Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label twitter. Show all posts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For the rest of her life ...

X-posting from twitter:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

4 Reasons #EmpireAvenue is the Best Game You're Probably Not Playing

Two questions first:

1. Do you use one or more of:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, or Foursquare?

If you don't use at least one of those, you may want to skip the rest of this; however, if you use one or more (especially if more), then you may want to read on.

2. Do you play any casual, browser-based/mobile app games?

If you do, then Empire Avenue (EAV) may well be the best game you're not playing.

I've talked about EAV before, you can refer back to those posts and watch the video below, to get the gist of how it plays like a virtual stock market in social media users. This time around, I want to focus on the main reasons why its worth playing for casual social media users and bloggers. Especially its (largely untapped) potential for fandom and politically engaged social media users as a platform for supporting their interests ... while playing a game.

4 Reasons Empire Avenue is the Best Game You're Probably Not Playing

1. If you want it to be more than just fun, EAV Missions give you the ability to achieve greater reach and a greater audience for your social media content 

EAV connects you with social media leaders, professionals, bloggers, and business people. Tweets, blog posts, pictures, or pins, whatever it is you do, wherever online you do it, you can use Missions to promote your message so you can get quick and meaningful exposure for interests and a potentially large audience with minimal time and effort.

2. EAV helps you discover content and new social media trends 

The content that you're putting out there, well, there are other folks across a number of different fields and areas of interest are doing the same. You can join or create communities specifically to explore whatever interests you with players with similar interests.

3. EAV has an active community of players charting the future of the game right now 

EAV is guided by players, for players. That's where the untapped potential for members and leaders of online communities of progressives, secularists, and the various fandoms comes into play. Historically, EAV has largely been the playground of professional marketers and white hat SEO pros, but the game is free and open to everyone. Anyone with something to say about anything can take advantage of the tools of the game. Which means ...

4. It's ripe for a geek takeover! 

There have been sci-fi/fantasy geeks on it all along -- stop by the Doctor Who community on EAV and say, "Hi!" -- but there aren't a lot of geeks playing ... yet. If more of us play and support one another, the potential for enhancing the content discovery aspect of the game and growing the audience for your own works increases.

EAV has been around for a few years, but it's just starting to take off. Now is great time to get in and get established while the game is growing.

If you decide to give it a try, I can help you get off to a good start. I'll introduce you to experienced players with similar interests, help you avoid newbie mistakes, and will do what I can to help your Empire grow.

That's it. That's my spiel. Check it out!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Some reactions to the #HobbyLobby decision ...

Disappointing but not unexpected.

Instead of composing an essay, I'm going let some pithy tweeters cover this for now ...

The silver lining?

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Supreme Court split 5-4 on controversial (‽) "People buying guns should be truthful." via @scotusblog #WTF #cie" @cdogzilla

from Twitter

June 16, 2014 at 08:07PM


RIP Tony Gwynn, Mr. Padre

Nightengale: Tony Gwynn was truly the greatest

Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer

The Padres, to me, have always been that little team out on the West Coast you hardly ever saw on TV ... except for one singularly great hitter who wore a Padre uniform his entire career: Tony Gwynn. Since I was old enough to care about baseball, sometime back in the mid-1970s, there have been only a handful of hitters that I loved to watch no matter what. Tony Gwynn was one of them. He was the second-coming of Rod Carew. He was Wade Boggs without the off-the-field baggage.

Just saw this Tim Kurkjian tribute, which covers it pretty well. I especially like the line, "Tony Gwynn tipped his cap."

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Franzen on PC v. Mac, utility v. design, and the what the Bezosification of the world is doing to humanity ...

Jonathan Franzen: what's wrong with the modern world:

image via Frank Wedekind -- click for more (en espanol)

The techno-boosters, of course, see nothing wrong here. They point out that human beings have always outsourced memory – to poets, historians, spouses, books. But I'm enough of a child of the 60s to see a difference between letting your spouse remember your nieces' birthdays and handing over basic memory function to a global corporate system of control.
Mixed feelings about the overall theme. Seems spot-on in places, veers towards (and then away from) conservative bleating about progress destroying humanity. Suspect we'll all agree it's a well-written piece. If nothing else it makes me want to read Karl Kraus.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Great time to be a Doctor Who fan. #CastingCoup #PeterCapaldi

anglophenia (anglophenia) on Twitter:
Peter Capaldi is 55, the same age William Hartnell was when he first appeared on #DoctorWho.
— anglophenia (@anglophenia) August 4, 2013

Utterly predictable there'd be foolishness in the ol' G+ stream. But it's going to get better.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Philosophical review of Balloon Pop Outlaw Black By Patricia Lockwood

Poetry can explore philosophical ideas that are too abstract or chaotic for the usual grammar of reason. As the moorings of human culture and civilization are dislodged from place and nation and as art culture and consumer culture devour each other in Escherian permutations of natural selection while physicists discover mysteries where they used to derive laws, poetry becomes more relevant as a tool for understanding what is going on around us ... What can we know about the things in our lives? What is the relationship between the thing and its properties? How do things possess their properties? ... Lockwood leverages the philosophical capacity of poetry to explore how mass media, the fluidity of quantum physics, and the idea of precession of simulacra, destabilize the idea of “properties,” and how that destabilization changes the relationship between the things and the properties that define them. Along the way, she writes strange, brilliant, fantastic poems.
This is on my "to read" list, but I haven't got to it yet. It should follow naturally from my current reading of TARDIS Eruditorum though. How can we know Doctor Who? Perhaps Lockwood's poetic examination of Popeye can help us suss mysteries like this out.

