Copyblogger: Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page.
“Facebook might not be the best place to invest brand time and energy.” In a world of increasing time pressures, one must rate social interaction by response, and reapportion efforts accordingly. Said it for ages.
Adobe Blogs: Photoshop & Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite).
To date, no issues reported. Good to know.
Motherboard: Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die?
“So the bad news is that, if you’re alive today, your death will probably be drawn out and pretty scary. The good news is that we’re a lot better at managing pain than they were in the Middle Ages.” Mental note: move to a right-to-die state, if necessary, when the time draws near.
365/2: 288. Warm enough to sit out under the portale this evening. Nice sunset, too.
Later: Aforementioned sunset.
Historiann: Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed.
“Because of the historic association of gun ownership with men, especially white men, in states like Utah and Colorado they now have the power to shut down women speakers whose ideas they dislike, especially feminist women.” Are they acting out what they’ve learned from their favorite electronic pastimes (disturbing enough), or are they cold-bloodedly attempting to quash the ‘bug’ in their virtual perception of reality?
BarnFinds: The First El Camino?
BBC: Is the oil crash a secret US war on Russia?
OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review.
Voluminous and detailed, as per usual. I agree with Ars here: “The standard rules apply. Don’t upgrade until all the applications you care about are compatible. Make sure you have good backups. Point-zero releases are always a little more risky.”
Coda 2.5 is out.
Here. It’s been my prime code editor for a while now, though I own a half-dozen.
Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.
Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.
Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis mosaic portrays Abduction of Persephone.
Looks more and more like this is a tomb for a very important woman in Alexander’s family.
OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.
What a difference seven years makes.
... and the ol’ odometer ticks over to the double-nickel ...
55 today. It ain’t the hardware, it’s the bandwidth. (Heh).
JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project: Roland Tanglao #jumpforjoyphoto of the day!
I still maintain Roland has the best smile on the interwebs.
Italian Ways: The Castle in Soncino - “Si vis pacem, para bellum”.
Whenever I see a brick castle, I think “I could build that.” Leftover Lego mentality, I suppose.
365/2: 287. Diving straight into sunset.
No chemtrail comments please. I’ll rip you a new @%#$@%$$%.
YOU+ME: rose ave., album out now.
Been waiting for this. I think it’s great. Alicia is, of course, Pink! in pop venues. She’s so Doylestown, even still. It’s endearing. Come to Santa Fe, play the Lensic you two. I’ll be there.
Barn Finds: Henney’s Nu-3-Way - 1953 Packard Hearse.
Oh, man. Dyin’ to have this. (Heh). What a great vehicle to haul camera equipment around in! I’ll hold out for 4WD, tho.
Youtube: Glen Campbell - I’m Not Gonna Miss You.
The famed singer is in the final stages of cognitive decline, and it seems his record company saved this for us.
Italian Ways: The Temple of Valadier, a refuge for the soul.
WSJ: Where Germs Lurk on Planes. [Pre-Ebola link.]
The media seem intent on convincing everyone that airline travel is safe as can be. It’s not. H1N1 and SARS have exposed some of the weaknesses of airline travel. This article is from 2011, before the current spate of ‘safety’ bullsh-t you’re being fed by the 24/7 news cycle. Forewarned is forearmed.
Later: I do not wish to fan the flames of panic and irrationality. I would like the media to be straight with people about risks on board a flight. Shep Smith of Fox News [quelle surprise] has a message I agree with. There is zero risk for anyone in the general population at this time.
SciAm: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs.
Dow looks to outdo Monsanto in the current spate of superweed issues. 2,4-D will likely cause some “Agent Orange!” cranks to come out of the woodwork, but it’s a substance that’s got a very long history ... and a very short halflife. The real question is, how fast will the weeds adjust? Roundup alone didn’t last very long.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
LRB: Adam Shatz reviews ‘Congo’ by David Van Reybrouck.
Nice Marmot: Blogging like it’s 1999.
Later: Dr Vornov says, “With our symbolic tools of language that abstract the maps into notes, conversations and blog posts, we can get out of our heads and team up with other minds to improve the usefulness of our internal maps, even to the point of knowing things that are beyond any ability to experience.”
This post has been simmering in the back of my head as I’ve been running around town today, and I wanted to expand on it. I think of how fellow bloggers, my readers and others have shaped my perception of reality, my interpretation of events, my interpretations of groups of facts over the years. It’s been invaluable. However, after near fifteen years of blogging, I have to face my own … sluggishness? … to change the mental maps of late. I wasn’t so slow to change in ’99. Today? Glacial by comparison. Is it age? Is it exposure to poor quality articles? Is it comfort in an attractive rut? Is it a reflection of the knee-jerk post-9/11 fear-and-panic in our culture? I know it’s not media-driven - I don’t watch television! Not even Jon Stewart (though he served me drinks at City Gardens in Trenton eons ago). That seems to shock people.
I circle back to something the Barrett boys [Cam and Damien] underlined for me. Weblogs are best when they’re about stories. A good story is from the heart, from the soul. “I lived this.” A good story changes my mental map, because it is a convincing direct experience I can feel. It’s the direct experience I don’t have, but when I hear it from a person I trust, it bends my opinion to the bloggers’ experience. My mental map extends beyond my direct ken.
Why are today’s stories not changing my maps? Why are stories less compelling than they were? I think it’s because there’s a difference between a fellow blogger, posting as a virtual friend, and a stranger posting a story to Medium or other venue. Stories are told at an arm’s length now - even worse, when they’re on sites with no comment areas. There is no interaction. And historical storytelling has always been about adjustments for the audience as the story is being acted out. I think of the famous photo, the elder at the bonfire, spinning out stories to the next generations, animated look on his face. Our old blogger-banter served that need for interaction - that banter, that back-and-forth is largely gone today.
I suppose that’s why I mourn for the ‘old days’ of blogging. And I make a mental note (scribbled on my mental map margin) to tell more stories.