Again I haven’t been posting much. Things have been quite hectic here, with lots of events, and then lots of work. This is the first weekend that I think I have actually not had that much to do. Sure, I destroyed the downstairs bathroom to decide that there isn’t anything I can do about the latest leak, but besides that, that’s all I have to really talk about. Amy and I even went to the movies in the afternoon watch “The Social Network” as a good companion to the book I’m reading right now, Nick Bilton’s I live in the Future & Here’s How It Works. I’m half-way through the book right now, so I’ll wait until it’s over to talk about it. It’s an interesting book so far, but it feels a little “rushed” as if the author was trying to get the book out before it was too late and too many books about social networks and “collective intelligence” were out there already. So some facts are only half-written, some problems are just mentioned in passing and never put enough details (like privacy), but it’s still entertaining.
About the movie: it’s not a bad movie, but it’s also not very good. I think it tries to be too Hollywood-y with deep intrigue and emotions, while things are not necessarily that interesting in real life. It also starts with a scene of him “hacking” the different face books from dorms on campus to get pictures of people, which in reality was really not that exciting. He was just scripting to bulk download images from multiple servers, which is something that is quite easy to do. One interesting thing about the movie is that it’s talking about somebody working on technology only a few years ago, which makes it much easier to relate to and much less impressive.
So what did I like about the movie? Well, I thought it was entertaining. I thought it didn’t try to make anybody real heroes or evil people (well, maybe Sean Parker was a little evil), or too unapproachable. I don’t like half-truths (because it’s hard to figure out what is real and what isn’t), but they could have done a much worse job at it.
Anyway, beyond that, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Lots of new ideas going through my head, but I feel like I should use at least some part of this weekend to relax a little before I start putting a little bit more effort on those ideas. Some of them are actually already underway, but too early to blog about.