The Resonant Frequency of Chum

A number of articles today seemed to resonate with me as my birthday approaches:

  • From the “It’s No Longer Cool When Your Parents Do It” Department: USAToday has an article about the percentage of older adults on social networks is growing. According to the article, 35% of adult Internet users now have a profile on at least one social networking site. And among online adults ages 35-44, 30% have a profile. For those aged 45 to 54 (I’m turning 49), the percentage is 19% (55-64, 10%; .GE. 65, 7%). The article notes that most adults use social networking for personal rather than professional reasons; about half of adult users are on MySpace and just under a quarter use Facebook. Just 6% use LinkedIn, geared for business networking. They don’t mention LJ. I guess I’m an a oddity: I’m on LJ, MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Haven’t yet gotten into twittering though….
  • From the “Dum Dum Dum Dum” Department: Some of us are old enough to remember when Peanuts still had new run strips (i.e., before 1999). It turns out there were multiple layers in the strips involving Schroder. The music in those strips… it was real snippets of Beethoven chosen specifically for each strip. Evidently, Schulz carefully chose each snatch of music he drew and transcribed the notes from the score. Alas, I never got the joke, as I don’t read music.