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Every time I log in to Facebook, I think of Demetri Martin

Every time I log in to Facebook, most of the posts make me think of that graph Demetri Martin showed on his now defunct Comedy Central show.

Anyway, wasn’t Important Things with Demetri Martin an awesome show? No idea why it didn’t get picked up for a third season… Well, it probably didn’t make money. What other reason could there be? That show was awesome!

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Thanks for 1000 Likes!

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Thanks so much to everyone for visiting the site, hitting the like button, rating posts, dropping comments, following on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – all that jazz! It may sound  silly, but I greatly appreciate it. Just knowing that people are out there reading the stuff and watching the videos…  It’s great. I can’t verbalize what it means to me, but I did want to take a sec to say thanks.
You folks rock!

A Facebook user takes the high road

There’s nothing quite like a Facebook vent, is there?

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Any car owner knows that eventually, something bad is going to happen to your car.   That’s life. It’s frustrating.   And venting is a good thing -it’s good to let it out…  But maybe everyone should be more careful of what they let out where.

“Hi, I’m your Facebook Friend, and it’s Awful!”

facebookI’m fairly good at avoiding Facebook.  This is an essential part of my life because I’m anti social and loving it.  Sure, I’m comfortable with going to restaurants, the movies and what not, but talking to strangers?  That would be CRAZY.  Also, everyone out there seems to be inferior to Dr. Girlfriend, and I’m just not good with disappointment.

Still, I use Facebook (and other social media) to support the site (“Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook!  Get immediate updates for each new post, site news and more!  Like CreativeJamie.com on Facebook!) and I will look in from time to time to see what my ‘friends’ are posting in the news feed.  I need to stop doing that. Read the rest of this entry

Perhaps the best ad I’ve ever seen on Facebook

Those ads on the right side of Facebook sure are… I dunno, ineffective? The ones I notice are always politically driven and nowhere close to my own political ideologies… that is, until the one I saw today.

You may have once heard that Donation was the greatest nation on earth. That may not be wrong, but it should be pointed out that not only does this ad promise to pay those that donate sperm, but the ‘Got Sperm?’ slogan along with the sperm as the question mark is positively genius! (Have to wonder if the ‘Got Milk?’ guy is pissed, though.) I bet this ad does well from an ROI perspective.

 

Stop asking me to sign in to Facebook or Twitter for EVERYTHING!

facebookI am completely and totally sick of every single website on the internet asking me to sign in to my Facebook or Twitter account to do the slightest thing.  I can’t even sign a petition concerning animal rights without being prompted to log in to a stupid social network I don’t even know why I still belong to in the first place.  (cough-marketing this website-cough)  The simplest of operations now requires a linking of databases, accounts, usernames and who the hell knows what… it’s ridiculous.  I just want to take care of my business quickly and efficiently (which is the single greatest advantage the internet has over traditional means), and it shouldn’t require a satellite hook up!  I don’t want to share every damn thing or give these networks additional information for them to continually quantify the advertisements they post in face.

Grrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

A Day On Facebook

facebookAs someone who just posts the latest blog entries from this site on Facebook and does little else, the concept is a bit of a mystery to me.  I took a look at what was posted at a random time on a random day so I could share a sample of what I came across and how I felt about it.  The names have been removed to protect the innocent and although my intention was not to offend anyone, feel free to curse me out in the comments – although this will expose you as one of the status updatees.


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Shameless Afternoon Self Promotion

It’s been crazy around here at CreativeJamie.com – yesterday was the website’s busies day in terms of views – 303! That tops the old standard busiest day ever by… a lot. I think it used to be 178, until that got crushed last week and every day since. Yesterday was the first day the site broke 300 page views. Hardcore! Read the rest of this entry

Facebook Potato Chips

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While I do have a Facebook page for CreativeJamie.com, I’m still not sure I understand why every business needs one.  Take Lays for example:  you find them on Facebook and get their updates in your feed, but what in the hell are they going to tell you?

