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Not Missing the Facebook (Day 10)

I’m on day 10 – and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t miss Facebook.  It’s a nice disconnect, and I think moving forward I’ll not rely on it as much.

It’s Friday and the end of the week.  We’re looking at a high of 29 degrees and Daylight Savings hitting this weekend.  (SIGH).  On the positive – I’m going to try and get a bunch of stuff completed at the house over the weekend.  I’ve collected boxes and I hope to get them all filled and taped up.  I also need to take a look at the garage and purge/donate what I can.

Next weekend, I’m heading the Owensboro for the long weekend with the interview on Friday.  Looking forward to it.  The call this week and scheduling of the interview has helped to focus my resolve.  I was starting to get worried about employment.  But looking into the position, I think I can really make a difference.

The day is starting and the caffeine is just kicking in… =)

 

Lent 2017 – Day 5 (I think) Digging out the PS3

It’s Day 5.  I haven’t used Facebook, Youtube, and/or Twitter.  I have little to no idea what is going on in the real world, and the POTUS is tweeting like a madman but I am staying away.  I’ve watched an entire season of The Magicians (season 1), and am about to jump back into playing Lego Dimensions (I might have a problem…).  Right now I am waiting for a PS3 update.

I feel a little more free, staying away from those outlets and I can only wonder what I have missed.  I wonder if anyone misses me online.  I talked with my fiance a few times over the weekend, but other than that – stayed in hermit mode.  I was packing for my move and going over the job boards, doing laundry, etc – but I missed my online presence.  I know this is going to fade as the days continue on, and there will be an overwhelming wave of information once I get back.  I’m rambling – probably should have thought this out a little more rather than just starting to type.

I ordered a pizza for the first time this year.  I’ve been trying to eat better, but the call of garlic knots and pepperoni called for me in the middle of the night.  The delivery driver even called me out “…haven’t been here in a while – you’ve been feeling okay?”  to which I sheepishly replied “…I’ve been trying to eat better…”  “Well, it’s nice to have you back.”  and it felt good to be back (?)  Why can’t they have like salad delivery services?  (OMG – did I just admit to that?!)

::sigh::

I’m getting a little anxious.  The wedding is eight months away.  I still have to find a job and move.  I have a lot of people helping me look and while I admit I am excited about starting this new part of my life – I’m scared shittless.  I know this is normal.  It doesn’t make it any easier.

Well, these things get automatically posted to both by Facebook and Twitter feeds.  It’s a nice record down the line. I feel a little like a ghost in that respect.

On to tomorrow.  Why won’t this update data download already….  rrgh.

Lent 2017 – Day 3 The withdrawals are here.

It’s day 3 of my social media cold-turkey abandonment.

I miss it.

I want to know on Twitter what is going on, especially with the current news, and what kind of odd things the new administration is saying and how they’re spinning it.  I miss youtube and my documentaries, my current pop culture.  And I miss my connection to Facebook, and wonder if anyone misses me there…

Lent 2017 – So Far… (Day 2)

So far all is well.  I’ve been on the road a lot with work and haven’t needed a break to escape.

Youtube – I would usually set up Youtube on my kindle to listen to a documentary or news as I fall asleep. That’s been replaced with using my Alexa and “News Briefing” or “Play music”.

Twitter – since the election, I’ve been following President Trump.  Every morning I see the overnight tweets and reply in what I believe to be the appropriate manner – massive amounts of snark.  This has lead to an increase in blood pressure and an inability to sleep.  There have been many times where I fell down the rabbit hole and almost posted items that would incur a visit from the Secret Service, but I pulled back and made edits.  Staying away from Twitter has been a good thing.  The overwhelming information about what is going on in the world – can’t handle it.

Facebook – where am I going to post my Geek musings?  Well, I’m storing them in a folder and will be posting them on April 17.  In the meantime, it is nice to stay away from a lot of the political posts and memes.  On the other hand I do feel a little disconnected from the rest of my family and friends.

My fiance is on a “Alternative Spring Break” with some of her students in NOLA.  They’re working in food pantries, building homes, and planting trees – so she’s physically away.  I envy her.

 

Lent 2017 – Giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

Every year about this time, Lent rears its ugly head and friends ask “So, what are you giving up for Lent?”  In years past, I’ve done deserts, chocolate, fast food, meat (I was vegan for 40 days), etc.  This year I decided to cut some ties to my online accounts (albeit for a little while).  I am giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for Lent.

I found that these three services/products (?) are my largest distraction from every day life.  It is easy to fall into the pit of all three services and while away entire weekends with nothing to show.  So in an effort to become a better person, logging out.

I am following my fiance’s lead on this (she’s staying away from Facebook) and I thought I might share in the e-withdrawals.

 

Winter Beard Coalition 2011-2012

I set up the Facebook page for the Winter Beard Coalition 2011-12.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/Winterbeard2011/

It is a celebratory group, open to the public to share pictures and experiences with growing the traditional “Winter Beard” (started at the first snowfall and clean-shaven by St. Patrick’s day – or later weather dependent).

spread the word.

Nike + is actually a –

I utilize the Nike+ system to track my runs at the gym.  I access it at Nike+ Now there has been some issues with the way the website works since I’ve started using it.  There have been lag issues, connectivity to my runs, and for the life of me – I can’t sync my runs to my facebook account.  I’ve tried to access this site through Chrome, Firefox, and even Internet Explorer.  I got nothing.

Well this week, Nike issued a statement telling the users that they know about the problems and are working on an overhaul of the site.  They wanted to hear feedback and prompted the users to post at their facebook site.

I am still uploading my runs to the site, but I can’t access much more of the site (except for the merchandise – imagine that).

Nike – please fix the site.  You have a lot of pissed off users.

Facebook Privacy

There has been a lot of talk in the last few weeks since it has been revealed that Facebook.com has been/is/will be selling information that its members assumed was private to marketing firms.  It’s not surprising that Facebook is doing this, there is a lot of data there to mine.

Facebook rolled out some “privacy settings” that were confusing to the average user and in the end caused more problems than they fixed.

I found a site this week Reclaim Privacy that searches your settings when you are logged onto Facebook, and alerts you to privacy leaks.  You can then make changes to increase your privacy settings.  It’s free.

Quitting the Farmville.

I’m leaving Farmville as soon as I can.

I say “as soon as I can” because they are having server problems lately and I cannot harvest my crops.  There is a co-op going right now and I feel obligated to finish something that I started.  But as soon as I finish that round of crops, I’m selling off everything and moving away.

It is no longer fun.

I started about a year ago, moved my farm up to LEVEL 66, and purchased many buildings, pets, etc.  I participated in some co-ops and helped out my neighbors when they needed it for their chicken coops, dog biscuits, and botanical gardens.

It has been getting harder and harder to have fun with the game.  The load times were getting longer and the small animations were bothering me.  Every few days there was another “neighborhood” task to get your neighbors to gift you eggs, gold, or pieces to a greenhouse.

After this morning’s server outage (on the heels of an added feature) that binds everything up, I’m done.

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