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Pete Hoekstra is a Meme

Be careful what you tweet — people might make fun of you…

To Hoekstra is to whine using grandiose exaggerations and comparisons.

It all started with a simple, foolish tweet. On June 17th, GOP Congressman Pete Hoekstra compared the life and death struggle of Iranians trying to get their message out via Twitter to the Republican Party’s tussle with Democrats. (See quote above.) The Twitterati began satirizing Hoekstra’s tweet (see lulz below).

And that’s how the Hoekstra meme was born.

via Pete Hoekstra is a Meme.

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Apparently I need to make a road trip to Germany. I must have this!!


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Retrograde

Be warned, Mercury is in retrograde. I’m not one who believes all that much  in astrology, but hey, it’s a great excuse if things get messed up for you in some way in the next couple of weeks. Besides, I really like tricksters of all sorts. Just hope this doesn’t mess up my own travel plans. We’ll see.

At 05:01 UT (Universal Time), on Thursday, May 7th, 2009, Mercury the cosmic trickster turns retrograde at 1°44′ Gemini, in the sign of the Twins, sending communications, travel, appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! The retro period begins some days before the actual turning point (as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until May 31, when the Winged Messenger reaches his direct station. At this time he halts and begins his return to direct motion through the zodiac.

Zombie Facebook

Yes, even dead people on Facebook are more popular than I am. Sigh.

For users of the world’s most popular social media Web site, Facebook offers a way to leave the ultimate status update.

Already, Facebook has become a central hub for news that a person has died with their home page functioning as an ad hoc trading post for information about the funeral and gathering place for condolence notes.

After that initial phase, relatives can ask Facebook to place the dead person’s page into a “Memorial State” that limits use to only certain friends and family members. To trigger that process, family members typically must send Facebook a newspaper clipping about the person’s death, or an official death notice from a local government.

(Facebook launched the feature after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, when students flocked to each other’s pages to make comments.)

In the next few months, John McQueen expects his funeral home will add more ongoing digital features, including e-mail reminders that customers can set up for distribution on key dates.

“This would come after you visited a person’s online profile,” McQueen said. “It would auto-send you notification that this person’s birthday is coming up next week, so you might want to drop his wife a card or call. That could go on indefinitely.”

Funeral directors expect more baby boomers will create a vibrant online life after death.

“We’re all watching the Baby Boomers starting to ask what it’s going to be like when they die,” said Alan Creedy, a Raleigh, N.C. consultant to the funeral industry. “Boomers are looking at the funeral as a form of self expression.”

via Maryland Daily Record.

Another great reason not to tweet

OK, I rest my case now.

I am, however, almost talked into Facebook. Still not sure it’s worth it, though. I mean, it’s not like I’m hard to find on the Internet, after all. And I really don’t give a rats ass about other people’s baby pictures. They all look all wrinkly and scrunchy and red anyway. And your vacation pictures only make me envious.

But wait — there’s more. Good grief, people — get lives.

And oh, yeah — facebook makes people dumb.

On Twitter, no one knows you're a plant

This explains so much… now if I could just understand facebook… although I know a lot of people’s pets are on facebook…

Ok, for anyone not on Twitter, it’s time to reevaluate: These days, even plants are doing it. And successfully, too—Pothos has 2,300 followers, and when it tweets, it almost always gets what it wants.

Granted, all it wants is water, but when plant owners are forgetful or just don’t have a green thumb, their green friends often go thirsty. The solution? Botanicalls, a device that sends wireless signals to Twitter. It’s made of soil moisture sensors that transmit information (too much moisture? too little?) through a circuit board to a microcontroller, just like a mini-computer.

The software has settings that allow you to program specifically for the type of plant and the unique qualities of the soil, and the language sent to Twitter can be customized—so the message can vary in tone from the polite “please” to the urgent “I’m desperately thirsty”—or, as Mr. Ikea Plant will tweet, “I’m wicked thirsty.”

Co-creator Kate Hartman now feels guilty when she doesn’t water her plants because everybody will know. It’s like the Little Shop of Horrors has gone high-tech. Not to mention more polite: The plant also sends “thank you” tweets once it’s been fed.

via Your Plants Have More Twitter Followers Than You—Literally | Discoblog | Discover Magazine.