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Shhh…

I know I’ve said it before, but writing is hard.  But in my corner, you have no idea…
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So Far-Removed

Image source: feross.org

I just had to remove the draft I wrote for a post on Free Speech, in response to someone else’s post on hate speech.  Because it fell apart.  I couldn’t cut the things that made it a post, as opposed to the comment it was…

Despite the fact that all speech except for actual threats of harm is protected under the First Amendment, I couldn’t continue with it.  I added love our so-called “enemies”tough love, especially… I began to add the elements of violence and terrorism, and how hate groups aren’t quite responsible for attacks but rather individuals that cross several lines.  And I added my two cents that ignoring them doesn’t necessarily help because isolation is part of the cause of said violence…

Sigh.  In other words, it was too much because I’m full of crap.  And with politics, you mustn’t care what others think and/or you must prove everything you say with charts, and graphs, and studies, and everything else under the sun…

And I’m already a big ball of stress.  I can no longer tolerate certain foods, and I certainly can’t tolerate politics by much.  There’s so much attached to the talk of the U.S. Constitution, that I may do the whole Hear No Evil thing. 🙉

…Some scars will never heal…

…And then my phone buzzed, adding to all the noise

I just had to remove my Yahoo mobile account.Yahoo

For the more “private” email account—as opposed to the public G-mail—I was receiving subscriptions to things I hadn’t subscribed to.  I had it.  My mother may have over a hundred thousand emails in her inbox (don’t sign up just anywhere!), but my mobile data is precious.

Several times, the magenta notification light flashed this morning.  I did, however, receive ample warning prior to all this—among identity theft warnings (an insurance company saw my info, supposedly), the address was exposed.  So there I go.

So many traps lie out there, with may include the ‘unsubscribe’ links.  There was even one fake email that posed as “Yahoo, Inc.,” telling me my account was suspended…or so I read, from my not-suspended account.

Given my partial abandonment of the Yahoo account, I then put the direct mobile access up in a little bet on whether I’d soon get another unsolicited email notification.  It happened.

The end of that access account also meant the end of the limited news it delivered…so many megabytes of background data…a ton of random headline photos…that I copied to the PC.

So my world shrank a little.  But at least the traffic on my phone is smoother.

So what have you removed recently because it was “too much”?

Oh, and click on the image at the top of the post; Feross did a pretty good essay on internet Free Speech, back in 2009… There, I got an answer to the allegation that cable companies were/are reducing bandwidths for lower-paying subscribers: in 2007, the Associated Press ‘busted’ Comcast for blocking access to BitTorrent, two out of three times.  (Note: the old Yahoo links are dead.)

Suck It Up

Okay, so I have to answer to Notifications.  I still feel like I die a little with them, but I have to suck it up.  It just sucks that blogging is only as social as much as people put out, the way people have to tell you what they want or Do Not Disturb.  And if I’m not clear or don’t know what I actually want, I’m screwed.  I’m always screwed.

Ever since Why Bother, I’ve been thinking about how great Xanga must have been, with vibrant communities, or at least people eager to understand each other.  It predated Facebook (launched 2004) and WordPress (2003).  But…platforms die.

People will flock to the better choice. …Or find themselves forced to join a site over popularity (*cough*  1.3 billion *cough*), and because people you know have left their previous home.

“My…Space?  What is MySpace?”

Maybe if Google didn’t come up with weird names, like Circles, Google+ would’ve lived longer. …Well…it hasn’t died just yet.  As Wired put it:

Google+ as we knew it is dead, but Google is still a social network

The company is, however, giving up on Chrome.

As Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) approaches four years old, Google has announced today [March 3] it will no longer release updates for Chrome on the operating system.

*bursts out laughing*  😀 Ice Cream Sandwich!  Oh—I swear, it’s the first time I heard the code name…

Sigh. …But yeah, change is hard.  When you’ve invested yourself into something you’ve worked hard for.  When you lose a part of your youth moving forward.  When something or someone dies.  But ultimately, change is hard when you don’t know how to effectively change.  Especially when you don’t have any support.

And how to change, in a social media spread thin…

In my experience, the only thing effective action in moving forward is to work at your passion, and to trust your gut on making choices, find true friends & loves…and leave Facebook as soon as you freaking can if you want to keep your sanity. …Then again, I may be insane.

Whatever.  Whatever!  Suck it up, me; suck it up.  Get back to life.  Because, the only thing wrong I can do in blogging is try too hard.  (That, and violating actual rules.)

…And whatever you do, don’t say “blow chunks” on twitter.

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Jason The Opinionated Man of Harsh Reality 10 “Facts”

I didn’t thank Jason when he reblogged one of mine because I found it strange that he did, and didn’t want the attention—breaking a few stats records—to go to my head.  I was also a bit busy answering comments as a result.  And…I don’t know nearly enough to do any “thanks” justice; sanseilife apparently does with this “10 Facts” post.  I love #3 in this list.  But I should clarify that he does sleep…in the morning…honestly, I don’t know when, but he does.

Now, hopefully things can go back to normal. …Some day.

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Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked my stats on WordPress while waiting for the microwave to beep.

I had a bunch of comments, views, likes and visitors, I thought I must’ve accidentally accessed some other WordPress blogger’s account!

Within about six hours I had surpassed my previous daily record on comments, views, likes and visitors!

What happened? JASON from Opinionated Man and Harsh Reality….

Jason had reblogged a short post I did commenting about a WordPress notification.

Jason always offers to reblog, guest post, guest blog, and share a post.   I never took him up on it because I figured it was for his more sophisticated followers but now I realize he can help even us little guys from the suburbs. I’m from Arvada, Colorado. Hey wait I am pretty sure Jason is from Arvada, Colorado!

So here’s 10 things I wanted to share that I know about…

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