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POTUS Is Unhinged, Guilty, And Desperate

It’s been said that those who voted for Trump and continue to support him can’t be swayed to change their minds. It might be true; I don’t know. But I’d like to make one last attempt. If you have any dignity, any capability to reason, any sense of morality, or any respect for the office[…]

The Gut Wants What It Wants

“Happiness is a choice” — I saw this on Twitter recently. Is it? I was under the impression that happiness is a chemical. Despite thousands of years of looking, no one has ever found a “soul” or “spirit” inside a human being. And we learned quite some time ago that the heart pumps blood rather[…]

Conservative Friends: I’m Still Curious

Saturday morning, I posted a query to “my conservative Facebook contacts”, accompanied by a link to a Washington Post article called Trump Appears To Promote Violence Against CNN With Tweet: Washington Post Story A screenshot of the Washington Post article in question. If any of my conservative Facebook contacts haven’t yet “unfollowed” me, I’m curious[…]

A Poor Start To My War On Misinformation

Note the “I don’t care” response after I pointed out the quote was fake. As I said in my previous entry: If someone else posts fake news, I’ll let them know. This hasn’t won me many friends, but I’m not in life to have a bunch of friends who share fake news. It just so[…]

Why I Prefer Online Conversations

This N.Y. Times opinion piece is just the most recent example of grumpy people complaining that texting or online conversation is hurting the way we interact with others. “What happened to good old fashioned face-to-face conversations?” they all seem to ask, in whiny little voices. Grumbling about the quality of online conversations is as old[…]

‘Failure’ Depends On Your Goals

Original source appears to be this tweet I’m not sure which logical fallacy this falls under. But it certainly seems to be a poor analogy. (And it has an extraneous comma in the middle.) The meme (based on a real tweet) says: “I hope Donald Trump is a good president. Wanting him to fail, is[…]

Debunking The “We Survived It” Memes

One of several memes with similar themes I’ve been seeing internet memes along this theme for a few years now — not to mention hearing these ideas expressed via conversation. The implication is always: “these silly modern rules are unnecessary”, the “proof” being that “we survived without those rules”. Some of the memes are more[…]

‘If There Are Gods’ : A Bogus Quote From Marcus

Often attributed to Marcus Aurelius The quotation embedded in the image at right is often attributed to Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 CE, the words said to come from Meditations, a series of private writings by Aurelius which he likely never intended to be public. For searchability reasons, the quote is as follows: “Live[…]

‘The Paradox Of Our Time’ Isn’t A Paradox And Isn’t True

A poorly copied version found on Facebook View it larger You’ve probably heard or read one version or another of the short essay “The Paradox Of Our Age” (or “Paradox Of Our Time”), and — depending on the context in which you heard it — it might have seemed poignant. It’s often attributed to the[…]

No To Minimum Wage, Because: Soldiers

An actual letter to the editor Click image to see larger Click here to see source This one isn’t actually a “meme”, per se, but it is being shared as one on social media, so I’ll have a go at it in this edition of Silly Meme Saturday. (Click the image at right to see[…]

Challenging The Portrayals Of Atheists In The Media

(Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) In a previous entry, Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported (2015.11.15), I noted that Carey Lodge’s piece in Christianity Today was close to fair, with only slight omissions and a few word-changes. It’s easy to see why hers would slip under the radar. Other media hit pieces,[…]

What If We Could Make The Internet Better? We Can.

Internet cafe in Cozumel (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) The world’s a decent enough place — most of us won’t get murdered, for example — but it could be better. I feel the same away about the internet: it’s wonderful, but it’s not as good as it could be. Even those of us[…]

Check Your Likes, Just In Case

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Published on: 2015.06.06

Since re-joining Facebook last year — primarily to communicate with neighbors via a private group — I’ve reconnected with many family members and several old friends, with whom I otherwise wouldn’t communicate very often (or at all). That’s a topic for a different day. Facebook, like it or not, is a huge part of how[…]

No, He Didn’t Actually Say That

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Published on: 2015.03.17

Oh how it bugs me when folks attribute a quote to Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson, as if that lends more power to the words. “If someone as important as Jefferson said it, then it must be true!” they seem to indicate. Most of them are likely just passing along what they’ve heard without looking[…]

What Be This Blog?

Part of a page from my journal, written in July 2000. (Copyright © 2000, 2013 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I want to clarify my purpose here a little bit, in light of a recent request from someone I care about: “Tell me you aren’t using this blog to systematically attack my[…]

Thanks, All Of You

Categories: Internet, Personal
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Published on: 2014.12.30

I appreciate everyone who reads this blog, whether just once, occasionally, or regularly. A handful of you have been my nearly constant companions that past couple of years.   I’m not sure why my Stats bot listed Richard Barron twice. Maybe because Richard Barron is just that awesome.   For those of you who don’t[…]

Maybe It’s Time Yahoo! Tried Something Different

Categories: Business, Internet, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.12.21

The New York Times (which I read rarely these days due to the paywall¹) published a few days ago a lengthy historical retrospective on Yahoo!, focusing on Marissa Mayer’s attempts to turn the company around and return to the “Top Four”. The conclusion of the piece is that maybe Yahoo! should “act its age”. Few[…]

Online Comments Disappearing?

Is the Age of Comment Sections coming to an end? I’m not referring to forum-only sites, or comments on social media, but to news and opinion websites, where each story was traditionally accompanied by a comments section. CNN reported in November that several “prominent” websites were scaling back comment sections or removing them altogether. Reuters,[…]

Google Is A Verb, Like It Or Not

Categories: Internet, Language
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Published on: 2014.09.08

Google building in Austin, Texas (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) I recall saying it — though I’m not sure if I ever posted online about this — “Google is not a verb”. This likely arose from a bit of language snobbery to which I’m susceptible occasionally. I was wrong, of course. As far[…]

How Do You Surf The Web?

Categories: Internet
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Published on: 2014.08.13

I didn’t know there were such things as web surfing competitions, but the story behind this one got my attention. The rules were simple: get from one URL (start) to another URL (goal) without a keyboard, without right-clicking, without using the back button, and without using the browser’s search box or address bar. The idea[…]

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