Sunday, September 11, 2005

Checklist!!! Checklist!!!

(as the RenReb would say)

OrthoMom — X
Mar Gavriel
Chazarmaveth — X (my fault) »»»UPDATE»»» √*
Alan (not Scott) — √!

= have met in RL
√! = met in RL before knowing about their blog
√* = met in an unplanned situation in RL, stalker-style
√? = pretty sure met in RL, but no independent verification
√~ = communicated with by an RL medium, but no physical encounter
X = almost met in RL


Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

But OrthoMom doesn't really exist, so how could you have almost met her in RL?

(Maybe the solution is this: she almost exists, and this is why you could almost meet her in RL.)

9/11/2005 12:33 PM  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

You'll never catch me!!

9/11/2005 7:25 PM  
Blogger Mirty said...

Come to Texas & you can meet me too!

9/12/2005 3:26 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

Sure Mirty, but will you break out the butter knives for him? That's the real question!

What is considered a RL medium?
The telephone?
Yelling out your window?
A seance (get it MEDIUM...)?

9/12/2005 7:16 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


you're the gingerbread man?

sounds like fun! now i just need a vacation ;-) ...

the telephone is exactly the "RL medium without physical encounter" i was talking about. i originally put instant messaging programs in this category, but Torahumaddachic was vehement that only actual voice communication converts an encounter from online to RL.

9/12/2005 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...


A telephone is not "actual voice communication". That's why you can't be yôtzê Meghillo or Shôfor viâ telephone.

9/12/2005 9:26 PM  
Blogger torahumaddachic said...

I was vehement? Well, I do hold strongly that telephonic convos are more RL than IMs, but as steg points out in his key, there is a hilluk (however small) between RL media and RL.

9/12/2005 9:27 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Steg and TuM chic:

Would you count online voice messaging (e.g. Google Talk and Skype) among Real Life media?

I do love the delineation between real life and the haye ahre that we apparently live the rest of the time. I've always found the terminology quite interesting. Would it reflect a "Realist" perspective? ;-)

Incidentally, Steg, kudos on your coding system. Incidentally, is that a square root sign taking the place of a check mark? And whence came said symbol?

As I once said (and by once I mean now), it's always good to be represented by an exclamation point.

9/12/2005 10:18 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

rrrm... sounds too internet-y to me.
Thanks! And yes, it is a square root sign! I got it by typing option-v with my regular USA keyboard layout on my [MacOSX] computer.

9/13/2005 7:46 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...


9/14/2005 8:45 PM  
Blogger Ayelet said...

How did you manage all those RL meetings? Sometimes I wish we could hold an annual Jewish bloggers convention or something. Maybe if we met in person you could explain to me what your name means and what the hell you're talking about in your profile. I really enjoy your thoughts (except when I don't understand them, because then I just feel like the stupid jerk who doesn't get the joke when everyone's laughing).

9/15/2005 7:47 PM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...


According to your profile, you live in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. This means that you, like 85% of JBloggers, live in New York City. It should be fairly easy for you to arrange an RL-meeting with any of us. (It might be a bit hard to arrange one with Mis-Nagid, though.)

9/15/2005 7:52 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


Well, the ones marked √! were all accidental — i met Josh at a speech in Jerusalem, Mobius and Danya just being around Jerusalem, ADDeRabbi in an undisclosed location, and Alan at shul Friday night.

Amshinover, Mar Gavriel, Torahumaddachic, and almost-OrthoMom and almost-Chazarmaveth were all planned meetings. MoC i talked to over the phone (to get biking advice).

And we don't actually need to meet in person for me to explain my name — "Steg" is a [RealLife] nickname of mine, which just happens to sound like the Yiddish word šteg (my technical spelling of shteg), which means "way" or "path". So in Yiddish, dos iz nit der shteg means "that's not the way".

The profile, on the other hand, is meant to be mysterious ;-)

9/15/2005 9:10 PM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

but how many of them have you seen in their homes,pray tell

9/16/2005 3:21 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


Three of 'em, actually. But you were the first ;-) .

9/16/2005 3:32 PM  
Anonymous a.s. said...

stalker style?

9/18/2005 1:51 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

stalker style = a non-planned, semi-accidental meeting caused by being in the same area as another blogger is known to be found in

9/18/2005 2:02 PM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

And what did the "stalker style" entail? And did it happen only after the list was written?

9/18/2005 8:58 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

It was pretty much just being in the same neighborhood on Shabbos, and looking across the shul on Friday night saying hey! i know that guy! and then going up and saying "hi" after davening. I just added it today.

9/18/2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

blogger stalker... that's kinda creepy.
but i'll let it slide since you seemed normal. enough.

9/26/2005 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Editor said...


Shana Tova!

10/03/2005 1:15 AM  

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