Monday, January 26, 2009

My very social networking.

I have been a very slow adapter of social networking. While everybody else was jumping on the MySpace band wagon, I was quite content to remain ignorant of the whole thing. Eventually, when it seemed that I was the one person in the universe who didn't have a MySpace, I joined the fray. At first I was very excited to be able to reconnect with the people I haven't seen for years, but eventually the novelty wore off and I started to long for newer and greener pastures.

This is when I discovered Lined-In. I thought that it was good idea to join Linked-In since I aspired to be a professional. But a professional what? I haven't quite settled on wanted to be, but I figured that it would look better if I had something more to show for cyber life than this blog and MySpace. I threw myself into Linked-In with all the zeal I could muster, but since my accomplishments were few and far between I let it lapse feeling embarrassed.

Then I, while avoiding doing any work around the house, read about Twitter on Wil Wheaton's blog. At first I was afraid, I was patriefied. I thought that I would not have enough exciting things to post. I was struggling with finding interesting and inteligent content for my blog so I was quite sure that Twitter was wasted on me. Eventually, I stuck my toe in the water which was followed by my foot and then the entire body. I even went as far as to live blog the VP debate on Twitter.

But this whole time I resisted charging the remaining fortress of social networking, Facebook. My life was busy enough just keeping up with the three social networking sites I had going. And, like Bill Henderson on the HBO show Big Love, I didn't think I needed a fourth. But then suddenly something changed last night. And I found myself signing up for Facebook and discovering that almost everybody on my email contacts list was on Facebook. Now I am writing on people's walls and looking through their friend lists attempting to find old classmates whom I haven't seen in ten years.

So I wrote all that to say: Help! Please, stop me before I join another social network!

1 comments:

TC said...

"My life was busy enough just keeping up with the three social networking sites I had going. And, like Bill Henderson on the HBO show Big Love, I didn't think I needed a fourth. But then suddenly something changed last night. And I found myself signing up for Facebook and discovering that almost everybody on my email contacts list was on Facebook. Now I am writing on people's walls and looking through their friend lists attepmting to find old classmates whom I haven't seen in ten years.

So I wrote all that to say: Help! Please, stop me before I join another social network!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009
I love my Yahoo email.
I recently opened my Yahoo email account to find the following email in my inbox.

Hello,

My name is Veronica I saw your profile and get interested in you. I will like to have a good relationship with you. I am down to earth, and I like natural things. My way of life is simple and ideal.

I am an outgoing person, and a very romantic woman who loves Romantic Challenges. True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away. If true love, kindly reply me through my personal email address.

I Cherish You.
Veronica

This brought two questions to mind: 1)where did she find my profile and 2)did she ever read my blog which is riddled with stories about my wife and daughter. After reading this I have to say I prefer to get the Nigerian scam letters. At least then I know it's complete crap.
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Dodgy story from Joe Torre.
Joe Torre, former Yankees' manager, wrote a book about his years with the Bronx Bombers. In this book he bashes both third baseman Alex "Most Overpaid Player Ever" Rodriguez and general manager Brian "Show Me The Money" Cashman. Since this is a memoir, it is extremely difficult to determine whether this is the truth or the consequence of Torre being fired two years ago. I haven't read the book yet, but I might have to get a copy next time I visit my favorite bookstore.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Hail to the chief.
We have a new President. This is significant because a new President brings with him a new beginning and a new hope for the future. It is even more significant now when the economy is perched perilously on the edge of a cliff.

And this President brings with him a new chapter in American history. He is not only the first African-American President, he is also the first first generation American to become President.

As an immigrant father of an American born child this fills me with pride in my country and knowledge that I live in an America where my daughter can be anything she wants. Even if, at two years old, she just wants to sit on my lap playing with a spoon as I write this.

There is no guarantee that Barack Obama will solve all the problems that the country faces and it is impossible to say that any one person can. But history has been made and there is no turning back now. We live in a new America.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Make a wish.
I have always wondered if there is a Make-A-Wish Foundation for adults. After all, the terminally ill adults are just as deserving of special treatment as their younger counter parts. I am happy to say that my question has been answered. There is an organization called Dream Foundation that, with the help of corporate donors, helps dying adults fulfill their dreams.
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Snow and lights.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Mets or Domino's?
I always thought of the Mets as the younger, quite often clueless member of the New York baseball family. I know that it is very hard to compete with the Yankees, especially with their 26 World Series titles and the legendary players who have worn pinstripes over the years, but the Mets seem to keep trying to go in the opposite direction.

They seem to be building a history of sheer stupidity. I guess you can say it started in the beginning, ever since the Mets were founded, they have been using the NY logo that used to belong to the NY Giants. I am in favor of recycling, but a team, especially a team that plays in Queens, needs its own garbege bowl.

Now comes the latest chapter in the long line of Mets' blunders. Since this season is the inaugural season for the new Mets stadium, they, of course, designed a sleeve patch for the players' uniforms. The problem is that this patch looks like a horrible facsimile of the Domino's logo. See for yourself.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Joe the complete idiot.
The guy who became famous as Joe The Plumber during the 2008 presidential campaign, despite not being named Joe or a licensed plumber, and was eventually offered a job as a war correspondent, despite not being a trained journalist, just shot himself in the foot with his mouth.
Posted by Stan Yann at 9:28 PM 0 comments
Blogging Kazakh style.
Karim Masimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, ordered his ministers to start blogging on the government site. He decided that this would be the best way for the people of Kazakhstan to get in touch with the government. His own blog received 152 comments after posting a welcome message. A large number of these were, of course, complaints.

I thought this was worse mentioning because this is a story about a fomer Soviet republic embracing Web 2.0. Considering how few governments have embraced Web 2.0 in the so-called developed world, this is a huge technological leap forward into the 21st Century. And this is a place that was a bit of a backwater in the not-so-good, old Soviet days. Before this, its major technological claim to fame was Baykonur, the Russian space launch facility.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Snow.
It is snowing outside and the world is once again filled with magic. This is the kind of magic that you don't get during any other season.

Even though Spring brings rebirth, Summer brings moments of perfect stillness when you can watch hot air rising from the road, and Fall brings amazing multicolored beauty, none of them can compare to a snowy day.

On a snowy day the world seems to slow down to a crawl, not just because the cars move slower, but because the infinite sky becomes smaller and you are no longer insignificant by comparison.

So, as the song says, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Let the world stand still and the time stand still with it. A perfect Winter stillness, covered in snow.
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