Hanging out with people you like on a daily basis is a luxury, and nowhere is that more apparent to me than on PopTen. Everyday I wake up, jump on the blog, and see what’s been going on with some of the people I like best. It’s like a virtual Cheers without the cheese.
I’m honored to add a new voice to our group who is fast becoming an old friend of ours. We met him on the long road trip that was Second Skin. Actually, we met him through a friend of a friend, and caught up virtually in Second Life before the real life meeting months later.
Andrew Monkelban is a resident of virtual world in the truest sense. Almost everything I know of him emanates from the glowing box in front of me right now, and even our real life engagements play out mostly on the screen. In RL he’s confined to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, which has also rendered him mute and almost completely paralyzed. Nearly his entire personality has only one conduit for expression: his right index finger.
Online, Andrew has presided over a large guild, edited a plethora of anime music videos, written for various blogs, and is a big voice for disabled gamer advocacy. Over the course of the last two years he has introduced to me all sorts of video games, pop culture, and memes. It feels only natural to bring him into the fold, and have him grace us with his wisdom on all things virtual. Andrew is one of those unique people that allowed me to reevaluate why I was who I was. I only hope he does the same for you too.