Sunday, September 28, 2008

When to Block and When to Friend People in Facebook

Some people don't deserve your online friendship. You know who I'm talking about, the ones who take and take but never give.

Here are 10 reasons to unfriend people in facebook:


1. Never add a person who you can't trust.

2. That housemate you had in college who stiffed you on the security deposit. BLOCK!!!

3. Facebook is for friends. If you're not sure about a new friend (because you haven't seen this person for 15 years) then give them the benefit of the doubt. If they start getting annoying then don't hesitate to BLOCK! them later on.

4. The Mayor of your city. It's like spam overload, make it stop.

5. Size doesn't matter. The number of friends you have is not what matters. KEEP the nice re-acquaintances from College and High School. DELETE the perverts and stalkers.

6. Don't use facebook to be annoying just by advertising to everybody all the time. BLOCK the heavy self marketers who suck your time.

7. The tech/internet people who are just testing out the facebook UI. Or if you used to work with folks, who weren't nice, here's where you draw the line. Your email address was imported along with 400 other people in their contacts anyway.

8. DELETE the wanna be rock stars (unless they are actually your friends). Myspace.com is the social network for music.

9. The former manager who drove you to quit. I don't care how many people they know, that's all they have going for them! Never ever reward jerky managers with your friendship after the fact. Otherwise that's like rewarding banks for making bad loans!

10.
People who aren't real people. OK now I know some of these "avatars" can be amusing to some people some of the time. But they get in the way of the "social utility" of Facbook. Block them!

Friday, September 26, 2008

BBC Radio 1 Website Has Great FREE Music and No Advertising

Since we are all looking for free entertainment this weekend I thought I'd share this, I am sooo loving the BBC Radio 1 online. All this great content for FREE. Is there anything comparable to the BBC in the United States? Check it out, all this free internet radio, from rocking beats to experimental rhymes. As somebody who's designed a few music pages in my day I'm surprised by the lack of advertising on their website. How can they do that? Isn't that like, forbidden or something? Just goes to show that the editors across the pond want to promote the best music.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Can See The Future and it is a DEEP Economy

Every member of congress should read Deep Economy right NOW before voting on this bailout.




As I sit here and watch Bernake grovel before Congress, and the President speak about the banking crisis I'm really not that worried... I just finished the book Deep Economy The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben. Deep Economy is a fantastic and crazy-relavent book for our current ecconomical events.

McKibben's book is informative and just really helpful. He gives examples citing small ideal communities and illustrates how people in them are happy, and prosperous, and acting like a community should act. Why isn't "happiness" measured by the federal government? Why are tomatoes from Chile? We must be buying our food with jobs because why else would our food come from overseas. Deep Economy is mainly about sustainability. How less is more. McKibben offers real solutions to real social happiness. If you wanted to start a green project, or if you wanted to just learn about sustainability and permaculture this is a great book. If you're worried about the future health of the economy, in the long term, you should read this book.

I'm not worried for another reason, things are great in beuatiful Baltimore. I'm picking free food out of the garden, blogging, getting lots of sleep. I hope the fed sees some of this nice weather here in the area and realizes. Life is good, life is free! It's supposed to be free. For EVERYONE.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Two Coasts Three Perspectives on the Mortgage Meltdown

About five years ago my friend Steve and I were talking about the real estate market (in San Francisco). He remarked how absurd it is that home values can go up 20% or more year over year while actual salaries were not going up much at all. Somebody was obviously making money in real estate boom, but it was (and still is) impossible to find the actual value of the homes we were looking at.

Here are THREE articles today from the New York Times and LA Times. One about Banks and another about the people on the receiving end of our unsustainable housing market. And one about the European perspective on our financial meltdown.

The People:
The golden years have lost their glow
With home values down, costs up and their 401(k)s declining, some seniors have had to rethink retirement.

The Banks:
A $700 Billion Rescue Plan for Wall St., but Will It Work?
... The financial crisis gripping the United States is the direct outgrowth of the speculative orgy in real estate that began early this decade. Once home values began falling two years ago, the financial institutions that had poured capital into real estate confronted a very big problem.

Those pesky Europeans:
Europeans on left and right ridicule U.S. money meltdown
"Greenspan was considered a master," Tremonti declared. "Now we must ask ourselves whether he is not, after [Osama] bin Laden, the man who hurt America the most. . . . It is clear that what is happening is a disease. It is not the failure of a bank, but the failure of a system. Until a few days ago, very few were willing to realize the intensity and the dramatic nature of the crisis." - Italy's finance minister Giulio Tremonti

I kind of agree with the Euros on this one.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

If I were in SF tonight I would be going to see Irvine Welsh

Saturday, September 20, 9:00 PM
Edinburgh Castle Pub
950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM
Diesel Bookstore
5433 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94618

Monday, September 22, 7:30 PM
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
2720 NW 29th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 PM
Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S Main St., Seattle, WA, 98104

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Complaining is Fun! About-Face.org

I'm a designer who is constantly seeing things that don't work right, so naturally I love to complain. I'm also a woman and let me tall ya, there are a lot of things to complain about if you're female. So today I was amused to find About-Face.org, an organization which is fighting the harmful stereotypes of women that the media disseminates. This is a good one to add to your RSS reader ladies! I think every woman will find something interesting in About-Face.org.

Check out the gallery of offenders, it's wonderful. Vodka ads, BOOO!

I would also like to point out this recent Washington Post article;
Despite Strides, Women Still Tripped Up by Confidence Gap
By Michelle Singletary

Now all of this makes me wonder, what if there was a daily, national newspaper dedicated to women?