Speaking of that sort of thing, I deactivated my Twitter account a couple weeks ago. Almost all of my posts came from the Untappd beer rating/tracking app so it made me look like a raging alcoholic, and none of my friends whom I would actually care to read about ever tweeted. So that's gone.
More and more, I feel that I would be much better off if I quit Facebook too, but that seems like the modern-day equivalent of running away to live in a cabin in the woods. People have begun to talk more and more about something that I suspected a long time ago, which is that most of your friends never see the things you post, unless you get lucky and get a ton of likes and comments, or you pay to promote them. One of the things that I really loved about Facebook in the early days was that I would post my photos and I would get a lot more interest and feedback than if I just put them on some website, or on Flickr. These days I post an album and...crickets. Because nobody is tagged in them, because I'm taking pictures of birds. Anyway, I am sure that I would waste less time and get less worked up over stupid arguments if I quit it entirely, but would honestly worry about missing important information about events and stuff.
I was planning on driving up to Austin this afternoon for a weekend, initially because Karbach, the Houston-based brewery that I've been a big fan of since they got started a couple years ago, is finally starting to distribute in Austin and they were having a launch event at a place I like and featuring one of the best beers ever made (if you're into imperial porters aged in whiskey barrels). However, the weather is looking to terrible by Texas standards (i.e. just below freezing with a mix of light snow and freezing rain) and while there are worse cars that one could drive in those conditions than mine, it's really not set up for it (2WD on nearly worn out summer performance tires...do not want). So I'll probably be calling my folks in a bit to cancel. Not sure what I'll end up doing here instead - the weather will be terrible for cycling, marginal for birding. A good weekend for housework, I guess.
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