First Looks category archive
All of my computers are now Zareasons–two desktops and a laptop–since a freak lightning strike took out my 23″ Lenovo graphics tablet. Zareason gives good value and stands behind its products.
Bert Roughton reflects on the year since he abandoned the Zuckerborg. A snippet:
I now invest time formerly expended on Facebook doing stuff like reading, gardening, catching up on “Game of Thrones” (OMG, Dany!), flirting with my wife, volunteering and working with fresh focus and creativity. These things are real; Facebook isn’t.
I’ve read the back and forth in The New York Times about whether Facebook needs to be dismembered – or not. But really, who cares? It isn’t as if Facebook is some massive system that distributes food, fuel or even useful knowledge.
Facebook distributes twaddle.
I’ve just gone through my Blogroll and deleted a few sites that are no longer active. (That’s something I’d encourage my fellow bloggers to do from time to time, based on my experience with their blogrolls. . . .)
I’ll likely add a few new links when I get a round tuit.
I know that blogrolls seem to have become an anachronism in these days of twits and Zuckers, but, dammit, it’s my site and I’ll try if I want to. You would try too if it happened to you.
And it looks like all of us are becoming plastic people:
The study estimates that adults consume and inhale at least 98,000 of the particles each year, based on a review of previous research about microplastic intake from things like seafood, honey, bottled water and beer.
Many more particles at the link.
*With apologies to Frank Zappa.
Leave the gate open for politeness.
According to statements received on the scene, officers learned two young men fired a couple of rounds, they returned home. The victim walked through a partially opened privacy gate followed by the second young man. When the second young man attempted to open the gate fully, the weapon discharged, striking the victim in the lower back.
Joe Pierre was once interviewed by the Spanish newspaper El Pais Semanal about the apparent increase in flat earth flatulence from flat earther believers.
The interview was not published, so he has chosen to share the transcript at Psychology Today Blogs. It is worth your while, because the dynamic he discusses pervades dis coarse discourse; here’s bit:
It’s hard to know whether there are really more “flat earthers” today, but the internet certainly seems to have played a role in popularizing fringe beliefs like this one. Whereas typical in-person social discourse makes it difficult to maintain unconventional beliefs in the face of ridicule, anonymous online communication through social media and forums like Reddit and 4chan affords people easy access to like-minded individuals around the world who can rally around beliefs that most of us might find ridiculous. In addition, the internet business model based on monetization of “hits” has created an online environment in which headlines have become more sensationalized and objective news lies alongside, and has become conflated with, subjective opinion.
Meanwhile, Dick Polman marvels at Republican pols’ willingness to serve the anti-vaxx Kool-Aid.