February 25th, 2009

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Okay, this is kinda useful if you use both Google Calendar and Twitter.  You can message Google Calendar via Twitter (and therefore via your phone) in order to add appointments to it.

I'm still on the fence about a lot of social networking stuff, but it's a field that keeps changing and leapfrogging forward on a daily basis. Right now I use Facebook a good bit (at least partially because there are games on there) and Twitter because I like being able to do it from my phone as well as being able to pop open a page and see the ongoing conversation. I find myself intrigued by the idea of how forms might emerge from the constraints of 140 characters, and I think it's nifty to see several Twitter-fic magazines arising.

I also use StumbleUpon to entertain myself and Delicious to save bookmarks. With both Facebook and Twitter, I'm also using the space to make announcements of publications/readings/whatever.  I set up a MySpace page and a Yahoo 360 one, but I dislike both interfaces, so I mainly have them set up so no one can come along and helpfully do one for me.

There's potential for enormous amounts of time-wasting/cat-vacuuming in all of these, so I tend to be cautious, and limit how much time I spend tinkering with the overall social networking machine. With all of the forms it takes, one important thing to keep in mind, imo, is something I learned from working on Armageddon: you can sip or drink deeply from the information stream, but if you immerse yourself in it too far you will drown.

So I don't think of Twitter as a conversation that I should be constantly monitoring and know all the facets of -- instead it's like listening in to the radio for a little in the morning. When I'm immersed in something else, I may let several days of LJ friends stuff slide by, and I don't feel the need to go back and look at it in order to make sure I didn't miss anything important. This is how, for example, the (First) Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of 2009 had slid about 2/3rds of the way past before I was aware of it.

I'm curious - how do you all use or feel about various forms of social networking? Does it seem like just one more obligation, or have you found it genuinely useful?

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What Miss Darrington Bought

I didn't make much of it at the time, but when I was finishing up this last draft I swore no buying books until the draft was finito. So today I splurged and went to Halfprice Books, and then B&N for things I couldn't find used.  The damage:

Mark Twain's Roughing It (research for novel)
The Woman's Bible, by Susan B. Anthony (very excited! to find this on the bargain rack for $2, been looking for a reading copy for (literally) years)
James Michener - Hawaii
(research for novel)
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands by Gavan Davis (research for novel)
Dante's Girl, by Natasha Rhodes, because I liked the blurb
X-Rated Bloodsuckers and Jailbait Zombie, by Mario Acevado, because I'm interviewing him soon

Also ordered The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, which just won the Warwick Prize for writing.

Now back to more researching and making notes in Scrivener. The problem is less a scarcity of material than an overwhelming abundance.

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Gay Xbox

In reference to this story, which seems more and more credible, this dialogue occurred Chez Rambo:

Party One: We should arrange some sort of event where everyone logs onto Xbox at the same time and chants gay/lesbian/gay/lesbian over and over on the chat channel.  Or we could sing. We could sing, "We Are Family" until we drown out the six year olds.
Party Two: That sounds gay.