Towse: views from the hill

December 29, 2008


Filed under: blog,fun,URL,web2.0 — Towse @ 12:06 am

Yes, there actually is a Web site called CUTE THINGS FALLING ASLEEP.

Found via CuteOverload.

Specifically … this post.

And why was I over at CuteOverload? Well because Jessamyn was tweeting that her Mom had never seen CuteOverload, and I said outloud (in a two-person office) that not everyone’s Mom has seen CuteOverload. And his nibs was all, “What’s CuteOverload?” and things went from there to there to there.

So there.

December 26, 2008

Underage Facebook party busted

Filed under: culture,web2.0 — Towse @ 7:40 pm

Underage Facebook party busted

Remember what we say kids. Nothing is private on the internet. If you don’t want the cops to come to your house don’t post it on Facebook.

Parents, don’t let your children grow up to do stupid things and crow about it on Facebook.

But, oldkins can be clueless too. The husband of a woman in Sheffield, UK, murdered her after she posted on her Facebook page that she was leaving him. The husband of another woman, this one from Croydon, near London, murdered her after she changed her Facebook status to “single” a couple days after the husband moved out. Stabbed to death.

Both women were, obviously, married to unstable, abusing men. Both were murdered after they unthinkingly used Facebook to tell the world they were (or soon would be) well-rid of their husbands. They must’ve already known what sort of creepoid jerks their husbands were and that they might react to the public exposure.

Watch what you post to Facebook, folks young and old. Word has a way of getting ’round.

Update: Keep your illegal/dumb stuff off YouTube too.

Raising a Gamer? Employers Turning Down World of Warcraft Players

Filed under: culture,web2.0 — Towse @ 7:32 pm

Raising a Gamer? Employers Turning Down World of Warcraft Players

A word to the wise … don’t tell your employer or co-workers that you are a Tauren shaman known as GoldenRabbitsoul. Don’t mention Pretend you spend your evenings knitting and your weekends hiking in local parks.

December 1, 2008

The Pownce Blog — Goodbye Pownce, Hello Six Apart

Filed under: app,technology,web2.0 — Towse @ 9:16 pm

The Pownce Blog — Goodbye Pownce, Hello Six Apart

Pownce is closing down effective December 15th. They’ve added an export function so you can download all your messages. Leah Culver and Mike Malone are joining the engineering team at Six Apart, and bringing the Pownce technology along with them.

[via a tweet from Laughing Squid]

November 28, 2008

Mumbai/Bombay – Twitter Search

Filed under: news,web2.0 — Towse @ 8:26 pm

Mumbai/Bombay – Twitter Search

… ongoing news and commentary on what’s happening in Mumbai/Bombay via tweets, some direct from India.

Also links to news articles and useful information and, as always with the Web, some wasted space and very stoopid people.

November 26, 2008

12 Great Tales of De-Friending

Filed under: life,web2.0 — Tags: , — Towse @ 2:54 am

My peeps-who-tweet list grows and shrinks, depending on how full my twitterstream is.

Most people who are taken off the list are stored instead on MyDelicious with a /twitterfeed/ tag so that I can get to them and catch up on their tweets but not necessarily wade through five hundred tweets (total) every day. I mean, there was usually a reason they made my twitterfeed list in the first place.

Is it their fault they post in spurts and every four hours I can look forward to a series of nine tweets?

Well, yes it is their fault, which is why they’re now a MyDelicious twitterfeed link rather than on my “real” twitterfeed. (Note to whoever may be fussing about me moving you off my twitterfeed: Unless your initials are TO, the aforementioned burst-tweeter isn’t you.)

Facebook, though, seems more easily controlled. I can look at someone’s updates or not. The updates from X don’t overwhelm the updates from Y. I don’t think I’ve ever defriended anyone at LinkedIn either. I did completely bail out of Friendster soon after the friends of friends of friends began including people I wouldn’t want to have coffee with.

This article on de-friending brings up many issues but #6 (“De-friending can regress mature women into a high school gossip mob”) takes the cake.

November 25, 2008

Second Life affair ends in divorce –

Filed under: life,web2.0 — Towse @ 10:45 pm

Second Life affair ends in divorce –

Pollard and Taylor met in an internet chat room, got married in RL and in SL in 2005, and then …

[husband] Pollard admitted having an online relationship with a “girl in America” but denied wrongdoing. “We weren’t even having cyber sex or anything like that, we were just chatting and hanging out together,” he told the Western Morning News.

[wife] Taylor is now in a new relationship with a man she met in the online roleplaying game World of Warcraft.

Be careful out there, folks! The online world can splash over into this one with nary a warning.

[via HMB @ unlibrarian]

November 19, 2008

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Filed under: history,photographs,URL,web2.0 — Towse @ 3:28 am

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

[via Scott Beale @ laughing squid]

November 13, 2008

Pin the Tail — Patterns, Land Use

Filed under: election2008,mashup,web2.0 — Towse @ 9:13 pm

Pin the Tail — Patterns, Land Use

Interesting blog post from Sophia Travis @ Pin the Tail comparing red/blue voting patterns in the south for the 2008 presidential election and cotton production in the same region in 1860.

What does this mean? All those old plantation owners’ heirs and assigns are Democrats?

[via tweet fr Tim O’Reilly]

flickr and guesswheresf

Filed under: photographs,San Francisco,web2.0 — Towse @ 1:30 am

I stash photos on flickr — not all the photos I take, obviously, but some. My “pro” account expired today and I need to get around to renewing.

“pro” accounts cost $24.95/yr and a subscription gets you an infinite archive of photos, infinite uploads, infinite … and the free version gets you a far scaled down version, but enough to see why you might want to spend $24.95/yr for the complete deal.

The time I spend roaming around on flickr, looking at other people’s photographs (oooh, look at all the photos labeled ‘Lake Baikal’) is a joy and an education, but most of my time on flickr is spent in one of their interest groups called GuessWhereSF in which the members (1213 at last count) upload photos taken within the city limits and the other members guess where the picture was taken.

I am amazed at the esoteric knowledge of the city and its back alleys some of these folks have. The group also has handy helpful tools like a list of “unfound” photos for those who are looking for the challenge of identifying a photograph that has so far gone unidentified and a comment searcher so you avoid, as much as possible, uploading a picture of somewhere that’s been photographed and uploaded ten times before. (Search for the street name of the place you took a picture of for the best results.)

Pictures that show up again and again and again eventually are nominated for “Hall of Fame” status. Scrolling through the Hall of Fame is a primer into how different photographers can photograph the identical location with widely varied results.

Fun? You betcha.

Like this: Sleepy lion. 3690 Washington @ Spruce, uploaded a day or so ago. (The address was added after the location was identified.) (Identified in like two minutes, I’ll have you know. Sheesh.) Comments follow.

Read the rules before playing!

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