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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Coworking From Afar

This post is sponsored by Skype. It's time to say more and stay human. It's time for Skype.

Jane and Edith don't live on the same coast. But they work together. A lot. So they emailed back and forth about the different ways they communicate.

Edith: SO. We work on this website together, but you're in LA and I'm in New York. What would we do without instant messaging, a.k.a. the greatest and most important thing ever invented? I wonder what our total chat word count would be. "[Big number]." "Wow that's pretty high!" Okay maybe I scratched that brief itch. Do you like chatting with me all day every day???

Jane: Honestly, when I turn on my computer in the morning and you're not logged in to iChat or Gchat or whateverchat, I kind of freak out? Liiiike, maybe you made yourself invisible because you're sick of my nonsense about the latest Rick Ross video on WorldStarHipHop.com or something. I don't HAVE to send you that stuff, but really it's all I WANT to do. So I just feel better when you're signed on and available even though your response to any of my news is "I know!" because you live in the future compared to me and you've also been up since 6 a.m.

This post is already not making any sense, just like our chats all day.

Edith: Hahaha. Jane!! 1) I'm never not logged in, always invisible and there FOR YOU (always the bridesmaid, never the not-logged-in person?). 2) I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST RICK ROSS VIDEO!!! You know that!

Also we video chat about once a week-ish. I like doing that because I like to see your face! At first I tried to look nice in the videos so you wouldn't think I was gross, but then I actually like that you see me in my natural state. You know all my secrets! Actually you, Jane, literally know all of my secrets.

[One minute later] Also our chatbox, which I leave open all day, obviously, is one of my life's most important anchors.

[Two minutes later] Oh also right this is supposed to be about running a business!! I think? Or whatever! Haha. The hours when I'm awake and you're not on the computer yet are lonely.

And I think it's been pretty seamless working so far apart, although I do wish we could be in the same room more — is there anything you wished I did better? Now I'm inundating you with emails, I'm sorry!

Jane: That is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me. You know all my secrets, too! I wish they were juicier lately, but now that I'm getting wifed they're more like "Edith: I am buying wedding shoes right now. Here look at them." Which is the boringest possible chat to send someone. Sorry. But I do try to keep our chats like half work-related and half personal so that you'll stay my friend and also so that you'll think I'm a hard worker and surfing the web — which is my job — rather than surfing the surf, which seems to be a lot of people's jobs out here.

Video chatting is definitely the way to go, though. I feel like we just sit there giggling at each other. Like "What are you eating? Is that a hard-boiled egg? Hahahhahahaha..." That would never be funny over the phone (or right here in this paragraph for that matter) but somehow videochatting is just so base. "Let me see what you are doing." "Now you do something." "Now you do something." If you were my dude, I'd show you my boobs the whole time, so thank goodness you're not and we get some actual discussion and jokes in there among the giggles and eyebrow growing-out updates.

I'M NOT MAKING ANY SENSE TODAY. EDIT AS YOU SEE FIT.

Edith: AHHH I'M TRYING SO HARD TO KEEP THIS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY BUT ALL I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS EYEBROWS. Maybe someday I'll make a list of all the ways you've changed my life.

Jane: Don't do that, that would be weird. But also DO DO THAT, I would be so flattered.

Back to the tech though: I seriously love that videochatting is possible. Remember they had it on The Jetsons and also on every other show that came out of the '60s? And now it's just REALLY everywhere? Doesn't that just blow your mind, though? My little brother lives in Vietnam so we're on opposite time and he'll Facetime me from his iPhone — which I think might be illegal or something over there, whoops — at midnight my time when I'm all drunk and he's just starting his day and it feels like magic every single time. Now we need that thing that picks out the perfect outfit for you and instantly cooks any meal you want.

Edith: Yes! And flying cars. Wait actually flying cars would be really scary. It's much safer to just stay inside and instant message! Send me a link to the shoes!

