Comments for Coyote Crossing http://coyot.es/crossing Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts by Chris Clarke Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:07:45 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Let ‘Er Drift by Jean Ossorio http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/06/26/let-er-drift/#comment-20781 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:07:45 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4104#comment-20781 “No need to push that pedal. Life is a juggernaut. One cannot escape forward motion, no matter how our fingertips feel blindly for the fingertips of those behind us on the trail.”

At seventy-two, I sometimes feel the urge to shift to a lower gear. The grade feels a little steep lately.

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Comment on “Moon’s up.” by Cat Lazaroff http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/06/03/moons-up/#comment-20777 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:05:52 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4096#comment-20777 Thank you for something so hopeful! I Love this vision of the western future.

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Comment on “Moon’s up.” by charlie allen http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/06/03/moons-up/#comment-20776 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:24:29 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4096#comment-20776 Very comforting.

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Comment on “Moon’s up.” by chigau http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/06/03/moons-up/#comment-20775 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 05:41:30 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4096#comment-20775 Oh my.
You are so good.

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Comment on “Moon’s up.” by meshorer http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/06/03/moons-up/#comment-20774 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 04:30:58 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4096#comment-20774 So, so beautiful. Let me catch my breath.

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Comment on The Swainson’s thrush by Marcia Wolfe http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/05/04/the-swainsons-thrush/#comment-20772 Wed, 20 May 2015 17:52:36 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4066#comment-20772 One of my most favorite birds, that sits in the spring in the top of alpine fir and sing their heartfelt songs back and forth across Paradise Valley to each other… and then one day a couple years ago, now living in California, I heard one in my backyard in Bakersfield. It stayed for months. And last year too, though I haven’t heard or seen it recently. I was shocked and amazed to find what I was used to in the subalpine, living at near sea level in the residential desert of Bakersfield!

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Comment on Voice recognition by Jim Stanger http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/05/15/voice-recognition/#comment-20771 Sat, 16 May 2015 01:44:39 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4086#comment-20771 Hey, groovy. Of course keep the old one. Anything you shied away from doing with it because it was a phone is now possible. In other words…weather balloon that beast up!

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Comment on Social media isn’t by Jym Dyer http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/05/13/social-media-isnt/#comment-20770 Fri, 15 May 2015 07:19:50 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4073#comment-20770 =v= Wherever and whatever you write, I shall read.

The first social network that really grabbed me was Flickr, with its well-thought-out options. You can have Contacts, but you can additionally promote them to Friends and/or Family, and share accordingly. Nowadays this particular niche has been taken over by something with no such distinctions, not many options at all, and all the photos are square and low-resolution. I can understand the ease, but not giving up choice. As a wise man once said, Resist much, obey little.

Facebook manipulates us with its low threshold for “Friend”ship and by its “Like” limitation. Being perhaps overly literal, I resolved to limit my Friends to those I actually knew and liked. (My first exemption was a woman who Friended me and had you as a Friend. Turns out she had you confused with a different Chris Clarke and me confused with someone else — but we met in real life and it all worked out.) I don’t think this changes things much, though, it’s apparently typical to find that x% of the people on your list lack manners, y% overshare, and z% turn out to be horrible racists. My only defriendings have been the z%.

Twitter sets up no such expectations, everyone’s a “Follower” or not (or they get blocked). Your friendship develops, or not, on its own terms. Oddly enough, this makes it kind of more like Usenet, or blogs.

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Comment on Social media isn’t by Alison http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/05/13/social-media-isnt/#comment-20769 Thu, 14 May 2015 15:51:45 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4073#comment-20769 Sending love, Chris. Really.

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Comment on Social media isn’t by Karen http://coyot.es/crossing/2015/05/13/social-media-isnt/#comment-20768 Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://coyot.es/crossing/?p=4073#comment-20768 When I started using FB, I feared something like this could happen. So I added friends very selectively. A couple of years in, I’m now up to a whopping 123!

But I’m not a writer. Social media is just social for me. Having lots of “friends” who are readers, would-be readers, sources of info, and just good contacts seems like it would be really helpful to a writer (though I don’t actually know that, I’m just guessing). But, as you point out, FB has no way of distinguishing friends and “friends”.

If FB Purity tells me Chris Clarke unfriended me, I would understand, and I would still follow the writer Chris Clarke — because his writing is awesome. To anyone else reading this, I would encourage you to join me. If you value Chris, give him the breathing room he deserves.

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