Posted tagged ‘Facebook’

Facebook, God and Politics

February 1, 2016

facebookI joined Facebook back in 2009 for two reasons.  As somewhat of a computer geek, I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  And my wife, Muri, had been hearing things about our daughter, Amy, from her already-member friends.  I was tasked with seeing how it worked so I could show her.  Later on I would also add a page for Older Eyes, my alter ego and author of my blog, hoping to increase its readership.  In six years, I have accumulated 105 friends, which makes my alter ego feel inferior … he has only 38 likes. If you’d like to help him out, hop over to Older Eyes page, here, and like it. Most of my FB friends are family and real friends from here in Socal. There are a handful of people I’ve met blogging and a few friends from my high school days that I’ve reconnected with. Then there are some who I don’t know or how we ended up friends … a few even accepted friend requests from me that I don’t recall sending.  I suppose that’s fine.
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Faith and Facebook

December 20, 2015

wreathI enjoy Facebook.  At least once a day, I check my Facebook page.  I do that because it helps me keep up with old friends I never see because I’m a transplant from the New England to the West Coast.  It lets me see pictures of my grandkids now that they are farther away in Utah.  I get to see pictures of friends’ grandkids and cute pets.  I see inspirational stories and sayings that (sometimes) help me get through the day and (sometimes) annoy me, depending on my mood.  There are funny stories and pictures. (more…)

Algebra

January 3, 2015

ALGEBRA1I found this posted on FaceBook a few days ago and for some reason, it rubbed me the wrong way.   If you’ve been coming around here long enough to know something about me, you know I’m a scientist and you probably think, Algebra came easy to Older Eyes.  He doesn’t know what it’s like for the rest of us.  Just for the record, Algebra was not my best subject, nor was high school math in general.  High school math required too much memorization and provided too little evidence of usefulness to hold my attention.  My mathematical inclinations didn’t catch fire until I took calculus, which required not just memorization but understanding.   Since then, I’ve taken more math than some math majors.  My point is that while I understand that Algebra is not easy for everyone … and that many people have vocations that do not requireALGEBRA2 knowledge of Algebra … the notion that anyone in this technology-based society doesn’t use Algebra … or for that matter, calculus, statistics, finite mathematics and dozens of other mathematical fields … is misguided.   Things we use daily, from our vehicles to the techie-toys we have come to depend on were developed using algebra and other higher mathematics and, in fact, their operation depends upon mathematical principles.

So.  You can say you hate algebra.  You can say it was hard for you and you wonder why you had to take it.  You can say, My job doesn’t require knowledge of algebra or higher math.  But please DON’T say, I don’t use algebra.  You use it every day.  There.  Now, I feel better.

Know Thyself ??

December 28, 2014

There are three things extremely hard: steel, diamond and to know one’s self – Benjamin Franklin

knowThe maxim Know Thyself was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and has been widely quoted … with a variety of meanings … by philosophers.  According to Wikipedia, it can be seen as a warning against false pride, against boasting beyond what you actually are or it can be a warning not to pay attention to the opinion of others.  It can be read as a prescription for true humility, knowing your true place in the universe, by knowing both your strengths and weaknesses.  It can be a warning against hubris, against overbearing pride and comparing oneself to God.   Regardless of how it’s interpreted, I suspect most would agree with Ben Franklin … it’s hard to achieve.  It’s the reason we have aisles of self-help books in Barnes and Noble and the reason we have therapists and philosopher.  It’s the reason religions offer opportunities (sometimes taken) for introspection and why 12-Step programs offer searching and fearless moral inventories (sometimes taken).  Until now, anyway. (more…)

Peeves. Large and Small.

October 15, 2014

curmudgeonYou may have noticed that someone’s been missing here from Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog for a while.  That would be my cranky alter-ego, my Inner Curmudgeon.   But he’s back with some pet peeves, from small ones like internet ads and Facebook to big ones like the current over-reaction to Africa’s Ebola outbreak in the U.S.

1.  Internet video ads that play automatically when I navigate to a page: I understand that advertising drives the internet these days, but as a music lover who sometimes leaves his speakers on LOUD, I’ve been practically knocked out of my chair by some loudmouthed bozo selling some product or other.  I assure you, my response has never been, Oh, I think I’ll buy one of those.
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Critical Mass

June 18, 2013

TSTIt’s Tuesday.   Top Sites Tuesday #208 and the subject is Facebook.  I am a casual Facebook user.   Bud has his personal page, here, and his alter ego, Older Eyes, has a page here.   I (Bud) post on Facebook a few times a week, maybe a family picture or something I saw at the park.  Once in a while, I’ll link to an article I found interesting.  Everything I (Older Eyes) post on Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog shows up on Older Eyes page and because Bud likes Older Eyes (it would be quite odd if he didn’t, don’t you think?), Older Eyes’ posts show up on Bud’s home page, too.  Sometimes if I (Bud) especially like one of my (Older Eyes’) posts, I comment and share it on my (Bud’s) timeline.  Got it?   I (Bud) have never worried about having a million Facebook friends.  I almost never ask anyone to friend me and I pretty much ignore Facebook’s suggested friends of friends.  As a result, in four years on Facebook, I’ve gathered only 74 friends.  In the Facebook world, that makes me somewhat of a recluse, I suppose.  Older Eyes?  Well, he has only nineteen likes but he doesn’t get out much.  He’d appreciate if you’d drop by and like him, though.   Being a blogger under a pseudonym gets to be a little like having a split personality, don’t you think? (more…)

Facebook Follies

July 28, 2012

You may have noticed that I don’t post very often about politics … and when I do, I try to keep it politics in general, not the partisan crap.  That might make you think that I’m apolitical but you’d be very wrong.  I am quite opinionated.  But I’ve reached a place in my life where I trust my own judgement enough to be comfortable with my opinions on politics and I have no desire to discuss them with those who might try to convince me I’m wrong.   And as I’m sure you know, by the time you finish typing Limbaugh … or Obama … online, some zealot will be all over you.   For the record, I am a semi-retired small businessman who would like our government to be small business friendly.   I am inclined to be capitalist, libertarian and fiscally conservative.   I’ve mentioned before that I stay away from online message boards because I’m also inclined to post passionate responses to idiotic political posts (here, idiotic = diametrically opposed to my opinion, passionate = my opinion). (more…)