by Maggie LaMaack
Casey Peterson (@case_face) is a man of many talents. By day he works in social media, but otherwise spends his time reading, biking and drinking bourbon. Oh, and speaking Ukrainian. He also took second place in a 2012 Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament, which I think means he is good at video games.
He also has a pretty killer winter jacket.
@MaggieLaMaack: When and why did you join Twitter?
@case_face: I joined in September 2008, when I was working the graveyard shift at a hospital. I’d read something about Twitter in Wired Magazine (I think), so I signed up in the middle of the night and never looked back. My first tweets are regrettable, as is often the case. A lot of those early twitterings were updates of my younger brother’s college baseball games … though for whose benefit I was tweeting them, I really don’t know. I’ve tightened up my style a bit, but my tweets are still pretty regrettable.
What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
The worst: Twitter is the Internet’s rage machine. Everything is a hot take. Also, the harassment. It’s gotten worse recently, right? As though all the trolls of the Internet’s comment boards finally learned about Twitter and have now migrated here. I’m embarrassed by the things they feel free to say under the cover of anonymity. They have no empathy and they are scum.
The best: There are so many intelligent, funny, and thoughtful people on (my) Twitter(feed)! MSP Twitter is fantastic and I’m happy to have met a lot of these tweeps IRL. Book Twitter is a gem. The only better place for insightful book recommendations is a flesh and blood bookseller (and they’re almost all on Twitter!). Twitter keeps me young.
Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter:
I played the tuba in fifth grade, and the practice instrument I had at home was a fiberglass sousaphone. I was like 4’11” then, and was dwarfed by the thing. I had to prop the sousaphone between my bed and my desk and crawl into instrument. I hated the damn thing, and gave it up after only a year. I couldn’t play anything more complex than “Hot Cross Buns.”
Bonus: I used to tweet as @cookielunch and @thepizzalunch, but I can’t remember their passwords, or the passwords to the email accounts associated with them, so RIP. Also, I’ve never had the chicken pox?
You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
(This is the most anxiety-inducing question)
If you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you remember the robots will be our undoing.
Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
1.@schmaudrey – I really appreciate Audrey’s sense of humor.
2.@petebasgen – I don’t know why Pete and I don’t hang out IRL. I blame myself, but I also blame Pete. Hey Pete, let’s hang out.
3.@GauntMusic – Even though she doesn’t tweet very much, I’m super in love with Bex Gaunt.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1.@rgay – I will read everything Roxane Gay writes, be it novels, essays, or tweets about Ina Garten.
2. @mallelis – If you’re not following Mallory Ortberg, then you’re not doing Twitter correctly. She is hilarious. And whip smart. And The Toast is a gift that we don’t deserve.
3. (This is cheating, but they go hand in hand) @ImAmandaNelson and @RebeccaSchinsky – Amanda and Rebecca are the royalty of book Twitter. They also tweet about bourbon.
Favorite things on the Internet this week:
1. The NPR and Buzzfeed “Best Books of 2014” lists hit last week, but they’re great. Too many books to read, but I’ll never stop trying.
2. I recently rediscovered this really great game called Captain Forever. You pilot a little spaceship and can rebuild/improve your ship with parts salvaged from other ships you destroy. I will not apologize for the nerdiness of the previous sentence.
3. The Oyster Review. Oyster is like the Netflix of books. This is their blog wherein smart people write thoughtful essays about books and authors. It’s right up my alley.
Answering these questions really drove home how uninteresting I am. But I’m not giving up yet!
Be kind to each other.