Is Facebook being ruined by corporate interests?

Is Social Media Being Overrun by Corporate Interests?

It is Facebook’s continuing popularity as a business and marketing tool that may well be the downfall of social media, however, as the concepts of social and professional interaction continue to struggle at social media training toronto and in each other’s company. This can be seen through the apparent stagnation of Facebook’s usage statistics and growth rate during 2012, and the continuing controversy surrounding interaction between employers and employees through social media sites.

Interesting post bout the future of corporate interference and greed are going to ruin Facebook? Is it already too late? What does the future hold?

Where is this Straw Man Obama keeps referring to?

Calling For a Straw Man Candidate to Enter the Presidential Race

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For example, President Obama says things like, “There are those out there who want us to go down the same old path — the path where we just throw up our hands and say, ‘We can’t do anything about education. It’s too hard. We can’t do anything about health care — it’s too tough.’”

You see, that’s a unique position if there ever was one. I can’t say as though I’ve ever heard ANYONE say that our country can’t do anything about education and health care because it’s “too hard”. I want to hear more about this from the Straw Men, and I want to know if they’re really that lazy or if there’s some genius idea behind their proclaimed laziness.

Fantastic article, makes a great point. Who is Obama talking about when he makes all these statements? I don’t know these people!!!

And for those of you who are confused on what a Straw Man is (via wikipedia)

A straw man is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.

Fiske Planetarium Boulder Review

Yesterday we visited the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder on the CU Campus. Last year we had went to the Denver Museum of Natural History and were sorely disappointed with the Gates Planetarium, in 2001 it was rebuilt and is no longer a theater in the round. It didn’t feel like a planetarium at all and was more of an expensive IMAX type experience. Fiske Planetarium is still an old style planetarium even with a vintage 1973 star projector named Fritz, although they did mention they will be upgrading in the next year or so to a digital system.

Fiske Planetarium was also inexpensive. We had a groupon that gave us half price, but full price for adults is $7. Compared to the $16 for the Gates Planetarium that’s a great deal. We arrived early since we were driving up from Greeley. Fiske has a few very interesting exhibits and fun things to do while you are waiting for the show. Our 4 year old and 8 year old were fascinated with the different s and there was staff available to explain some of what we were seeing.

The show we saw was Colorado Skies: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. It started off with a view of the Colorado night sky where the presenter, a young man named Robin, pointed out several of the common constellations and showed us where they would appear. After the star show Robin gave a talk reviewing the history of astronomy and the astronomers that have made significant contributions to the field. This talk was accompanied by slides projected on the Planetarium screen/ceiling.

Seeing the night skies and constellations was great. The lecture was OK. The presenter did a very nice job, he was young, perhaps a student, but the talk was interesting and he seemed knowledgeable about most things. There were a few stumbles, but nothing major.

I did have a couple criticisms with the whole experience. First off was the time. The Fiske website specifically said the presentation would be from 8-9, but it actually went from 8-9:30. This extra 1/2 hour made for a challenge with our childcare situation. Second was the slideshow/lecture portion of the show. It was fine, but it was a little dry. I’m not sure if all their presentations are lectures like this, but I intend to go again and find out. I do wish their website was a little easier to use and went into more detail on what to expect in a planetarium show.

Overall, it was a great experience. I would highly recommend visiting the Fiske Planetarium and looking at the stars. Visit http://lowestoolrental.org for more info.

Tebow Can’t Throw

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Memories of Don Moore

When I was 7 my Grandfather, Donald Moore, WWII vet, painter and all around great guy fell while he was at work and died. My memories of him are fleeting, I was just a kid and in some ways I think his passing was a kind of seminal moment in my life. Memories after that are much clearer than before, in fact some of my most distinct memories from childhood are of the time around his death and the vacation we made to Las Vegas to see my Grandmother’s sister Wanda not long afterward.

61/365 The Diner

One of the few memories of him that still exist for me is of a diner. One day he and I took a trip. I vaguely remember his truck, an old crew cab chevy at the time. I don’t recall where we were going or what we were doing, but I remember we were north of Greeley on Highway 85 and we stopped for lunch at a diner. The diner was in the Lucerne area, possibly what much later became Doug Kershaw’s Bayou House (if anyone knows about a restaurant in the area in the late 70’s, please comment). I think we had a bowl of vegetable soup, and I think it may be the only time to date that I have sat at a lunch counter.

I don’t know what we did that day beside that, but I know that do my essay a chance to eat out back then was a treat and was burned solidly into my mind. There are other stories about him that I don’t personally recall. I know he snuck me into the hospital to see my sister when she was born. I was 4 and at the time and kids weren’t allowed in the hospital. There was another time that he brought me a used bicycle he had found somewhere. There was something wrong with it and the wheels wouldn’t hardly turn and we lived on a farm, so it didn’t work well in the dirt, but his heart was in the right place.

