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My refusal to join in on the Twitter bandwagon is validated.

Politically off-topic.. but I couldn’t resist posting about this:

‘Facebook makes you sharper but Twitter makes you thicker’

Facebook makes you sharper but Twitter makes you thicker, a psychologist has said…The social networking site boosts a part of intelligence that is vital to success in life, while tweeting away may have the opposite effect. Keeping up to date with Facebook may have the same effect as playing video war games and solving Sudoku, said Dr Tracy Alloway of Scotland’s University of Stirling. It hones the ability to remember information and to use it, known as “working memory”.

…But text messaging, micro-blogging on Twitter and watching YouTube were likely to weaken […]

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I interrupt my regular loathing of Twitter for this one time. Check out Tweetcommons.

I’m not a big fan of Twitter as many who have read here or at Facebook know. However, I’m going to suspend my indifference to it (to put it mildly) at this point to give a plug to a new application for it that is being promoted by my volunteer coder at Progressive Bloggers, Kelly John Rose, and the company he is part of.

I received a press release from them talking about Tweetcommons. What is that, you might ask? I’ll quote part of their press release to let them explain in their own words:

TweetCommons is a new web-based initiative to connect Canadians with their elected representatives in […]

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Twitter fight.

Jason Kenney and Ujjal Dosanjh get into it on Twitter, where Minister Kenney, the supposed leading candidate to be the next Conservative Party leader, shows that even after 3 years in power, he still wants to blame the last government for something his government can do something to fix right now, if they chose to. So far though, they have not, or only have done so if the Canadian courts have forced them into doing so.

(By the way, I’m like Warren, I’d love for Kenney to become the leader of the Conservative Party. He’d be great – for everyone else but his own party.)

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Forget Twitter! Here comes Flutter!

As someone who mocks Twitter on a regular basis, this mockumentary made my night.

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How many politicians are “ghost-twitterers”?

Unbelievably, I am doing another blogpost on Twitter – back to back actually! That’s more to do with my not finding anything compelling to blog about this AM. Yes, yes, Ontario has a new Budget out – but I’m not overly disappointed or happy to be compelled to write something about it at the moment. So no, I’m not becoming a Twitter convert (Dr Dawg, who run’s Dawg’s Blawg, sent me a Twitter join request after reading my blogpost yesterday, and I told him politely on Skype to stuff it 🙂 ).

Anyhow, what caught my interest this AM was this article about “ghost twitterers” at Macleans. The gist of […]

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Please don’t twitter “your blog sucks” to her.

SO, I guess I’ve discovered 1 good thing about Twitter (which I remain largely agnostic about, to say the least); for those people who read Impolitical’s excellent blog, but are frustrated by the lack of a comments section over there to send her feedback on what she blogs about, you can join her Twitter feed to do that (provided you can do it in 140 characters or less).

That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m going to rush out and get a Twitter account. The temptation of sending her smart-alec comments is overridden by my continued lack of interest in using Twitter 🙂

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More on being Twitter-less

Sorry, I’m still not convinced of Twitter’s value or see the point in it.

In my view, if I want to write something, I use a blog – like this one. If I want to talk to people directly, I either use Skype to do a direct voice chat, or I use one of the many instant message services out there like ICQ or MSN Live Network etc. Twitter to me is a 140 character limit of redundancy (no offense to the Twitter fans).

As for the politicians using Twitter that Impolitical details, I’d like to know how many of them allow social replies back to their thoughts. If Toronto […]

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Still here! (Sorta)

Its been awhile since I posted something here.. so I felt the need to add a blog entry to indicate I’m still alive. (If you read my twitter account at the right sidebar, you’ll see I am indeed around still).

Lots of things have happened in a couple of months. We have Doug Ford and his government MPP’s more concerned about photo-ops in corner stores complaining they can’t buy beer there then they are about the fact they’re likely to get penalized up to 1 billion dollars for breaking the contract with the Beer Store in order to do this, rather then wait 6 years when the contract is […]

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Doug Ford backs down on attacking Greenbelt protections.

It appears that there was a lot of blowback to this plan over the Christmas holidays to Conservative MPP’s. Good – it was a terrible idea:

The Ford government is scrapping a controversial plan that would have allowed municipalities to opt out of some provincial planning rules to attract new commercial development, bypassing environmental laws in the process. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced Wednesday on Twitter that the Progressive Conservatives would not proceed with a schedule in its omnibus legislation, Bill 66, after “concerns were raised by MPPs, municipalities and stakeholders.” Schedule 10 would have amended the province’s Planning Act to allow municipalities to create “open for […]

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Doug Ford for the People? More Like For Big Business (Bill 66 discussion)

So, the Ontario government released or introduced Bill 66 today in the Legislature. It does many appalling things under the guise of “opening Ontario for business”. It may open Ontario for business but it strips the public of protections for clean water, health and safety regulations for wastewater and food inspection can be bypassed, and many other things.

Check out this Twitter feed here for more details, but here’s an example of some of the overzealousness the Ford government is displaying in getting rid of “regulations”:

Bill 66 also scraps the Wireless Services Agreements Act, which requires cellphone providers to use contracts written in plain language and caps […]

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