My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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43 things

And while i’m at it…. 43 things is a voyeuristic hoot even if nothing else. It humors me endlessly to see what people’s goals are. But i also realized that i am not really willing to cough up my resolutions for this year. Call me superstitious, but publicly announcing them seems like a recipe for never completing them. Of course, this is one of my issues, undoubtedly. I mean, when i blog something, i never write about it properly because i’ve already done it. Of course, i never think through things well enough on a blog, but … welcome to danah neurotic land.

In any case, voyeurism… fun… My favorite is currently “use ‘yellow arrow’ to hyperlink real life”. And i love the folks that want to procrastinate less – they’re off to a bad start….

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3 comments to 43 things

  • Jeremy Bornstein

    Some people (myself included) find that the chances of completing a project are enhanced by the fact of having told people about one’s intention to do it. This probably works because, to the extent that anyone might remember enough to call you on it, you’ll look bad if you don’t follow through. I’m happy to harness that force if it helps me to do something I think is worthwhile.

    Sometimes I find that I don’t really care about actually doing something; it’s more important to share the concept with people. It’s probably easy to confound those two. For me there seems to be a continuum between “I must do it myself” and “I wish someone would do it.”

    I particularly like the quotation from Don Delillo which is at the bottom of http://staging.jeremy.org/quotations/.

  • last.FM and My Exact Opposite

    Danah notes the potential of last.FM. I’ve had this bookmarked for my upcoming class as well, though the site has often been painfully slow and could use the hand of a good designer to make it a bit easier on the eyes. Still, sites like last.FM, WebJay…

  • After checking out the article on 43 things here, it inspired me to add the page below which lists activities to do in Cape Town.

    43 Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa