Last night I noticed the changes Facebook made to the website, and this morning I quickly realized how annoying they actually are. It is not enough I receive updates throughout the day, whenever I sign in, etc. etc., but now I need DOUBLE and TRIPLE updates via the sidebar. I can now find out what my friends think of Ohio State's quarterback troubles (it's not good) WHILE finding out UFC Champion Frankie Edgar has been tagged with another one of my friends.
Did you hear what I just said? I can find this out at the SAME EXACT TIME! That's fucken sick! AND...it's also fucken useless.
When I noticed the changes this morning I said to my girlfriend, "I think it's time for Google Plus...Facebook is overwhelming me..."
Now lets get something straight here. I tweet, I facebook, I email, I text, I talk, I surf the web. Yep. I do all that shit. Do I have to do it? No I do not. Do I enjoy it? I really have no idea. But I do it all, a bit more than some, and a lot less than others. But just because I am doing these things does not need I need all of these things, or that I like all of these things. I just sorta do them.
My HTC phone with Verizon service, operated by Google, makes all these things easy. There's no difference if I send text, update status, or email. It's all just me tapping away on the heat-sensor screen. Surely this will cause some physical problem in the future. Yet again, do I NEED to do this shit?
Which gets me to the point about Facebook changing their software. I get it that there will always be upgrades, always be something better, always be something. There has to be. That's why 1/5 of San Francisco has a job. Someone has to make something better. But I don't NEED it to be better. And I don't NEED it to be simplified. In fact, the less simple option works for me.
As things stand, however Facebook was working was just fine. To make it "better" and "smoother" only makes me use it more, or allows me to waste my time doing something else on their site. Now I can stare at DOUBLE NOTHINGNESS, and operate in that realm. Truth is though, I don't think this is better at all. I think the extra shit-stream down the side bar with more updates is actually annoying. I feel like Dozer staring at the a waterfall of letters and numbers in the Matrix, and I don't want to feel that way AT ALL.
So the new method of making it "better" has made me feel worse about using Facebook, ironically. And by the way, of all your fixes, where's the FUCKING DISLIKE BUTTON!?!?!?!? Seriously? That's the "fix" everyone talks about. Sheezus. You should do what your users want, on some level.
Which gets me to Google+.
Do we all remember why Google is Google?
Is it the Gmail? The Docs? The Calendar? The fact that they own this very blog space I'm working on? Nope. It's none of that.
It's the FACT that it was not intrusive! It's the fact that when you went to Google you saw a search box below the name GOOGLE, and that's it. It was because more was less, and because Yahoo! inundated you with shit you didn't want to see. While AOL, and Lycos, and Metacrawler, and Excite, and WebCrawler, and every other search engine was clobbering you with shit you didn't want, Google didn't do that. And you liked it. It's why BING looks more like Google now even though they are Microsoft, which has MSN.com.
So what does Facebook do? They throw more shit at you. Maybe young kids like having tons of shit on their plate, being bombarded at every angle and all times by shit on top of shit, but I don't, and I invented the goddamn internet. Just like I invented video games.
I was one of the first. I had Pong, and Atari, Bally, Intelvision, Odyssey, Coleco Vision, Sega, and the rest. We were the first.
I was sneaking into the library in 8th grade, and using the modem to dial into ESPN's score update, which printed information on a piece of paper at real time. Yep, I was one of the first users to start trying this shit because I did like it. But now you're pushing me toward the edge, and I'm not sure I do anymore. I highly doubt it's because I'm older...
When I see Eric Schmidt (Google Top Dawg) having to go to Washington DC to speak to Congress about dominance, I actually have to side with him. It's not like when Bill Gates went in 1998, when Microsoft was forcing every computer maker to use their software. Right now Congress is asking Google about why people are CHOOSING Google. Yes, Google algorithms favor those they want favored, no doubt. NO DOUBT. But so what? People can choose NOT TO USE GOOGLE! (This is not my entire argument about this here, so don't accept it as such).
I know why they chose Google, and I know why I'm not choosing Facebook anymore. I am making a choice, simply.
I use these things, I like these things, and on some level they're very necessary. But for a while Facebook was the only game in town, and now that there's another option I'm going to choose it because Facebook has actually become annoying. Hopefully Google+ won't be as annoying in the near future.
On a sidenote, the only reason Congress wants to talk to Schmidt, or anyone else, is because hopeful competitors pay their congressmen off to do just that.
Holy shit. I just read that the House of Reps just rejected a spending bill, and now the government may shut down in a week? Is this for real? Didn't this shit just happen like a week ago, for like a fucking year?
