What I like: What I’m not telling you on Facebook

Tonight my sister put up a couple of “likes” on Facebook and I told her that now those “likes” have the ability to post to her wall. She didn’t believe me, but indeed from what I’ve been reading, such as in this post Think Before You Like and an accompanying post An army of likable objects: The new Facebook marketing strategy those posts and pages that you like do have access to posting on your wall. This is why I don’t like many pages, whether for actors, actresses, musicians, books or movies, on Facebook.

Plus if you do like pages, then it is difficult to “unlike” those pages as evidenced by this post 4 Reasons to Worry about Facebook Privacy from PCWorld. However, it can be done because tonight after reading all this, I did go back and “unlike” quite a few pages, not because I don’t “like” the actors, actresses, musicians, books or movies, but because I don’t like all that access for advertising out there available for them.

All of this is to lead up to what do I like in terms of music, movies and books, at least a small taste that might appear on my Facebook profile page if those “likes” weren’t so fraught with the opportunity for exploitation by advertisers.

I like…

big butts and I cannot lie…

…yes, I had to go there and actually I do like Sir Mix-A-Lot.

I like Bill Evans, to whom I’m listening now as I begin to write this post.

I like Ben Affleck as a director, an actor and a co-screenwriter in the movie The Town, which my wife and I watched last night. As a person, he might be a prick for all I know.

Also on the subjects of pricks, I like Russell Crowe and I love Gladiator.

I love The Godfather I and II and Goodfellas.

I love Sunset Boulevard and Citizen Kane.

I love Groundhog Day, all three Toy Story movies, Inception, Memento, Coolhand Luke, The Queen, Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Once Upon A Time In China 2...

…I like sequels for the most parts and even some remakes, True Grit and 3:10 To Yuma.

Speaking of Westerns, I love Clint Eastwood Westerns, especially Unforgiven.

I like U2, REM, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Björk (to whom I’m listening as I continue this post), Tori Amos (early stuff anyway), The Beatles, Public Enemy, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Parliament, Funkadelic, James Brown, Ray Charles, The Coasters, The Drifters (in all their incarnations), Otis Redding, William Bell, Aretha Franklin, Radiohead, The White Stripes,  Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly, Blind Willie Johnson, B.B. King, Fats Domino,  k.d. lang, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Prince, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Moby, The Chemical Brothers, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Yothu Yindi, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Billie Holliday, The Allman Brothers Band, Benny Goodman,Afrocelt Soundsystem, The Beastie Boys.

I think you get the idea in terms of music. I like a lot of different kinds of music.

I’ll leave books for another post, but you get the idea…I’m  an eclectic dude.

I’m not a big fan of opera or death metal, on the two extremes. This might come as a shock, but I don’t read romances. I tried steam-punk once and hated it, but I’d be willing to give it another go.

And yes, I do like modern art, even Jackson Pollock, the sick freak.

I hate Helen Steiner Rice.

Oh, yeah, make sure to “share this” on Facebook to make the title of this post ironic. I don’t care if you like it or not.

38 responses to “What I like: What I’m not telling you on Facebook

  1. I know I’m a bit late to this party but I have two thoughts.

    First, I try to “like” Facebook but it is just too… I don’t know what. All I know is I am a blogger at heart and I hate that it has stolen away so many of my fav bloggers. 😦

    Second, what the heck did Helen Steiner Rice ever do to you?! 😉

    • unfinishedrambler

      Helen Steiner Rice raped me as a teenager.

      Okay, not literally, but figuratively. 😉

      Facebook is a tool to promote your blog. I’d like to say that’s all but that isn’t true. It’s also a colossal waste of time, especially if you get caught up in playing games. Ugh.

  2. You are eclectic! Facebook is so complicated and so superficial/commercial. My blog posts go to there but otherwise I rarely use it.

  3. i haven’t looked far enough into the ramifications of the “like” decisions i made years ago to see how (or if) it will negatively affect me. i wonder if it’s too late to unlike things? hmmm.

    as for affleck, my work wife had breakfast with him a few days ago, because his girl is temporarily going to his son’s preschool while ben and/or jenny is shooting a film here in the ATL. he said he was thinner than anticipated but cordial enough.

