Goodbye Facebook and Instagram

It was the final goodbye today for my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I don't even want to link to them.

In the past, I have left a still running social network because of the way other people were abusing the offering, and the service's lack of doing anything about it. This time it is different.

I deactivated my Facebook account in Februrary 2011. I don't even think I wrote about it, I just did it. I figured if there was a compelling reason to do come back, it would find me. Nothing ever did. I wrote about the problems I had with Facebook late in 2010.

Digital Life: Version Control


In my previous post, one of the areas I felt I needed to work on was getting a decent version control workflow with the systems I had just rebuilt.

My needs for versioning are fairly simple. I predominately work alone. If I am working with someone else and code is involved, odds are it's one of the boys, and I'm doing all the work. When I am working with code, I like to make a lot of small checkpoint commits along the way. I do this because I don't want to loose whatever forward progress I have made by going off on a dead-end tangent that takes the code in a bizarre direction that I'll never remember how to get back to a working condition without versioning. And I have an aversion of making a second or third copy of a file just to try out one idea.

I've been using Unix and Linux enough that I've used SCCS, RCS and CVS both at school and on the job.

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The Disinterested Life

There was an article in the paper Sunday that I thought that Sam would like. A while back, I started thinking that Sam was interested in creating video games.

Sam was interested in what the article talked about, so I asked him if he wanted me to help him see if he could find out more about the event, as in general information gathering on the Internet. I then asked him if there were anything other things, concepts, topics, communities, whatnot he might be interested in learning more about.

Sam wrote:
"Umm, I don't know if I'm that interested in anything"

Short version: I don't know what Sam (or Jake, really) is interested in.

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Netflix, Why?


After looking for something I thought I might have archived in my GMail account, I took the opportunity to hit the link for Google+ the see what was going on in the (somewhat narrow) world of the people I follow there.

I1 The first post I saw was danah boyd’s comments in response to Netflix’s appology/announcement about the splitting of Netflix into two services–Netflix for streaming and Quickster for mail-order DVD rental.

I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for several years. During that time, there have been a few upward adjustments in price of the service, but generally speaking, the changes in price haven’t caused confusion or haven’t adversely affected my happiness in the service Netflix provides.

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More on Goals & Engagement

The previous post talking about goals was difficult because of how long it took. In the end, I just wanted to get it out of the way. Like I said there, the post lost all it’s energy taking so long to write it.

As it is the post left me feeling like I forgot something.

I didn’t talk any about my own goals.

This year, most of my goals describe things I’m actually hope to be doing this year. There was some risk around if the goals related to completing specific projects or accounts where there is a chance the goal, no matter how important, would not get funded. So far this year, I’ve been lucky in that everyting has been funded, just months after originally planned.

And, yet, even given the important of these goals for the related business units and clients invovled, I’m actually more excited right now about an activity for which I don’t have a goal, but other people involved do (or at least it’s been suggested someone might).

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Some thoughts on Goals


The development of this post is starting to be funny, almost to the point where I’m scared to think about it.

This post has taken three months and one day to get to this point. And the funny part is the topic and trigger of this post is and was the development of annual professional goals at work.

Three months and one day, and 9 drafts, later, and this post is starting to scare me.

It could be an indication of how busy I’ve been. Or at least how little time I’ve been making for things that aren’t immediately family or work related. I started the first draft of this post on March 8 during a lunch trip to Bean There Cafe, and here I am, almost two months later, still working on it, on multiple trips to Bean There later.

Here I am now , and I’m still not sure this is going to be the last draft. Nor do I know that looking at the results of the last several drafts is going to be helpful, or if it just isn’t better to stare at an empty screen and become surprised that it slowly fills with [hopefully] useful thoughts.

Goals are something that I tend to have a somewhat complicated relationship.

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It is not all that uncommon to find myself in the middle of looking for something. I'm not talking about looking for something I've lost. I think it's more looking for something I've ever never had or, at least, not had recently nor in significant quantities.

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A short message


I'm going to ask that you forgive this post, as it clearly falls under the category of meta. I'm going to blog a bit about blogging. And for that, I can only ask for your forgiveness.
One of the things that I do when I haven't posted anything to this site in a while is to go back through older posts. I don't always know what I'm looking for—motivation, items that need to be followed up on or updated, whatever else is hiding in here. I don't always find anything to write about, nor the motivation to write when I do this, but sometimes I do. And sometimes I remember something I posted and end up looking for it and thinking about building on the idea some more.
Honestly, I couldn't tell you which one of those two options this post is a result of, so let's just continue.

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Moving away from Facebook

I just spent a little bit of time doing what I was starting to feel like was the only reason why I even went back to the Facbook website: blocking applications that people I was connected with were using because I just don't have an interest in what Facebook game, Facebook quiz or Facebook 3rd-party-app feature most people use beyond the small set I use myself, for my own purposes.
After blocking the eighth facebook app, I started to get a little angry. At least two of these apps I thought I had blocked before. Either there is yet another app on facebook with this or that name, or an app I already blocked has spawned another app to get around the fact that people block it. I really don't care. I'm tired of it. I really only want to see status updates from people that are actually put onto facebook by a person deciding there is something they want to add to facebook, not an automatically generated posting made by a game teasing me with information that I can't get to, because I don't use the app.
I'm sorry; I'm not going to add an app just to see 1 more line of text, and let yet another group mine my information without any value to me.

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The State of this Human

Part the First: What the hell is going on here

The original idea for this post came kind of early in the year. Of course the problem is at that time of the year, everyone is doing these kind of posts. Programs of all sorts look back on their pasts, talk about current projects and dream about their futures. Toking at some of the title these kind of things get, plays on the US State of the Union, I realized that I am able to do is speak for myself.

And thus the title, “State of this Human.”

The next time the idea of this post came up was around the time of my birthday. And that just seemed rather boring. But the idea kept.

This week (or two) I'm here alone. Seemed like a reasonably good time to be a little bit introspective.

Part the Second: Life in general

Would statistics work here for starting things off? 37. Overweight. Underpaid. How about some categorical assignments? Husband, Father of 2 boys, Technology Consultant. Insomniac.

The phrase that has seemed to sum up everything for me for the last couple of years has been “I'm not really all that interesting.”

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