Mob mentality

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I received the bad news in my inbox this morning. It seems that because I failed to renew a certain subscription to a cool embeddable "thingy," a "thingy" that I had inserted in posts on my blog on more than a couple of occasions over the years, I was being canceled.

"As of today, no one can view the (thingies) you have created. Unfortunately, this includes (thingies) linked to any Web site, including and your (multiple listing service)."

Ouch. It feels like extortion, and I should have known better. I’ve seen the movies — the ones where some young kid with visions of riches and fame joins the mob. It seems like a good idea at the time — all the cool kids are doing it.