“Just put some chips on the truck!”

“Steve got hit by the fork lift – LOL!”

“Please hit the LIKE button to wish Steve a speedy recovery!”

Social networking is all well and good, but this is probably a case of overkill.

No pun intended, Steve.

more Observations at creativejamie.com/category/observations/

A Quick Thank You

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“Thanks!” | “Meow!”

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks to everyone who has been following the blog via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any of the 90 million other ways we stay in touch these days.  I really appreciate that you take time out of your day to visit the site, ‘Like’ a post, rate a post via the stars, share it on your social network, drop a comment…  or any of the 90 million other things you can do at the bottom of each post.

If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or complaints, feel free to drop a comment or send me an email.  Maybe there’s a particular type of post you’d like to see more or less of… whatever, just let me know.  I can’t promise I’ll be able to make everyone happy, but I’ll do my best to accommodate.  For example, A Fly On The Wall:  Michael Jordan And His Hitler Mustache is one of the most popular posts on the site of all time, and AFOTW is something I’ve been meaning to get back to, but I haven’t been able to find the right topic, so any suggestions would be welcomed.

Ways to connect:
There are a zillion ways for us to stay connected.  Here are the ones I do my best to support:

Follow Via Email
This one is infallible; if you subscribe to the site via email, you’ll never miss a thing.  If you’re like me and you’re always connected to email, than this is the best way to follow the blog. To Follow Via Email, find this widget and enter your email address.  It looks like this:

follow-creativejamie-com

It’s NOT form of stalking. It’s a form of AWESOME!

twitter
Twitter is another great way to follow the blog as each time a post goes live, a note with a link is sent to Twitter automatically, so this way is also rock solid.  I consider myself fairly internet savvy, and I can post messages to Twitter without a problem, but following other people has proven to be a bit difficult for me.  (I mean, I can click the ‘follow’ button without a problem, but I find the feed difficult to read.)  I know there are these things called hash tags and I should be using them for… something…  but I don’t, and I’m flat out awful at having a conversation.  I’ll try to figure that Twitter thing out at some point so I can use it more effectively.  Practice makes perfect, I suppose.

facebook
I really hate the ‘Timeline’ thing.  I never used Facebook much before that update, but I’m even less inclined to use anything but the news feed now.  Anyway, Facebook is another great way to follow the blog as each time a post goes live, a note with a link is sent to Facebook automatically, so this way is also rock solid.  I’m also trying to do a ‘link of the day’ here, which just something I found on the net that I thought was worth a look.

you tube
YouTube is another place to see the few tiny videos I’ve been able to crank out rather than using the Video category link above.  If you have a YouTube/Google account and follow the blog there, new videos will come up in your Subscriptions… you probably know all this already.

google plus
As of right now, I’m not using this much, but if the interface between my site’s host and Google+ improves, that could change.

 

 

ebay
Hopefully, I’ll start posting more stuff to eBay soon.  As fair warning, it’s going to be a lot of old comic books, so I don’t blame you if that doesn’t peak your interest.  Oh, and Star Wars stuff… there was this two or three year period where I was buying Star Wars stuff and people were buying me Star Wars stuff… and it got totally out of hand.  Anyway, every little bit helps as there are tons of things I’d like to do on the blog (particularly video stuff) that I just can’t afford right now.  The website has a few costs associated with it, but until I actually start uploading video, they’re fairly minimum on an annual basis.  Still, they’re there, and they are not fun.

rss
Does anyone still use RSS?  Am I fool for not using it ever?  Anyway, it’s available here.

Contact via email
You can send an email to creativejamiecom [at] gmail [dot] com or use this form.

Google+ or Oh Goody, Another Social Network!

If you’re not already following CreativeJamie.com on Twitter and Facebook… well, you could. Frankly, I’m content if you come to the site and read the posts – if you drop a comment, I’m ecstatic. If you use one of the social medias and make this site a part of your experience, I’m grateful. As for me, I’m fairly lost in the social networking wilderness.

