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Raiders Of The Lost Tweets

May 26th, 2009 No comments

I’m still trying to get a handle on what Twitter is good for, so I spent much of yesterday tweeting the Sci-Fi Channel’s Land of the Lost marathon. In the service of “repurposing content,” I’m placing a transcript of my wit and wisdom about All Things Altrusian below. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which episode is which.

thielavisionWatching the “Land of the Lost” marathon on Sci-Fi. Missed most of the first season, dagnabbit.about 24 hours ago from web

thielavisionThat scene where the Marshalls looked through their binoculars at THEIR OWN BACKS really messed with my head when I was a kid.about 24 hours ago from web

thielavisionIt’s Schrödinger’s Marshalls!about 24 hours ago from web

thielavision“Daddy, do something! AAAAAAHHHH-HHHHHH!”about 24 hours ago from web

thielavisionEnik is making all this up, isn’t he?about 23 hours ago from web

thielavisionMan, that episode thoroughly confused me back in the day. The Marshalls escape the Land of the Lost by entering it? WTF?about 23 hours ago from web

thielavisionThe special effect of the real-life Marshalls pulling the stop-motion Dopey with a rope is pretty ambitious for this series.about 23 hours ago from web

thielavisionHey, the Zarn has his own fembot!about 23 hours ago from web

thielavisionYay! Another pissy, morally-superior alien!about 22 hours ago from web

thielavisionFor an alien that’s hurt by emotion, that Zarn sure can gloat!about 22 hours ago from web

thielavisionWhoa! Rainbow pig!about 22 hours ago from web

thielavision“Pig! Where? How?”about 22 hours ago from web

thielavisionUsing a Pakuni as pig bait is definitely killing two birds with one stone.about 22 hours ago from web

thielavisionReally? They just shooed away an Allosaurus by yelling at it?about 22 hours ago from web

thielavisionThe Land of the Lost is powered by Red Kryptonite!about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionThis may be the weirdest scene in the entire series: the Marshalls, Cha-Ka and a picnic basket whirling around a beating, glowing meteor.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionDid the Kryptonite just burp?about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionI don’t mind that the “Land of the Lost” movie is a Will Ferrell comedy vehicle. I do mind that it looks pretty awful.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavision“Will can only keep it up so long!” Oh, Holly…about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionThey must’ve upped the budget for season two; lots more original dinosaur footage this year.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionI’d pay a dollar for that baby Allosaurus to reach up and bite off Holly’s head.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionWho knew that a baby dinosaur sounds exactly like a duck whistle?about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionNext up: my favorite episode, “Gravity Storm!”about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionDon’t wet Holly’s pots!about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionLast time I checked, gravity is not a type of weather.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionHello, Fred!about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionHonestly, that’s pretty clever…they used one of their stop-motion armatures as a dinosaur-robot.about 21 hours ago from web

thielavisionThe Zarn may be my favoritest LOTL character. He’s the Oscar the Grouch of Altrusia.about 20 hours ago from web

thielavision“Of all the human emotions I cannot stand, pity is the worst of them all!”about 20 hours ago from web

thielavisionIt’s the slot machine pylon!about 20 hours ago from web

thielavisionThe Altrusians are so advanced they live inside a drawing!about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionIt’s a hatbox…on springs.about 19 hours ago from web

thielavision“Holly Don’t”about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionAnd so Frisbee is introduced to the Land of the Lost.about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionThe Zarn has the power to make dinosaurs feel itchy!about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionOddly, this is not the first time that Cha-Ka has worn a dress. Rick Marshall gets a bit lonely from time to time.about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionMR. ZARN?!?about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionOkay, now the Zarn is just slumming.about 19 hours ago from web

thielavisionI realize that Sci-Fi’s target demographic is older, but it still bugs me that a kids’ show is being brought to me by “OnlineBootyCall.Com.”about 18 hours ago from web

thielavisionOh yeah, those bamboo cots are all the protection you’ll need during an earthquake.about 18 hours ago from web

thielavisionThank you, Repeating Sleestak!about 17 hours ago from web

thielavisionSeason three is starting, but I have that one on DVD. Besides, I’ll have to hit the hay soon. The three-day weekend is over…about 17 hours ago from web

Have You Heard About Twitter?

April 25th, 2009 No comments

Twitter, as you may have heard, is all the rage these days. And by “all the rage,” I mean that there are both a lot of people using it and a lot of people raging about the people using it. Oh, and also some people raging about the people raging about those other people. It’s the Internet, folks. It’s what we do.

An architecture blogger named Geoff Manaugh recently wrote a spirited defense of Twitter in which he tore through an entire platoon of snooty, literati straw men whose real objection is to the unwashed masses who use the application. He declares Twitter merely to be a “note-taking technology,” and likens it to a ball-point pen.

It’s a specious argument. Twitter isn’t a note-taking technology, it’s a note-sharing technology. You could use it to jot down notes for your personal use, but there are better ways to do that. By design, Twitter sends those notes to anyone who cares enough to follow them. It’s like a ball-point pen in which the ink clogs every couple of sentences, and the pen itself takes everything you wrote, puts it in an envelope and mails it to everyone you know, plus a lot of people you don’t.

Yes, I’m sure that some folks have come up with clever uses for Twitter. There’s always someone who can look at a dish of mold and see penicillin. In a recent meeting at work, we discussed the possibility of using it as an adjunct to our weather alert service. That’s neat.

You could even write a novel using Twitter, but it would be an act of sheer cussedness to do so. Sure,

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I could express the exact same thoughts (complete with my obligatory parenthetical asides) by writing this blog 140 characters at a time, but

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I think it would be kinda silly.

Manaugh argues “Twitter needs to be differentiated from what people write on Twitter. The fact that so many people now use Twitter as a public email system, or as a way to instant-message their friends in front of other people, is immaterial.” I disagree. I think that the reason so many people do that is because that’s what it’s designed to do.

Honestly, I think that a lot of the recent backlash against Twitter is due to the sudden embracing of it by so-called “old media.” One reason that I’ve cautioned my coworkers about jumping on the Tweet Wagon is because of the mockery other media outlets have endured by attempting to prove that they are hip, fresh or whatever the kids are saying these days.


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Twitter Frenzy
thedailyshow.com


At the end of the day, I’m not against Twitter. I’m against me using Twitter. And it’s not as if not using Twitter is a choice that I’m allowed to make for myself. Because Twitter is now a must. Are you Twittering? Why aren’t you Twittering? Blogs are so 2004. If you’re not Twittering, you might as well be chiseling a stone tablet. Or dead.

Look, I’m not a Luddite. I maintain three blogs and a Facebook page. But for me, Twitter is just one more damned thing, one more beast that constantly needs to be fed or else people will stop caring whether I exist.

More to the point, Twitter smells like a fad. It’s the new, shiny thing that everyone can’t stop talking about until the next new, shiny thing comes along.

Besides, when Larry King begins Twittering, you know that the cool kids will soon be leaving the party.

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Tweeting Twits

March 30th, 2009 No comments

Here’s a web ‘toon that sums up my impression of Twitter. (Hmm, I’ve still got 79 characters left!)