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137 Comments / Post A Comment

joythemanatee

Video calls are the greatest thing ever invented! One of my favoritist things is skyping with my 90 year old grandma... and then she started IMing me smiley faces, and it all got 1000 times better.

joythemanatee

@joythemanatee Wait, I need to add that I did not teach her how to IM! So when I asked her who'd shown her, she just said "well it said right there that I could send you a message, so I tried it" and I am in awe of her brilliance. I hope to be able to cope that well with whatever awesome technologies exist 60 years from now!

teaandcakeordeath

@joythemanatee
I taught my mom to email, and signing off with X's confuses her in a really adorable way. She thinks i've just placed a random letter!

Verity

@teaandcakeordeath Is your mother David Mitchell?

Atheist Watermelon

@Verity "i always just thought people thought I was 10, 20, or 30 years old...!"

teaandcakeordeath

@Verity
I havent seen this, but ha!
I really do love my mother, but it would also be kinda awesome if she was David Mitchell. Adopt me David Mitchell!

The Lady of Shalott

Ahhhhh I love how Jane and Edith's relationship is like what me and my BFF's relationship would be like, if we worked together. But then when I talk with her on the phone I really do giggle about things like "Hahaha, are you eating a hard-boiled egg?"

Dancercise

"She calls it a mayon-egg!"

redheaded&crazy

hehe Jane said "do do"

okaycrochet

@redheaded&crazie That is what I gleaned from this post, too.

Ashley Noel Hinton@twitter

@redheaded&crazie Hello and welcome all to the Great Minds Club.

Xanthophyllippa

@Ashley Noel Hinton@twitter We even have club jackets.

Janestreet

Wifed! What a GREAT verb. Using it forever and ever with getting-married friends. (Did we, the readership of this blog that weirdly kind of knows a lot about your life, not know you were getting married before this? I did not. Anyway, Congrats Jane!)

EpWs

@Janestreet I believe reddit is fond of the phrase "WIFE HER," which I believe is just a different conjugation of wifed. WIFE AS A VERB 4EVA

Jane Marie

@Janestreet Thank you!!! I have written vaguely about it but I should probably tell you guys my engagement story because it is... MORTIFYING.

agba

@Jane Marie Obviously this is required!

iceberg

@Jane Marie Do go on!

Megasus

@Jane Marie How could you hold out on us Jane!?

The Lady of Shalott

@Jane Marie Why are you holding out on us?????

wee_ramekin

@Jane Marie

Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane......! Tell us!

PistolPackinMama

@Jane Marie How have you not already done this. A friend of mine and I decided that engagements are best when they are a tellable narrative. Tell! TELL!

Also, my brother and his wife don't like the terms husband and wife. So they have adapted and now refer to themselves as hugsband and wif. Wif has to be said in a squeaky kind of voice.

Bittersweet

@PistolPackinMama My husband and I can only say those terms in Max and Valerie voices, which of course means I get to say "Liar, Liiiiaaaarrrr!" fairly regularly.

Ellie

@Janestreet Other languages have a word that means literally "to wife," for example in Russian, "жениться." The word for women getting married translates to "go to a man" which I find depressingly sexist though amusingly predictable!

DoctorDisaster

I was trying to decide what the man-version of "wifed" would be, because that is how my brain works. "Husbanded" is awkward, and "spoused" sounds like something that happens later that night, IF YOU TAKE MY MEANING. So I'm just going to go with "man-wifed." It's like "lady doctor," but feminist.

Jane Marie

@DoctorDisaster it's huzzed.

EpWs

@Jane Marie Obviously.

And yesssssss please tell us?

TARDIStime

@Janestreet In Australia a colloquialism for huband is "Hubby"... so "Hubbied"?

Craftastrophies

@Jane Marie The best time I got engaged in a mortifying manner?

