a structural conceit for binding together

the door is hereWe are not talking here about the kind of notebook that is patently for public consumption, a structural conceit for binding together a series of graceful pensées; we are talking about something private, about bits of the mind’s string too short to use, an indiscriminate and erratic assemblage with meaning only for its maker.” – Joan Didion

It ain’t about how hard you hit.

It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done… not pointing fingers saying “you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”

– Rocky

Super-logoff as a sort of car-alarm for your FB page

From danah boyd – another very interesting observation on teen behavior in social media.

Mikalah uses Facebook but when she goes to log out, she deactivates her Facebook account. She knows that this doesn’t delete the account – that’s the point. She knows that when she logs back in, she’ll be able to reactivate the account and have all of her friend connections back. But when she’s not logged in, no one can post messages on her wall or send her messages privately or browse her content. But when she’s logged in, they can do all of that. And she can delete anything that she doesn’t like. Michael Ducker calls this practice “super-logoff” when he noticed a group of gay male adults doing the exact same thing.

Mikalah is not trying to get rid of her data or piss of her friends. And she’s not. What she’s trying to do is minimize risk when she’s not present to actually address it. (more)

Super-logoff as a sort of car-alarm for your FB page. Leave it alone when I’m not in it. I like that. Although I find it very unlikely that FB will implement that as a feature given they make more money when you DO show up in search. (via April/thisisnotapril)

deception

Researchers found that people assigned to be “buyers” respond to the situation in one of three ways: there’s the incrementalist, who consistently applies the same percentage to the known value – such as 1/2 or 1/3 – and is honest with price suggestions. There are the conservatives, whose suggestions don’t say much about the real value, and sometimes just suggest the lowest price every time. Finally, the strategic deceivers, representing only 11 percent of the sample, always suggest a price that is negatively associated with the value: in other words, high prices for low values and low prices for high values. (source)