When Technology Breaks Your Heart

What a sad, sad day. First I have Firefox completely blow its top. Suddenly I can’t capitalize my s’s. Then I finally have to come to terms with the fact that my favorite reader – Bloglines – has fallen and can’t get up. OK, so this has been going on for a while, and unlike Firefox, I tried to give it some time to get it’s s&*t together, but it hasn’t. If anything, it’s gotten worse.

I check my feeds and suddenly the stories I have just clicked on are unread. Not only do they come back to life, but suddenly I will have 300+ unread and waiting. All of them are feeds I have gone through and refuse to muddle through again. I click “mark all read” and it only helps for one subscription at a time. I have to do it with all of them, day after day… how long can I stretch out my loyalty? Only this far, it turns out. It’s been more than a month of dealing with this junk and finally I am throwing my hands up and saying “screw it”. I’m moving on to Google Reader. Let’s hope those fields remain green.

“Terror Scarf”…You’re Kidding, Right?

I’ve been incredibly busy these last few weeks with the addition of even more work hours and a quickening pace as I race towards the end of the term. However, when I started reading about the “terror scarf”, I had to comment.

Cute and bubbly television chef, Rachel Ray, sports this busy and stringy scarf for an online promotion of Dunkin’ Donuts. My first thought when I saw the picture was “not the most attractive scarf”. It took re-reading the article, moving back to her image and then staring for a moment to understand what the heck they were so upset about. OK-so that isn’t the right wording- I DON’T understand why these conservatives chose to take offense, unless it was simply a way to generate some buzz.

OK, someone informs you it looks like an Arab keffiyeh , a form of Muslim headgear, and then you stare at the picture and ooohh… there it is. But here’s my take – why in the world would you chose to associate a scarf that is worn like a scarf, (not twined around the chef’s head), one that is no more than an adornment on a person who is talking about donuts – with terrorists?? The leap is extreme. Not just extreme, but ridiculous.

Logically I’m following the argument, but then I just sort of stop with this bemused expression plastered on my face as I give up the pursuit, realizing that they’re just not going to convince me of the inherent dangers in a scarf. It’s not “ignorance” folks, it’s perception. We have enough hate mongering, enough fanning the flames of fear…

Are we so steeped in fear and prejudice that we are unable to see the donuts for the scarves?

Interesting Advertising – I Wish

I am inundated with advertising… in a million subtle and not-so-subtle ways every single day. I was watching some animated videos on YouTube this afternoon and I came across this one – I had no idea it was a commercial (I don’t know a single word of the language) until half way through… and once I knew? I still watched it until the end. Perhaps I’m a bit odd, weird, whatever – but I was entertained.
My questions are: Was it so interesting because of the visuals? The fact that it was a story? The lack of sharing a common language? The novelty of it? I am curious to find out exactly why I’d watch this over a Coke commercial any day.

Had to Share

I love this line and figured I’d share. It’s creative and definitely sums up one view of this momentous deal:

“Microsoft says Yahoo has three weeks to negotiate a decent deal, after which time Microsoft is going to get medieval on its ass.” -Wired

Image from here.

On Transparency

“It’s impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information.” – William Gibson

As a self-accepted bibliophile, I have read something from just about every genre. During my teenage years of angst and self-discovery I read the novels of William Gibson – one promise after another opened up like delightful fortune cookies. It’s been years since I messaged in DOS and went by MonaLisa, but when something sparks a memory of his work, I might as well have just put the book down.

When I read the Wired article about Evernote, I was taken back to those heady visions of instant access to other’s details, to the projection of so many personal information bites that someone can “know” you in mere moments. It sure beats a handshake and a card. Now I know that I am getting ahead of things, but can you imagine?

Think of the ease of communication when all of our shared information is available with an instantaneous download. Refer back to my earlier post regarding the handshake data exchange. Now imagine this commonplace and people offering up who and what they are in the first moment you meet – be it in person or in the virtual world.

I know there are already warning tales in abundance of hacking each other’s information, hacking your own information and just about every cyber nightmare available. In my mind though, we are already suffering from that with identity theft and government spying and the list goes on… if it can be hacked, wouldn’t you rather offer it up willingly?

As you work to live a transparent life and others start to do the same, is it that hard to image people and corporations taking better care to regulate their own actions? When it comes to a choice between the difficult and illegal maneuvering to cover something up and the momentary pause required for making a decision between doing “good” and doing “bad”, I think the latter will predominate.

Honesty. That’s the key word.

Image: GreenGrassDesigns

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Cracked’s Supervillain Flowcharts

“Yes, that was a bit hands-on for me, wasn’t it?”

Supervillain Flowcharts...All I want to know is WHY was Cobra all the way down at #20?? Ah – perhaps it was the use of expletives in just about every sentence? Humorous communication, but the fact is that swearing alienates a fairly large portion  of the population. I do like Cracked’s #1. What thinking individual in this society hasn’t entertained similar thoughts at one point or another?

Humor for the day. (By Eddie Lummox)

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YouTube Quality Tips

I have been disappointed in YouTube’s video quality, so this article came as a bit of inspiration. For tips on how to access the higher quality videos, read this Wired article.

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