Saturday Interview: All About Vampires

Questioner: Thank you for joining us. Welcome to this major, first-time, blog interview I'm conducting with myself, R. J. Nello - novelist, traveler, expatriate deep thinker, intellectual extraordinaire.... R. J. Nello: What the hell are you talking about with that title? Vampires? There are no vampires in my books. Although as my wife loves to [...]

Rip Van Winkle Wakes Up

It was widely reported the other day that when Facebook went down for a time, some of the web site's users actually dialed 911. The L.A. Times noted: Officials at one Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station were not happy after getting calls from residents because Facebook went down Friday morning. "#Facebook is not a [...]

Messing Around

Happy Saturday! If you've dropped by here via the web in the last couple of days (and not the WordPress reader), you may have noticed the templates keep changing. I've been fiddling with them. Although I may never quite nail it, I'm trying to hit (what I consider to be) a better "tone" for the [...]

“You fascist!”

....No, no, no, the post title doesn't mean I'm calling *you* (friendly reader/ visitor) a "fascist." Please don't misunderstand. I used it because that (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) accusation is hurled in Passports during a morning, uh, "friendly exchange of views," between Isabelle and Uncle Bill at Bill's Rhode Island coastal cottage: Next Bill called to the [...]

Do You Fancy Them Maybe A Little Bit?

Twitter wants to know why do you follow those you follow?: Twitter knows whom you follow. But Twitter does not know why you follow them. So the company [is] doing something fairly straightforward—and, for a tech company with reams of data bout its users, unlikely: It’s asking. Politely. The same question could be explored here [...]

The War On Spam

Usually spam is pretty obvious. But there are those times it is somewhat less so. Likely spammers are also getting better at it in trying to trick us. I note that because I had a comment this morning on my earlier post that looks like it came from a legitimate WordPress.com blogger. However, it was [...]

Views vs Likes

I've recently stumbled on advice from a blogging "guru" who asserts bloggers are best served by placing their sidebar to the left side. I think his sidebar also says he's 20 years old. So clearly he must know what he's talking about! Fine. I've now moved mine from the right side to left. Okay, impress [...]