The Fresno County Public Library has this Facebook thing down. In addition to its informative posts, the page is gold mine of funny, snarky posts, along with the ones that make the avid reader in me nod and say, “Yep, so true.” I don’t know who is behind the page, but keep the goodness coming. Here’s a sampling of recent posts.
I have lots of Facebook friends I don’t know. My philosophy is add everyone who wants to be added. This means my news feed has a wide variety of posts, particularly when it comes to politics. But I have to admit this one floored me this morning:
The story is one of those awful ones about a disturbed individual defacing a great work of art — in this case Eugene Delacroix’s painting “Liberty Leading the People,” a symbol of the French Republic. It was vandalized in a branch of the Louvre museum by a woman wielding a black marker who scrawled “AE911Truth” across its bottom, Reuters reports:
The phrase is the name of a website called “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth” whose backers say they are seeking to establish the truth of the September 11, 2001 suicide airliner attacks on New York’s Twin Towers.
Thankfully, the Louvre confirmed on Friday it had managed to save the painting as the black marker had not penetrated the upper layer of varnish and has been successfully removed, according to the Reuters story.
I’m still a little wigged out, however, that there’s a person in my community who thinks like this.
This week, “Fighting Hunger Together” returned for year two. Fresno, once again, is in the running for a million dollars from Walmart and its crazy-clicking contest. Voting runs until April 30 and Fresno is sitting at No. 2 on the leaderboard, but rapidly moving up. It was much further back just a few days ago.
The question here: Are you playing another round of Walmart’s game? I know a few folks whose reaction was “oh no, not again.” Buuuuuut, it is a worthwhile cause in a city where one in four people might go hungry on any given day.
So what do you think? In? Out? Hungry for Walmart’s dough? Had enough?
I was warned last night by my husband that Facebook would look different today when I signed on. I even saw several news stories about the latest changes while working out at they gym this morning, so I thought I was prepared when I signed on today. I was wrong. These changes are just irritating.
Why do the clever minds at Facebook think I want to know every action of every person on my friends list in a constant stream? I was perfectly content with receiving notifications about my own posts and messages. I didn’t want or need a change. Why you think I care that Joey commented on Jenny’s post is beyond me. One would think that you would realize that one of the draws to Facebook is for people to DISCOVER conversations and interesting links and posts ON THEIR OWN. Facebook isn’t a Borg collective — users have minds of our own. I was happy finding the gems among my friends each day. Now Facebook’s a jumbled mess.
So please, Facebook people, STOP! Stop pretending that you know what I like. Stop tinkering for the sake of tinkering. And stop thinking you know what’s best for me.
Fakebook is an iPhone app released this week that allows users to create fake Facebook status updates and photos uploads to prank their friends and loved ones — you know, sort of a new-age, techy whooping cushion.
Hampton isn’t some social media newbie, though. He’s already a titan of Twitter, and is easily Fresno’s most followed person. You just might not recognize his real name.
He runs two massively popular Twitter accounts — the NSFW, crude and comedic @YourFavWhiteGuy (222K+ followers) and the lovey-dovey @TheNoteboook (1.2 million+ followers).
Using Fakebook, users could choose to create either a not-welcome status update or share a unflattering picture of a friend. The app then generates what is essentially a screenshot of the fake update that can be shown to someone or sent via MMS.
Say what you want about Facebook and its big, messy, instantaneous, unedited plunge into what a nation is saying and thinking — but you certainly get a whole bunch of opinions. That some of those opinions are odd, eccentric, scary or downright nauseating is a great reminder that it takes all kinds to make up a country.
Here’s a compilation of more “incredibly stupid” Facebook reactions from buzzfeed.com.
Beyond the downright weird stuff, it’s interesting to read the range of opinions — most celebratory, some (but a distinct minority) tiresomely political, a few provocative. Consider this reminder by a Fresnobee.com Facebook commenter who plays the Bible card:
Gives one pause for thought, eh?
