Monday, December 19, 2016

Does being on facebook make you smart?

My wife set up a facebook page, for me and will keep up on it, leaving me time to do real things.

During the presidential campaign I watched a rally in which a woman explained to Mike Pence that she was constantly paying attention to "social media, on facebook all the time" as she next proceeded to ask questions that showed how deeply detached from reality she had become. If you are addicted to social media, it would be best to follow some simple advice.
Get a life. Do some real stuff.
If you are reliant upon social media to gain your view of the world and what's happening in it.
Get a life. Do some real stuff and purposely detach from stupidity.
Today is the day that the electoral college meets to vote on President-Elect Donald Trump. We have a pathological liar on the one hand, and a populace twisted by engagement in social media on the other.

If you go to my facebook page, you may notice there is also a fan page "doug stowe box maker extraordinaire" that is occupied by a troll. At one point, the owner of the page was answering questions as though he was me. If you choose to visit his page, please note that he had promised to remove it months ago and has not done so. We have too much fraudulent stuff in the world already.

The point is that the creation of useful beauty serves in two ways. One is that it provides the individual with powerful cultural objects to share with others. The secondary benefit is that the maker receives a replenishment of intelligence, character and confidence.

In the wood shop, I've nearly finished a box for a review of a particular type of hinge for Fine Woodworking Magazine.

Make, fix, create, and increase the likelihood that others learn likewise.

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