July 20, 1969 – I turned 13 and man landed on the moon. It doesn’t get any better than that.
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As some of you, the few and the proud, may have noticed, other than my nightly podcast with Sean I haven’t been posting much here. There are more than a few reasons why but primarily it is because I have decided to really concentrate on my Microsoft and Windows blog – WinExtra.
That doesn’t mean I won’t be posting a few smaller type things here every once in awhile; or at The Inquisitr, but this isn’t where my interests and passions are being met at this point in time. That said if you still want to keep up with what I am doing you can find me on Facebook or through my @WinExtra Twitter account.
I’ve come to the firm conclusion that for the most part Social Media is nothing more that a massive circle jerk and I am fed up with all the so-called conversations that are really far from being conversations.
You see conversations are all about give and take, sharing of thoughts both good and bad.
Except Social Media doesn’t want to hear anything but about how cool everyone is and how important their brand is.
It’s all about the constant regurgitation of the same old spiel just given a new number placement in some Top 10 bullshit list.
When I first split off Shooting at Bubbles from WinExtra I was under the mistaken belief that there was a need for a balanced look at the whole social media thing. I felt that there was room for a voice willing to question what people were blindly accepting as the new gospel. I believed the hype about the conversation and its power for change.
As someone who has been in this business for as long as I have I should have known better but ya I got sucked into the mindless vortex. The thing is people don’t want their sacred cows smacked around. They don’t want to be told they’ve just signed on for a new-age electronic version of Amway.
Well I tell you what – I’m fed up with banging my head against a wall. I’m tired of playing the mugs game.
From this point on this site will be more of a personal site. It’ll be the home of the Braindead TechCast because I love doing that podcast with Sean. It’ll be the home of my thoughts about a whole range of topics that interest me but don’t fit within the framework of WinExtra.
That isn’t to say I won’t probably still have something to say about Social Media but it’s not going to be any type of centerpiece here. I won’t be playing that stupid game anymore. One day I could talk about WordPress and design. Another day I could end up talking politics, and on yet another day I could end up talking about my dog.
I really don’t care if you stop reading S@B, it won’t bother me in the least if you stop following me on Twitter, because I’m not doing this anymore for you and the rest of the wannabe famous people of Social Media. I’m doing it for me. So if that suites you then stick around for the ride.
If not .. well its been nice knowing ya.
The United States has taken a heel of a beating both at home and on the global stage.
It has in many places become a shadow of what it once was.
But it’s not that way when you look to the people of America. It’s not that way when you see the heart and soul of the country willing to reach out and help – anyway it can.
This is the America that the world respects and loves.
This is the America that you all can be proud of.
You can brag about your fancy pants iPhones or trot out your oh so cool Nexus Ones or even show off some silly netbook but when it comes to buying gadgets this is what it is really all about.
Yup. That is my newest batch of hardware I picked up today. I’ve been using my current setup for just about four years so I was due to have some fun like this.
Here’s a few details about my new goodies
A Gigabyte S-series motherboard
An AMD Athlon II Multi-Core Processor
Add in 4GB Corsair DDR2 800MHz RAM
Plus a new LG Super Multi-Write DVD burner
Now as soon as I get some post caught up and a podcast recorded I’ll be setting about getting my hands dirty putting everything into my existing case.
This is fun.
Cellphones .. not so much.
Earlier today I had finally had enough of all the marketers and their following me just because I mentioned marketing in a message or a post here. I said at that point on Twitter that we needed some sort of hall of shame so the whole world could see their crap for what it is – crap.
After thinking on it for awhile I headed over to my favorite domain company NameCheap and started hunting for just the right combination of words for the domain I wanted. It took a little bit but I finally hit on it.
Now after a couple of hours work getting the pieces together I present to you:
This is where I will be posting some of the gems I get on a daily basis because my mother always taught this cranky old fart that it is good to share. So share I shall.
I’ll also be setting up an email addie for people to send in their favorite screen captures as well – so watch my Twitter stream for that in the next day or two.
Isn’t the Internet fun
When I got into this whole blogging thing I first started out using one of my long time nicks and let very little of my personal life to come out from under the veil. It was a conversation with Robert Scoble years ago now that made me rethink my reasons for the pseudo-privacy.
From that conversation I hung up my nick and started using my birth name and as a result being a little more open about who this person Steven Hodson was. Except there were, and still are limits. I’m not a believer in the whole warm and fuzzy kumbaya aura that people seem to think is a part of our Social Media world – never have and never will.
Problem is though as a blogger – especially one who would like to be a tad more popular – part of the business is being able to get out there doing the real world thing called meet and greet. I’ve always sloughed this off as being something that isn’t needed in order to do your job.
I don’t very often brag – well actually I don’t very often have things to brag about but today is definitely a high point for me.
As with most bloggers I have a vanity search feed in FeedDemon and I was going through it today when I spotted something that I didn’t recognize so I click through to the originating site. Turns out is was the official blog for CBC.ca – otherwise known as Canadian Broadcasting Company.
What had triggered the vanity search is that the post was directly related to one that I had written at The Inquisitr titled The big shake-up coming to television.
It is one thing to be quoted in a blog and that is cool, don’t get me wrong but to have an official corporate blog write something based totally around something you have written elsewhere is a hellva boost.
So thank you to Inside the CBC.com for feeling that what I had to say deserved being expanded on – especially by a industry blog.
Now if you’ll excuse me I want to go and enjoy this glow for a little while longer.