I’ve read this book and I agree with the folks at HelloGiggles that it is great.
A solemn promise between internet friends, written and recorded by Kevin Fanning.
I'm a contributing writer for The Morning News and the Beverage Expert in Residence at Maura Magazine and you can follow me on twitter @kfan.
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I got bored so I made this earlier when I found this drawing of harry here
fits Samsung Galaxy S III
I edited it a little different in in the second one to give you a choice
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I was looking for new phone wallpaper but I did not realize how desperately I needed this to be my new phone wallpaper
A couple of weeks ago I was coming home from work. It was dark but it wasn’t late. I had just left the subway. I was a few steps away from the entrance. Lots of people were around. Two men were walking towards me. I gave them as much room as I give anyone. One of them moved towards me. Then he reached out to me and put his hand on my arm. He didn’t grab it, and he didn’t stop. Just put his hand on my arm and then kept walking.
Or maybe he put his hand on my arm and I didn’t stop, and I kept walking.
It was aggressive. It was unwanted. I had headphones in but I could hear him laughing, saying something to me as the distance between us grew. I didn’t alter my pace one bit. I didn’t look back.
My walk home from the train is about ten minutes. I felt fearful, I felt angry, I felt cowardly. I kept thinking, there’s nothing else I could have done back there, nothing I could have said that would have made any difference. There’s nothing else. I did the right thing, there’s nothing else. But thinking that made me feel helpless, and feeling helpless made me feel angrier.
I got home and I locked the door behind me and I thought, I can’t think about this anymore. And then I thought, maybe I won’t tell anyone about it, either. Who needs to know? It happens all the time. It’s not even my worst story. It’s most assuredly not my last. It’s not anyone’s worst story. It’s not anyone’s last story. I could have had it worse. Many people have had it worse. I don’t want to scare anyone else. I don’t want anyone else to be afraid. I don’t want anyone else to be afraid for me. I don’t want anyone to worry. It happens all the time. I can live with this. Everyone else lives with this. Everyone else lives with this and they don’t say anything. I’m fine.
Earlier today I mentioned a book called Bellweather Rhapsody by kateracculia. AS IT HAPPENS there’s a giveway on Goodreads right now so click through and do the thing and try to win one of the copies. This book FUCKING OWNS.
It is a MURDER MYSTERY involving ORCHESTRA & MUSICAL THEATER TEENS in a CREEPY HOTEL. There is a GHOST and a woman with a SECRET PAST and BOYS KISSING BOYS.
If that doesn’t sound perfect to you, I literally do not know what your deal is. Go win the book.
What’s a regular day in the life of [Kevin Fanning]?
I wake up, write down my dreams, shower, then make breakfast for everyone and make sure they are organized to get out the door in a timely fashion (involves a lot of yelling). Then I go to a coffee shop and write for an hour before work, then I am at work most of the day (where I am highly focused and very effective). Then I go home, and after dinner I do dishes/laundry, maybe play Munchkins/King of Tokyo with the kids, then maybe watch a show with Ro, then maybe read before bed, then immediately fall asleep and have beautiful, magical dreams about people from the internet.
What have you been up to lately? Any new, big projects?
I don’t know about new or big but I am writing a book about celebrity twins and I have a couple of side projects, one is a fictional account of Amanda Bynes in exile, like what happened to her after they dragged her out of the hotel and took away her phone and locked her up. My version of the events involves ghosts and magic spells. I am forcing myself to finish this project in the next few weeks but I’m not sure what to do with it once it’s done.
What’s your online reading setup look like these days? RSS? Twitter? Multiple devices?
I scroll really quickly through things on The Old Reader, I save things to Instapaper where I never look at them again, I get the Today in Tabs email and sometimes click on things. I have filters set up so that it’s impossible for me to look at certain sticky/clickbaity websites that you can probably guess.
What’s your first memory of the internet?
There’s 2, kind of: 1) a librarian at college trying to explain to me how to use Gopher to do research and me being like What on earth is this woman even talking about (I do think it’s interesting and cool that it was a woman and a librarian who informed my first memory of the internet). 2) was later that year, my housemate showing me Netscape Navigator and Webcrawler at the computer lab and me being like Who on earth even cares about any of this.
What got you hooked on technology? Was there a specific moment?
I’m not hooked on anything except my own amazingness but Napster was definitely the coolest thing in the history of my world up to that point.
How’s it feel to be internet old?
It’s exhausting. I just turned 40 so I’m not even just internet old, I’m actual old. I have literally no idea what anyone is talking about, ever. It’s horrible.
Mac or PC (and all-time favorite computer, make and model)?
I use a mac right now but seriously who cares about this.
What’s your primary browser?
Chrome, are you serious with these questions, how is this a thing that matters to anyone.
What phone do you use?
Clearly a white male writes these interviews.
Who (or what) are you most excited about on the web now?
I’m still most excited about what I was originally excited about, which is the tight little feedback loop between Doing A Thing and Seeing The Reaction To The Thing. Whether it’s a tweet about Beyonce or a tumblr post about Minori or a well-lit selfie or a FB post about Poke Friday, the likes and hearts and emails and DMs streaming in as people experience The Thing is the best, most exciting thing, forever. I’m going to be the last generation of people to remember how lame and cold and lonely the creative process was before the internet. Or not even the creative process, just the idea of being a human was so dumb and lame before it became easy to access people with shared interests. Good riddance.
Favorite new app?
*looks at phone* yeah no. I mean I guess in the cost-benefit analysis of my life Shazam delights me more than any other piece of software on my phone.
What writers do you try to read every day?
I can’t imagine why it would be important to try to read the same writers every day, and a cool thing about the internet is you can easily find writers whose world views and life experiences are totally different from your own, so really every day you should be trying to read someone totally new? but I love twitter so my answer is Lily & Nora & Swifty.
What books are you reading now?
I am reading My Passion for Design by Barbra Streisand and The Sexual History of London by Catharine Arnold.
Best book you’ve read lately?
It doesn’t come out for a few more weeks but Bellweather Rhapsody by kateracculia is so, so good, it is going to blow everyone’s minds.
Print or ebook?
I read both and I don’t appreciate false dichotomies.
What are your top five most-used apps, any platform?
Twitter, Instagram, Evernote…Weather? My messaging app? Idk. These questions presume such a love affair between a dude and his phone, what even is that
How do you stay focused?
I try to surround myself with people who are much more talented and successful so I can always compare myself to them and feel bad about my relative lack of accomplishments. This is very motivating to me.
What was the best movie you saw in ?
The only movie I saw in the theater in 2013 was The Bling Ring and I loved it. I prefer TV to movies. I’d be happy to talk about my favorite TV shows but you didn’t ask, so
My brother disappeared over the weekend. I’d gone down to see him and my mom. We were watching a movie at around 10:30pm, when he stood up and went to the kitchen. He then presumably walked out.
I went to see where he was after about 20 minutes. When I couldn’t find him, I assumed/hoped he’d gone out for a cigarette and a walk.
We went out to search for him and hour or so later, and phoned the police about 3 hours after that. We’ve done everything we can since then, including posting flyers and searching everywhere. It’s been 36 hours now. The temperature has been around 0° C both evenings and it’s been raining as of last night.
If you know anyone in south England - especially in Hants/Hampshire - I’d really appreciate if you could point them toward this post, ask them to take a quick glance at the picture and keep it in mind when travelling over the next few days. We believe he’s been off his medication for around 5 days. He’s not violent at all, nor a hazard to anyone but himself. He will probably be confused, with some periods of lucidity. If found, please immediately contact the Hampshire police on the non-emergency number 101, referencing case #200 from 16th February 2014.