Eadon: Social Net Zombies, Macabre Irony and Chess World Champ Drama

Twitter went IPO and it was no turkey. The micro-blogging site is blighted by fake accounts, which are, needless to say, created by marketers and often feature scantily clad ladies. These zombie accounts are not manned and usually do not post. It turns out that forty percent of genuine Twitter accounts do not post whilst their owners do read tweets. So it’s possible to figure out if a typical user has bought “folowers” (these are likely to be fake followers) by seeing if his ratio of active to inactive users is much over 40%. In any ecosystem, whether biological or virtual, there will always be pathogens and parasites.

Facebook is losing it, or at least it is losing US teens. After all, is it cool to hang out on the same site as your parents (shudder)? Although the ad-infested social net has critical mass inertia, its demographic will become increasingly middle aged, so don’t keep your Facebook shares too long, sell them for bitcoin.

In related news, in the summer Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed outrage at the Snowden revelations that Facebook routinely provides governments with access to its users’ private data. Yet at about the same time Facebook was granted its patent application to make it easier for governments to access its servers via an automated “Writ Response” system. Time to add up 2 and 2.

In case you missed this story, it has a macabre irony that is well worth repeating. In order to guage its age, scientists killed a molusc only to discover that it was the oldest creature ever discovered.

To the most anticipated Chess match for a generation, which is finally underway: the Vishy Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen World Championship battle (see last week’s column). The war has escalated from cold to hot. The first two games were pathetically anticlimactic short draws. This was a chess PR disaster. The players were apologetic in the press conferences that took place after the games for playing it ultra-safe and for denying the World of any spectacle. The next two games were also draws, but this time both players experienced some peril. People were wondering whether World numero uno, Magnus Carlsen, could live up to expectations.

That quad of draws helped the players in different ways. By avoiding a loss Anand was able to claim some credibility after his recent lacklustre tournament results (although his eagerness to draw has been criticised by some). Young Carlsen, initially nervous, was able to break himself into a terrifyingly important match in India: Anand had home advantage. Whilst Carlsen has an almost supernatural tournament record, his match play experience is virtually zilch and none existent at the highest possible level.

The most recent game to date, game five, was shaping up to be another hard-fought draw. An ambiguous end game arrived that was roughly equal yet complicated. The hazard for Anand was that Carlsen is legendary at miraculously winning these kinds of unpromising positions. Even so, most commentators were expecting the World Champ to hold. Anand pushed forward and seemed to be solving problems with his position. Then Anand found himself in trouble as Carlsen suddenly opened up gaping holes in Anands’ defence. The web cam showed poor Anand squirming as his position avalanched. So commentators’ draw predictions were confounded when Carlsen won the game and then we were treated to a comically inept press conference during which the affable World Champ was visibly crestfallen.

With about seven games ahead, depending on future results, Anand can no longer afford the luxury of playing prophylactic chess, now he must grow a pair and take risks.

The World Champ is not to be underestimated. Anand has come back from behind before to retain his World Champion crown by winning the very next game after a loss to a challenger. However there have been murmurings that Anand doesn’t know how to beat the phenomenal Carlsen, whose confidence has evidently been waxing as the match progresses. Now Anand must forcefully show India and the world why he’s the Champ and not a has been.

P.S. I am a game inventor as well as an IT geek, Culica Cube, my invention, is available on Amazon (UK) Culica Cube. It is fab and also ideal as stocking filler.

6 comments on “Eadon: Social Net Zombies, Macabre Irony and Chess World Champ Drama

  1. Anthem
    November 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Kudos for making chess sound remotely exciting.

    • James Eadon
      November 17, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Chess is simultaneously boring and exciting. It’s a pretty pointless game really, but then again, so is football 🙂

  2. Anthem
    November 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Oh, and I’m going to buy a Culica. Looks very interesting. Double kudos for getting the plug into your article. I like it. 🙂

    • James Eadon
      November 17, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      It makes sense to plug the game here coming up to Christmas. I might ask our leader, Mr Delingpole to plug it for me too at some point. Culica Cube an unusual, original game but, in my unbiased opinion, it is simply fantastic! You are most kind to buy one, thank you, it’s appreciated. More info here – http://www.captica.com/index.php/culica-games

  3. dr
    November 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Why don’t you write up Culica and submit it as an article anyway? I know that is sounds like its a bit biased, but so long as you state in the article that you are the inventor, there won’t be any deception.
    Then, at least people will know what it is and what it does. Secondly, you will have an essay that you can submit to more websites to be published multiple times as advertising.
    Or you can issue the essay as a press release from your business.

  4. James Eadon
    November 18, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    @dr – it’s a great toy for making kids smarter, so it would all be for the greater good, I guess 🙂
    There is info about the product in the link I provided above, but your idea is not bad at all.

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