The Seven Elements of a Creative Personality (Lifehacker)

I’ve been reading an article on Lifehacker about the personality traits normally exhibited by creative people. These include hunger for originality, volatile personal relationships and “being a pain in the ass.”

In other news, bears have begun their protest at being typecast and have started shitting in car parks.

Here’s a few I’d like to add to the list: Continue reading

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To Academia, but not about her…

We’ve just had the least festive christmas season I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful for having had some time to kick back and hang out with the family. But with the weather having essentially brought most of the country to a standstill for a few weeks, Christmas just became another thing on the to-do list this year.

Kinda like my dissertation. Continue reading

Apparently I haven’t blogged since May…

I find this hard to believe. I must have written several thousand words since May. Songs, essays, copy for websites, Facebook status updates, twitter posts, text messages, emails and many a joke about velociraptors, yes. But no blogs? Odd that…

 

I assure you, this issue shall be rectified soon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will now be resuming normal service…

Quit Facebook? Really?

Let’s face it: user privacy on facebook doesn’t really exist past a point. We get that now. We’ve all become accustomed to the fact our data is being extrapolated by advertisers so that they can better target their products online. We know that your mum, if she’s a friend on the site, will know how many of those “I ❤ Boobs” pages you’re a fan of (or “like” as it has become now). And we all knew that, at some point, we’d be left with a choice: deal with it, or go elsewhere.

Some have gone as far as to make this position official. This article details the plot: a mass exodus of Facebook, scheduled for May 31st. The movement’s gathering momentum, but as of writing, only about 1200 people have committed to the plan (according to quitfacebookday.com, the operation’s homepage).

Question of the day: let’s say, for arguement’s sake, that we all up and leave facebook. What then? Where do the huddling masses wander off to then? Myspace has proved to be a bit of a joke. Bebo is constantly rumoured to be going out of business. Where else is there? Are we just to wander around the proverbial desert for 40 years, searching for the social networking equivalent of the land of milk and honey?

(And what if some of those users are vegan? This analogy has gotten a little out of hand…)

Sure, there’s the hopes that a new, open alternative to facebook is coming soon. I look forward to it, I really do. But will it be any good?

Not to piss on your parade, guys, but I think I’ll stick around and see where kids head off to next. Social networkers vote with their feet. If they don’t like what you’re pushing, they’ll move on. We saw this with the original shift from Myspace to Facebook back in it’s heyday. Surely, when the next big thing hits, we’ll all take notice.

Until then, I’ll be here avoiding people playing Farmville…