Read: "The Last of the Late Great Gorilla-Suit Actors"

Friday, April 19, 2013

Really? Boston's tragedy is your excuse to push your gun fetishism? That's sick.

So here's the tweet:

Here's my reply to his mealy-mouthed "apology."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The War on #Festivus

What does it say about our culture when our great traditions not only aren't celebrated, but are forgotten and neglected?! Or worse ...

It's one thing to be ostracized on Festivus, but the real indignity is when misguided thought-control goons try to twist it into something perverted ...

Edit: Sheikie has turned the corner on Festivus but apparently still not able to forgive Michael Richards ...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Would Mitt Romney Do?

Let's speculate ...

[Ripple dissolve to Mitt Romney sitting in the Oval Office, he writes ... ]
From the Desk of Mitt Romney 
Dear Sophia,  
Your family is an abomination. Everything they say about you at school is correct.
Rest assured, I am doing everything in my power to ensure no homosexuals can ever marry or raise children.  
Enclosed please find a helpful pamphlet produced by the Church of Latter Day Saints that I'm sure will answer all your questions!

Contemptuously yours,
Mitt Romney
This election matters.

It may not be much comfort to all the future Pakistani drone victims out there but, come to think of it, imagine what Romney would use them for given the chance ...

Friday, October 19, 2012

#Romnesia is a nugget-rich stream.

Twitter / Search - Romnesia

 Tony Sidaway

Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood's R.N.C. Speech Made Us Long For The Relative Coherence Of Jon Voight

Clint Eastwood's R.N.C. Speech - Video - The New York Times:

82 year-old Clint Eastwood, two teleprompters, and an empty chair.
All you need to know about the RNC in one image.
I was busy with work while Mr. Eastwood was speaking, but I had the TV on mute and was watching out the corner of my eye as he seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time talking to a chair. Joked on facebook after that I assumed it was a skit, not an indication of dementia -- not that being on that stage in the first place isn't itself enough of an indication that screws are loose -- only to have it turn out he is, in fact, demented.

They might as well have brought out the other hot messes of Conservative Hollywood, Jon Voight & Stephen Baldwin, that's the company Clint's in now.

Friday, August 3, 2012

White girls can write poetry.

For Shaquille 
Where does a poem come from? I write something bad on a piece of paper, I crumple the piece of paper up, I slam-dunk the paper into the trash. I sink deeper into myself and think. 
The dunk is conceptually exciting. The word itself like the sound of the thing! I'm surprised all poems aren't called “The Dunk”— then everyone would have to be impressed by them. If a poem is called “The Dunk” then very certainly it is one.
The link is to the article about the poem. The link to the poem is at the end of the article.

I have executed the perfect pass: you weren't there when I started it, but you and the ball arrived in exactly the right spot at exactly the right time. That's court vision. It's up to you now to be Malone to my Stockton ... and finish.

Monday, July 30, 2012

School rejects 3-year-old because parents are gay, but is happy to accept federal funding.

School rejects 3-year-old because parents are gay | Albuquerque News - KOAT Home

To shroud your kids in ignorance,
fail to prepare them for the modern world,
and send them forth as bigoted regressives,
to ensure the world never changes for the better.
“Same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings,” and "Home life doesn't reflect the school's belief of what a biblical family lifestyle is.” 
The letter also says since the school is private, it is free from "excessive government interference in matters of religion." 
Oh really. Free from government interference, but happy to take $60,000 in federal funds this year.

That's our tax money, folks. Funding intolerance, bigotry, discrimination, and (no doubt) shoddy education.

Parents, you're better off sending your kids someplace else anyways. That school sucks.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jason Alexander understands the 2nd Amendment better than the NRA

TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

George Costanza makes more sense than gun nuts.
These people believe that the US government is eventually going to go street by street and enslave our citizens. Now as long as that is only happening to liberals, homosexuals and democrats - no problem. But if they try it with anyone else - it's going to be arms-ageddon and these committed, God-fearing, brave souls will then use their military-esque arsenal to show the forces of our corrupt government whats-what. These people think they meet the definition of a "militia". They don't. At least not the constitutional one. And, if it should actually come to such an unthinkable reality, these people believe they would win. That's why they have to "take our country back". From who? From anyone who doesn't think like them or see the world like them. They hold the only truth, everyone else is dangerous. Ever meet a terrorist that doesn't believe that? Just asking.
George has really stepped in it now. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

To be replayed for every idiot Republican that makes a teleprompter dig about Obama.

Romney is such a tool. He's your man, Republicans, own it:
You've got to click the link to see the video. It's priceless.

Will you hypocrites stop now? Forever?

Not that the Snowbilly Grifter's notes on her hand hadn't made this an untenable criticism long ago ...


Friday, June 22, 2012

Brilliant takedown of the NYT Style page. #♥

"For a teenager, Peter Brant can sound like a been-there-done-that dowager countess, not that his Old World pretensions aren't refreshing in the Internet age."
No. No no fucking no. They aren't refreshing. A rich teenage hipster with Old World pretensions isn't refreshing. In fact, there are entire Tumblr feeds dedicated to eradicating that particular species from the universe.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thanks, @BloggersDotCom, for the feature this morning!

Was a little surprised when my inbox filled up and @mentions started popping up one after another this morning. Welcome to all who are checking in here for the first time. If I'd know you were coming, I'd have tidied up a bit and had a pot of coffee ready.

Since you're here, please make yourself comfortable, feel free to poke around, and let me know if I there's anything I can do for you. You'll see my blogroll over on the right, lots of other pleasant (by which I mean bombastic, argumentative) folks you might want to visit as well. But don't rush off! They're not going anywhere. Sit, have a cuppa, let's get to know one another. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A case study in conservatives and liberals talking past each other. #CantWinForTrying

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