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Last post, I analyzed the impact of gun control legislation and changes on gun related deaths, as shown by statistics. I analyzed it in a lot of details, because that was required. But for those not interested in all the details, the summary was this. The impact was clear that the Brady Bill had a major impact to lower gun related deaths per year and per capita by about 25% ! See 1994-1999 part of analysis in link above. That impact, one would think, had to do with the background checks required. That was true. But what was surprising was something in the process of that check.

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Nov 6 2010 update:
This article just became much more relevant after Facebook introduced the Facebook Friendship Page feature on Oct 29, 2010.

Many, if not most, Facebook users have more friends on their Facebook Friends list than are good for them. Having more Facebook Friends means more people are watching you. There more people to waste your time, even if just having to sift through their updates to find ones from people you care about. There are also more people who could use something on your profile against you in some way, even if it’s just gossip, possibly from misunderstandings or unintentionally. We’re not even talking about potential creeps and malicious people here, who you don’t know well but had casually added as Facebook friends over time.

On a different topic, there are all kinds of Facebook memes, or trends, going on all the time. Facebook tagging is big. Facebook notes get passed along. There was that 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me thing that only helped making your ID easier to steal. Then there were the baby photos or retro photos trend that also helped in the case.

So how’s about putting the two together for something useful?

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A challenge to remove 5 Facebook Friends and pass it on!

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These would be “friends” in the loosest sense of the word, of course, not any real friends. I don’t think most people need any help to do this challenge if they want to take it up. That’s how frivolous I think the Facebook Friends thing has become for most Facebook users. However, if you need help or want to do a more serious purging, check out some of my criteria for identifying Facebook Friends you can remove without a lot of consequences.

I took up my own challenge, of course, and went way over 5.

Can you?

If you don’t take the challenge, maybe just ask yourself, can I remove 5 Facebook Friends from my list? It’ll give you an idea of the state of your Facebook Friends list to where it maybe should be.

If you can remove 5 Facebook Friends from that thought experiment, maybe you ought to reconsider, especially now that you know you can. It’s just some clicking and scrolling now. :-)

Or try it Facebook tagging style! (obviously you can’t tag these friends’ profiles, but you can tag and type in their names)

Facebook friends dumped tagging meme

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Other Facebook issue posts on my site:

The Prejudices and Privacy Perils of Facebook Quizzes

How to Get Rid of Your Facebook Past

25 Things For Facebook You Can’t Steal My ID With

25 Things You Gave on Facebook to Help Get Your ID Stolen

Una Guía de Netiqueta Práctica para Facebook

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.1

This is a gorgeous doo wop song from the 1950s which would obviously have to get severely trimmed down if you’re going to perform it solo with one guitar or ukulele instead of having a band and 3 back up singers.

The Five Satins

But that’s where arrangement comes in.

In the tabbed versions here, you actually do sing some of the accompanying parts when the lead singer is not singing. It’s about as complete a piece as you can do solo.

I’ve also simplified a few phrases ever so slightly, taking out a few subtle melismas (singing of a single syllable while moving between different notes) that are rather hard to do. Finally, I left out that stunning ending vocal interlude the lead singer, Fred Parris, does at the end. If you can do that, you shouldn’t be surfing this site for your music.

The notes are all written out in the tabs (by note letter) to help you figure out how to play my version of the tab.

Now, all that said of playing solo, if you had a group of people, you can certainly train them to sing the back up parts. That would be the “shoh doh shoh be doh” part throughout. This would be a great ukulele group piece, for example, if you put the time in to learn it!

In the Still of the Night, 5 Satins Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

In the Still of the Night, 5 Satins Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

In the Still of the Night, 5 Satins Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

In the Still of the Night, 5 Satins Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

If the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) are too small for your eyes, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Please click here for guitar and ukulele tabs and chords to other songs on this blog.

