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As most of you no doubt have heard, Facebook
founder Mark Zuckerberg was recently married.
Preparations for the ceremony were kept tightly
under wraps, and measures were taken to
protect the privacy of those who attended.
What incredible irony is this, that Mr.
Zuckerberg and company should be entitled to
privacy whenever they want it, while the rest
of us must suffer our personal information to
be harvested like so much ripe fruit?
Facebook’s data gathering tactics can be
somewhat circumvented, but not everyone knows
how. Some would suggest abstinence from
Facebook services, but really, that’s not quite
enough. It takes a bit of effort, and a fair
amount of irritation. But even then, who’s to
confirm that we’ve really got all our bases
covered in the fight for privacy? Newer and
more clandestine methods of surveilling end-user
activity always seem to turn up after already
having been active for some time. So when
someone shows he actually believes in privacy,
yet still, for all intents and purposes, forces
divulgence upon others, is that not hypocrisy?

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Awarded an Award

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

My first ever blog award was given to me a few days ago by Alexis from Bunny Ears & Bat Wings. As per the terms of the award, I submit the following.

 
1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.

Thanks for thinking of this blog, Alexis!

 
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

  • I like sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humour.
  • I taught myself to touch type in my early teens by removing and mixing up all the keys on my keyboard.
  • I’ve played all the games in the King’s Quest series except KQ7: The Princeless Bride.
  • I accidentally wasted the Master Ball on a Venonat. (Years ago. I don’t still play or anything. Really.)
  • I wish I was as tough as those guys you hear in the distance red-lining their engines and squealing their tires.
  • My favourite movie is The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel.
  • Though I’ve never been told, I consider myself to be occasionally (though unintentionally) pedantic and pretentious, correcting the grammar of friends and family in conversation, answering Jeopardy! questions out loud, laughing during Frasier, and using roman numerals where they aren’t necessarily needed.

 
3. Pass the award along to 15 deserving blog buddies.

In the words of a certain robot from Futurama: “Like most of life’s problems, this one can be solved with bending.”  . . . the rules, that is. I’m afraid I’m going to have to make 15 a running total, as I really can’t think of that many blogs of which I’m a dedicated reader. But for now, I’ll send the award along to these:

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Out of the Woods
Yikici
Just Rambling…

 
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

Alright.

 
On a related note (let me just put on my lab coat and glasses): I briefly attempted to trace the origins of the Irresistibly Sweet award. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat chain letteresque, and you don’t have to do much math to know that 15 people sending to 15 people, and so on is a lot of awards. So, I was unable (read: too lazy) to find the award’s creator.

However! I did make an interesting discovery. And that is that the award seems to have mutated over time, resulting in several different “strains”, if you will. I’ve put them in the order in which I imagine them changing.

On Strain #4, we’re actually lucky enough to have caught a mutation in progress! You only have to trace it one level to the previous recipient to see it change.

  Link Back Facts Send To Congratulate Image
Strain 1 No 0 15 No Cake
Strain 2 No 4 guilty pleasures 6 No Cake
Strain 3 Yes 7 10 No Cake
Strain 4 Yes 7 10 Yes Cake/Ice cream
Strain 5 (this award) Yes 7 15 Yes Cake
Strain 6 Yes 7 15 Yes Doughnuts

 
Image credit: Whoever created the award

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