Daily Archives: Tuesday, 16-Oct-2012

An Explanation

I am back to writing on this weblog. My intention is to go back to my roots of commenting on cool links I find (at least I think they are cool) on a daily basis and try to drop in an essay on things I’ve been thinking about weekly. Facebook had drawn me away because that is really where my friends and family were now hanging out.

I have no problem with that but I do have a problem with what I allowed it to do to my writing. Basically, none of it was happening on my website. All the content was on Facebook. That’s going to change, it’s all going to be here now and then copied to Facebook.

That use to happen automatically but FB broke discontinued allowing notes to be posted from off site. But now they allow a posting of links that can also include a very large section of text through an API that shouldn’t go away. So whatever I post here now gets a link thrown into FB with as much of the content as it will take so usually my whole post gets copied over.

The only problem is that the links used inside my posts don’t get automatically hyperlinked to the text. So I add those links as URLs at the bottom of the posts. But there is also a link back here to the posts so if you want it like I wrote it you can follow that here.

I’m hoping some of the conversation goes on here but commenting on the article on FB is fine also.

Anyway, that’s why my Facebook posts now look like they look and why I’m back to writing more here now.

We’re big in bicycling: Hoboken becomes NJ’s only designated bike-friendly & walk-friendly community | NJ.com

New Jersey finally has a bike-friendly designated city. Congratulations, citizens of Hoboken. Y’all are doing something good.

In 2011, Hoboken was named a Gold Walk Friendly community, and this new designation makes Hoboken the only designated bike-friendly and walk-friendly city in New Jersey.

In the past three years, the City of Hoboken has installed 8 miles of new bike lanes covering 25% of the City’s street miles, nearly doubled bicycle parking capacity, retrofitted old parking meters as bike racks, started a bike rack sponsorship program for residents and businesses, and installed its first public bike repair station.

via We’re big in bicycling: Hoboken becomes NJ’s only designated bike-friendly & walk-friendly community | NJ.com.

You really need to read the entire article. Hoboken has done some impressive stuff.

URL: http://blog.nj.com/nj_off-road_biking/2012/10/were_big_in_bicycling_hoboken_becomes_njs_only_designated_bike-friendly_walk-friendly_community.html

Overview | Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Research people have come to a startling conclusion based on results from a recent survey. The people who post the most political material on Social Network Sites (SNS) are at the extreme of the political spectrum. Imagine that.

They also found that some of us have blocked or unfriended people over political discussions.

The survey did find that a portion of SNS users have assessed some relationships based on political material that is posted on the sites. Some 18% of social networking site users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone for at least one of the following reasons:

10% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone because that person posted too frequently about political subjects

9% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone because they posted something about politics or issues that they disagreed with or found offensive

8% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone because they argued about political issues on the site with the user or someone the user knows

5% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone because they posted something about politics that the user worried would offend other friends

4% of SNS users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone because they disagreed with something the user posted about politics

When they shun others based on political content, it is most often a distant friend or acquaintance, rather than a close friend or family member. But roughly a third of those who have ended contact on SNS say a family member or close friend was involved.

via Overview | Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Let me put some of you at ease. Usually, the more I disagree with you he better I like discussing things with you. Not that I don’t like conversations with those of you I agree with, it’s just that I don’t learn as much from y’all as I do from the one’s I disagree with.

URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Social-networking-and-politics/Summary-of-findings.aspx

Electoral Dark Matter

Astrophysicists, years ago, noticed that there was a discrepancy in the way the universe acted and the way it was suppose to act based on the laws of gravity. They weren’t detecting enough mass in the galaxies to explain their movement. This led to a hypothesis that these galaxies, and the universe, contained a great deal of “dark matter,” matter that couldn’t be detected but was out there and we could detect the influence of it.

This country is made up of a great deal of space with large and medium sized population centers spread out across the country. Most of our media comes from the large population areas with some coming from the medium sized population areas. Little attention is paid to the small and tiny population areas and even less to the people living out on their own away from any size of population center. Yet these people vote and together they make up a great deal of the voting population. I call them electoral dark matter.

There is a very good indication that the electoral dark matter is going to make itself heard in the upcoming national election and by and far this electoral dark matter is conservative. Recent polling shows just how conservative.

The random cellphone and land line poll of 600 likely rural voters in nine battleground states Oct. 9-11 has Romney at 59 percent among the survey’s respondents. Obama’s support is now down to 37 percent among rural battleground voters, a plunge of 10 points from the actual rural vote in those states four years ago.

via Poll: Romney Opens Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties : NPR.

It’s the swing states that determine elections, they say. If what they say is correct we can expect to see this election turn out a lot different than what those of us in the larger population centers are getting a feeling for. See, even in the conservative area I live in I’m hearing pretty much a split between Obama and Romney. Move out away from the population, though, and its all conservatives just wanting to get Obama out of office.

URL: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/16/162979856/poll-romney-near-landslide-in-rural-swing-counties