Tuesday, April 24, 2012

bucky

No, not the badger.  I'm feeling bucky at Blogger for changing the format.  It's as irritating as when they makeover my grocery store and suddenly I cannot find almonds or yogurt.  The new toolbar does not appeal to me, and don't even get me started on what they've done to the dashboard.

I'm feeling bucky because Facebook wants everyone to convert to their new Timeline format as well, which I despise.  And they're sneaky about it, too.  Do you know how many articles I've declined reading because in order to do so, I have to convert?  And this?  Well this just disturbs me, too. And the way Gmail runs ads alongside my emails--the content of those adds mirroring the content of my email correspondence.  Sure, I give up privacy for a free method of communication, but that practice strikes me as pretty invasive.

I want to control technology, not be controlled by it.  It's why I have a dumbphone but mostly use a landline.  It's why I don't have a handheld device managing my day and distracting me wherever I go.  I like a laptop on a desk because then it's a conscious choice to sit down in front of it and use it.  I generally avoid my laptop on the weekends and restrict my use of it during the day. 

I get irritated by people who are constantly looking at their screens--like the here and now isn't enough for them.  I want to say, "Hey?  Am I interrupting your texting/web surfing/wordswithfriends time?  I'll leave so you can focus 100% on your VIRTUAL life, okay?  I'll get together with you when you can put your phone/screen down and return the attention I'm willing to give to YOU."

I love my internet as much as the next person, but it strikes me that it can become a rabbit hole--between sacrificing our time to stay current with all the latest technology and feeling so frightened that life cannot go on unless we're connected 24/7.

Spill it, reader.   Any of this make you feel bucky or am I just an old codger?

24 comments:

  1. Facebook Timeline makes me itch. I'm not getting the updates and messages I was getting before.

    My phone is the Wilma Flintstone model. I can make calls, send texts and use it as an alarm clock. That's all I want or need.

    I haven't been to blogger lately since I have absolutely nothing to blog about.

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  2. ...my Angels are singing sweet songs of glory to you, Greenie, for writing these words today... people giving up time in the Here and Now to stare into their blackhole eye-sucking screens of imitation worlds...it's not the way I want MY world to be!!! And if I had kids, and they grew up and had kids, I wouldn't like to imagine a future full of this.

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  3. I am sooo excited beth.Cleary@att.net!!!..minus the exclamation points!

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  4. Not fond of the Blogger changes, Grrr.

    I REFUSE to do Facebook. Refuse. But I have 5 email accounts (really) and that's more than any sane person should have.

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  5. Totally hating the new blogger. My biggest pet peeve is how my reading list now works - until the change, I could click on each new post for each blog and a new window would come up for each one. No longer the case. Argh.

    I did the timeline, not that bad really. And I've always just ignored google ads.

    I am one of the few people I know to not carry a cell phone on a regular basis. I just don't see the point. I hate cell phones. HATE THEM.

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  6. If you click on the little gear on the right hand corner of your dashboard, you will have the option to switch back to the old version.

    I went to the grocery store today and the chocolate syrup wasn't where it was supposed to be. Mad. I ended up not buying any.

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  7. Oooh, I hate when the grocery store gets re-organized. Considering how much time I spend there, they should at least consult me before they make changes.

    I think I did switch to the new blogger dashboard format a while ago. I don't mind it. (unless there is yet another new one that I'm not aware of!) But I haven't made the switch to facebook timeline. I have a love-hate relationship with facebook.

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  8. Girlfriend, I Love Ya! Was just complaining about all of this to my friend...lets just say that I sounded a bit like Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon...

    You can fix blogger by going into one of the top right corner tabs. It'll say something like old blogger format, click on it and you're back to normal :) I was about ready to delete my account before I found it!

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  9. I'm going to buck the tide here and say I like change.

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  10. I'd be a liar, if I didn't say that I LOVE my iphone. That said, I do hate the new blogger format and when I complained several weeks ago, they never even sent me a canned response, let alone a real one. I'm also not a fan of FB and the new format. If it weren't for wanting to share pics of my girls w/my sister in another city and for keeping in touch with some of my blog readership, I'd certainly give up FB.

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  11. I am with you on people staring at their phones in social situations. I was at dinner with girlfriends and at one point everyone was quiet looking at their phones. I tried to make a joking remark about to hint for them to put their phones away but they didn't. I thought it was so rude. But I am the mother at the park reading facebook and email because I can only watch my boys dig in the dirt for so long without getting bored out of my mind. I figure it's the same as reading a book. I do that too. :)

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  12. I completely agree with you about not allowing technology to control me (us? you? people?)

    For me that means that I turn my iPhone off, or leave it inside when I'm out, leave it in my office when I'm teaching or in a meeting, etc. I never really answer the phone, unless it's my mom and I haven't spoken to her in three weeks or so. This was true back when we had only a land line too. I read texts/emails when I feel like it, and I reply when I have time. I have a smart phone and a laptop, but I decide when and if they can interrupt me.

