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“Die Churp Die” and other distractions ie: Zombie Klout

I have a very active imagination, I create wonderful “what if” scenarios inside my mind complete with multicoloured layers of alternate realities. This can be a good thing as it enables me to visualise work that I need to make and I can quickly fill pages of my visual diary with ideas that will keep me happy in the studio for months.

This can also be a bad thing as when I am feeling especially maudlin, I can spend an inordinate amount of time brooding on possible futures for my family, all of them grim, and so my mood plummets. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Autism don’t make for happy daydreams.

I try not to think of the long term ramifications of my daughter dislocating her good knee yesterday. I try to block memories of a particularly harrowing post, written by my bendy cyber daughter in England from my mind, as the thought of a dislocating trachea is just too horrible to contemplate. Yet it happens to my bendy girl and I worry.

I must not allow myself to dwell on all the medical problems that beset my family, my sons anxiety, his high blood pressure at 17, his pain. The fact that my husband at 48 years old, requires slow release morphine patchesΒ  in order to walk, and as I wrote those very words on this blog , The Spouse came into the kitchen to say good morning and as he kissed me, his right hip dislocated and then his left decided to do the same. The Spouse has gone back to his bed to lie down until his morning nausea abates, then he will get up and push through his pain barriers and finish building his new garage, from timber he milled himself. And I will gently chide him for working too hard, knowing that his pride will not allow the pain to win and also knowing that tomorrow he will be in slightly more pain that he was today.

I need distractions from my reality otherwise I too will begin to fall apart.

And this is where you come into play, internet.

You are my escapism.

Twitter provides me with countless hours of escapism. News links to all the current events that interest me. I follow the Occupy Wall Street movement closely, I keep an eye on various anonymous news feeds, I follow human rights abuses here and abroad. I subscribe to prostitutes and politicians, skeptics and believers, anonymous street artists and the world’s great museums and they all keep my mind occupied.

My Die Churp Die twitter revolution, complete with its own #occupychurp hashtag and catchy graphic designed by the inimitable Zoey from Goodgoogs, is an attempt to entertain myself, whilst not so subtly pointing out that I think my fellow tweeters are worth much more, than the few cents churpingΒ  promoted tweets will provide.

But this is only my opinion and my opinion is only one amongst the millions. If you don’t like what I am saying on twitter, please unfollow me rather than send me snarky emails with dodgy hotmail addresses.

My dislike of the principles behind churp are as inconsequential in the scheme of things as my love of Zombie Klout. But if pressed, I will admit thatΒ  it is the complete lack of originality in the churp churp logo that offends me the most.

I am a hypocrite of the first order as I will ask you to give me a +K for Zombies and I will tweet those links at the same time as I will use a Die Churp Die avatar. I will retweet links condemning Klout for creating Klout profiles for unauthorised minors, at the same time as I will declare that I am The Great White Crocodile Hunting Zombie Film Maker on Klout.

Why do I do this?

I do these things, simply to amuse myself, internet.

To take my mind off the things that grieve me.

To give myself a few minutes relief from the things in my life that hurt.

It is that simple.

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  • Norlin November 17, 2011, 10:23 am

    Hahaha! Yes…I totally get you Kim! And please…continue with the campaign to kill Churp..KILL! πŸ˜‰

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 2:55 pm

      hehe I will do my best Norlin πŸ™‚

  • Mrs Savage November 17, 2011, 10:45 am

    Well you learn something new everyday, that Klout story’s a little concerning. As an aside thankyou for providing me with some escapism too, your husband sounds as grumpy as mine πŸ˜‰

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 3:00 pm

      Klout has created a profile for my teenage son as well. David’s facebook account is fairly well locked down, but by commenting on my facebook posts he was “picked up” by Klout. Now I have a fairly active online life and I accept the risks that this poses. I highlighted the klout activity for those who are not as comfortable with their details being online as I am. It is a catch 22 situation with Klout and removing your profile from klout isn’t as simple as it should be.

      • Mrs Savage November 17, 2011, 3:18 pm

        I’m still a bit stuck with how much to disclose. I’m torn between what I write affecting my children and wondering whether there will even be such a thing as online anonymity in the future. I guess continually educating yourself is key.

        • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 6:24 pm

          I blog by the rule, that if I am not comfortable reading my words on a billboard outside My Work/My MiLs/My Nanna’s house then I probably shouldn’t say it online.

