Slot Machines vs. Greyhound Racing

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I was at work the other day, and saw yet another injured greyhound out for a walk. Its right rear leg was all tore up, as was its left rear haunch. I don’t know for sure that it was the same dog I listened to crying in pain, but a few hours later, as I was going to lunch, I saw the dog haulers bag up a dead greyhound.

So, anyway, I don’t know what the heck is going on, but I hate seeing injured greyhounds. Apparently, the owners of the track want to transition over to slot machines, but political forces are preventing them from doing it. Apparently there is revenue sharing and gambling licenses and such involved. I don’t know. I just want to stop seeing injured greyhounds.

Fun With Flyovers

Marketing Friendships

I watch people build successful online presences, and it leaves me wondering, am I being marketed to, or is this person really my friend? I suppose it could be both. But it does plant a seed of doubt, I think, when I’m always analysing for an ulterior motive.

Separating Facebook Status Likes From Real Life Like

I sort of made a conscious decision to sort of stop facebook “liking” a friend’s posts for 30 days. It’s been tough, but I felt like it was something I should try. You see, I only follow 70 or so people on facebook, many of them inactive, many of them very active. It was the active ones that I saw every morning when I woke up, and through out the day. So, those ones got the likes. But, it sort of seemed like it was starting to change my emotional state, in some way. I started reacting weird when I didn’t get reciprocal attention. Not only did this start making me feel emotionally needy, it started making me, I don’t know, confused, I guess. It seemed like even a little bit of attention would bring me an emotional high, but conversely, lack of attention would make me unhappy. How in the heck did my emotional state become so tied into facebook likes? Crazy, huh?

The original article that led me to try this experiment had to do with trying to force yourself to interact personally more. a facebook like is an ambiguous thing. Anyway, it’s not that I don’t “like” my friend, it’s that I “like” my friend’s statuses too much, if the word in a facebook context means anything. I will say this, there are a few things I’d go back and like once the trial is over.

This did make me think about things like “withholding affection”, and “positive reinforcement”, and stuff. There’s a world of things going on behind people’s minds, why they do things, and the things they do, and I don’t think it’s easy to discern that through social media. I know I’ve often found myself guessing, or felt like I had to be careful not to be misunderstood. A lot of folks say I overanalyze things, and I guess that’s true. But, you know, I don’t have a lot, (let’s not kid ourselves, I don’t have any that I see on a regular basisi), of real life social life friends to talk with and get their take on things, so I’m mostly left just trying to sort things out myself.