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  • Bruce Forsyth: legend

    I have never seen the local Dancing with the Stars, the adaptation of Strictly Come Dancing, before tonight, as Amanda wanted to watch it. The celebs were pretty good, giving a darned good effort (considering some had never danced before), and Dai Henwood, the local male host, is quite the showman. ...
  • Perspective matters

    Found on Twitter (hat tip to Sally-ann Moffat). Perspective matters.    
  • Teamwork quote

    A friend asked for an inspirational quotation and I really couldn’t think of any, but for some reason, this address from The Italian Job, as delivered by Michael Caine, came to mind. The last line is ideal for teamwork. Gentlemen, gentlemen. Please, gentlemen. Please. We are about to do a job...
  • QotD: the end of social media?

    QotD: is there still much point to social media?I wrote the question during the whole Facebook–Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the more I absorb, the more I’m inclined to believe that social media are coming to an end.    Adam Curtis, the documentary-maker and journalist, beli...
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  • The Cambridge Analytica data have not been deleted

    We know Facebook covered up the Cambridge Analytica leak for years. We know AIQ and Cambridge Analytica lied. And now, despite claiming that the data of 50 million people had been deleted, Channel 4 was able to get some of those data and visit people in the US who were targeted. As they say: if they...
  • Where has everybody gone?

    I sure wish I wasn’t the person doing 90 per cent of recent posts here. If I wanted an echo chamber, I’d use Google. I’d love to hear from other Blogcozy members … I really expected more of you here given the latest revelations about Facebook. Surely blogging isn’t dea...
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  • Facebook was on the decline before Cambridge Analytica

    Found in February 2018: even before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook was occupying less time among 18-pluses in the US. I’d expect this to continue dropping. Peak Facebook was in 2014 anyway; my feeling was that the site was on borrowed time ever since.  
  • Make America great again

    Not sure of the source, and I have my own views on ‘the Russian thing’, but I still found this funny.
  • Mark Zuckerberg with an underwhelming statement

    After all the mess of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (so far), Mark Zuckerberg’s statement was lame. No apology. No mention that Facebook had covered this up for two years. No explanation of why he failed to answer journalists about this for two years. No explanation on why Facebook tried to ...
  • QotD: type right

    QotD: have you ever used a typewriter? Yes, and I had used one on and off till a few years ago. I began with Dad’s Underwood 18, a very simple, portable typewriter that we brought over from Hong Kong. I learned to type on it. In the 1980s, with Dad’s business doing well, we bought a...
  • QotD: you’ve got mail

    QotD: how long have you had your current email address? Twenty-three years. I’ve had my company domain for all that time, and never saw much need to change. It has a few aliases because of my other ventures but they all go to that one main box. Just two weeks ago, someone replied to a mes...
  • More Instagram art

    Here’s more Instagram-created art, from my visit to Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin at the end of the week.
  • Instagram art

    I don’t know if Instagram does this on all phones, but when I make multi-photo posts, it often leaves behind a very interesting image. Sometimes, the result is very artistic, such as this one of a Lotus–Ford Cortina Mk II. You can see the rear three-quarter shot just peer in through t...
  • One school shooting survivor writes to others

    My first cousin once removed (my cousin’s son), who survived the NIU shooting in 2008 (he was in the back row at Cole Hall, and many of his classmates died), wrote a letter to the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting today. He gave me permission to publish it on my bl...
  • Walk with your eyes open, please

    A reminder to Wellingtonians: don’t step out on the road when a car has the right of way.   A young woman was nearly run over outside Te Papa yesterday when she walked out in front of me. I was on the left-most lane, and travelling slowly due to traffic, so she was all right there, b...
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