Good question. There are times when I need to talk about something personal online, such as in the context of an online support group, but in general I don't talk about anything really private on the web because I know that it's pretty public. I've found things I posted on message boards from several years ago, just floating around in search engines. The other day I found an archive featuring something I'd posted nearly twelve years ago!
Things I do share: inconsequential happenings that my friends or family would care about, tips or advice to help others, blogs involving experiences that might be edifying to others, rants about things I feel strongly about.
Things I do not share: full name or tracking information such as phone number or mailing address, clear photos of my face, personal details that could be embarrassing to me or my loved ones, anything that could bite me in later years. I will be more open if the site is member only or has a friends only filtering option. This is really more for safety than anything, and because I believe privacy is not dead.View Thread
Age isn't the issue. Being in touch with the realities of your target demographic is. In the example of someone being a manager in a social media company, they could be any age but they must understand enough about the people they are serving that they make relevant decisions about the company. A deep understanding of the job is far more important than any arbitrary age barrier.View Thread
I used to like my phone and really want a smartphone because of all the cool features. I weaned myself off of it and my phone sits by my bed, used once a week to call people and the rest of the time it's a high tech alarm clock. Of course, I only spend about nine dollars a month max on phone service, too. Otherwise I email everybody.
I used to want a smartphone, but I don't anymore because (a) I don't want to be that wedded to an expensive electronic device, and (b) I can't stand the Echelon system and the fact that the NSA can listen to in to any conversation I have, as well as track my exact location. Whether I am doing anything wrong or not, I don't like that kind or privacy invasion so I won't stand for it. (Last time I saw the article about Echelon it was on the front page of Time, so the information is out there)
I love tech toys but I don't want to be a radio collared little pet. I also can't stand it when people continually use their phones in places where it's not allowed, such as in call centers or in other secured areas. They make all kinds of excuses but it's addictive behavior. Okay. I'll get off the soapbox. I'd just like to less "overconnection" and more real connection between human beings. And less invasive tracking.View Thread
I should HOPE I've changed! Well, my low tolerance for bullying hasn't changed. But I am more willing and able to stand up against it.
I have grown in knowledge of course, and I think more about my actions. I also have learned discernment and swallow fewer lies. I put up with less from people but I am generally more understanding. I also have a lot more patience than I used to.
I hope that some of my classmates have changed, but judging by their voting record they may not have changed as much as they could have... I know that some never outgrow bullying and that's too bad. To change, you must be willing to learn and grow.View Thread
Good point. Besides, some people do their research ahead of time and know in advance what is generally worn. It's amazing what you can learn by peeking into the break room or watching people as they walk in and out. And there are some folks who like wearing revealing clothing on the job. Usually they would notice what is worn ahead of time.View Thread
Those catastrophic policies are raising their prices and/or going away because of changes in requirements. Premiums are already going up. Coverage is already going down. I work for a mail order pharmacy and I see this all the time. This will get worse as more parts of the law take effect. Younger folks seem to have less problems with the ruling because they focus on the parts of the law that sound good like free birth control, but older folks (as I've seen anyway) tend to get more of the bad effects. There are a lot of parts of this act that sound good on the surface but cause huge problems when they are actually implemented. If this goes through I will be paying money I can't afford, forced to buy coverage I don't need, and the only alternative will be to go on the government dole when I am currently independent. I don't want to steal from other people and I don't want them stealing from me.View Thread
I'm terrified too. If I am forced to buy insurance, which costs around two hundred dollars PER PAY PERIOD then I won't be able to buy any healthy food, or pay half of my bills. I would be starving to death or homeless but semi-covered by a health care system that does not leave any room for healthy habits or actually taking care of myself.
The supreme court knew their decision would be unpopular, that is why they delayed announcing that decision until they had already left for the season.
I don't think it's right to force people to buy something they may never use. Already, due to the changes, many college age kids can no longer afford their own healthcare and have to go on their parents' insurance with no choice in the matter.
I think everyone can agree that child abuse is a bad thing. The trouble is, how is that defined? Before you answer, consider that kids have been taken away from their loving parents and put in extremely abusive state housing for such minor infractions as giving their kids normal chores, very light spankings, and even in one case, having a pair of hairless cats!
That last case was interesting. The parents in question had two Egyptian hairless show cats but some neighbors thought they looked "mangy." Never mind they are supposed to be bald. CPS took the kids and it was many months before they were put back in the home, even WITH a judge's intervention.
Sure, you shouldn't beat or molest or otherwise seriously harm children. My own mom was taken away from her parents as a child and she reports to me that the abuse she got in foster care was MUCH worse than anything she got at the hands of her own mom. Before we go reporting people, we need to be very sure of the facts.View Thread
In this case, the actions of the teachers may have been warranted. They may not have been, I don't have enough information to tell.
However, I do know of many documented cases where kids were sat on, pressed to the ground, locked in windowless "time out" rooms all day, cuffed, tazed, denied recess (happens all the time), and otherwise abused.
Meanwhile, parents are being told that any kind of discipline (not just physical) is abuse and in some areas even normal chores are counted as abuse.
And we are paying schools our tax dollars to do this. We are paying our police departments to do this too. Something needs to change.View Thread
Very good point, but people were quite beautiful in magazines etc even before airbrushing etc got popular. I do agree however that even then they had trainers and makeup artists etc etc etc to help them look prettier than the average person. All I'm saying is there are plenty of folks with natural beauty (including the girls gracing our magazine covers) and that all the retouching isn't, to me, completely necessary.View Thread