Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg...God Tier Troll?

Oh man Facebook drains me, I swear I only have a Facebook profile because I'm single (boredom, potentially met someone on there)...and I suppose I'm too cheap/lazy to text message certain people :P 

I think the image hosting has always been stupid because you don't refer strangers to your personal profile...unless of course you're one of those 1000+ "friends" types...The video hosting never presented a real challenge to YouTube, Celebrities don't seem to use Facebook much as other services, and well I find most of the 'content' that is on Facebook to be incredibly shallow.

Anyhow I digress :P Today a whole bunch of people expressed a dislike for the new look and feel of Facebook. Now I've been using the site for a few years now (casually) and it's changed a fair few times already, but this new change is a whole new ball game. It's upset a lot of people which makes me wonder if those that are in charge of design are just massive trolls :D

Suspiciously Google's Social Network venture gets opened to everyone around (same day?) the same time. It's like Google knew something was going to happen. * Que Twilight Zone Theme Music*

Here's a relevant picture :) Thanks for reading

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Invitation to Google+

Well I get the invite to join Google+ this morning. "Great" I think, I missed out on testing it earlier this year and I think it's great a likable powerhouse like Google is throwing down a challenge to Facebook.

When I go to sign up though I notice all my Google Services will be consolidated to the one name, yes even retrospectively. I've had a gmail account from back when you needed an invitation from someone, I've started blogs and sites that have failed and had embarrassing content. One thing I seriously don't want is my real identity attached to all these things. I mean this blog alone is a retreat for me from those I deal with in person. I wouldn't mind if people I know in real life knew about and visited this site (some do), but really this is a means of sharing and communicating with people from all walks of life, and the issue of identity doesn't come into it...and that, to me, is a good thing.

So I won't be establishing a Google+ account, which is a true shame. The concept seems really promising to me and I was really looking forward to perhaps promoting this site and its content on the Google+ platform, but if that is what it involves, I can pass up the opportunity a little bit easier.

Something I don't get about hemp

I just figured I'd put this out there.

Every time I see a documentary, or pro-cannabis movie/tv show one thing you will no doubt hear about is the uses of hemp. People will say how many uses there are, the uses of the past, how cheap it would be, that other industries are frightened it'll put them out of business, etc, etc.

Supporters imply if they could grow it things would be so much different but the law gets in their way.

Well growing hemp is legal in NSW Australia (as it would be elsewhere, but I am familiar with NSW seeing as I live here). So how come these people don't invest in it being grown here? Is it because they are ignorant to the fact hemp can be legally grown elsewhere? Are they to scared to put their money where their mouth is? Perhaps they don't have the money to do that...Either way you don't hear about major foreign (or local for that matter) investment in hemp in the state of New South Wales in Australia.

One thing hemp is reportedly good for is paper. However most paper for years and years has been made from wood pulp, the industry has been built up around wood pulp from trees. Can that industry process hemp instead or would the whole industry have to be redesigned to work with hemp fiber?

I'm all for hemp, I just question how easy it really would be to gear the world towards using it.

What are your thoughts?

Letterman's Top Ten List September 19 2011

Firstly I love David Letterman, and I've watched him for years. I know people that don't like the program but I honestly can't see how you couldn't. It's great entertainment - I don't watch it nearly as much as I used to though :/ Hopefully I'll change that around.

Secondly, sorry if this blog entry is a bit of an 'ordinary' topic but I can't think of anything else I'd rather talk about right now :) The topic was Top Ten Highlights Of Barack Obama's Deficit Plan, I changed the channel to The Late Show just as he was wrapping up the segment, I saw #2 (lulz) and it made me laugh so I looked up the list online. Here it is...

Top Ten Highlights Of Barack Obama's Deficit Plan

10.Pay everything off with a giant bake sale on the White House lawn
9.New 10,000% tax on waffles -- no way people are giving up their waffles!
8.Congressional Super Committee now reports to even more powerful Super Duper Committee
7.Medicare no longer covers ass X-rays
6.From now on, quarters are worth twenty-six cents
5.Change the definition of the word 'deficit'
4.Seniors must wait until they're 112 before they can collect Social Security
3.Open more post offices -- those places are money machines!
2.Congressmen must pay hookers in cash
1.Jets giving three and a half in Cincy -- it's like found money

Strangely enough #7 got me thinking about how many people go to hospital because they got something stuck up their ass, and who pays for it. 

#4 hit home because the revised age of retirement in Australia went up to 67 not that long ago (a year or two?), whereas other countries have a lower retirement age - I seem to recall outcry when Frances went up.

#3 I'm not sure how to it tongue in cheek about how post offices are set to become more and more obsolete and that there's less need for them in modern society, or is it a crack at the prices set at post offices? Either way there's something in it to laugh at :)

What do you think of this list? Do you enjoy Letterman? If not care to explain why not exactly?