    • unfinishedrambler

      It’s never too late to “unlike” things. It just might be a pain in the ass to do it, but it’s never too late.

      Good to know about Ben. My wife still thinks he’s a jerk. 😉

  4. I think that possibly we’re talking about two different things (because I don’t frequent Facebook a whole lot), but I HATE that damned “like” button. I HATE when I change my status like “I’m pregnant!” and people effing “like” it. Take the time to write a comment of congratulations or don’t do anything else. People are lazy and I think Facebook is making us lazier. I’ve thought about writing about this topic–the topic of how Facebook is false connectivity, but…

    • unfinishedrambler

      No, I think we’re talking about the same thing. It’s just that we’re coming at from different angles.

      Facebook definitely is false connectivity most of the time, but I’ve also made some “real” connections there. Well, at least a few.

  5. I’m very confused about the evil that is Facebook, but I like this post. Let’s get together and watch Gladiator and Kill Billl sometime, okay? I’ll bring the beer.

    • unfinishedrambler

      Nothing to be confused about: It’s just evil, but yes, I’d love to get together to watch Gladiator and Kill Bill over a beer. I just wish you didn’t live on the other side of the country. Otherwise, you’d be over for beer every night…well, maybe every other, but still you’d be over a hell of a lot, my friend.

  6. I like a lot of the same stuff you like. Why am I surprised?

    • unfinishedrambler

      You shouldn’t be. We’re cool people. What can I say? This is only the tip of the iceberg. I am not a one-dimensional character as Static mentioned. As I told him on Facebook, I am multi-layered…meaning, yes, I am fat. 😉

  7. I deactivated my Facebook account last month. It feels good to be freed from the constant bullshit my “””””friends””””” feel is important enough to share.

  8. I like you and only you… on facebook.

  9. Ha ha…I will not only ‘like’ this, I will ‘share’ it. Simply for mind-reeling irony.

    You don’t really think that the long tentacle-like arms of Facebook won’t know what you ‘like’ now, do you?

    “…I’m  an eclectic dude.”
    – I see that. Most impressive, sir. And all this time, I just thought you were a one-dimensional nameless faceless blogging cracka!

    You sure showed me and Facebook advertizers….that you do ‘like’ big butts. Prepare for a barrage of big butt porn in your inbox…beginning in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

    • unfinishedrambler

      Like I mentioned on Facebook, so far, so good. I haven’t received a lot of spam, but it’s early yet. Hey, all traffic is good traffic, right? …No? 😉

      • Yeah, sure. Any traffic is good. Even if it’s pics of The Notorious B.I.G.’s big wide butt those visitors are lookin’ for.

        • unfinishedrambler

          Are you saying that’s how people find your blog?

          My claim to “fame” is a photo I found somewhere online of Steffi Graf showing a little bit of cleavage. Still gets major hits. Go figure.

          • Ha ha..Stefi’s cleavage? Really. I wish all I got was hits for “pics of The Notorious B.I.G.’s big wide butt.”

            My overwhelming fan club consists of people searching for “whale penis”, “elephant ass” (which could qualify as pics of The Notorious B.I.G.’s big wide butt), and “huge vagina.”

            These folks must be sorely disappointed when they don’t find exactly what they are looking for. But my site is a second best, I suppose, because they keep on coming (no pun intended.)

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  11. Hahaha. A lot of things I “like” on Facebook are diplomacy “likes”- a friend is involved or something like that. I don’t like the advertising aspect of it either.

    • unfinishedrambler

      I know about those “diplomacy” likes. I figure I can just tell the people on their site or on their page that “Hey, I like you, dude or dudette.” I think that should suffice. 🙂

  12. Gilbert & Sullivan didn’t make your list, but please, please, if Sir Mix-a-Lot is on your list, go to this link and check it out. You will not be disappointed.

    Well, maybe you’ll be profoundly disappointed, but you’ll have no one to blame but(t) me.

    Here’s the link:

    • unfinishedrambler

      As I’m coming down with I think what might be a cold, I’m going to not go to that link right now, because I think it would give me a headache. Just a wild guess. However, I will stop by when I feel better, which might not be until next week…I hope before then, though.

  13. Here is a newsflash for you. I don’t care what you like. There ya’ go. 🙂