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Don’t let internet reunite what life separated
The other day I received an email inviting me to my high school class reunion party.
Let me tell you something, if I want you in my life, you are already there.
I remember my high school as great years.
Years filled with friends and joy.
After graduation I decided to keep in touch with 5% of them and the rest to never speak ever again.
For me is the same if they moved to an Amish community or if they are running for President.
I decided them to be in my past.
So why would I go to a party with people I enjoyed during years and then deliberately removed from your life?
Trust me I’m smart enough to assure you that if I wanted to, I could find you.
There’s only one thing that could get me to go to my high school reunion party and it’s an ideal that can never be achieved.
My initial thoughts were that before I could go, I would need to reach a level of success that would be absolutely devastating to everyone there I hated.
And the more I thought about it I realized that there was no level of accomplishment that would be enough because the measure of success is a personal one.
Life for me has been a journey to a place where the people get my jokes and make me laugh.
Each year I keep getting closer.
Going to a reunion wouldn’t necessarily take me in the opposite direction but it’s a detour I don’t need.
the world must know the truth!
Something to share?
Some people think they are connected because they share content on the internet.
The idea of connection based on the fact that we can see what you are having for breakfast don’t seem to realize that no one actually read your posts.
Before the internet people didn’t care about each other neither but at least they din’t indulge the illusion like they do today.
People think that having 48 followers’ means that 48 human beings read everything they say.
Well, I have news.
Following a person on Twitter is basically the version of clicking Like on Facebook.
The people who follow you don’t read you, they like you.
But the illusion that Twitter creates is powerful.
Even knowing that nobody actually read what you post, you keep the hope alive that tweeting something means interacting with your followers.
Which Harry Potter character are you?
Which superhero are you?
How stupid are you?
You name the faggotly question and there is an online quiz to find the answer.
Do you know who is interested in those test results?
It is near inexplicably how everyone on the internet believes that all the other people want to see their quiz results.
I cannot imagine even one good reason for a lucid creature to be interested in something like that.
Another thing everyone mistakenly thinks the world will be interested in is chat captures.
You can’t scroll more than 2 pages at any funny page without seeing a chat image.
People think their own chats are funny enough to be captured and sent to a page so they can become public entertainment.
Even assuming that those chats may be funny among your friends, all the fun ends the very same minute you share it with people who don’t know you or any of your friends.
What on Earth make you suppose that any of us would find funny your internal jokes?
It’s amazing how much fun you guys have together but please, don’t share it with us.
the world must know the truth!
Social networking tips
According to a worldwide study 3 out of 4 couples married in the last decade met on the internet.
If you also want to find interesting people please read carefully this tips.
– Please choose an interesting and realistic profile picture.
The picture reflects the features you want to be shown about your personality, so be very mindful in the selection.
Avoid glasses, boobs and make up.
Of course do not add another person. Remember, is a profile picture of you, not a soccer team poster.
If the picture portrait you doing something or in a specific place, make sure that is something usual.
For you to show how great the Everest climb was you will want to create an album, not a profile picture.
– Do not include all your personal information in your profile and make it visible to only your friends, never public.
Even to your friends, hide information, hide as much information as you can without appearing arrogant.
– Stay away of any statement.
Avoid religious, sportive or political references as much as possible.
If other people post in your wall do not like the post or comment, leave it to the public.
– Think ten times before posting something and a thousand before commenting.
You will not have a second chance to re post that so count until ten and when in doubt, throw it out.
Pictures are the image you project to the world about you.
Most people don’t read so they only take information from your pictures.
– Be responsive, educated and quiet.
Reply to every single message and invitation you receive, even if you don’t know who the person is.
– Ask for advice about your profile.
Most of the time your friends and family are the best on correcting you from what is wrong.
Use that objectivity power they have and ask them what they think you should modify in your profile.
Also look yourself at your profile from another person device so you can see how it looks to other people or use the ‘View as’ feature.
– Be specific in the information.
You should not include too much personal information but if you decide to add some do not overpopulate that area.
Let’s say you want to add some music you like, ok but just a few.
Trust me, by telling the world that you like music you are not doing any favor to yourself, pretty much the contrary.
– If there is something you really can’t stand it is better to subtle let that know to viewers.
