Giving in to Facebook

Over the weekend I realized that it’s probably my family that I hate, not Facebook. It’s not that I hate my family, I just hate the shit they post on Facebook. It’s the shit that use to get forwarded around in emails, now it just clutters up Facebook feeds.

I’m a completionst, so I hate Facebook’s algorithms. I want to see everything. I am going to try to give up on that idea and let Facebook’s algorithms do their job. I’ve hidden a few posts I didn’t like, and my feed already seems better.

I’ll probably no longer hear from a few friends since all they post is crap, but that’s probably better for my sanity anyway.

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So Long Farewell

A week from today I will be seeing Motion City Soundtrack for the last time. I’m looking forward to it and not looking forward to it at the same time. We got VIP tickets so we will be hanging out with the band before while they do a few acoustic songs. It will be awesome, but it sucks that this will be the last time. At the same time I’m so grateful for all the great music they have made, and I guess not too many people can say they saw their favorite band 14 times.

Last week someone posted a video from their VIP session in Des Moines. Here it is:

It’s going to be great. Sad, but great.

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Hate the Hate

Why is the world so full of hate? I do my best to avoid all the mass shooting news. Nothing is going to change, because nobody wants to do anything about it. Welcome to American, the world leader in mass shootings.

I have a bunch of family in the Orlando area who have been silent on Facebook. It’s probably for the better. I would hate to see what they had to say. My family is mostly right wing Trump fans. It’s probably better that they keep their mouths shut.

One of my favorite artists Allison Weiss is playing in Orlando tonight. I really feel for her. I’m sure the shooting of Christina Grimmie and then the mass shooting in the gay club really hit home for her; herself being a gay singer.

She is opening for Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties. I wish I could be there. It will be a magical show fill with love. That’s what we need right now.

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Algorithms

This past week when Instagram introduced their new ugly logo, they also started messing with the feeds. From what I’ve read, not everybody got the new feeds, but I sure did. And I hate them. I don’t follow a ton of people on in Instagram, so it’s easy to keep up and not miss anything. With the new algorithm I have no idea where I left off. I check my Instagram in the morning and the first few pictures I already saw the day before. It’s just like Facebook now. You have to see scroll through shit you’ve already seen in hopes of finding something new. I guess it keeps people in the app longer, but it makes me not want to use it.

I get the algorithm probably works well for people that follow lots of people and just dip in and out not caring if they miss anything. That’s not me. I suffer greatly from FOMO. I don’t like missing anything. That’s why I love RSS, and still live in my RSS reader when most people have given up on RSS.

I just wish Facebook would give us a choice. It bugs me when companies think they know what we want. That’s one of the things I hate about Apple too. I love Apple products, but they always seem to be not quite what I want. I just want more choices and options.

My solution for Instagram so far has been just to view it with Flipboard. My solution for Facebook has been mostly to just ignore it.

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Spring

Hello blog. I’m still around. It’s just that these are the couple of weeks that we get that are actually nice outside. It’s not too cold, not too hot, and the mosquitoes aren’t out yet.

I’ve been busy with yard work, planting grass and flowers. I cleaned the shed and the garage. Took the dog for a bunch of walks. I’ve even taken more bike rights this year than all of last year already. I’ve just been enjoying the outside. Don’t worry, it’ll get old soon. Then it will get hot and the mosquitoes will come out, and I’ll be back to being the great indoorsman that I am.

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Be clean both inside and out.

Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.

Lose, if need be, without squealing.

Win without bragging.

Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.

Be too brave to lie.

Be too generous to cheat.

Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

~ George Washington Carver

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