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Thought for the Day

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by bearmancartoons

As we come upon another holiday season.  Let us sit back and reflect on those less fortunate than ourselves.  Those who truly are suffering.  No, not residents of war-torn cities.  No not the malnourished, the unemployed, the homeless, the scorned, the depraved.  No not any of them.  The ones who are truly suffering tonight are Michaele and Tareq Salahi

What’s more now they are under possible scrutiny for potentially cooking the books and not paying vendors for their Foundation event to raise money for charity.    According to Tareq, the 2007 event raised $250,000.  According to the local charities who were supposed to benefit, they received $10,000 combined.

My heart goes out to them on this cold night.

Guest Editorial Cartoon: Agent_X

Posted in Guest Cartoon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2009 by bearmancartoons

So just this week I announce that I am looking for webcomics creators to draw what their characters will look like at age 100 and already I have entries from George and Byron (be careful when going to their sites as these guys tend to like to draw protruding nipples).  Remember those interested get to me by August 15.

I also put out an ongoing call to anyone who wanted to submit an editorial/pop culture cartoon and I got my first submission from Agent-X Comics.  This site is full of single panel  gag cartoons that tend to poke fun at social media sites (facebook, twitter, etc) and their users. He is probably most known for this hilarious toon:

So without further ado along the lines of what he is known for with an editorial bent, I give you the first guest editorial cartoon.

Agent_X Guest Cartoon 7 24 09

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Facebook Quizzes: Are they mining your personal information?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Hat tip to Bill and a commenter at the Comics I Don’t Understand website for the link to this PC World article entitled, The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes

If you or your friends on Facebook are prone to sending out those crappy little quizzes such as “What Disney Princess are You?” or “Which Character from Harry Potter are you?”, you should read the article first.   On the mildly annoying side, the companies that put these out might mine the data on your profile in order to direct market or email market you things they want to sell.  Or they can force you to click “No Thanks” on ad after ad before you can find out that your personality matches up such that you should marry Steven Baldwin, and not Alec.

From the article:

Remember, even if you don’t directly input data, it can be passed along. Such is the case with Facebook, where just opening an application automatically grants its developer access to your entire profile. And don’t assume that the developer isn’t going to use the information within.

“The very intimate and detailed nature of the information featured on Facebook profiles makes such a database very valuable to marketers,” says Guillaume Lovet, a senior manager with security company Fortinet.

So before you start talking about your dog (hmmm isn’t “what is your pet’s name?” one of the secure questions they use to reset passwords) or your mom’s maiden name, maybe think again.

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Time Magazine: Facebook Users are More Stupider

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by bearmancartoons

A few days ago I lamented about breaking down with the masses and joining Twitter.  About a month ago, I got sick of all my friends sending me invites from their email list to join Facebook and finally did.  I don’t like feeling left out.

But even after joining, I didn’t become addicted.  I’ll check who has added me every so many days but much like Twitter, I don’t have much to say.  If I have something important to say, I tell people (or I write it here).

So now comes an article from Time Magazine that claims the one thing Facebook users share is lower grades.

The study, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association on April 16, surveyed 219 undergraduate and graduate students and found that GPAs of Facebook users typically ranged a full grade point lower than those of nonusers — 3.0 to 3.5 for users versus 3.5 to 4.0 for their non-networking peers. It also found that 79% of Facebook members did not believe there was any link between their GPA and their networking habits. (See the 50 best websites of 2008.)

Karpinski says she isn’t surprised by her findings but clarifies that the study does not suggest that Facebook directly causes lower grades, merely that there’s some relationship between the two factors. “Maybe [Facebook users] are just prone to distraction.

Now of course what catches my eye is how stupid are the researchers.  20 million facebook users and their sample size is only 219.    Now let’s say the researchers where just referring to the population of Ohio State University Students (60,000), the would need almost 400 students in their sample to make it more accurate.  But I go off on my statistics rant.

Twitter screws up your relationships

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by bearmancartoons

See if my previous post wasn’t enough…USA Today has an article in todays paper talking about how people rely too much on social networks like Twitter and Facebook while ignoring the people sitting right in front of them. 

I love the line:

As it turns out, some celebrity Twitterers — Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Barack Obama — have hired ghostwriters to supply their tweets because they’re just too busy

Come on!  Really!  Are you that impressed with yourself that you need someone else to make your life sound more interesting than it is.  Read the article here.