Listen, we have the worst politicians in the world. We have the most resources, opportunities, etc, and yet the biggest scumbag politicians. And yes, most of them are Republicans. We have some Democrat assholes, no doubt, but the majority are Republicans. There is no doubt.
Global warming they can't believe in it, with 97% of scientists in the field saying it exists. HPV shots to inoculate girls who could get cervical cancer with a shot which is seemingly harmless, that they can't believe in.
Yet they believe Jesus Christ is against abortions, and that cutting taxes creates jobs. I actually think the Jesus part is more likely, quite frankly. At least there's NO PROOF of that.
And here we are today, with a European Debt crisis, a US financial crisis which has been on-going since 2007, wars which were never accounted for started by the last President and Congress, and we're debating the fucking debt ceiling.
There's no money coming in, so rather than raise taxes, we need to cut programs for the middle class.
Awesome country, seriously.
"Job creators" the rich are being called. When a hedge fund manager makes money, the only money he/she makes, it is taxed at 15%. Yep. The money he/she lives on, 15%. Everyone else, in the 30s. But the RICHEST, the JOB CREATOR, they get taxed less.
Let me explain something about Wall St these days. It's about making money by SQUEEZING profit from corporations, businesses, etc. It's not about CREATING jobs. Banks aren't loaning people money. A person who has a $10 Mill a year income isn't NOT investing in a business because his income tax rate is too high. That shit isn't happening. If someone with money sees a good idea, they SPEND THE MONEY TO MAKE MORE. This is human nature; a fact of fucking life.
Cutting taxes doesn't CREATE IDEAS. Ideas are ideas, and they create jobs. There will always be money to fund good ideas. Just having more of it, and hoping someone spends it is praying this person pisses into the wind.
America lacks great ideas, and not a shortage of cash to fund those ideas.
But go blame Obama, you fucking dolt.
I know it's called a EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS, but it's a WORLD CRISIS. And AMERICA'S POLITICIANS AREN'T GOING TO STOP IT. ESPECIALLY THE BLACK GUY WHO THE REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING FAILS, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE WORLD.
I don't think people give Tony Romo enough credit. Has he been amazing in his career? Uhh, uhhh, YES. He has!
The dude has played about 5 season in total, and prior to that he was an undrafted free agent from Eastern Illinois. Now he's the Cowboys Quarterback, and he was banging Jessica Simpson. Throw in how his passer rating in the NFL, since becoming a full time starter is in the high 90s, the dude's pretty fucking awesome.
Yet it's always "Romo this" and "Romo has to" and "Romo needs to" blah blah blah.
Since taking over the starting job for the Cowboys 5 guys have won the Superbowl: Ben Roethlisberger (twice), Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers. That's not a lot of dudes, and 4 of the 5 might make the Hall of Fame. In fact, even the LEGENDARY Tom Brady hasn't won a Super Bowl since Romo took over as Cowboys starter. Yep.
Taking it further, the year Eli Manning won the job, Romo made the play to win the game, but unfortunately his teammate didn't. In the playoffs, the year the Giants won the Superbowl, they should have lost to the Cowboys. On 3rd down, back at their own 20, Romo made the perfect play by hitting Crayton on the run over the middle. Had he caught the ball, there was no one on Crayton's side of the field, and he would have been sprinting toward the endzone. Was a perfect play. There'd be no David Tyree, no Ice Bowl for the Giants in Green Bay, no Giants Superbowl. None of that shit. They should have been knocked out by Romo. But Crayton dropped the ball.
Now all I hear is Tony Romo is a bum. I hear he's a scratch golfer too!
Tony Romo is one of the best QBs in football; I think people need to relax. Dude just played with a punctured fricken lung last Sunday, and won the game for them.
Fantasy Thoughts after Week 2:
I like Roy Helu. I do. I liked him before the season and I like him now. He's a one cut runner, just like Terrell Davis in Denver. Mike Shanahan will use him. AND, Tim Hightower is an average football player.
Eric Decker is very talented. He was talented at Minnesota, and he's still talented. A bum knee (I think) hurt his draft stock, and now he's tearing it up. You'll be hearing about him for years.
Brandon LaFell is a great sleeper in fantasy leagues. He's the 2nd best WR on the Carolina Panthers, and Steve Smith gets hurt a lot.
Fred Davis is a good TE to have. Cooley isn't as big, fast, or as strong as Davis. he was the top TE coming out of Ohio, went to USC, was overshadowed, and looks great in Washington.
Denarious Moore will be the best Raiders WR because everyone else either sucks, will get hurt, or both.