Your Panties Are Not Safe: The Scoop on Underwear DNA Tests

My mother's grandmother once gave her a piece of unsolicited advice: if you want to cheat on your husband, don't worry, just dispose of your underwear. My grandmother had her own ideas –- which she dispensed to me herself, also unsolicited –- that one should make best friends with the staff because they're the ones who change your sheets and thus know all your "comings and goings." My mother and I thought of these ideas in the same way we think of antiques: cute, if totally outdated. Outdated, that is, until an e-mail stumbled into my inbox from a a scientist friend at USC, the subject of which read: "DNA tests underwear to prove infidelity." ...more

what a disgusting and disturbing thought. I wonder what else can our panties be tested for ...more

TMI FTW: Why I Need to Show You What's Been Ravaging My Body

LOOK. SEE! THIS IS WHY I HURT! THIS IS WHY I COMPLAIN! -- that's really the message I'm sending when I take shots of my IV-laden arms that make me look like a junkie or my kids making me smile in my hospital bed. ...more

...with "loss of control" .. that's exactly what blogging gives me.. the only control I have ...more

Facebook's New Privacy Settings: Simpler Than Rocket Science, But Not By Much

Last week Facebook responded to the screams of anger over their privacy policies. On the Facebook blog, Mark Zuckerberg explained Facebook's new rules. Supposedly, the steps Facebook is taking will make monitoring your privacy settings simpler. ...more

to explain the settings, don't you? If you don't understand exactly what each one does, you may ...more

Showering After a Stroke: Naked Hopping, Not As Exciting As It Sounds

I haven’t been inside my shower since November 2009. Today I sat outside the door and looked in. ...more

After an excruciating back injury I was pretty helpless for a few months. Even the little ...more

You’re in Control with New Facebook Privacy Settings

Users protested and Facebook listened. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook has just rolled changes to make it easier for users to configure their privacy settings and to retroactively control access to content that has been previously posted. In essence, Facebook has given the user more control in the information available to everyone — both past and present....more

IS IT THE JOB OF FACEBOOK?

Recently, Facebook has been hammered again for its default privacy settings. For the nth time, Mark Zuckerberg became the butt of his global brainchild  with his critiques digging something from the gossip mill that he had once blurted a long time ago  that "people will  trust him."...more

Privacy Concerns, Securities Fraud, Quit Facebook Day, Jason Calacanis: Will Anything Make Us Delete Our Facebook Accounts?

People are deleting their Facebook accounts left and right. Weblogs and Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis deleted his and became a Facebook ghost, and he is a social media deity. Well, that is what I am reading, anyway. However, despite even ongoing allegations of securities fraud against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, I have yet to encounter a real life friend -- or even an Internet friend -- who has pulled the trigger and deleted her own Facebook profile. ...more
I've been visiting less and less but I haven't seriously thought of deleting. Unfortunately, ...more

Facebook, Radical Transparency and Privacy: It's Not Just the Techies Who Are Mad

At SXSW, I decided to talk about privacy because I thought that it would be the most important issue of the year. I was more accurate than my wildest dreams. For the last month, I've watched as conversations about privacy went from being the topic of the tech elite to a conversation that's pervasive. The press coverage is overwhelming -- filled with infographics and  a concerted effort by journalists to make sense of and communicate what seems to be a moving target. ...more

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Zuckerberg’s Immaturity and Inexperience Hurt Facebook on Privacy Issues

Look, I completely believe that this generation of kids has their finger on the pulse of the massive change needed to bring us to a more humane, connected, responsible world.  I give a LOT of leeway to young thinkers, precisely BECAUS...more

How Young is Too Young for Social Media?

I posted this entry on my blog earlier this week and we continued the conversation over on Facebook. Now I am not a mother (yet), but I do recognise the dangers which kids can face and the fears which parents will have towards anything, and for this discussion, towards social media and generally technology. ...more