I was reading something the other day, and I read a word I had never seen: pwned. So I looked it up. Here is what wikipedia said about it:
The slang term pwn (past tense: pwned, pwn3d, pwnd, pwnt, or "p00n", various pronunciations) as used by the Internet gaming culture, means to defeat an opponent in a video-game in a manner so harsh it is indescribable in words. In this context, to be pwned can be defined as "to be defeated," with the strong connotation of also having been "made a fool of." It is generally used for "friendly taunting" of a player's in-game enemies, and gently "rubbing in" any victories, no matter how fleeting. Most gamers hold the view that to "own" someone is to defeat them well, but to "pwn" them is to hand them a decisive defeat in which one clearly triumphed, and thus, the word "pwn" is seen as the next step above "own". The term has become ubiquitous in Internet circles and now it is often used outside of gaming contexts. For example "We pwned them hardcore in that basketball game," or "that Spartan_Vice is such a n00b, he is constantly getting pwned."
First I would like to say, I want to be part of a sub-culture. Not some sub-cultures. I mean, I don't want to pierce several parts of my body and wear black. Just not for me. And I don't want to be part of a sub-culture that involves doing time or hanging out with "holier than thou" people. Again, not something I can see myself doing. And don't get me started with the treckies. Or is it treckers. I have a prediction: someone will tell me the difference between the two sub-species of humans. Really. And other than wanting to be mated to Worf (Michael Dorn), what was so special about Star Trek?
There are so many sub-cultures. I mean, Lisa (Bored Housewife) seems to go to movies a lot. And I am not talking about just in the theater. Cannes Film Festival. Or was it Sundance? I think it was Sundance. Point is, people who go to these things are part of a sub-culture. She mentioned "Failure to Launch" in her latest blog entry. I have never heard of it. My initial thought, "Is it some vehicle for Viagra product placement?"
Have you seen ZoomInfo, one of the latest in sites that steals from the Internet. Oh, I am sorry, they harvest information that is already out there. This kind of stuff scares the pee out of me. I was going to use the "S word" but that seems so much more vulgar. It just clips stuff and points to it, saying, look, here is information about "so and so." I would recommend looking for yourself on here. I think I have a twin who is a prostitute in Zürich. Who knew there were even prostitutes there!
And then there is Google Blog Search. I don't know what this thing is, but they take blog entries and repost them as if they wrote them. They steal all sorts of stuff. Here is an example of what I mean. I did a post several month ago, and it was stolen, word for word. A really crappy post, but it was mine, and some robot or spider or whatever took it and posted it somewhere else. Talk about an annoying sub-culture.
I guess I should really be part of a subculture that drinks red wine at 4 in the afternoon, takes long baths and doesn't give a crap about anything that can't be squeezed from a grape. Attitude – that's what I need.