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Finally got time to actually blog a bit- last time I wrote a blog post was more than a month ago, I think. The past month has been too crazy with too little sleep and too much caffeine :-).
My parents are here in the U.S. – They’re in California with my sisters though, will see them real soon. The other day my sisters took them to Griffith Observatory and oh dear, my dad just loves, loves, loves the place so much, especially the show Centered in the Universe. I knew he would like it! Afterall, he’s the slightly geeky engineer/ mechanics who has a curious mind for many, many things in life, who brought science books for my sisters and me when we were little kids (“Ông ơi vì sao lại thế”, with Tò Mò & Ngây Thơ), who still excelled in Physics to tutor a confused me in 10th grade, who is good at fixing things around the house, and who loves reading medicine books. Even though he has never gone to medical school, he has always been “the doctor” in our family – well, until now at least – my sister will become “the real doctor” in a week :-). I wish they have the show on DVD – I so will buy it for him, but I guess the effect won’t be the same as watching it on that dome-shaped screen, leaning back on the comfortable chair, while the narrator raises his/her hand with the lighting globe, bringing you back in time to see magic happen. Free admission (except for $5 for the show), lots of things to learn & play… how can you not fall in love with this place?
Anyway, I meant to write this post a while back, but never got the time to. So, here it goes.
THINGS PEOPLE DO ON FACEBOOK THAT ANNOY ME.
1. Want 2000+ friends request? How about no?
You probably already have an idea what I’m talking about. Usually a person would post some humorous pic that is easy to related to/ agreed with by many people ( say, an owl-looking cat with glasses on, uncombed hair, and a caption”Me during finals” – you’ve got the idea), and then either in the caption, or comment, will put something similar to this:
Want 2000+ FB friend request? Like this pic/ this comment, subscribe to ABC XYZ, and watch your friend requests blow up!!!
Well, why would I want friend requests from 2000 strangers who will have all the access to whatever information I put on facebook for my friends who actually know me? What superficial silliness is this who would believe having loads of friends on fb = coolness?
But then, it ain’t really my business, right? I mean, I can choose not to look at those annoying comments. Which brings me to the second annoying thing:
2. Disturbing images with captions such as “Like/ Share if you care” or”Like/Share to stop child abuse/ animal abuse/ hunger/ poverty”.
Now, tell me, how will liking a suffering person actually help that person? What happens is you’ll help spreading that image around, yes, to your network/ friends, not many of whom will enjoy seeing a kid all bone and skin and malnourish, or even worse, a kitten with half his head smashed, or a horrible gruesome bloody car accident scene. If I want to help those people? I’ll give up some coffee/ eating out nights and send a check to some trustworthy organization. Everytime you plan to click “like” on those images, imagine your grandpa seeing that pic while having lunch. I’ve been either clicking “Hide” or “Report story” for every single post of this type.
3.Hot pics with nice stories as captions.
This might be rarer, and I’ve seen mostly in Vietnamese posts. Someone will post short stories, most often love stories. They’re regular short stories, nothing special about them. I’ve liked some of them, feel indifferent to some, and disliked some – I mean, it’s personal preference. Thing is, these stories are posted in the caption part of a photo. And 99.5% of the time, the photo will be some sexy smoking hot one, maybe not rated-R ones, but theres the half-naked guy embracing a girl scantily clothed in some intimate session… well you’ve got my point. Now, why the need to put such a pic for such stories? Someone likes the story and clicks “Like”, that person will spread around that pic, which isn’t considered appropriate for some people, including me. I dont have the wish to see intimate pics spreading around on my facebook. Or maybe the pic was posted just to draw attention, so that those who sees it will click on the photo and read the story? What cheap tactics.