The last engagement story I heard turned out to be all about how they nearly got locked in a parking garage because she lost the ticket and it was ALL HER FAULT. I... didn't feel great about their engagement.

sevanetta

@Janestreet Jesus God, please don't spread that abomination of a word, it doesn't need to leave this country. 'hubby' = make me spew

Craftastrophies

@sevanetta Do you have the handyman firm called 'Hire a Hubby' where you are? It makes me WANT TO SMAAAAAAAAASH. SMASH SMASH SMASH SMASH.

sevanetta

@Craftastrophies no, happily I haven't seen it around here yet (regional area). I do cop an eyeful of 'hubby this, hubby that' on facebook though.

Craftastrophies

@sevanetta http://www.hireahubby.com.au/

STAB STAB STAB.

Well, I dunno that 'hubby' is much worse than 'DH'. Although 'hubs' has caused me to hide several people on the booked face.

sevanetta

@Craftastrophies I prefer Twisty's 'My Nigel'. Beautiful

Myrtle

@Jane Marie OBVS this story must be told NOW. (PS-Squee!)

Myrtle

@Ellie "'Wot's wrong with being sexy?"" "Going to a man" is relevant to my interests right Now.

redheaded&crazy

also I'm the only person in my family who doesn't skype on a regular basis. My grandma skypes! I just ... don't have a need for skype? Maybe I do. Maybe if I get skype my life will be more like jane & edith

boyofdestiny

@redheaded&crazie I feel really weird and self-conscious on Skype. I think it combines all the worst elements of talking on the phone, with the added stress of not being able to like, pick your nose or roll your eyes.

missupright

@redheaded&crazie Skype is really fucking good if you're far away. I Skype pretty much all of the time, because I have no friends in this country (Any Paris people who want to be my friend? BE MY FRIEND, my best girl just left for 'merica and now I'm all mopey and sad!) But Skype. Yes. Skype is good for talking and having a vague sense of people who like you being quite close.

chickaboom

@redheaded&crazie UM hello fellow paris 'pinner?!?!? we tried to get a pin up going back in november but it never happened! (actually it's a funny story what really happened, which is that me and my friend here in paris got stood up by strangers on the internet and finished an entire giant pitcher of sangria we had ordered, having assumed the strangers from the internet would not stand us up). let's be friends!

more topically, i am mixed about skype. i am also mixed about long distance relationships. these things might be related.

Megasus

@redheaded&crazie I don't skype either

@serenityfound

@redheaded&crazie @boyofdestiny Thank god! I was starting to feel like a freak for not liking to video chat. I think the biggest advantage IM has over video chat is that you can take long pauses then come back to the conversation without it getting super awkward.

Megasus

@@serenityfound Ugh, my ex refused to believe this was a reasonable thing, so like, every time I asked him to do something he'd be like "But I"m talking to someone" and I'd be like "YOU CAN DO YOUR DISHES AND THEN COME BACK!!!" It still fills me with rage, obviously.

sarah girl

@redheaded&crazie I'm not a big fan of Skype, either (I also don't have a webcam right now). I've done it once or twice, but it just felt... creepy? Although it was really helpful when a friend in another state was helping me fix my computer cable after my pet chewed on the it, so I could hold the cable up to the camera and show him exactly what was going on.

redheaded&crazy

@boyofdestiny this is definitely part of it! when I'm video chatting, I spend most of the time trying to look my most attractivest, an activity which invariably fails as my webcam seems to default to "double chinniest" setting.

I always see my old university friends setting up skype dates on facebook and think maybe I would have kept in better touch with them if I did that? but I find setting up skype dates on fb walls weirdly obnoxious and (more importantly and less random subjective has no basis in reality-ly) ineffective.

frigwiggin

@@serenityfound Right??? I hate video chat because, to me at least, I can't concentrate on anything else, and just leaving it open while doing other things makes me feel so awkward and weird. STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO MEEEEEEEEE WHILE I CATCH UP ON GOOGLE READER (I may have had a boyfriend in college who was into this. I don't want anybody staring at my slackjawed internet-reading face!)

redheaded&crazy

although i like to think i have rolling eye power x 100 - the kind you can hear over the phone

missupright

@chickaboom Oh my god, please do let's be friends, I've got hardly any friends in this country! Pin-up! I WILL NOT STAND YOU UP!

@serenityfound

@frigwiggin UGH. I had a boyfriend in college who was that way, too! We'd be talking and then it would kind of wind down, so I'd want to start doing something else. But he'd just kind of....sit there? It was super awkward, as were a lot of things about that (long-distance) relationship.

Megasus

@redheaded&crazie People are actually getting more chin implants/sculpting now because of video chats! It's mostly because the cameras are at unflattering angles for most people (I have discovered after much trial and error, that I must be shot dead on or slightly above for the least fat chin nightmares).

BoozinSusan

@boyofdestiny Talking about not being able to do stuff like pick your nose or roll your eyes -- I recently had a Skype chat for an hour or two with a French friend, and they didn't show that he could actually see me (the little video box in the corner didn't come up), so when, after an hour or so, he said he could see me, I had a moment of horror thinking, "SHIT! Did I pick my nose?!" He, reading my thoughts, assured me: "Don't worry, you haven't picked your nose or anything."
And that's why we are friends.

chirdia

@missupright No wait you guys have a Paris pin-up when I'm there too! Between May 30 and June 18! Schedule your social outings around my pre-existing travel itinerary!

chickaboom

@chirdia @missupright ahh! okay SO the truth is that my year here is over on june 2 and i fly back to the old u.s. of a.! but all of my friends have already left so i'd totally be down for a pin up... i just think i'll be packing and/or flying out of the country during your travel itinerary, @chirdia!

meetapossum

@Megano! My friends were working out via Google hangouts and some of us were watching them (this sounds totally creepy as I write it, but it was their idea!), and I discovered the best angle is sitting against the backboard of my bed with my laptop on my knees. And these are people I see on a regular basis, so they have probably already seen me making stupid faces/being drunk/not showered, but I still get self-conscious.

chirdia

@chickaboom SAD! In that case just chill with @missupright for the next two weeks

Tragically Ludicrous

@missupright yeah, I use Skype because I moved to the Netherlands. But I only use it to call my mom pretty much, as my phone doesn't call international and even if it did that would be way too expensive. My mom doesn't care how I look like. (Well, as long as I don't look beat up or anything.) (Although I do try to not wear my pajamas.)

Verity

I don't really like Skype - it makes me feel awkward, and all "MUST HAVE INTERESTING THINGS TO SAY", and just ends up in lots of weird silences. I only really Skype my boyfriend, as we're apart a lot, and I much prefer messaging each other on Facebook. (We can talk fine when we're in the same room! Skype just produces a lot of awkward silences.)

Craftastrophies

@Verity I don't either. I should - it would mean I get to talk to my sister in Ireland. But I need to get a mic set up and it's... complicated. I think I'll skip the webcam altogether. I am just unenthused about the whole thing. Maybe I can hold out until my phone contract is up in a year and get an iPhone and facetime...

missupright

@chickaboom My year here is over on July 15th, probably, and my friends have left, so PIN UP BEFORE EVERYBODY LEAVES. Are there any more Paris 'pinners?

chickaboom

@missupright maybe! i just took a look at the googlegroup and apparently there are a few of us now! where was everybody in november, hmmm? anyway: i just posted, let's make this happen. https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/hairpin_pinups/6fKHMALDrow

dham

I really like / relate to the part in Infinite Jest where video-chatting is invented, but people immediately are uncomfortable and start buying avatars to replace their expressions.

On the other hand, this was so sweet! Friend-love is the best.

nina

@dham Infinite Jest is what I think about every time my family (who live 7000 miles away) try to get me to skype

dham

@nina "BUT WHY, WITHIN LIKE 16 MONTHS OR 5 SALES QUARTERS, THE TUMESCENT DEMAND CURVE FOR ‘VIDEOPHONY’ SUDDENLY COLLAPSED LIKE A KICKED TENT, SO THAT BY THE YEAR OF THE DEPEND ADILT UNDERGARMENT, FEWER THAN 10% OF ALL PRIVATE TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS UTILIZED ANY VIDEO-IMAGE-FIBER DATA-TRANSFERS OR COINCIDENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE AVERAGE U.S. PHONE-USER DECIDING THAT S/HE ACTUALLY PREFERRED THE RETROGRADE OLD LOW-TECH BELL-ERA VOICE-ONLY TELEPHONIC INTERFACE AFTER ALL, A PREFERENTIAL ABOUT-FACE THAT COST A GOOD MANY PRECIPITANT VIDEO-TELEPHONY-RELATED ENTREPRENEURS THEIR SHIRTS, PLUS DESTABILIZING TWO HIGHLY RESPECTED MUTUAL FUNDS THAT HAD GROUND-FLOORED HEAVILY IN VIDEO-PHONE TECHNOLOGY, AND VERY NEARLY WIPING OUT THE MARYLAND STATE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM’S FREDDIE-MAC FUND, A FUND WHOSE ADMINISTRATOR’S MISTRESS’S BROTHER HAD BEEN AN ALMOST MANIACALLY PRECIPITANT VIDEO-PHONE-TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR…AND BUT SO WHY THE ABRUPT CONSUMER RETREAT BACK TO GOOD OLD VOICE-ONLY TELEPHONY?"

dham

@dham I know internet shouting is a faux-pas, but it's great how Wallace's style approximates spam, here

chickaboom

@dham i love facetime but this is what i thought of as soon as i got my iphone .... and thank you for retrieving this quote.

myrna.minkoff

"What are you eating? Is that a hard-boiled egg? Hahahhahahaha..."

I was peeling one as I read this. How did you know?

iceberg

1) Edith and Jane are adorable and I am jealous of their bestie-ness!

2) We do FaceTime and Skype video chatting with our mums so they can see and talk to the babies. The babies love it, they squeal and swarm the iPad in their attempts to lovingly smear pasta sauce on their grannies faces, but also it's totally normal for them, whereas for us it would have been totally unthinkably futuristic when we were little kids. My mother-in-law says they'll get the shock of their lives when they meet her and realize she doesn't live inside the iPad.

chirdia

@iceberg I used to FaceTime with my mom so she could see and talk to MY CAT, not joking

iceberg

@chirdia aww.

Verity

@iceberg My boyfriend's brother and his wife and baby live in Australia (we're in England), and they Skype the family a lot. My boyfriend's nephew loves Skype and will wave at the screen; like with your babies, it's completely normal to him.

Myrtle

@chirdia Just like the VHS revolution owed its assimilation to porn, do we find the Internet continues to be indebted to cats.

Megasus

Plus everyone should have a sassy robot maid by now, gawd.

noodlestein

@Megano!, I could go for a robot maid, for sure - sassiness optional, but preferred.

Daisy Razor

@Megano! My roomba is kind of sassy!

laurel

@Daisy Razor Does it DJ?

HelloTitty

FaceTime is now at the core of 75% of my relationships. I see my sister every day now; 7pm my time, midnight her time. We actually have a relationship now. Last night I FT'd with my BFF while we made dinner in our respective kitchens. "That burger looks good!" "Those pork chops look good!" "Don't let your cat lick the can in the sink, she'll cut her tongue!" Even my Mom videochats with me and she lives 20 minutes away.

Janestreet

@HelloTitty There is nothing as great as a drunk FT from one's siblings.

punkahontas

@HelloTitty Both my sisters have cute babies that I don't get to hang out with enough, but the older nephew (17 months) is starting to understand Facetime. Now I can interact with him even though he doesn't talk yet.

