I found a post today by someone calling themselves Josh Worth*, in which he laments the bygone days of the anonymous internet. Something I also mourn, albeit not as beautifully.
I find it something of an oddity, really, that of all the people I met and engaged in online acquaintances and friendships, the coolest, most interesting people used a nom de guerre. Something about the anonymous made it easier to trust, which makes little logical sense, since nom de guerre translates to "war name", but there it is.
When I sign in to Google, now, it asks me for my "One Google account for everything Google" which kind of reminds me of Tolkein: One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
How all of this connects? It doesn't have to connect.
*I was clicking around io9 and found his "If the moon were only a pixel" graphic, and, in something of an out of character move on my part, I clicked through to his webpage and blog.