Posts Tagged ‘Social Networking’

15: Here An iPad, There An iPad, Everywhere An iPad

January 15, 2013

1. Feminist Porn Filmmaking

I knew that there probably were porn studios out there that respected their actresses, but I had no proof of it. I’m a feminist male, and the idea of unfairness in porn is one of the reasons that I didn’t like it. I’m not sure that one example of good porn can change my mind, but this article which describes Kink.com and its’ Model’s Rights fascinates me. Check it out.

Via @GoodMenProject on Twitter

2. Invisibility

John Hawkes:

If I can’t be invisible in a group of people and observe the behaviour around me and translate that into the roles I play, I won’t be as good an actor. If somebody rents Winter’s Bone and doesn’t know who I am, that’s probably a satisfying experience for them. If I’ve done six talk shows that week and they rent it, and they say, ‘Oh, that’s the guy I saw on the talk show last night” then it’s going to be a very different experience for them. It’s been a boon to be unknown because people are more apt to believe you, and that’s disappearing for me.

Pretty amazing. It’s fitting that John Hawkes is a pretty amazing actor, too, and this speaks to one of the reasons that I love Horror cinema — unfamiliarity. It’s no secret that a whole lot of flicks in our beloved genre feature unknown cast members, which makes it easy to see them as their role and not as an actor.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

3. Nexus 7 On Contract

People are willing to put up with two year contracts on subsidized phones, and AT&T hopes that they’ll put up with contracts on already-cheap tablets too. The reason that people sell years of their lives to the cell carriers is that phones are outrageously expensive. The Nexus 7 costs — unsubsidized — as much as any given subsidized flagship smartphone. The idea that a $100 rebate off of a $200 unsubsidized device will compel people to sign two-year contracts is absurd. If the Nexus 7 were $600 and signing a two-year contract knocked off $400, I could maybe see people biting.

Until then, AT&T is just throwing stuff at the wall until something sticks, probably because it can’t find a way to get people to buy Nexus 7 tablets.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

4. Star Wars “Live Action” TV Series

Nooooooooooooooo!

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

5. The Academy To Foreign Filmmakers: Good Luck

It doesn’t take a genius to guess that it’s probably tough for foreign films to land an Oscar nomination let alone an Oscar itself. But I wasn’t aware that the selection process sucks as bad as it does.

The complicated process to receive a nomination begins when individual countries put forth a single film as their official selection, with a record 71 submissions this year.

After a screening process, a volunteer committee of academy members then put forth six films for the shortlist with the executive committee adding three more. Specially selected screening committees in Los Angeles and New York next watch all nine short-listed films over a weekend to decide the five nominees. To vote on the final award, academy members must prove they have attended theatrical screenings of all five nominees.

However, some see the process as perennially flawed until the academy reconsiders the one-film-per-country rule. At the Golden Globes, for example, where no such rule exists, the official French Oscar submission of “The Intouchables” and another well-regarded French film, “Rust and Bone,” were both nominated. (Four of the Oscar shortlisted films are in French, however.)

As film fans we should probably be ashamed that this goes on.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

6. Twitter Protecting Hate Free Speech In France

Apparently a few Twitter users in France think that the Nazis were right, which violates hate speech laws in France and elsewhere in Europe. Jewish groups in France are demanding that Twitter release the identities of the Nazi-tweeters, and Twitter is saying no.

I actually believe in “hate speech” laws. I think that we Americans would live more harmoniously if hate speech were illegal, even if that harmony isn’t real. What it comes down to is, should you be allowed to degrade others, and I think that answer is no, and I think that Twitter should comply with the laws in the countries that it operates in.

But that’s just me, and for better or worse, kudos to Twitter for standing up for what it believes in.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

7. Another Day, Another School Shooting In The US

Well, at least this one isn’t an elementary school.

Something really needs to be done about the gun violence in this country. It’s kind of getting out of hand.

via Gawker on Facebook

8. California Makes It Illegal For Your Employer To Access Your Social Networking Accounts

This is all well and good, except for the broad little “misconduct” clause in the new law. This law is a step in the right direction and California’s legislature should be congratulated for taking that step, but until “misconduct” is clearly defined, employers can probably find ways to make you give up your Facebook account.

via FlipBoard [iTunes link] iOS app

9. Is Office Still Important?

John Moltz at MacWorld poses the question, even if Microsoft released Office for iOS, would it matter?

What I know is that Apple shipped its own iWork office suite — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — on day one of the original iPad’s release. At the colleges I attended, Pages passed as a Word alternative, Keynote more than passed as a PowerPoint alternative, and I only had to use school computers for Excel since Numbers kind of sucks.

Considering that iPads are seemingly selling like crazy without Office, I think that it’s fair to say that Apple doesn’t care whether or not Microsoft releases it for iPad.

via @svartling on Twitter

10. Finding iPad mini

It’s no secret that I love my iPad mini — it’s become a part of my daily life alongside my full-sized iPad and iPhone. A little less than two weeks ago I picked up a “black and slate” model (16GB WiFi-only) because I couldn’t find a “white and silver” one. I almost wish I had waited, since I’ve come to realize that I’d much prefer the white and silver version. Don’t bet me wrong, the black and slate iPad mini is sexy, but the white and silver iPad mini is beautiful.

