Deleting your facebook account is a growing trend

There’s a movement to kill facebook.

Or at least there’s a movement to encourage you to delete your account. You can read about two different recommendations here and here.

I’ve been following the Gizmodo story for some time, and it’s all good except the guy who’s writing it owns a social network startup called “BorderStylo”

I’m not sure I’m completely behind the movement. I like facebook for having contact with friends and family whom I wouldn’t see otherwise.  Since I have a blog, I’m not really opposed to people knowing about my life anyway.

One of the biggest reasons for facebook deletion is because the “they” says that “they” have your profile tapped like a phone. The “they” can access and sell access to your profile.

Oddly enough, I’ve noticed that almost every site with advertising that I go to right now has ads for B&H Photo, which is the store that I buy almost all my camera equipment from. It’s a little freaky, and it makes me NOT want to shop there.

I think what worries me the most are photos that I’ve shared on there, but even those aren’t a big deal. I typically put my logo on all of them, unless I just don’t care. I also upload versions that would be difficult to print … which is also pretty stupid, because hardly anyone prints anything anymore.

Do you care? Do you know what facebook is? Do you do an alternative social network? If so, what is it?

Meet Andy Kaufman reincarnated … makes me laugh and laugh

A strange, strange man has been showing up on morning shows throughout the Midwest, claiming to be a yo-yo trick champion. He is not. He is actually terrible at yo-yo. Yet he keeps getting on the air.

Little is known about “K-Strass,” who goes by Kenny Strasser, or sometimes Karl Strassburg. He claims to be from Wisconsin (except when he doesn’t). He claims to be from a broken home, with his own addiction issues (except when he isn’t).

All we know is that K-Strass has shown up on television six times in the past month, showing off his yo-yo “skills” and generally embarrassing the hosts.


Chuck Palahniuk inspires entire room to blow up inflatable paraphernalia

Below are some shots from tonight’s reading with Chuck Palahniuk at Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

As mentioned below, Palahniuk is on a book tour promoting his newest work, “Tell All.”

During the evening, Palahniuk read a short story called “Knock Knock”. He had a discussion with a local literature reporter. And he did a Q&A, in which he revealed the title of his next book “Damned”, which is inspired by Judy Bloom novels, especially Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

He explained that “Damned” is slightly, probably, very much inspired by the deaths of his parents over the last 11 years. The main character will be an 11 year old living in Hell (literally) and having to deal with it in her own snarky, pre-teen way.

During the night, there were prizes for blowing up inflatable movie awards. The prizes were more inflatable paraphernalia like hearts and turkeys. It was genius to see Palahniuk basically make fun of the fact that he could get people to do such asinine behavior.

In case you didn’t know already, Palahniuk is my favorite author. Tonight he talked about how if it isn’t uncomfortable to write about, it’s not worth writing … this is a concept I learned from him long ago. Tonight was a reminder to carry on with that idea.

Tina and I had such a great time. More review-a-liciousness tomorrow. Here are some photos.

Cheers, Chuck, where ever you are.

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