Facebook Bait and Switch

I rarely use Facebook, and when I do I usually just check to see what my friends and family are up to. So, I completely missed a big change. A Facebook application I hadn’t really ever used, but had installed, called My Aquarium, got bought out.

The only reason I noticed this was because I suddenly was getting notices from an application called SpeedDate. According to the new owners they were “changing the focus and function” of the application.

I’m shocked Facebook allowed something like this. This is essentially an insanely ridiculous form of bait and switch. It’s like getting on a bus to go downtown and halfway there the driver announces that bus company was bought out and now the bus is a gym and you are now a member. It makes no sense.

Or as tardate put it “Kind of like if Microsoft came along and bought up Adobe then sent an email to all Photoshop users saying they must all upgrade to Excel. Can you imagine the consumer revolt that would cause?”

All said, I think this is really bad for Facebook, as it hurts the site’s credibility.


Huckabee is a Dink

Republican Mike Huckabee visited NH yesterday (02/10/07) to try to get something going for his 2008 presidential campaign. He is one of the many politicians confused by gay marriage. An Associated Press article said of his visit to New Hampshire:

The former Arkansas governor, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, said heterosexual marriages face enough challenges without adding new configurations to the mix.

It would take a terribly confused (and lets be honest, dumb) heterosexual to become even slightly challenged by this “new configuration.” What everyone against gay marriage needs to realize is that it isn’t up to them and it doesn’t affect them. If your child is going to be gay he will be gay even if you make homosexuality illegal. What’s more, no one will say, “hey, I have a boyfriend and I am a woman who wants to get married… which configuration do I choose? I sure wish someone had made this easier to figure out.”

Huckabee also said that “people have a right to decide how they live their lives,” but apparently that doesn’t mean being gay and deciding to get married or adopt children. The absolute hollowness of that phrase is almost funny if it wasn’t so disturbing. Is this a man to even consider as a possible president?

One can not say they are for a ban on gay marriage and love freedom without revealing tragic hypocrisy. Today we look back and feel slight shame that our forefathers called all men equal while building a country with slaves. Future generations will look back at us with that same sad feeling. Yes, our forefathers did great things, and so will we, but that does not liberate us from our own small mindedness.


Congratulations State Sen. Scott Brown

Good old Wrentham, MA must be totally psyched that he is a bonehead! Seriously folks I have to hand it to this homophobic republican. At an assembly at the King Philip Regional High School Brown read some comments that students of that school had made about him on facebook, many of which contained profanity. Why did he think this was okay? Apparently Brown thinks that since some students wrote messages with profanity he could attack the entire student body with the very same profanity that outraged him.

The sad part is that he called what the students said hate speech, yet he fails to see the hate involved in his vote for the MA constitution to ban gay marriage. Kids aren’t as slimy, so they can’t hide their anger or hate, but it is clear that Sen. Brown has trouble with that too every now and again.