Friday, June 22, 2007

Facebook Without Friends

If I don't see a ribbon round the old oak tree
I'll stay on the bus, forget about us, put the blame on me.
--- Tony Orlando, Tie A Yellow Ribbon
(Yeah, I know. I can't believe I quoted Tony Orlando either.)
Social networking is becoming increasingly popular. According to Fortune (June 11, 2007), Facebook has 24 million members and is adding 150,000 a day. Microsoft is guaranteeing to pay them a minimum of $100 million a year until 2011 in advertising revenue.

With all this going on, I joined last week. Facebook checked my address book (with my permission) and found all my contacts who were already members. All one of them.

This morning, my network doubled to two as a friend contacted me.

This afternoon, my first contact left Facebook, saying the experience is overwhelming. I'll ask him why. I'm guessing it's because he knows so many people on it. I've had a 50% drop in contacts.

Ten faces melt away until there's only one
And someone murmurs now, you must decide
--- Rupert Hine, Eleven Faces
So is Facebook of much use? It's hard to say without more contacts. I've looked up classmates from university and high school. None. I checked my contacts again and send out messages to a few friends who may be on Facebook or who may be willing to join. Out of 24 million users, there's got to be more than one who'll connect to me. Let's see what happens.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weird Dreams

You asked me what's my pleasure
A movie or a measure?
I'll have a cup of tea
and tell you of my dreaming
--- Blondie, Dreaming

I don't usually dream. Or to be more precise, I don't usually remember my dreams. This time I did and took notes before I forgot.

Sink Colour
We were changing the colour of our kitchen sink. We had a choice of 16 colours but had to decide today. There's no one home and I'm not good at picking. I choose yellow.

U2 Live
U2 is playing a free concert after a hockey game just a 10 minute walk from home. My son and I want to see them but not the game. Do we go for the game to get better seats? Since the concert is secret, we don't need to worry about crowds ... or do we? We go early but there are so few people there. We could go home and come back. So many questions.

That's when I woke up.

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
--- Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Chest at World's End

Pirates was easy because Disney wanted me to do it because it's a theme, it's a park ride, so they wanted to capitalize on the synergy of a big movie being out there and promoting their parks.
--- Jerry Bruckheimer, producer

A movie based on a lame Disney ride? You're kidding, right? That's what I thought back in 2003 about Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Sure it had Johnny Depp (though without Director Tim Burton), Keira Knightley and Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the title was too long. How could the movie be any good?

I was wrong. The movie was great entertainment. Others thought so too. Sadly, a franchise was born.

Last year, came the sequel Dead Man's Chest. Now, At World's End. Each of these movies is less entertaining than the one before it. A downward spiral. And there be even more. Since the film's are making lots of money, at least Disney shareholders can rejoice.

My consolation is that Disney's theory if-it's-an-attraction-it-must-make-a-good-film flopped with The Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy and also released in 2003.