Bad Weather Makes Good Writers

July 20, 2011

Yesterday was an exceptionally productive time in relation to putting order on internet usage. Bored by the incredibly unwieldy way the hacking problems are being approached, I decided to drop Twitter, Facebook and Boards.ie indefinitely.

This is not a personal foible, just a reminder to myself that popularity always leads to oversubscription. Getting in and out of these systems is now awkward and time consuming and the systems that are going to succeed for me will have to be efficient and speedy.

I’m happy enough to trundle on with Flickr for the time being. The more cheerful atmosphere there is engaging and the photos are a delightful mosaic of our world, most of which I will never see in reality. People actually still exchange tips and ideas there, rather than sit in their own little universe alone.

This is purely one individual’s choice and does not cast any criticism on the very successful names that are now gathering many new users daily. In an emergency, tweeting for help might be a good strategy, though calling on one’s neighbour is still the best way to deal with a problem efficiently.

The numbing effect of the televised investigation into media practice was very helpful in revealing the problems that anybody choosing to work in that area will face. I had never heard of “willful blindness” and shall now avoid any situation that may bring an attack of such a strange condition on. In a nutshell, it seems to mean that a person is guilty of not knowing something that they should know. Manuel in “Fawlty Towers” comes to mind.

Having been bludgeoned with Knowledge and Truth for hours, I return happily to Blogger and shall continue a while more, hopefully.

Also, finding yesterday’s post even looked dull, I peppered it with some needless commas at the time, as decoration rather than for meaning.

Just goes to show what living in a cold damp climate does for writing. There’s not much else to do…

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3 Responses to “Bad Weather Makes Good Writers”


  1. Dropping FaceHook was a truly freeing event for me. I'm still attached to various news services & read them in Google Reader, but mostly I'm free of any of the "social" things … because they're not, really.


  2. I seem to be fortunate in never having heard of FaceHook.It sounds like line fishing as practiced by anglers.The language of the Internet continues to expand.One of the greatest joys in life for the reader can be to just open a book made of real materials.


  3. It's just my own derogatory term for that social networking thing people do. Urban Dictionary has one of my definitions in it. 🙂


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