trash that takes itself out – i.e. friends test

Whenever somebody does a “friends test” on Facebook, I always silently and immediately throw in the towel on that s***.

“You must do such and such or you will be defriended” is the usual refrain, or “I’m purging my friends list”.

I’m what’s called “trash that takes itself out”. Cast me off and I don’t care. I like the friends I have and have no desire to ever throw out some kind of test. I’ll let go of some and they of me. It’s all quite internet natural.

People come, people go. We’re all here voluntarily.  I learned that from all those years and from all the great people on the My Opera community.

the big players are into the censorship game

If your favorite news site is of alta kvalito, qualitas altus, or maybe even of высокое качество (high quality), and it prods the “status quo”, you might find it dropping off of search engine and social media indexing, which, in effect, means your dear favorite ceases to exist for many.

It is a good time to do an end run around these things by subscribing to good old-fashioned e-mail updates to the sites. Everybody already gets too much e-mail, so you have to “handle” it. Good e-mail providers let you automatically filter certain types of e-mail into folders where you can have a look at your leisure without clogging the inbox, otherwise, deleting those you don’t have time for only takes a moment.

In short, direct e-mail updates can save you from filtering by Google, Twitter, and others. What if your e-mail provider IS Google? You might be OK, still. Who knows. A paid e-mail provider is best, but not many people are into that.

Next thing, even if you know how to sidestep derating by mainline search engines, your favorite sites might fold anyway due to income starvation due to reduction of donors and ad revenue.

Just thinking out loud.

headlong coffee rush

I have a moka pot (AKA caffettiera or Bialetti) that makes six little cups of espresso. I like to make each batch at capacity, pour all six into one coffee mug, and start my day that way. I might ought to stop doing that, but once in awhile I enjoy it very much. The rush can be nice unless I’m in the middle of Charlotte traffic or the like, then I have to do mental calming maneuvers.

One time I ordered a large iced coffee in a bookstore. It was so good that I gulped it down. Before I left the store, I stopped myself a couple of times by thinking, “did I just scream?” ☕ 😱

firefox test pilot

I enjoyed doing the Firefox Test Pilot experiments due to my fondness for Firefox. Yesterday, a survey was sent down relating to news feeds. One question required picking a political affiliation. There were only two choices, Democrat and Republican, and the question was required, meaning that I could not complete the survey without answering. F**! that. I’m off the program. 😜

I will continue with Firefox as always. I just won’t do the Test Pilot anymore. By the way, I also love the Vivaldi browser and am looking forward to a mobile edition.

Hopefully participants outside of the USA were not bothered by this fun “survey”.

do a lotta evil

Google does not like a semi-anonymized VPN connection making me solve 14 CAPTCHAS in a row before permitting me to log in. I would not have done so many, but I got curious how long it would go on.

The digital overlords have gotten so…

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lonely carts club

Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than a
Owner of a broken cart

Cast off
May they one day again know the feeling of weight on their bearings
The loving grip of a shopper’s hands
And never get a flappy wheel

it happens

“boozy dancing flame”  🍷🕺  🔥

Sleep it off and try to go on with your life the next day.