It’s Not F*cking Profound!

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…

 

Fail whale Cake

The “Fail Whale” is a fairly iconic image that anyone who’s used twitter has probably seen at some point, unless you never use the web interface or have been really lucky. This cake was created by Mariana Pugliese a cake designer from Buenos Aires.

Interestingly the Fail Whale was designed by a Chinese illustrator Yiying Lu and was originally an elephant:

elephant

You can learn more about how this iconic image came about by watching the following interview with her:


Cake via Gadget Sin

Is Liking Something On the Internet a Meaningless Gesture?

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.

I Actually Used Social Networking to Network in Real Life!

Yesterday I was in London for work and was going to be spending the night twiddling my thumbs in my hotel room so I sent out a message on Twitter to that effect and asked if anyone wanted to meet up for a pint, I got a direct message from a friend whom I see once in a blue moon saying he had to be somewhere later but he was free till 6:30, I agreed and we met up, and had a pretty good if brief catch up.

I then decided to go for a wonder, I’ve been messing around with Foursquare recently trying to establish a rhyme or reason behind it, so far it’s just been a mechanism for accruing imaginary digital badges as I don’t know enough people on Foursquare for it to be useful, in fact I was fooled by foursquare when I reached Glasgow airport into thinking a friend was at the airport only to discover that he had been there a day earlier.

Anyway… I was randomly wondering about London, a city which I don’t know very well, I checked in in a few places and noticed a notification that a friend was nearby so I sent them a text asking if they wanted to meet up and they said yes so we did.

To cut a long/boring story short I managed to meet people in real life because of two different social networks, sure I’ve used Facebook and Twitter to arrange meeting up with people or events, but it’s very rare that I’ve actually used it for such impromptu meetings especially in a city where I don’t know quite so many people.

I’m more surprised at having used Foursquare for this than I am Twitter, I think the issue with 4SQ is that it requires an awful lot more effort, you have to actually check in at each venue, and you have to have a wide enough social circle who use it. This is probably symptomatic of the fact that I only have 18 friends on 4SQ most of them aren’t active and those who are aren’t even in the same country as me let alone the same city. There is also the awkwardness of 4SQ, letting people know exactly where you are leads to them asking if you want to meet up, while I appreciate this is the point of it, it’s also the case that I don’t want everyone I know knowing exactly where I am all the time. Social networking is one of those things you have to balance who you count as a friend and who is merely an acquaintance, there are lots of people I’m friends with on Facebook that  I’ve not seen in years and with good reason, it’s not that I dislike them or don’t count them as friends it’s just that I don’t necessarily want them to be able to track my every movement and meet up with me at the drop of a hat.

I’d also worry that people would just swing by to wherever I was trying to have a quiet drink or coffee, and disrupt my I don’t know…

I’m not a private person, but I don’t like the idea of people knowing my every move, and yet I obsessive compulsively check into 4SQ wherever I am. Part of me thinks it’s pathetic, I’m chasing some artificial game to get the highest points and the most fake badges, and I’m not sure why I’m doing it…

Help…

Story Idea: Grumpy Old Vampires

I got this idea while skimming Twitter, I think for some possibly related possibly unrelated reason both Neil Gaiman and William Gibson mentioned something to do with vampires, I thing William Gibson said something about vampires and fart jokes. Somewhere along the line these tweets put in my head an idea for a (short?) Story.

The idea is to do to something akin to the movie Grumpy Old Men but for vampires movies, with two grumpy vampires complaining about the state of vampires today with their sparkling etc. I’m not sure what else it would entail but I’m sure you could probably get a lot of mileage out of it.

Bloomsbury Give-away



Bloomsbury GIvaway, originally uploaded by Ohmzar.

I won a book from Bloomsbury books on twitter I had no idea what the book was about. Only that I cold wini t by quickly emailing their marketting department.

The note says “Congratulations, Keep following uson twitter.” I think I’ll use it as a book mark for when I read the book.

From glancign at the cover and my memory of a quick review of the book on Amazon that I read two weeks ago, the book is about Catherine Hubbard, a woman who’s life is falling apart who inherits her grandmother Georgia’s house in Vermont.

When gets there she finds her grandmothers diaries while cleaning the attic, revealing the true story of Georgia (Her grandmothers life).

Reading the life of somone who is separated from her by a generation, apparently the things that are seen as Taboo by her grandmother but are completely normal to Catherine make it a surreal journey, or some such.

Whe I get round to reading this I’ll post an actual review based on more than the back cover.