A Most Dangerous Machine

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A Most Dangerous Machine

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook’s News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I’m not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself – that surely, I was following a nationwide news story of importance rather than clicking sensational headlines that trade human tragedy in exchange for pageviews.

I’m not really sure.

But what I do know is that now any extensive visit to my Facebook News Feed has grown really depressing.

Amid tech news and baby photos, I’m now bound to come across some shared headline of something so horrific, so odd and unbelievable, that I actively have to stand up and walk away from my computer or put down my phone to keep myself from clicking…

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The Writing Duel: A Poem and Question

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

The pen in the writing duel poem

The ballpoint pen, up close and personal in a writing duel. Photo Source: By Samsara at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Which do you prefer to use when you write, the pen and paper or the keyboard? Do you mainly type out your thoughts or do you use pen and paper instead? I use both but do mainly use the computer keyboard. I find it so much faster to type than to handwrite words! Here is a poem that came from my musings:

The Writing Duel

Poor pen
Laying in the corner, hovering over
Paper and hoping for a hand to
Come its way.

Spotlight is on the keyboard,
Clicking sounds heard from the keys,
As the fingers play with letters.

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…i luoghi del vino… presentazione del Progetto…

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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements — many of which won’t be available until later this year — but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers will be able to develop apps specifically for it, Wear in its current form is fundamentally about bringing Google Now notifications to your wrist.

While I’ve had Google Now on my phone for a long time now, the more I use Wear, the more I feel like it was custom-made for Google Now. Indeed, this is the first time I really feel Now is living up to its promise. It’s also the first time I find myself paying full attention to Now, despite its prominence on Android before.

CaptureAndroid Wear, of course, also shows you all of…

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I am Made: A Poem for Canada Day

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Canada Day with lovely flowers

Canada Day is a good time for poetry! Photo source: Kyle Pearce, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Flickr

Aha, July 1st is Canada Day and I proudly welcome it! Here is a new poem, “I am Made,” to celebrate the occasion. I’m wishing my Canadian friends a lovely holiday! For all of you wonderful Parfait peeps, I hope you have a nice week ahead full of kindness ((and hugs))!

Oh and remember to take time to smell the flowers, as the saying goes. There’s some Canadian-shaped blooms in the photo above that I want to share with you! I know there are readers here from around the world (I love that) so it’s nice to be able to share a bit of Canada with you all right now. ~Christy

I am Made

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The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

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The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Every generation creates its own monsters. Folk tales tell of witches and wyrms in the woods, my TV-infused generation feared Jaws in lakes and Bloody Mary in the mirror. This generation gets its monsters from the Internet.

Slenderman is a pure product of electronic media. He appears in places we rarely frequent, these days – abandoned, crumbling halls, deep woods, a playground with a rickety steel jungle gyms. He is a suburban ghoul with his own history and his own methodology and, of late, he has become the object of controversy due to an attack in Wisconsin during which two girls stabbed another in order to appease Slenderman’s dark needs. It was a horrible story and it underlies how little we understand about the psychology of a generation weaned on the Internet and how images can morph from fiction to fact in the course of half a decade.

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