10 Signs You Might Be Addicted to Social Networking

December 4, 2007

– You learn about your brother’s divorce via his status update

– When you look at your friends list you have no idea who half of those people are

– You feel like you want to start poking and bitch-slapping people in real-life

– Complete strangers know more about you than your partner does

– The easiest way for your boss to contact you is by leaving a message on your super-wall

– People you hated at school are now on your best-best-friends list (anything to get that friends number up!)

– You start virtually stalking old girlfriends you haven’t seen in 10 years
.. and then get jealous when you realise they’re married ..

– Your mobile data plan blows out to $300 a month

– Your believe your friends really do include world leaders and A-list celebrities (‘It is Sylvester Stallone. Honest!’)

Anyone got any more?

50 Things To Blow Some Cash On

October 11, 2007

I have a confession to make: I am not a millionaire.

Phew, I’m glad that’s out there!

If I was actually a millionaire, however, the Daily Mail have kindly provided me with a shopping list of all the ‘must have’ toys for today’s modern cashed-up poser. Err, I mean man or woman about town.

I’m not really sure how many of these I’d go for if I did have limitless money (the DB5? Cigars? Titanium coffee machine – I like that one!). Still, it’s always nice to dream every once in a while.

What would you choose if money were no object?

Top Ten Facebook Apps

October 10, 2007

If you’re a Facebooker you can’t have helped being spammed, err, I mean invited by your friends to install some of the third-party applications that can now be built on the platform. I’ve actually disabled almost all of the ones I installed as I was getting overwhelmed with pirates and ninjas and people throwing virtual chairs at me 🙂

if you do like your FB apps though, here’s a list of the current top ten (with the developer in brackets). Apparently there are over 5000 different applications available, but only 84 of them account for over 90 percent of usage. I wonder what would happen if you tried to install all 5000?

Here’s the list. How many have you got?

1. Top Friends (Slide)
2. FunWall (Slide)
3. Super Wall (RockYou!)
4. SuperPoke! (Slide)
5. Video (Facebook)
6. X Me (RockYou!)
7. iLike
8. Movies
9. Graffiti
10. Likeness (RockYou!)
11. My Questions (Slide)
12. Quizzes
13. Mobile (Facebook)
14. Free Gifts
15. Booze Mail
16. Compare People
17. Honesty Box
18. (fluff)Friends
19. Vampires
20. Scrabulous

Notes From Indonesia

September 7, 2007

(having just returned from Jakarta I thought I’d write these down. Oh, and I’m not complaining, it’s generally a very friendly place with great people. Plus I did marry an Indonesian – although I’m not sure she shares all my views 😉 ):

1. Not only is the volume of traffic mental, so are the drivers of the buses, cars, vans, motorbikes, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages and every weird and wacky vehicle on Indonesian roads.

2. Much like Beijing, I have no idea how there aren’t car or bike crashes every five minutes (see 1)

3. It’s traditional for every menu in Indonesia to have at least one item unavailable. This is almost guaranteed to be the item you’d like to order.

4. No matter how many times you’ve been, getting woken up at 4:00am when the call to prayer starts will still scare the crap out of you (especially when staying right next to a mosque who found a cunning way to stick the megaphones in my window every morning).

5. Security is tight at most western hotels and shopping malls. It is, however, completely pointless so long as you stick your guns on the passengers side of the car (but don’t tell the ‘evil-doers’ that!). You probably have to experience that one to see what I mean.

6. One in three people in Jakarta seem to be employed, or appoint themselves, as some form of parking attendant…

7. .. which is actually good, as it means that despite the traffic you can normally stop right outside where you needed to be, even if you are in quadruply stacked parking and have to reverse out into four lanes of traffic madness.

8. Shopping is cheap, but be prepared to not only haggle but: have a drink, take a seat, deal with thirty different shop assistants and look at (or more likely be shown) half the stock and all the crap things they can’t shift.

9. You are more or less guaranteed to find that at least one of your cheap fake CDs/DVDs is mangled at some point on the disk. For DVDs, get them to play it in the shop first – there are two distinct types of quality (with option 1 being really bad, mostly unwatchable handheld handycam recordings from the cinema. Option 2 is normally pretty decent).

10. Shopping in the big supermarkets in Jakarta like Carrefour will surprise you (in a nice way). Puts Australian supermarkets to shame and almost made me miss living in Europe again.

11. Forget nice parks and lakes for your family outing, just stop on the side of the road for your picnic or spend your lunchtime sitting by a hole filled with trash with five hundred of your closest friends

12. There is nowhere in Jakarta where there isn’t at least one person (see 11). Doesn’t matter where you go, or what time of the
day or night. If you’re after solitude, you probably want to head elsewhere.

Luckily Indonesia has 17,508 islands for you to explore instead 🙂

I’m sure I’ll think of more, but off to bed now.