Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
July 1, 2016

Dear Mark Zuckerberg, can we please talk about News Feeds

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Internet, Media, Observation

This is a slightly edited version of a Facebook Message I just sent to Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (and no we're not actually Facebook friends).

Hi Mark,

Let's give this a go and see what happens.

I understand you want to maximise the impact of the News Feed but if you give people the option to have either Top Stories or Most Recent, then why not respect a user's choice?

I choose Most Recent.

I choose Most Recent. (Screen capture)

Time and again Facebook changes my preferred option of Most Recent to Top Stories.

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July 9, 2013

The Duke’s an “early adopter” … seven years late

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Internet, Media, Observation, Online

One had to smile at the news this week that The Duke of York has joined Twitter.

We know the Tweet is written by The Duke because he signed it "AY" for "Andrew York". (The Duke's real name is a tad more complicated than that, but that explanation is for elsewhere, such as the Duke of York's entry at the UK's Biography Channel.)

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March 14, 2012

Call that a heat ray?

Posted by : Michael Lund

IT takes an Australian media report to make the US military's new heat ray a lot more powerful than intended.

ninemsn's report Military 'heat ray' to disperse rioting crowds (Wednesday 14 March 2012) says the heat ray has the power to disperse riotous crowds.

It does so by "instantly heating their skin to a temperature of 54C".

US Heat Ray Crowd

Crowd disperses when hit by the heat ray. Source: USFORCESTV


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January 25, 2012

How much oil was spilled in the Brisbane River?

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media, Observation, Radio

If you were listening to the ABC's PM program last night then its report would have made you think it was an even more catastrophic event than it was in the first place.

See this line from reporter Imogen Brennan in "Environmental concerns after oil spill in Brisbane River" (Tuesday 24 January 2012).

IMOGEN BRENNAN: Five thousand tonnes of oil spilled into the Brisbane River yesterday morning, when a cargo ship was being refuelled by another boat.

How much?

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January 23, 2012

A severe outbreak of speculection hits Queensland

Posted by : Michael Lund

Speculection is my word for the endless speculation on the date of the next election in any parliamentary system that doesn’t operate under a fixed term system, such as Queensland.

Journalists and commentators are busy predicting the date they believe the Premier Anna Bligh will haul the good folk of Queensland back to the polling booths.

State elections in Queensland are always held on a Saturday and so the game being played now is to find reason or not for Bligh to pick a particular Saturday for the next poll.

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Just so you know…

All thoughts and comments here are the honestly held personal opinion of Michael Lund and are based on the information available at the time of publication.