Category Archives: The Internet and its perils

Request of Facebook and Twitter followers…

So… I am on a social media diet for a little while, as well as reducing my news intake, all for my mental health. Yes, we need to pull together and fight, but I can’t just now. I hope to … Continue reading

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Look, it’s the green M & Ms!!!*

Years ago, the Rocket Science, curious as to whether anyone would read the computer code that was the main appendix at the end of his doctoral thesis, added a comment halfway through to the effect that he would give a … Continue reading

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Government surveillance for good.

Remember my tree? I had to have a talk with the city department of Forestry today. We had received a letter lecturing us about the heritage tree ordinance, and stating that several neighbors had complained about our removing the tree. … Continue reading

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Beware.

I may have been hacked.  If you receive a IM from me, it’s not real.  I am using this blog to notify people since it cross-posts to both Twitter and Facebook, so I should get everybody, and this is the … Continue reading

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I need to get off Facebook.  In the past hour, I have had a discussion with a guy who felt that arming teachers was the right thing to do, and who responded to a careful cost benefit analysis showing that … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Internet…

Comment by The Not So Little Drummer Boy about Buzzfeed: “They have the most ridiculous lists — things like “The top ten episodes of Seinfeld as seen from the perspective of Stanley Kubrick.”  Um, that’s not actually a list.” I … Continue reading

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I have been looking around for sources of amusement online, because really, how many Cracked.com articles can a single person read?  (I’m not sure, but I think I am getting close to the limit. And I do not even dare … Continue reading

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QOTD

“I feel like Google is turning into a Bond villain.”  Bobcat Goldthwaite, during a bit on the Google barges, on the November 9th broadcast of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”

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Sheesh, people.

I am working on a post on rape culture, and the way in which society aids and abets abusers and harassers, but it is slow going, primarily because I want to be thoughtful about the way that I approach the … Continue reading

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Dear Tech Support Guy…

When I tell you that I cannot get the password reset link to work with your site, it should not take four different calls over two hours — with repeated efforts from numerous password reset emails — for you to … Continue reading

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[Insert own post here.]

Calming down, I’ve decided that, while I am still quite angry over the Senate refusing to ratify the UN Disabilities Treaty, calling people names is not productive and is in fact in violation of my values of respecting other people … Continue reading

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Yet more evidence that the world has gotten to be a much smaller place….

…. and yet, at the same time we are farther away from each other than ever. I am sitting in a Starbucks in Palo Alto, California, IMing with the Rocket Scientist, who is thousands of miles away on Devon Island … Continue reading

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Protect the Internet

I’m tired tonight, but this is important. If you don’t know what the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House of Representatives) is, or the Protect ID Act (in the Senate), read this article from the Stanford Law Review.  I … Continue reading

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Assessing my social media

I have … (in order of adoption) a Live Journal (actually, I have four LJs, in one of which I never wrote anything and two of which are moribund) a Blogger blog (this one) a Twitter account* a Face Book … Continue reading

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Enquiring minds want to know….

If someone has simply mentioned FaceBook in passing, not telling where or what name their FaceBook account is under, is okay to try and search them out anyway?  Or is it simply too stalkerish? This in no way applies to … Continue reading

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I have a series of posts on capital punishment in draft form. I have a post on why I love the music of Stephen Sondheim that I am about half through with. I have a review of a local production … Continue reading

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They’re called “CAPTCHA”s — Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. (That name, by the way, is trademarked by Carnegie-Mellon University, just in case you were wondering.) They are those distorted boxes of text that you … Continue reading

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