I’d argue that privacy is abused by the powerful, not invasion of your privacy but the use of privacy to hide their actions. Politicians with your tax money for instance. I’d also argue that privacy is not a fundamental human need but rather a cultural norm placed on us by religion and society. Nude photos of you from the weekend party on Facebook? What of it? You are still you, keeping them private changes nothing. Can transparency bring more liberty than privacy?
€1428 is what I just trimmed off my annual bill. Downgraded our Sky package from €81/m to €36/m, cancelled Linode (€16/m) and Slicehost (€18/m) and Spotify (€9.99.) These are all great services but I don’t really need them. Also stopped payments of €30 to Amnesty Ireland each month. Feel free to guilt me on that one but I’d rather volunteer my time or skills than have a direct debit off my account that is out of sight and mind. It’s weird how monthly bills don’t seem like much until you annualise them. A friend made me realise just how much Sky was costing me a year. At €81/m over a year I could buy two return plane tickets to South Africa to see my folks.
Call for Submission of Good Practices on Small Ruminant (Goat and Sheep) Rearing sounds like a bit of a laugh at first but then you realise it is a real call and actually a rather important matter. (via @sclopit)
If only young, modern celebs had as much sense as Andy Warhol. Biographies when you’ve only just begun life are obscene.
This RATM anti-XFactor meme is beyond stupid. You are being told to buy RATM instead of XFactor and then they use “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me” lyrics as their call to action. You get the irony, right? RATM fans, go home. XFactor fans, get a life. Rest of us? Merry Christmas.
Even if you are happily hitched the OKCupid (Dating site) blog is fascinating. Full of stats on what men and women think of each other. Women are harsh (rating 80% of men as ugly), men are stupid (wanting the unattainable.)