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Point and Shoot: 1925 | Shorpy Photo Archive

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posted 1/29/09 at 8:45pm to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

Garbage in, garbage out

After posting the last chapter of my little serial novel a couple of weeks ago, I took a few days of, ahem, “forced downtime”.

I went completely off the grid for a full five days – no web, no blogs, no Twitter, no Flickr, not even television. It was glorious in its own way, as I was able to return to the media maelstrom with fresh eyes and a somewhat fresh mind. And you know what? The vast majority of content out there is complete crap. Shocking, I know.

This shouldn’t come as a revelation to any of you, seeing as you’re all sophisticated creative types who are talented and experienced in sorting the good stuff from the ick. But try taking a break from it all for even a couple of days, and when you return, you’ll see what I mean.

My point is that I came to realize how much time I spend sorting the good content from the crap, and the relevant good from the good, and the interesting relevant good from the relevant good, and so on. And that’s just within the scope of the stuff put out by my friends, colleagues, connections, etc. It’s staggering.

It all makes me want to work harder to be a better online media consumer, and producer. I’d love to be able to read every post on every one of my friend’s blogs and Tumblrs and whatnot, but I just can’t. And I know you can’t either. So while I’m going to cut down on the amount of content I immerse myself in and comment on, I’ll also pledge to work harder at producing slightly less but much better content of my own. Deal?

posted 1/28/09 at 10:36am to Me me me, Site stuff, Writing · 0 replies · permalink

Nerdery gone awry

MAKE: Washing machine sends messages to Twitter when the clothes are done. Nerdery gone awry, or FUNNEST APPLIANCE MOD EVAR? You decide.

posted 1/26/09 at 3:36pm to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

sketch

(via Chris Piascik)

posted 1/26/09 at 3:29pm to Uncategorized · 0 replies · permalink

Seven things

Ugh.

So @fatherjack, a lovely fellow from the UK, has tagged me with this “7 Things” meme whosiwhatsit. Now, I am not familiar with the things you kids do on the interwebs these days, what with your YouTooth and Bluetubes and all. Also, I am generally a very private person, but since I have been recently accused of not participating in Revealing Surveys About Oneself, I feel it’s time to bow to the peer pressure and just get it over with. Besides, I am not at all interesting, and this is sure to bore you to tears of pure pity for my complete and utter averageness.

Onward!

  1. I was once in charge of Knowledge Management at Global Crossing. Yes, that Global Crossing.
  2. Tony is actually my middle name (Anthony, to be precise). My full name is M. Anthony Delgrosso.
  3. As an undergrad in college, I had a 7-legged tarantula as a pet. His name was Boris.
  4. I refer to my office as “the treehouse”. I don’t remember why, exactly.
  5. I wrote a screenplay remarkably similar to The Da Vinci Code, more than a year before that fucking asshat hack Dan Brown wrote his shitty book, and I’m still bitter that he got all the credit for the concept while my script got shelved.
  6. I hate talking about music, because I can’t do it intelligently. I know what I like, and it’s all over the place, but discussing my tastes with people who really know music always intimidates me.
  7. Despite my blog/Twitter persona, I am often crippled by my introversion1; I love being around interesting people, but I can only do it for a short amount of time before I need to disengage and recharge my batteries, as it were.

So, there you have it. I feel so vulnerable… hold me…?

  1. Note here the difference between shyness and introversion. I am not the least bit shy. I do, however, despise smalltalk and gladhanding.
posted 1/13/09 at 9:58am to Me me me, Slightly Too Long For Twitter · 9 replies · permalink