Yesterday I got him to do his hilarious impression of the Incredible Hulk at my command. Also, he showed me the location of both his nose, and mine. It was so great.

stuffisthings

@HelloTitty I'm sure by "FaceTime" you meant the software made by the company that paid for this post, and therefore for some % of the Hairpin, which is Skype. Right?

HelloTitty

@stuffisthings Ummm...yes, of course that's right. Skkyyyyppppeeee.

Verity

@punkahontas That is the best thing to do with nephews. ("Where's James's nose? Where's Auntie Verity's nose?" And then he points and it's adorable.)

Myrtle

@stuffisthings I do love Skype. I wish we'd had it as kids, as we grew up so far away from our relatives... I watched a guy in the US buy an iPad and the first thing he did was download Skype and call up his girlfriend in Germany, who hadn't been able to make the trip. Technology can be so great!

area@twitter

I do regular Skype calls (once or twice a week) with some friends from college- we get online together and play a multiplayer game of some sort while we're chatting. It's a lot of fun and keeps us all in touch- not quite like sitting at the same table in the college cafeteria, but close. And going on FaceTime to chat with faraway family and grandkids has become a ritual during holidays at my folks' house. ADORABLE.

noodlestein

@area@twitter, see, I've always wanted to set up somthing like this with my BFFs, but some of us have shitty internet connections, so everyone ends up looking like Max Hedroom with all the lagging and pausing. I really need to upgrade my system.

area@twitter

@noodlestein I'm not an expert, but turn-based stuff might alleviate some of the connection issues? We've been playing Civilization 5 in co-op for months now. (Delicious Civ.) Also, highly, highly recommend Steam for group gaming, makes everything involved a whole lot easier.

TARDIStime

@area@twitter My partner's family all use Xbox Live to kill each other multiple times on Halo. I'm sure it's what they'd all be doing if they were in the same house anyway - it's like my partner's Rotterdam-located brother is in our living room, it's odd but totally adorbz!

ohyeahmetoo

i don't video chat because i don't have a webcam. also, what do you use for a mic?
i would like to start doing this since my best friend and her kids live very very far away and we have a had time keeping in touch.
is there some camera/mic combo that works for people who don't have that stuff built in? like for a desktop pc.

leonstj

@ohyeahmetoo - I thought I couldnt use skype at work, and then one day someone was like "well you won't have video, but just try it! I bet there is a microphone in your laptop!"

And it turns out there is (WHERE ARE YOU!?!?! It hears me, and I don't even know how). And now I feel more and more like one of the olds, because how is this machine listening to me?

SarahP

@ohyeahmetoo I think most webcams come with mics built-in.

ohyeahmetoo

@leon.saintjean that is awesome and scary. unfortunately my laptop is pretty ancient and doesn't seem to have that capability and my desktop is wonderful but also doesn't. i know you can buy those nerdy headsets or something or a separate mic and video thing or maybe use a digital camera as a webcam, but i haven't tried these things in so long and sort of just wish someone would say, "do this, you don't have to buy anything expensive" and then i would do it and everything would be great.

ohyeahmetoo

@SarahP noted, thanks. i will check that out i guess. the last time i tried to do voice over internet was like 14 years ago and there was a delay and it was miserable and most of me expects it to be the same now, which i guess is why i haven't bothered to figure this out yet.

Reginal T. Squirge

@leon.saintjean First, black tape over the webcam on the laptop, which I've done. Second, you can disable any built-in external mics through the "recording devices" options on your computer.

Reginal T. Squirge

@Reginal T. Squirge Just realized that "built-in external" makes no sense. I mean microphones that you can't easily remove from your computer but record sound coming from outside the computer.

stuffisthings

@Reginal T. Squirge Are there microphones that record what's happening INSIDE your computer? Cause that would be cool. ("WHIRRRRRRRRRRRRR")

Marquise de Morville

@stuffisthings There are, I skyped my friend the other day and what I thought was someone vacuuming close by was the noise of her processor/fan.

