Sleeping Cyborg

Jonathan David Page talks about whatever he happens to be thinking about. Sometimes other people join in.

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Tool Values

by on 24 November 2013
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Simplicio: The problem is not the tool, it's the monkey.

Salviati: No, the problem is the tool too. Tools are never value-neutral.

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Facebook, Wherefore Thy Value?

by on 28 June 2012
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Yes, it's Tau Day. I couldn't get Kevin or Ryan to write a proper post, and I don't feel like writing one myself, so instead I'm going to spend a little time whinging about Everyone's Favourite Social Network. If you want to talk about numbers, go leave comments on my Pi Day post.

Something odd occurred to me earlier. The people who I interact with over the Internet most are either not on Facebook, or I am not friends with them on Facebook, or I don't interact with them over Facebook.

Facebook facebook facebook. If I say it often enough, it'll stop making sense.

Seriously, though: I tend to use email, SMS, Skype, IRC, &c. far more heavily than I do Facebook. Facebook is more of a passive absorption system: it allows me to procrastinate more effectively by providing me with a firehose of content.

I could just nuke it. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure most of my blog readership comes via the links I post on Facebook, and mercenary as it sounds I'd rather not lose that. I could create a page for the blog, but I'd still have to have an account, and also go through the logistics of getting people to "Like" it. (You could argue that the kind of people who want to read things I post on the Internet would do so anyway, but under my current system I can use linkbait titles and ensnare innocent souls.) I could simply stop checking Facebook, but then when people send me messages or invite me to things I wouldn't notice (a non-issue if I'm not on Facebook because they know not to send me anything).

Thoughts?

Pi Day!

by on 14 March 2012
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In honor of everyone's favourite mathematical constant, March 14, or 3/14 is Pi Day. Hooray!

Next up: Tau Day on June 28th, or 6/28. After that we get "European Pi Approximation Day" on July 22nd, or 22/7. Such fun we can look forward to!