Thursday, May 17, 2007

More on Web 2.0 intersecting with "real life"

Originally uploaded by Tidewater Muse.
Earlier this week, I wrote about how I'm finding the Internet intersecting with the physical world. Well, it happened again, although this time there wasn't surprise, but a planned intersection.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about operational security (OPSEC) and the Army's new policies. As I often do, I went looking on flickr for a picture to use with the post. Usually, I search on flickr, using some keyword that I hope will lead me to an appropriate photograph. I searched on "opsec" and found the photo I ended up using. As the photo allowed for blogging use, I just linked to it, and thought nothing more about it. I did find it interesting that the photo had a Coast Guard cutter in it, but I didn't spend any time thinking about it. Until the photographer got in touch with me.

Turns out Crazymoflo, a twenty-something journalist who lives in the Bay area, is dating a Coastie who happens to be the son of a senior officer I've worked with in the past.

We had dinner today at a Japanese restaurant near my hotel. Flo and I ate sushi and chatted for an hour or two waiting for her beau, Brian, to get to the restaurant after finishing up work for the Response Division at Sector San Fransisco; he was putting the finishing touches on the OPORDER for tomorrow's evolution to save the two whales who are swimming up the Sacramento River.

Anyway, another intersection of the Web and the physical world, and another example of how small the world can be sometimes.

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