By the way, the video was from the 1950s and is quite sad if you realized segregation was in full tilt back then. The white people loved these guys’ music, but treated them worse than they treated their pets. They forced them in the back door, drink from different fountains, probably dressed outside, etc. No wonder they don’t look very happy.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.4

Juan Martín del Potro shocked the world today by upsetting Roger Federer in five sets, coming back two sets to one down, to beat world #1 Roger Federer in the US Open Finals. The 20-year old underdog was even more impressive considering he had beaten Rafael Nadal the day before in the semi-finals, proving that victory was no fluke. Del Potro was ranked sixth, so it wasn’t a huge historic upset victory like unseeded Kim Clijsters’ victory earlier in the day. However, considering the dominance of Federer and Nadal of late that it sometimes seemed the only one who could beat each was the other, del Potro’s victory was a huge upset. It was doubly so considering del Potro beat both of them on consecutive days!

Del Potro won 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-7 (4) and 6-2 for his first tennis major, and ended Roger Federer’s 5 year winning streak at the US Open. Match point is shown below.

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It was the first time the US Open Finals went to five sets since 1999, when Andre Agassi beat Todd Martin. It was the first time since 1977 that an Argentinian won the US Open (Guillermo Villas over American Jimmy Connors 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(4), 6–0 when the US Open was on clay).

At times, it seemed del Potro lost a little focus, like when he had the lead in the fourth set after breaking Federer, only to lose the set in a tie-breaker. Yet, he always seemed to get it back to end up winning the match, like how he broke Federer’s serve to win the match.

With a tournament like that, going through the two dominant players of the day when not even 21 years old, the young Argentine has an incredible future ahead of him. Perhaps the next lesson he has to learn will be one of focus, to make these victories easier…. but maybe not.

The entertainment value of the ups and downs, back and forth of such a match as the one he just won is what made it a classic!

Congratulations, Juan Martín! It’s nice to see a fresh new face on the men’s tennis scene! Congrats also has to go to Roger Federer on a great match, tournament and absolutely incredible run over the past 6 years at the US Open. Interestingly, Federer’s last lost at the US Open was to another Argentinean, David Nalbandian, in 2003. David was not in this year’s US Open, recovering from hip surgery.

But Roger Federer still had the shot of the tournament, probably shot of the year, and arguably shot of US Open tournament history!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.6

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In early July 2009, WordPress allowed its bloggers to install user rating systems on their blogs as a way to get more feedback. The outstanding How to video below, from WordPress.tv, shows the main features of the system. This post contains how I came to decide which options and features within the options to choose to enable on my blog, coming from a graphic designer, analyst and psychology enthusiast backgroung. For those who have enabled it or are thinking about it, this may be of help. Please feel free to give feedback because I might change my mind on a few things given fresh new perspectives.

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Do I want to be judged at all?
That was my first question. There are a lot of nasty people out there who can only make anything of themselves by putting down others. All you have to do is look at YouTube feedback on any video gone viral or seen to any extent to see comments and such, and presumably some ratings, too, coming out of nowhere. After all, it’s easier to one-click a rating than to have to write a whole comment, though the latter offers identification of the commenter. There are a lot of fair judging, too, with good and bad ratings, but it’s a free for all. Rival bloggers/sites can also come to spam you with bad ratings. That said, though, I decided to try… for now.
YES

Which judging system, stars or Nero?
From the video above, there is a five star system or a thumbs up/down (Nero) system for users to rate. I would say if you put any sort of “craftsmanship” into your blog and want feedback on that, then the stars system is for you. Otherwise, the Nero system is sufficient, like if you want to know if people liked or didn’t like a certain piece so maybe you can produce more similar content. Readers can also use this to indicate whether they agree or disagree, but such a menu choice is less universal to every post. A lot of text media news sites, which read like blogs, use the Nero system. However, their systems are often seen as “recommend” (without the negative opposite) rather than thumbs up/down. But if it’s good enough for them, and they would have done a lot of research on it, then it’s good enough for me.
NERO

