Great Service Deserves A Mention

April 30, 2011

It is a cliche to observe that we live in a service-saturated era. I would also not be the first to note that most of that service is mediocre at best and truly crap in a lot of cases. It is a joy, therefore, to report on a local craftsman who plies his trade with pride and care.

My wife has a tall metal stand that she uses as a plinth for her tumbler tomatoes. It is very heavy, with four wrought iron legs, each made of several parts. The welds between several of the parts had quite given up — a function of age, no doubt — and the stand was no longer usable.

So, she found Broadway Welding Shop through a Google search and called them because they are just a few blocks from where we live. Twenty minutes after a brief telephone call, owner Nick Byblow knocked on the door to collect the piece. He delivered it back the following morning having renewed all of the welds on the piece, not just those that were obviously broken. He charged $20 and seemed genuinely pleased to accept a tip for the extra work.

If you live on the eastside and have any kind of metalwork that needs repair, we can happily recommend Broadway Welding Shop. Their website is unimpressive; their work is great.

Reason #202 To Avoid Facebook

April 30, 2011

As I have previously written, there is a vast ocean of reasons for not going near Facebook, and I certainly never do.  Many of those reasons are to do with the security and privacy of YOUR information on Facebook’s. But the more general and overriding reason for steering clear of Facebook is because Facebook is merely the lipstick on the front end of a huge database of personal data collected and analysed by the corporate-government nexus — for THEIR use, not yours.

The darker aspects of such a controlling system are rarely revealed; I suspect the senior managers are paid in part for maintaining that lack of transparency.  But sometimes, the needs of the governing powers is so great that Facebook is required to act with an open brutality.  Such has been the case in the UK this week.

The Facebook pages of militants and activists against the UK government’s austerity policies have suddenly gone dark. A coincidence, claims Facebook, having to do with some technical definition of “profile” and “page.”  It is, they say, purely coincidental that the pages de-published were all actively involved in organizing a mass protest this weekend.  Sure.

Previous reasons for not using Facebook.