Category: social media

  • Algorithms and Social Media

    Algorithms and Social Media

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently I have been thinking more about trolling. I have been thinking about why, I, and others, appear so negative or toxic on social media. I believe that one reason for this is that algorithms drive conversations and popularity, rather than time devoted to social media, and conversationalism. ## Return on…

  • The Spontaneous Activity

    The Spontaneous Activity

    Reading Time: 2 minutes For years I did activities with people, usually not as an organiser for one very simple reason. Micro-managers. These are the people that have an opinion, and a schedule, that want to take control of a simple activity. These people take a spontaneous activity and make it a nightmare. For me…

  • Boy Sober and Algorithms

    Boy Sober and Algorithms

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Today I spotted another clear sign that modern social media are toxic and unhealthy. I see this through the [boy sober movement](https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/10/no-dating-apps-no-dates-no-exes-no-hookups-whats-driving-the-boy-sober-trend). > A new trend is sweeping TikTok: #boysober. Its rules? No dating apps, no dates, no exes, no hookups. Thousands of women are uploading videos describing why they have gone…

  • The Fediverse is Dead to Me

    The Fediverse is Dead to Me

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Yesterday I defederated my blog from the fediverse, and I removed the plugin from my blog this morning. I will probably never return to the Fediverse, whether Mastodon or other, for the forseeable future. ## The Hostile Response The reason for this is the following. A person asked a question. I…

  • The Never Ending Troll and Flame Wars

    The Never Ending Troll and Flame Wars

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Almost every day, whether on Facebook open groups, or Fediverse instances I post something, and someone feels the urge to say “You’re wrong” and if I answe a stream of trolls and flamers will pile in. Yesterday someone asked “How do I do A on site B” and I gave two links…

  • Anti Social Media, Youth, And Feature Phones

    Anti Social Media, Youth, And Feature Phones

    Reading Time: 6 minutes A year or two I read about how young people were switching to feature phones from smart phones and I thought it was about nostalgia and fashion. As a person who grew up with “feature phones” as they improved and evolved, and as a person who was either trapped at a…

  • Which Hike to Do

    Which Hike to Do

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Now that the hiking season has started again it isn’t rare for me to have to choose between two or three activities on a Sunday. Do I do the mountain hike from Villars Sur Ollon or the historical one to Romainmôtier? This is what I was thinking about last night. Should…

  • A Frustrating Injury

    A Frustrating Injury

    Reading Time: 2 minutes There are two rules that we know well. The first is that we should take our shoes off before crossing a stream, to avoid getting our shoes wet. The second rule is never to cross a stream barefoot because you need to protect your feet. Last week I crossed a stream and I…

  • Meetup Silence Due to Rain

    Meetup Silence Due to Rain

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday it rained so consistantly that I didn’t leave the house. I stayed indoors the entire day. I wanted to go out but because of the never-ending rain I never set foot outside. I considered going for a run but by the time I had digested I considered that the rain…

  • On Being Asked Why I Wear Two Watches

    On Being Asked Why I Wear Two Watches

    Reading Time: 2 minutes During the Via Ferrata I did on Sunday I was asked why I wear two watches and I answered with a joke before giving the serious answer that I wear two watches at once because I want the data from both watches. I was asked why I need the data from…