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groggenspiel

“If they made tugboats bigger, they’d be the boats other boats tug.”

3/28/10 01:33 am

I feel so stagnant right now.

2/16/10 12:19 pm - My official rant against retweets

I know a lot of you like Twitter, and I know a lot of you know I don't.

I follow a few people on Twitter, and I check in on them every once in a while, but for the most part it's really hard for me to see the appeal. You follow more than a dozen people and you're apt to get lost in the noise. It's pretty much the problem I've found with Facebook -- too much stuff to parse through. Which is why I'm rather negligent of what my 155 friends are up to.

Well, today I log into Twitter to double-check a post I made, and now I am subjected to retweets. I hate retweets.

I consider them like little bite-sized versions of email forwards that I don't ask for. Now the corporate machine at Twitter thinks I should be subjected to all of the retweets, kind of like those companies that sign you up for their mailing list and subsequently put the onus on you to opt out.

You should NEVER, EVER, EVER have to FUCKING OPT OUT of a goddamn mailing list. You fuckers. Don't sign me up for communications I don't want to read. I have a hard enough time communicating with the people I know via email, and I work hard to keep my personal inbox free of spam without the use of filters. And don't tell me I have absolute control over this. You're required to provide an email with many merchants these days, and they'll sign you up even if you tell them not to. Sometimes they'll add you back a year later after you opt-out. So I guess I'll have to start giving out a write-only email address. Jesus Fucking Christ. We truly live in a society of assholes who have no respect for privacy anymore.

What is so wrong with this principle? Is it really a service to Twitter users to make them read more stuff when they don't really want to? And then require a per-user opt-out? I am not the type to read my friends' friends' Facebook or LiveJournal posts, and I'm not necessarily subjected to the content against my will.

Honestly, I don't mind following my friends. But I don't want someone else's stuff, otherwise I'd follow them. And maybe I don't meet new people that way, but I'm really not on Twitter to expand my social network. I'm a shitty social networker, I admit, but I'm pretty dubious of people I've never met (even when friends vouch for them).

I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting control over signal to noise ratios, but I'm probably just a sourpuss in the eyes of everyone who thinks smartphones and Web 2.0 are still novel.

2/9/10 08:57 pm - Does anyone still use LiveJournal?

(I asked the same thing about Twitter on Twitter.)

*insert standard-issue rant about intercapping here*

10/8/09 11:47 pm - el diss pequeño

When things are going well, sometimes you need to stop for a moment so you don't miss the little letdowns in life.

9/5/08 07:55 pm - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Can the same message be posted via TxtLJ and TwitterSMS? (The "post" is sadly necessary for TxtLJ.)

8/25/08 10:10 pm - Happy 30th

The Lego minifigure turns 30 today.

8/10/08 01:58 pm - 48 hours later...

I got my wisdom teeth extracted Friday at 2 p.m.

For all of the horror stories I've heard, I guess I was pretty much spared any substantive agony. At this point my face is a bit swollen and sore, and that's without any painkillers, aspirin, Tylenol, etc.

Really, the worst part is this odd quasi-post-partum depression. As much of a pain as they were, I kind of miss my third molars.
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8/8/08 10:33 am - Happy birthday, Chuck

May your birthday not be overshadowed by the people going crazy about the number 8.

7/29/08 03:26 pm - Clicky is good

Found via Salon: Noisy and oh-so-nice.

I never really gave up the IBM clicky keyboard. It's the tactile feedback that lets you know you've actually hit a key. Someone please tell me if they actually like the new, ultra-flat, MacBook-inspired Apple keyboards. I might as well be typing on a touch screen.

7/25/08 02:15 pm - Sleeping problems (not mine)

My MacBook Pro can only successfully wake from sleep and let me unlock the screen about 50% of the time. The other 50% is it giving me a blank screen or shutting itself off. And then waiting over a minute for it to wake up again.

What ever happened to quality assurance? Is this really considered acceptable in terms of a usable product?
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