If you’re comparing your lover to a checklist, that’s not romantic — that’s consumerism. What’s romantic is finding the nuances and the details that are unlike anybody else. That’s what the most sexy stuff comes from.–
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, TIME (October 7, 2013)
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I got this in my email today. A Tumblr birthday greeting!
The Smoke Gets In My Eyes turned 5 today!
**The time sure flew by fast! I’ve had a lot of ups and downs; but I’m still here and there. :-)
Title: Cats eating pineapples.
This is sushi the cat, she also goes by the name bears and she loves pineapple.
**Pineapple plants are not on the ASPCA list of plants that are poisonous to cats, dogs or horses.
I don’t know if I want to eat it or give it a name…
It’s time to get pissed. The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally immune government spies just passed the House.
This bill affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why Internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen.
Does this remind you of something? Yep, this is the exact position we were in with SOPA last year. Then the Internet rose up and we made history with the SOPA strike.
Sign up here: http://www.sitesnotspies.org/
I did some actual journalism and wrote an article about internet addiction for The Week magazine, and interviewed the head of an Internet Addiction Rehab. Here’s an excerpt.
Researchers have noted a rise in something called Digital Attention Disorder — the addiction to social networks and computers in general.
How does it work? More than 50 years ago, psychologist B.F. Skinner was experimenting on rats and pigeons, and noticed that the unpredictability of reward was a major motivator for animals. If a reward arrives either predictably or too infrequently, the animal eventually loses interest. But when there was anticipation of a reward that comes with just enoughfrequency, the animals’ brains would consistently release dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that (basically) regulates pleasure.
What does this have to do with the internet? Some researchers believe that intermittent reinforcement — in the form of texts, tweets, and various other social media — may be working on our brains the same way rewards did on Skinner’s rats.
“Internet addiction is the same as any other addiction — excessive release of dopamine,” says Hilarie Cash, executive director of the reStart program for internet addiction and recovery, a Seattle-area rehab program that helps wean people off the internet. “Addiction is addiction. Whether it’s gambling, cocaine, alcohol, or Facebook.”
And thus begins my contributions to The Week!
I get this poem every winter & every winter I love re-reading it.
It’s a beautiful poem and very well written.
A poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre