23rd Apr2004

Why I Hate thefacebook.com

by Will

Let’s talk social-networking websites. Let me say that I really hate thefacebook.com. I’m on it ’cause it’s where most of the Cornell kids are, but I’m not the biggest fan of the interface. Plus, it’s kind of elitest, considering the schools that are connected to it. Let me ask this, though: WTF is UVA doing there?!!! You’ve got all these Ivies, Duke, MIT, and then you’ve got UVA?!!! I’ve never bought into the whole Ivy Elite hype ’cause we were a 2nd tier Ivy. Cornell is not what people immediately think of. It’s always Harvard, Princeton, Brown, and Yale.

Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of thefacebook’s…”clientele”. It seems to be a tool that’s only useful for freshman looking for good party connections and the latest crush party info. It’s like an e-Uris: a digital substitute for face time. It does nothing for alums or anyone who’s no longer in Ithaca. It’s predominantly ’07 kids. Plus, I don’t really like how it integrates to show if you’re online and stuff. I guess some people like it. The gist of it is that I prolly never should’ve joined. It’s all Tristan’s fault! Anyway, I’ve sought out those who I feel I WANT to be connected with, and if I find any others, we’ll link up. Otherwise, you can find me on Friendster.

I prefer Friendster ’cause it’s not so isolationist. I can reconnect with that weird kid who ate glue in 1st grade and find out that he works for NASA now. There are loftier revelations involved with Friendster, while most of the people I’m connected to on facebook have heard from me in the last 6 months. No real suspense there. Plus, Friendster has greatly added to my “special guest star” drama of the previous post.

But here’s my Friendster warning: Ladies, stop messaging me just because of my picture. I know this sounds cocky, and it’s not supposed to, but I put it all out there in the profile: I’m a geek. Plain and simple. Some people might think I’m a cute geek, but I’m a geek, nonetheless. If you get a reply from me that you don’t necessarily like, or it’s not “cool” enough for you, remember: the writing was on the wall from the get-go. Now, if you happen to LIKE geeks…

29th Mar2004

No More Blogger Site: Announcing The Coming of Williambrucewest.com

by Will

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. This site’s starting to get that “Old Man” smell. A LOT has happened since our last rendez-vous, but we’ll get to all of that in due time. I took my own advice and read through my archives. All I can say is “What was I thinking?!” Some of those references are SO 2003, while most of them just come off dated. So, as comics have taught me, when things get contrived, you must relaunch the brand. I hereby announce the debut of http://williambrucewest.com, which should go live the 1st full week of April. Expect the same witty banter you’ve enjoyed here, but there will be a few differences. I’m naming names, I’m going to be a bitch, and I’m leaving bodies in my wake. Very few people are safe now, and if you have to wonder if you’re one of them, then you’re not reading between the lines. This site will still be available, for anyone who wants to read the archives, or simply take a trip down memory lane. From here on out, W.A.R.E.S. will be the sister site to williambrucewest.com. I might even use it to post stuff I’m afraid to have attached to my name (ooh..the scandal!). So, April 2004 – williambrucewest.com

20th Jan2004

Blog Hiatus – Please See Archives For Reruns

by Will

Since it’s midseason, I’m going to be changing the format around here. Look for these changes in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy what I like to call “W.A.R.E.S. Classics” by reading my archives.

30th Dec2003

Googling Myself

by Will

You ever think you’re more important than you really are? I felt that way until recently. At Cornell, I was “Will West: A Cappella Star”. In college, that’s a big deal. At least, to the percentage of people who don’t think a cappella’s “gay”. Anyway, I thought I was big shit and that was enough to keep depression @ bay. Now, I’m not in those circles anymore, so I’m scraping the barrels for recognition and attention. Well, I googled myself yesterday, and boy were the results disappointing.

First of all, out of 719 results, I only found about 5 references to “Will West” that pertained to me. The others were about World-renowned Gay Porn Star Cowboy Will West. He now occupies willwest.com and willwest.net. His motto is “How the West Was Hung”.