    I do like the FB timeline. It seems like a more logical way to display the typical FB information, and I like seeing the pictures people have chosen as their cover photos --I mean, just look at Jen on the Edge's cover photo! I could look at that all day.

    Blogger --I'm such a novice user I don't even know if I'm using a new or old format :-)

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  13. Amen, amen, AMEN, sister!! I refuse to switch to the Facebook Timeline, I don't like the new Blogger, and it makes me INSANE that people's phones are glued to their hands. It's really, super, ridiculously rampant, naturally, among the college students with whom I now spend so much time, but it's also really bad among my friends. I very consciously leave my phone in my purse whenever we get together - not that anyone would notice...since they are looking at their phones and not at me.

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  14. I have to wonder who or what or why Facebook switched to that completely inane format...? Who decided that the brain could gulp down information in this fashion? I have tried and tried and tried to like it, because it seems everyone I know on FB has switched. But? I haven't I'm a rebel like that. Uh, no I'm not, I just refuse to make my brain interested in this method of reading, digesting, looking at, my friends info. Left to right, and back again, I get bored in about 3 seconds flat. My mind drifts....hmm, what was that you said? I end up just clicking it off. I know about those asinine sneaky ass stories that say if you want to read this, you have to convert to timeline. I say, uh, no I don't think so. You lost me at hello. My mind then drifts, like so many fall leaves....to wonder---whoever the hell was in charge of this fb conversion, was it to make us stop compulsively checking our FB's like every 3 seconds? Because, it's working. For me. I'm not on there as much anymore. It's becoming a snore, and I was the one who was so damn excited to start finding all my childhood, elementary school, and high school friends on there 5 short years ago! I was the FB cheerleader! Come on people, join! let's talk! photos!!!!!! Yeah, not so much. but what else is there? Facebook is ruling the world, and I want off.

    I really do wonder if this timeline shitola is to make the billions start leaping off the ship. Only the diehards that make themselves "like" it, stay, but not so much, and not so long. That's my theory and I"m sticking to it. ---Julie (anonymous because I can't remember my google account password)

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  15. I'm a FB holdout too!!! We should have a support group.
    I despise when people are on their cell phones around me. ESPECIALLY if we're at a meal together. AND ESPECIALLY SO if I'm actually talking to you!!! I usually just trail off and stop talking, then let them know I will wait. The only time you need to touch your phone is if you are going to show me a funny picture you took with it.
    I'm bucky with you!!

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  16. I converted to the FB timeline way back in November and I'm fine with it. I do have a very simple cell phone. I know if I had one that did more I would be on it all the time. I agree with the laptop, I close it when I'm not using it so I'm not tempted to look at it all the time.

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  17. Neh, you're not getting old. It is annoying. On Lola's birthday the internet was down. It took me a few minutes and then I resigned and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I have gotten used already to the new timeline, the new dashboard, and whatever upgrade they throw at us. One of these days they'll annoy me to the point of deleting my account but not yet. The pros outweigh the cons. Still.

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  18. I'm irritated by Blogger's timing. If they'd waited until June, I'd be in my new domain and using WordPress. Now I have to learn the new Blogger dashboard in order to leave it behind!

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  19. Oh gosh, where to start? Well, you pretty much summed up all my feelings about this stuff. I hate Facebook and don't use it because they think they own you. Twitter makes no sense to me. Gmail ads are a nuisance. But of all these sorts of things what is really the most irksome to me is the people who can't be with you fully because they have to also be with whoever is on the other end of their device(s). I don't get that. Blogger doesn't bother me so much in comparison.

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  20. First off, I agree with you 100% on ALL of it. There are some days I'm just sad that cell phones and the internet were even invented. I feel like as much as people think they are able to connect with people better in reality no one is connected at all anymore. Sad. :(
    Second, I still use my landline, have a dumb phone, have my laptop on my desk (and it rarely ever leaves the desk), and pretty much never go on Facebook just to be bucky. So, I'm with ya. Sometimes it does make me feel like I'm 90 years old though. ;)
    Third, if you want to go back to the old Blogger you can. Go to your dashboard and on the right hand side there is a little tool cog for Blogger options. Left click on it and a ladder comes down. Choose- Old Blogger Interface. That should take care of it. :)

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  21. I try to be present with people, but there is no way I could do my job without a smartphone. I do know when to put it down though and do choose to take breaks from it in my off time. Which is not to say I don't still use it a lot.

    I hate the new timeline. Hate it.

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  22. I soooo know what you're saying. I liked my routine on blogger. Now I have to think about what the heck I'm doing and what the heck I'm saying :(

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  23. i hear you on the constant need to check texts/emails via blackberry or iphone. Everybody does it, but I still think it's rude. I don't own a smartphone and use my cell minimally. I do like the facebook timeline though and I've come to accept blogger's new format.

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  24. I feel bucky about it a bit too, but it is what it is.

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Spill it, reader.