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Nov 5, 2011

How Much Does the Internet Weigh?

Did you know that the internet has a weight? Now you know:

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Oct 28, 2011

Social Media Break evaluated

This past week I have been on a social media hiatus. I did not personally log onto twitter or facebook for seven days.

Emotions:
:-) It was not as hard. I did not feel any withdrawal symptoms, just the occasional inconvenience of not having people’s email or phone numbers handy without using facebook as my telephone book. But then again, it was only a week.

News:
RSS I do not miss any news that are important to me due to a lack of facebook or twitter. Everything I need to know I learn through the 67 RSS feeds I am currently subscribed to. I guess I am simply an old-school blogger.

Twitter vs. Facebook:
In an earlier post I reflected on my use of facebook versus my use of twitter. With facebook being about the people I am really engaging with, turns out I do not really need to access twitter personally.

Conclusion:
facebook is useful for building and maintaining relationships. Facebook is not a news source or pastime for me. I will remain a power user.
Twitter does not serve my communication or information needs. I will only use it as one outlet for my publications.

Klout
Taking this one week break hurt my Klout. Klout is the standard measure of online influence and mine dropped 1.35 points. Not a good thing. I am glad to be back.

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Oct 19, 2011

Social Media Break (7 days)


Starting now I will take a one week break from my personal twitter and facebook activity. All my publishing here on this and other blogs will still appear on both platforms. It is just that I do not personally log onto them for seven days. This is a good test of how time-consuming my style of social-networking really is. Until next week I can be reached via email or telephone.

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Sep 12, 2011

Mobile and Social

These days everything tech must be both social and mobile, conventional wisdom says.
Today mail.com published their iphone app to finally go mobile
and Posterous relaunched itself as Posterous Spaces.

I really like the new mobile site for mail.com and their apps. Since i use their service on the go all the time it makes sense for me to have an alternative to apple’s default mail app.

Posterous I have loved for its simplicity – none of the frills that come with a social network. It was just a great tool for posting stuff across, well other social networks. Now they call themselves Posterous Spaces and want to become the next Google+ – totally unnecessary.

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Aug 25, 2011

College Freshmen Zeitgeist


Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.

As for the class of 2015, without any memory whatever of George Herbert Walker Bush as president, they came into existence as Bill Clinton came into the presidency. Their parents, frequently older than one might expect because women have always been able to get pregnant almost regardless of age, have hovered over them with extra care and have agreed with those states that mandated the wearing of bike helmets. Ferris Bueller could be their overly cautious dad, and Jimmy Carter is an elderly smiling public man who appears occasionally on television doing good works. “Dial-up,” Woolworths and the Sears “Big Book” are as antique to them as “talking machines” might have been to their grandparents. Meanwhile, as they’ve wondered why O.J. Simpson has always been suspected of something, they have all “been there, done that, gotten the Tshirt,” shortened boring conversations with “yadda, yadda, yadda,” and recognized LBJ as LeBron James.

Check out the entire list here.

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Aug 23, 2011

Stumble Upon

When you read something on my blog you want to remember or share, please do so. Every post comes with buttons for the services most people use. Today there is one addition: StumbleUpon

StumbleUponIf you think Facebook or Twitter is the social media site that drives the most traffic to the rest of the web, you’re wrong. StumbleUpon now accounts for more than 50% of all referral traffic from the top social media sites.

While StumbleUpon doesn’t receive the same type of media attention that Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Google+, it has quietly grown into a social media powerhouse with 25 Billion Clicks. The result has been a solid business that will celebrate its 10th birthday in November.

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Jun 23, 2011

Casual Couponing

I really enjoy Extreme Couponing – watching the TV show that is. The lesson it teaches is straight forward: In order to make money you have to put in a lot of work – the harder you work the more you make. All that I enjoy watching from a distance on TV.

Back in the real world couponing still looks appealing to me because it is so freaking easy. I don’t want to put in a lot of time or effort so I’m okay with not cashing in big time. But a little effort can bring you far with Casual Couponing in Utah:

I have two easy steps:

1. Whenever a coupon circular is in the paper I file under its date.

2. I use grocerysmarts to match coupons and sales:
Sunday: Target, Walgreens, RiteAid
Monday: Harmon’s
Wednesday: Smith’s, Macey’s and Fresh Market
Since I have to go grocery shopping at least once a week anyway I allow a matched list to direct me to a particular store.

Without adding more work, any suggestions for improvement?

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Jun 18, 2011

Twitter vs. Facebook

They are both huge and I need them both even though I have never been able to describe what they are good for. Now I found the quote I’ve needed:

“I liken Facebook to a class reunion.
I liken Twitter to a huge roundtable discussion.”

Or even more concise in my own words:

“Facebook: Who?
Twitter: What?”

Please follow me on twitter and facebook!

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Jun 5, 2011

Benjamin Maximilian Haas

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Filled with gratefulness and joy we announce our son’s birth:
Benjamin Maximilian Haas was delivered by cesarean on June 5 2011 at 8:06 am.
He was 21 in tall and weighed 8 lbs 3 oz. Mother and child are in good health.
Now Marie and Phoebe are proud and loving big sisters!

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Jun 3, 2011

Germany’s postnuclear ambitions


Ever since our local newspaper reported Germany decides to abandon nuclear power by 2022 people keep asking me about my take on this.
Let recent history teach us a lesson here: Panicking after the Japanese earthquake Chancellor Angela Merkel closed the seven oldest of Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations pending a three-month safety review of all the reactors. How could Germany do that? – By importing more nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic.
Germany’s decision not to produce nuclear power anymore does not mean they don’t want to use it anymore. Czech reactors are more affordable anyway since they don’t have all those strict safety standards that Germany imposes on itself. About a third of Germany’s nuclear imports in 2007 came from the Czech Republic. This number is expected to double.

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