Brian O’Nolan honoured by Google doodle

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Brian O’Nolan was such a good writer that he had not just one but two pen names to keep himself busy: Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen. No, that’s not a typo — that’s how possessives work in Gaelic.

O’Nolan honoured by Google doodle – The Irish Times – Fri, Oct 05, 2012.

Brian O'Nolan - Writer

Brian O’Nolan – Writer (Photo credit: Ulster History Circle)

My lifestyle

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I was just browsing through the Lifestyle section of the Chrome Extensions library when it finally occurred to me to ask myself, Do I have a Lifestyle?

One would normally think so, after all, since one is indeed alive. The two go together, don’t you think? However, I began to take note of just what it is that the people of Google have listed under their Lifestyle Extensions section: endless ways of gathering links to blast them in some form to your friends.

One’s friends are one’s commodity. You have to have lots of them, and they all have to be using the same program. Almost certainly, you have to be sure that they want to be bombarded constantly with what you want them to see, or with where you are. I gave up Foursquare and Gowalla because I couldn’t think of anyone whom I wanted to know where I was. Yes, even if I was just at Starbuck’s. Who needs to know you’re drinking coffee?

It’s rather like the space colonists in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot series, who are in constant contact with their friends electronically — only electronically. The thought of a physical encounter with another is met with abject terror. I love gadgets, but being in the same room with other people can be a good thing, too.

Another part of the electronic world that I have left

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I had joined MyBlogLog to try it out, to contribute to the general notion of community that seems so temptingly marketed to all of us bloggers. After all, blogging is the wave of the (marketing) future, after all. All that a smart business-person needs to know is how to harness the energy of the “blogosphere.” Right. I write this blog because I’m an unguided, unthinking commodity. Nevertheless, we’ll go with the flow a little bit longer.

I haven’t used the service in a very long time, but did not cancel it because I thought that it was harmless. MyBlogLog probably is still harmless, but it has definitely reached the point of being a nuisance with no positive benefits. I have received several emails from MBL saying that “so-and-so” is now following me, and to please go follow them in return. The trouble with all of these new-found followers is that they are all fledgeling web “entrepreneurs” who are hoping to get many followers to boost their Google standings. I don’t need to be somebody’s billboard, especially an unpaid one.

Hence, the vanishing of my account with MBL.

Perhaps winter is the time to get rid of useless things. In the past couple of days, this makes one mailing list and one “blog service” that I have tossed.

Now at least I will have more of a chance to write stuff for white pebble.