Let’s Build The Damn Enterprise!

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At least one dude thinks we could. Some total random known only as BTE-Dan has put together a surprisingly large website detailing (really really detailing) what it would take to Build The Enterprise over the course of 20 years.

As BTE-Dan sees it, all the main technologies we’d need to construct a real life starship are pretty much at hand. Of course it would take scaling them up a bit. Like, way up. Like, to space. But, hey, even if we couldn’t figure out how to build huge ion propulsion engines or a 1.5 gigawatt nuclear reactor or a spinning disk with a diameter taller than the Burj Khalifa—ahem. Tallest building in the world—at least we put our minds to figuring out those limitations.

Aside from being the coolest franchise in television history Star Trek helped to inspire generations of engineers, scientists, inventors, and very cool bloggers to create the world we know today. There are a ton of gadgets that we use now that are as cool, if not cooler, than the stuff Kirk was using in the Original Series. Plus the things we have are often a lot more sensical and useful. See? Not to mention that we’re, like, two hundred years ahead of schedule on this stuff. Bam! Take that, ultra-skeptical 1960′s television writers. We win.

In the FAQ on his website, BTE-Dan, had this to say about it:

“If we want to define the greatness of our civilization mostly based on how we make transfer payments to each other through social programs, well, that sure doesn’t seem too inspiring. We need some other things to get jazzed up by as a civilization – something with a much bigger sweep – something to fire our imaginations. And we need something to inspire more young people to want to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM subjects. We need a worthy successor to the Apollo space program – and the Enterprise program can be just that.”

The proposed budget for building this #ActualStarship is $1 trillion, but BTE-Dan figures we can stretch that out at some $50 billion per year. If we can spend $50 billion on wacky stuff like Homeland Security why not just throw in another 50 on building an amazingly radical spaceship? I’m down if you’re down. If we all lived like Luniz and just throw five bucks each on it, that’s already $1.5 billion. If we agree to five a week we’re already in (what I think smart money people mean when they say:) a windfall!

What’s up? Do you think we could build it? Is the idea just a huge crazy waste of brain time? Wouldn’t it be super awesome to have a U.S.S. Enterprise flying around out there? Either way. Check out the site. Obviously my thoughts are, in the words of BTE Dan: “This is super cool.”

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#TechEd 2012: Uncle Sam Wants You…to Learn Stuff!

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If you use computers, smart phones, the Internet, or chipped-out credit cards, you need to learn how to protect yourself. That’s what’s up. These days, a good briefing on modern technology is more than just a good idea; #TechEd is our civic duty. #TechEd is the new learning not to play with fire. As we wade further into the deep end of this e-pool, with every e-footstep comes the mounting risk of fatal e-electrocution. True.

With all these devices and, everyday, more of our lives being defined in code ,we will inevitably find ourselves at the mercy of the electronic equivalent of bag snatchers. E-Bags, if you will. These aren’t master hackers, or whatever. These aren’t your c0mrades (RIP), your Zero Cools, or even your Dexter Douglases. These are just random jerks with a computer and just enough reason to figure it out. Even so, cyber crimes like identity theft cost United States households, like, $13.3 billion in 2010.

But what can ya do, you know? Seems like, truth be told, not much, bro. If these criminals are able to fell The Department of Justice website, and snake files out of places like Stratfor, then what chance do we have? Somini Sengupta over at that other New York paper, Yesterday’s News…I mean, The Times, mused recently on how the bright side of this #HackAttack super-trend sounds “the alarm about the unguarded state of corporate computer systems.” Fair enough, but I hear another alarm. It’s coming from our bedside tables, it’s telling us that we need to get up, shoot a 5-Hour Energy, and get to work. Big companies and government agencies aren’t the only ones who need to learn a little about The System.

I’m not saying that we should all go out and become computer scientists, or evenDIY robot hobbyists, though if you did manage to scrape together something excellent, @Kickstarter might just make you a mint. Either way, if you’re going to live in the Age of the Nerds, you may want to don a pocket protector just so they know whose side you’re on. “When in ROM…” as they say, “…read-only.”

There are a number of resources out on the Internet to get you up to snuff. Startups like Treehouse and Codecademy look to make your learning fun. If you’ve got a touch of the artist in you, Processing is a language aimed at satisfying the need for instant gratification by serving as a sort of code sketchpad. Moving through the many tutorials, users harness the power of the Processing language to create arts. Actually cool!

