Here comes another opportunity for QueerJoe to be judgmental and insulting.  I think emoticons are ridiculous and are only used by lazy people who don’t care to think enough to write/text what they really feel.

If You Must

When e-mail started to become standard practice within the business community (it was only 15-20 years ago…it’s still amazing to me how we did without it before e-mail), and then instant messaging followed, many large corporations started putting out standards of etiquette for using the new technologies, with useful advice, such as “Don’t replace a conversation that should take place face-to-face with an e-mail or instant message.”
Emoticon - Youre Fired

Now that emoticons have become ubiquitous, even in business settings, I think standards of etiquette need to be put in place as well.

  • Emoticons should only be used to supplement text…to give a tone that can’t easily be conveyed in the words.
  • Responding to someone’s Facebook status of a family tragedy (such as the death of someone close to them) requires more than a sad face.
  • If you really want to be supportive of any problem a friend has texted you, a thoughtful, typed reply is better than an emoticon.
  • If you’re going to be rude enough to text an important message to someone that should be said to them in person, don’t add to the rudeness by adding emoticons.
  • If you’re one of those people that adds “just kidding” after insulting someone even when you’re not “just kidding”, a winkie face emoticon is the same thing.

The other day, someone announced the death of a family member on Facebook (which, even though it was very well written, I didn’t think should be posted on Facebook…just sayin’) and someone actually commented with a 🙁

The least they could have done was a sad teary face.

Any other rules or breaches of emoticon etiquette?

Current Spinning

I made some progress spinning the singles of the British Romney from Carol at Black Bunny Fibers…you remember, the singles I was planning on plying with the Blue Face Leicester.

BBF British Romney 06-12-13

If anyone had asked me prior to now whether I’d ever recommend Romney for spinning, I’d say it was crap fiber, but great to learn on.  I have changed my mind…this shit is fucking AWESOME!

Readers’ Comments/Questions

Thank you all for your ideas and thoughts on leftover remnants of yarn.  While I can’t imagine having the time for any of them (especially when I have tons of non-remnant yarn), I now will have a bit more difficulty disposing of this yarn.

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