Archive for June, 2011

Stupidity in the age of facebook.

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Vancouver rioters identified thanks to digital photos and facebook posts.


Quote of the Day – Bourdain on Politicians

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“A miserable, hypocritical prick–whatever the system of government–is still a prick.  I tend to look at the world, still, from the point of view of a restaurant guy–a small business owner.  Right? Left? I don’t care. I look at “leaders” as if they were managers of my restaurant. I go away for four years and come back. If my business has gotten inexplicably worse, I have fewer customers, the neighbors are pissed, my employees unhappy and there’s money inexplicably missing from the till, I call that a bad leader.  I don’t know if that’s politics or simple good sense.”

Anthony Bourdain

As profound as this quote is, the rest of the blog post is worth reading as well.


Want to do a project timeline without having to buy MS Project?

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If you have Excel, you can.  Here’s a link to a really good tutorial that will get you what you need in less than 5 minutes.


Everloop

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Everloop is a social networking site directly geared toward users between the ages of 8 and 15, although younger users are allowed to open accounts.  It encourages, but does not require parental involvement and the site is COPPA compliant.  It also just secured $3.1 million in additional funding from such investors as vFormation, Band of Angels, Deena Burnett-Bailey, Envoi Ventures, Richard Chino, and Wayne Goodrich… and this is over and above the funding it secured previously.  There are other sites trying to market social networking for kids.  Clearly Everloop is the one the VC crowd thinks is the most viable.

The problem I have with Everloop is not because of Everloop, but because of facebook.  Everloop is trying to solve a problem that facebook has no desire whatsoever to solve, and that is the problem of the consequence of children using social networking with little or no supervision, though the argument of exactly whose responsibility it is to ensure safety is a debate for another article.  To Everloop, children seem to be a class that needs some semblance of protection even though somehow that class fits into its revenue stream (rest assured, Everloop will advertise the hell out of those kids).  Facebook has so many users already, it can operate under the same premise the Chinese government operates under:  Use ’em however you want.  There’s more where they came from.