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Tags  →  stumbleupon

Sadly, I simply can't bear the new StumbleUpon which I am now forced to use, and I have scheduled my SU account for deletion (click the stumbleupon tag at the top of this post for the fuller story).

Deleting one's SU account, by the way, is a facility that is currently hidden from SU's users (why am I not surprised?) - however, you will find the page on which you request your account to be deleted (password required) if you go here.

So nice to be here on Categorian...

The new look is glitzy and completely soulless. All traces of the individual personalities of people have been wiped out. It's like all the real people have gone and all that's left is an amusement arcade.

There's no reason for me to be on SU any more. I like people, I like how various they are. I like Categorian because in this place people and their thoughts come first and the sites that they are interested in come second. Everyone's blog looks different, as it should.

On SU the sites come first, and people (as real human beings) are nowhere to be seen. Everywhere you go looks the same. Sites are apparently rated by robots, with all the intelligence of robots (but with less accuracy).

I have about as much interest in mindless clicking through SU recommendations as I have for reading the comments on YouTube.

(I won't delete my SU account yet. People can still find some of my tagged stuff there via the White Rabbit, and I still have a dwindling number of friends who communicate with me via SU.)

[The opposite of Stumbling]

Here endeth the transfer from my StumbleUpon blog

Time for a good slug of wine,methinks... My entire StumbleUpon blog has now been copied here, with some less-than-good and outdated stuff removed, many links changed and a much greater use of tags.

There will now be a major pause in the proceedings (maybe until end October) while I am away on holiday. All posts above this one (later than this one) will be new to Categorian and won't appear on SU.

Right now I still feel like >> this << !

The German language, I have read, has a rich facility for creating compound words, and for attaching many layers of meaning to some of these words.

I came across the word "Spannungsbogen" a long time ago when I read Frank Herbert's superb science fiction epic Dune, from which the above quotation comes (click the quotation for many more quotations from the same sequence of novels).

Like many people, I was curious to find out whether Frank had added his own layer of meaning to an existing word. If you're interested in what is to be found, go here!

The downside of our interconnected online world (it seems to me) is that it promotes a desire for instant gratification, and a loss of willingness to spend significant time and effort in creating or reading anything worthwhile.

Another definition of "Spannungsbogen", for instance, might be "The opposite of Stumbling" (but some really good Stumblers, many of whom have moved to Categorian, are featured here).


The novel "Dune" had many sequels, none of which I liked as much as the original, and I once watched a movie made from the book which I found very disappointing. However the original novel is still acknowledged to be one of SF's greatest masterworks, and I would highly recommend it to anyone even if they aren't an SF fan.

For more information on the stones in the image, see here.