Archive | April, 2014

Organizing, Organizing – The Travel Section!

So I realized I haven’t really written about any of my travels since 2009/2010 properly, since I wrote about Sabah in 2008 and one real post since then which was about Pom Pom Island.

I have travelled a fair bit since 2010, so I have a lot of posts pending, and a lot of posts about other stuff..cos well I haven’t really blogged that much since 2011/2012 LOL. As you can see from the sparseness of the Archives – Sept & Dec 2013 were the first months in the history of my blog without a single post.

Pulau Weh Indonesia

Anyway I went through 16 pages of Travel posts (164 posts) and categorized them by country – yay!

There’s a bunch of other places I’ve been since (India, Pulau Weh, Koh Lipe, Bali, Bangkok and more) that I haven’t updated about yet. Some great trips, some not so great haha. I’ve even done some diving too – yahh!

I think part of the problem with blogging for me is I’m a bit of perfectionist/completist – so I overwhelm myself trying to write the best, most complete posts ever..and end up writing nothing haha. Like I’ve already processed the photos for some of them..and they are on Flickr, I just never did the accompanying blog post.

I will try and get past that.

Also trying to trawl through my photos..which are 15 folders deep of pure chaos – is somewhat trying.

Will try and get past that too.

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A New Annoyance – Twitter Favourite Spam

I’ve noticed a lot of favourites on odd tweets lately, mostly my check-ins to beers from Untappd – then I started noticing some patterns.

I get a whole flood of favourites on a single tweet, all of them have innocuous looking twitter handles (A name and a couple of letters, or two names) – mostly with 2 numbers at the end, and they are populated Twitter accounts with bios, tweets, retweets etc. Seems like a fairly intelligent spam bot.

The only thing I did notice, is there’s no interaction – no replies to anyone, no conversations (which is suspicious for Twitter). Other than that, it’s pretty legit.

Take this avalance of favourites for example (click the image to see full size):

Twitter Favourite Spam

Twitter Favourite Spam indeed.

All within 8 minutes of each other, all on different Tweets, all on Tweets from Untappd. The interesting part is, because they are Twitter favourites, Gmail deems them important and puts them right at the top of the pile in the ‘Important’ inbox.

Which is the only reason I think perhaps the spammers are doing this. They don’t have spammy URLs in their profiles either.

After some reading, it seems like this method has been around since June 2013 (last year) and has bee noticed by a few people:

New Twitter spammers abuse ‘favorites’: Seattle startup Meshfire explains

The other reason they are doing it is to pick-up followers by favouring, and then what? Maybe sell the accounts to spammers. Anyone else had this happening to them lately?

I’m not sure there’s a lot we can do other than block/mark as spam on the accounts and hope Twitter figures out how to stop this.

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Posting Spoilers on Social Media – Yes you are a TWAT

Spoiler Alert

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a ranty blog post in this category, 4 years in fact. It used to get fairy well used haha.

Part of what blogging used to originally be I guess, a diary, a journal, somewhere to vent, somewhere to be grateful, somewhere to celebrate. I guess we should go back to that type of blogging, lose the commercialism. I think has brought that back to some degree.

Anyway, that’s off topic. Because for now, I want to talk about selfish, self-absorbed pricks who are into posting spoilers on social media – be it about a movie or a TV series, either way it is 100% guaranteed that you are ruining SOMEONE’S enjoyment.

But then the people that post that kind of stuff obviously don’t give a shit about anyone else do they, empathy? Realizing that not everyone watches new episodes immediately when they come out – that’s too hard.

Me for example, I like to wait until the entire season is finished, then watch it all at my own pace (and that’s a very normal way to consume now, Netflix realized that and release their series in a single chunk, so you can binge watch House of Cards in one weekend).

Yah, I get excited about TV shows sometimes too, and you can post stuff without being explicit about details. I don’t post spoilers because I know for a fact there’s a lot of people who don’t watch stuff until much later, which is fine – I’m not going to be the one to ruin their fun. If you need to discuss it, do it in real life with people who’ve also watched it already.

It’s like those people that come out of the movie theatre and start telling everyone about the movie they’ve just seen in explicit detail without asking everyone if they’ve watched it first..

It’s that’s bad, there’s actually an app to deal with it called Spoiler Shield (unfortunately only for iOS).

If you REALLY REALLY must post a spoiler, how hard is it just to type SPOILER ALERT, then a few lines of dots so that whatever you type is hidden below ‘See more’. Like a friend that did this for example – this is what a decent human being does:

How to post a spoiler like a human

There’s collapsible spoilers plugins for WordPress, there’s spoiler functionality in Tumblr and other platforms, it’s there for a reason – because posting spoilers out in the open is a DICK MOVE.

Spoilers alerts used to be a thing, I guess people used to care about each other more. Now they think since the media publish spoiler stories, it’s ok for them to Tweet/Facebook it – the fact is it’s easy to avoid reading spoiler stories and they are generally well marked.

It’s hard to avoid it on Facebook when you open it and someone’s posted a massive spoiler with pictures and explicit details and it’s at the top of your news feed – pray tell how do I avoid that?

And the funny part is, in Game of Thrones for example – I’ve read the books..I could spoil the fuck out of the whole season, and the next season..But I don’t.

For those that are looking for a timeline on when it’s ok to post spoilers, honestly it’s not really ever ok – I watched The Sopranos in full 6-7 years after it came out. I avoided reading anything about it until after I’d watched it.

If you must post a spoiler, do it at least after the current season has finished, preferably not until the next season comes out for TV shows. Movies, at least after the Bluray came out..and when you do – put a spoiler warning/hide it.

The sad part is, the people who do it don’t even care, they won’t read this, they won’t stop being pricks – there’s no cure.

A guide from Lifehacker – How to Avoid Spoiling TV Shows and Movies for Everyone Else

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