I’m seeing this article everywhere today, especially in skeptic circles. It seems like every man, woman, miscelaneous, and their dog in the skeptic circles I follow are sharing it and adding comment “I’M SMRTR THAN THAT AN U SHUL B TOO1~”.
Let me just remind you of a little saying that’s also popular in the skeptic circles. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. Read more…
I enjoy cycling, I’m just not very good at it. I used to think I was good at it, until I discovered what as a kid I thought were “epic distances” were distances most people in the cycling community wouldn’t even consider a warm-up.
The problem is, because I’m not very good at it I usually get in to cycling every year or two, it lasts anywhere from a week to three months, then the bike doesn’t get touched again for another year or two.
Right now I’m in another of those resurgences, and the world as I know it is completely different. Read more…
It has become quite clear to me that the people behind the blog LifeHacker have a certain thing against introverts. I honestly don’t know what brought it on from them, but they seem to go above and beyond to not only misunderstand the very basics of what an introvert is, but also to then abuse, offend and insult them.
This is a sore topic with me because I am sick of being told I am a lesser person for being an introvert myself. I am sick of being told I am inadequate for being an introvert myself. I am sick of being told I am broken for being an introvert myself. I am sick of being told there is something wrong with me for being an introvert myself. All of these things I am told, are wrong. They are incorrect. They are insults whether they are intended as insults or not, and I am sick of it. Read more…
I hate Instagram. Actually, I’m that statement isn’t entirely true. To be completely honest and truthful, I F%$KING loathe Instagram. It is the chain-mail of the photography world (Send this email to all your friends list!). It is so similar to a computer worm (virus) it’s not funny. It seems to serves no purpose other than get other people to spread it, install it, get itself everywhere and propagate some more.
Every time someone uses it, I die a little inside. Every time someone uses it, I feel a deep sense of foreboding rage building inside of me. Every time someone uses it, a hipster gains his/her skintight jeans and thick glasses with no lenses.
What exactly is wrong with it? Well, just about everything. Read more…
I was reading an article in The Age which states that Melinda Tankard Reist has threatened a libel lawsuit against a blogger, and one section of the article jumped out at me as being quite odd and, quite frankly, wrong. Seeing as my comment was a bit more than I could fit on twitter (thought I can fit it on facebook), I’ve decided to write this very short blog article to put up my thoughts.
“While Tankard Reist has not gone so far as to issue court proceedings yet, she complains social media has intensified the level of vituperation against outspoken figures such as herself.
”Things have gone too far, people think they can just trash you,” she said yesterday. ”Why does being a blogger exempt you from the laws of defamation?”” Read more…
World’s Greatest Shave has opened up for applicants for another year. In 2012 it is taking place from the 15th to 17th of March, and I’ll be taking part.
The last time I participated was back in 2003 and I raised over $800 by removing this.
A few people I’m friends with have been talking the last few days about #OccupySydney, some are even going to participate this weekend (on Saturday the 15th at Martin Place from 2pm onwards, for anyone wondering).
Last Wednesday (5 days ago, 3 business days) I was suspended from Google+ for violating the part of their names policy that states one must use the name they most commonly go by in real life, by using the name I most commonly go by in real life. As I stated in that post when I blogged about it, I selected the button to edit my name, left it untouched, and this then submit my case for review. They state that this review process takes an average of 4 days, and we will continue to be able to use our accounts as per normal while this takes place.
Today I went to +1 someone’s post, and got an error stating “There was a problem performing this action, please try again”. Odd, but not the first time Google+ has acted up on me. Closing the page and re-opening usually fixes it, or restarting my browser. Not this time though, so I thought I’d run a test by posting something to my wall. This time I got a different error.
“Your profile is currently suspended. View profile”.
As you can see from my profile, I last succesfully posted something to my stream yesterday. I have still been getting people adding me to circles on G+ all throughout the day as well. I have not received any emails or notifications to state any changes to my account either through Google+ or through email (spam folders checked as well). My profile cannot be viewed by other accounts either.
Google have just decided out of the blue to change things so that those whose names are under review can no longer use the site as per normal. At least I hope that’s the case as the only other option that comes to mind is that they decided to decline my review and not tell me or provide me with any feedback or options.
My Google Profile has just been flagged for not complying with the names policy. I was just refreshing my Google+ page and the message shown to the left came up. As you can see, it clearly states that the Google+ names policy is to “use the name that you are commonly referred to in real life”. This name, is “Bastard Sheep”. Read more…
Those who follow me on Twitter, MyFace and Google+ will know that I have been linking a fair bit recently to news articles and blog posts about Google disabling peoples G+ profiles for doing nothing more than using a pseudonym. There has been a large amount of discussion about it in the media too which I find surprising. I wouldn’t have expected the media to care less about this story. I’m also surprised so many people seem up in arms about it mostly because it’s been MyFace’s policy to only allow real names from the very start. Nobody seemed to give two hoots back when MyFace started, nor do they give two hoots now.
I thought it was about time I threw my two cents in to the mix, as someone who exclusively uses a pseudonym online and actively uses that same pseudonym in real life. There are already plenty of arguments about who is harmed by a “real name” policy, so I suggest you read those instead if that’s what you’re after. Personally, I’ll be tackling some of the main questions and arguments I’ve seen in the last week in support of a “real name” policy, and why these arguments don’t hold water.
Suggested reading before you go on: