James Mayes

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Last one of the year… The love-in!

In Community, Personal on December 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thank youTaken a little time offline recently, but want to put out one final thing for this year… Just a small shout of appreciation for some who’ve really made a difference to my year.

Bill Boorman – unstinting generosity with his knowledge and connections and a supportive friend to those in need.

Jonny Campbell – partner in crime for a few events this year. A font knowledge, a ball of energy and a thoroughly decent guy.

Katharine Robinson – the smartest sourceress of her age (apologies to JK Rowling!). Always open to ideas and often a much needed voice of reason.

Crystal Miller – an appetite for life, the universe and everything which has scarce been matched. Energises all those lucky enough to spend time in her company.

Eze Vidra – the man behind techbikers. Achieved a truly wonderful thing in a very short space of time, the highlight of many people’s year. Made a huge impact on me. A cracking support team around him, too many wonderful people to mention – you know who you are.

Finally, heading the field – Jamie Leonard. It’d damage his reputation if I truly offered the compliments he deserves for his unstinting help and support this year, so I’ll hold back on the bromance and simply offer my thanks. Man of the Year, no question.

2012, you’ve been emotional. To all out there, especially those not mentioned – may 2013 bring you all you wish for.

Facebook feeds and context

In Facebook, Personal, Social Media on December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

Following the horrific news of the school shootings in Connecticut, there was obviously an outpouring of grief and condolences on Facebook. Likewise, the gun control debate has reignited.

When I took a scan through my feed this morning, one thing that really stood out was a friend Liking the NRA page. When I first saw it in the stream, I thought this was a recent Like – maybe a reactionary statement to those demanding tighter gun laws. It struck my as out of character and highly insensitive.

I know this guy well enough to know he’s not that insensitive though. He’s very much the shooting and fishing kind. I checked in with him briefly and confirmed, yep, he did Like the page, but it was some time ago.

I’m not completely certain, but I think the deal here is that Facebook has identified guns as a hot topic in my stream and decided to show me a related page that a friend has previously liked, with no sensitivity to current affairs.

Context is everything. Facebook are a long way from solving it.

Regards the shootings themselves, I largely keep my political views away from this blog – so I’ll limit myself to simply expressing great sadness that such a tragic event has occurred. To borrow from writers more talented than I, no parent should have to bury their child.

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