POTUS To Have a Meeting on Ebola Response

Thank goodness! Now we don’t have to worry about anyone on American soil getting infected… Oooops.

Waiting on Brussels Sprouts


Everything started growing so late in my garden because of the long winter. I just hope my Brussels Sprouts will grow large enough to eat.

He Wants What He Can’t Have


I’m getting ready to eat this taco and I see this creepazoid peek out from under the table.

Home Grown & Homemade Pickled Jalapeños


Locally grown (backyard), organic (it’s a plant), gluten free (no gluten in a jalapeño), and all natural (once again,  it’s a plant).

Facebook Has Run Over 1,000 Tests on Users Since 2007

This story just keeps getting better. This is from the Wall Street Journal.

Since its creation in 2007, Facebook’s Data Science group has run more than 1,000 tests. One published study deconstructed how families communicate, another delved into the causes of loneliness. One test looked at how social behaviors spread through networks. In 2010, the group measured how “political mobilization messages” sent to 61 million people caused people in social networks to vote in the 2010 congressional elections.

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits (WSJ) $$

Facebook May Have Volunteered You for a Study

Here’s nother reason not to trust social content silos. I’m sure Twitter can do the same thing but who is going to read the terms of service of these sites to find out?

A team of researchers, led by Adam Kramer at Facebook in Menlo Park, California, was curious to see if this phenomenon would occur online. To find out, they manipulated which posts showed up on the news feeds of more than 600,000 Facebook users. For one week, some users saw fewer posts with negative emotional words than usual, while others saw fewer posts with positive ones.


Facebook terms of service

Twitter terms of service

Google terms of service

The Definition of a Blog

The best description I’ve seen.

A blog is the unedited voice of a person#

The lack of editing is central, because it’s one person who’s responsible for every word. When you click the Publish button you should feel butterflies, at least sometimes, because there’s no one to pass the buck to. If someone else wrote the headline, or did a copy edit, or even reviewed what you wrote and critiqued it before it went out, it’s still writing, but it is not a blog. #