November 7th, 2011


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I keep getting invitations for LinkedIn, followed by incessant reminders that I've been invited by such and such, sometimes a friend or acquaintance and sometimes a complete stranger. I wish I would stop receiving these and, more importantly, I wish people would stop inviting me. It puts me in an awkward position if the person is a friend or acquaintance, because I don't want that person to think, wrongly, that I don't wish to stay connected in some way. I simply have absolutely no interest in joining any social networking sites: not LinkedIn, not Facebook, not Flavour-of-the-Day-Site. I have e-mail and I have phone, I post occasional updates on LJ, send locals periodic updates on singing gigs, and occasionally can be found on IM or Skype. I have no need for or spare time to devote to social networking sites. So, if you were contemplating adding me to your LinkedIn network, please don't: it's not a reflection on how I regard you personally when I ignore any attempts to get me to join this or any other social networking site.
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I thought I would post this rather than respond to the various well-meaning responses to my earlier post.

LinkedIn is a notorious spammer. Any useful networking services it may offer pale in comparison to the fact that it is perhaps the worst spam site out there. Or, as a certain blog comment says, no, they're really not such a useful site.

Yes, LinkedIn offers an opt-out link. However, you have to register in order to opt out. I don't want these purported "networking sites" to have my details. Facebook used to be one of the worst spammers out there, although they've received enough scrutiny lately that maybe they're cleaning up their act. LinkedIn certainly is now, and I resent that people give them my details and I certainly won't volunteer any of my info.

However, as bex77 points out in a comment, LinkedIn spams the mailing lists of people who sign up. I had no idea, and this bit of information has just greatly multiplied LinkedIn's ick factor, which was already pretty high. I may try to contact people whose accounts keep sending me invitations and reminders, in case they are not aware.

The fact that I have to go to such lengths to avoid getting repeatedly spammed is ludicrous. LinkedIn's attitude towards all this is reprehensible.
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Book 25

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  1. Jones, Diana Wynne — Power of Three (293 pages)
  2. Juster, Norton — The Phantom Tollbooth (264 pages)
  3. Jeffreys, Daniel — America's Back Porch (286 pages)
  4. Robinson, Marilynne — Housekeeping (217 pages)
  5. Stevenson, Robert Louis — Treasure Island (212 pages)

Page count: 6312.

I have been wanting to read — or is it re-read? I'm not sure — Treasure Island for some time. The several references to it in Inkheart increased my desire familiarize myself with the story. The opportunity presented itself when I found myself going to the seaside town of St. Leonards for a week in September. The timing was perfect! As I sat on the pebbly beach reading, a mob of pirates walked by on the boardwalk — apparently it was Hastings Pirate Day. And the following week I found myself travelling to Bristol which, of course, is where the ship leaves England on its way to Treasure Island.

I don't have much to say, as too much has happened since I read Treasure Island. I may have had something insightful to say in August. But then, so much has been written about this fantastic story, I doubt I would have added anything of relevance to any discussion. I enjoyed the book very much, and that will have to be the extent of my observations.

Whenever possible, I try to do a movie tie-in, and there must be a million movie adaptations of Treasure Island, even not counting the silly ones like the Muppet version. Needless to say, I haven't had time to watch any of them recently, so I can't comment on any of them.