While Treehouse costs a good scrap, 25 monthly bucks for the intro package, they do boast a huge number of instructional videos, and helpful texts. I can’t think of anywhere else you’d get such a great deal from obviously knowledgeable people…oh, wait…I did once hear that some two-bit school was offering full introductory courses to Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics online and totally for free. What school was that? That’s right: damn Stanford University. Through the Stanford Engineering Everywhere program, you can get a world class education from the comfort of your own tax deductible home/office (that’s what web developers call their studio apartments, btw), all it’ll cost you is time.

Speaking of—and, trust me, I know the market value on seconds these days—the good folks at Lifehacker recently mentioned how just thirty minutes a day can make all the difference when you’re learning something new. I’m not talking about those 30 minute pay courses, either. Really. Just sit down for 30 minutes a day and practice.

Remember, fellow Netizens: ask not what your computer can do to you, ask your computer to do anything you want it to.

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Google Wants to Go Steady: The New Privacy Policy and You

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Lately, you may have seen a tab pop up while using your everyday Google Services: “We’re changing our privacy policy. This stuff matters. Learn more.”

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Indeed. The new Google Privacy Policy, taking effect on March 1st 2012, matters. To even mention how deeply Google has permeated our lives seems silly. For a whole ton of people, Google basically is the Internet. Now, while the company has only modest (relatively) market share within many of the sub categories that make up the full scope of Google Services, just the fact that all of these exist creates a pervasive, fungal, sort of presence across e-society.

Up until now, each G Service requested that new users agree to a clearly stated Terms of Service before entering—remember all those Terms? No? Me neither, bro! Nobody reads those things. It’s just generally accepted that companies aren’t binding us into contracts for our first-borns, or any overtly Satanic requirements, in order to use their services. What they do ask of us is that we allow them to sell information about us so that they can generate income. Which is fair. I’m certainly not paying them.Now, instead of each sub-Goog having separate policies, all of them will be grouped under one big legal roof.

So what will the new Privacy Policy mean to you? Well, it’ll mean that if you ever become curious about what you’ve consented to, you’ll only have to read ‘one’ (fairly giant) wad of text. In the same sense, it means a consolidation of your Internet person. You could think of it as, like, a declaration of self, vaguely. A coming of age.

Before now, the Internet knew you in a piecemeal way. It’d be, all, “Oh, you like that? Let me show you where to get more,” and then you were, all, “Dude, I hate that. I was just curious,” and then the Internet would say it was sorry, and urge you to tell it more about yourself, and you’d be, like, ‘God! You’re smothering me!’ but then y’all were back together the next day, because, by now, you just can’t live without one another. Come March 1st, it’s going to be like all of your Ex’s just got together for drinks with your current special someone, a.k.a. Google, and…well, suffice it to say that your Sexy Air of Mystery just got a lot less Airy.

The question is, are we ready to settle down with this cyber-babe? Are we prepared to give ourselves to Google TDDWP? Does that stand for till death do we part? Yes! Yes to all of it. It does. We do. Because we just have no choice. Google has been nice enough to let us opt out of any and all of their services, and, it’s easy enough: stop using them. Otherwise you can just opt out of the data-mining part, or the web-history part, or the Relevant Interest Advertising part, and it’s all right there on the GoogleDashboard that you probably didn’t know existed. Though, even if you do all of that, there are so many websites and apps grabby-handsing at your data-sandwich that, well gosh, you might as well not have packed a lunch at all.

Personally, I think Chris Davies at slashgear.com is right in saying that we don’t give a shit about our privacy. Granted, we give huge amounts of shit when our bank numbers are swiped, or we find out that Apple knows where we get lattes while we loop around our—suddenly so visibly pathetic—daily trajectories. But is it all so bad?

What Google wants to do with our information is make a ton of money. That’s reasonable. Google is a product(s), and we are consumers, and this is how that works. The how of Google is advertising. Paradise for advertisers is for every ad seen by consumers to be, not just relevant, but necessary. That’s kind of a paradise for consumers too. If, after the new Policy takes effect, a person were to use Google for everything—really. From Calendar to Wallet to Health—Google, in turn, could conceivably make life extremely convenient for that person.

Imagine a life where you don’t forget to set your alarm because your phone knows your schedule. It tells you that your normal route to work is going to make you late and suggests the best alternative. It even highlights an alternate Starbucks because you stop there every day for a your favorite drink—which—it will order for you once you get close enough so they’ll have it waiting at the bar. Or you could imagine that Google = Cyberdyne Systems and soon we’re all going to die in a brutal robo-pocalypse.

So, what? Are we ready to wear Google’s pin, or will they play us like a fool? What do you think?

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[FOLLOW UP: This is a great article by Jon Mitchell for Read Write Web that argues "The Case for Google"]

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SOPA PIPA, People! The Bright Side of the Dark Side

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On the morning of January 18, 2012, America woke up to a digital reenactment of Real Life as experienced by humans at the 

turn of the century. We were shook. We called and emailed and berated our elected representatives. Surprisingly—given the recent string of questionable legislation passed well within earshot of public clamor—they listened.

With a few synchronized lines of code, the Internet killed a bill. We looked over and were all, like, “Whoa! Thanks, nerds! Long live Free Speech!” Normally we don’t expect this sort of white-knighting from the guys who will one day bring us the Skynet T-800 Series, Model 101. For all the whining over freedoms and undue powers of regulation you might wonder where the Internet was on New Year’s Eve #NDAA. No. Though heroic it may seem, the group of companies that participated in the Blackout of ‘O Twelve did not step in to save Us. Exactly the opposite. 

Yes, SoPi (Stop Online Piracy and Protect Intellectual Property Acts, respectively) would have greatly limited our rights to Freely Express ourselves using clips from The Lion King, or lip-synching that Whitney Houston song from The Bodyguard, but, often, so does Thinking Twice. The sort of Free Speech that’s at risk if SoPi were passed would be more subtle. Say instead of posting “Hakuna Matata” to communicate joy to your friends, you just wanted to watch the movie. Incongruently, you do not want to pay for it. Luckily there’s, in the words of SOPA, a ‘Foreign Infringing Website’ (FIW) that is hosting an illegal copy of the Acadamy Award winning film owned by Walt Disney Pictures. If Disney found out about the FIW, under the powers granted by SOPA’s passage, they could file a claim to have that site’s domain name blocked within the United States. Further, any site linking to the Infringer, or anybody accepting payment from them, or their server if the FIW refuses to comply. Basically anybody associated with the illegal distribution of the Disney property. So in all likelihood we private citizens would see little repercussions to our immediate freedoms. The theoretical consequences presented by the Internet this week would only come to pass if they chose to close shop instead of paying the possibly excessive costs of thoroughly policing the content that users and incidental affiliates chose to upload. That’s just the beginning. In the most extreme of hypothetical scenarios, the government would effectively have the ability to shut down access from within the United States to any website whose content could be construed as in violation of Infringement. 

I am wholeheartedly against the passage of either SoPi bill. But we should get some things straight. The reason why we’ve just witnessed history has to do with two things:

(1)People actually called their elected representatives and used democracy to solve a problem. 

(2)The Content Distributors (i.e. The Internet) proved that they are much more appreciated by the Content Consumers (i.e. Us) than the Content Producers(i.e. @MPAA, @RIAA, @Metallica). That’s what’s up. 

Every year the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) publishes a report on the Five Technologies to Watch. Even though it’s already 2012, I’m sure CEA is smugly patting their backs this week. Within the five trends predicted to be of particular relevance during 2011 lingered The Future of Video Distribution and Consumption. 

Since the beginning of time, elite Producers have been floating content on invisible waves that would reach us in our homes on our TVs and radios. When cable came around the networks didn’t bat an eye. After all, cable in the early days was a wasteland of unwatchable movies, uncomfortably boring softcore, and just a ton of infomercials. Remember when Comedy Central would just…end? Substitute that for under_construction.gifs, uncomfortably slow-loading porn, and just about anything anybody could think to sell; and you’ve got the early web. Cable won. So will the Internet.

