Back again

September 14, 2006

I got back tonight and feel newly motivated to do things in life.  I worked on my moola game strategy program over the weekend. It’s been on my list of things to do since this summer and I finally got around to programming the logic to solve it. I still can’t present it and the last program I wrote used up all of my memory, so we’ll see what happens.

I’m doing laundry and am going to catch up on blogs, so I’ll lset you know if I find anything interesting.

If you want to try out moola, let me send you an invite.


Crazy Facebook (better late than never)

September 6, 2006

So I finally catch up on blogs and find out that I’ve missed the boat with respect to facebook. I log on and love it, for the same reason I use google reader instead of going to my 40 blogs independently. 90% of the items in the feed relate somehow to the topic, and almost all of them are negative. How did this happen?

  1. People were unpleasantly awoken.
  2. There was a movement.

Facebook facilitates so much social interaction, focused primarily with ones good friends, that people forgot how public a forum it was. The way I see it, “normal” facebook users logged on occasionally and checked out their good friends pages regularly to see what was going on. Where I come from, there was something of a stigma attached to people who spent copious amounts of time examining random people’s pages. Add to that the phenomena of “facebook friends,” where it’s rude to decline a friend invitation of even someone you barely know.

Enter “News Feed.” Everyone starts seeing somewhat personal, timely, and topical information about people they barely know. They suddenly realize that their facebook friends can see the same things about them. Many of their friends have already said that they think it’s creepy and in fact, the new feature makes it easy to see that your friends are joining groups like, “If I were a creepy, stalking pedophile, I’d ❤ the new facebook.” You of course, jump on the bandwagon.

Dan says,

it makes me feel bad every time I log on
I really don’t need to know that your relationship status just changed
or that you wrote on one of your friends’ wall
it’s like it forces me to be a stalker
sure there’s nothing you couldn’t have done before
you just would have had to run your own facebook crawler
which would make you a huge stalker

agreeing with my view that it comes down to the difference between normal users and stalkers. I have to say, I enjoy reading little tidbits, even when it’s a little sad, like one of my friends becoming single after a long relationship. Maybe I’m just a stalker at heart.

things i don’t understand

August 27, 2006

I might be more committed to blogging now, but not committed enough to actually read about them. (it’s in the plans) The things that bother me most now are: 1. trackbacks 2. technorati tags. I see them on other blogs and don’t know how they work or how the do or don’t work in my blog.

New Plan

July 17, 2006

So, for various reasons, it seems unlikely that I will post to this as often as would make it worthwhile. There’s not much time left, we usually don’t have the internet to ourselves, I’m usually not using my computer, so it’s hard to get images and video on here, I have no clue what I’m doing and it takes time to learn, we don’t have any down time, etc… Thus the new plan is to take notes along the way and then post the stories one at a time once I get home. So to everyone out there not reading this, it will be updated once I settle down.

Another Sunny Day in CalifornIA

July 14, 2006

Yesterday we drove from San Francisco to LA along highway 1. It was gorgeous and windy. I’m not sure why I enjoy driving in long roadtrips so much. For the most part, I think it’s the ideal situation to let your mind wander. As a procrastinator, I love taking time to avoid serious matters and spending it on the unimportant. When you’re on a long drive, that’s the best thing you can do. Anyway, we made it to the city of angels last night and crashed at our friend Lei’s place in LA. Here’s the view to which we awoke.

LA view

First Post

July 11, 2006

On day 10 or 11 of our roadtrip, I finally start a blog. There are some great stories that were missed and will probably be told later. I think the best strategy now is to start with the present. Last night, we got into Griffin’s mom’s house in Napa valley. What I awoke to this morning was just unfair.

She’s got a beautiful house, and I was sitting at the dining table starting to eat breakfast. I was looking out into the garden through the half-open sliding door. Birds were chirping, I could smell flowers, and I could see hills in the distance. It was quintessential Napa Valley, at least what I imagine that would be. As I said, it is just unfair that such a place exists.

As to the future of this blog, we’ll see where it goes. Right now, I can’t make pictures work, but they will soon.