Reginal T. Squirge

@stuffisthings The sounds are coming from INSIDE the computer?

I'm not so good at words today.

joythemanatee

@ohyeahmetoo Way late to the party, but yea, I bought a camera / microphone thingi from amazon for $75. It plugs in with a USB, no installation crap necessary, and works splendidly.

ohyeahmetoo

@joythemanatee thanks, and for update i picked up a logitech one that was on sale at bestbuy for $30 and it seems to work great (haven't really tried out the sound but the camera is oddly flattering and i feel like i've been let in on a secret i should have known about long ago).

thebestjasmine

A friend of mine who I chat with all day most days (who will recognize herself in this comment) was off gchat all day one day last week and I seriously thought that maybe she was at the hospital or something because I had no warning in advance.

Daisy Razor

@thebestjasmine Ah hahaha, I guess now I don't need to make a comment saying "So this is @thebestjasmine's and my life, basically."

Also, I promise to inform you when I'm going to be out having a real life from now on.

Craftastrophies

@thebestjasmine I had last Wednesday off sick and my bff texted me to check I wasn't dead. She's off today (she warned me first) and I am bereft. Finding it very hard to work without having that to distract me. Is that wrong?

MoonBat

Jane, we ALL want (yes, we do!)links to your wedding shoes!

Jane Marie

@MoonBat fiiiiine :) (so happy you asked!) i got them for even cheaper and I know they're still really expensive, but I'm not spending a ton on other stuff? okay, enough excuses: et voila!

mlle.gateau

@Jane Marie Your wedding shoes are maybe the best wedding shoes. SO CLASSY!

Reginal T. Squirge

@Jane Marie $159 is really expensive for shoes?

MoonBat

@Jane Marie Can't speak. Overcome with shoe envy. These are soooooo graceful and beautiful. Like you!

iceberg

@Jane Marie Very beautiful, and worth the $, not too much for wedding shoes.

Jane Marie

@Reginal T. Squirge it seems like a lot for shoes you wouldn't buy otherwise, doesn't it? i don't know, i've lost all perspective :) THANKS GUYS! they really are very pretty.

Jane Marie

@MoonBat thank you! *blushing*

laurel

@Jane Marie Sooo, so pretty. Swoopy, fluttery yet poised, somehow.

Reginal T. Squirge

@Jane Marie I think I might be spending too much on my shoes. And not enough on pants, according to The Billfold.

TARDIStime

@Jane Marie Lovely - and the soles look like they'll hold together. Having not thought and bought shoes with crappy soles, I can vouch for making sure that your pair will be worth the extra if they'll hold up in light rain showers (justincaseofcourseyou'llhaveperfectweather).

Nicole Cliffe

@Jane Marie YUMMMM

joythemanatee

@Jane Marie My wedding shoes were from Badgley Mischka, too!!! Different look, but same deal with the leather lining and satin upper. SO SO SO worth it! I seriously ordered 23 pairs and sent 22 back. All the other ones were just satin over crap, and hurt or pinched somewhere instantly. I literally danced the night away in these!! I put them on at 2pm and did not take them off until 3am. And we were waltzing for hourrrsss. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOu!

Anji

I'm not a Skyper - unless someone else needs or wants to talk to me and doesn't use any other service - but goddamn am I the ninja mistress of AOL Instant Messenger.

sophi

Do other people still use aim? I use it to talk to my two bffs (since one of them lives on the east coast and one of them lies in the west coast and I live smack dab in the middle so I never get to see either of them) basically every day, but I always feel kind of dumb admitting that to other people, because I get the impression that it's kind of uncool? I have this feeling that everyone else uses gchat and they're all gchatting away without me, but aim is just more practical because I don't have to worry about accidentally closing the tab or missing an im because I have too many windows open or whatever. Am I just uncool?

