Daily Archives: April 1, 2013

The problem with twitter (and facebook (and wordpress))

The problem with twitter is that it isn’t more like facebook.
And the problem with facebook is that it isn’t more like twitter.
And the problem with wordpress is that it isn’t more like facebook and twitter.

By which I mean:

Facebook is annoying because:
– images are big now and everyone has figured out that the clever way to advertise their website is to put a clever saying in an image which is now huge and I have to scroll like mad now to read anything. I mean, I am guilty of sharing these sometimes, but will resist now I think. I usually hide article previews too.
– It’s not open

Twitter is annoying because:
– It’s a river (vs folders like is an option in RSS reader) so you can’t easily do things like group feeds, click to read one person (or one cluster) when you want to, etc. I know you can click (TWICE!) to read more from a person, but come on!
– It’s suggesting celebs to subscribe to. Uh, no.
– I pretty much totally hate URL compressor things since I can’t tell if I am interested cause the website name is hidden
– I am sorry but I am not conversing with you there
– hashtags are ugly and painful and useless unless it is a niche.
– It’s not open

WordPress is annoying because:
– It’s slow
– It doesn’t do nice/automatic previews of articles when you paste them in
– It’s slow
– All my friends aren’t there
– I can’t easily protect posts by friendship

The future:
– Might bring some open way of doing things like all of the above but in an open “internet standards” sort of way.
– simpler but also maybe more modular/programmable
— examples of tiny evidence of hope:
—– RSS
—– Dave Winer’s littleoutliner.com (see http://scripting.com/) is a sign (I hope) of things to come.
—– https://ifttt.com/
—– flickr.com API and APIs in general
—– bootstrap, and responsive design / HTML5
—– some google tools (books, forms) seem hopeful, but I won’t count on them now that I see that Google just close things down (ala Google Reader)

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Red#40 should be banned

“In Europe, Allura Red AC is not recommended for consumption by children. It is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland, and was also banned in Sweden until the country joined the European Union in 1994. The European Union approves Allura Red AC as a food colorant, but EU countries’ local laws banning food colorants are preserved.”
FROM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allura_Red_AC#Potential_behavioral_effects

Add to that Yellow#5 and Yellow#6.

All three of these artifical colorings have been implicated in:

McCann D, Barrett A, Cooper A, et al. (November 2007). “Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial”. Lancet 370 (9598): 1560–7. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61306-3. PMID 17825405.
LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17825405

Food coloring, or color additive
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_coloring#Current_seven

My take on this is that, like with lots of different things, some people are fine with it, some people are not so fine, and some are really bad and must avoid completely. For example… here’s a quote I read:

“We cannot do Red 40 at all in our house. When our four year old has even the smallest amount it leads to diarrhea, mood swings, hyper activity, stuttering, night terrors, and it is a trigger for her absence seizures. When our two year old has even the smallest amount it leads to hyper activity, and full body hives. We have had to eliminate it entirely from our home and that includes things like medicine, toothpaste, and lip gloss even. I will never forget when our two year old licked some pink girlie lip gloss and got a rash on her face that made her look like the joker.”

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