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Why do I feel guilty that I’ve joined Facebook? Why does it feel like it’s taken over my on-line life? I’ve been stripped down to tiny comments and links but I wonder if my content there is probably similar to what I was posting here? I’ve rarely updated my blog since joining. I feel guilty about that, too.

I do like the fact that I can keep tabs on my relatives so easily. I used to feel so isolated and detached from them but now I’m more aware of them on a daily/weekly basis rather than the just the yearly cards at Christmas.

Perhaps it comes down to quality versus quantity. I feel compelled to post something of relative substance on the blog but I revel in the amount of cosy, if inane, chatter on Facebook.

Do I really have enough to say that it’s worth saying to everyone or should I limit myself to my 23 Facebook friends?

I will make an effort to continue both for a while. Please comment if you have thoughts on the matter.

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National Portrait Gallery | Face to Face blog

I admit I’m not in the loop at work. I go in, do my job, I go home. I tend to ignore the other stuff. As a result I miss things, too. This is one thing I missed. The National Portrait Gallery has a blog called Face to Face which updates the public on events. It’s a pretty good blog, too.

Today, there was a truly special event – the unveiling of the portraits of the president and first lady. It’s the first time that a sitting president has had a portrait added to the collection for permanent display. I’m not going to comment on the portraits themselves since that’s not the focus of this entry. Draw your own conclusions. ‘Nuf said.

Anyway, check out the Face to Face blog. That’s the good thing for today.

I was hard pressed to find something good today and feel lucky that I stumbled upon this so late in the day. Whew.

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Bloggers who risked all to reveal the junta’s brutal crackdown in Burma – Times Online

The realities of political oppression made life difficult. A blogger who posted a photograph of a demonstration found herself arrested, questioned and her computer seized.

On domestic blogs, they were able to express themselves only indirectly. The blogger nicknamed Sun, for example, posted quotations from a famous Burmese memoir of the Japanese occupation during the Second World War, full of observations about how to live with dignity under a brutal regime.

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The regime responded, first by blocking individual Burmese blogs, then, last Wednesday, by blocking all of them. But the overseas sites were beyond its reach, so on Friday it switched off the internet altogether. Now e-mails can be sent only within Burma; the only pages that web browsers can view are those of the official websites.

The only solution now would be to dial up ISPs overseas but the cost of international calls makes this prohibitive. As Superman puts it: “Now Burma is like the Stone Age.”

You can watch it from the TV but these people are living with the oppression in Burma and taking the risk of reporting it to the world. I admire their tenacity and bravery.

They make the rest of us look trivial – and we are.

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The Twitter service invites you to publicly answer the question,

NPR : What Are You Doing? Twitter Offers a Megaphone

I was catching up on my podcast subscriptions and finally heard a recent NPR Story of the Day broadcast about Twitter. It’s kind of like a real-time blog space where a cacophony of people are constantly messaging their life doings in moment-by-moment bits. Isn’t there enough navel-gazing in blogging?

I’m certain my disapproval comes from not being a person who uses text messaging. I have enough arthritis in my hands without adding to it through unnecessary IMs.

It strikes me that at the heart of Twitter is the word “twit”. Say no more.

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Tech news blog – Bloggers and podcasters get their own magazine | CNET News.com

I find it hard to imagine anyone that blogs or has a podcast would shell out $79 per year for a magazine about blogging or podcasting. Both are free (or relatively free) methods of communication so why would I pay $79 per year (incredible!) to read about stuff I can find for free on the ‘net? Sheesh!

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