Of the 5 mentioning me, they were either Cornell Daily Sun articles where I sound like a complete tool, or they’re….nah, they’re all pretty much Cornell Daily Sun articles.

“William West” simply turns up a bunch of info on some murderer from the turn of the century. Apparently he was somewhat of a Jack the Ripper character. Anyway, he occupies a lot of space on the WWW.

“William Bruce West” yields 5 results but, luckily, they’re all about me. Regardless, they, too, are CDS articles and an entry from my study abroad program which incorrectly lists my e-mail address. I’ve wondered why I never heard from any of those kids, and it’s because they’re e-mailing “lbwg@cornell.edu”. I’m no CS major, but with my knowledge of Cornell’s e-mail network, I know that address doesn’t even exist. Now they’re all these nice people in middle America who prolly think I put the wrong address just to blow them off. Or not. Why am I so paranoid?!!!

So, if I were to die tomorrow, that’s the legacy I leave behind. People will either believe me to have been a notorious turn of the century murderer or a gay, leather-lovin’ cowboy who, apparently, is QUITE popular on the gay porn circuit. Sure there are the news articles, but people’ll just think that the murderer/porn star did those interviews while he was in college.

30th Dec2003

Miserable Failure

by Will

Hehe. Bored? You must be if you’re reading this. Anyway, looking for something funny? Go to Google. Type “miserable failure”, and click “I’m Feeling Lucky”.

26th Dec2003

A Good Domain Is Hard To Find

by Will

I swear that the internet is out to screw me. Why is everyone taking my domain names?!!! First, there was the willwest.com fiasco. That fuckin’ porn star even registered willwest.net!!! Now, someone’s taken willwestmusic.com. I really need to register something soon! Why is my good name being dragged through the mud?!!!

22nd Nov2003

I Tend To Rant

by Will

Now, for personal inspiration. One thing I’ve always admired about myself is that I’m tenacious. I’m not a quitter and I don’t give up on things even when I think they’re the hardest experiences I’ve ever had. Yeah, I bitch to high heaven. I mean, just by reading these entries, you realize that I’m well-known for my ability to rant. While this annoys many, this is what i have to do to get through the tough times. I may not shut up about how much I hate an experience, but i always see it through to its natural end, and i leave heaving learned more about myself and the world around me. Wow, a whole paragraph and nothing celebrity-related or negative. The tide is a-changing.

17th Sep2003

NASCARspicary

by Will

X-Entertainment just keeps ’em coming. An exerpt from their blog:

“‘It is evident that the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. was no accident. I suspect foul play. When his “car” crashed into the “wall”, I almost laughed aloud at the childish coverup presented by NASCAR officials. The man was murdered. He was straight up gangster rap assasinated. Not by gangster rappers though, but by the very inbred hillbillies who enjoy the sight of cars going in circles.’

Posted by Tanuki @ 12/02/2002 04:52 PM EST”

17th Sep2003

Wonder What The Goldfish Would Say

by Will

Another gem from X-Entertainment.com. This one’s for you, Catherine.

“‘I think there should be a national cat killin’ holiday. And it should be done soon, before they take over the government.’

Posted by the dog @ 11/26/2002 01:23 PM EST”

11th Sep2003

RIAA Crackdown Trackdown

by Will

According to msn.com, the following songs are among those the RIAA is using to track down file-sharers.

• Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

• Thompson Twins, “Hold Me Now”

• Eagles, “Hotel California”

• George Michael, “Kissing A Fool”

• Paula Abdul, “Knocked Out”

• Green Day, “Minority”

• UB40, “Red Red Wine”

• Ludacris “Area Codes”

• Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing”

• Avril Lavigne, “Complicated”

If you’ve recently downloaded any of these songs, your ass is grass. Looking at the list, though (with the exception of the great Marvin Gaye), I feel that you deserve everything that’s coming to you.