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April 7, 2003

“Blogs save lives”: Stunning story of one man’s rescue from an evident feral nut, via his weblog readership. (Finder’s credit to BoingBoing.) [12:20 PM]
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Comments on "Blogs save lives"::

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 01:03 PM:

Wow. Remind me to start a blog soon...BEFORE I start trying to date "again."

Joe User ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 01:38 PM:

Makes you realize that not all vampires only come out at night....

Scott ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 01:42 PM:

There's definitely a screenplay in this one.

Whistleblower ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 01:48 PM:

Woot!

Accordian Guy's becoming more famous!

Glad I could help!

-Whistleblower

David Wilford ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 02:51 PM:

I'm reminded of David Brin's Accountability Matrix from his book "The Transparent Society", and how the blogger economy fits with the "Tools that let me see what others are up to" and "Tools that let others see what I'm up to".

BTW, besides a screenplay there's certainly a SF convention panel or two (dozen) to be had here also!

Kate Nepveu ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 03:15 PM:

You know, on glancing at your entry, I thought it was something like, "Blogger with nut allergy inadvertently ingests nut while typing a post, readership notices something is weird and calls 911."

Clearly, I got far too little sleep last night.

Seth Gordon ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 03:17 PM:

Oh, sure, some guy with a weblog says his weblog saved him from a nutcase girlfriend, and you all just believe him? Sheesh.

:—)

alkali ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 04:09 PM:

There's definitely a screenplay in this one.

Yes, albeit probably not a good one.

Darkhawk ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 04:12 PM:

If you got too little sleep, Kate, I got too much; that was roughly my thought too. (But I may be biased by my peanut allergy.)

Ulrika ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 06:08 PM:

I don't know about movie scripts, but I kept flashing on the segment of This American Life on pathological liars and the damage they do to the people around them. One woman had already gotten engaged before a credit card company dunned her for thousands of dollars she didn't know she had -- the fiance had taken out a bunch of joint cards and run them up to the limits, to maintain his pose of wealth and ease. Everything she thought she knew about her fiance was a lie.

Even her story wasn't as painful as the adult child of a pathological liar, who had a permanently damaged ability to trust people.

Simon Bradshaw ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 06:24 PM:

Gah. Something incredibly similar happened to a colleague of mine about eight years ago; his new girlfriend seemed perfectly nice and reasonable, and it was only with hindsight (after the Horrible Truth had come out) that I realised she had been very good at evading most detailed discussion of her life, and that what she had said didn't quite hang together.

Six months later I saw her again in a local newspaper. She'd been sentenced to six months in prison for fraud, based at least in part on information gathered from my colleague and his friends.

marty ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 08:49 PM:

anyone see the movie "Catch me if you Can?"

One thing I did note: in his side bars he doesn't list either Electolite or Makinglight. Clearly a terrible oversight.

(did I just make a rhyme??)

julia ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2003, 09:01 PM:

It sounds horrible, but it did make me wonder what on earth they talked about if she managed to convince him she was an expert in a subject he knew something about and she didn't.

Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2003, 06:12 AM:

"There's definitely a screenplay in this one."
"Yes, albeit probably not a good one."
"Six Degrees of Separation" is pretty similar...

Paul Riddell ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2003, 10:53 AM:

Whoo boy. Oh, what I could say if I had the time. Let's just say that while it's possible to be saved from such a nutcase thanks to avid readers, it's also possible to get targeted by a nutcase who _is_ an avid reader. I had one such nutjob calling for six months when I was editing SciFiNow.com back in 2000, and the only reason I escaped was because she was in New York and I was in Dallas. Oh yeah, and she couldn't drive and she had a morbid fear of flying. (And people wonder why I quit writing...)

James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2003, 12:58 PM:

"Everything she thought she knew about her fiance was a lie."

"There's definitely a screenplay in this one."

Wasn't there already a reality-TV show like this?

Bob Webber ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2003, 08:09 PM:

Blogs also remember people's personal information, which is a good thing.

David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2003, 01:03 AM:

I note that one of the TrackBacks is entitled, "Blogging may be hazardous to your health" which strikes me as quite the reverse of this story's moral. Getting romantically involved with evil deceitful parasites is hazardous to your health; blogging may save you.

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2003, 01:55 AM:

(err)
... is niether an art nor a science, but merely a trick.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 14, 2003, 02:16 AM:

I wonder if the drug companies could sue over the use of a trademarked product name in an URL. Our spammer's address uses two . . .

Kris Hasson-Jones ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2003, 10:14 PM:

Comment spam alert!

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: November 23, 2003, 01:03 AM:

... Bastion of Socialism!

David Goldfarb Finds More Comment Spam ::: (view all by) ::: December 24, 2003, 01:08 AM:

When you see a sudden new comment on a thread that's six months or more old, it's likely spam. Sigh.

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: December 24, 2003, 10:48 AM:

Careful, David, you're setting yourself up for nasty messages from Kris Hanson-Jones.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: December 24, 2003, 02:30 PM:

Everybody play nice or there'll be coal in your stockings come morning.

David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: December 26, 2003, 05:12 AM:

I am? How so? (And isn't it "Hasson", not "Hanson"?)

Alan Bostick ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2003, 12:23 PM:

She posted a nastygram to the comments of As I Please shortly after I flagged some comment spam here, which for some reason doesn't show up in my playbook as "playing nice."

Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: December 27, 2003, 09:23 PM:

Alan, I'm not entirely clear on what happened with KHJ in your own weblog--did you delete it?--but here and in Making Light you've both had imperfect control of tone. Where's the friction coming from?