The main thing I did on the internet this week was take a huge dump on something that millions of people read, and hundreds of thousands of people thought was inspiring enough to "like" on Facebook. I even went on an internet TV show thingy to further promote disdain for the allegedly inspiring blog post in question, as well as its creator.
And yet, my heart is not made of stone. I can be moved and inspired by things, even if lots of other people like them.
Cases in point:The Oatmeal makes fun of desperate Facebook-love seekers, but the bigger message is that we should actually create cool stuff that makes people want to share it instead of just browbeating them into clicking "like." Inspiring.
Music from this old cat's youth reanimates him. So cool. There's something about old black guys that makes me immediately weepy. It's probably racist. You do the math. Also, Oliver Sacks is the most badass neurologist ever.
There are a lot of things about Libertarians that I find a little scary and crazy. But fighting for our right to drink (and cook with) 4 Loko is something we can all get behind. This inspires me to cherish and defend our basic liberties. The video features Kennedy from the Music TV channel. Remember that thing?
You've probably seen this. I had heard the title, Caine's Arcade, mentioned a lot during the last few days, and was, of course, skeptical. But then I watched it, and, I'm ashamed to admit, I got choked up at about four different points. I showed it to my wife, thinking that it wouldn't affect me so much when I watched it for the second time, but when Caine says, "I felt proud" in the end, I made an ugly gasping sound that caused my wife some concern.
Finally, I have to give another shout-out to my pal, The Didactic Pirate, who rocked the dadblogging world with his coming-out-to-the-internet story. Read it if you haven't yet.
But even better than that is the post he wrote for DadCentric a couple days later, telling the story of how he came out to his daughter. It's poignant despite of, or maybe because of, its simplicity and elegance. It's absolutely perfect. And if you don't get snotty while reading the comments, then you are a monster. As is the case with Caine's Arcade, the public support is every bit as moving as the thing itself.