Is Facebook the Devil? 
I haven't signed up for Facebook. I don't feel the need to. So far as I gather, it's for getting in touch with people you haven't been in touch with for ages. I think that if those people wanted to be in touch with me, they'd find that I am perfectly easy to find as it is, and doesn't need to be any easier.

I'm not interested in making contact just for the sake of making contact.

That's all besides the point though. The people I know who frequent Facebook have been making it out to be a form of online crack. An addiction they're finding more and more drawn to.

With that in mind, I have little doubt that it's not much different than any other online site that takes up a lot of people's time, and brings down employee productivity in the process. With that in mind, hearing that the Canadian government's IT people have decided to block it from employee's use didn't surprise me at all.

TorStar Article

What's interesting about this though is that Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly chimed in on this to say the following:

"We're puzzled by why governments would ban access to Facebook," said Kelly, based at its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California, who was in Toronto on business unrelated to the ban.

"We're concerned about this because we think it's taking a tool away from users, a very powerful tool," he said, noting Facebook has made "preliminary contact" with Ontario officials to rectify the situation.

"We hope that the usefulness of the tool shines through."

I really hope that companies don't start feeling that they can strong-arm employers into allowing employees access to their sites. This isn't political. It's just good business policy. In my opinion, most of the Internet should be banned from use by employers, my own site included. The Internet is a huge productivity killer, and unless there's a specific reason you need to access a site from work, I hardly think people are in a position to challenge these sorts of policies. People might not like it, but you can't argue that it's good for business.

Of course, killing morale isn't necessarily a good business move either, so there's probably a fine line out there that I'm in no way ready to start defining.

Just suffice it to say that I think Mr. Kelly should mind his business and not try to push his nose into other businesses policies.

Ultimately, in a few months there will be another huge fad site sweeping the Internet, and that one should be banned to. Just because they don't want to be, doesn't mean they shouldn't be.

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Fire at DeLonghi. I Bet I Know the Cause. 
Looks like the plant burned down that makes DeLonghi appliances in Italy.

The cause of the fire is apparently not known, but I'm going to chime in and suggest maybe someone left one of their programmable coffeemakers plugged in and it randomly turned itself on in the middle of the night and set itself ablaze.

We had one of those. Complete piece of garbage. Serves them right. Better their house than mine.

Hopefully they have another one nearby filled with water. Surely it'll leak enough to put out the fire caused by the first one.

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How many is too many? 
I'm curious here as to whether my sense of ethics is valid or whether I'm just a sucker.

When you're at a grocery store and they've got an express aisle for people with x items or less, how many items is it acceptable for you to stand in that line with?

Is x+1 ok? x+2? x+5? Where is the line drawn before the people behind you have the right to think you're an inconsiderate bastard?

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Monkey Cakes 
I just ate a little muffin thing shaped like a monkey.

It was like a gummy bear, but it was bigger and made of muffin and shaped like a monkey.

It made me happy. I'm not sure why.

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Just Leave The Poor Folks Alone! 
Day after day, I'm hearing new updates in the news about the sextuplets born to some people in Vancouver who don't want anyone talking about them.

So my question is this... why can't the press just respect their privacy and let it be?

What value is this story to the rest of society when the family doesn't want it to be news? It's not something important that affects the rest of us.

Sure, it's a little interesting, and if the family didn't mind then they could stand tall and proud and enjoy the attention, but they're obviously not that sort of people. If they want to be left alone, I think they should be.

It seems that the more they ask for privacy, the more the press seems to want to stick its collective nose it.

If ever I get the urge... remind me not to go having a whole litter of kids all at once.

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