For me, I’m glad they got Osama Bin Laden, but I’m not going to join a jubilant street demonstration to celebrate the death of a human being, not even him. (But I’m also not going to criticize those who do.)
“The girl’s family, friends and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. ‘Facebook’ received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name.”
The site goes on to joke that, thanks to the role the Internet played in the protests, the girl could have easily been named “‘YouTube,’ ‘Twitter’ ‘Google’ or even ‘Cellphone Camera.’”
I like Jezebel’s take: “The girl’s name is a touching testament to the Egyptians’ post-revolution joy, and we Americans can definitely relate. After all, that’s why shortly after our own revolution, classrooms were filled with kids named ‘Philadelphia Evening Post Adams’ and ‘Boston Gazette Hamilton.’”
Duuuuuuuude. Whatever you’re doing the evening of Feb. 12, cancel it. We’ve all got plans now. Our friend Fox Elipsus (aka Fox Sanger, Fox Reedy, Fox Roeding, etc) is coming to Fresno. For real, guys.
He’s playing a free 7 p.m. show at Borders at River Park. I have to be there, because I really want to see the part where he says, “Hi. I’m Fox Elipsus, but you know me on Facebook as …” and then lists 647 different names. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Yes, yes, I jest about all this. I’m no fan of the Fraudulent Mr. Fox and his spammy Facebook ways, which I documented on The Beehive back in December. Since then, I haven’t gotten any new friend requests from his army of aliases, but my wife has. Judging from the comments on our original post, it’s pretty apparent that Fox is bugging people around the country too.
But that doesn’t stop him from playing the sympathy card to get people out to his show. From his Facebook invite:
ORIGINAL POST, Dec. 27: Mike’s been keeping everyone up on the Walmart Fighting Hunger Together contest. Since he’s on vacation, I thought I’d give a quick update: Fresno was in the lead but lost ground to Salt Lake City.
Today, the local community is rallying like crazy to rack up votes on Facebook. Check this page out. And this one.
Dozens and dozens of posts are showing up to rally folks. Even if you’ve voted there are other ways for you to vote, such as liking other people’s “Fighting Hunger – Fresno” posts and posting comments on those posts. It’s been wild watching Facebook today and seeing the Fresno community work together to get more votes.
Hopefully everyone can keep it up and make a final surge for the $1 million this week!
Have you noticed the same annoyingly familiar face popping up in your Facebook friend requests lately? A guy with the first name Fox, and a different last name each time that’s often a city — like Sanger or Selma? Sound familiar?
For the past few months, he has been friend requesting me like crazy. I’ve seen other people in town complaining about him too.
In real life, he’s Fox Elipsus, a musician from England. And though, he lists his “current city” as Fresno on many Facebook profiles, he’s actually just some guy trying to build fan bases in different cities. As the mutual friend counter has shown me, he’s duped many local folks.
Once I figured out what he was trying to do, I collected his various friend requests for two weeks. I currently have nine variations of this Fox guy requesting to be my friend. That’s in addition to another 10 or so I’d previously ignored. Sorry, Fox Firebaugh and Fox Roeding. Denied!
I was curious whether he was actually fixated on the Fresno area. Were we the key to his plan for music biz domination? Or was he doing this sort of thing all over the state? The country? The world?
The other day I asked, in response to the story about a man stomping a woman’s head because she doesn’t vote according to his beliefs, “So this is where we’re at America?” Well apparently, this is where we’re at:
22-year old Alexandra V. Tobias pleaded guilty to killing her 3-month old baby when he wouldn’t stop crying as she played Farmville. She shook her son, then had a cigarette to “calm herself,” then shook him some more.
In case you’re not on Facebook (as I’m not), and are unfamiliar with Farmville, Wikipedia describes it like this: “The game allows members of Facebook to manage a virtual farm by plowing land, planting, growing and harvesting virtual crops, harvesting trees and bushes, and by raising livestock.”
Well that sounds … fascinating. And rage-inducing.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Tobias may serve life in prison.
