Just as Facebook replaced Myspace a decade or so ago as the top social media platform, it too will be replaced at some point. My guess is that somewhere someone is working on the aging platform’s replacement at this moment, and that’s good. In this writer’s humble opinion, anyway, the new platform is already overdue.
I’ll spare you the litany of things I dislike about Facebook or things I’ve tweaked over the years to keep the network appealing on a personal level (professional use is a whole other matter), but I will say that the thing that keeps me coming back is the ability to stay in touch with people and that any “value” added is extraneous.
With any luck, the new Facebook will be a stripped-down platform that doesn’t want to do everything but tie your shoes for you. Just your friends, just life, just things that matter. The platform’s creators won’t be out to replace YouTube or become your news and weather source or your town hall. They won’t run your friends’ posts through their algorithms or care how you order food, and they’ll know you don’t want to download more than one app to use their platform’s features.
Facebook has become the new Myspace. Like most people, I’ll continue using it to keep up with my friends and family, but only until the next big thing arrives. I’m ready for the new Facebook.
Louisville Vegan Jerky is most definitely a thing. This stuff not only tastes great, but it comes in five different flavors.
“Question everything. Take nothing for granted. Don’t believe anything because it sounds wise and pious and some holy man said it. See for yourself. That does not mean that you should be cynical, impudent, or irreverent. It means you should be empirical. Subject all statements to the actual test of your own experience, and let the results be your guide to truth. Insight meditation evolves out of an inner longing to wake up to what is real and to gain liberating insight into the true structure of existence. The entire practice hinges upon this desire to wake to the truth. Without it, the practice is superficial.”
From Mindfulness in Plain English (Bhante Gunaratana)
Among the cool things I received for my birthday:
- Beatles Gear (Andy Babiuk)
- White Knight (Todd Rundgren)
- An Evening with Todd Rundgren
I recently moved my website from Tumblr to WordPress. Here the top 5 reasons I switched:
1. Tumblr’s lousy search engine optimization
2. More customization with WordPress
3. Tendency to overshare on Tumblr
The move took more of my time than I wanted it to (like the time I moved from Blogger to Tumblr), but I needed a content management system and space to grow, and the obvious answer was WordPress. I’m glad I switched.
I loved The Time Tunnel television show when I was a kid. I used the concept years later for the cover art of The Jerrys’ CD, Let’s Groove.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus
“The worse of the two is one, who, when abused, retaliates. One who does not retaliate, wins a battle hard to win.” ~ Saṃyutta Nikāya
“The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.” ~ Samuel Butler
“You must always be high. Everything depends on it: it is the only question. So as not to feel the horrible burden of Time wrecking your back and bending you to the ground, you must get high without respite.
But on what? On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, whatever you like. But get high.
And if sometimes you wake up, on palace steps, on the green grass of a ditch, in your room’s gloomy solitude, your intoxication already waning or gone, ask the wind, the waves, the stars, the birds, clocks, ask everything that flees, everything that moans, everything that moves, everything that sings, everything that speaks, ask what time it is. And the wind, the waves, the stars, the birds, clocks, will answer, ‘It is time to get high! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get high; get high constantly! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.’”
Charles Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris