Or, Pennellwood: Years Later
Pennellwood was summer. It was childhood. It was long days of sunscreen and endless nights of bugspray, weeks that seemed to last for months – it was summer camp, for the whole family.
Pennellwood was underwanter; the business plan wasn’t sustainable. It closed, but our family traditions didn’t. So we looked for something else, a new place in which to continue. We found it, but it wasn’t the same. We spent days by the pool and nights tending bar. (Some things about family camp change when you grow up.) But a large part of the time, we spent talking about Pennellwood. Remembering it, missing it, wishing that we were there instead. Leaving the new camp today, someone suggested that we go to Pennellwood. Just to see what it had become. Continue reading
Or, Google doesn’t care if you think they’re creepy.
Photo credit to halilgokdal
Google’s corporate policy is don’t be evil, but sometimes in their quest for power (um, I mean information, yeah, that’s it…), they sometimes lose sight of that. Recently, Google’s come under a lot of fire for enforcing a real name policy on Google+. (Basically, Google requires you to use your name that you go by in real life, not any sort of handle or screen name. For more on the Google+ real policy and the debate behind it, read my earlier post “Publicness, Persistence, and the case against Real Name policies”.)
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In their enforcement of the real name policy, they’ve made a lot of mistakes: not accepting people’s actual real names because they didn’t fit into a common western name paradigm, disabling users’ accounts for violating the policy, not being flexible in borderline cases … But, generally, they’ve acted pretty conciliatory about their actions. The party line was: this is for users’ benefit, people want to be in an environment where they know who their talking to, etc. Continue reading