New Zealand ’17: Day 09 – Abel Tasman National Park (Fri)

Lodging: The Waters Bed and Breakfast Date During Trip: July 7, 2017 Today was a catch up day for me. I wanted to catch up on my journaling and backup all of my photos and videos from the trip. The Canon backup process was a flop. The iPad appeared to ingest the photos, but too quickly. Then it said it… Continue reading

Why I’m Minimizing My Facebook Presence

I initially setup my Facebook account with a ton of information about me: where I went to school, was born, have lived, blah, blah, blah. I also created accounts on other social network services, providing them with a lot of personal information as well. As time has passed, I’ve learned more about what is being done with this information and… Continue reading

Loneliness

The promise of technology was to democratize the world and bring us all together. Hmm… I’m thinking it has done more to place people in isolated silos than bring them together. I watch people at the dinner table not be present but rather be online. I’ve been exploring this notion for some time. This video is exceptionally well done. Shimi… Continue reading

Fighting Against the Death of the Open Web

From time to time I grouse about how transglobal corporations stifle competition and fair trade to maintain their economic dominance. It’s an old story that will most assuredly never end. But, in this post, I want to specifically write about the death of the open web, how I fight back, and why you should too. Facebook As One Example I… Continue reading

Some DEEP Spring Cleaning Goin’ On Here…

I’m not talking about cleaning up the house—that’s an ongoing project that stays “up to standards” fairly well. I’m talking about my digital house. For several different reasons, it has become a cluttered mess over the past year—the past 3 months in particular. So what did my digital Spring cleaning entail? I disconnected apps that, without ever asking my permission,… Continue reading

Backlash Gains Real Traction

Social media? Get real. It’s really all marketing machinery! Facebook and Twitter try to keep it quiet, but a backlash against the heavy marketing (exploitation) of user information is annoying a critical mass of people. Remember, if you’re not paying for an online service, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. Eli Pariser nailed it in his book,… Continue reading

Well-Hidden and Unassuming

I recently finished reading Eli Pariser‘s The Filter Bubble:  What the Internet is Hiding from You.  I highly, highly recommend this as essential reading.  He provides some intense thinking in every chapter about the serious implications of where the internet is currently taking us.  Brilliantly thought out and well written.  (I should probably write a whole post about his book!)… Continue reading

Can’t I Change My Mind?

I know I’ve sworn for decades (ok, at least in internet years) that I would never have a Facebook account.  I blogged about it.  I’ve given good reason for why I would never do it.  But, well… Damn! I’m using it as a tool to keep in touch with people I would otherwise never have the opportunity to keep up… Continue reading

Augmented Reality Fascinates Me

Of the 10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010, this last one most interests me. I’ll be curious to see where this takes us. Finally: Real, Cool and Very Bizarre Online-Offline Integration Virtual worlds, games and avatars were just the beginning of the online-offline integration. In 2010 we’ll see a greater push on this front as distance and physical… Continue reading