March 5th, 2004


An investment in poetry.

This is an idea that developed out of the definition for the word cherish. I just started running with it, because it seemed to fit. It's a fun little jot that reminds me of something from the 1930s... written by a F2M Dorothy Parker on Prozac, perhaps.

I've always been a sucker for the 1930's...

The Banker's Love Poem
by Mark Kraft

Cherish is a word that I hear
means to treat with affection, hold dear,
but if I give of myself all you're due,
am I placing a value on you?

Is it like an investment of sorts?
( not legally binding in courts.)
If I give until you're in my debt
do I wager on a sucker's bet?

It can't really be seen as a loan
for if you default, I don't own.
My mind must be on a sabbatical
to give with no form of collateral.

I can't remit a bill to reclaim
nor can I soley depend on good name,
for you've surely defaulted before
and your credit is middling to poor.

To diversify would be most wise
despite protestations and sighs,
though I fear that my business could tank
should there be a run back at the bank.

I cannot profit if you are a moocher,
so I ask of you, think of the future!
If my feelings you ask me invest,
I should surely expect some interest.

It's a blessing, perhaps, that my love
rains down like small change from above.
Though the accountant in me surely squirms,
I'll grant payments on flexible terms.

Your money is not needed here.
Your heart, priceless, is what I hold dear.
Give to me what you will when you can
for I am not a spreadsheet but a man.

The LiveJournal ancestry meme... an interesting idea which really should be made a part of the software.

The meme is simply to post in your journal who made you get a LiveJournal. Post that person's identity, and if this meme spreads, you'll eventually be able to click through on multiple people and trace your LiveJournal ancestry back to the dusty origins.

I got my LJ because I wanted an online diary, but I didn't want to do all the meticulous work that Justin did. I noticed that womanonfire was using LiveJournal, and I viewed her -- and still do -- as my favorite web designer ever. She was my idea of a good recommendation.

So, if you can trace your LJ origin to me, you are distantly "related" to both Justin Hall and to Auriea Harvey -- you have an excellent pedigree! (If you are, btw, please leave a comment. I would like to know who my children/grandchildren/greatgrandchildren are!)

Chances are good that many of you are distantly related to me and don't even know it, as many of you found LJ -- directly or indirectly -- through its communities. I thought up the idea for them around October of 2000. You might notice that there is also a tendency for people with certain interests to use LJ. It's not entirely a coincidence, as I promoted the site more towards certain people than others. This is especially true when it comes to those who are GLBT, polyamorous, pagan, artists (esp. comic artists), writers, musicians, and open source developers. My thought was that some of these groups would be more likely to help the site grow, while others would be more accepting and inclusive. Encouraging a non-judgemental vibe was very important to me, because so much of the appeal of LJ was what happened when people really opened up about their lives. Reality TV for the internet, perhaps...

I also heavily promoted communities like polyamory and bisexual, which at first were closed and invite-only, back when LJ had only about 40 people who listed polyamory or bisexuality as an interest. Communities were very small at first and needed a bit of help to take off, so I contacted their admins, urging them to make their communities public, then I promoted them to every appropriate maillist and website I could find. I also recruited others to help me do this, to get specific communities listed in search engines, etc.

In that sense, for many I'm not so much a LJ great-grandfather as much as a metagrandfather, really.