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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I’m the type who’d be happy not going anywhere as long as I was sure I knew exactly what was happening at the places I wasn’t going to. I’m the type who’d like to sit home and watch every party that I’m invited to on a monitor in my bedroom.

~Andy Warhol

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No place yields more overwhelming emotions than a hospital. People having their best day. Their worst day. Their first day. Their last day.

~Andrew Mason

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