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Living on a fish island…

((Note: I started writing this post last Friday and then just forgot about it.))

I had the strangest dream ((last)) Wednesday night.  I dreamt I was in a bubble under the sea.  Atlantis.  The décor was that of a 5-star hotel.  The Hilton Aquatique.  The soundtrack for my dream was Rush’s Limelight.

Ever since that dream I can’t stop listening to Rush. ((Well, I’ve moved back to Iron & Wine, now))

Let’s do a closing of the tabs, à la Neil Gaiman.

#1- So Archie is tying the knot.  As one twitterer put it, “it’s a sad day for lovers of crappy comics everywhere”.  Let’s be honest though.  Archie isn’t complete failure, he has some decent academics, some better athletics, he could probably make it into a nice college.  But the Andrews are your typical middle-class family, and Riverdale’s been hit just as hard as anywhere else in the US by the current economic downturn.  The Lodges, on the other hand, pretty much own Riverdale.  Archie’s just being practical.  His fiancée’s father has the connections and the money.  Not only could he get placed in a fancy school, but he might finally trade in that old jalopy for a reliable, sporty-looking vehicle.  A hybrid.  Or an SUV.  Whatever.  He’s making the smart choice.

#2-Bill #44 Twitfest.  In general, I think Twitter is a great medium within which to introduce items for political debate.  Note the following observations made by various provincial politicians: Continue reading

Facebook Fraud

CNN.com | Fears of imposters increase on Facebook

facebook(CNN) — Without his input, Bryan Rutberg’s Facebook status update — the way friends track each other — suddenly changed on January 21 to this frightening alert:

“Bryan NEEDS HELP URGENTLY!!!”

His online friends saw the message and came to his aid. Some posted concerned messages on his public profile — “What’s happening????? What do you need?” one wrote. Another friend, Beny Rubinstein, got a direct message saying Rutberg had been robbed at gunpoint in London and needed money to get back to the United States.

So, trying to be a good friend, Rubinstein wired $1,143 to London in two installments, according to police in Bellevue, Washington.

Meanwhile, Rutberg was safe at home in Seattle.

OK, I’m only going to say this once. If you see a status message from me asking you to wire me money somewhere you didn’t even know I was going– DON’T DO IT. Seriously.

While it’s somewhat alarming that this sort of thing is happening, it’s somewhat more alarming that people are falling for it. It’s kind of like the Nigerian email scam all over again.

#tcot presiding over Twitter, #tpot eating digital dust

Top Conservatives on Twitter

To Build The Conservative Community on Twitter

  1. Find the following strategy that works best for you. For some people that means following everyone on #TCOT. For others, a more selective strategy of just following people who you find most interesting may work better.
  2. Make a point of tweeting conservatives on the list who you don’t know, but you think might be interesting.
  3. Use the “#TCOT” tag before tweets you think might be of interest to the entire community.
  4. Tell your conservative friends who are not on Twitter to join now.

I find it both frightening and awesome that #tcot (a microblogging tag for “Top Conservatives on Twitter”) beats out any other hashtag used on Twitter by above 10,000 uses. 10,000! It tops out at 30,177 tags, with #mumbai a distant second at 19,492, and #gaza (which I’d have assumed would be on top) in fourth at 13,664.(see: http://hashtags.org/tags/most-updated )

Are liberals just not using Twitter? Have they not figured out how to use hashtags? …It appears #tlot (Top Liberals on Twitter) and #tpot (Top Progressives on Twitter) have been suggested, but so far the bandwagon remains a lonely place. (I’m partial to TPOT myself, but then I’m also partial to ridiculous puns; I’d be somewhat concerned, though, about an abundance of pot/kettle/black jokes at the expense of any forward-thinking progressives.)

Still. Something must be done. The right is trailblazing the microblogging scene while the left is caught resting on its laurels. This cannot stand!

Flagged Revisions – the new Wikipedia?

wikipedia.orgW I R E D | Jimmy Wales Pushes For Flagged Revisions After Fake Death Reports | Epicenter

As Encyclopedia Britannica slowly opens up more to user edits, editing some entries on Wikipedia may soon come under much tighter control if Jimmy Wales gets his way.

So the gist is that a couple high-profile entries were edited with false info, and now Jimmy Wales, (co-)founder of Wikipedia, has decided this makes for a good promotion of a new feature currently being beta-tested that would flag updates in certain entries to be reviewed by staff before appearing.

 

 

While I can see the benefit of such a concept for many wikis (it would have saved me a couple months last year of convincing our dept at work to help implement more wide-spread use of our wiki, when we were still using Wikimedia), in the case of Wikipedia I feel it flies in the face of all it represents in terms of open collaboration. As one user says:

“It took less than five minutes for the vandalism to be removed, and that’s damn impressive. Instead of being proud of your users you instead take it as an opportunity to push for flagged revisions.”

 

Update – Jimbo emailed Wired.com in response to the blog article:

Wales affirms he is committed to openness and that implementing flagged revisions will not restrict users.

“I am not advocating for that at all,” he wrote in an email to Wired.com. “In fact, I am advocating for opening up entries that have been protected for years.”

Interesting.

Twitter hacked- Suprised?

TwitterTwitter accounts of Obama, Britney Spears hacked – CNN.com

The Twitter accounts of President-elect Barack Obama, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, Britney Spears, Fox News and 29 others were hacked Monday according to the microblog site, leading to false and inappropriate messages being posted on their accounts.

I don’t know where to start with this one, but this is a rather wonderful cautionary tale in the use of online networking tools (like Twitter) in the public sphere (well, the very-public sphere, as arguably all social networking is public, and how interesting is it that these innovations have reorganized the traditional definitions of “public” and “private”, but I digress).

For anyone who watches CNN, you’ll know that Rick Sanchez frequently Twitters in the middle of the broadcast, and will regularly refer to tweets as he’s reporting. “Mood at Twitter HQ the first work day of the year: Focused Anxiety.” Extraordinary.

Also, perhaps the most amusing part of all this: “First Fox News Twitter followers read a false message about Bill O’Reilly’s sexuality Monday morning after hackers launched several attacks.”

BTW, you can find my Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/eforcier.

Update: Jan 6 – From W I R E D’s Twitter feed:

[Top Stories]: Twitter Hacker Says Admin Password Was ‘Happiness’. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/professed-twitt.html

Productivity Fail

FAIL Blog | “Productivity Fail”

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This is how you know your guildmaster is the stock boy at Best Buy.

The admin in OIS told me she’d been wondering when I’d finally deliver the rest of my application. I think this pic is all the explanation needed.

 

 

Also, kudos to Shad for letting me know about FAIL blog. This will make my shift tonight so much more fulfilling