Archive for the 'The Interwebs' Category

IS GOOGLE ALERTS SHADOWBANNING DAPL NEWS…?

November 28th, 2016

Back on 5 November I created a Google Alert to follow daily news on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I haven’t received an alert since Wednesday, 23 November. What with all the holiday activities, I looked away until this morning. Boy, was that a mistake. A lot has happened since last Wednesday, not the least is […]

EVERY TIME I THINK OF GOING BACK ON TWITTER…

November 24th, 2016

So, you know I ditched both Twitter and Facebook more than three years ago, but occasionally I think about returning. Thankfully, on this Thanksgiving, someone writes a post or an article reinforcing my position that all social media (not just Twitter and Facebook) are addictive time sucks designed to be addictive time sucks and, like […]

THIS MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END…

October 22nd, 2016

That was how Bob Greene finished a piece more than 30 years ago in the 6 March 1985 issue edition of The Chicago Tribune under the headline: Portable Phone Tolls For Thee, America. That fall, in a longer piece for his American Beat column in Esquire, Greene reached another (I paraphrase here because the text […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

COULD I BE AS BRAVE AS ANDREW SULLIVAN…?

September 21st, 2016

I launched Have Coffee Will Write, the blog, on Tuesday, 9 November 2004 with LEARNING FROM HISTORY… The Republican ’20s (you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of page, this was before permalinks). A dozen years later I may be tired of all the glamor and ready to move on. Cal Newport makes the case […]

IF YOU DON’T LIKE ZUCKERBERG’S RULES, LEAVE…

September 9th, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg just gave people yet another reason to ditch their Facebook accounts; but they won’t. Facebook is not a public utility or a government service. Facebook is a corporation selling a service—access to and information about users—to advertisers and as such is under no obligation to anyone not paying their fare. Zuckerberg’s house, Zuckerberg’s […]

WHAT? YOU THOUGHT FREE MEANT FREE…? LOL…!

August 26th, 2016

Never accept any gift that you’re not prepared to either pay for at some future time or hand back and walk away from. TANSTAAFL So, Facebook drones are upset. Dan Tynan, in WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data for The Guardian writes: Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Facebook rolls […]

SPAM HAS AN END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT…?

August 15th, 2016

This morning I got four copies of the same email to four different email addresses (two of which I don’t use) with the subject line: Order Confirmation 5487 1761689 20160815 455715 from someone at ESAB. Clearly the company’s email has been hacked in someway. My spam filter stripped the email of all potentially dangerous links […]

WOULD YOU READ THAT BOOK…? OF COURSE NOT…

June 30th, 2016

Want proof positive that you’re addicted to Magic I? Take the Ansari test. Cal Newport, writing in Aziz Ansari Ignores His Email tags this bit of wisdom from Aziz: Like, here’s a test, OK. Take, like, your nightly or morning browse of the Internet, right? Your Facebook feed, Instagram feed, Twitter, whatever. OK if someone […]

The Web We The Guardian Wants…

April 23rd, 2016

Full disclosure, my comments on the Guardian were moderated for a very long time (more than two years I think) because I missed the rule that said linking back to Have Coffee Will Write in any comment I left was forbidden. Setting my personal experience aside, I feel for the Guardian’s Editor-In-Chief Katharine Viner. She […]

THIS HAD MY STUDENTS TALKING ALL DAY…

March 9th, 2016

[Update at 0300 on 10 March: Larry Wilmore piled on.] When the first students brought this story to me today I didn’t believe the claim. By the end of the day they wanted to talk about nothing but the claim that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. These are the kids who mostly give me […]

ISIS HAS NIGERIANS…?

August 10th, 2015

A missive from my spam filter this evening: Assalamu-Alaikum, I am Abu Bakr, a rebel leader here in Aleppo Syria, I and my second in command came across some parked Trunk box, worth over Thirty Million Dollars, In President Bashar AL-Assad’s allies’ house, kept to procure Chlorofluorocarbon object of gas ozone chemical for troops Destruction, […]

WARNING: ADOBE FLASH PLAYER UNSAFE…

July 14th, 2015

This morning I got the warning that Adobe Flash Player was unsafe. I did a little checking and found: Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist. Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in recent versions of Adobe Flash that have not been patched yet […]

JOHN OLIVER ON OUR DARK CARNIVAL…

July 13th, 2015

I’m watching Gillian Anderson in The Fall on Netflix at the moment and I’m taken with how Anderson’ character plays with the undercurrent of misogamy that runs through each episode.

THE NEW OM MANI PADME HUM…?

July 8th, 2015

This is the reason I turn off my Internet connection when I need to accomplish complicated tasks and why, when I do have my modem turned on, I really like Foxfire’s Reader View plugin. Scott Adams shares: There are days when my brain is flying in so many directions that I have to literally chant […]

FEAR THE TYRANNICAL AND VOCAL MINORITY…?

February 5th, 2015

Cartoonist Scott Adams posits the power of the 30 percent. What would happen if 30% of taxpayers in the United States suddenly decided to ignore their complicated tax returns and instead pay a self-imposed flat tax? And let’s say these folks are working together, so they pick the same flat tax rate. And lets say […]

EMAIL BEATS STURGEON’S LAW…

January 20th, 2015

I encountered a troublingly accurate insight from Jason Fried, of the forward-thinking software firm 37Signals: spam is a way of thinking about life. Unsolicited email is only its most acute expression. “Spam is just throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks,” he told me. “It’s not really communicating. It’s harassing […]

DOWN A MODERATION RABBIT HOLE…

December 8th, 2014

About two years ago I began regularly reading The Guardian and leaving comments on the occasional story. In June of last year I was made a comment on a Steve Bell cartoon. (I don’t recall the exact comment, but I believe I made some reference to the image on the wall behind President Obama, and […]

EMAIL TIME…

December 8th, 2014

It’s always nice to encounter scientific backing for advice you’ve been dispensing to your friends for years, whether or not they ever actually asked for it – so I was pleased to learn of a new study lending support to the notion that if you check email less frequently, you’ll be less stressed. As Jesse […]

FEELING A TAD BIT SLOW TODAY…?

September 10th, 2014

You might notice that lots of the things you try to do online today seem slow. But it’s not your internet connection, your router or your computer – the internet is on protest. The protest is about the US legislation due to be brought in by the Federal Communication Commission over what’s called “net neutrality”—essentially […]

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