February 10, 2015

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via Indefinitely Wild: 

Traveling around the world? Tinder can help you meet people. Obviously. But its easy intimacy can also help plug you into adventure. Here’s how it worked for us, along with some of the people we met through it during our travels.

Fun post. I’ve been using Tinder for the same purpose. I haven’t gone on a ‘date’ through Tinder but my 200 connections made on Tinder since March of last year were basically virtual pen-pals that I kept in touch with. While traveling, I would meet up with men and women and go to local spots with them and talk about traveling and adventure. The dinner I had with a girl in Brussels Belgium was so much fun and we plan on doing it again when I’m back in March.

I understand the basic point of Tinder but I use it for straight up meeting new friends. I also post a daily photo taken with my professional camera to Tinder and average 12-15 likes per photo. It’s a fun app. So this post certainly was relatable for me.

February 10, 2015

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I stopped using Twitter & Facebook about 1 year and 3 months ago. I thought there might be some value in detailing how this has affected my life as an adult in this modern age. First, I do believe that my experience is skewed a bit by my physical location. I’m up North among the trees and lakes. The girl I’m dating doesn’t even use Facebook or Twitter. My co-workers don’t tweet and becoming the mayor of my office of 300 people on FourSquare takes about 2 weeks of work with little to no fanfare or celebration.

Fine but what about the people I know who don’t live this lifestyle and are in cities? 

One thing I learned  is around communication in general. Getting people on the phone is impossible. I can call colleagues but to call an old friend in San Francisco and have them actually pick up is simply impossible. I can leave a voice-mail but they won’t listen to it. They might text me back a few days later apologizing for not calling me. They’ll try to schedule time for us to have a catchup. “We really need to talk” and the schedule is missed or forgotten. Family and Friends both seem to avoid phones like the plague. The only persons who do call me back these days are my Mom and Dad. 

I’ve debated making letter-writing this year a priority. I’d send out an email to people whose emails I still have and ask for their current mailing address and start writing letters. After 6 months, I’d probably give up because no one has time to write a letter, put postage on an envelope and drop it in a mailbox. On the subject of emails, this has proven to be very difficult. If I want to email an old friend and see how they’re doing, it’s not possible. Most emails are not checked any more or their address has changed. How can I get in touch with them? Well, obviously it would be to join Twitter or Facebook and send them a friend request.

Sending a friend request to someone I’m already friends with….Ridiculous.

My daily routine hasn’t been altered by the lack of social media. I browse reddit, read RSS feeds and utilize Instapaper for longer reads. There’s no shortage of content on the web that I find without the need for social networks. I still get spam on LinkedIN but I’m not alone there. I don’t get any spam in my Email anymore mostly because I unsubscribe from every spam / syndicated message I get and obviously I’m not getting any social media emails about someone commenting on one of my photos.

I did recently experience an issue for the first time in a year where someone promised they’d invite me to a party at their house. It’s a friend who I communicate with over the phone and via email. The party happened and I never received an invite. I found out weeks later that she invited me on Facebook and a few dozen others through Facebook. There have also been some occurrences of friends telling me they sent me a message on Twitter or Facebook or another social media site but I feel that this is an easy thing to fix.

If a friend tells me, “Hey did you see my Facebook message?” I respond with, “I don’t use Facebook. You have my email because it hasn’t changed in 6 years” They then learn to email or even call me. If they don’t think that’s worth their time, then I’m no longer their friend. 

The few times I was in San Francisco last year, I did suddenly feel pressure again to join Twitter. It was the easiest way to communicate to a mass group of people, to tell a group you’re on your way, to post a photo of something really great while you’re doing it and it enabled spontaneous flash-mobs of friends. 

Over the last year, I still upload photos to Flickr and videos to YouTube and I still blog almost daily. Reddit is great for some entertainment and I spent a lot of time both reading and writing. One thing I’ll add as another fall-out to not using social media is my readership hasn’t grown on these blogs. I see successful blogs posting their content to Facebook and Twitter and letting the conversations happen there instead of in the blog comments. I’m not going to spend my day managing a community and posting things to Digg or Reddit to drum up more traffic. I think that’s one of the main things that’s keeping me  down a bit is that social media does have some positives but it’s also a tremendous time-sink. 

I have a lot of free time these days and that’s a good thing. My friend just got back from the Philippines and we were texting and I asked if she could send me a few photos (email, presumably) and she said they’re all on Facebook. Oh well. 

February 9, 2015

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via LaughingSquid:

Brands Saying Bae is a hilarious Twitter account that collects cringeworthy examples of major brands trying to use hip teenager slang on Twitter. Witness Burger King saying “THIS WHOPPER BRUH,” or IHOP telling us “Pancakes or you’re basic.” The account gets its name from the term “bae,” which if you were born before 2000, is a hot new slang term that means variously “cool,” “boyfriend,” or “girlfriend.” Hence this baffling tweet from Tostitos: “Bae is only bae if bae is down for #TOSTITOS chips and dip #BringTheParty.”

I didn’t know what ‘Bae’ was until today but this is pretty hilarious and a gentle reminder why I don’t want to be at the helm of a major corporation with my objectives being based around number of retweets. I like working 1:1 with customers but not being measured on clicks, retweets, etc. This is clearly an attempt by social media gurus to do this and I’m sure they hate themselves for it.

February 8, 2015

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Yesterday was another fun day on the ice. It’s convenient to just walk outside and drill a hole in the ice and fish. We finally had a few people across the lake also fishing so it was nice to see some other activity out there. Here are a few photos taken by myself and friends:

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

Ice Fishing out on the Lake - February 2015

I took the last photo with my weatherproof Olympus EM-1 which I can submerge in the water a bit to get some shots. The ice hole looked awesome in the water.

I took a few videos as well which I’ll link to in the coming days once I get around to editing them.

February 8, 2015

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via The Bold Italic:

Ever get on a congested MUNI train and wish your backpack didn’t take up so much precious personal space? Or looking for the perfect, customized bike commute bag? If these thoughts have crossed your mind, head over to Rickshaw Bagworks, where their selection of bags fit you just right and make it easier to get around the city with whatever sized load on your back. 

Great photos but for me, it’s welcome to see Mark Dwight still heavily involved with the day to day product creation. I did a blog post in 2009 @ their original factory and shot this video. Their quality and commitment to great bags has not faltered.