Something tells me that Peter Allwine’s Voice is not very happy with Peter Allwine this afternoon. Not only does the star of “Bye Bye Birdie” belt it out six times a week at Good Company Players — requiring vocal cords strong enough to hold up a suspension bridge — but today on Facebook, Allwine made a rather startling announcement:
This past Saturday – I got an idea… I see people post videos all the time and got to thinking – what if – for fun – people requested songs and I sing them via video? Any song – male, female, from a musical – ANYTHING – I’ll give it the ol’ college try… So – for a week – I will take requests and do my best to accommodate them… Let the fun begin!!
I, of course, immediately jumped on and asked Allwine if he’d extend his offer to the Beehive as well, and he gamely agreed. Just think: You can ask a genuine local theatrical star to sing anything you want (note the capital letters in the preceding paragraph), although I suspect you might run into trouble if you request, say, evening prayers in Sanskrit or, heaven forbid, “Put On a Happy Face.” I’m not sure of the logistics of all this, but I’m guessing it’ll have something to do with a YouTube page. My request, by the way, is “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miz,” because I’m in the mood to hear some Allwine falsetto.
Let Allwine know what you want him to sing in a comment on this post, and I’ll make sure that Beehive readers see the results. Now please join me in a moment of silence for his Voice.
UPDATE: The winners are: erica, Garrett Bettis, Rosio, Nicholas De La Torre, Noe Rodriguez, 559rell, Amanda Allison, Jennifer, Michael Medrano and Michael. Winners were sent an e-mail. Congratulations!
We love the Internet. You love the Internet. None of us would be here if we didn’t. So when we heard about “The Social Network, the movie about the beginnings of Facebook, we thought, “Yeah, we gotta giveaway tickets to this.”
So we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the preview screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Manchester Stadium, a few days before it opens to the public on Oct. 1. These are reserved seats, so while everybody else is standing in line, you can sit inside and update your status. You’re welcome.
To enter, leave a comment below and tell us — Facebook: Awesome? Annoying? Why? Deadline to enter is noon Monday. We’ll pick winners at random notified them by e-mail, so leave use a real one and check it. Official rules on the jump.
It’s mine. As in all the minutiae of life as an arts writer/blogger you can lap up. Here’s my pitch from the tail end of my Sunday Spotlight column:
I’ll include my reviewing schedule, favorite links, entertainment picks and other musings on the local and national scene. Maybe I’ll even share what Broadway cast album I’m listening to at the moment on my iPod. But I’ll promise one thing: I’m not going to write about what I had for breakfast.
You can “friend” me — the verb purists shudder — at facebook.com/donaldmunrofresnobee.
That pic is me with Beethoven at Legoland, by the way.
Should a person’s Facebook account be closed when he or she dies? If not, would you want to “hear” from a recently deceased user? From Sunday’s New York Times:
Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, knows a lot about its roughly 500 million members. Its software is quick to offer helpful nudges about things like imminent birthdays and friends you have not contacted in a while. But the company has had trouble automating the task of figuring out when one of its users has died.
That can lead to some disturbing or just plain weird moments for Facebook users as the site keeps on shuffling a dead friend through its social algorithms. Facebook says it has been grappling with how to handle the ghosts in its machine but acknowledges that it has not found a good solution.
As Facebook grows ever more popular, it’s interesting how the issues get more complicated. I wonder if someday soon people will begin acknowledging social media “property” in wills.
After a towing company hauled Justin Kurtz’s car from his apartment complex parking lot, despite his permit to park there, Mr. Kurtz, 21, a college student in Kalamazoo, Mich., went to the Internet for revenge. Outraged at having to pay $118 to get his car back, Mr. Kurtz created a Facebook page called “Kalamazoo Residents against T&J Towing.” Within two days, 800 people had joined the group, some posting comments about their own maddening experiences with the company. T&J filed a defamation suit against Mr. Kurtz, claiming the site was hurting business and seeking $750,000 in damages.
