So now that we have established I have grown older, have I grown wiser with it? The jury is out on this one. I still receive hate mail (mostly from advertising agencies disguised as anonymous accounts), I still get people who don't even know how to spell who bombard me with missives doubting my own intelligence level, and basically every PR agency in the land has given up on inviting me anywhere with the hope of a positive "review" (an overused word in the blogging community). So by the standards of the online community, no - I have not grown wiser: I have not become an ad agency whore, or a mouthpiece for some PR machine with the hope of getting free goodies in return to post, tweet, instagram and whatever other verb fitting here.
In short, (almost) 8 years down the line, and 1,500 posts later I am older but essentially still the same. More or less. When "Noun" magazine was launched their magnificent selling line was "ni tout àfait la même. Ni tout à fait une autre" (based on the poem by Verlaine "Mon Reve Familier"). And so this is Beirut/NTSC today, "neither exactly the same, nor exactly another".