Instant feedback.

One of the things I love about twitter is the instant feedback that you can get when you send a tweet, whether it’s seeing people like it enough to re-tweet it to their own followers, or having someone respond to it. Last night I got both types from a single tweet.

I wasn’t watching the Hey Hey reunion last night, but the regular appearance of the #heyhey tag in my feed alerted me to the fact that quite a few people I follow were. I felt compelled to comment

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I was happy to see my tweet re-tweeted, but it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as seeing the following reply.

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There’s nothing as wonderful as constructive criticism.

Who are you online?

I like permanence. Six years ago I bought my own domain primarily so I’d never have to change my email address ever again. I almost had separation anxiety when my employer gave me a mobile phone, meaning that I had to stop using my old number. We still have the same license plate number that I had when I got my first car 15 years ago. I don’t like it when I have to adapt. The internet has gone a long way to messing that up.

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Bringing the crazy.

I know that lots of crazy shit gets posted on the internet. I know that YouTube comments epitomise this truth better than almost anything. And yet the following comment, posted below a video of  rioting in the streets of Iran left me convinced that there are people using the internet who wouldn’t pass the Turing Test.

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So let me just get this straight. There’s about to be rioting in the USA because Obama is so unpopular, and the people who so violently hate Obama, namely  right wing fringe dwellers who not long ago were calling for the “Axis of Evil” Iran to be nuked off the face of the planet, are now great big fans of the Iranian people? Excuse me while my head explodes.

Booko

Knowing what an erudite audience I have here I thought it would be a good idea to share this great web site that I found this morning. Booko is an Australian site that searches online book stores to get you the best price on books that you’re looking for. Booko takes into account delivery cost as well as the cover price of the book and it will even let you fill a shopping cart with various books and then compare those across shops to find you the lowest total.

Too late for Christmas, but an excellent resource to bookmark for later.

By Brian, we’ve got him

The Australian blogosphere’s most unctuous bottom-feeder, Ray Dixon, has proved once and for all the maxim “if you sleep with imbeciles, you’ll get dribbled on”

Earlier today Ray Dixon “Outed” me as one Brian Limond.

The revelation raises several questions about blogging ethics. Leaving those aside, however, the most important question it raises is this: who is Brian Limond? Because it sure as hell ain’t me.

Several weeks ago I decided to test Ray Dixon’s oft-repeated claim that he’s not a malicious net-stalker by setting him up. I sent him an email from my Dave from Albury Gmail account, but changed my name to another fictitious one: Brian Limond.

The premise of my plan was that any decent, ethical person would ignore the name at the top of the screen and content himself with responding to the body of the email. If Dixon did this, it would go some way to demonstrating that he is indeed the unassuming “respected conservative commentator” he has claimed; if, however, he chose to focus primarily on my “identity” and threaten to reveal it, it would provide conclusive proof of what most people already suspected: he is full of shit.

I include the correspondence below, from which you can draw your own conclusions.

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Freecycle and lying

I’m a big fan of Freecycle, an online organisation that uses local groups to reduce landfill usage by getting people to give away things that they no longer need rather than dumping them. While occasionally people spoil the system by trying to take every item under the sun, or by requesting ridiculously inappropriate give aways, usually accompanied by a sob story, for the most part it is a system that works well. However, even when it’s working well it has its share of little white lies about the quality of a give away item, or perhaps omissions about how much rust is in the free car parts on offer, but today I saw one that took the cake.

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Let’s just take a look at this line by line shall we?

Our girls have outgrown some of their MFC stuff

I have no doubt that they have, but I’m betting that they’ve emotionally, rather than physically outgrown the stuff and the pack of losers that it represents.

Size 3 Jumper – has been through dryer so is on the small size
Size 0 summer jump suit

Previous attempts to destroy the clothes were unsuccessful.

There will probably be more

We got a fine after lighting the incinerator, but we need to get this shit out of our home.

Would like to go to real Melbourne supporter

As though there’s any such thing.

I realise that former Melbourne supporters are trying to purge the club from their lives, but I cannot condone using a community resource like Freecycle in the underhanded manner that Naomi has tried to today.