It can be anything, maybe you don’t tolerate blond people or black people ok, with just one little sarcastic comment is more than enough to maintain blondes and darkies away from you.
– Show humor in your profile.
Without being goofy you need to make sure everyone understand you don’t take yourself or your internet profile seriously.
– Allow yourself to make mistakes.
There need to be something in your profile that shows uncaring.
Even if you’ve been thinking during a month about it, it needs to reflect careless.
If you are perfect like me you probably wouldn’t find any mistakes so take advantage of the social network itself to do that for you.
Just by not posting a background picture or by not selecting the correct city you live in, people will think you don’t know how to do it or you don’t care about it.
the world must know the truth!
New York Post
Social media chivalry
Either if you use the social media to promote your business or just to flirt around there are a variety of rules specific to social networking that you have to follow if you want chivalry to prevail.
In this article I present the cardinal guidelines of social networking to avoid being discourteous.
There is a certain cadence people expect you to have when you social network and if you exceed it you piss them off.
For example, I haven’t seen anyone go above five tweets per day and be popular.
Remember, is important to be smart and fun but is way more important to be modest.
The first rule then can be set as following: firmly avoid talking about the same thing everyone else is talking.
If you talk to someone and that person simply don’t answer back there are two options, is deaf or the most uneducated person you’ve ever met.
When someone sends you a message you’re supposed to write back.
I know it might seem like common sense or even just basic human decency but some individuals doesn’t seems to be grown in a human environment and need to be told about this.
It’s ok being an anti-social monster or a sick maniac depressive that doesn’t want human interaction but try to hide it, act normal so we don’t realize it.
So remember, if one of us, the normal people, talks to you, the weirdo, then you just say something back.
It’s simple. Is not hard, you can do it.
There is of course an exception: Blackberry users.
For the 5 of you out there that join me in the Blackberry use, please don’t feel that pressure since your phone is probably hiding most of the interactions you have.
A couple of weeks ago I found almost 19 Google chat conversations inside my satanic phone.
Conversations filled with questions, demands and increasingly desperate pleas for a response.
Another warning regarding the ‘Always reply’ rule is that it gets a little harder on weekends.
One of the big benefits of social media is the opportunity to be short and simple, so use it.
Be careful, don’t go to the other side and respond to a ten word question with ‘Yes’.
Use common sense, read your message a couple times before sending it and ask yourself how you would interpret this if you were the other person.
Everybody likes proper punctuation.
Punctuation is not a matter of taste, how you punctuate something can make a big difference in how it’s interpreted.
‘Ok’ feels a lot different from ‘ok!!’
Punctuation is an important part of establishing the mood you’re in when writing.
Never, ever, log into a chat, get a request to begin chatting, ignore that request and go offline.
To the person on the other end it can come across as a network error or they can assume that you are a horrible person.
Noblesse oblige I admit to having done this a couple of times, again, in my defense, I have a Blackberry.
And Blackberry main feature is to constantly log you into chat services against your will.
Well guys, I have to go. Nice talking to you!
the world must know the truth!
The Boston Globe
How to be a hacker
I’m sure if you are reading this page is because you are smart.
So you are also able to bust into people’s computer, stealing passwords and credit card numbers using nothing more than your brain.
I used to be a hacker myself so let me tell you that everything you’ve see on movies about hacking has utterly failed to communicate just how completely boring it actually is.
Hacking is easy
The majority of events that you describe as ‘hacks’ are pretty trivial.
Any of us is perfectly capable of cracking passwords or bringing down a website, even you.
Don’t trust me? Google it.
You see? Is just a matter of clicking here and there, some readings, some downloads and you are hacking whatever you want.
It takes very little thought to run someone else’s scripts and hacking tools someone else has made.
Note for the 99% of you who have opened another browser to start hacking things: you can do it but you will get caught so please, for the sake of our overcrowded prisons, stay calm.
The biggest security hole every piece of software or hardware has to try to deal with can be summed up in the below statement.
Humans are stupid.
It’s this stupidity that hackers take advantage of for the simplest and most effective hacks of all.
First, there are all the problems we have with our passwords, which are the central element of our security systems.
All of us have terrible easy to guess passwords.
