Review Unto Others

The Golden Rule applies even to the internet. So many horror stories! So many intrigues! So many life lessons that can basically be boiled back down to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Here’s one about a writer’s experience with Yelp-bounceback – give somebody a bad review of their business and don’t be surprised when they Google you back and slam your brand new novel!

Here is one of many threads about a recent Goodreads controversy about what constitutes a proper review and what is considered to be rude and ill-considered insulting of authors and/or readers. I’ve kept to the surface level of that particular social network, found some reviewers whose taste I happily hijack but otherwise not getting deep or personal in any way there. Who knows what shadows lurk in the hearts of anonymous bookworms?

Finally, a cautionary tale about someone I know who was messing around on Twitter, found some white supremacists there and started taunting them believing himself to be anonymous, only to have them track him down, show up at his office and smash his car windows in, as well as write letters to the Human Resources department of his company accusing him of various petty thefts and such.

It’s a jungle out there, if an invisible one.

Today we hear about 60 millions Spaniards “spied upon” in one month by the NSA. Kind of makes you want to hang up your keyboard and go back to whispering down the lane


Google and the Anti-Christ

Today on Huffington Post there was a story about how some wackos out there are saying that Obama is the Anti-Christ. Whatever. Who isn’t the Anti-Christ these days?

What I especially enjoyed about that web page was this Google Ads spot judiciously placed below the story

Hey, NostraThomas begs to differ. We are the ones we have been waiting for to declare the Anti-Christ, and we are not ready yet to tell.

Hint. If you re-arrange Obama’s name you can come up with 666:

Barack Hussei Nobama

As it probably says in Revalations: “And the Beast shall re-arrange the spelling of its name so that the last letter of the middle name shall be the first letter of the last name”


our “two weeks without television” begins tomorrow. the idea is to see how it goes, see if the kid will read more. easy for me. i haven’t watched anything since the European Cup finals. In the morning I’ll unplug the ugly thing and stick it in the tool shed.

(now, if only i could round up some celebrities, add some lame beats, and stick in some of those “now-more-notes-per-syllable’ hystrionic vocal stylings that pass for singing in our culture nowadays, and i will have another viral hit on my hands

keeping up with the headlines

just an hour ago, the lead headline at (San Francisco Chronicle) was “U.S. Economy slows to near crawl”. I guess that wasn’t dramatic enough. They just changed it to “U.S. Economy skids to near halt”. Maybe in another hour we’ll be treated to an economy that “staggers to near stop” or “stumbles and bruises its shin”.