Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Its Not OMG it's OMO …

Dear WYFF,
As our local NBC affiliate, you represent us … through the news, through your support of local charities, through advertising our local businesses. Thank you.

The general consensus that I get from my community and from social media is … We all love the music talent show, "The Voice". My personal assessment of this show is that it's much better than American Idol because it doesn't seem edited. It seems more professional than other TV reality talent and competition shows.

I, along with people in my community (Liberty SC) are concerned about the November 26, 2013 broadcast of "The Voice". In this episode, the semifinalists sang a rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"

According to lyrics website AZLyrics, the lyrics are …

"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by Lord, by and by?"

The contestants were "coached" (may I used the word, "forced" also) to use these lyrics instead …

"Will the circle, be unbroken, by and by OH, by and by?"

I'm confused by this.

What is controversial or even religious about using the word "Lord" in a HYMN?

This song is a gospel hymn. It refers to heaven. The music was chosen, knowing it was a gospel hymn.

I'm also confused because characters on MANY of your shows say "OMG" or "Oh My God" or even "Lord have mercy" … none of which constitute praise or have religious undertones.

Furthermore … If you featured the number one song in the country … "Royals" by "Lorde" would you introduce them like this … 
"Here's the song Royals, by the band OH"?

The song featured on "The Voice", as sung, lacked harmony and didn't fit. It was a blatant slap in the face of all viewers of all religions or even no religion.

Please pass this along to NBC and express to them that we noticed.

Liberty SC

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How To Stop Game Requests On Facebook … Or … Ending The Annoyance Of Candy Crush Saga & Farmville

A lot of times, facebook games send game requests out automatically.

I personally don't send game requests unless I know you like them and I'm really choosey which games and apps I use.

There are only a few games on facebook that don't track you. If you are playing Candy Crush and the "________ville" games - you are surrendering your privacy every second you play.

 While I recommend not playing games at all on facebook - remember - free is NOT really free - they make money by selling your profile data, friends data, and your "gaming statistics", including tracking you … you can prevent others from sending you game requests easily. Just block the games. Most everybody plays the same games. After about a month of performing the steps below, you should get relatively few gaming requests. I only get about one a month now and I have a lot of facebook friends - 10x more than most of you.

 1) ON FACEBOOK.COM … In the left sidebar on your computer, go to games. This will take you to the "facebook app center" … Click on "Requests" in the left sidebar of that page. Note in the picture what comes up …

 2) Visible in the small red area (circled for you to notice) is an X … click it.

 3) Choose "Block _______________ game"

 4) Confirm. Once you do this with the popular games (ie Candy Crush) you'll eventually only have a request every few months.

Tip #2 … pay attention! Choose "skip" when a facebook app asks if it can post to your profile or share on your friend's wall. Greater than 50% of the viruses I am removing from computers these days are making it onto your computers via facebook games. Note: facebook itself is benign, but know that most "pages" are marketing companies - collecting data on you. LOTS OF DATA!

Tip #3 … Screenshot pictures and memes and re-upload them rather than sharing. Credit the pictures if you like.