Fortunately Apple allows trade-ins within two weeks of sale. I’ve been trying to find a white and silver iPad mini at an Apple Store to trade-in since Sunday. Those things go fast. The Apple Store reps don’t know when they’ll get shipments in, and that particular model (white and silver, 16GB, WiFi-only) sells out shortly after stores open.

There are three Apple Stores in Oregon, so every day I have to take a gamble and choose one to try. So far my experience is that at any given morning, one of the Apple Stores has some white and silver 16GB WiFi-only iPad minis in stock, and the other two don’t. If I choose the wrong Apple Store as I have every morning, the store that has those particular iPad minis in stock runs out by the time I can get to the store. It’s madness.

I’m going to keep trying to replace my black and slate iPad mini until my two weeks runs up (at which point I’ll just return it for cash back to buy the one I want when I find it). But at the end of the day, it’s obvious that Apple isn’t having a hard time selling iPad minis. I wonder what my experience trying to buy a competing tablet would be like.

9.9: Avoiding Drama

January 2, 2013

Drama on the web is a fact of life. It’s one of the reasons I disable comments here. My friend Preston posted four tips to help us netizens avoid online drama on his blog.

My favorite, which is something I try to practice religiously:

4. If you make a claim, be prepared to back it up, or be prepared to be called out for it. Knowledge is not to be trifled with, nor are facts. You’re entitled to your own opinion, you’re not entitled to your own facts.

Read the whole list and take it to heart. Be a good netizen.

via Twitter user @backupbear

“Real” Friends 2

September 10, 2012

Around 11 months ago I wrote an entry called “Real” Friends and it really wasn’t that good. I knew what I wanted to write but not really how to write it. It’s time to fix that.

So without further ado…

One of my friends on Twitter had a death in the family recently, and I didn’t really know what to do aside from saying “I’m sorry for your loss” and to get rest. I haven’t met this individual in real life, so do I have a right to “be there” for her? As far as online friends go, we’ve done a lot — at least said a lot, hah — and we’ve been talking for nearly two years. Our relationship has ranged from jokey to supportive to professional. But we get back to the point, we haven’t been in each other’s physical presence. So is it my place to even suggest that I’m a digital shoulder to cry on? I don’t know.

The problem that arises is, yes, I think that I’m allowed to be there for her in times of grief, but I don’t know if she feels the same way. It’s very hard to read people when all you do is read them. I’m extremely progressive in my thoughts of online communication — I think that because we have hundreds of millions of people to pick as our friends, it probably isn’t difficult to find people that you align with better on social networking sites than in person. The geographical restrictions just aren’t there.

I was recently brought onto Unity Bond, a blog that’s just re-starting up in Malaysia. Here I am, a half-British pale-white American, and my editors live in Kuala Lumpur. That’s surreal, isn’t it? I’m 21 years old and even I remember when that wasn’t possible, I imagine that it’s even more unbelievable for my parents! I believe that when I’m older and the next generation is my age, in-person friendships will be a thing of the past. I don’t mean that they won’t exist, just that they’ll be kind of pointless.

Hell, the Japanese even have a kissing machine so that lovers can French kiss over the web. I sincerely doubt that innovation in communicating physically through the Internet will stop there.

We might be approaching TMI territory, but what’s to say that someday there won’t be sex machines? And that sperm won’t be able to be analysed by the guy’s machine, with the data sent over the Internet and recreated with nanobots or something in the girl’s machine? I mean why not, technology does nothing but advance, so I don’t think that we have any authority to say what the future will be like. With that kissing machine as an example, the Japanese are certainly already thinking of similar things.

I think that we might be getting a little bit sidetracked with the whole sex thing, but that’s just an extreme example that is admittedly “out there”. But as far as friendships go, and stimulating being in the room with somebody, we already have video chatting through services like FaceTime and Skype. We can see facial expressions and hear the tone of voices on our computers, be them our phones, iPads, or traditional PCs. What if virtual reality advances in the future and things like physical presence and the feeling of being touched can be simulated?

Maybe I indeed am a bit too progressive in that friends made on Twitter can be considered good pals. I think that even if it’s just through text, there’s nothing preventing anyone from being good friends with one another. As an example, I’m kind of the weirdo Horror geek in my real life social circle, yet on Twitter I have a group of people whom I fit in with. The question is, in 2012, how far does that “fitting in” extend?

I really wish I knew the answer.

Oh yeah, if you don’t already, follow me, @MGLeet on Twitter. It’d be cool to talk to you, not gonna lie. Maybe we can even be friends!

RE: The Demise Of The English Language In 140 Characters Or Less

December 20, 2011

A recent entry argued that the “English [sic] language” is being diluted by abbreviations, caused by character limits & Twitter. I disagree.

First, abbreviations aren’t English-exclusive. c-à-d, the opinion I’m addressing was flawed before it was written. Ignoring that…

Character limits are actually a great thing to happen to language. Abbreviations might be a side effect, albeit one that’s worth it.

Think of Twitter as microblogging. It’s a service used to publish opinions to an audience. But it’s immeasurably better than blogging.

There aren’t character limits on blog entries. This allows authors to drone on and on and on. It can take paragraphs to make a single point.

140 characters command writers to be concise. With few sentences to make each point, writers are forced to scrutinize each post.

Readers also benefit. Twitter users often follow hundreds of others, & absorb more information at any moment than anyone. It makes us smart.

The result is a level of engagement between writers and readers not imaginable even five years ago.

We’re writing less and talking more, thanks to Twitter particularly. Language is flourishing, abbreviations notwithstanding.

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