People do not want to pay extra for what is apparently free using a service that they already pay for. But it’s not free, right? The studios still pay hundreds of millions of dollars to produce content, the record companies front an inordinate amount of cash to produce artists that may (and often do) totally flop. With SoPi these Content Producers would have had an effective way of policing the unauthorized use of their intellectual property. Anybody who owns anything will agree: it would suck if people just walked up and used your stuff all the time and you were helpless to stop them. That’s real, and SoPi was set to be the long awaited solution to a problem that Consumers don’t seem to give a shit about. That is, where their media content comes from. 

All the time we hear people talk about the economics of the Internet as though it were a cash blackhole: “Nobody knows how to make money on the Internet.” No way. According to MagnaGlobal, a division of IPG Mediabrands, updated Global Advertising Forecast report for 2011, Internet advertising revenues increased 16.9% last year to reach $78.5 billion. Online video shot up 58.5% to $4.7 billion in revenue. Those aren’t staggering numbers if we consider the mountains of cash that entertainment suppliers have historically raked in. But there are no manufacturing or shipping costs to weigh, no huge ad campaigns for individual titles. Hulu doesn’t have to post billboards about what shows they’re offering. We’re already there looking for one we want to watch tonight.

We’re moving towards a point where Consumers have direct contact with active Distributors (as opposed to a movie theater or a TV station where the content is preselected). On the one hand, this takes money and power away from traditional Producers like those represented by the MPAA and RIAA. On the other hand, it offers the possibility for actual Producers, like the artists and entertainment creators of media content, to find cash success based on what the Consumer (i.e. You and Me) actually want. We’re not quite there yet, but cross your fingers because this Producer/Consumer relationship would be ideal. If we work to make it happen.

As I said, it wasn’t the actions of the Internet that made legislators spin maximum distance from the suddenly repulsive SoPi bills. It was Us. We called in. We wrote emails. We made this happen. The next step is to articulate what kind of media content we want to consume in the future. Don’t worry. You don’t have to call your local representative every time you need a new movie to watch. It’s as easy as going directly to the artist. 

Don’t wait for media content to be placed upon us by the entertainment industry. Instead go directly to the creative people who are, in the end, what we love about the content. Nobody says I can’t wait for the next Warner Bros film. We’re excited to see the Christopher and Jonathan Nolan hook up with Bale, Gordon-Levitt, Hathaway and Freeman et al. Showing off the work they put into creating an awesome new Batman movie. 

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Rockethub represent the most direct way in which Consumers and Producers can interact to create pre-market Consumer approved content. But on the larger scale—where we’d more likely see something like a Nolan/Bale movie spring from—as more revenue moves from Meat Space entertainment firms to their Cyber counterparts, it’s inevitable that the Internet will begin producing more original content. At the same time these are the firms who—instead of relying on post-market gross to guess at what Consumers enjoy—are analyzing Consumer trends in real-time by tracking what we share and discuss through social networks. In this way the content produced will reflect exactly the feedback we provide. In the end we’re left with a perfect harmony between Producer and Consumer via Distributor. 

For all the evils that SoPi represents, and the limitations on freedom that we should aggressively fight against by blocking their passage, they might be a godsend yet. The sudden uproar against their potential affects has highlighted a huge problem within the media environment that would have necessitated such ridiculous bills. The only purpose they would serve would be to halt progress by forcing us to receive content the same old way; and paying the same old people to give it to us. 

Look.  If you want a future that’s made for you, then speak up and make SoPi it’s history.

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3D Printing Saves the Universe: Only 300 Years To Go.

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The process of 3D printing is called additive manufacturing, and it’s a pretty simple idea: A machine squirts some material in layers based on a 3D computer model until the design has become a real life object. There’s a few different methods and processes to choose from, but here I’m just focusing on “Fused Deposition Modeling”(FDM) (aka “Fused Filament Fabrication”(FFF) to avoid patent battles). Basically, FDM/FFF machines use spools of plastic filaments which are melted and layered into solid objects.

There are companies like Freedom of Creation and Shapeways that offer on-demand printing. A lot of their catalogue is knick-knack stuff like jewelry and iPhone cases, but a few allow customers to upload designs and have custom products printed and shipped out. But these companies are still essentially creating novelty items without much practical value, and their prices aren’t great for what you get.

