Not So Personal
Tech, Pop-Culture and Marketing
Ah Cumberland…You started out as a land grab by a savage British immigrant bent on mining the bowels of the Earth, and somehow you became super cool.
Can big changes come in small packages?
For the first years of coding, I built most things from scratch. Login systems, e-commerce systems, RSS generators, content management systems-- you name it. After a while, I developed a handy little spellbook of code for use and reuse in Perl, PHP and ASP. Still, that was my spellbook. By the early 2000s, most developers were learning that they didn’t have to re-invent the wheel. They used, reused or found code that worked.
Lots of businesses stress about tapping into the new customer audiences. Simultaneously, they stress about social media. There is sometimes full-on superstition in response to the question of marketing and engagement through social media. People need a stress free approach to social media marketing and management.
Blogging is about good prose and links to helpful information. Images are important to the presentation of your content. Here are some tips for how to make images, layout and looks improve the delivery of your message.
My Personal Stuff
Americans would have gone to war on news that the Russkies messed with their election process. Nowadays, 65-millions of them cheer on their installed president. But the wall is coming down! We'll have to see how far this goes. The crest of fake news and damaging ads in our Facebook feeds may have had a heavy influence on swinging voters.
Thoughts, Growth and Personal Stuff
Our world is without ritual. Not the globe mind you, just the sphere that each of us North Americans / Occidentals cocoon ourselves within. New Atheists embrace the rational world without God and superstitions. They are free to be and do what they wish to do, without stopping to think about their imaginary immortal soul. Christmas boils down to being about gifts, food and maybe a flight down to Mexico. They don’t run the risk of gaffing on a ritual and earning the wrath of their parish or their God. You can imagine what a load off your shoulders a ritual free lifestyle can be. But I went another way and opted to build a rebirth ritual with the help of my friends.
Longevity is a curse.
Our lifespan has increased dramatically as a key benefit of civilization. The Tomb of the Eagles on Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, produced the remains of 342 people. The most common age of death was early adulthood, between fifteen and thirty. Only 1.5% of people were over 40, and very few lived to reach the age of 50. Our longevity has hockey sticked in the last century. We’re saving children from an untimely demise and we’re keeping the old alive longer.
I speak in pop-culture metaphors. It’s the best way I can describe what I want to convey. Forgive me. Darmok at Jalad.
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