Last week I shared a picture of a pancake vendor I discovered near the Thong Lo Skytrain station. Well, I went back yesterday and bought some of her pancakes. For comparison’s sake I walked upstairs to a vendor at the station and bought a waffle, too.
The pancakes have little slices of pumpkin throughout. They are pretty thick but not too terribly sweet. The waffles are a yeast dough and are really undercooked and doughy inside. About two bites into the waffle and I had had enough. Both are pretty heavy snacking but if I had to choose, I’d go with the pancakes.
Maple syrup anyone?
Let me deviate for a few moments to another topic that has been on my mind lately:
In the past eighteen months or so, I’ve discovered how wonderful a tool Facebook can be. I’ve reconnected with literally a few hundred former colleagues and classmates who I had not seen or heard from in years. It is really nice to be able to see what they’re up to.
It is the perfect level of “in touch-ness” for most people: I want to know what they are up to but I really am not so close that we need to be emailing or talking regularly.
Sure, there’s a part of me that thinks, “Lord, what’s the point?” and wants to just cut the ties. I have so many other things to do with my life. But I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, so drastic actions aren’t necessary… yet.
But a recent redesign by the powers that be at Facebook has made life difficult and might make drastic action necessary.
The new design finds them chasing after Twitter, the faddish “your life in 140 words or less” networking service. Now I face an endless stream of updates form my 400+ friends and unless I log in to check this stream at least every other hour, the updates pass me by like corks floating in the Colorado River.
The problem with this came to a head this weekend when I missed an update from a former colleague about her going in for chemotherapy this week! I hadn’t been aware that she was battling cancer and if another friend hadn’t mentioned it to me, it would have completely escaped my attention.
Something had to be done, otherwise there would be no point in staying on Facebook.
“You can filter the updates,” Facebook assures us. Well, I ended up spending five hours this weekend, sorting through all my friends and lumping them into categories based on where I know them from: family, high school, university, online, current job, former job, etc.
Now, after all that work, I have a much more manageable stream of updates. Logging on once a day is enough to see what people have been up to in the past twenty-four hours.
I’m still tweaking the friend categories. There are some people who post a lot of extraneous stuff. One guy likes to post underwear ads. Sure, the models are cute, but there are really more pressing things I want to know about from my friends. There are other people like Jason who post a lot of interesting things, so I need to create a category to more easily sort out the underwear models from the BBC news reports. (Interestingly, I just realized that he’s the second Xangan I subscribed to…)
That’s my little Facebook rant. Thanks for your attention…