Robert Nason's Culture Café

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:10 pm

It is good for getting the word out.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby AndrewR » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:47 pm

Ezra,

When all of my friends were mostly local Facebook was fun for me, but not really necessary. Now that we've moved away from everyone. Facebook has become a very good way to stay connected and in touch. I communicate with friends and family more and it's made it easy to share with everyone. I have friends overseas that I can easily stay in touch with and it's more convenient than phone or snail mail. Twitter serves a similar purpose, as does Instagram. What those tools are really good for (as far as I'm concerned) are for networking with communities of like minded individuals. Twitter especially has put me in contact with photographers, museum curators, art editors, etc., that I would not have been exposed to otherwise.

Social media can be a wonderful tool as long as you understand its weaknesses and don't get too emotionally attached to the medium.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby AndrewR » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:48 pm

FrankChurch wrote:It is good for getting the word out.


That's what megaphones and newspapers are for... :roll:
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:45 am

Gaza citizens used it so there.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Ezra Lb. » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:34 pm

What about Skype? Anybody do Skype? I have a friend working in europe who wants me to do Skype with her (make up your own joke).
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby AndrewR » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:25 pm

Ezra Lb. wrote:What about Skype? Anybody do Skype? I have a friend working in europe who wants me to do Skype with her (make up your own joke).


Depends. I didn't include Skype because it's really just a telephone replacement (though you can do video as well as audio). We ocassionally use it to communicate with our non-Apple enabled friends. We use Apple's FaceTime with friends and family whenever possible.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Lori Koonce » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:09 am

Ezra

If you and your friend both use Skype, it's a cheap way to stay in touch. Skype to Skype calls are free and can be done anywhere you can get online. The video aspect is what your friend is probably interested in. It is nice to have a face to look at while talking. You miss the familiar when your far from home sometimes.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Ezra Lb. » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:03 pm

What about privacy? I understand there was some unpleasantness a while back with the NSA and at some point they were discovered in bed with the Chinese.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:07 pm

The NSA does not sleep.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby AndrewR » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:42 pm

Ezra Lb. wrote:What about privacy? I understand there was some unpleasantness a while back with the NSA and at some point they were discovered in bed with the Chinese.


I can't imagine that it's less secure than a standard landline. If anything, it's probably more secure (though nothing is going to offer 100% security). Cellphone data, email, landline are much easier to decrypt and tap. VOIP (Voice Over IP) by its very nature offers a bit more security than analog communications. Again, not "tap proof", but it takes a lot more horsepower and man hours to hack.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby AndrewR » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:44 pm

FrankChurch wrote:The NSA does not sleep.


Yes they do. Alternate Tuesdays. Didn't you get the memo?
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Ezra Lb. » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:38 pm

Well I understand the big corps are in a difficult situation with our government on security issues but to knowingly aid and abet foreign governments to oppress and enslave their own people is nasty and unforgivable.


An interesting "infographic" on why readers still prefer paper to e-reading.

http://electricliterature.com/infograph ... fer-paper/

I have no objection to the idea of technology like the Kindle. It's kinda cool to be able to have a little plastic wafer containing volumes of material. As our environmental crisis deepens it may even become necessary. My problem with it is tactile and ergonomic. I find it awkward and uncomfortable to hold a flat card and read for any length of time. And no matter the improvements to the display it still feels like reading off the TV. On the other hand I have a good friend who has become a complete convert to e-reading. More power to her. No Luddite I.

It's just that the book is such a damn wonderful piece of technology. Versatile and efficient. Apparently not so easy to replace. It's not like downloading music at all. The CD is a deplorable piece of technology. Glad to be rid of it.
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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:00 am

I like CDs.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:36 am

Records have a warmer sound. The comeback of albums is pretty amazing.

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Re: Robert Nason's Culture Café

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:36 am

Prince has complete control of all his master tapes. I bet you blokes love that.


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