Are you nice to your computer? Do you think that you empathize with specific computer ‘voices’ more than others? Did you hate Clippy? Well, if you did/do then you’re treating your computer as if it actually obeys the same social rules that people do, even especially when the computer isn’t.
Just because I could respond instantly, it doesn’t mean that I will, or that I want to. I too have texted while driving (also only while stopped) but he recognizes that the social stream really isn’t that important. Things can, should, and will wait. People need to get used to this idea that others are not at their beck and call.
All of this data can wait until later – and much of it can wait until never.
I like this quote. So much of what goes on online, really can wait, and some never needs to happen. We should work on this now, before it spreads too far.
I’m cautiously optimistic about this. I’ve not used it myself, and the description is full of hyperbole/buzwords, but if it really does work as advertised it can only be a good thing. I hope they get the publisher support they need in order to have a fair trial.
Did you know? I sorta knew, but then I also don’t have any device that takes GPS/geotagging data and embeds it in my pictures. You might though. I would follow the link through to ICanStalkU.com so that you can disable this if you want.
In response to a claim by a computer scientist/transhumanist that we’ll be able to virtualize the brain in 10 years, a neuroscientist basically laughs at him. I tend to agree with the neuroscientist here.
“In 2005, “Pineapple Bun” was nominated as a potential Pacific typhoon name but was rejected. The director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Lam Chiu Ying, as one of the judges for the naming process, commented: “If we say XX country is being ravaged by Pineapple Bun, that would be too hilarious.””—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple_bun
And wid means nothing. Yeah, trying to make an xml parsed widget isn’t working right now. All I want to be able to do it set up a dynamic xml string that displays what’s playing when the page is loaded. Rainwave even provides an xml file of what is playing too! The issue is that I have no idea what to do past that. I can read the XML myself, but to figure out how to write the code that can parse it, in such a way that I can stick in into my theme on here? Not a clue. Thus my widget experiments for this evening return ‘wid’ and not ‘widget’.
Bad, bad, bad! This Google/Verizon proposal is very bad news. On one level, I can see their point, but on the other, we just need more ‘fat pipes’ leading to our homes, and then none of the issues they mention will be a problem. We know we can do it, sooo many other nations have faster internet already, so why do we need a whole ‘new internet’ (oops, additional services, my bad) when all the effort into building that out can be directed to make the current internet what we want?
While I agree that parents need to take a more direct role in monitoring and controlling their children’s electronics usage, some of the article is unintentionally amusing.
Signs for parents to watch out for include: tendonitis in wrists and neck pain, depression, mood swings, angry outbursts if interrupted or restricted, avoiding normal socialising and being active with other friends, preferring to be in their rooms to being with the family (even for meals), and deterioration in quality of school work and poor attention during classes.
If your child is shy, socially avoidant and anxious, they may be at risk as may those who may be depressed, have family or school problems or who are being bullied.
If these are the signs you should be watching for, then what kid isn’t included in this at some point? The tone is overly alarmist. The overall message that parents need to become more involved is a god one, but the idea that electronics usage leads to, “…total isolation from friends and family and social immaturity at a critical stage in their life development,” in all or even most cases is laughable.
A random thought today. Do forums count as a ‘social network’? I mean, they are sites where people spend a considerable amount of time in a social community, but is that enough to make them a social network? I would say they should be considered a social network, even before you take into consideration the fact that recent forum software versions have added social aspects such as friends, profile comments, etc.
On this front, yes a forum is a social network. Especially that “common interest” one. Now there are some forums that are limited to just collections of friends, but I’m thinking more of the big boards, but it could spread farther down that that. There’s clan forums, fan forums, and then the meta forums built up from there. On all of theses there are dedicated members investing a lot of time into them. And how does on interact on a forum? By talking to other people, an inherently social activity.
As time goes on, and a member lurks less, they get drawn into the various discussions, building up a reputation (as there are always search engines for looking back into the past), and coming to know the other posters. From here, people tend to get along better with some than others, forming freewheeling alliances and ramshackle sub-networks. How is this any different from ‘regular’ social networks?
Going back to wikipedia again, it claims that a social networking service:
…essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services.
In this regard, forums provide a profile, usually customized search options to find posts by a particular user, and plenty of space to interact with others. Forums also serve as a distribution hub for outside content too. Links are shared on forums, as well as software, news, and conjecture/opinion to name a few. The only difference that I can see is that forums provide no filtering, whereas the formal social networking sites use that filtering as a major feature, if not the only draw (see facebook, before it pushed people to share with ‘everyone’).
So if we rely solely on wikipedia, it would seem that forums do not count as a social network services, but do develop social networks. I would argue further, that the lack of said filtering frees one to interact in a far more social setting than the services provide, but at the price of risking one’s “real identity”. Most forums are not private fora for discussion. The fear of having your freely voiced thoughts traced back to you does tend to put a damper on free expression. But the existence of sites like lamebook and such undermines the trust that might serve as a distinguishing feature.
Due to the amount of time and social capital invested in forums, they should be considered as much a part of the social web experience as other, more modern forms are. You can even play games on them!
So yeah. Now one group of scientists claim that the marvelous Triceratops never existed. Not at all! What is this, the kill childhood science year? First pluto, now the Triceratops! We must make a stand—
…Wait, you mean science really works like this? Never mind then. Move along.
This remix really captures and explores the flavor of the original. It’s not a busy song, you can feel the solitude as you listen alongside it. There’s a haunting synth piping that comes in around the halfway mark. The base tune is the piano-esque tones, and it stays true to the original, repetitive, reassuring, and empty. It takes the rest of the instruments to keep the song feeling whole. My favorite segments are the tumbling waterfall measures. You’ll know them once they hit you.