Web sites like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp have given individuals a global platform on which to air their grievances with companies. But legal experts say the soaring popularity of such sites has also given rise to more cases like Mr. Kurtz’s, in which a business sues an individual for posting critical comments online.
It sounds as if California has protections against what’s called a Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation, or Slapp, in which lawsuits are used as an intimidation technique to silence critics. But I’m sure as online opinion aggregators and social media sites grow ever more powerful, we’ll be seeing more push-back from businesses.
Photo/ New York Times
Everyone who’s talked to me about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is shocked by one sad scene: the first-grade students who couldn’t identify fruits and vegetables — including tomatoes.
You’d think the central San Joaquin Valley, with all of of its agricultural bounty, wouldn’t have such a problem. Well, one organic farm isn’t taking any chances. K.M.K. Farms in Kingsburg is hosting free farm tours 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Samples of fresh dishes such as fennel-tangerine salad will be available.
“We were sad as we watched Jamie Oliver’s new show and saw how a class of children could not identify a tomato!” K.M.K. co-owner Michele Reynolds writes in an e-mail. “So we are joining Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and opening our farm up…”
Here’s a battle that will resonate with a lot of you: a Subway franchise planned for Mariposa’s historic downtown district has thrown the town into a tizzy.
In one corner: Folks who want to protect locally owned, independent restaurants from competition with chains. Check out their Facebook group “No Way! No Subway in Mariposa!” (See the group’s logo, at right.)
In the other corner: Facebook group “STFU, Subway Will Not Hurt Mariposa. Yes to Subway in ‘Posa!” Their page says: “Bring it On, They have cheap, healthy food, might actually be open regularly, creates Jobs, provides Healthey [sic] Economic Competition for the other Restaurants that make sandwiches. It’s a GOOD thing.”
The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors will hear the issue on Tuesday morning.
This is a battle that could happen just about anywhere. We saw it in 1997, when Starbucks was looking for a spot in the Tower District.
And we’ve seen it worldwide. In the 1980s, the entry of a McDonald’s in Rome sparked the Slow Food movement. (As a side note, McDonald’s recent introduction of a McItaly line of burgers has outraged Slow Foodists yet again.)
So, what do you think? Are you one of those folks who loves Cheesecake Factory/Panera Bread/P.F. Chang’s/Famous Dave’s and cares not a whit that they’re chains? Or do you always go for the locally owned, independent restaurants?
The CW Network President of Entertainment Dawn Ostroff talked about the upcoming season for the network with the TV critics who have gathered in Pasadena. Here are some of the highlights.
Tweet this: It is obvious with shows like “Gossip Girl” and “90210″ the CW Network’s programming is aimed at young women. So, it should not be a surprise that there have been more than 200 million video streams on its web site. “Gossip Girl” has nearly one and a half million fans on Facebook. “One Tree Hill” has more than a million fans on Facebook. Ostroff says someone tweets about the CW Network once a minute.
Not so super time slot:“Smallville” moves to Fridays in the fall. That’s the night when the target audience will be on a date. Ostroff explains the reason for the move is because “we felt the best way to open up Friday night was with a big, established hit like ‘Smallville.’” Although there has been talk this will be the last season for “Smallville,” the CW boss says there is a lot of life left in the show and she would like to see it continue.
Forget Sunday: Because of the bad economy, there will be no CW Network programming on Sundays. Ostroff wants to concentrate on Monday through Friday. Also, the network will concentrate on one-hour dramas and not half-hour comedies.
No, you won’t find lots of references to the ritual food in it. Instead, you’ll find God’s list of “25 things you didn’t know about me,” the “Which god are you?” quiz, and “Yes We Conserve,” a Facebook application “designed to help you save money, energy, and the planet.”
I called its creator, Carl Elkin, with some burning questions: Where did you get the idea for this? Is it irreverent to write a Haggadah to promote a Facebook application? And will you use this Haggadah at your own Seders this year?