Category Archives: The Lapping Shore of Psycholand

Facebook and Friendship

As time passes, I become happier with my decision to forsake Facebook.  Today’s news involves deep privacy breaches, about which Zuckerberg apparently lied to Congress. Zuckerberg’s agenda was never to “bring people together.” In any case, experience teaches that a … Continue reading

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Rats!

Social media has always treated its users as its product. I have heard it said, in effect, “when something online is free, you’re the product that’s for sale.” But it’s worse. You’re also an “experimental rat.” Chalk that up as … Continue reading

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Told Ya So

So Mark Zuckerberg, college dropout and wearer of boring T-shirts, is in deep trouble for a massive, deliberate, for-profit data breach at his famous Facebook.  Fifty million subscribers had all of their personal data snuffled up, along with that of … Continue reading

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Parallel Octaves, Again

I’ve read some internet chatter about BWV565 that makes me shake my head. An allusion to “parallel octaves” in the opening measures. Here we go again. I wrote about this in The American Organist in September, 2011. The organ does … Continue reading

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Face(less)book

There’s an article on the Verge website about a former Facebook executive who expresses deep remorse over what he has helped create.  (No word if he’s donating all of his ill-gotten money, or starting a foundation to fix the damage.) … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

From the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “I think that Aldous Huxley utters the loud truth when he says, in Point Counter Point, that industry can never substitute for talent. There exists, especially in the American mind, a sort of proud confusion … Continue reading

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On Being Less Stupid

Ta-Nehisi Coates has an article in the current Atlantic, titled “Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War.” What an excellent bad example of a title. Coates just called you, me, and everybody else who reads English … Continue reading

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Las Vegas

I’ve just woken up to the nightmare in Las Vegas.  At this point, over 50 people are definitely dead, making this the worst mass shooting in American history.  The count of wounded has doubled in the past hour, from 100+ … Continue reading

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So It Begins

I’m off Facebook.  Please contact me directly, and check out this blog.

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Unfriending Facebook

I’m done.  I spent years wasting time on Facebook, and I’m done.  I’m deactivating my accounts a little later today, and then, barring heavenly intervention, deleting for good after I’ve had a few days to evaluate. I’m rarely impulsive.  This … Continue reading

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