i like facebook. i like a facebook a lot. but i’m not sure that i want to make it my home. or carry it with me.
home is facebook’s new software. it takes over your android phone and places pictures and messages from your facebook friends front and center. your phone becomes an extension of your facebook page.
some analysts thought facebook might be announcing the creation of its own phone. that spooked investors so there was a pre-announcement to clarify what will be officially announced on april 12. got that?
with facebook innovations, there are always concerns about privacy. in the case of home, facebook will be able to retrieve and store information about likes, user location, messages and comments. the information will be stored for ninety days and will give facebook a chance to figure out whether you are so lame as to listen to duran duran or that you’re addicted to playing mafia wars. i assume that mark and the entire facebook team, true to their word, will honor facebook/user confidentiality. and not share them with advertisers except when absolutely necessary which is, like, all the time.
the application will come preloaded on some phones released by htc, att and others. so now you can have your phone dedicated to facebook. investors have responded somewhat positively with facebook shares trading at over $27 for the first time since march 14.
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discharged from roosevelt hospital. e.k.g., enzymes, blood sugar, platelets, liver function, pancreas, kidneys are all normal. it’s not a stroke, it’s not a heart attack, it’s not a collapsed lung, a wayward pancreas, a liver in revolt. why i should be in agony for thirty six hours, feeling like a sword has been plunged into my chest is a mystery medical science is not yet able to solve. but the solution? intravenous ativan and as it entered my veins i thought “noooo!” because i have worked so hard to be free of this drug and then “please, yes” as the sword–like excalibur by arthur–was pulled from my chest. . . i am without pain, sleepy, and just want to find my way home.
i woke up two days ago and couldn’t shake this feeling that i had been the one to plunge this sword into my own heart.
i have worked very hard to defeat ativan and now i am told it is my master. for a few days, a few months, the rest of my life, i don’t know.
i was first prescribed ativan six years ago while going through a painful separation from my then husband (who is now my ex-husband and one of my closest friends).
a few months ago, i made a commitment to break up with ativan. i saw him a little less, refused his blandishments, told him i didn’t want to go out anymore. i thought he understood. but he’s a seductive pill. sweet talking, seemingly harmless, whispering sweet somethings in my ear. and when he was combined with mr. pinot grigio, i was as pliable as the butter i forgot to put back in the refrigerator after i made the breakfast toast.
what next? i don’t know. i have to go down on my own to the airport, and find my way home. and maybe there, i can shut the door and make the world and its swords and slings and arrows go away.
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i made a new years resolution for 2011 to meet in person all 325 of my facebook friends. 325 friends, 365 days, 13 countries, close to 60,000 miles on planes, trains and automobiles.
i had 325 friends–from college, from around town, from playing online scrabble, people who like my grandfather’s science fiction writing, parents of my kids’ friends, and some people i just had no idea why. i wanted to meet them all and figure out if we were “just” facebook friends or something else.
at the end of the year, my house sold. my sons live in new york and ohio and neither of them really wanted me to move in with them. i had no place i had to be and i had spent a year being everywhere so i could choose.
this past month, i took an apartment.
for most of my adventures, i carried with me a plush doll of the nineteenth century adventurer and explorer william clark. he has his own facebook page and we are facebook friends. now he resides in the bat girl cave which is very close to where i used to live.
i could have gotten one of those prefab homes in nome that i saw, or moved into the mumbai holiday inn which is the swankest place i stayed. i could have opened a fruit stall in mexico city in the neighborhood i visited or i could rent one of those sweet apartments i saw in dortmund, germany. but no, i ended up back in winnetka and i didn’t have to click my heels three times to know there’s no place like it.
but of course i have facebook friends to see in other parts of the world. new friends on facebook. i just got back from kentucky and i think the next trip is ontario and from there new york.
thursday night i went to a party in winnetka. everybody said “welcome back!” and i think they meant it. i was not actually wearing these shoes, but i felt like i was!
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