My bet for the Future of Stuff is on DIY outfits like Brooklyn based MakerBot Industries. Anybody can go on their website and buy the Thing-O-Matic, a desktop 3D printer for home use, as well as the items needed to build or improve your own. It’s still a little expensive at $2400 for the fully assembled version or $1,099 for the build-it-yourself kit, but compared to $20k+ for commercial 3D printers it’s still quite a deal. Also, it’s all open source technology which means that hobbyists are constantly working on making the technology better and cheaper.

For example, PrintrBot  is an affordable ($500ish) 3D Printer created by Brook Drumm. He put the idea up on Kickstarter with a goal of $25k to start manufacturing 3D Printers that anybody could build and use. By the time the Kickstarter clock ran out, PrintrBot had pulled in a staggering $830,827 USD. The first PrintrBots are expected to ship out in January for the original funders. Then Brook hopes to start up a ‘Bot Farm’ for mass-(re)production.

Both MakerBot and PrintrBot are evolutions on the original RepRap (REPlicating RAPid prototyper) project. Started in 2005 by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, a Senior Lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, RepRap.org is a community of enthusiasts bent on creating a machine that can build (most of) the parts needed to recreate itself. On the Wiki are the instructions for anybody who wants to take the time to build their own 3D printer.

I expect that as the technology progresses we will begin to see 3D printers become a commonplace household appliance. Besides the fact that it just makes sense to have personal access to the power of manufacturing and product replacement/repair, these machines will enable people to fully customize the items we use everyday. Also, think of all the warehouse space that could be repurposed into Awesome Starving Artist Pads. Then of course there’s the environmental benefit to consider.

By now most people are aware of the giant “Plastic Trash Vortex” swirling around the Pacific Ocean. While 3D printing won’t lessen the disposable lifestyle we’ve grown to enjoy, they might do much to reduce the environmental impact by allowing manufacturers to print what consumers need when they need it. Speaking of Green, check out the Filabot Kickstarter project. They’re trying to get funding to create a machine that will recycle plastic waste into the filament used by RepRap 3D printers. As of now you’ve still got a month to support their Awesome Science.

Personally, my early interest in 3D Printing had more to do with my intense love of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Replicators onboard the USS Enterprise made everything from Captain Picard’s Earl Grey tea to medicines used by Dr. Crusher, and allowed the post-scarcity utopia of Gene Roddenberry’s universe. While the printers available now are a far walk from the miracle machines of the 24th century, we’ve still got three more centuries to get this stuff right. Engage.


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NeverWet Anti-Water Spray Gives iPhone Gills

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Trebec: No way. That’s bullshit.

Me: What were the first four words I spoke after seeing the NeverWet ’Chocolate Syrup on Shoe Video’?

Exactly.

Enter NeverWet, a byproduct of super-boring R&D over at Ross Nanotechnologies, a division of Ross Technologies (creators of Algrip Slip-Resistant Flooring Products, and Dexco [Huge Industrial] Storage Rack Systems), inventing the future of stuff. The company calls it a “super hydrophobic coating that repels water and heavy oils”, and if it does this as well as they claim it does, NeverWet is nothing short of a miracle product for the modern minded. The explanation for why this works may tranquilize if you’re not prepared for Awesome Science (if not, skip to Section 2), but if you’ve braced yourself and want to read about why liquids practically Hammerdance off of “Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)”, this is an excerpt from the NeverWet White Sheet:

“When water spreads over a surface without forming droplets, the surface is said to be hydrophilic. When water beads up on a surface, it is called hydrophobic. Practically, hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity are relative terms. A simple quantitative method for defining the relative degrees of two behaviors is the water contact angle (Fig. 1). If the contact angle is less than 30 ̊, the surface is designated as hydrophilic, and if water spreads without forming a droplet with contact angle less than 10 ̊, the surface is designated as superhydrophilic.

“On a hydrophobic surface, water forms distinct droplets and as hydrophobicity increases, the contact angle increases. Surfaces with water contact angles greater than 90 ̊ are called hydrophobic. When the contact angle increases above 150 ̊, the surfaces are called superhydrophobic (SH) and Lotus effect.”

