minor temporary defection

March 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized

I’ve been posting stuff direct to Facebook about my marvelous adventures in New Zealand. Somehow it is just easier, sometimes. Anyhow, if you care to follow me there, uh…I’m not sure how it works…can you just click this link, I wonder? And then “like” it?


It’s a “fan” page, not a personal page, and I’m always very confused about it.

14 Responses to “minor temporary defection”

  1. Kate L says:

    Wonderful pictures of you two out and about in Kiwi geology! I hereby declare you and Holly honorary geologists! 🙂

  2. Andrew B says:

    This is a completely shameless blogjack that has nothing to do with Alison’s adventures in Wonderland New Zealand (which look like great fun, I too wanna go hiking in NZ and commune with the wild goats). Many of you may like this:


    You have to remember Guns’n’Roses to get the joke, but even a lot of you youngsters will probably just like it.

    Ok, crawling back under my rock now. Damn, it’s cold under here!

  3. Anarcissie says:

    I was able to see what you posted, but in general I regard Facebook as a reprehensible institution and try to avoid it.

  4. Fi says:

    Truth is I do love the opting-in deliberation of blogging so much more than Facebook, which (despite overtures from overseas-travelling friends wanting to share their adventures in real time) I But I quite see that picture-loading was difficult while you were here in Australia, Alison. Not good.
    Maybe by you next journey to these parts, it’ll be sorted!

  5. Fi says:

    Fi again here, just pondering why I didn’t check my previous post here before actually posting?! Gah!!
    Reminds me of a time years ago after laboring at work for some many hours on a Really Important Document, I took the precaution of faxing it to my girlfriend to proof-read for me with her fresh and highly acute eyes… Moments later she called me to say I’d written on it “can you please poof-read this for me?”

  6. Kate L says:

    Blogjacking Alert. I just attended a “citizen’s townhall” for Congressman Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp is one of the Republican congressman who wanted to default on the national debt, and who still thinks gay marriage will bring on a zombie apocalypse. He must have felt sad by the end of it, because few of his sure-fire right-wing applause lines seemed to be working. There were even citizens speaking in favor of the Affordable Care Act. One of them was an emaciated man who looked to be in his 50’s, who told Huelskamp that the Affordable Care Act (i.e., “Obamacare”) meant that he now has access to health care. As we were all leaving at the end of the meeting, I shook the man’s hand and said, “Good for you!”.

  7. Calico says:

    Another threadjack –
    first of all, so glad you are able to visit NZ. That must have been wild feeding ‘roos and seeing them up close!

    Now, has anyone else here seen season 1 of Orange is the New Black? As usual, I think “Oh, what a goofy premise” for any show I end up loving (Sopranos, Breaking Bad), but this is truly excellent…and Kate Mulgrew (Mary Ryan, Capt. Janeway) stars in it, and as always she is excellent. Kate the Great!
    It’s on Netflix only, but worth the cost for this one.

  8. Kate L says:

    Did somebody say Janeway?!!! I gotta get me some of this 21st century streaming technology. I’m sure the captain would approve! 🙂

    I was late to Breaking Bad, despite having had been the sickly child of a chemist, myself*. But, as President Kennedy once said, “We all have fathers”.

    * – Inside Breaking Bad character reference.

  9. Kate L says:

    The mystery clown seen at night in Northampton has been now been sighted in Staten Island, New York. Either the Northampton clown is on the move, or… or… there’s more than one of them!!!

  10. Acilus says:

    I wince a bit at the mention of Facebook, since so many people who used to be regular contributors here have drifted over there and not returned. I suppose that site has been eclipsing blogs in general for several years now and it’s my job to get used to it, but I still miss the good old days.

    Anyway, I wish I’d been in New Zealand when brilliant young cartoonist Sarah E. Laing met her hero Alison: http://sarahelaing.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/meeting-alison/

  11. hairball_of_hope says:

    @Acilius (#10)

    I’m with you on the Faceschnook sentiments. I don’t go near the place. I’m waiting for the fatigue factor to set in, just as it has with Twitter. Call me a neo-Luddite (is that oxymoronic, or just plain moronic?).

    (… goes back to reading deadwood editions among real friends …)

  12. Acilius says:

    I do see some point to Facebook. When you first meet someone, you sometimes wonder, “Is this person secretly a cartoonish villain of some kind?” (Perhaps it would be more correct to say “When I first meet someone, I sometimes wonder, ‘Is this person a cartoonish villain of some kind?'”) Since, on Facebook, users typically interact with people from every part of their lives (family of origin, school, work, neighborhood, etc,) cartoonish villains tend to stick out. So I don’t regret having signed up for it.

  13. hairball_of_hope says:

    Perhaps of interest… another bemoaning of the dearth of female superheroes (and a mention of the Bechdel Test in one of the comments):


    (… goes back to another soggy day, grateful it’s not more snow …)

  14. Pam I. says:

    Oh dear. I’m on FB every day, because (a) I get regular mostly short posts from people like Maggie Jochild and (b) it sends me a daily reading list of news and journal articles. I only ‘friend’ people I know so it doesn’t take over. But like we all say, I hate the ubiquity of it, the way that ‘everyone’ uses it as a free website. You can sign up in any name, so all you doubters, maybe give it a try. Use Adblock to deny FB their income. And now today I hear (via FB!) that Firefox is now one to boycott as they have a new anti-LGBT CEO, so I have to sort out a transfer to Safari or wotever.

    Oh dear 2 – I see my latest blog post is from last July…