What was Facebook thinking?

What the F*** Was Facebook Thinking? This is the best article I’ve read on the amount and type of information any Facebook application could get:

Your name. Your location. All your friends. Your family. Your work history. Your schooling. Your birthday. Your checkins. Your events. Your hometown. Your likes, photos. Your relationships. Your religion and politics.

And not just for you, but for one and a half billion other people.

While you’re at it, also read My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data.

To be honest, I’m not even sure I know what the Facebook platform’s terms of service dictated that I do with user data acquired from Facebook. Technically, users could revoke certain app permissions later, and apps were supposed to remove any impacted data that they had stored. I doubt most apps did that, and I suspect users never knew—and still don’t know—that revoking access to an app they used eight years ago doesn’t do anything to reverse transmissions that took place years ago.

Insert pithy statement about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted here.

What did we learn new about Facebook?

I’m feeling a little stupid right now. Maybe a little history is in order.

So tell me again what’s so shocking about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? What new thing did we learn?

Btw, if you want to keep your data on Facebook more private,5 there are steps you can take. Techlicious has a great walkthrough on Facebook’s privacy settings.

  1. I’ve been unable to determine if there is a link between Five Labs and Cambridge Analytica. Both Five Labs and Cambridge Analytica performed personality analysis using the Big 5 (OCEAN) personality traits. To my understanding, Five Labs did it first. 
  2. Actually, I still resist. That’s why I did my Facebook Experiment
  3. This was tongue in cheek when I wrote it. Haha! I still think Facebook has a way to go before it implements all of my “plans.” But the point remains—does anyone think that Facebook doesn’t survive and thrive by selling ads into target demographics? 
  4. This doesn’t bother me. When I go to Starbucks, or the mall (yeah, right…), or the airport, I don’t mind that they try to provide a comfortable place that makes me happy. If they have reading material around, I don’t assume that I’m getting a comprehensive view of everything I should know. I wouldn’t expect it from Facebook either. 
  5. If it’s on the internet, it’s not private. Regardless what settings you have, your information is no more secure than your least responsible Facebook friend on a bender early, early on a Sunday morning. 

Cannon Beach Proposal

I captured this proposal at Cannon Beach, Oregon, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, around 4:30 pm. I’d love to get the original file to the couple.

My family is scattered around the globe today so I decided to go to Cannon Beach, my happy place. I walked to Haystack Rock and The Needles and I took my typical shots from the water’s edge. It was windy and chilly. Not many of us were on the beach.

As I had a camera with a telephoto lens,1 I went the back of the beach by the bluffs to get some perspective compression in the image. I stood on a large log for some height and waited for people to leave. After all, how long could they stand in the cold? Not longer than I could, I hoped.

A couple of little dogs scampered by with their humans on their leashes. A man walked by with a car wheel over his shoulder. Through it all, a couple just stood there in the way. They hugged and talked and wandered a bit, but never out of the frame. I took some pictures. Maybe I wouldn’t ever get a clear shot so I might as well get one with only a couple of people in it. They might give balance to the composition. And they could provide scale to The Needles.

Finally, they walked up the beach and left. Success! I could take the picture I wanted.

I was cold so I wandered back to see if Insomnia was still open (nope!) and went into the Jeffrey Hull Gallery. I talked to the man behind the counter. We’ve talked many times before. I told him about my beach adventures and showed him a couple of my pictures and talked about the couple. I said I’d wanted to see a proposal. After all, “It could happen.” Then I left and drove home.

I downloaded the pictures on my computer and found this shot. Huh. Look at that!

So, I don’t know who the couple is. I don’t know if she said yes. But assuming she did and they’d like the picture, I’d love to get it to them. They can have the original, full-size shot. My gift.

Let’s make this happen. I’d appreciate anything you could do to help.

Update. Here’s how the AI magic of imagines a tight crop.


Btw, apparently there was another proposal at Cannon Beach, earlier the same day. I also posted on Instagram and Twitter.

  1. Ok, it’s a little Canon S100 point and shoot. 

Live your life

And be nice to others.

Some morning thoughts on livin our damn lives. What would you add?

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Just a friendly reminder to live your life. Take risks. Be wild. Be free. Dance in public. Fall in love. Make new friends. Share. Laugh. Cry. Eat cake. And be nice as hell to others.


Words to live by.