Section 2: “U Can’t Touch This”:

Yes, NeverWet may revolutionize everything from bedpans (it’s highly microbial resistant) to aeronautics (the stuff doesn’t freeze), but it’s potential in everyday stuff is what’s really staggering. In the promo videos we see water jumpingoff of shirts, standing up (actually standing) on a piece of partially treated glass, and ringing audibly as a fully functioning iPhone is

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called five minutes after being submerged. Get that? An iPhone treated with NeverWet was under water for 30 minutes and never stopped working. Even 10 minutes is more than enough time to build your nerves before reaching into the toilet for your fumbled device

Fair enough, I’m flat-out biased on this. My girlfriend constantly mocks me for buying waterproof clothing and accessories. I thoroughly believe that the default for any item should be waterproof. On a planet 71% covered in dihydrogen monoxide, a waterproof camera is not just a novelty for Spring Breakers and Hip Fishing Trip Uncles; It’s common sense.

NeverWet won’t be available until early 2012, but that’s right around the corner. What it comes down to for me is that I love White Shoes, and I love New York City, and NeverWet is the “You complete me” to their “You had me at hello”. There’s nothing that I can promise you with more melodramatic quivering-voiced certainty than this:

I will try NeverWet on anything that it will not break or kill. Stay tuned. When I get ahold of this stuff get ready to #NeverWet everything with me @44carib.

Are you afraid of a less-soggy world? Tell me about it @44carib and @N_Ypress

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Facebook Timeline Asks: Who Is You?

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New Facebook Timeline Asks: Who Is You?

By Carib Guerra

Our lives will never be the same. Starting…yesterday. Or, at least, how we remember them won’t be. Since 2006, or 2003 for a few Harvard alums, we’ve been posting everything from that great breakfast to the birth of our first child on Facebook.com. For half a decade our collected memories have had their 15 minutes of likes, comments, and shares, and then quietly slid into…well, our memories.

With the official ‘dark launch’ of Facebook’s new Timeline feature, all those old moments are coming back quicker than you can say ‘forgot-I-had-psychogenic-amnesia’. Also, they look great. Maybe not the moments themselves, but Timeline is very pretty. With a flick of your finger the years scroll by from ‘Now’, where you’ll see the usual profile items in cozy new arrangements, all the way back to ‘Born’. Of course since Facebook didn’t exist when most of us were born, the moments get a little sparse if you move below 2006. But for all of the millennial kids whose parents created their profiles before they threw the baby showers, this is their life.

For those of you who haven’t activated your own Timeline, heads up. You might be thinking that this will be an annoying, but ignorable, addition like that mandatory ticker/chatlist (which you can now hide btw). Or did you imagine a simple face[book]lift like the last profile update? Either way, it is not that simple.

Facebook has not stated a date for when/if Timeline will become a mandatory feature. As of now, once you decide to opt in and activate Timeline, you’ll have seven days to mess with it before it automatically goes public. Granted, it’s a lot more fun to set up than the old forms and buttons. But that’s just one week to pore over every tidbit of digital action on your wall since—whenever. You’ll see one night stands. You’ll see your ex in pictures where you’re happy together. You’ll read status updates that make you sound dumber than you are now (my own status, 10 Aug 09: “Who needs to stand on a platform to shoot a slingshot anyhow? It’s going to do exactly the same thing from the ground.” #algebra #publicshame), and—unlike before, when seeing all of this stuff took clicking buttons, getting way too drunk, and putting on the Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear Pandora mix—it’s all right in front of your eyes. And it’s designed by people who know how to make things look like you want to look at them.

I’m half thankful now for years of moderate Facebooking. Half, the good half, because I have relatively little content to sift through while choosing what to delete, what to keep, and who gets to see the finished me. The other half is that I did a lot of stuff in the past five years! When it’s all laid out and organized I feel a sick urge to fill in the blanks. I find myself thinking about scrap books and photo albums that I’ll finally do my mother the favor of scanning in just to fill that pre 2006 abyss. You’ll see what I mean.

Don’t spend too long weighing the pros and cons of your new Timeline. Here’s the deal: You could go through on a delete rampage, redacting your life, removing moments that maybe you shared with somebody else who’ll now be hurt when they realize you’re too cool to remember that time with them. Or, and this will be my angle on it, you can go through your friends list and think real hard about who you want having the peep show of your life. I bet you won’t even have to break a brain sweat. Chances are, if their smiling faces don’t pop up here and there in your Timeline, you probably don’t even know them.

What do you think about #Facebook #Timeline? Let me know @44carib and @N_Ypress.

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