Archive for January 2013

Organizing tips for parents (and other busy people)

Organizing tips for parents (and other busy people)
I attended an organization and clutter busting workshop last night. The content was geared specifically toward parents, but most of the organizing tips would be useful to any busy person. The presenter was Sarah Giller Nelson of Less is More Professional Organizing Services. The event was sponsored by The Parent Circle, an Evanston-based social and... Read more »

Facebook Graph Search lets everyone know you like prostitutes

Facebook Graph Search lets everyone know you like prostitutes
Facebook Graph Search has been released to a limited number of users, but the possible privacy implications have already sparked the imagination. Tom Scott is one of the lucky ones who already has access to Graph Search, and he made an Actual Facebook Graph Search tumblr to collect examples of what he has found with... Read more »

List 29: Getting Lost in Interesting Wikipedia Links

List 29: Getting Lost in Interesting Wikipedia Links
Do you ever let yourself wander Wikipedia? You start out looking for information about some very specific thing. Then you see an interesting link, so you click it. Then that page has an interesting link so you click that. Sure, you need to be wary about information on Wikipedia because it may have questionable sources,... Read more »
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Why Yo Gabba Gabba Live is better than The Book of Mormon

Why Yo Gabba Gabba Live is better than The Book of Mormon
In the past two weeks I’ve seen both The Book of Mormon (the musical) and Yo Gabba Gabba! Live. So how does a winner of 9 Tony Awards compare to a live version of a Nick Jr. children’s television show? Basically, the kid’s show kicks its ass. Let’s examine why.  The Music These are musical... Read more »

List 28: Facebook search capabilities we really need

List 28: Facebook search capabilities we really need
Facebook Graph Search was announced last week. This new Facebook search capability allows users to find people based on their interests, locations and other personal details. Like most Facebook changes this has raised privacy concerns, which is why I suggested some settings to check here. From a usefulness perspective, yes, it could be fun to... Read more »

Facebook Graph Search: exciting, powerful and a reminder to check your privacy settings

Facebook’s new Graph Search feature applies data mining capabilities to the popular social network. You will now be able to search for “friends of friends who live in Chicago” or even “friends who are single women in Chicago” or “friends who are single women in Chicago and like the Blackhawks.” It also allows the user... Read more »
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Was it a contradiction for Jodie Foster to come out as gay in a speech about privacy?

Was it a contradiction for Jodie Foster to come out as gay in a speech about privacy?
In her speech at the Golden Globes Jodie Foster said that she values privacy above all else. She even repeated the word: Privacy. In the same speech she also officially announced to the world that she is gay and acknowledged her mother who has dementia. Is it oxymoronic to praise privacy while revealing intimate details... Read more »

List 27: Unique Pinterest boards to follow

List 27: Unique Pinterest boards to follow
Pinterest boards are often used as visual bookmarking tools for recipes, DIY projects and exercise regimes, but the best Pinterest boards are purely visual. The best Pinterest boards can intrigue the eye like a good coffee table book. They also allow the pinner to amass huge collections of objects without the cost or the clutter.... Read more »

Tips for securely managing online accounts

In a previous post I gave examples of how I was given access to other people’s personal information because they used the wrong email address on their accounts. (Read the full story here.) Every piece of personal information in an online account is a piece of information at risk of being shared through mistakes or malicious... Read more »
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If social networks were lovers...

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