What is the Polar Bear Post?
This started out as a way to share some of my Twitter threads with friends and family who don't use Twitter and would likely struggle trying to follow a thread. If I wanted them to read, I had to make it user friendly (Note: they still don't read). I used Threadreaderapp to roll up the tweets (why do they call it "unroll?" Makes no sense to me) and then copy/past to an html page. Delete the breaks between tweets, mess with format, and there I had a web page to post on the server I've had for 20-something years.
The collection of standalone web pages started growing and I decided to organize. I dusted off a site I ran 11 years ago called AlgaeAwards* and used its framework to house my articles in categories.
Well, there are a whole lot of content-producers with plenty to say that is educational and informative. I wanted to share THOSE threads. I started a "Recommended Reading list". It is by no means comprehensive. Just various threads that seemed "keepers" when I had time to preserve them via this method. Then THAT got out of hand, so I added categories for Recommended Reading too. Some of the links go to pages I created in similar fashion to that described above for my threads; others go to the Threadreaderapp repository.
That's it. Just a Grumpy Old Man frustrated that the Age of Aquarius didn't happen and now looks farther away than ever, sharing thoughts, observations from a 70-year-old perspective, plus a few shortcuts to other people's thoughts/observations. Browse around if you see fit. I might add ability to make comments some day, but for now either hit me on Twitter @frogcycle or email me using link at left. In particular, make suggestions of threads or other articles to note here.
*Algae Awards was a lighthearted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek way to compliment the few journalists/media personalities who did something useful in the face of a miserable time in GWB's second term, looking forward to the prospect of brighter days ahead in 2008.
This updated version is not very light hearted. The times are far more miserable. The prospect of brighter days ahead is sketchy. But I need to vent, so here it is.
I am... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents."
Launched 6/23/18 Restructured 7/15/18