Archive for February, 2012
Sunday, February 26th, 2012
open to debate. And if debate is your thing, then there are indeed some topics that, more so than others, will get sparks flying.
To establish the safest, and most agreeable environment in which to build social networks, sites such as Twitter will provide terms of service (TOS) for its members. Included in those terms are topics and content that are designated as taboo, or off limits. In addition to illegal and socially unacceptable topics, there are also issues that are peculiar to online communication that are best to avoid as well. The following is a list of 10 topics that are taboo on Twitter:
- Spam – Unwanted solicitations, with an evolving definition of what constitutes spam, based on certain factors which Twitter considers when addressing the issue.
- Pornography – Twitter TOS declares: “You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile picture or user background”.
- Malware/Phishware – It is taboo to post, or link to, malicious content that is intended to damage or disrupt other members’ computers or browsers.
- Third Party Sites – Promoting websites that promise to help you get more followers on Twitter is a no-no.
- Racist Content – Although not expressly forbidden by the TOS, this is one of those areas where common sense and moral standards ought to make it unnecessary to spell out for you.
- Threats/Violence – On the other hand, you would think this one would go without saying also, but it is in fact listed in Twitter’s TOS.
- Copyright – When posting content that infringes upon any copyright, a user is in violation of Twitter TOS, as well as whatever copyright laws that may apply.
- Privacy – Posting private or confidential information, or any content that is intended to compromise the privacy of other members is prohibited by Twitter.
- Impersonation – Content that is intended to deceive or mislead others, by impersonating someone else, is against the rules.
- Illegal Activities – Any content that promotes, advertises or encourages illegal activities, or use of the Twitter service for unlawful purposes of any kind.
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Heavy metal fans around the world have revered former Black Sabbath frontman and successful solo artist Ozzy Osborne for more than forty years. The following ten websites are among those that the Godfather of Heavy Metal should consider adding to his favorites list.
- Alcoholics Anonymous – Osbourne’s battle with alcohol addiction has been well-publicized over the years. He has openly stated that he’s baffled by the fact that he managed to survive the years of extreme alcoholism and his resulting behavior.
- The Alamo – One of the most well-known pieces of Ozzy-related history is the story of his decade-long banishment from the city of San Antonio, Texas. In a drunken stupor and his wife’s clothes, Osbourne urinated on the cenotaph honoring those who died at the Alamo. His antics led to an arrest and the refusal of city officials to allow his return.
- PETA – In an infamous stunt that horrified record execs and outraged animal rights activists, Ozzy once bit the head off of a dove during a meeting. The original plan was for the birds to be released as a symbol of peace, but an inebriated Osbourne snatched one from the air and orally decapitated it. After spitting the bird’s head onto a table, he’s said to have smiled peacefully with blood dripping from his lips. Later, he also accidentally repeated the incident on-stage with a bat that he mistakenly thought was made of rubber.
- Motley Crue – The 1984 tour that Osbourne shared with legendary party-animal rock stars Motley Crue has been called the “craziest drug and alcohol-fueled tour in the history of rock and roll.” Rock legend states that Ozzy snorted a line of ants after Crue bassist Nikki Sixx set fire to himself.
- Tony Iommi – The relationship between Ozzy and founding Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been a tumultuous one, by all accounts. After legal battles and artistic differences, the original members of the seminal outfit announced a reunion tour and new album in 2011. Fan celebrations were cut short in the earliest days of 2012 with Tony Iommi’s announcement of a lymphoma diagnosis. Plans for the album, with high-profile producer Rick Rubin at the helm, have not changed. Iommi insists that his treatments will not delay the long-awaited album.
- Ozzfest – The massive touring metal festival that Ozzy and his team put together each year, Ozzfest, is always one of the concert season’s biggest draws. Each year’s lineup is a balance of the long-established heavy-hitters in the metal world and new up-and-coming acts.
- IMDb – In addition to an impressive list of soundtrack contributions, Ozzy Osbourne has a handful of acting credits to his name. His turn as a televangelist anti-metal crusader in the 1986 cult film Trick or Treat is certainly one of Osbourne’s career highlights.
- Ozzy – Like any self-respecting rock star, Ozzy’s sure to have a bit of a narcissistic bent. In order to satisfy those urges, his own official website is a must on the bookmarked list.
- Scientific American – As the first (and only, to date) rock star to have his entire genome sequenced, Ozzy has also made a significant contribution to the scientific world. The data may, as science advances, aid researchers in the area of addiction science as well as isolating a propensity for musical skill on the genetic level.
- The Sunday London Times – Osbourne’s weekly contribution to the Sunday London Times in the form of a column entitled Ask Dr. Ozzy makes their website another must-visit on his list. The column draws upon the hard-living legend’s wide array of experiences and wisdom, covering the topics of addiction, music and witty advice.
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