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I currently have active accounts on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Last.fm, Spotify, Soundcloud, and OKCupid.

In the increasingly distant past, I had accounts on MySpace, Orkut, Xanga, LiveJournal, STLPunk, Diary-X, Nightly.net, and DeviantArt.

Before that, I used MSN Instant Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, and AOL Instant Messenger.

Before that, armed with Notepad and a very basic working knowledge of HTML, I made my own websites using Geocities and Tripod hosting services.

Before that, I used ICQ.

Before that, I used my parents’ e-mail, because we only had one address for the entire family.

Before that, I played Doom with my dad and brother on our non-internet connected PC.

Before that, I went across the street to play Sega, NES, and Atari in my neighbor’s basement.

Before that, my mom read books with me at bedtime.

A dead housefly on the glass of my patio door that was likely infected with a parasitic fungus in the genus Entomophthora. Notice the swollen abdomen and cloud of white spores. Apparently, the fungus grows into the fly’s brain and causes it to climb to a high point before eventually killing the fly and growing out of its body. Another genus of fungi, Cordyceps, has a similar effect on ants and was featured in BBC’s Planet Earth as well as in several pop science articles under the headline “Zombie Ants.”

My knowledge of the subject is entirely amateur, of course, but it is fascinating to contemplate nonetheless. I can’t help wondering whether a fungus like this could start infecting people. Parasitic fungi growing out of human corpses would definitely put a new spin on the Zombocalypse.

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