I've tried writing a few blog posts over the last few weeks, but my brain has not been able to create anything interesting and blogworthy. So here are a few recent posts to other places.
It's been hard to take photos over the last few months due to my continuing depression and lack of routine. I haven't gone anywhere new and I'm not really seeing those "special" things in the commonplace like I would if I felt better.
Nonetheless, here are a few photos I've posted to social media over the last couple months.
I also created a jeffnords profile for Playstation, signed up for DeviantArt and DailyMotion, and signed up for businessorpleasure.ca, hoping to make it the centre of a future project. I don't expect to use DailyMotion and DeviantArt often, if at all, but it's nice to have them on hand in case I ever need them.
An article over at CBC titled "Facebook says it will be 'all video' in 5 years as people abandon text" caught my attention recently. In it, Lauren O'Neil describes comments made by "Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa," who claimed that users of Facebook are moving away from text. Mendelsohn says,
"The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video," she continued. "It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information."
I get this. The ability to say so many words in 30 seconds is one of the factors that led to the gradual creation my "30 Second Twitter Rants," In 30 seconds I can create a long, clause-laden sentence and fill it with inflection and gusto.
Also, it's easier to upload video to the Internet than it is to upload basic audio. Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube all support video, but not mere audio. Since it's easier to upload video to these social networking sites, it's no surprise that video is growing more dominant.
Not to mention how easy it is to make video content today. Anyone can do it. It's not even worth linking to video-makers as an example because this has become such an obvious fact.
But video has some severe limitations inherent in its format:
And for someone like myself who's barely on Facebook in the first place, I guess it doesn't matter what Zuck and co. do anyhow.
In order to maintain my monopoly over as many "jeffnords" as possible at major social networking sites, I've signed up for Flickr and Pinterest. I don't expect to use them very often, but they both allow embedding, so we'll see.
I've also highlighted in bold my primary social networking links (on the right-hand column) right now. Since my music has been on the backburner, I haven't been on Soundcloud or Bandcamp very often. But hopefully this coming summer will change some of that.
Although there are other coincidences for today, this one's interesting:
The "memories" ad on Facebook is funny because all of the photos have been posted by other people. If it had given me an analogous ad a few years ago, it would have shown numerous photos that I've taken myself. But there's Facebook saying "Thanks for being part of the community for 9 years," and none of those images show that I've taken part, myself, at all.
And by sending that "Comprehensive Exam Paper," I hope to put a cap on one of the last times when I'll do something I'm not very passionate about. I joined that Leadership program largely in order to increase my paycheque, but not really because I "really wanted to." Although I may have built up some grit and resilience in the process, it's certainly come at a price: my marriage is a mess; I've isolated my friends; I'm not as effective in the classroom as I once was; I haven't written a song in years; I'm both numb and miserable at the same time.
In either case, this is new-leaf-turning-over-time. I have time on my weekends again for the first time in years. I have few friends who have any expectations of me.
And I don't have any more excuses avoid anything.
This summer will be important. I will read; I will relax; I will try to shape my mind a little. I've been looking into going overseas again, perhaps teaching in China or the Middle East for September of 2017. My Master's degree will be a good marketing tool. But I have no idea where I will be in September 2016.
And that's OK.
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