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Monday, February 23, 2009

Marlow update, some humor and a bit about Facebook

Check out Marlow (from my 2006 litter, full brother to Helmut) above, and his little people buddy Coen who is tucked in between him and Matty.

Sooooo cute.

and here's another...
Coen and Marlow
Adorable. I love Coen's sweater!! Think he'll share? ;)
Marlow seems to be a nice baby sitter kinda guy. :)

On other things, while it's not new, I got a good chuckle out of revisiting Michael O’Donoghue's guide on How to Write Good at this blog I ran into while trying to find something else (isn't that how it always works?). Another favorite link on bad writing is the Bullwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. While my writing is often full of misadventure and typos, I generally know better most of the time what I intended to convey, so this stuff is funny to me. :D

About two months into it now, I'm finding Facebook to be an interesting experience. It's not a perfect medium, of course. It has its share of bad apples that create spam and spoof. It has some lack of efficiency, some lag, and some less than intuitive elements in its interface. But in some ways I'm finding that it saves time since I can have short conversations regarding some event and get instant feedback on some ideas -- sort of like what Twitter was all about, but much more integrated. I like it much better than MySpace, which has a really 'clunky' interface, in my opinion. Over the past month, some people that had trouble getting their longer emails read by me are able to have short bursts of connection via Facebook and it does save me time. And it's a handy way of keeping in contact with persons that are sometimes below the radar for long periods of time since they can log on at their leisure any time, then catch up with my activities on my 'wall'. Another perk, a broad range of activities available on FB gives one a better rounded feeling for common things in which some friends have an interest. Not bad. :)

I have to mention games since that is one of my interests. Facebook has some third party games integrated into the interface. To me, many of these games that I took a whirl with, are rather mindnumbing after a short while, so I tend to lose interest in them rather quickly. But to be fair, some games are really more complex in ways that I haven't time or patience to indulge. I have some great buds that just pick up a game and rack up their levels in little time at all. Games are part of the attraction to Facebook for many and some create accounts without a real person ID associated with it, just so they can play free games. It's something to do, to while away time and to diffuse personal stress, which latter is probably not a bad thing for most. That said, Facebook games have proven to me that I really am more in love with solving puzzles and utilizing creativity rather than indulging in repetition -- but the preliminary period of discovery about an application does sometimes intrigue me, "Oh, okay, then what happens next?" That's the key. Creativity on Facebook seems to be its main attraction to me, aside from its unique and complex schema for social intercourse.

On Anatolian related issues, I've found that the international diversity on Facebook makes it easier to communicate across the boundaries about our love for these wonderful dogs and learn about something about the interests of others that love these dogs. If you haven't signed up for FB yet, my advice if you are going to do it, is to create a basic account and not divulge too much information about yourself initially (leave most of your profile blank and keep your email address private). Meet up with a few contacts you trust and get to know the interface then take it from there. FB isn't for everyone. I had an account there for a year and had no real use for it other than to see materials that certain friends wanted to share. For some things, unless you can sign in, you just can't see it. There is no need to give more information about yourself than is necessary for creating a log in identity but of course, if your friends connect with you, you're much more likely to find areas of the network that interest you.

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