Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facebook Takes Forever. Sometimes.

Well, I've just posted two rather brilliant blogs lately. Both of them play off of rather recent events, and so are best viewed right away. But, no. Facebook has apparently decided that it wants to drag it's lazy ass in posting these blogs.

As it currently sits, the vast majority of the people who view my blog do so after I write it up on Blogger.com, and it then posts automatically onto my Facebook page. Often, as when I posted my blog entry regarding Wisconsin's smoking ban, the relay onto Facebook is immediate. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Facebook suddenly decided it's not in the mood to post my blog entries right away. Or indeed at all. It probably will, but why the hell did this have to go and happen when I had two blogs with short shelf lives?

This has happened before. When I wrote up my blog entry regarding Mount Rushmore, I didn't get any posting on Facebook for it. So, sick and damned tired of waiting for it to appear, I copied and pasted it by hand, convinced that Facebook had stopped this service. And wouldn't you know it, no sooner had I done so than Facebook decided to wake from its stupor, and post from the actual blog. So, for about half a day, my Facebook page had TWO postings with exactly the same thing about Mount Rushmore.

Do I have to cut and paste again to get this damned thing to work?

Mount Rushmore was a rant against nationalism. It didn't post. My tirade about the smoking ban in Wisconsin supported a new law. It posted right away. Now, I'm not yet convinced that there's any political reason behind why certain blog posts suddenly appear on Facebook, and others don't, but it certainly seems fishy to me.

Perhaps freedom of speech doesn't entirely apply to social networking sites.

So, with that having been said, here's what you're missing out on: My brilliant juxtaposition of the recent 100-degree temperatures along the East Coast with the "Snowpocalypse" event of last February, and the ridiculousness of certain so-called conservatives using the snowier of the two events to argue against global warming. This was followed by another blog post which reported that NASA satellite-tracking has observed satellite-launch space debris (left over from multi-stage launch vehicles) isn't returning to earth. Why? Because the same CO2 which is warming the near-surface of our planet is responsible for blocking the heat from returning to space, causing the cooling, and thinning, of the highest stratospheric layers. Result: space junk is remaining in orbit - a measurable proof of global warming, every bit as eye-opening as the disappearing ice caps.

So go back and read those. They're too good to miss. And if Facebook decides to block this particular post, I'm calling bullshit!

Eric

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