Star rating descriptions?
The default is Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent, which is not ideal for a lot of situations, but it is for many, of course. I would say that if you have an opinion blog, you might try Strong Disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree and Strongly Agree. I only bring that up because, of course, blogging is often a means of self-expression and is full of opinions. Again, too bad it can’t be customized for each post since I have posts of graphics and opinions, but for the more generic uses, the Nero system works better.
LEFT AS DEFAULT, but think about other rating names if you have an opinion blog

Ratings Above or Below post?
Having a rating at the top of your post is good to encourage reading if you happen to have a good rating, because with the ratings are the current results up to time of post reading. Inevitably, though, you’re going to have some bad ratings and that’s not good to show. Besides, why influence the readers before they read your post? And don’t say it doesn’t, because it most certainly does! Let them judge your work on neutral grounds. Also, if they quickly see it’s not what they’re looking for, a few might just click a poor rating before leaving, even though it has nothing to do with the quality of your work but was maybe the fault of the search terms they used and/or the search engine returning results. The ratings on top also really looks awkward in some WordPress templates, just kind of floating around. Finally, by the time readers have gotten to your post, they have given you the “page view” for your stats. Make them at least scroll through the post to judge it. Having ratings below the post a good way to both, get some fair judgment and make those with bad intentions work a bit for their malice. Ratings below the post will get fewer responses, but better quality responses.
RATINGS BELOW POST

Rate Posts, Pages or Comments?
For me, rating posts is a no-brainer. That’s what I really want to get feedback on. Blogs are mostly composed of posts, not pages, for the most part so if you want feedback for your blog, post feedback is the way to go. Pages are sometimes more static, listing things or providing guidance, and maybe not as exciting. However, you may want to assess their value as a resource. If this were true , you might consider not only consider enabling ratings, but also a star system since level of quality is important here. And yes, you can enable different systems for different features of your blog. It’s just too bad you can’t do that for separate posts like having a choice with each post because some may well could use one rating system rather than another. Finally, for Comments, you can enable ratings to have others judge what others say or what you say in return. For “arguments” or “debates” brewing, this might be a good way to get additional feedback to those who take the time to leave comments. Again, I see the text media news sites do this and I will trust them on it.
RATE ALL

Size of ratings system on your post?
Small can be elegant, yes, but if you want to get people’s attention in hopes they’ll give feedback, large is the way to go. It’s not that large, to be honest with you. And at the end, with all the other clutter like tags and categories, if you have those on your blog, large will only help the rating system stand out.
LARGE SIZE

Font choice, size, colour and weight?
The default seems to be Interpret. I have never heard of that font but I do know Verdana has been around for a long time so just about every computer has it. It’s a nice, crisp, wide font your reader’s computer won’t likely substitute with another to guarantee they will see it as you will see it. The width of Verdana will help make your rating system more visible. Add some colour to it to get attention, though I went with blue rather than red in which my links all appear to differentiate it. I chose #0000ff blue. That’s a number sign, four zeroes and two f, which makes a hexadecimal code for the blue headers you see on this post. I don’t recommend italics because they don’t appear “smooth” on some machines. As for size, again, put some control to it. I choose 12 px (pixels) because that is about the size of the blog post body text. I would say that’s the best guideline for choosing a size. Choose one and view it in your blog. Then change it if you need to. All those font features might be a bit garish for some but experiment and choose as you like it.
VERDANA, 12 px, 0000ff BLUE and BOLD TEXT

Alignment?
Your blog probably reads from the left and is aligned at least to the left. Even justified alignment has a straight left margin. For all the fanciful centre alignment and all, left is easiest to read.
LEFT ALIGNMENT

Line Height
General rule of design is at least 125% of your font size. So for me, at 12 px text size (see above), the default of 16 px is fine. I don’t need to be picky for 15 px to be exact. A little more “white space” never hurts, especially if you want to make something stand out.
16px but really, AT LEAST 125% OF FONT SIZE

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.5

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