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Overnight Thread

By Wyatt Earp | May 18, 2011

Loyal readers know that I despise Facebook. I equally despise Facebook abusers. Sadly, more and more of them are popping up every day.

Hopefully, none of them are as bad as this couple:

An Israeli couple likes Facebook so much that they named their newborn daughter “Like.” You know as in the like icon on the popular Palo Alto-based social-networking site.

“To me it is important to give my children names that are not used anywhere else, at least not in Israel,” the father told the German Press Agency dpa.”If once people gave Biblical names and that was the icon, then today [the Like] is one of the most famous icons in the world.”

Morons. They should have their name-giving privileges revoked.

It’s Wednesday, so here’s a (sad) Humpday History Highlight:

On the evening of May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis, lead singer and lyricist of the British group Joy Division, hangs himself in his Manchester kitchen. He was only 23 years old. Though he concealed his condition from his band mates until he suffered a major seizure in their tour van following a gig in London in December 1978, Curtis was an epileptic. Some have speculated that depression over his medical condition or the side effects of the medications he took to control it led to Curtis’s suicide.

There are many other factors that may have played a role, however, from Curtis’s drug use to the strain on his marriage brought about by his affair with a Belgian journalist. Whatever his reasons, Ian Curtis took his own life just two days prior to Joy Division’s planned departure on a potentially career-changing tour of the United States. Two months after Curtis committed suicide on this day in 1980, the surviving members of Joy Division fulfilled a promise they’d made to one another by retiring their group’s name and continuing on through the 1980s under the name New Order.

I have always loved Joy Division/New Order’s music. This is one of my faves:

Topics: HHH | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Overnight Thread”

  1. realwest Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Howdy Wyatt! I dislike Facebook, Twitter and the other “social media” (other than blogs and e-mails) but I have no idea at all as to what the “like” icon is, but it’s absolutely STUPID to name your kid after an icon in the social media.
    Course, I’m also sorta surprised she’d compare “icons” like, say Moses,with a facebook icon.
    But then again, she doesn’t appear to be the sharpest knife in the drawer!

    HEY, how is your fight with cellulitis coming along? How are you feeling, Wyatt?

  2. L Frame S&W Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I was on facebook for about 2 weeks, because much of my family was on it. After two weeks of reading a post every time one of my nephews was taking a shower, I dumped it as a waste of time. Sure I’m glad you shower kid, but I don’t need to be informed about when you are doing it.

    I was very surprised a few years ago that no mother named her child Fahrfignugen (sp?) after the Volkswagen commercial. What’s wrong with normal names like Buffy or Biff?

  3. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I don’t see what the big deal is, in ten years she’ll be sitting in a school cafeteria with You’ve Got Mail Müller and Flickr Schmidt.

  4. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    ”If once people gave Biblical names and that was the icon, then today [the Like] is one of the most famous icons in the world.”

    Totally Insane… This couple probably that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were the first Bloggers.

  5. BlackOrchid Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    WOW Love love love Joy Division! thanks Wyatt!

    Hope your cellulitis is better – I kept forgetting to ask!

    These people – the naming – I have no words. Just silly. I do use FB tho. It’s kind of really boring and irritating, but useful to keep up with the other moms and share pix and whatnot.

    How about those elections huh? Kind of boring. But, no more Rizzo Jr or Margie to kick around anymore, which is kind of good news, no?

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Real – 90% back. Rash and pain are gone, as is the fever. Thanks.

    L Frame – Or Adolf?

    Mrs. Crankipants – MySpace Janzen will be ostracized, though.

    Ferrell – Matthew had great weekend caption contests!

    Orchid – It’s fantastic news! And Henon is a big supporter of the DROP program, so maybe the police and firefighters won’t get screwed out of it?

  7. Brian Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Speaking of icons Wyatt …
    Anyway , good to hear you’re on the mend.
    My Facebook time ended when high school buds started dropping to much info that was abruptly captured and married to embarrassing pics by the kids. I figured I didn’t need to go online and get that abuse when there was already plenty at home.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Brian – I think it’s a decent resource for people, but the abusers just ruin it. No one cares where you’re eating right now!

  9. Ranba Ral Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Part of the key of a good facebook experience is having friends who aren’t idiots. I got on it to keep in touch with friends deployed overseas, since the facebook connection tended to be more consistently reliable than their military email accounts. The most spammy thing I get on mine is when we find something amusingly stupid on the internet.

    Also, small tip: be careful when searching for Joy Division. Was looking for an album cover of theirs for a friend, and found out it’s also the name of a hentai artist.

  10. Kim Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I’m on facebook. I use it to keep up with what is going on in friends lives. (Such as a second, emergency open heart surgery of my SIL’s best friend.)

    I also, guiltily, play a couple of games and am working my way towards world domination.

    As for baby names, I think we will name our next child either Wyatt or Wyatina.