          It is a tricky one to navigate int he first couple of years of your blogging life, but it does get easier once the blog becomes part of who you are πŸ™‚

          • Mrs Savage November 17, 2011, 6:46 pm

            I’ve been working by the rule of what I wouldn’t say to someone’s face, etc. The billboard analogy’s a great one, thankyou πŸ™‚

  • sharnee November 17, 2011, 11:20 am

    Do people send you snarky emails from hotmail? Wowsers.
    Churp can die – I am 100% with you on that – I do not like it at all and will eventually have to unfollow people if they constantly are tweeting to me that some shit DVD is good etc. I guess we are just up to the joining stages, I don’t think I have actually seen anyone “churp” a link or ad yet.

    You are right though – it’s in my twitter timeline and it’s pollution. I enjoy reading tweets, even if I am not always writing them. It is a fun way to connect to people and to think of advertising attempting to slide into that space drives me crazy.

    Trying to hard not to explode into a sponsored post ranty rage for the last few weeks (it’s going to come out eventually, these things always do). I guess I just think people need to stop being greedy and think a bit harder about what they are doing and WHY. Oh dear, seems my rant is attempting to escape here. Sorry! I will spare you!

    *secret kill churp handshake*,

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 3:02 pm

      You would be surprised how snarky “anonymous” can get Sharnee, and feel free to rant away here anytime you like.

  • sharnee November 17, 2011, 11:24 am

    PS: I wrote a question on the Digi Parents forum a while ago – something like: “Does anyone NOT blog for money/freebies etc?” and got kind of pummelled (by about 85% of people).

  • Achelois November 17, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Kim your imagination and mine are alike, so alike, so very very alike, the meanderings of your mind and mine like twins somedays. Except you are very artistic and my thoughts have no outlet, on lock down. On all fronts, blogging, life bla bla. I imagine being artistic but am stuck right now in more ways than way. I hear you.

    Can’t outlet on twitter very often as don’t have a phone which means I would be permanently stuck to my laptop despite wanting to have an outlet on twitter. sulk. People are silly by the way, I agree if you don’t like it unsubscribe. I am just getting my head around hash tags I am so old hash is something completely different in my mind! Mostly now I just ask my daughter whats trending etc. so jealous. Although worried she has over use injury from her phone. She shouts at me when I say that but she is in denial on that. Its a fact that with EDS normal everyday taken for granted activities cause long term chronic pain from acute injury. Its hard so hard to get the ‘whole’ condition treated.

    Stop worrying so much. By order. Us bendies are strong of mind and spirit. We bounce back. When we can. Our bodies weak yes and some very much weaker than others which is frightening. I agree. I too am on slow release morphine now but have to take tablets as the patches were great for a while then out of the blue gave me unbelievable blinding headaches, moan moan.

    Please stop worrying.

    I love you Kim.

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 3:07 pm

      And I love you as well Achelois. πŸ™‚

      We are going to do a practice run with the livestream in the next couple of days and I will send you the link so that you can watch the wedding. You should also be able to set up a livestream account so that you can comment in a live chat situation. I will keep you posted. xox

  • Amanda November 17, 2011, 5:14 pm

    …and you amuse me at the same time πŸ™‚ You are the zombie klout queen πŸ™‚
    …and if we didn’t have those quirky distractions to divert us, where would our minds go ??

    …oh and I have not yet been inflicted with Chrup or Chrap or Crap or whatever, but I want it dead just the same.

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 6:20 pm

      I will try to make it die, just for you Amanda, you are my partner in Zombie mayhem.

  • river November 17, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I’m confused, (I’m so often confused…), what is Churp? What does it do?

    I’m so glad I’m not on twitter..

  • sleepydwarf November 17, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I’ve seen a few testing the water Churp tweets & wondered what it was all about, so thanks for that link Kim. Dislike!
    Love the avatar πŸ™‚

    I don’t understand the snarky emails from Twitter – like you say, if you don’t like what someone’s tweeting, just unfollow them. Easy!

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 7:59 pm

      Oh some people just like to be the “thought police” Barb and don’t like the fact that I blurt my thoughts out onto the interwebs. I have put the ceramics into the car as well. See you tomorrow πŸ™‚

      • sleepydwarf November 17, 2011, 8:24 pm

        Cool! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Juniordwarf is very excited about getting his egg πŸ™‚

  • Glowless November 17, 2011, 7:26 pm

    The only problem I have right now is that with a few of you having the same avatar I actually have to pay attention. So far I’ve been able to filter out the Churps because my feed moves so fast I barely notice them anyway. I reserve the right to change my mind though.

  • Kek November 17, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I somehow signed up for the damn thing (I blame combined jetlag and menopausal craziness) , but have just un-signed after only a day. It would annoy the bejeezus out of me if my Twitter and Facebook feed was being spammed with this crap, so I’m sure my friends and followers would feel the same.

    Love the avatar!

    • frogpondsrock November 17, 2011, 8:00 pm

      You have a VERY good excuse hehe. Zoey from GoodGoogs designed the avatar, I am rather impressed with it.