I think about him a lot, it’s one of the things that inspires me to be a good uncle to my niece and nephew. I regret all the fishing trips we didn’t take, all the war stories I never heard and everything I didn’t learn from the man because he wasn’t able to be here for my childhood.

Peyton Manning to leave Colts – Who’s decision was it?

peyton manningIt’s over. The announcement just hit the wires, we have seen Peyton Manning in the blue and white Indianapolis Colts colors for the last time. Sources say the Colts have released Peyton with a full announcement to come in the next couple of days.

This announcement is hot on the heels of a video that surfaced showing Peyton throwing at Duke University and looking like the Peyton of old. The early commentators are leaning toward this being a decision the Colts made. While yes, they could have paid Peyton’s $28 million bonus and forced him to stay, I’m wondering if the decision wasn’t just about the money.

When Peyton joined the Colts in 1998 they were a team in disarray. The Colts had the number one draft pick for a reason and they continued to struggle under Coach Jim Mora Sr. of “Playoffs?! Don’t talk to me about playoffs!!” fame. In spite of having one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game at the helm, Mora was fired in 2001.

Now, 14 years after that fateful 1998 season the Colts are in much the same situation. Jim Irsay has cleaned house, hired an inexperienced GM, a rookie head coach, plans on drafting the number one quarterback, Andrew Luck, and may not re-sign some of his skill players (Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, etc..) This may be a great long term strategy for the Colts organization, but short term Peyton would probably be a very highly paid QB coach for Luck, which isn’t what Peyton wants to do. Peyton wants to play the game. Maybe, just maybe, this isn’t so much the Colts releasing Peyton as it is Peyton taking one more shot at a championship. Maybe Peyton thinks he can bring Reggie with him and sign with a more mature team with a more mature coach. Maybe the Jets, or with John Harbaugh out in San Francisco. Maybe he goes to Washington and gets a spot on Shanahan’s roster, or maybe down to Houston and works with Kubiak.

I will be surprised if we see Peyton in Miami or Denver or Jacksonville or Kansas City. Those teams could all use his talent (Sorry Tebow), but they either don’t have the personnel or don’t have the coaching to make a serious run at the Lombardi Trophy next year. No matter where he goes, I know that I will be purchasing a new team’s logo next year and get crap from my friends for being a fair weather fan. Thanks a lot Peyton.

Is Irsay trying to force Peyton out with contract threats?

IMG_9573It’s been all the buzz. Will Peyton Manning be back with the Colts next year? Will the Colts pay his $28 Million bonus with his injury? Will the Colts draft Andrew Luck and trade Peyton?

I am a big Peyton fan and I’ve kept quiet about this until now. Most of what’s been stirring around has been rumour and conjecture to this point, but that changed yesterday when Colts owner Jim Irsay made this comment

“We can make it work if he wants to be here,” Irsay said. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.

“I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.”

This comes from a guy who a year ago wanted to make Peyton the highest paid player in the NFL. In fact, last July Peyton rejected a 5 year $100 million deal for a 5 year $90 million deal, allegedly because he wanted to keep a team around him.

“While I appreciate Jim Irsay offering to make me the highest-paid player,” Manning told The Indianapolis Star, “I told him I’d rather he save that money and keep whoever it is … (running back) Joe Adda, (left tackle) Charlie Johnson… whoever that may be. I’m willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players.”

Now, 8 months later, Jim Irsay is trying to put Peyton’s future on him. Seems a little cowardly to me. Honestly, I think Irsay owes Manning a big payday. Yes, the NFL is a business, and not a charity, but Manning has taken a backwater NFL team that had been lackluster for over 20 years and put them on the map. Remember, in 1996 they won 3 times in 1997 to draft Manning. In the last 14 years the have been one of the elite teams in the league with a Super Bowl victory and a shiny new $720 million stadium that hosted the 2012 Super Bowl. The Colts and the city of Indianapolis owe Peyton a lot.

Sure, it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who has made $174 million in his career (plus endorsements which are probably more than his NFL contracts). It’s also hard to feel sorry for an NFL owner. Honestly, I think Peyton will want to pay, so if Irsay wants to renegotiate his contract to keep him on to work with Andrew Luck, then Peyton will likely go look for options elsewhere. If Irsay wants to pay him starting QB money in the hopes he gets better, Peyton will probably stick around. Either way, I hope Irsay treats him with respect and is a man about making his decision.