Posts by Steven Hodson

Braindead TechCast EP47: We are losing our Web

Google is in the news today as everyone preps up for Facebook’s first moves on taking over the world tomorrow from its f8 Developer conference. Unfortunately with Google however it isn’t good news even if the news makes no sense whatsoever.

From being taken to task by 10 privacy commissioners from countries around the world to the idiot idea that the company should be broken up ala the ridiculous example of AT&T – the original AT&T that is – everyone seems to be trying to get in their slaps against the company.

Oh and Sean and I announce to the world .. well the three listeners anyway that what was once the private game of one listener is now open to all. Yes folks we are talking about the Braindead TechCast Drinking Game where every time you hear one of us utter the phrase “out of their evar-loving minds” you get to take a drink. The only caveat is that we can not be held responsible the morning after effects.

Posts referred to in the show

Letter to Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer – Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Consumer group to call for Google break up – SFGate
90% of Content on Google Buzz is Bots, Report Finds – ReadWriteWeb
10 Suggestions for Redesigning the Google Profile – Louis Gray

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Everyone deserves a little happiness

Kim & I - a happy moment

Kim & I - a happy moment

In a lot of ways I am a pretty lucky guy. I get to write every day about the things that intrigue me, fascinate me and make me think; and I also get paid which is a great bonus. Even more important though is that I am lucky enough to have a woman in my life who has supported me as we have traveled the road that led to this point and it hasn’t always been an easy road.

I was reminded of this when I read a post today by Penelope Trunk as she shared some rare pictures of her recent wedding to the farmer. I left off reading the post feeling incredibly happy for Penelope, which if you have followed her blog for any length of time you will agree, her happiness is well deserved.

But then I started thinking about my own life as it is right now and wondering what simple things would add anymore happiness to it. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have any ambitions to be rich. I am more than happy with being able to make sure we have a roof over our heads even if it is only apartment. Not having to worry if the end of the month will come before the end of the money is a great stress relief which given my need to wear a nitro patch is probably a good thing.

Happiness is a funny beast. We are often led to believe that we need to constantly raise our expectations regarding what we want out of life. Yet some of the happiest people I have known have lead what a lot of people would consider simple lives.

In a world where we look to that next new car, a bigger house, the newest gadgets and the next great moment of our lives I sometimes wonder if we have forgotten that happiness more often comes from the little things in our lives. So I decided to take a minute or two and given my current place in life to see if there was any little happiness that could make my life better.

You just gotta love AdSense targeted advertising

I just got an email from a reader because he thought I would really appreciate the humor of this.

Earlier today I wrote a post titled Don’t hate the regurgitation which had an image in the last section of a dog cleaning up his own mess.

When Todd read the post in Google Reader (I am assuming here) there was an ad at the end of the post t hat when taken in conjunction of the image is enough to make you laugh.

Thanks Todd for the best laugh I’ve had today. Gawd you gotta love targeted advertising.