Waffle on Social Media:
My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here.
This is exactly how I look at it. I started this blog in 1999 and although it has an audience of nearly zero, I find it invaluable as a public history of what I’ve been thinking about over time and it is owned by and depends on no one but me.
Photo: EPA/FILIP SINGER
Today, GZ Media is the world’s biggest vinyl record producer. It has more than 1,400 employees who in 2013 pressed more than 10.5 million records. In fact, in February this year they managed to press an incredible 42,000 vinyl records in a single day.
via Inside The World’s Biggest Vinyl Record Factory.
Books I need to read
It seems I’ve gotten behind in my reading. This photo shows some of the books I’ve either started and not finished or haven’t started at all. And this doesn’t even include those on my Kindle.
I don’t mind having extra books around. It’s like having a neighborhood library right in my house.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel: Joshua Ferris
I loved “Then We Came to the End” but this latest book by Joshua Ferris didn’t do as much for me. I enjoyed the first half of the book most, during which dentist Paul O’Rourke tried to determine who had created an entire online presence in his name. I identified with Dr. O’Rourke, who is a Luddite addicted to his “me-machine” (iPhone). After that the story veered into a statement on religion and finding oneself and I lost interest during one of the many passages describing Jewish religious history in more detail than I thought necessary. Plus, too much baseball.
I like the way Joshua Ferris writes, and that made it worth reading the book. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for.
I’m thinking, you know, it was good shit, plastic. It answered a myriad of ‘how to’ questions, and thus occasioned a fabulous efflorescence, an unprecedented burst of wealth. Maybe plastic was Death disguised as Santa Claus—something for everyone from the ever-expanding plastic sack—but certainly this would be a tough planet without the plastic used in our technology. Maybe a good motto for homo sapiens as a species is, Live fast, die young, and leave a pretty archeological record. Our stratum will be a bright, shiny smear of plastic.
I’m not a fan of plastic.
This new Leica M-P does look great. It may be a “Perfect understatment” but I can’t pay $8,000 for a camera body. I’d sure like to try one, though. It looks great without the usual Leica “Red dot” and with the etched “Leica” script on the top. Maybe someday.
Dave Winer (What does a blog do in 2014?)
So for me, until further notice, my blog is where all my scatterings come together
I’m with Dave. The more I spread things out over various social networks, the more I miss having a place to call “home”.
Discriminating writers still consider the fountain pen the ultimate writing instrument.
Fountain pens are fun to use and, for some of us, to collect. I’m left-handed, which makes using a fountain pen challenging. It’s worth it.
Here’s how quality fountain pens are made.
I usually dislike when people cross post blog entries to every social media network they’re on. With that in mind, I’ve decided to cross post blog entries to (nearly) every social media network I’m on.
For a while I maintained a separate Twitter account used only for links to things I’ve posted elsewhere. That would be useful if I had a ton of followers and posted stuff way more often than I do. I don’t and I don’t so I’m going to bundle it all together and see how that goes.
This way you’ll never miss out on any of the quality content I publish! Or photos of my dogs.
I was looking for something I’d written years ago on my blog and was having trouble finding it. Whenever I lose things it’s because I’ve moved them for no good reason other than I’m “cleaning things up around here.”
I’ve been blogging since the late 90s and still have most posts in one form or another. In an effort to clean things up around here (see!?), I’ve reassembled most and imported them here at baty.net, which once again runs on WordPress.
The lesson here, if there is one, is that there’s no reason to risk losing content and breaking old links just to try new blogging software. WordPress is old and capable and complete and stable and fast (enough) for me. I should stick with it. I probably won’t, but I should. Besides, it’s fun to see how long the archives page is getting.