In case you haven’t heard Thatcher has died, I know this from the stream of vitriol that my Twitter and Facebook feed have become.
While I’m old enough to remember Thatcher, and I’m liberal enough to be one of the people who should dislike her, I didn’t live in the UK during her supposed reign of terror so I don’t really harbour her any ill will.
My memory of Thatcher is this:
I know that a lot of people hated her for a lot of reasons, but lets be honest she was just a woman who was elected to power and did what she thought was right. What is done is done and can’t be taken back, her death doesn’t change that, it doesn’t make your life any better.
I found this by clicking on a random link to the side of a YouTube Video, it’s a really haunting song and a really messed up video.
From the video description:
Tigersushi and Excuse My French are pleased to present the new video for DyE’s new single, Fantasy.
Directed by animation wunderkind Jérémie Périn, the video tells the story of a group of highschool kids ready for teenage mischief. They break into the local swimming pool intending a session of innocent nightswimming, in an awkward climate of romance and apprehension.
What happens next is for you to discover here. nsfw.
Directed by Jérémie Périn
Written by Laurent Sarfati & Jérémie PérinArtistic
This has been hanging on my wall for over a year now, it’s a painting by Green Castle Graphics of the final scene in Link’s Awakening. I’ve seen a couple of posts on Reddit that reminded me of it in particular a pearler bead rendition of a scene from Crono Trigger, which has to be my favourite game ever, so I figured I’d finally share this.
I saw this while walking past Green Castle Graphic’s stall at Sloan’s Market in Glasgow, and I had to buy it then and there. Here is the image in Green Castle’s Facebook Gallery before I bought it.
I’m sorely tempted to commission another image by Green Castle I just don’t know what… I have a couple of Ideas though.
This cropped up on a friend’s Facebook wall because they had gained a badge on Fitocracy a social network for fitness buffs.
I can’t help but see that as the beginnings of a Goatse…
I’ve Joined Fitocracy myself, but at the moment I have 0 points because their sign up form is retarded and created two accounts for me one for the login that I provided and another when I tried to connect it to Facebook to import my contacts…
That’s why I’ve not got any points, not because I’ve not been doing any exercise… Honest…
I posted the above quote to Facebook because I was annoyed at the number of people that had put up complete and utter crap superimposed on a pretty picture in the interest of looking or feeling deep and meaningful and someone replied with that image. Fair play to them but my point still stands.
It’s not profound! It just isn’t, I hate the practice, it’s all over the internets clogging up the tubes! Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest all of them have people guilty of this. I want to rant about this but it annoys me so much I actually can’t be bothered expressing the vehement hatred I have for this practice. So I’m just going to shut up and let you get along with your day…
What do you get if you try to re-imagine the cast of the original Star Wars Trilogy as Cyber Punk Hackers? Artist Sillof has done just that. He’s also done a 2 series of steam punk, a 50’s TV science fiction serial, a Wild West, and a medieval set toys as well as Samurai and WWII sets…
In the cool but pointless category, Brazilian retailer C&A (Is that the same C&A that used to exist in the UK?) has started displaying the number of likes items of clothing have received on their Facebook page. I was lead to believe that Facebook wasn’t very big in Brazil and they all use Orkut but that’s besides the point.
As the venture beat article points out online shopping is usually based on the images, and pictures don’t tell you how well made an item is or how the fabric feels. Something that looks really nice can feel like it’s made from camel testicles.
This image is probably fairly accurate, especially the last one… I can’t actually remember where I found this though, It was just open in a browser tab. Probably posted by someone one Twitter or Facebook.
It occurred to me just now that one thing that FaceBook and Google+ do that Twitter doesn’t is have a mechanism to show passive approval of something. On FaceBook you can “Like” a post and on Google+ you can “+1” it, Twitter has no equivalent. On Twitter you can either comment on a post by replying to it, or you can share it by retweeting.
I think the like is an empty gesture, it holds no meaning, and it serves only to boost the ego of the poster, also it’s prone to ambiguity, if someone posts a status update saying something like “My dog died today, he was a lovely hound” and someone likes that what does that mean? does it mean that you like the fact that the dog died or that you are being sympathetic to the person for their loss?
If you are being sympathetic and all you can be arsed doing is clicking a button then you are a pretty lazy, a person who was actually sympathetic would say something passing on their condolences, if you like the fact that their dog died because the dog ate your hat well maybe you shouldn’t be sharing that fact.
What do people think is liking a status update an empty gesture?
Note: I’m not talking about liking things on services like Pinterest, StumbleUpon or Last.FM where your likes are actually stored, that’s more curating things you like rather than silently expressing that you agree with/approve of a statement.