Twitter Really Wants to Be Your TV

Twitter wants to be your TV.  Sure, we know Twitter doesn’t broadcast events — yet — and so on its way into warming up the internet boob tubes, Twitter is partnering with current television shows to bombard you with on screen commentary from Twitter users.  I find the whole process messy, embarrassing and annoying.

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The Forsaken God and the Dotted Dead

I previously wrote about the — Ground Zero Mosque — and the fact that the mosque in question is, and has been, an active worship center and that it stands three blocks away from where the Twin Towers fell.  The mosque is located in the old Burlington Coat Factory building, and the fact that it is still called “The Ground Zero Mosque,” instead of “The Old Burlington Coat Factory Building Mosque,” is wretched testimony to the disgusting incivility of the conservative media warmongers who prefer to kill their enemies from afar and directly berate those here at home who do not agree with their punishing politics while they celebrate religious bigots like Terry Jones who prefer to burn the Koran instead of saying a prayer.

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LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 301201U 2 TB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 RAID System Review

Today it is time to meet the massive king of media storage: The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 301201U 2 TB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 RAID System!  That’s a mouthful to say, a handful to type — and an eyeful of two terabytes of spinning storage glory for all your music and video files.

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Media Temple and Movable Type

UPDATE:  April 23, 2008.  You should know this Urban Semiotic blog — and all of David W. Boles’ other domains and blogs
are now hosted by Pair Networks!  We will give you more
information soon on what happened and why.  We are leaving this article online to protect the
chain of understanding and we will update this space as necessary.

This RelationShaping blog is running on Media Temple using Movable Type 4.1.

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News Must Be Critical

The role of any news department is to be critical in its coverage.

We do not need fawning and admiration from those delivering the news to us.

We need objectivity that is only created with a critical eye and deep analysis of what is happening to us in the world.

One must not need include two sides for any story.  Sometimes one side lies in order to cover the truths of the other and if those lies are proffered to us as “fairness in coverage” then those providing the podium for the lies are just as guilty of lying as those inventing the mistruths.

Our major media outlets need to step away from power and politics and money and return their loyalty and protections to the people who seek the truth in reporting from them even if it means the revelation of darkness pretending to be light and blood covering bodies in pieces.

Catastrophic Media Temple Crash!

Well that was ugly.
Today at 4:40pm Eastern we experienced a wholesale loss of services from Media Temple, my expensive hosting provider, and that complete and total failure of redundant website hosting, FTP, email and everything else that I am virtually made of demonstrates just how awful and tender and fragile technology is on the internet and how poor planning can come around and chomp even a good company on the behind. 

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As it Goes

It’s been a wild couple of days with the database update — BIG THANKS to Chris Lea, Media Temple Director of Technology, for personally upgrading our server and making sure everything here sings the best and fastest possible tune.

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