Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Facebook Quality Control

What if each person were allowed only 31 Facebook posts a month? I imagine a utopian Facebook where everyone thought carefully before posting, asking themselves, "is it worth it to use up one of my posts for this?" Sure, there would be people who would consider it a blow to their freedom of speech (they're always out there, waiting for a reason to use it for complaining), but overall, I think it would immensely improve the quality of Facebook.

Some guidelines I've thought of (in the likely event that Mark Zuckerberg is reading):

31 Posts A Month. It averages out to one post a day (with some months getting a bonus!). What counts as a post?

A status update. or
A share. or
One photo album with a limit of 31 pictures (so, you could still have nearly a thousand pictures posted by the end of the month, if that is what you want to use your posts for...but if your album only has, say, 10 pictures, any other time you add pictures would count as an extra think it through!). or
One profile picture change. or
One 31 second video. or
One gaming update. or
One link to an inspirational/funny quote or a recipe (Oh, hey! Have you heard of Pinterest?). or
One link to an article or blog post. or
One cover picture change. or
One post on one other person's wall. or
You get the picture. One post a day. I'm being really generous with photo albums.

Unlimited Likes and Comments of course. And messages sent to others would be unlimited as well.

What other quality control ideas am I missing?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Making pictures the old-fashioned way

So basically I go back and forth between wanting to develop the downtown area where I live, and reading books on sustainable farming. Currently I have 8 books on city planning requested from the library. I don't have money or business skills, and I don't have land or a love for being around animals. So I guess it's just me and my books and dreams for now. I thought of just writing a book and creating the town I want to live in, but I would only have fun creating the town. I don't want to create characters or figure out their conflicts and then resolve them.
I recently learned that there is a building for sale very close to where I want to put the town square. Were I to have the resources, this is what I would do:

Wait. First, here is a rough drawing of the current situation. I don't have paint on this computer, so I had to draw it with an actual pen, and then take a picture of it with my phone and email it to myself so I could post it here. I probably could've done it simpler, but that's not how I do.

There are probably some buildings and trees and such that I'm leaving out, but you get the idea.

If you remember my recent-ish post about the town square, you may remember my plan to tear down the old armory across from the courthouse and put in a town square where much merriment will take place. My newest development is finding out that the building across the street from the bank is for sale!

For Sale

The obvious move is for the bank to buy that building, and either tear it down or remodel it and turn it into their new location. That way we can tear down the current bank and make our town square even more awesome.

It just seems right, you know?
Ok. If you'll excuse me, I have 8 books to read, some pretend businesses to start, and a fountain to build.
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