A nice day for baseball

We took the boys to Philadelphia to see the Phillies play the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. It was pretty hot out, but our seats were fantastic — right next to the foul pole in left field. Unfortunately no home runs came our way, but everyone still had a blast. I wish we lived closer, I’d love to go to more games.

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Iron Pigs post-game fireworks

Miranda and I took all of the kids and her mom down to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown for an Iron Pigs game before her mom and the oldest kid head off to the Rock School’s ballet program for the summer. We didn’t realize there were post-game fireworks when we bought the tickets, so that was a nice surprise… especially since the Iron Pigs didn’t play very well.

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Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR

From ESPN:

Former Boston Red Sox slugger and Dominican star David Ortiz is out of surgery and doing “fine,” according to his family, after he was shot Sunday at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Some tragic news out of the Dominican Republic. On the upside, it sounds like he’s going to be ok and has been flown back to Boston for additional treatment.

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

From Motherboard (emphasis mine):

Several departments inside social media giant Snap have dedicated tools for accessing user data, and multiple employees have abused their privileged access to spy on Snapchat users, Motherboard has learned.


Oh wait, no, I’m not. Can we just burn the entire tech industry to the ground now?

Instagram website leaked phone numbers and emails for months, researcher says

From CNET:

Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says.


It seems like there’s a similar article every week and every time I consider going back, I’m reminded of why I left.

The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

From Brett Terpstra:

If you don’t already have the scoop, it’s the search engine that can serve as a complete replacement for Google (and Bing and whatever else you like), except it respects your privacy and security. And while Google does some cool tricks, DuckDuckGo does some even better ones.

I’ve tried switching to DuckDuckGo a couple of times and always ended up going back to Google. Maybe I’ll try it again and these tips — particularly the “bang” searches — will help me stick with it.

Facebook Users Morbidly Curious What Site Going To Do With Their Personal Data To Recoup $5 Billion Fine

From The Onion:

Wondering how the social media giant will unethically exploit their personal data next, Facebook users conceded Friday they are morbidly curious to see what the company does to them in order to recoup its losses following a $5 billion Federal Trade Commission fine.

I know this is from the Onion, but this sort of shit really is exactly why I left.

Goodbye, Facebook

Update – May 1, 2019: Gone.

Ed. Note – April 24, 2019: I originally wrote the post below on February 1st, but for whatever reason decided to stick around for a bit. However, the latest batch of stories coupled with the fact that most posts I read make me literally hate everyone and everything finally pushed me over the edge.

TLDR: In an effort to preserve my sanity and for my own mental health, I’ll be deactivating, then eventually deleting, both my Facebook and Instagram accounts at the end of the month.

Dear Facebook,

It’s time for me to go.

If I think about it, this has been coming for quite a while. I haven’t exactly been quick to do anything about it (I mean how else am I supposed to know it’s the birthday of a friend I had in high school that I haven’t seen or talked to in 25 years?), but it’s time.

Why, you ask? Well, pick one or more:

I’m not sure exactly which of the above was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back, but over the last few days something finally pushed me to do something about it.

To my family and friends on Facebook:

I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, but I don’t want to keep supporting this company. There are a few ways that you can keep in touch with me if you’d like (I’d love it if you do). You can:

P.S. – Since Facebook owns Instagram and is ruining that too, I’ll be deactivating my Instagram account as well.