Let’s pretend for a second that you are the exception that proves the rule and your passwords are not dumb.
Well, there’s also another issue: the idiots you’ve given your passwords to for safekeeping.
In other words, the employees of any company that handle emails and passwords.
When you sign up on a social network or a shopping site you don’t conduct an interview with their network security team.
You just access the page and give them your email and your password.
Chances are, those guys don’t even have a clue on how to store your information securely and by simply social engineering you can trick them into giving out anyone’s personal information.
Sit and wait
When most people think of hacking, they probably picture someone sitting in a dark room frantically typing, every keystroke chipping away at the firewall, just steps ahead of the authorities.
The details may vary but they’ll certainly picture something tense and fast paced, where every second counts.
At no point during this hack do they imagine the hacker wandering off somewhere for several months.
Viruses, Trojan horses, and worms are a group of semi-related programs that, once created, spread around completely on their own, which can take a lot of time, but allows them to damage or compromise a lot of computers.
This is how some of the most impressive hacks of all time have been pulled off.
Like the Trojan horse which blew up a natural gas pipeline in Siberia.
So not only does this type of hacking involve making the virus, with all the tedious weeks of programming, and math that goes into that.
Once that’s done come the months and months of waiting.
It’s about as exciting as planting a tree, except with the fun possibility that the FBI will come kick in your door.
the world must know the truth!
British Journal of Photography
American woman uploads 8 million picture of her 2 day vacation on Facebook
An arduous forty days long work came to an end for Marie Rogerson last weekend as the 26 year old woman finally finished uploading the more than 8 million photos she took during her unforgettable two day vacation to Miami last summer.
The online album creatively labeled “Miami 2013!!!!!!!!” was allegedly gathered from more than 15 terabytes of data spanning 960 16 gigabyte memory cards each of those carefully documenting the landmarks, food, drinks, streets, buildings, plants, animals, people, signage, hotels, museums, sports, modes of transport, weather, and miscellaneous that Rogerson encountered along the way.
Now Marie is ready to the best part of her vacation that is obviously publishing them on the internet so people all around the globe can get a little taste of what it was like to actually be there at the rich, fashionable and jet setting social Miami.
The album features a preponderance of images of the same subjects taken from multiple angles and distances and in several different camera modes.
From the Beach portion of the trip the collection includes 95.000 pictures of a street performer captured from every possible direction as he does a human statue act, 58.000 of Marie at various zoom settings holding up a glass of Daiquiri and 901.234 alternating grayscale and sepia tone shots of an outdoor bar which according to the first caption was ‘divineeeee’.
It took her a while to get the vacation pictures organized but she’ve finally gotten them all uploaded and added a caption for each one and everyone of them.
She used seven Canon PowerShot SX170 digital cameras but it was worth because now everything is available to visualize; the 350.000 shots of the South Beach Oceandrive taken at dusk from the roof of her hostel to the 220.000 of the row of cute Rolls-Royce cars parked on the sidewalk next door even the 1.2 million from the night she arrived and stayed at the Airport for dinner.
Going through all these photos brings back so many amazing memories said Marie who appears asleep on a night club in more than 840.000 photos.
It’s nice to think that now when it’s cold outside and I’m sitting here in my tiny cubicle I can look at the 978.000 pictures of the stairs outside our Motel and remember how much hot was there and how much fun you can have on vacation at a city like Miami.
I’m already thinking about my next trip probably to Georgia where I would be able to beat my own pictures record.
Although most of the 8 million photos are clearly legible the album contains hundreds of thousands that did not come out as intended many of which including those of street shopping centers taken while walking of pigeons in mid flight and of boats off in the distance as seen through humidity are either completely black flashes of pure white sunlight or blurred beyond recognition.
In addition the immense photo gallery features countless images of subjects blinking or looking in the wrong direction.
Oddly we noticed that there seemed to be only one picture of Bayside Miami.
Rogerson said she cherishes every single picture from her trip even the ones that aren’t perfect and she intentionally wanted to publish all of them because that how life is.
‘I don’t consider myself to be a professional photographer and I just took the 8 million pictures I thought were most interesting because I didn’t wanted to bother anyone with you know, too many’ Marie explained.
As of today, a month and a half after being uploaded the album had received a total of three likes and one comment.