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Hotel California

I’ve been vegging, watching Italian murder mysteries set in Sicily (beautiful), reading British murder mysteries set in Cambridge (beautiful), and catching up on the latest episodes of favorite series, including “Dead Like Me”. I am fascinated by series and movies that deal with the afterlife, but what prompted me to write, is my desire to […]

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The joy of small electronics

There is much to be tickled and awed by on the web and if you read sites like Neatorama or Boing Boing or even Cute Overload, you’ve already seen a lot of the stuff. Thanks to link curiosity via something else Neatorama posted, I came across this little video on machine mimicking nature. http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1348306/robots_inspired_by_animals.swf Robots […]

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Hey, that’s MY picture!

Look what I found on I Can Has Cheezburger just now: My “black cat crossing path” photo, now wiff kapshun. So I sent them this e-mail: Hi! This is my photograph. I did let a student use it for a collage, and I guess somebody found it and LOLCatted it (is LOLCat a verb? It […]

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Facebook: Crash and burn

“Please tell us why you are deactivating your account.” I selected, “I don’t find it useful”. Facebook then informed me that if I connected with more friends I probably would. No, Facebook. The few friends I had connected with were sending virtual drinks and teddy bears and graffiti and hugs and group messages all over […]

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Replacing Usenet

Ooh, there’s another group! What an interesting title! What are they talking about! Oh, I want to reply to that! My meandering around on Facebook tonight has been reminiscent of when I first got a computer at home with a modem and the world wide web waiting for me to dial, 10 years ago. I […]

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Facebook, part 2

Facebook is rather obscure. It could have answered my questions “why” and “why register” itself, if it had bothered to put this bit of text from its privacy policy on its main page somewhere: Facebook is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with privacy settings […]

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Facebook. I just don’t get it.

I already turned down one friend who invited me to befriend her on Facebook, and now here comes another. So why don’t I sign up so I can see what they’re up to? Because, honestly, after years of web use, there are so many places I’m registered with and ditto number of passwords to remember. […]