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I Entweet You

March 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Blogs, Comedy, Culture, Facebook, Internet, Journal, Meta, Social Media/Social Networking, Tech

By-the-by … I am on Twitter these days, if you want to come tweet with me there. I’m new enough to the Twitterverse that I’m still finding people I like to follow, but have been particularly enjoying Rainn Wilson and of course the current Grand Emperor of Tweetsylvania, Stephen Fry. Was also very excited to […]

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Um, Hello There (or: Oops, I Wrote a Book!)

February 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Books, Culture, Facebook, Facebook Me!, Journal, Meta, Tech

So, yeah. No beating around the bush. I kind of disappeared from this little corner of Lower East Blogistan for about four months. What happened is that I was writing a book. Yes, it’s a book about Facebook. A Facebookbook. See, for the last nine years I’ve been freelancing for Peachpit Press as a tech […]

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Another Talking Point Deflated

August 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Energy, News, Politics, Science, Tech

TIME says Obama is right: keeping tires properly inflated can save more oil than offshore drilling would produce. And it would do it immediately, rather than taking till 2030 to have any substantial effect. How out of touch is Barack Obama? He’s so out of touch that he suggested that if all Americans inflated their […]

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Remedial Comedy-Writing for T-Shirt Companies

June 27th, 2008 · 11 Comments · Advertising, Comedy, Culture, Facebook, Science Fiction, TV

Methinks some people in the t-shirt business misunderstand the basic idea of funniness. For example, I just got a little ad on Facebook, which claims this is “the funniest Star Trek t-shirt ever … !” Well, um … no. That’s not especially funny. Sure, “Make it so” was Captain Picard’s catchphrase. But there’s nothing funny […]

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With Six You Get Blogroll

April 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Blogroll, Blogs, Books, Chicago, Culture, Internet, Journal, Meta, Music, Neo-Futurists, New Wave, Politics, Vegetarian & Vegan

So yesterdoodle, as part of my ongoing efforts to get the Ocelopotamus back to full health and vitality, I finally got around to overhauling the blogroll (that’s that tall snaky thing over to the right that looks like a list of nonsensical words and phrases!) with some links that I’ve been accumulonimbusing for a stoat’s […]

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The Space, The Face, and Buddy Cole

January 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Comedy, Internet, Journal, Kids in the Hall, Meta, Music, Online Communities, Social Media/Social Networking

I’m on deadline tonight with a major deliverable (ahhrrrrr! I just used the word deliverable!) so here I am careening into another week with major blogging operations on hold. Well, maybe after tomorrow I can rev the OcPot up again. In the meantime, I will say this: Now that I’ve been on Facebook a little […]

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LinkingIn at CreativePro

January 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Blogs, Business, Culture, Essays, Internet, Journal, Social Media/Social Networking, Tech

I have an article published on CreativePro.com this morning, called “The Fine Art of Linking In.” (It’s the featured article for Friday, January 18, 2008.) That was one of the projects that’s been keeping me busy the last few weeks. As the title suggests, it’s basically tips for using LinkedIn effectively — how to spiff […]

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Mid-January Frosted Mini-Roundup

January 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Adobe, Blogs, Cats, Comedy, Comics, Culture, Internet, Journal, LGBT, Meta, Mr. Blue, Music, New Wave, News, Online Communities, Politics, Roundup, Social Media/Social Networking, Tech, The Economy, Stupid, Theater, Video

I’m starting to worry that Ocelopotamus has become like that stock old-man character from sitcoms and things, who falls asleep for a while and then wakes up sputtering and tries to pick the conversation up wherever it was five minutes ago, as if no time has passed. On the other hand, it’s heartening that I […]

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Tea-Upon-Ice Brews Up a Wiki-Firestorm!

December 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Blogs, Culture, Internet, Journal, Meta, News, Tea

What a thing to wake up to! Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s post on the subject of tea-upon-ice, Grendel has drawn my attention to the fact that some unknown reader of this weblog has now created a Wikipedia entry for tea-upon-ice. I am gobsmacked, flabbergasted, tiggywinkled, prattpaddled, chunderflapped, pussintuttled, argybarged, and various other […]

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A Note on the Text of the 10-Second Interview

December 13th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Blogs, Culture, Internet, Journal, Language, Restaurants

Grendel from Earthgoat, always an attentive and keen-eyed reader, has written to gently chide me for conforming to a certain lowbrow usage in my 10-Second Interview post. The question in question would be this one: Pepsi or Coke? Iced peppermint green tea. Since that post and its comments are a fair way down the page […]

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It’s Been a Week

December 1st, 2007 · 3 Comments · Journal, Macintosh, Meta, Tech

Been quiet around here lately, you might have noticed. For starters, this past week I was on deadline with a Web content gig for a local university, which I actually really enjoyed (nice people, and interesting content to work with, which always makes the editorial work easier), but the turnaround time was v. short and […]

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10-Second Interview

November 20th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Internet, Journal, Meta, Online Communities, Software

I had a fun little time doing the 10-Second Interview app for my Facebook profile just now, and I thought I’d share the results here, too, for those of you who have yet to be assimilated by the book of the faces. Plus, you’re getting the extended mix that doesn’t all show up on the […]

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Roundup: Flight of the Humpback Edition

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments · Apple, Blogs, Books, Climate Change, Comics, Culture, Feminism, Fiction, Film, History, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Journalism, LGBT, Lit, Macintosh, Media, Music, Nature, New Wave, Politics, Religion, Software, Tech, The Economy, Stupid, Torture

Markos from Daily Kos has a new gig writing opinion pieces for Newsweek, and he’s been in rare form with his first couple of efforts. From this week’s column: “In his first Inaugural Address, Ronald Reagan remarked that ‘government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’ While the quip has provided […]

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Another Towel Thrown In

November 10th, 2007 · No Comments · Internet, Journal, Online Communities, Social Media/Social Networking

Okay, another longstanding support beam of resistance crumbled around noon yesterday, and I can now be found on Facebook. Still holding the line on MySpace, though. Must … remain … strong … remember the Murdoch! So, um, cough cough: Facebook me! On the bright side, Facebook appears to be another place where I can try […]

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