I’ve been on ‘social media’ for quite a few years now. (I also really don’t like the term ‘social media’ because calling it media makes it seem like something you consume, like all other media.) I use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn on a daily basis. I do so for a variety of reasons: to stay […]
At first glance, a home phone seems like a somewhat quaint, old-fashioned thing to have these days. With mobile phones everywhere, it seems unnecessary and perhaps a little wasteful. Call me nostalgic, then, but I really like to have one. I have a few specific reasons for this: calling long distance (internationally) still seems cheaper, […]
I. It reads like the grand, slightly preposterous plot of an espionage thriller. Perhaps one of those ‘grand tapestry’ style novels with lots of different characters and sub-plots, carefully unfolding towards an inevitable narrative climax. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Edward Snowden story was hard to put down from the first moment […]
I’ve previously written about a — slightly cumbersome but workable — method of avoiding data roaming charges from Canadian mobile carriers while traveling in the US. That approach remains workable but has certain limitations; most notably the fact that it doesn’t work for voice (or on smartphones at all) because — unlike the iPad — […]
One of the things I miss most about South Africa is the music. It’s not that I can’t find South African music here in Canada (or order it online via Amazon). No, it’s more the pervasive musicality of the place: music is everywhere, and an enjoyment of it — regardless of whatever different musical preferences […]
I struggle to focus on my work, for the same reasons most people do: we are surrounded by seemingly never ending distractions (social media, email, phone calls) and it’s difficult to focus on a project without interruptions. I also find that my mind is distracted and wants to escape from being ‘tethered’ to a desk […]
Men’s hobbies tend to fall into one of two broad categories. There are extroverted leisure time pursuits, often related to sports, gaming, grilling meat or drinking; and more introverted activities, often related to material things, such as woodworking, model building, photography, stereos and the like. Some men develop very detailed relationships with their things, even […]
First, we have to go through the security theatre. The long lineups are partially for crowd control (you don’t want the wait to seem too long, so it’s best to break up the line into a few smaller ones), partially to ensure that authority is appropriately represented, showcased, visually asserted. The tone is friendly, the […]
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- Aren't these the people spying on us? "For some government agencies, it’s only official if it’s on floppies." http://t.co/nabQQ5juSf about 4 hours ago from Buffer
- Cops and FBI routinely 'dump' cell towers to track everyone nearby. http://t.co/VtwzVyn7nX about 8 hours ago from Buffer
- Remembering Darwin the Ikea monkey, one year later. http://t.co/E0XV4MPIjv about 9 hours ago from Buffer
- "Canada to claim north pole as its own." (Funny how, underneath it all, it's still just basic imperialism...) http://t.co/x6iMjQX2Qf about 10 hours ago from Buffer
- Bob Dylan’s discordant notes. http://t.co/0eSipN7zsu about 11 hours ago from Buffer
- Cory Doctorow: We cannot afford to be indifferent to internet spying. http://t.co/fmIaqpa527 about 12 hours ago from Buffer
- World's leading writers call for an end to state surveillance of personal data. http://t.co/XnJ3AYvtMN Dec 09, 2013 8:17 pm from Buffer
- @remarkk Sure, that can work. Let's finalize in DM. Dec 09, 2013 8:13 pm from TweetDeck in reply to remarkk