The Best Way for Ello to Kill Ello

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It is probably time for @Ello to put up or shut up. I was about to write a post yesterday noting the cold hard fact that my personal stream had been reduced to a shadow of its former self. Posts that once got 250 looks are now getting 50 or fewer. When I queried users that had not been turning up any more, and / or had been silent for quite some time, the answer was always the same: the … Continue reading

The Matter With Doctors

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Doctors are more useful when you can communicate with them. That seems self-evident, but is not at all straightforward. Instead, I often become stuck in a loop. First, I go to the doctor. We determine a short-term strategy. I embark upon that course of action, keeping track of how my life is affected. Where appropriate, I perform tests at home, such as taking my blood pressure, etc. If something goes amiss, I bundle up the test results and my notes … Continue reading

Winter Raises Her Head

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Hark, mortals, Nature is once again effortlessly driving us in retreat before Her. We have a freeze warning here for tomorrow morning, Temperatures have been in the low fifties all day with winds of 20+ and gusts of 30+. The leave are at their most beautiful, but they are doing so mainly on the ground. I have given this full consideration and am convinced that it is not Summer any more, Toto, nor even Autumn. Instead, we are clearly into … Continue reading

SAD, am I SAD…

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I don’t think I’m SAD, but I could be. The season changed a while back. I carefully noted it, of course, since I am an avid follower of the weather. However, it seems that my ambition was snuffed out with the last days of summer. We have had little but cloudy days in the last few weeks, and I can’t quite seem to find my way towards making a real effort towards any sort of otherwise worthwhile goal. I am … Continue reading

More Tucker

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My super whiz-bang electronic alarm has informed me that tomorrow is Tucker Adoption Day, which is a very important holiday for me. Tucker the Weird Dawg was with me for too few years. Most of his story is contained in two blog posts on a site I don’t update any more: http://www.kansascurmudgeon.com/2009/03/12/tucker-the-weird-dawg/ http://www.kansascurmudgeon.com/2009/03/23/tucker-the-weird-dawg-rip/ If that’s too much for you to read, suffice it to say that Tucker had had a hard life before I adopted him, and I did all … Continue reading

Sometimes bigger IS better

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Some of Ello’s bets are already beginning to pay off. The most obvious one, I suppose, is their putative process which says bigger is better. Having no limit on post size is a very good thing. Understand, of course, that I am a writer and will take whatever space I can get to scribble in. It therefore does not surprise me that I have produced some very long posts already. I see other natural writers doing the same thing. But … Continue reading

My Life On Line (as of today)

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It seems to be a bit slow on Ello today. Perhaps it is being given a chance to catch its breath. This will have been quite a week (or two) for the fledgling social network. A lot of growth, a little controversy, some good PR, some anti-PR, some slowdowns, some spam-schemes and some new features. All of this, plus a number of conversations I have had about social network usage in four venues, including this one, naturally has me thinking … Continue reading

Doctors, such as they are

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Have I mentioned doctors lately? I haven’t? Well, doctors. One wonders what it is they actually do for us most of the time, except for the part where they substantially jack up the cost of living beyond the point where we can afford it. A doctor diagnosed my multiple sclerosis but then, of course, could do nothing about it. A doctor got credit for diagnosing my cancerous tumor, though that was actually done by a physician’s assistant after the doctor … Continue reading