Twitter is pretty self explanatory – I only use it for CreativeJamie.com and BomberBanter.com (no personal account) and besides alerts for new posts, I primarily only tweet at the latter. Twitter is what it is – it’s kind of a mess, but at least there isn’t a ton of extraneous nonsense. As for Facebook, I figured out how to make the alerts for new posts go to my personal page (which is almost entirely populated with alerts for new posts at BB and CJ), but not quite to the Facebook pages for the respective sites. I try to check out people’s updates… but I get discouraged quickly. I don’t care that someone parked across three spaces at your office, that your sunglasses fell apart again, or that you made a great dinner.

For me, Twitter and Facebook are a fairly significant amount of social media to manage on their own, and given that I’m not especially interested, it’s tough to get up the motivation to actually do anything manually. If not for the automatic alerts for new posts (bless you, WordPress software!), my Facebook and Twitter would be sparse indeed.

But now, I find myself using Google+, the social networking offering from the search giant that their shareholders have been clamoring for. I’ve never been a heavy Facebook user, but I have to say that in comparison, Google+ is a lot easier, cleaner and less befuddling to use. I haven’t received a single invitation to tour someone’s farm, participate in a gang fight or help someone get food out to a customer in time. The Streams (sounds filthy… or like Ghostbusters: “Don’t cross the streams!”) of family, friends and acquaintances is much easier to navigate than Facebook’s mash up of people you know (their group tool doesn’t do it for me) or MySpace’s advertising-lain distopia. (Maybe Justin Timberlake can fix it, Napster style.)

As much as I can go on and sing the praises of Google+ and it’s superior formatting and user experiences, for me, outside of letting folks know what’s going on at the blog, it’s still a social network and social networking is fairly pointless. For example, last night: my girlfriend was so impressed at my arrangement of taco salad on my plate that she encouraged me to take a photo, which I did, and it occurred to me that as I took the pic with my new phone, I could easily send it somewhere, but… does anyone really care that we’re proud of our dinner? Probably not.

But I’m on Google+ now. Check out my dinner!

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My vegan nachos - that's daiya cheese!

Why You Should Like The CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page

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Facebook is one of those things I have gone back and forth, changed my stance or all together reevaluated my feelings for.  It’s fun to share, but there are privacy concerns.  I like keeping in touch, but I don’t want to spill my guts for everybody on the internet.

As far as I can tell, the current privacy controls at Facebook are pretty good – nevertheless, I removed nearly all of the pictures from my personal account.  I do log in on the personal side to see what folks are up to (probably 1 to 2 times a week), but I don’t post much there.

The CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page is another matter entirely.

The purpose of the CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page is two fold:  first, to alert you to new posts on CreativeJamie.com; second, to pass along stuff I’ve found on the net that I think is worth a look or a read.  While I would consider posting such links here… eh, it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do so, where as at Facebook (as you well know), posting a link takes only seconds.

I hope you will ‘like’ (join, whatever the vernacular is on Facebook these days) the CreativeJamie.com Facebook page.  It’s a great way to let me know that you like the site – and if you do like the writing here, you’ll probably like the stuff I find on other sites.

Click here to visit the CreativeJamie.com Facebook page.

CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page FAQ

What sort of links get posted to the CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page?
The newest postings from CreativeJamie.com as well as other links from sites that I think are of note.

What sort of non-CreativeJamie.com links get posted to the CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page?
Again, it’s a catch-all for pages I like.  I have my usual haunts on the net:  Cracked, the New York Times, baseball sites – but I wander off into the Ethernet yonder every once and a while, and sometimes, peeps send me stuff to peep (see what I did there?!? [smiley face] ), and when it’s quality, I like to pass it along.  As with outbound links here at CreativeJamie.com, the same applies to The CreativeJamie.com Facebook Page.

