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My Zero-Tolerance Policy for Online Bullying

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Because I recently changed my Facebook profile policy to a more open model of outreach, I am getting a lot more interaction with my personal Facebook posts than I have in the recent past. I am excited to be using Facebook in this way to meet more new people with whom I may share common ground.

In adopting this more liberal policy, I am meeting lots of folks of which I know little, and that’s what this is all about. “Hello, nice to meet you!”

Unfortunately, when mixing in these unknowns, I am finding a few people who, out of habit, or because of current cultural norms, think that it is ok to be insulting to either myself or to my friends whom are interacting with these posts. 

It’s not.

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I wrote this four years ago on my birthday.

09.09.09 and 6x7=42. So what’s the big deal?
by Matteo Wyllyamz on WED SEP 9, 2009

@Mouselink Birthday

I was born on September 9th, 1967, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since I was born on 09/09, throughout my childhood, nine was always my favorite number. You could say that as a kid, I was somewhat fascinated by the seeming magic of it. This continued into my teen years, when in high school in Colorado, I was recruited for our small church-school basketball team, and I automatically chose #9 for my jersey. I did the same for soccer the next year. It felt very special being somehow related to this number, and September always marked the beginning of my favorite time of the year.

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The sudden death of our beloved dog helps me re-appreciate the personal value of media

 
I stepped out of the shower, and was surprised to see my partner Phoebe standing in the hallway. I didn’t know she had come home, and she had an anguished look on her face.

"I think Snyph is dead." She said, her voice breaking.

She had gotten a call from a friend who said she thought our dog had been hit by a car on the highway down the road from our house. I immediately realized I hadn’t seen our 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier in the last half hour. We both went outside and called for her. Our puppy was nowhere to be seen.

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My #31dayjuicefast - The final 10 days

After the psychological wall I hit somewhere around day 20, I began to settle in for the long haul. I cannot say that I didn’t have thoughts of wanting to give up during the final week.

In the end, I lost 21 lbs. in 31 days. Also, I began to draw some conclusions from this very interesting, physical, psychological, and spiritual experience. Find it all (and more) here in this final Storify full of tweets.

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A Bee Sting Can Change Your Plans for the Day


I just had a bee sting a few weeks ago while working by the side of the pool. It was on a toe of my left foot. I had quickly put some ice and Caladryl lotion on it, and although my toe and a good part of my foot became red and swollen for a couple days, it was no big deal.

So yesterday, while push-mowing the lawn for an hour, when something stung me on the calf of my other leg, I felt there was no need to go inside, and I just keep working. I finished cutting the grass, and went on to cleaning the pool. I even took a moment to post the above tweet.

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My #31dayjuicefast - Days 15-21

GOING STRONG and then into the latter part of the third week, I started to experience some serious fatigue. And I don’t mean I felt tired. I mean, this whole not-eating thing was getting seriously old.

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My #31dayjuicefast - The second week

At about 10 days into this, I lost all feelings of hunger, and reached a really relaxed, happy place. Down 13 lbs in 13 days, I still have two weeks to go. Feel free to add your questions or remarks to the comments section, or you can tweet me on Twitter at @mouselink

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My #31dayjuicefast - The first seven days

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from everyone regarding my #31dayjuicefast, so I thought I would aggregate some of the info here in this Storify. Feel free to add your questions or remarks to the comments section below, or you can tweet me on Twitter at @mouselink.

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All 23 James Bond Movies in Tweets - Part 4

In September of 2012, my son and I set out to watch all the James Bond movies in order, as a kind of completist pop-culture undertaking. We finished nearly eight months later, after approximately 48 widescreen hours of spy gadgets, corny lines, exotic locations, and beautiful women.

Rather than write something overly lengthy in the form of documentation, I thought I would summarize the experience via tweets.

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All 23 James Bond Movies in Tweets - Part 3

In September of 2012, my son and I set out to watch all the James Bond movies in order, as a kind of completist pop-culture undertaking. We finished nearly eight months later, after approximately 48 widescreen hours of spy gadgets, corny lines, exotic locations, and beautiful women.

Rather than write something overly lengthy in the form of documentation, I thought I would summarize the experience via tweets.

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All 23 James Bond Movies in Tweets - Part 2

In September of 2012, my son and I set out to watch all the James Bond movies in order, as a kind of completist pop-culture undertaking. We finished nearly eight months later, after approximately 48 widescreen hours of spy gadgets, corny lines, exotic locations, and beautiful women.

Rather than write something overly lengthy in the form of documentation, I thought I would summarize the experience via tweets.

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All 23 James Bond Movies in Tweets - Part 1

In September of 2012, my son and I set out to watch all the James Bond movies in order, as a kind of completist pop-culture undertaking. We finished nearly eight months later, after approximately 48 widescreen hours of spy gadgets, corny lines, exotic locations, and beautiful women.

Rather than write something overly lengthy in the form of documentation, I thought I would summarize the experience via tweets.

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We want to go to the #ShortyAwards, but we need your help getting there.

Matteo Wyllyamz (aka @mouselink) nominated for a ‘Shorty Award’ for excellence in social media
 

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This is exciting for me.

For a few years now, I have been working hard on developing a following on Twitter, and providing a valuable feed there of useful and entertaining posts.

Now I have a chance to win an award for it, as I am in the running for a Shorty Award for “Excellence in Social Media” in the category of #science. This is due in part to my bent towards posting technology and futurism news articles.

If I am in the top six when the voting closes on February 10th, I will be considered a finalist, and I’ll be invited to attend the ceremony in New York city in April. I will also be eligable to win the award in my category, which will be voted upon by the academy judges.

At the moment, I am in 4th place out of a field of about 150 nominees.

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Are insults an effective means of argument in that they can actually change people’s minds?

Abusive ad hominem attacks are one of the most common logical fallacies of partisan politics

The duopoloy-based partisan hate-fest in the United States is only getting more intense in Obama’s second term. Sadly, what passes for “debate” is little more than people hurling back and forth abuse from the base of their reptilian brains.

What I don’t think a lot of folks realize is that the logical fallacies present within all this aggressive and defensive rhetoric do little to change people’s opinions. With that in mind, I took a moment on Twitter to air my frustration. The following tweets in this Storify article show some of the resulting exchanges:

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A Few Objections to Collectivism

There are two main objections to collectivism from the ideas of liberal individualism. One is that collectivism stifles individuality and diversity by insisting upon a common social identity, such as nationalismracialism, or some other group focus. The other is that collectivism is linked to statism and the diminution of freedom when political authority is used to advance collectivist goals.

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