Friday, December 31, 2010

Last post of 2010

Let's say someone you don't really know, perhaps a co-worker asks you the most feared question of our century: Are you on Facebook?

Now, keep in mind that you don't want to give this person access to know everything about you. And of course, you don't want them to read your deep and insightful status updates, such as "I love frosted flakes." This is a serious thing. But then again, you have to see this co-worker everyday.

What do you do? You can't say you don't have one, because they can look you up by name.

So what you do?

This a very difficult subject. Experts will debate about it for decades.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A little announcement

Hi there, I know I haven't written in a while. And yes, this sounds like the typical opening post of the person who will never write on their blog again, but it's not. I may take a little break from Little Comment, but pretty soon, in early January, I will take on a project that will have me writing everyday!

No, I can't tell you what it is yet, but it'll be real fun. And you can tell your friends! But don't tell them yet, I need to write first. Thank you!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Long live Christmas!

I love Christmas. I mean, who doesn't? (besides the people who don't celebrate it, but that's their loss) It's such a wonderful and joyous time. Of course, the main thing of Christmas is, Christ. I mean, his name is included in the celebration.

As we know, it is politically incorrect nowadays to say "Merry Christmas" at work, or in school I suppose. But that doesn't stop me from saying "Merry Christmas" to people, no matter what venue I may be in. Doesn't free speech count for something anymore?

I know this may seem silly now, but in the direction that the world is going, I don't discard the possibility of that phrase being illegal in the future. And even if that were to happen in my lifetime, I would never stop saying it, and I would never stop telling people about Jesus Christ.

And if they were to get rid of all "Christmas" things and replace them with "Happy Holidays," then they will have a hard time eliminating all the classic songs. There will be no, "We wish you a Merry Christmas," and "White Christmas," and I would be out of songs to sing all year-long. Yes, I sing Christmas songs at any time of the year. Just ask my wife. She knows. Go ahead, ask her.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Moveable Feast

There are certain books that you read that forever stay with you. No matter how much time passes, you can always quote certain parts and the mere thought of reading it again brings pleasure. For me, one of those books is A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.

Perhaps I like it so much because it's about a writer in Paris. It's a short memoir written by Hemingway about his time in this magical city. Isn't that the dream of every writer? To live in Paris, to talk about poetry and politics in a cafĂ©, to walk the ancient streets with  joei de vivre, to fall in love with the City of Lights?

That's the dream of this writer. Maybe that's why I love the ending of this book so much.

“There was never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed… Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”

Friday, December 3, 2010

Facebook vs Google

My interest in social media, especially the giants, has grown recently. So, I'll certainly share news and curiosities on here.

Turns out that Google and Facebook do not get along. Part of it maybe that about 10 percent of former Google employees have switched to Facebook. In the latest development of this saga, Google is banning Facebook from automatically importing Gmail data.

According to Google officials, they are only trying to match Facebook's practices. As it turns out, Facebook is more strict on privacy matters. Facebook only allows companies that have cut deals with them to import their data. Microsoft and Yahoo are examples of such companies.

A Google spokesperson told eWEEK, "It's important that when we automate the transfer of contacts to another service, users have some certainty that the new service meets a baseline standard of data portability. We hope that reciprocity will be an important step towards creating a world of true data liberation--and that this move will encourage other websites to allow users to automate the export of their contacts as well."

As you can see, the two Goliath's of social media don't get along too well. It's all about growth and revenue. As Facebook is increasing in popularity, Google is trying to slow it down. Some say that part of the reason is to give Google enough time to launch their own social network. The code name for such network? Google Me.

Ironically, that was one of my options for the name of this blog. Go figure.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Israel/Elena Project

Okay, so I'm about to admit something that no man in the history of the world has admitted before, last night I saw Julie & Julia with my wife...and I really liked it! Perhaps it has to do with the fact that in a way, the movie is about writing. And very much of my liking is because of Meryl Streep's excellent acting!

Julia Childs seemed to be a very cool lady. She was always in a good mood and never let anything bring her down. She's like a giant care bear that you'd desperately want to hug because she smells really nice. Her marriage seemed to be very happy, despite the fact that she married kind of late in her life. Whenever she felt a bit down, her husband encouraged her and vice cersa. This reminds me a lot of my wife and I. We always support and encourage each other.

I love you honey!

After the movie, we watched a little part of "The French Chef" with Julia Childs. (Working in a library has many perks). And the real life Julia was just like the one Streep portrayed in the movie.

I really didn't like Julie Powell much. I wish the movie would have been more about Julia Childs. How about that Hollywood? How about making a movie on the life of Julia Childs? I would certainly go watch it on opening day!!

Bon Appetit!