Archive for the ‘uncomfortable situations’ Category

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Mom, can I have a sloth for a pet?

May 21, 2010

Just happened upon some super adorable sloth footage via stumble. Here’s the article. Video credit Amphibian Avenger.

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YES YES and YES

May 20, 2010

Finally! A genre Hollywood hasn’t copied to the point of exhaustion: SNL skits. But really, I am excited about MACGRUBER.  Here’s a trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Equally exciting, awkwardfamilyphotos.com is having a “whose mullet is the awesomest” contest in tribute to the movie, which will be opening tomorrow, May 21st. And you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be there.

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Facebook: what is it coming to?

May 18, 2010

Facebook – wtf? Is it really a terrifying, privacy-invading, devil-driven entity bent on exposing its users most intimate secrets? What can an avid facebook-user do to limit the amount of their personal information leaked through the web?

Aside from these tips on avoiding legal issues (or these) on facebook, there are a few ways that I have used, and that you can use, to control to the best of your ability who sees your facebook content on the web.

1. Privacy Settings

Under “Account” -> “Privacy Settings” you can control exactly who can see what of your homepage. One particularly useful tool from there is “Profile Information”->”Preview My Profile”  Where you can type in a person or group’s name to see exactly what they can see on your profile.

2. Keep Tabs on Groups, Applications, and Pages

Keep in mind that groups you become a “fan” of and most applications automatically have full access to your homepage. Even if you are not currently using an application on your homepage, you have to manually delete it to have it completely removed. Edit these settings under “Privacy Settings”->”Applications and Websites”.

3. “Edit Friends” Option

Under “Account”->”Edit Friends”, you will find an extremely useful page. Here, you can create lists with specific privacy settings and assign different friends to different lists depending on what you want them each to see. For instance, my lists include, “Don’t Know You At All”, “Acquaintances”, “Relatives”, “Kids”, and “Work”. I know it’s a pain to go through and put each of your friends in a separate list, but it’s worth it. And once the lists are created, you can automatically put new friends in whichever one you want. Note: they can’t see that you’ve put them on a list so there’s no risk in offending someone!  On the “Edit Friends” page, you can also view the pages you’re a fan of to make absolutely sure you have them at the privacy settings you want.

4. Public Search

Okay, so I don’t mind being searchable within the facebook community, but I do not think it is a good idea to allow your personal facebook page to come up in a Google search.  To prevent this, go to “Account”->”Privacy Settings”->”Search”. Make sure “Allow” under “Public Search Results” is NOT checked.

5. Check for Floater Info

You know all those groups asking for your phone number because a friend lost his or her phone? Well if you write your personal info on the wall of that group and it’s not a private group, then that information is searchable. A good way to see what floater info is out there under your name is by doing a Google insite search. Just type this into the Google search bar: “your name” site:facebook.com

6. Stay Informed

It’s definitely not a bad idea to do a Google news article search of facebook every now and then – the better informed you are, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid privacy issues in the future.

More Tips and Information related to Facebook and Privacy Issues:

What I’m Listening To: Wild Wind – Black Mountain

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New Postsecrets!

January 17, 2010

New Postsecrets today (every Sunday).  Here’s a video of Frank, the man who started the whole project, giving a talk:

What I’m listening to: The Ballad of RAA – The Rural Alberta Advantage

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First Post

January 14, 2010

We all make mistakes.  Sometimes, I feel like I make more mistakes than other people.  And so in sharing my mistakes with you, I hope to achieve several things:

1) resolve my own embarrassment of uncomfortable situations

2) provide insight into potential social scenarios from which others can learn

3) entertain & remind myself of the humor in life

4) reflect in order to grow and make fewer mistakes in the future

Now that I’ve gotten started, there are a few subjects that I plan to update here regularly : health/fitness, friends/relationships, music/art, organizational/business skills.  Of course, you can expect there to be a wide range of subjects discussed, so be sure to check back regularly!

What I’m listening to: Psychotic Girl – Black Keys

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