After seeing today’s custom Google logo — a functioning version of Pac-Man — it reminded me of reading this book back when I was 14 and learning the patterns to “beat” the game. There were three patterns; the third, “Bazo’s Breaker”, began at the ninth screen and lasted until either you collapsed from the strain of executing it over and over again, or you hit the 256th “kill screen” where the game itself died.
So I went to Ebay and found this copy of the book, which I just bought for 12 bucks.

After seeing today’s custom Google logo — a functioning version of Pac-Man — it reminded me of reading this book back when I was 14 and learning the patterns to “beat” the game. There were three patterns; the third, “Bazo’s Breaker”, began at the ninth screen and lasted until either you collapsed from the strain of executing it over and over again, or you hit the 256th “kill screen” where the game itself died.

So I went to Ebay and found this copy of the book, which I just bought for 12 bucks.

Page 75, Generation X. Tonight I’ve spent about two straight hours assembling this.

Page 75, Generation X. Tonight I’ve spent about two straight hours assembling this.

I am really enjoying SXSW, but the wifi is pretty dodgy.

I am really enjoying SXSW, but the wifi is pretty dodgy.

Tweet summaries of danah boyd’s SXSW talk on “Privacy and Publicity”

greggyour: RT @dotRights: #danahboyd calls it dismantling contextual integrity = privacy violation.

mblafkin: #DanahBoyd basically saying: not worried about #privacy vs. sharing, but we ARE worried about the Worlds Colliding problem

hastac: RT @MobileBehavior: Just because people put things in public places, doesn’t mean they want them to be aggregated

namtrok: Personal (relationship based) vs Articulated vs Behavioral networks. (like location svcs) #danahboyd crossing those lines can cause issues

StaceyMonk: RT @rachelannyes: “People make information available in part to make themselves vulnerable.” That builds relationships

 greggyour: RT @mr_lbs: Personal (relationship based) vs Articulated vs Behavioral networks. (like location svcs)

JosephDickerson: RT @McClennan: It’s the technologists that say privacy is dead. Many consumers still share but crave obscurity

blakecannon: RT @hastac: “Early adopters are consistently surprised at how a community changes when it becomes mainstream

CauseGlobal: RT @amandafrench: Danah Boyd has been asking nontechie users what their privacy settings are: not one has actually got it right

dotRights: #danahboyd technologists use argument that privacy is dead in order to justify their desire to make more info public

elysa: RT @drkkolmes: Last Dec, 65% Facebook users made their info public when they selected new privacy changes

dgebler: Teens want to be seen online by peers, but they don’t want to be seen by people who have power over them… namely parent

rachelannyes: “Making something that is public more public is a violation of privacy.”

smc90: interesting: teen demographic more conscious of what they gain in public, adults more conscious of what they lose

greggyour: RT @mbjorn: RT @pgillin: FB is about communicating with the ppl you already know. Twitter has become a place people find an audience

ayatlin: RT @simonmainwaring: #SXSW #danahboyd In life, private by default, public by effort is normal. In social media its the opposite.

johnmjones: Reaction to trending topics during BET awards show how “not everyone is welcome in public spaces

dotRights: #danahboyd talks about those who CANNOT embrace a public-by-default world w/o fear (political, religious, racial minorities)

Beckland: #danahboyd has influence, therefore has control of her #sm presence. Marginalized people have the opposite response to #sm #sxsw #sxswi

joncamfield: RT @hastac: danah: “How public is your kids teacher allowed to be online?” Can s/he date, be perself, etc.

dotRights: public-by-default is not the great democratizer we would like it to be.

smc90: Technologies like Chatroulette blur boundaries between privacy & publicity - expect more such mashups

Beckland: #danahboyd “there is no algorithm to parse private vs public, and changes with each person and over time”

greggyour: RT @PARCinc: Technologists: when designing social systems, you’re moving from code to living systems. Must listen to users when changing

MediaFunders: RT @lizwinks: If you are talking to your kids about privacy DO NOT start w/ “back in my day”. Ask questions

customersmarket: Oxymoronic but true - bloggers and celebs put a lot of info out there to actually maintain more privacy. I know I do that!

hesnow: The paradoxical wisdom of Angela Jolie: the more she puts out in public, the more she can maintain privacy

From "Cicero's Tuscan Disputations"

  • V. A. To me death seems to be an evil.
  • M. What, to those who are al­ready dead? or to those who must die?
  • A. To both.
  • M. It is a mis­ery, then, be­cause an evil?
  • A. Cer­tain­ly.
  • M. Then those who have al­ready died, and those who have still got to die, are both mis­er­able?
  • A. So it ap­pears to me.
  • M. Then all are mis­er­able?
  • A. Ev­ery one.
One of the more interesting trends is family, which came in at number five. Specifically, discussion about family, moms, dads, daughters, etc. jumped during 2009. With Facebook users getting older, this isn’t a big surprise. However, the fact that the mention of “kids” jumped by a factor of five this year is rather dramatic. It’s tough to know what this means, though. (via Facebook Unveils Most-Mentioned Topics of 2009
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One of the more interesting trends is family, which came in at number five. Specifically, discussion about family, moms, dads, daughters, etc. jumped during 2009. With Facebook users getting older, this isn’t a big surprise. However, the fact that the mention of “kids” jumped by a factor of five this year is rather dramatic. It’s tough to know what this means, though. (via Facebook Unveils Most-Mentioned Topics of 2009

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BEYOND AWESOME. They are announcing a recall of the Plush Uterus “due to a potential choking hazard for children”. To apply for it, “Please send an email to the address below with the subject line, ‘UTERUS OPT OUT’”.

BEYOND AWESOME. They are announcing a recall of the Plush Uterus “due to a potential choking hazard for children”. To apply for it, “Please send an email to the address below with the subject line, ‘UTERUS OPT OUT’”.

"To order, please TYPE "YES" IN CHECKBOX BELOW TO AGREE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS PLUSH MUST BE KEPT AWAY FROM KIDS (it is a sex organ, after all). If it is not checked, WE WILL NOT SEND THE UTERUS.” (via @ibogost)

"To order, please TYPE "YES" IN CHECKBOX BELOW TO AGREE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS PLUSH MUST BE KEPT AWAY FROM KIDS (it is a sex organ, after all). If it is not checked, WE WILL NOT SEND THE UTERUS.” (via @ibogost)

The ascendacy of the “non-private person”

A fascinating short essay on Boing Boing:

Tiger Woods, described frequently as a “very private” person, was unable to keep his private life private. Why? Because he interacted with non-private people. The reason Kim Kardashian and the Jersey Shore denizens have risen to positions of prominence in popular culture is because they each epitomize the non-private person. They have nothing to hide, so nothing that becomes public knowledge can hurt them. Ms. Kardashian can be urinated on in a sex tape and actually be helped in terms of being a public figure. My own ability to be effective as a transgender rights activist is because there’s nothing anyone could expose about me that would deter me from my activism. That gives me enormous power over anonymous haters who vent their impotent fury at me to no avail. Their own fear of exposure (loss of privacy) is their greatest weakness.

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