Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali

by baldilocks

I prefer blogging to Social Media because, with blogging, ideas can be more easily expanded upon and have its foundations described. A downside, however, is that those who need to read these types of pieces won’t do so.

Something else about Social Media: if you put up a status, on, say, Facebook, it is always prone to the commenter who hasn’t read your previous statuses — or your blog — and who refuses to do so. He has made up his mind about whatever it is you are saying and about who you are.

And then there are your regular friends, those who regularly comment on your statuses and vice versa. Most of them are great—even the liberals. But, sometimes, you find out that your friends are harboring all manner of misconceptions about things you thought you had in common.

Example: when you find out that a friend who calls herself a conservative, thinks that when someone posts an opposing opinion on her page, that she is being forced into another opinion. And when you try to explain why this is not so, you get the post-modern version of how to define a word/concept.

This is a good, smart lady and I like her. But her thinking has been so post-modernly molded, that she thinks that anything which makes her intellectually uncomfortable is “force” and cannot see the lack of logic in it.

Call it the Safe Space mindset, where a person is free from the violence of your horrible opinions.

I have only blocked two people from my Facebook page; both were out-and-out straight-jacket lunatics. I’ve never blocked anyone on Twitter, which is, in my opinion, primarily a place to share links, brawl and to toy with trolls. But, occasionally, I’ll put something substantial there.

At my old blog, I blocked a few trolls after many warnings and after tiring of changing their comments to something more entertaining.

On Facebook, I’ve trying to keep my page from being an echo chamber. It surprises many people when I argue with them; they assume I’m angry or that they are about to be blocked. One the contrary, argument is what keeps your thinking from becoming sluggish, from gazing at your navel for too long.

Additionally, if I argue with someone, it means that I respect their intellect.

I’d like to see more people become open to at least reading other points of view and having their minds changed. Yes, I know it won’t be many.

Have I had my mind changed recently? You bet I have. I thought that conservatives were better critical thinkers than liberals. It turns out that we are just as prone to error as liberals are. The culprits: pride and the refusal to be humbled by God.

You cannot improve your thinking process without at least reading what your ideological opponent says; exercise for your brain.
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And this analogy can be taken further: everyday events continually show just who has been going to the intellectual gym — the library is one example — and who has been sitting on their duffs.

Excuse me while I go exercise.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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On WEEI today all the talk was about who the Redsox should trade for at the deadline that’s coming up to bolster their bullpen.  I have a simple and concise answer.

Nobody.

if we were say two games away from the Yanks and had a chance to bypass the wildcard round then perhaps my answer might be different but for now the answer is “stand pat”.

Why really simple the cost benefit ratio.

Given the price of what is out there combined with the weakness of the Redsox farm system the price for any player who might make a different is prohibitive, in fact the price paid might be high enough to take us out of contention in 2020.

And since the reward of such a move would be a shot, a shot mind you at a single winner take all elimination game before even getting to the playoffs any price that hurt our chances in 2020 just isn’t worth it.

Right now we have an offensive team that is incredible and will all be under contract next year.  We have a starting rotation that is having a down season but there is no reason to believe that said down seasons will extend into next year.

Trading a Bradley JR will increase the team ERA as would a trade of Benintendi.  While I like Brock Holt without a solid man at 2nd I don’t think losing Chavez is wise.

So my advice to the Red Sox is keep a stiff upper lip and try to ride it out.  Pick up a closer in the off season when the price will be lower and just win what you can now, don’t jeopardize the future for an uncertain return.

FYI   The reason why I’m posting is yet another GoDaddy issue which makes it impossible for me to edit the body of any new or existing post (although already written and scheduled posts will go up as normal).  They will graciously fix for a $400 update, a migration to a new server and a 10 day wait (oh and I have to do the migration unless I want to pay an additional fee).

It seems that every time I ask for tech support the result is a large bill and a site down for a week or more.  Given the drop in traffic and tip jar hits and the displeasure I’ve had in dealing with them I’m not inclined to go along.  As this has all happened in the last 4 hours I’ve not had a night to sleep on it but here are my plans in order

Plan A:  check with a friend of mine who does hosting, if it can be done affordably and quickly move there.

Plan B:  Since I’m already here move to wordpress and update this blog existing moving the registration of datechguyblog.com here and see what the cost and timeframe will be to migrate my existing stuff over.

Plan C:  Just blog at the free site and do no frills blogging,

Plan D:  As the hits and the tipjar hits are way down chuck the whole thing and pay off my debts as best I can over time.

A & B would allow things to go on as they are, C  would likely mean the end of DaMagnificent seven and D would mean the end of everything.  Given the amount of choices out there and the drop in traffic I don’t know how many people would really miss us but I’d hate to close down with an election around the corner.  I may not be a big conservative voice but with so many of us being censored we can use every one we’ve got.

I’d like to know what you think.

 

 

 

Hugh Slatery of Wizbang Dead at 53

Posted: June 9, 2010 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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His last post was on the EU and currency and is here, an excerpt:

Here is the gist of the debate between Treasury Secretary Geithner and EU Central Bank President Trichet: the United States can print money longer (and sustain deficits for a longer period) than the EU, but the end result is the same. The EU knows it is experiencing a currency crisis right now and may be choosing to face the music by reducing spending. The United States, on the other hand, is still in denial about this looming problem. As the Europeans take on the gut wrenching job of forcing spending cuts on their citizens because they are left with no other choices, our administration is encouraging more Keynesian non sense. Fortunately, the EU is saying “enough” to the Keynesian insanity. Why? Because they have history on their side and know in a very personal way how a currency becomes worthless and what happens as a result. Americans (with the exceptions of Southerners (and their creditors) left holding Confederate dollars 150 years ago) have no experience with the harsh reality that accompanies currency debasement. J P Morgan may have saved the country one hundred years ago but the size and scope of the problem today is several orders of magnitude greater.

Via Hotair. My condolences to his wife and family.

Blogging is a new enough phenom that the death of a blogger is still an oddity the time will come, sooner than a lot of us would like that this will be a regular occurrence and will gain the same attention as the death of an elderly retired actor who we remember in passing from many years ago