Farcebook…

V is for Farcebook...Well…the honeymoon is over between me and the social media giant, Facebook, which I have lovingly renamed Farcebook, because of their latest shenanigans which have now broke my camel’s back. There is a little poem we used to recite when something of this nature would come about. It goes something like this…

I saw a birdie soft and still

sitting upon my window sill.

I coaxed him in with a piece of bread,

then I smashed his little head.

…and that is exactly what Farcebook is doing to its loyal users. They are luring them in with the idea that their platform is fun and interesting and inviting and in their best interests and a great way to stay in touch with family and friends…and then slowly but surely begin to get control of you and everything that you do within that environment. Which is their right, I suppose, as some of their policies are there albeit buried amidst a ton of mumbo jumbo. The other things are outright changes that they call “tweaks” which are supposed to “make the experience” better. But it doesn’t really. They do it little bit by little bit, just enough to annoy but not start an all out rebellion. Until now. And even so, a lot of people are putting up with the latest ploy, which they have managed to convince a lot of those who just don’t give a fig that it is ” for their own good” and to “protect them”, but in reality it is posturing for a money grab by collecting data and personal info so as to sell it to the government. Yes, I am referring to the “real name” policy. Sure, it is in the fine print that one agrees to when they sign up for the venue, but no one has ever really taken it seriously. After all, how safe is it to be putting your real identity out there on the interwebz, hmm? Having been on the net since before there was even a world wide web (thank you, Al Gore! 😉 ) way back well into the mid to late 1970’s (yes, I am dating myself here) it has been an unwritten given that one never puts their personal info out there on the web. But now, Farcebook, in an effort to make you sign up for a “Fan Page” so as to be able to post as a business, an entity or anonymously, has put the screws to those who do not want to play by their silly yet ignorant rules by forcing you into putting your real name out there for every Tom, Dick and Harry to see. Now, I don’t look down on those who choose to put there real names out there. That is their choice and more power to them. I chose to use my business name, as that is the main reasons I am on social media to begin with…to promote my business. I want to brand my business, not my family name. Contrary to some other publicity Ho’s out there, I am not into business for the sole purpose to get rich at any cost like Farcebook is doing.  If I want to socialize with friends I will call them up on the phone or make plans for a play date in person. I don’t need to hide behind a computer to have a social life. True, I may be one in a million, but I don’t think so. Now, the plan is to get me to use their “Fan Page” option to try and promote my business, but the problem that I have with that is the way their algorithm is programed. They have it coded in such a way so as to limit exposure in that phase of the environment …drum roll please… UNLESS I PAY FOR IT! Yes, folks. There it is. The proverbial turd in the punch bowl. This is what it all boils down to…greed. Like Mark Zuckerburg and Farcebook as an entity doesn’t have enough money in their hairy little palms.

So…what to do now?

Well, let’s see. Google+ and Twitter today are looking a whole lot more shiny and sparkly for me than they did yesterday before my underwear got pulled up around my ears. And then there is a little- heard of social networking site called diaspora* which is looking more and more attractive to me the more I learn about it. The bottom line is this…Farcebook does not OWN my ass and I refuse to be extorted. So, now begins the slow but sure phasing over to something bigger and better than what I had in Farcebook. The bottom line is sobering but do-able…they did me a favour in showing me their true colours. I will not spend one hard earned penny to line the Farcebook corporate pockets, no. You all do what you want, but I did not grow up in the ’60s and the ’70s to just roll over and let Big Brother stick to me this way. And you would be smart, dear reader, to pay close attention to whom you are giving all of your personal information to. It may not be too late to save yourself from this monster. Or at least try…

…stay tuned. 🙂

After the Boys of Summer are Gone…

Hey there! It has been awhile since I have posted, so I thought I would update everyone so as to share what I have been up to, what’s happening now and what I foresee coming up on the horizon…

It has been a very hot and busy summer! It has flown by and I feel like I didn’t get much done but really it was so very productive! I always set my sights high so as to get as much done as I possibly can, that way at least I can get something accomplished!

Tie Dye Dresses...We have been working hard on the store! Getting new things in, having sales to move stuff out. It is a win-win for everyone! The online store here on WordPress was not as productive as I had hoped, so I went back to the old shopping cart and YAY! *Gypsy’s Bazaar!* is back, up and working beautifully! make sure to stop in and check out all the stuff we have to offer. With fast and low shipping you are bound to find something to fit your fancy! Feed back is always welcome so if there is something you want or need just drop me a line and we will try our hardest to get it for you!

October is always a very active time for going on the road and making appearances around our local psychic circles. First, on October 11 we have the Volusia Pagan Pride Celebration where we will be vending wares for the occation. This is the best PPD event every single year and we wouldn’t miss it for the world! Mark your calendars if you are going to be in the Daytona Beach area. You won’t want to miss this!

Next event is the The Villages Parapsychology Expo that takes place at The Villages, Florida on Saturday, October 25th this year. It is a huge event – the largest in Florida of its kind! – with tons of vendors, 30 readers and a day full of free workshops. Free admission. Food available. Plenty of parking. This will be the fifth year that I have been invited back and it is such an honour to be a part of this event. I will be doing tarot readings and bone readings at prices too good to ignore. Hope to see you there!

New writing projects are in the works and never have I been more motivated than I am now! Keep your eye on this spot for updates as they are made available. I am really excited about this…

Facebook…the little darling…has been a pistol of sorts and always a barrel of monkeys. Not my circus…not my monkeys, I’m afraid. I will probably not be spending as much time there as I find it a distraction from what I love to do most. I’m sure it has its virtues…I’m just at a quandary to figure out exactly what they are at the moment. Needless to say, the negativity outweighs the effort and so I stare at it from a distance in anticipation of the next eruption.  😉

Smokie...We had a sick kitty a few weeks back. Our beautiful Smokie came down with something horrid and we thought for a few days there that he was just not going to make it. But, as he is a tough old guy, he rallied around and is now back to his old self again! Thank you, Dr. Jennifer, at Shelton’s Vet Clinic in Elkton for everything! You are a gifted healer and we love you! <3

I found Smokie at the San Gabriel, California Animal Shelter one sunny day, as I had taken to riding my bike down to the shelter to check on all the orphans down there from time to time. I went in that day and there he was…all confident and sassy, just sure that he would be able to win me over! And win me over he did! He loved to play rough – and still does! – and so it wasn’t long before he acquired the nickname “Mini Meanie” not long after he came home with us. He is our boy and we are so glad that he is back to his old self again…

Well, folks…that’s about all the new for now. I will be adding more posts to this blog as the days go by covering lots of different subjects. If there is anything in particular that you would like to hear about, please feel free to drop me an email at gypsy@sleeping-gypsy.com. Until then…

 

…Namaste! 🙂