Anji

@sophi I do, I do! I use gchat too, but AIM is a lot more practical for me because my computer actually remembers to flash the incoming IM window when I have a new one.

themmases

@sophi I use it. I never really liked the way Gchat worked with any of my browsers (well, I never tried it on Chrome but whatever). And I've had Gmail for a long time and didn't want all my ex roommates and old bosses people I did one group project with clogging up the list. Actually, there's probably a way to fix that too that I just didn't like Gchat enough to figure out.

Except, I access the account through Pidgin. AIM always worked really, really poorly for me once they updated it to have those tabs in the chat window.

@serenityfound

@sophi I use AIM! Mostly through iChat, though, unless I'm on my iPod or work computer. Is it uncool? Did I miss something? Should we bring back Trillian?

elizabeast

@sophi I still use AIM, but I use it through gchat or ichat because you can just funnel all your accounts into one chat there. Apparently there are people in the world who never, ever bothered to sign into their AIM account on ichat or gchat. Those people are weird.

Side note, I realized my AIM screen name will turn 10 next year. I kind of want to throw it a party!

Megasus

@elizabeast Wait can I funnel my MSN through there? I only just figured out that Google Talk/G Chat is what everyone is doing now.
Also Trillian!!! I remember those days.

Jane Marie

@sophi i use it through iChat, yep!

sophi

@elizabeast my aim screenname is going to be 10 years old next year too, which is kind of mindblowing.

@serenityfound

@sophi @elizabeast I think my AIM one turns 13 or 14 this year. Holy moley. This one, though, is a baby at...7.

anachronistique

@sophi Hell yeah I use it. Gchat is for work, AIM is for home, and never the twain shall meet.

sevanetta

@sophi oh god, you just made me realise that my name sevanetta is 10 years old. ohgodohgodohgod

elizabeast

So my sister uses something called oovoo? She's fourteen and basically all she does is leave the window in the corner of her screen and she and her friends just ignore eachother? And then they talk every few minutes, mostly to say "What's that song you're listening to?" and "What is that sound?!" IT IS THE WEIRDEST THING EVER.

automaticdoor

@elizabeast Oh my god, my sister too! Same age. Wow.

elizabeast

@automaticdoor What is the deal with that?! I ask her all the time and she acts like it's not a completely ridiculous thing to do.

LRMG

This post, so relevant to my interests! I work from home with just one other coworker (my boss) so we Skype, chat etc. I did wish I had someone to giggle with on chat but instead I just go bug my husband who also works from home. But all this technology cracks me up, I can't quite believe this is what I do for a living. However! I do wish Skype was kinder to pale people. If I am sitting in front of the window with light coming in - full on Caspar effect.

Heat Signature

I just now decided that if/when I ever Skype/video chat, I'm going to wear those braids made from nylons, found on yesterday's "Stunning Nuts" post.

Xanthophyllippa

@Heat Signature I did a 5-mile race yesterday with costumes and one of my teammates wore tights on his head, letting the legs dangle down his back. It was stunning.

living internationally

My parents skype my baby nephews all the time and take snapshots of their chats all the time. This means they now have a folder of photos of my nephews which is like a flip book of them growing up. It's adorable.

I may have only felt the need to share this because my nephews and I will be in the same city for the next 2 days and I AM EXCITED.

stuffisthings

I have the most love-hate relationship with Skype. On the one hand, it is the glue that holds my temporarily transatlantic relationship together. But it also has so much trouble maintaining a stable connection between Paris and DC, you wonder how anybody more than 50 miles from a major world capital ever gets a call through...

BoozinSusan

I'm not sure if anyone else posted about this, but am I the only one interested in "growing out your eyebrows?" Are you going au naturel for your wedding, Jane?

TARDIStime

@BoozinSusan link to eye brows, Jane!!!

fuck fuck fuck

hahaha my boyfriend ALWAYS asks me to take my boobs out when we skype.

stuffisthings

@lighter fluid My girlfriend does that too (I am a Dude).

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