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Google+ is one more in a long line of products that Google has killed off. I’m still miffed about Reader from six years ago. So I don’t trust the big guys like them.

Facebook either. I worked hard to make contacts there. Over 4,000. Then FB started limiting who could see my posts. Uh huh.

Oh, and Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store. Which means that people who “bought” ebooks there will lose them. Because they only bought the right to read, not the product itself.

I’m not the smartest person on the planet, or even in the room, but I started making my exit some time back from the big guys. That’s why I don’t do Google, Facebook or Twitter anymore. I might have an account there, but it’s remnant stuff, while I use alternative options or paid services, like my beloved Fastmail account, paid since 2002 (see referral).

There’s a spiritual lesson here somewhere. Be constant. Be fair. Be open and truthful. It’s not wrong to work and earn money, but don’t manipulate people to do it. And I want the people and companies I deal with to act the same toward me.

True crime fascinates me, and this is a comparison that often comes to mind: to become a successful content creator you have to use Facebook, and using Facebook, especially if you’re a Christian and/or a conservative, is sort of like going to a mafia loan shark for $10,000. They’re happy to give it to you, just like Facebook will gladly give you the opportunity for your content to go viral on their massive platform. But then, if it does, they own you. You have to conform to their rules and their worldview, and jump through every hoop they put in front of you, if you want to remain a successful content creator. It’s just like a loan from a local mob guy: sure, now you’ve got $10,000 in your hand, but you’re going to pay a high price in return. You’re going to have to alter whatever needs to be altered — even your worldview — to accommodate Facebook. If you miss a payment or step out of line, you’re going to get a beating. And if they ever decide you’re too much trouble, they’ll just shoot you. Facebook has the power to kill publishers, and they do, not only based on publishing techniques, but based on worldview. Just think about that.


Andrew Manning has some good thoughts about protecting your privacy online.

3 laws of the digital age, according to one expert. (See at end of article.)


Internet English? Read and despair! “… giving he and King the freedom …”

The DNC Almost Screwed Bernie Sanders — and Themselves — Again

The internet changes people. Due to circumstances, yesterday morning I ate breakfast out. Rare thing. In a chair close to me, the local paper. I had things to do, agenda to organize, but I picked up the paper for a moment. It interested me little.

It’s unusual to happen in a single day, but today the Deus Conosco meditation site has hits from Angola, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Portugal, and the U.S. Canada comes in first with 100 hits. That’s not only unusual but unique.


Remember: Having a morning devotional does not consist of checking your Twitter lists of Bible, prayer, and church.

Trying out the Min browser. Good experience overall. Supposedly fast and battery-conserving. If I had a battery left, that would be interesting.


First assumption one should make on reading tweets on the birdsite: expect sarcasm and irony, rather than straight affirmations and sincere declarations.



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