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giving twitter another go

twitter_bird Even though Twitter has totally jumped the shark, I've realized after not using it for a little while that it does in fact serve a purpose for my job. It keeps people entertained and it's stupidly easy for live show updates.

I announced quite loudly I was kicking Twitter to the curb and did so with a clear conscience. But this time around I'm going to approach it differently.

The approach is this:

Treat it as disposable.

Usually when I post tweets they're just links to things I find interesting. Twitter doesn't "like" this at all. I don't care. If the account gets whacked just from, y'know, using it, then let 'em do it. It will not be the end of the world should that happen.

Stay in Twitter.

Previously I was doing that thing where anything posted to Twitter would sync with Facebook. Not doing that anymore. What I post to Twitter is only going to be there. This is so I can keep much better track of quips I post and if I have to delete something not say, "Oh, yeah.. I have to delete it on Facebook and FriendFeed too."

Another reason is that Twitter has it's own language of sorts with hashtags, RTs and so on. On Twitter users understand what that crapola means, so it's best to stay within that medium for things like that.

The unblanking

Those who follow me on the internet have probably noticed by now that both my Facebook and Twitter profiles are blanked. There's absolutely nothing on either account. However by the time this blog gets posted there will be some content on both.

On Facebook the only thing I'm posted there is an auto-feed for my blog out of TwitterFeed for as long as that service works. It is the best way to feed a blog into a Facebook wall, no question. TF's way of doing it just looks good and functions well.

On Twitter, same thing - except there will also be other things I'll post there as well. As I said above, things I post randomly in Twitter will only be there.

What I've learned and what I won't do again

It's figuratively beat into our heads, SYNC EVERYTHING, so I did. I synced Twitter to Facebook to Friendfeed to my blog and so on.

But there isn't any internet law of sorts that says you must do that, so I'm not going to. I'm going to use whatever is easy/streamlined for me that I can keep track of.

When you start syncing all over the place, everything turns into a mess in short order, and I don't like a virtual mess. Or any mess for that matter.

So yeah.. back on Twitter. Yay? 🙂

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technology cannot cure stupid

nowhere Some real geniuses that blindly followed what their GPS told them got stuck and almost died in Oregon with 18 inches of snow on the ground, but fortunately didn't.

Anybody who knows me knows I champion GPS technology as the best vehicle accessory ever invented, period. But there are those who are so unbelievably stupid when it comes to technology. "Sure, let's follow exactly what this thing says. It wouldn't steer us wrong, would it?"

Oh, give me a break.

There was a super-awesome comment on that linked article above. Here's a piece of it:

[If] the same couple, uses a paper map, to find there current location. They then find, on the map, where they are going. They see the same road connecting them to their designation on the paper map. They choose that road because it is the shortest and quickest route possible.

They still get stuck. In the same spot. Technology cannot cure stupid. If you are stupid enough to go into a remote road, in the middle of winter, regardless of what map/navigation you use, and get stuck in 18 inches of snow, for no other reason but it was there, maybe you should not be driving.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

How were they saved from being stuck? GPS. The cell phone was equipped with it and got enough of a signal out where they were able to be rescued.

Some would say, "GPS got them stuck to begin with." Wrong. Stupid driving got them stuck. GPS saved their lives.

I'll quote one more little blurb from the commenter above:

A major road is not one that is covered in 18 inches of snow, in the middle of nowhere, with no one in sight. If you do not have a semi passing you at 70 mph then you are not on a major road.

Again, couldn't have said it better myself.

detroit = america's future?

Below is one of the best videos I've ever seen explaining what happened to Detroit, Michigan. Watch it first, then I'll tell you what I think about it.

There are two huge glaring omissions from the video that largely contributed to Detroit's downfall.

First is the 1967 riot. This is not mentioned once, and it should have been. There were many American cities that had riots in the late 1960s. Some never recovered from them, Detroit obviously included.

Second is the fact Detroit was overly dependent on a single industry, that being automobile manufacturing. It has been proven time and time again that regions which only have a single industry to sustain themselves are doomed to fail.

Detroit is a dystopia, except it's real.

Many believe the entire country is going to end up like the D.

Do I believe that?

No.

The video above is an example of when everything goes wrong. And I mean everything. But it is not representative of the USA as a whole nor what it will become.

What everybody fails to mention when talking about Detroit is that the city's condition is a result of urban decay. This type of decay is a slow process that takes decades to be in full effect. In other words, it absolutely does not happen overnight.

This begs the question of why has the rebuilding process of Detroit been so slow or in many instances nonexistent?

Maybe the following two videos will answer that question. This is a slightly different slant compared to the video above. Watch and learn.

I think that pretty much says it all.

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