Social Media is Bad. Google Reader was Good. And I Give Up on the Mainstream.

‪I think it’s a lot harder to serendipitously find and make connections to strangers online based on your interests and personality‬. Today’s social media is mostl;y optimizing for entertainment. But not all of us are entertainers and the best connections are reciprocal.

Yes, I’m feeling sad about Google Reader again. But also a little bit LiveJournal and internet forums and other things lost.

We may be retreating into The Dark Forest, but I miss the pseudonymous internet filled with small hidden corners and communities.

Not everyone who joined a bowling league (when people did such things) loved bowling. Many loved being with other people first and bowling came second or not at all. Being together is what mattered. The venue did not.

I miss feeling like the whole internet was a bowling ally, and it didn’t matter how much we sucked at bowling. We were just having fun together. And if that means ceding ground to a mainstream that I no longer influence, well, I already feel powerless and out of touch with that mainstream anyway. Isn’t that why those of us who remember the internet before the social giants flocked here anyway?

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A list of TV shows I started (and watched at least one season of!) and never finished:

  1. The Wire
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Mad Men
  4. Downton Abbey
  5. House of Cards
  6. True Detective
  7. The Walking Dead
  8. Dexter
  9. Shameless

And more.

Prestige TV is boring is what I’m saying.

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Been thinking a lot lately about all those neighbors that said a high school opening in our community was going to be a violent, open air drug market because black kids would go there and now that everything’s fine and pleasant, we don’t hear a word from them.

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It’s crazy to me that 5K monitors basically don’t exist (I have two LG 5Ks that I love) and that they have basically non-existing support on Linux. These monitors are really bright, and really nice, and are actually a small part of my macOS lock in at this point.

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‪Between school shootings and so-called heartbeat bills and everything Trump does and his 90% approval among Republicans and the tent city I just walked through in one of the wealthiest places in the world I’m feeling pretty burnt out on these United States.‬

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