same honor from a friend. Across space and time, with nothing more than words, it turns out to be possible to change the world at least a bit.