Why is this still here?

Starting to catch up on a few tasks here and there, and went into the image stock folders on the magic meme box (what some stodgy people call a ‘computer’) to see how much needed to be cleaned up in there. And realized that I still have a ‘Facebook’ folder with a handful of images in there.

You may have noticed the anti-social media widget over there on the sidebar, and if that wasn’t enough, I’m not shy about disparaging it, all of it, when the subject comes up; I consider Facebook the worst. So why do I even have a Facebook folder?

Well, because at one time I did have an account. It was started primarily to research some stuff for the place that I worked for at the time, figuring out how to actually use an account and what affect it had. This was back in 2008 I believe, and so I created my own page and played with it for a while. I didn’t do a whole lot with it at all, partially because Facebook outright stated they could do what they wanted with any photos that I posted, to which I wasn’t agreeable in the least, and so I posted few images. And partially because I wasn’t finding anything to actually do with it. I had my site, I had started blogging, and social media added nothing to that (or indeed, to anything.) Once I left that place of employment, I deleted the account – that was twelve freaking years ago.

And yet, the folder with ten images within sits here still. But in a coincidence that stretches credulity to the breaking point, today is Delete Your Fucking Facebook Horseshit Day, which had previously escaped my attention. And so away it goes! Long overdue, but anyway…

California sea lions Zalophus californianus at NC Zoological Park in Asheboro, NCAll of the photos therein have appeared elsewhere, either in the blog or the main site, save for two. One of those is at right, a shot of a pair of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) taken at the NC Zoological Park in Asheboro – I got lucky with the timing and poses while at the undersurface viewing window, and the muted colors complement one another pretty well. Nothing great, but for once the glass wasn’t half-obscured with smudges and ice cream and all that, one of the worst things about trying to shoot at zoos: they rarely clean the glass (especially on the far side.)

The other, bearing no copyright mark, may never have been posted at all – I’d just prepped it for eventual use. Taken January 1st, 2010, I did a lot of playing around with the light of the moon at various locations, and decided to compose this one when back home and looking up at the holiday lights strung along my balcony railing.

full moon and defocused holiday lights
Now, a variation of this has appeared for the first ‘On This Date’ post, two years ago, but I don’t think this version has been published anywhere else before. Does that make it an NFT? I don’t know, I’ve never understood the concept, but I’ll be happy to take large amounts of money from you and call it whatever you like – I’ll even delete this post afterward and avow never having seen it before if that helps. Once the check is cleared, of course – no, I do not accept cryptocurrency, or even dogshit; call me old-fashioned.

Anyway, enjoy celebrating the holiday! It goes without saying that this is not an annual holiday, because you already deleted it all today, so what’s the point of celebrating it again next year? Toss it all, stop worrying about what other people think, stop reading stupid and pointless horseshit, and enjoy yourself!