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Old 09-18-2009, 03:32 AM   #11
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Hemingway was awesome, Hemingway's writing sucked. I don't need six paragraphs to tell me what a damn orange tastes like, I'll just go buy an orange and eat it.
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:39 AM   #12
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what the hell is that supposed to mean?

oh, and yah.
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:47 AM   #13
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Hemingway was awesome, Hemingway's writing sucked. I don't need six paragraphs to tell me what a damn orange tastes like, I'll just go buy an orange and eat it.
Are we talking about the same Hemingway who is famous for his minimalistic approach to writing and very sparse use of adjectives and adverbs?
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:09 AM   #14
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Hmm...never really been that interested in Twitter as far as using it. It is interesting to me for what it is though (the various uses people have put it to, I mean). Maybe I should open a Twitter account....there is a homebrew DS Twitter app. For some reason that makes it a lot more attractive to 'tweet' to me.
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:24 AM   #15
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Yes, he in fact wrote several pages about the following story: I went fishing and ate an orange. Lookit that, I rewrote one of his short stories in seven words (on the other hand, I could probably do a couple pages about his six word story, which was, in fact, awesome). I don't particularly remember anything Hemingway wrote as being short, because it's so mind-numbingly boring it feels like forever has passed after every page. Which, to his credit, made The Old Man and the Sea brilliant. But, honestly, he was not an entertaining writer. His prose made me want to blow my brains out.
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Old 09-18-2009, 06:08 AM   #16
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Decided to try it out (here). Hopefully I'll remember that I even did this. Currently it's private though...I had a spammer within like an hour of registering. (hops onto bandwagon)
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:26 PM   #17
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So far I haven't really caught the Twitter bug. I'm not interested in constantly updating my status or following other people's daily minutia. I'm not interested in participating in promotional contests for free t-shirts and the like. If I want to check the news, I look at RSS feeds (which generally are better suited for that purpose) using my computer or cell phone. I did read some feeds during the Iranian protests, and I read a Girl Genius side story that was posted in installments on Twitter (feed here, archive of early segments of the story here).

(Incidentally, does anyone ever get confused, while reading the word "read", as to whether to read it in the present tense or past tense? I can't recall being confused by it on any particular occasion, so I guess the tense is usually fairly clear from the context, but writing the last sentence of the previous paragraph got me thinking about it. Maybe my mind is just wandering because I didn't get enough sleep last night. :P)

Also, while it may be true that many meaningful things can be written with 140 characters, it's still a severe limitation, because quite a few things are not best said in installments of 140 characters or less.

Perhaps other people find it useful, but I don't anticipate becoming a big user of it in the immediate future.
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:53 PM   #18
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So far I haven't really caught the Twitter bug. I'm not interested in constantly updating my status or following other people's daily minutia. I'm not interested in participating in promotional contests for free t-shirts and the like. If I want to check the news, I look at RSS feeds (which generally are better suited for that purpose) using my computer or cell phone. I did read some feeds during the Iranian protests, and I read a Girl Genius side story that was posted in installments on Twitter (feed here, archive of early segments of the story here).

(Incidentally, does anyone ever get confused, while reading the word "read", as to whether to read it in the present tense or past tense? I can't recall being confused by it on any particular occasion, so I guess the tense is usually fairly clear from the context, but writing the last sentence of the previous paragraph got me thinking about it. Maybe my mind is just wandering because I didn't get enough sleep last night. :P)

Also, while it may be true that many meaningful things can be written with 140 characters, it's still a severe limitation, because quite a few things are not best said in installments of 140 characters or less.

Perhaps other people find it useful, but I don't anticipate becoming a big user of it in the immediate future.

I agree. To me Twitter seems like Myspace Bulletins but summarized to 140 characters. When I was on Myspace and I kept my friends list small but still I found I would have tons of stupid bulletins and I would wonder why my friends would post stupid crap all the time. I'll pass.
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I know how you feel. I'll probably only use it for things that I don't feel like putting on my regular blog. Chances are no one will read them anyway.
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:38 PM   #20
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Twitter sucks in my advice. But I use it to diffuse ads to disabled people who can't read more than 140 characters without being tired. I can't believe the starter of this thread suggested that people who could not explain their ideas in less than 140 characters have less cognitive abilities. Twitter is totally overrated but that's all what the pseudo-techno-geek-aristrocracy has to talk about so that's why it got popular. Online encyclopedias are the way to go in the future, and I say that totally objectively :P
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