This is how you know last night’s sukkah party was a major success:
"You had … Falafel and Scotch"
Comment of the Day
Here's the least thoughtful comment I received in response to my post about my grandfather being hit by a car:
And then I would just write software to turn off this “feature” because i’m a mature enough adult to know not to use a phone while driving. Also, there is no way for the software to determine if you’re the driver, or a passenger…
Let’s follow that logic:
I’m mature enough not to use my phone while I’m driving, so I would immediately work hard to get around any software that prevents me from using my phone while driving, which is something I don’t do anyway because I’m very mature.
I’m going to go ahead and get on my soapbox for a minute here.
Earlier today, my 88 year old grandfather was hit by a car.
I don’t mean the car he was driving was hit; he was hit by a car.
He was out for a walk with my grandmother and the nurse who helps her care for him, since he is in failing health. He was being pushed in a wheelchair in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Apparently, a young woman was on her phone while backing out of her garage and was paying so little attention to what she was doing that she failed to notice three people behind her vehicle until she struck my grandfather’s wheelchair, knocking him to the ground.
The combination of hitting the wheelchair and finally noticing that the nurse was banging on her car prevented this young woman from running my grandfather over while he was on the ground.
So, he’s in the hospital with what seem to be only relatively minor injuries. He’ll be there overnight for observation. But all three of them could just as easily be dead.
It’s hard to put away our phones when we get in the car because they’re fun or we feel like we might miss something … which is why most people don’t put them away, even if they know they really should. And that’s why I really hope it won’t be long before the option gets taken away from us so the fun we’re having with our phones doesn’t get us or someone else killed.
But in the meantime, when you get in your car, please put away your phone.
Is there a button I click to make iOS 7 less eye-gougingly hideous?
Am I just too old to appreciate what appears to me to be a catastrophic monstrosity?
I believe I now know the “secret identities” of all the pseudonymous Tumblr bloggers whose writing I really enjoy because they’ve all reached out to me to introduce themselves.
Does it change the way I think about the little community of bloggers with whom I engage in this space? Yep. Real people with real faces and families and backgrounds makes for a real community. This might not appeal to a lot of people who are devoted to keeping their identities a secret, for whatever reason, but I don’t think there’s a way to build a community when no one really knows anyone else by anything other than the words they occasionally type.
"O brave new world, / that has such people in’t!"
Tumblr added an exciting new “Activity” feature today; looking at the past day, week, or month, you can see how many followers you’ve gained, how many notes your posts have picked up, who likes your posts the most, and so on.
Of course, everyone is taking and posting screencaps of their own activity … which has had the (un?)intended consequence of making me feel a lot less Tumblr famous than I felt earlier today.
So, reblog this post. I’ll be watching my “Activity” and I’ll know if you don’t do it.
NOTE: I really like the bloggers whose “Activity” I screencapped above. They have a lot of Tumblr followers — and I’m one of them — because they’re doing really interesting things with the platform.
FURTHER NOTE: This was intended as a tongue-in-cheek post; that’s why I tagged it “comedy.” I think I’m as Tumblr famous as I’d like to be. I have an audience here that I really like and I especially appreciate the high percentage of my audience that really interacts with what I write.
Yahoo vows not to “screw it up” with Tumblr
Yahoo is acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash, a bold bet by Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the struggling Internet pioneer by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue. The deal will use about a fifth of Yahoo’s $5.4 billion in cash and marketable securities.
“Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” Yahoo said in a statement on Monday.
Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Well, one thing’s for sure: I plan to continue working from home.
My last post was just a quick tongue-in-cheek response to all the wailing and gnashing of teeth that I’ve seen over the past 36 hours or so from Tumblr users about the many ways in which Yahoo! would destroy Tumblr.
This post is a bit more serious.
If Tumblr is sold to Yahoo! in the near future, I have to be honest and admit that it’s just not going to be a big deal to me. On the one hand, Yahoo! might find ways to improve on my Tumblr experience and, as anyone who reads this blog likely knows, I’ve had some problems with the way Tumblr unveils its updates and deals with massive service interruptions (along with other more minor issues).
On the other hand, if Yahoo! breaks Tumblr (as pretty much everyone thinks is assured), then I’ll just stop using it. I own kohenari.net so I can just keeping writing here and most people who read what I write on a daily basis won’t notice much of a difference. In fact, once all the Tumblr notes and assorted junk disappears, they might just think the interface finally got cleaned up. I’m not sure what would happen to the thousands of Tumblr users who currently follow my blog, but I presume that some of them would continue to read what I write even if — gasp! — they now have to actually point their web browser to my blog instead of seeing it on their Tumblr Dashboard. If I’ve built enough of a “brand” over the past few years, traffic might even pick up a bit since virtually no one from Tumblr ever actually clicks on a link to my blog right now — they just read and share behind the scenes — and they’d have no choice but to actually visit my blog if I leave Tumblr or if Tumblr is wrecked by Yahoo!.
What I’d miss, of course, is the social networking aspect of the website and, in particular two groups of people. The first group consists of the many excellent Tumblr bloggers I’ve gotten to know and with whom I regularly interact. Happily, I’ve become Facebook friends with the majority of these people over the years so I’m sure we’ll continue to communicate and interact with one another even if Tumblr isn’t around in the future or if I’m not using it.
The second group is populated by the wingnuts and trolls who have supplied me with an almost endless stream of material about which I have written these past few years. These are the folks who are planning to outgun the tyrannical American government, who are deeply in love with guns, who are convinced that racism is a thing of the past, who have completely baffling conspiracy theories, who write to me every single day, who are Holocaust deniers, who accuse opponents of the death penalty of racism, who love Slavoj Žižek more than life itself, whose anti-Israel sentiment tends to slide effortlessly into anti-Semitism, and who think that I’m part of a distinct race of Satanists mentioned explicitly in the Bible. If I’m lucky, these folks will follow me wherever I go.
The truth is that Tumblr’s creators are almost certainly going to do what they think is best for themselves — why wouldn’t they?! — and the millions of people who use their service for free are then going to have to decide what they want to do with whatever Tumblr looks like going forward.
Either way, I’m going to be blogging at kohenari.net and my non-Tumblr audience — which is the bulk of my audience — can expect to see very few substantive changes as a result of Yahoo! either buying or not buying Tumblr. If you liked what I’ve been doing, I’ll still be doing it. It’s my Tumblr audience — who might or might not have been paying attention to me all this time anyway — that will need to make some decisions about whether or not to actually visit my blog on a daily or weekly basis if my posts suddenly stop showing up on their Dashboard at some point in the future.
Microsoft Bing’s Facebook advertising campaign is, for some odd reason, focused on keeping you safe from accidental nudity.
Of course, that’s all well and good until you type in the words “accidental nudity” on the Bing website, in which case you get more than a million NSFW results.
Gee, thanks, Bing!