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Just in case anyone’s interested…

…I’m actually on Facebook. So are Val Jones , David Kroll, Peter Lipson, and Steve Novella.

In any case, feel free to check it out and, if you’re interested, leave a note on my wall, that of my co-bloggers, or send us a friend request. Being somewhat new at this whole Facebook thing, I note with some amusement that, in a moment when I was in an unusually perverse mood, I sent Dr. Jay Gordon a friend request, and he actually confirmed it.

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15 thoughts on “Just in case anyone’s interested…

  1. Mark Crislip says:

    Things I do not get that mark me as old old old:

    hip hop
    tat’s
    square black glasses
    shaved heads if you are not allready bald
    text messaging
    and

    facebook

    but then, I guess I really do deserve that AARP card

  2. Chris says:

    Dr. C, you forgot one other thing:

    Twitter.

    (by the way I am also over 50, at least I know it exists… from listening to NPR’s Science Friday — where they twitter and do Second Life, which I also don’t do)

  3. David Gorski says:

    Actually, I do Twitter, but under my other guise. I don’t know if I could deal with two Twitter feeds.

  4. David Gorski says:

    Things I do not get that mark me as old old old:

    hip hop
    tat’s
    square black glasses
    shaved heads if you are not allready bald
    text messaging
    and

    facebook

    but then, I guess I really do deserve that AARP card

    Actually, I’m only four years from that AARP card.

    In any case I go through phases. Sometimes a long time goes by and I don’t bother to log into Facebook, and then sometimes I get really active on it. Mood swings, I guess. In any case, you should try setting up a page. It’s a way to build up your podcast listenership.

    As for text messaging, I used to think it was the tool of the devil, but I’ve come to accept its utility in some circumstances. I now have a plan that allows me something like 30 free texts a month. I’ve never gone over that. I’ve never come close to going over that. I still don’t understand why some kids will text each other when they are in the same room, though.

  5. I don’t know what

    Twitter
    Tat’s
    Second Life

    are.

    I do know what a shaved head if you are mostly bald is. It beats a co-mo-vah and it’s real cheap. Still, they look good on black guys but not so much on ofays.

    I totally get hip hop: it’s the clue that wunna my kids was the last to drive the car and the cue to change the station and turn down the volume aysap.

    I hadn’t really noticed square black glasses until Sarah Palin, except that Buddy Holly had’em, but I admit that they look pretty good on Tina Fey.

    I don’t know why anyone would want to “text message” but I’m all for it if it means having to suffer one side of other people’s phone calls a little less.

    I gotta $30 discount at La Quinta hotel in Manhattan a few years ago by flashing my AARP card. That was a kick.

    I’ve heard of facebook but I thought it was for kids. If I ever did it Mark Crislip would be wunna my first “friend requests.” If I said that right.

  6. marilynmann says:

    There is an application on Facebook called NetworkedBlogs. This blog is on it.

    I’m 53 and I’m on Facebook. It’s a way to reconnect with people you went to high school with and other old friends. It’s also a way to network with other skeptics/bloggers/etc.

    One of the main things I use FB for is to post interesting news stories or blog posts, including posts from this blog and other skeptical blogs. When you post something all your friends see it in their news feed and can leave comments if they wish.

    The “News Wall” page on NetworkedBlogs is useful because you can see all the blogs you are following on one page and whether there are new posts.

  7. Fifi says:

    “I still don’t understand why some kids will text each other when they are in the same room, though.”

    Because they can – it’s the equivalent of whispering or passing a note. You can comment on people in the room and they won’t know – typical teenage social politics kinda stuff.

    Shaved heads are the punk rock and technogeek answer to the combover. Yes, it’s true. However, it’s an embracing of baldness rather than an attempt to pretend one isn’t bald.

    Beards and moustaches are super in so the pendulum has swung vigorously back to hairy (incidentally, pubic hair has also made a comeback trend-wise). Great big scraggly beards, 70s style mos and the mountain man look have returned with a veangence in rock (it’s been going on for quite a while now but is only starting to hit the mainstream). DIY and survivalism are hot. Viva la revoluçion! ;-)

    Square black glasses = geek chic. Though they’re now mainstream, this look originated amongst techno geeks (as distinct from ravers, this is more of a minimal techno/new media art look than a rave one – though the two worlds crossover). Very big 70s style glasses are now in – prepare to feel like you’re at a convention of secretaries during the late 70s to early 80s as far as hipster fashion goes (lots of pastels, round toes shoes, and also fluro). It’s pretty much all that’s left in thrift stores and it’s aesthetically offense to many older people who still hide their photos from the era. There’s some bleedover into boarding fashion and the hairy rock look.

  8. Dacks says:

    JUST got a cell phone and I feel soo hip! At least, compared to my physics-researcher spouse who doesn’t know how to use it yet.

    Still can’t quite get facebook (even though I’m joined up): makes me feel uncomfortable to have everything be so public.

  9. marilynmann says:

    I sent David Kroll a friend request but he has not responded.

  10. khan says:

    I was already friends with three of you, have sent requests to the other two.

    I don’t get twitter; have a cell but don’t use it to text or access the web.

    I’m a retired programmer, seem to be one of the older people here (58), and have been posting since the Pleistocene (1990).

  11. Ooh, goody! More skeptics on Facebook! :)

  12. daedalus2u says:

    I have broken down and joined face book and by now am already friends with some of you.

    Making the connection from pseudonym to RL is not easy.

  13. khan says:

    >>I have broken down and joined face book and by now am already friends with some of you.

    Making the connection from pseudonym to RL is not easy.<<

    True that.

  14. djbell says:

    Dr. Gorski,

    A technical note, you may want to make a “Fan Page” for yourself if you want to compartmentalize true acquaintances and fans. You can only have 5000 (last time I checked) friends, but you can have as many fans as you want, and avoid your loving fans’ notices/spam.

    This is great for self-promotion, especially if you stream your articles/Twitters onto your Page.

  15. David Gorski says:

    Given that I only have around 300 friends, I don’t think I’m in any danger of surpassing 5,000 friends. Heck, PZ Myers doesn’t even have that many friends on Facebook, last time I checked.

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