Facebook account restored. Again.

After 18 days my Facebook account has been restored, thanks to a friend who interceded and filed an internal report. The report found no violations and that was that.

The last time this happened was in November. But then I was back within 24 hours of uploading my ID. At that time I said “Once burned, twice foolish, three times…???” Now it’s the fourth time.

Facebook says that have taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We’ll see. “Centralized Escalations Support” sounds like a working group on “Severance.”

Going forward I’m going to have to think long and hard about how I use Facebook.

I have found groups for things like health and political discussions just fine on Reddit. And I’ve even started using Twitter some more. It’s interesting in that you can view the “engagement” of each of your posts. It’s more chaotic though. And of course I have my blog here. And my private label social network at Lifemind. It’s hard to get people to join new social networks though.

Anyway, I’m glad I can see my circle of friends at Facebook again. That’s all I really missed.

More sakura, Pao and Facebook update

The sakura along the Nakagawa are definitely starting to bloom. It’s a lot more than 1% now. Maybe 5 or 10%. I doubt if it will be in full bloom by the weekend, but soon! Here are a few photos from my walk yesterday.

My account at Facebook remains disabled. I’m ok with the groups at Reddit for things like Whole Food Plant Based healthy eating, and war discussions, and so on. But I wonder what’s the best way to share little things with my extended circle of friends: old friends from college and grad school, friends from work at Fujitsu, and an extended circle of ex-pat friends in Japan going back decades? I can’t flood them with blog post emails multiple times a day. I would be fine not getting back into Facebook if there was an easy way to just share stuff. I guess I turned into a “sharing” type of person. Maybe I’ll just set something up at my private label social network and say, “visit if you are interested” and see who comes. People are resistant to joining “yet another” site though.

For once-ever-few-days sharing people are welcome to subscribe to my blog here.

Here I’m trying to make breakfast and Pao is sitting by my feet, in front of the sink. I’m stepping over him and moving around him, but he’s not moving at all.

And here are some sakura along the Nakagawa during my afternoon Pao walk.

I turned this live photo into a GIF. What actually happened was Pao saw a dog he likes from his viewing position on the stair landing. He ran down the stairs and out the door, then down the front staircase, chasing after his friend! I needed to grab a leash and run after him. Side-note on GIFs: Apparently the creator of GIF files passed away yesterday. And yes, the correct pronunciation of the file format is JIF.

A few sakura in bloom, and a note about Facebook

During a cold, afternoon walk I saw a few sakura in bloom. I think it’s still around one percent. Maybe in another week it will get closer to full bloom. Here are a few today. The first two were shot in macro mode up really close. I love how that feature works. The warmer weather should rebound tomorrow.

Because of last week’s earthquake, and the sudden extreme cold (it snowed yesterday!) Tokyo has been on a possible power shortage alert. While peak usage reached 103% I think there were no power failures though.

In other news, my Facebook account has been disabled for the fourth time! Again, there was no explanation, and no mention of violations. I received a code on my iPhone, then uploaded a photo and ID to verify identity yesterday. Now I’m just waiting. It’s annoying because it cuts me off from various friends and also disables my Messenger account. Anyway, by now people know how to reach me otherwise (email, iMessage, LINE, WhatsApp, and text to my U.S. number too).

I’d really like to just get away from Facebook, but the problem is everybody has accounts there, and people are resistant to creating new general social network accounts elsewhere. And if I post miscellaneous tidbits of this and that to my blog it would swamp subscribers. On the plus side, it’s felt nice and quiet (except for Pao’s hyper-reactivity to sounds outside) and I could relax and get more work done.

This tree along the river always seems to bloom first. The others are just showing buds so far.

Olympics, and Facebook restored (sort of)

Other volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics I’ve spoken with have not yet heard what is to become of us since spectators in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures have been banned. I just finished my venue training at the Oi Hockey Stadium and was scheduled to attend July 24-28 and August 3-4. But rumors have it that we should expect some sort of cancelation notice, or suggestion of reassignment of some kind.

I wrote the Olympic Committee and suggested this:

With the new announcement of no spectators, I don’t know what will happen with volunteers. I suppose we will receive an email soon.

I have a suggestion though. How about letting the volunteers who are fully vaccinated be spectators? We can look after ourselves at the venues.

That will add some Olympic spirit and require the minimum of management.

I did get a reply:

Mr./Ms. Douglas Lerner This is Tokyo 2020 Field Cast Office. Thank you for your valuable suggestion. We will share it with our office. Thank you for your understanding. Best regards.

I doubt anything will come of it. So just standing by with my credentials, uniform and other Olympic goods, and a dog sitter scheduled to come and watch Pao those days.

Meanwhile in Facebook land, my disabled account has been restored. Sort of. Like back in February, I can now get in, post in my feed, use Messenger and so on. There was no explanation from Facebook about what happened, and no rule violations listed anywhere. But, like last time, there are some groups I can no longer post in, and some I can. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. I can post in the Tokyo Expats group. I can’t post in the Whole Food Plant Based health group. Last time it took months to sort out. I’m using Reddit for groups in the meanwhile, and continuing work on my own social network. But it’s difficult to get people to join a new social network these days. Facebook pretty much has a lock on things. I have told my Messenger friends how to reach me outside the Facebook ecosystem though.

Pao is doing ok – but our afternoon walks have gotten shorter because of the heat. We’ve been taking an extra evening walk instead, weather permitting. I think rainy season in Tokyo will be lifting by the end of the week.