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November 9, 2011

How I’m not wasting time on the internet

Just so you know, I wasn’t kidding about Disneyworld next week.  Lest you think it’s some sort of impulse purchase (believe  me, I don’t have an impulse-buy bone in my body), going to Disneyworld is the reward I’ve been planning for about two years if I could finish a thesis-related paper and get it accepted to this conference next week.  I did and so I’m going, along with my parents who couldn’t stand the thought of missing Addison’s first Disney adventure.

Of course, what this really means is that I have just about one week to get back up to speed on a paper I’ve barely glanced at in six months and craft a non-boring (read: no dry academia-speak) presentation about it (this is a practitioner-oriented conference, which is important to me because I want my work to be practical and applied and actually help people in jail/prison).  Based on our care-taking schedule (which must be observed at all costs to keep Neal from going off the rails), I only have about four hours each morning.  That sounds like a lot of time, but in practice, it feels difficult to transition from “The Wheels on the Bus,” barnyard animal sounds, and endless bubble baths to my work . . . and then back again a few hours later.  I am only beginning to see just how similar my work style is to my father’s — famed for his 24-hour-plus workdays with barely any food or drink and no sleep — it can take us a long time to get going, but once we’re in “the zone,” we can stay focused for irrationally long periods of time.

In case you were wondering, I’m still in the “long time getting going” phase.  And I have been since Monday.  It turns out there’s just so many interesting things on the internet.  Did you know that?  Have you heard about the internet?

I just listened to this Manners for the Digital Age brief podcast debating the etiquette around posting pictures of other people’s kids on the internet.  The moderators each had differing views, so it was kind of interesting to hear their perspectives.  It’s a dilemma I’ve faced as well.  And really, not just with kids’ pictures.  Some adults are finicky about internet pictures as well.  I’ll tell you my rules of thumb in the comments if you tell me yours.  I’m really curious . . . (as opposed to just postponing the inevitable presentation prep, which I’m not doing, at all . . . I swear.)



  1. Not appropriate, don’t even try. 🙂

    Comment by Elizabeth — November 9, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    • Are you referring to kids or adults as well? I know you are a little bit gun-shy about your ACTUAL image being posted online…

      Comment by llcall — November 10, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

      • Well, the firmness of my reply was in jest, but I do think before posting pictures of kids or adults, it would be best to ask for permission. Even putting aside matters of privacy and safety, few individuals want to have a gross-o shot publicly immortalized. You’ll just have to take my word for that since I’m sure you can’t relate. 🙂

        Comment by Elizabeth — November 11, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Have a great time!
    As for the pictures, I figure if a persons picture is already posted on a public site(by them or their parent), then I think it’s okay. The photo can’t be embarrasing or hurtful.

    Comment by enelo — November 10, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    • I’m with you. I look to whether the parent posts pics of their kids on a public blog, although I’ve ended up being a terrible picture-taker so it’s been sort of moot most of the time. In terms of the podcast though, I agree with the person who called in that if a parent doesn’t want their kid in a group birthday photo or something, they should take the initiative to take their kid out of the photos. I don’t really see the harm in kids being in group photos, especially if they are not identified by name, but if someone feels that strongly about it they should make sure their child is out of the photo.

      Comment by llcall — November 11, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

  3. Dear LLCall,

    The Internet– it is fascinating. At the risk of derailing schedules (which the Call Family did frequently. Neal’s been exposed, & it didn’t prevent him fr accomplishing!), try Googling “The Duggars: training ‘quiet & still time'” at age 15-17 months +. I await your thoughts and report!


    Comment by Lorie Call — November 13, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    • Interesting idea. My mom used to make Chris and I sit still, not talk, and stare at each other when we were bad — it usually ended up being fun.

      Comment by llcall — November 13, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

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