October 2010

Retweet This, or I Will Wake Up in An Alley Covered in Taco Bell

Retweet this, or I will wake up in an alley, covered in Taco Bell

retweet this or i will wake up in alley covered in taco bell image the good badger

I’m not exaggerating.  Stay with me on this one, if you will.

The following sequence combines historical events with my projected future.

Event #1: The Invention Facebook

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg invents “The Facebook”.  College kids productivity levels plummet everywhere.

Event #2:  Everyone and Their Mothers Adopt Social Media


My mom is on Facebook.  Yours is too (trust me, she is). Read more

Alexander – Truth (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Side Project)

This site is a lot of things (see: Bad).

One category it is not: a music blog.  Although I am music obsessed, there already exists a plethora of amazing music blogs floating about in the Blogosphere.  I fully understand that I have nothing new or valuable to contribute.

Except possibly for today.

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has recently started a new side project, Alexander (fitting enough).  Alexander’s first track, Truth, although quite different from Edward Sharpe, is every bit as good.

Ninety nine percent of the time, when I need a new song fix, a quick search at The Hype Machine will give me exactly what I’m looking for.  As of the writing of this post, this particular song fits into the 1% exception pie slice.  Enjoy.

Alexander – Truth by the Good Badger

The Social Skew – How Social Media is Redefining Our Social Circles

the social skew - how social media is redefining our social circles

I must be an abysmal salesman.

No matter how hard I try, I consistently fail in persuading some of my closest friends to adopt social media.  Although the vast majority have at least created a Facebook account (there are still the chosen few who refuse), many of these do little more than collect e-dust.  One post per season is a lot to ask from many of my BFFs.  I’m guessing you’ve got at least a few friends who fit this mold as well.

It would be fair to assume that because my closest companions either rarely or never use social media, my interest in its use would be diminished.  After all, Facebook feeds me my friends’ activity.  If my friends are largely inactive, what’s the point?

In theory, this would make sense.  In actuality, the theory fails miserably.  I don’t “check” Facebook, because checking is something you do periodically (i.e. “Billy, go check the mail”).  I am “on” Facebook (i.e. “Billy go camp by the mailbox, aggressively rip the mail out of the postman’s hands, read it, and then immediately go back on the lookout”).

So what’s the appeal? Read more