Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Big Brother is finally watching us.
Like a lot of people I recently decided to upgrade my cell phone and get a data-phone as I like to call them but most will know them by the irritating name "smartphone" This has become the catch-all word to describe any iphone-like phone that will deliver and send email, run applications, or display web pages etc... Its a surprisingly addictive little gizmo and its using the Android operating system so it integrates seamlessly with my gmail account and now with all its connected "services" like YouTube and Plus and all that hazzmajazz. What this means as far as I can tell us that the Google corporation have succeeded in gathering even more information about me. If they choose (and most probably they do) they can read my mail, track my whereabouts, see my social life and pictures etc. So what happened recently is that when I purchased the phone Google had pre-loaded it with an ebook in order to promote their ebook store and encourage people to buy books and read them on their cellphones. The book they loaded it with? 1984 by Orwell. So what struck me as ironic about this is that periodically updates to the book application including parts of the books were automatically applied without me knowing or approving them which I guess is pretty much standard and accepted these days. Sound familiar? Mind you the text if the book hadn't been altered but the cover picture had. It makes me wonder where we're headed with all this auto-updating technology. Information is becoming less and less a finite thing that you buy and use it and enjoy and more of a service that you subscribe to. Its constantly being updated and modified. But it makes me wonder where were heading with this. Online news computer programs are already being constantly modified and rewritten. Will the same thing start to happen with books and movies?
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
|La Peruse, Maui|
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
IMG_5591, originally uploaded by burro come churro.
Here is another great pic of our cat. Cat images probably make up about 1/3 of internet traffic after Facebook and porn, but, well why not post another? I can think of far worse things to spend time looking at - like Facebook and Porn for example. He has extra toes and long legs so I'm guessing this is why he likes to sit with his legs stretched out in front like this, or maybe more likely, it's because he's too hot. The air has been a little cold in town lately, so I'm guessing either we're still going to get some really hot summer weather in the next few weeks, or the Canadian winter is already descending down from the north!!! Say it isn't so!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Freak out / live life!
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
I used to play a lot of board games when I was younger and I still like to from time to time. My girlfriend's mother is really into board games and usually when we go over for a visit we do some gaming of some kind. Karkazon is a good game that's been around for the last few years, but I only picked it up recently. It's pretty fun. Basically, there is no board here. Gamplay consists of building the board and strategically placing markers in order to win points and resources. It's fun because no two boards are alike and there is a lot of strategy involved.
As time goes by, the game changes. We practically play it every time we go over there. Games are loads of fun. I'm not sure if it's happening yet, but I think that playing board games is an activity long overdue for a resurgence. It's a good way for people to hang out and be social without having to drink tons, go out or watch movies or knit or whatever. Fun for the whole family as they say.