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The Getty Villa in Malibu  is an elegant little place, overlooking the ocean and with a grand entrance. One can go there to see some beautiful Greek and Roman artifacts or amazing architecture modeled after a first-century Roman country house in Italy or to check out the papyrus plants among others. Let some pictures do the talking.

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Going to the museum was an interesting experience, even with my objectionably little knowledge of history and the Roman Empire. We saw so many beautiful things that people were capable of making thousand years ago. The Greek mythology and culture is evident from the sculptures of Satyr and head of Medusa and the numerous sarcophagi intricately carved with mythological stories.

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They have activity rooms for kids too. And an open air theater. Definitely worth a visit.

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I don’t know about you, but I just can’t keep up with the pace of social media. I slept through the shelf life of MySpace and resisted Facebook for a long time.

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I shrieked when YouTube asked me to ‘log in’. I simply can’t afford to let people know that I secretly like Justin Bieber. Doesn’t everybody?

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Today a friend asked me for a small favor. Would I please like this group (or bird flock or something) on Twitter? It would really improve the group’s visibility, she said. Unfortunately, I do not have a Twitter account.

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the real thing

the real thing

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I think we live in tricky times. Individual opinion is as important as common knowledge. But does the later restrict the dimensions in which the former can evolve?

The structure of social media seems to only widen the drift. It encourages the idea of forming a consensus and simplifying opinion. A like and a share is all it takes. Having an opinion couldn’t have been simpler.

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I think I am going to go ahead and create a Twitter account. I might just get a username I like owing to my rather uncommon name. I can also then manage to follow my friend’s group.

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Recently M announced that he is disgusted by Facebook. I meekly replied that it is rather alright. Certainly not worth so much thought and disgust. But really, this is what instigated my thoughts.

Don’t worry, my Facebook account is intact. Last week, I successfully overcame the Facebook Nanny. I disabled the extension within four hours.

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Meanwhile, I will continue to blog, trying to write more than emoticons and hash tags to explain myself, giving a reason behind a ‘like’. I blog for this reason.

P.S. I find nothing wrong with more means of expression. The more the merrier.

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