I’m not going to hijack your news feed.
You don’t have to worry about that – I’m not going to go all Conan O’Brien on you (although I do love me some Conan); in fact, I doubt there would be a post every day of any sort – new CreativeJamie.com blog or otherwise.

Should I ‘like’ CreativeJamie.com or friend you personally?
It’s really your call, but it makes more sense to ‘like’ CreativeJamie.com.  Friend-ing me on Facebook will no doubt be both  a boring and confusing experience.

The Social Network movie review

Tom from MySpace complains, “Where’s my effing movie?!?”

If The Social Network is anything, it’s a showcase for performance.  Outside of Jesse Eisenberg, I hadn’t really seen any of the peeps in this movie do anything, but everybody delivers a great performance:  Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Erica Albright…  very impressive cast.  The dialogue was really snappy, but then, what else would you expect form Aaron Sorkin?

It’s hard to know what to say about this movie – it’s a really good movie, that much is clear – and when a movie is based on fact and isn’t necessarily a work of fiction, this can make it difficult to create the sort of drama that I expect in terms of an overall arc.

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The movie doesn’t offer much in the way of a conclusion… consider:  The movie is a story about Mark Zuckerberg, and we meet him when his girlfriend is breaking up with him, so he events a website that ranks girls against each other (and farm animals?) and everyone is mad at him.  Seems like he’s in a bad situation.  Then he meets Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss (twins played by Armie Hammer – everybody who made this happen did a great job, by the way) who were impressed by Zuckerberg’s website and want him to program their idea for a social networking site…  I think it’s called Harvard Connection or something like that.  Zuckerberg’s character asks them what makes this different than MySpace or Friendster or any of it’s competitors (which I think is a great point about Facebook itself, but I’ll get back to that later), and the idea is exclusivity – you must have a Harvard email address to join.  Zuckerberg agrees to create the site, but doesn’t.  He spends his time creating his own social networking site and sends the Winklevosses (Winklevi?) endless emails that he’s too busy to meet with them to work on their site.  Finally, when he is inspired to add a relationship status feature, he puts his own site, TheFacebook.com live.  Obviously, the Winklevosses find out about TheFacebook when it’s all the rage on Harvard’s campus and in the student newspaper (The Crimson) and they are mad and send a cease and desist letter, which  Zuckerberg ignores and Eduardo freaks out, and things seem bad…

(I just need to stop for a moment and talk about how adding the relationship status is supposed to be an epiphany moment for Mark’s character – it’s kind of silly.  Like ‘relationship status’ is one of the great ideas of the twenty-first century or something.)

I have no intention of summarizing the entire movie, but what I’m trying to say here (admittedly, I’m not doing a good job) is that the characters always seem to be a bad place.  As I mentioned in my drama post, the main character should have a conflict that drives the story and introduces all of the characters (act 1), he gets into the worst possible situation (act 2) and then he gets out (act 3).  The problem is, the Zuckerburg character never really gets out of his bad situation – at least not in a satisfying way.  Let’s break it down:

  • ACT 1:  Mark’s girlfriend breaks up with him and he creates Facebook, but the movie is moving back and forth through time, so we’re all seeing the deliberations of the big law suit – so it’s also sort of act 2.
  • ACT 2: Facebook is blowing up into a phenomenon on college campuses, but Sean Parker gets arrested and embarrasses the company, and embarrassing the company seems to be something that Mark desperately wants to avoid.
  • ACT 3:  Some text books comes up on the screen and tells the results of the lawsuit.  Mark sends a friend request to the girl that dumped him at the beginning of the movie and waits to see if she accepts it.

This isn’t what I’d call a satisfying third act for the audience, but that’s how the movie ends.  Now if this is how the story really goes, the film makers are constrained by the real life narrative, and that’s cool.  In any case, it’s still an OK movie:  good dialogue, better performances,  just not a great ending…. OK, maybe it’s a little pretentious, but it’s worth a watch.

My Rating: 3.8 out of 5

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